The Absolute and the Relative


“It is of the utmost importance in the study of the Bible and the Christian Science text-book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mrs. Eddy, that clear distinction be made between those statements which are absolute in their meaning, which express the spiritual fact, and those which are relative, which express the human sense, the material point of view…”

Read on in this essential article by Judge Septimus J. Hanna published in the Christian Science Journal of 1911:

The Absolute and the Relative

No material past


“…One of the most subtle of these malconclusions is the belief of a material past, the belief that we have been mortal, and have had in the past material experiences which were realities. While this error remains undestroyed or unrebuked in our thought, it binds us with mental shackles to the conclusion that we have a debt to pay for past offenses, physical or moral…”

Read on in this article by Ira W. Packard published 1913 in the Christian Science Sentinel: Justification

Concealing vs admitting a transgression * Verschweigen vs. Bekennen einer Verfehlung


Concealing a transgression, I personalise it, “am its person“.

Admitting a transgression (and refraining from repeating it), I de-personalise it and am free.

Decide for yourself…


Indem ich eine Verfehlung verschweige, ver-personalisiere ich sie, “bin ihre Person“.

Indem ich eine Verfehlung bekenne (und von einer Wiederholung Abstand nehme), de-personalisiere ich sie und bin frei.

Entscheide selbst…

You may believe… * Du darfst glauben…

“Son [daughter], be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Matthew 9:2)

… contains for me this healing comfort:

All is good; you may believe that you are entitled to be whole.


“Sei getrost, mein Sohn [meine Tochter]; deine Sünden sind dir vergeben.” (Matthäus 9:2)

… birgt für mich diesen heilenden Trost:

Alles ist in Ordnung; du darfst glauben, dass du heil sein darfst.

“The Time for Thinkers has come.” * “Die Zeit für Denker ist gekommen.”


“Contentment with the past and the cold conventionalism of materialism are crumbling away … The question, What is Truth, is answered by demonstration, – by healing both disease and sin…” (Mary Baker Eddy)

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“Zufriedenheit mit der Vergangenheit und die starre Konventionsgebundenheit des Materialismus sind im Zerfall begriffen … Die Frage “Was ist WAHRHEIT?” wird durch Demonstration beantwortet – durch das Heilen von beidem, Krankheit und Sünde…” (Mary Baker Eddy)