“Blessed are they that mourn . . .” Q&A #4

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

Question: Does Christian Science teach that baptism will rid us of sin?

Answer: Christian Science does not include a ritual of baptism by immersing a person in water, as some other religions do. However, baptism is important in Christian Science, and is
necessary for us in our “mourning” the separation of our sins.  Here are some thoughts from Mary Baker Eddy, which sums up mental baptism:

“The baptism of repentance is indeed a stricken state of human consciousness, wherein mortals gain severe views of themselves; a state of mind which rends the veil that hides mental deformity. Tears flood the eyes, agony struggles, pride rebels, and a mortal seems a monster, a dark, impenetrable cloud of error; and falling on the bended knee of prayer, humble before God, he cries, ‘Save, or
I perish.’ Thus Truth, searching the heart, neutralizes and destroys error.” (Mis. 203)

That process may sound kind of scary, but Mrs. Eddy then tells us: “It is attended throughout with doubt, hope, sorrow, joy, defeat, and triumph. When the good fight is fought, error yields up its weapons and kisses the feet of Love, while white-winged peace sings to the heart a song of angels.” (Mis. 204)   Our mourning will bring comforting!

Further Study: Today, you might like to read about John the Baptist in Matthew, chapter 3.
He helped to prepare the Hebrew people for the coming of Christ Jesus. He called for them to be baptized, and to repent of their sins.

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

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Mourn #4

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