by Mark, is nevertheless of canonical authority); <430316>John 3:16 ? ?God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish?; 6:50 ? ?This is the bread which cometh down out of heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die?; 12:47 ? ?I came not to judge the world, but to save the world?; <440412>Acts 4:12 ? ?in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.? Universal need of regeneration: <430303>John 3:3, 5 ? ?Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God?.Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.? Universal need of repentance: <441730>Acts 17:30 ? ?commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent.?

Yet Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, In her ?Unity of Good,? speaks of ?the illusion which calls sin real and man a sinner needing a Savior.?

(c) Shown from the condemnation resting upon all of those who do not accept Christ.

<430318> John 3:18 ? ?he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God?; 36 ? ?he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him?; Compare <620519>1 John 5:19 ? ?the whole world lieth in [ i. e ., in union with] the evil one?; see Annotated Paragraph Bible, in loco . Kaftan, Dogmatik, 318 ? ?Law requires love to God. This implies love to our neighbor by not only abstaining from all injury to him but righteousness in all our relations, forgiving instead of requiting. Love is implied with help to enemies as well as friends in all salutary ways, self- discipline, and avoidance of all sensuous immoderation, subjection of all sensuous activity as a means for spiritual ends in the kingdom of God. All this is done, not as a matter of outward conduct merely, but from the heart and as the satisfaction of one?s own will and desire. This is the will of God respecting us, which Jesus has revealed and of which he is the example in his life. Instead of this, man universally seeks to promote own life, pleasure, and honor.?

(d) Consistent with those passages, which at first sight, seem to ascribe to certain men a goodness, which renders them acceptable to God. A closer examination will show that, in each case, the goodness supposed is a merely imperfect and fancied goodness, a goodness of mere aspiration and impulse due to preliminary workings of God?s Spirit or a goodness resulting from the trust of a conscious sinner in God?s method of salvation.

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