Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 2 -
The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's
punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good
man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not
purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the
blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into
another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of
sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the
love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth
to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with
God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.
36:19 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and
divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy.
It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full
punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on
the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that
the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and
then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand
of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice,
cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in
return for our efforts at well doing.
6:3-5,11-14 Chapter 1: Prayer
(Pardon and amendment)
Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this
divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.
To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means of
destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more
than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin
188:8 Chapter 7: Physiology
(Embryonic sinful thoughts)
Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge
ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final
545:27-32 Chapter 15: Genesis
Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and
death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness]
shalt thou return."
"As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all
be made alive."