Articles on…The New Year: New, Not Made Over

By John B. Willis
From the August 5, 1905 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

PAUL’S appealing counsel, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans, 12:2), as etymologically interpreted in generally accepted theology, has given rise to the belief that regeneration, the new birth, is a process in which the old man is simply cleansed and reclothed; the form, appearance, condition, and activities are all new, but the substance is preserved. That which was “conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity,” has been made pure and Christlike; the obdurate sinner is metamorphosed into a child of God!

This commonly entertained belief resolves itself into the simple declaration that evil can be fashioned into good, and the self-contenting materialist expresses himself in very kindred terms. He says, “Evil is but good in the making,” it belongs to the cycle of things in which there are no absolute values…(click here to continue reading).

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