Sin causes suffering. That is well known to those aware of sin’s deleterious effects on those who indulge it. And any human striving to be free of sin’s influence is often aware of many errors they have yet to extricate themselves from before they can exclaim to the world, “I am sin-free!”
In light of the immense reformatory work to be done in one’s own mental household, it is wise to not take on the sins of others, too, when working to demonstrate sinless thinking.
For instance, have you ever been happy and inspired, only to have a darkened depressed mood come into your presence and subtly, or overtly, work to take your joy away and get you depressed? That is taking on the sins of others.
Have you ever been in perfect health, only to have suggestions of contagion, flu, or colds come aggressively knocking at your mental door, striving to intimidate you into believing you might catch a disease shortly? That’s taking on the sins of others.
Have you ever been confident about a decision, only to be assaulted by fears, worries and doubts from friends and neighbors that you won’t be successful? That’s taking on the sins of others.
Each of us has enough error to deal with to demonstrate sound spiritual mindedness without taking on the sins of neighbors.
Defend your mental home, and keep the sins of others out. Love your acquaintances no matter what they believe, but don’t mentally agree with them if they are voicing or expressing anti-truths.
As Mary Baker Eddy wisely wrote,
“It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins.” Science and Health, p. 391
And even more to the point, she wrote,
“It is self-evident that we are harmonious only as we cease to manifest evil or the belief that we suffer from the sins of others.” Science and Health, p. 346
It’s your choice to make. Choose to not suffer.