“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #13

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
And Love is reflected in love.

Question: Is forgiving debts important to living Christian Science?

Answer: Yes, because it shows that we understand the basic laws of God and His nature.
We could not hold a grudge or debt against someone, and at the same time affirm that evil is unreal. That would be hypocrisy, which Jesus condemned, and this would prevent healing.

We are not just Scientists, we are also Christians, and so even if we were not yet at the point where we understand the unreality of evil, we can at least try to express the lovely traits that Jesus urged upon us. Mary Baker Eddy therefore writes:

“A Christian Scientist is a humanitarian; he is benevolent, forgiving, long-suffering, and seeks to overcome evil with good.” (Man. 46:26)

“In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and a Christian Scientist reflects the sweet amenities of Love, in rebuking sin, in true brotherliness, charitableness, and forgiveness.” (Man. 40:5-11)

“If a member of the church is inclined to be uncharitable, or to condemn his brother without cause, let him put his finger to his lips, and forgive others as he would be forgiven.” (Mis. 129:1-5)

“Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.” (S&H 293:28)

If evil is nothing, there is nothing to forgive.

“Christian Science teaches: Owe no man . . .”  (My. 114:3) 

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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