“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #11

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 sin?

Answer: A sin is an offense against God — a wrongdoing, or trespass. The original meanings behind the various uses of the word sin in the Bible are: “missing the target,” “stepping across,” “slipping across,” “lawlessness,” or “debt.” Some obvious sins are murder, stealing,
lying, and hate. But anytime we accept as a fact man’s separation from God, we sin.

Through her discovery of Christian Science, the law of God, Mary Baker Eddy found that sin is not real — it is always a myth, a lie, an illusion of mortal mind. Here is what she writes:

“ . . . the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.” (S&H 472:27)

“Good is great and real. Hence its opposite, named evil, must be small and unreal. When this sense is attained, we shall no longer be the servants of sin, and shall cease to love it.” (No 32:18)

“When man makes something of sin it is either because he fears it or loves it. Now, destroy the
conception of sin as something,
a reality, and you destroy the fear and the love of it; and sin disappears.”  (’01 13:16-20)

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

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Temptation - #11

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