And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
Question: What is salvation?
Answer: In general, salvation is the saving or freeing of someone from any danger, difficulty, or evil. In a religious sense, it is the saving from sin. Christ Jesus taught us the way of
salvation. Mary Baker Eddy defines salvation as “Life, Truth, and Love understood and
demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.” (S&H 593:20)
Salvation, then, is the term that sums up what this line of the Lord’s Prayer is about. We are to understand that we have nothing to fear from the beliefs of sin, disease, and death. We must prove this in our daily lives, however.
“It is sometimes said that Christian Science teaches the nothingness of sin, sickness, and death, and then teaches how this nothingness is to be saved and healed. The nothingness of nothing is plain; but we need to understand that error is nothing; and that its nothingness is not saved, but must
be demonstrated in order to prove the somethingness — yea, the allness — of Truth.” (S&H 346:6)
“‘Now,’ cried the apostle, ‘is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,’ — meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science.” (S&H 39:18-25)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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