I was reading the weekly Bible lesson this morning (which is comprised of citations from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) and it talks about “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12).
I began thinking about how the Christ (the activity of God) “saves” us from sin.
I think popular theology says we are “saved” from sin so that we don’t go to hell afterwards and have eternal life.
However, Scientific understanding realizes “sin” (or ‘missing the mark’ as the Latin implies) to be a kind of cloud that covers up God’s light, grace, and love.
So this “salvation” from sin, is actually saving us right now in this present moment. Sin results from the belief that we are separated from God, good, divine Love. But we are not and never have been separated with that Love. We are at one with God, divine Love, right now.
When we live in accord with God’s spiritual nature we are open and receptive to more light, more opportunity and God’s blessings. We are magnifying good, which is another term for God, and therefore we experience more good in our lives. We are able to have better, more enriched relationships; confidence in knowing God is supplying all of our home, financial, and job-related needs; and a greater sense of peace along with loving our neighbor & communities better.
So this salvation isn’t meant to deprive us of all the joys of material living now so we can have eternal bliss after. It is realizing, since God is Spirit, to live in accord with Spirit, to be at-one with Spirit, is where true goodness, peace, and, therefore, happiness comes from. This is realizing eternal life now – the seamlessness and continuity of life, being, and existence right now.