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    Prayer is not to be used as a confessional to cancel sin. Such an error would impede true religion. Sin is forgiven 24Cancellation of human sinonly as it is destroyed by Christ, — Truth and Life. If prayer nourishes the belief that sin is cancelled, and that man is made better merely by praying, 27prayer is an evil. He grows worse who continues in sin because he fancies himself forgiven.

    An apostle says that the Son of God [Christ] came to 30Diabolism destroyed“destroy the works of the devil.” We should follow our divine Exemplar, and seek the destruction of all evil works, error and disease included. 6 6:1We cannot escape the penalty due for sin. The Scriptures say, that if we deny Christ, “he also will deny us.”

3    Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the Pardon and amendmentsinner. God is not separate from the wis6dom He bestows. The talents He gives we must improve. Calling on Him to forgive our work badly done or left undone, implies the vain supposition 9that we have nothing to do but to ask pardon, and that afterwards we shall be free to repeat the offence.

    To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means 12of destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin is destroyed. To reach 15heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

    “God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask, 18higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. To Mercy without partialitysuppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or un21sought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing.

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