This document is a composite from several letters to students by Bliss Knapp, CSB, regarding the handling of original sin.
The following are excerpts:
We see Adam related to original sin which cuts one off from Theism or God so that the treatment does not seem to reach the patient. The patient seems to be surrounded by an electric circuit so that the curtain of electricity or original sin has to be broken before the treatment reaches the patient.
What is it that would produce a dam or obstruction in the circulation of the blood? One definition which Mrs. Eddy gives of Adam is the “belief in original sin.” Then she tells how this belief in original sin would impose an obstruction “between man and his creator.” That is to say, this belief in original sin would throw a vale over the patient, like a cloud, so that the practitioner’s work would not reach the patient. The patient would be so deep in the cloud of original sin that the ordinary methods of the practitioner would not penetrate the gloom. It acts like an electrical circuit, which must first be broken, by throwing off the switch, in order to reach the patient. This claim of original sin, electricity and spiritualism all seem to operate very much alike in forming a dam or obstruction to hinder the work of the practitioner.
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