Escape from the Supposed Law of Heredity
by William P. McKenzie
Christ Jesus set forth an eternal truth when he declared God to be his Father, and the Father of all men. On this point Jesus said, “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matt.) Could there be a more simple explanation of life that this?
Little was known at that time of the material sciences, which have since become so arrogant in their biological theories of man’s origin. Yet, the teachings of Jesus remain as a constant guide for mankind amid the ebb and flow of theories, and the fog-like darkness of materialism.
Christian Science enables us to eliminate from our lives whatever is not found in the pure original — the perfect reflection of God. Whatever is “born in sin and shapen in iniquity” can be separated from the thought and life of any man who acknowledges God as his Father. To this man you cannot argue that he must indulge cruelty because his great-grandfather was brutal; he must be a drunkard because his grandfather was; must endure some disease because his father had it. He counts himself immune from these inheritances of the flesh, because he recognizes God as his Father.
If you read theologies that ignore the record of the creation of man in God’s likeness, you will find too little about the goodness of God, and too much regarding the so-called power of sin. Discourses upon “the exceeding sinfulness of sin,” or picturesque and lurid descriptions of “sinners in the hands of an angry God,” are simply effects of a departure from the teachings of Christ in regard to the origin of man.
“Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Then you do not need to feel that your fate was irrevocably fixed in sin because of sin committed by some ancestor!
The truth makes free by its answer to the question of heredity: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” If in fellowship with the Son of God you learn of your own sonship, you will recognize your individual freedom as a child of God, governed directly, and only, by Mind.