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More than learning from mistakes

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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The economic crisis in the US has been attributed in part to a series of missteps resulting from greed and corruption – both on the individual and the corporate level. It seems no one is immune to making mistakes. One terribly wrong misstep, and the repercussions, it would seem, stain – even define – the rest of an individual's life and character.

But prayer offers a solution and promises freedom. Jesus' life and teachings were built on the premise that God defines our being. A God who is Love wouldn't cause His creation to make mistakes and suffer from them. The sons and daughters of God can never be separated from their divine parentage. It was on this foundation that Jesus healed those he encountered and brought to them the light of the Christ, which reforms character and wipes away the apparent mistake.

Jesus never put blame on the individual for sin or disease, but he did call for aligning one's actions with good and never seeing the wrongdoing or disease as any part of a person's identity or life. To the woman "taken in adultery," he said, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more" (John 8:11, New King James Version).

From the standpoint of Christian Science, the real mistake is in viewing life through the fundamentally flawed lens of material perception as opposed to the reality of spiritual apprehension. Jesus didn't view people as either "born in sin" or as willful mistake-makers. Rather, he apparently saw sin and its effects as tragic and bogus condemnations. And right where others saw human flaws and failings – and searched for their cause in material origins – Jesus saw the divine Cause mirrored in spiritual womanhood and manhood. When sin's shadowy deception was exposed to the light of the Christ, it had to give way, and healing resulted.

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