Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 4 -
The loss of man's identity through the understanding which
Science confers is impossible; and the notion of such a
possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual
musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.
302:3 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(Identity not lost)
The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is
spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost,
but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude
of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains
unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is
real, when God is all and eternally his. The notion that mind is
in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth,
sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief;
and this belief is all that will ever be lost.
542:29 Chapter 15: Genesis
(Climax of suffering)
The sinful misconception of Life as something less than God,
having no truth to support it, falls back upon itself. This
error, after reaching the climax of suffering, yields to Truth and
returns to dust; but it is only mortal man and not the real man,
who dies. The image of Spirit cannot be effaced, since it is the
idea of Truth and changes not, but becomes more beautifully
apparent at error's demise.
291:1-13 Chapter 10: Science of Being
(Sin is punished)
The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that
happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called
death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught
but the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know
that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the
last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come
till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the
growth of Christian character. Mortals need not fancy that belief
in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.
(Salvation and probation)
Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is
unattainable without them.
497:9 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
( - Tenets -)
3. 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.