“Blessed are they that mourn . . .” Q&A #3

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Question: If Christian Science teaches that evil and sin are unreal, why do we need to repent for our sins?

Answer: The reason all evil and error can be destroyed, is because they were never created by God. Therefore, they have no spiritual reality. But, that fact does not give us the freedom to let the belief of sin and evil operate unchecked in our lives. Mary Baker Eddy explains:

“The evil-doer receives no encouragement from my declaration that evil is unreal, when I declare that he must awake from his belief in this awful unreality, repent and forsake it, in order to understand and demonstrate its unreality. Error uncondemned is not nullified. We must condemn the claim of
error in every phase in order to prove it false, therefore unreal.” (‘01 14)

Also, acting and thinking sinfully brings suffering. Why would you want to suffer needlessly?
We read:

“Some people never repent until earth gives them such a cup of gall that conscience strikes home; then they are brought to realize how impossible it is to sin and not suffer.” (Mis. 237)

For some people, even the knowledge that sin brings suffering does not stop them from doing wrong. Mrs. Eddy writes of them: “Why does not the certainty of individual punishment for sin
prevent the wrong action? It is the love of God, and not the fear of evil, that is the incentive in Science.” (Mis. 279)

Practice: Do you love God? Think about that today. Why not be good because you adore God and love good?

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two:  The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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