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To heal sin

From the April 1983 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Earnest students of the Bible often notice the emphasis Christ Jesus put on healing sin. For example, when he healed a man of palsy, he said, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee." Luke 5:20.

Bible students who are honest observers of their own character may find that healing sin can seem difficult. We may need to hear what Jesus said to the man he healed at the pool of Bethesda. After the healing the Master warned, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." John 5:14. The inclination to continue sinning often seems as persistent as the inclination to sin in the first place.

The press and popular opinion would suggest that our parents' behavior and our environment permanently fix in us such sins as anger and pride. And unless we are very watchful, we may believe these lies. Further, we are often told that because the "first man," Adam, was a mortal sinner, every other mortal, including ourselves, is also a sinner. And we may believe this, too.

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