“Blessed are the merciful” – Q&A #7

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Question: If God is all-merciful and forgiving, does he also forgive sin?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy makes it clear in her writings that the only mercy shown to sin is its destruction:

“To me divine pardon is that divine presence which is the sure destruction of sin; and I insist on
the destruction of sin as the
only full proof of its pardon. ‘For this purpose the Son of God was
that he might destroy the works of the devil.’ (I John iii.8).” (No. 31)

The following is part of the Christian Science “platform” (see S&H pg 330):

“The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon . . . Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness. Does not God’s pardon, destroying any one sin, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all sin?”  (S&H 339)

This “rule” is also one of the “tenets,” or important points, of Christian Science:

“We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.” (S&H 497)

Just because God punishes the sin, and not His children, does not mean we can indulge in sin, believing that God will not punish us. If you cling to a sin, and believe it is real, you will also seem to suffer if you do not let go of the sin. You must separate yourself from it, and identify yourself with good!

Practice: Today, try using Truth to destroy any bad habits of thought. You will need to work at it a little each day.

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

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Merciful - #7



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