To human sense some of the errors of mortal mind had their beginning in an indefinite past, and have been believed to be truth ever since. Other false beliefs had a later apparent origin, and others have arisen within the last century, some within the last year, and some within the last hour. In Christian Science we learn that error has no real existence, even though mortals believe it to be true; and that the apparent existence of an error is completely destroyed when it is universally discovered to be an error and not the truth, and further, when it is universally forgotten. It is surely best, therefore, for the individual thinker who has discovered the truth, to take the strict scientific ground that error does not exist and did not begin, and so cease to inquire into its supposed origin or to think about it. The thing for us to do with error is first to know it for what it is; viz., error, and then drop it absolutely, forgetting it as soon as possible. All that is real, all that exists, abides in the consciousness of God. God knows all that exists; but God is not conscious of error; He does not think error; if He did it would be the truth. Hence, from God's standpoint, which is the only true standpoint, error, false sense, does not exist and never began. Truth is comparable to light, and error is comparable to darkness. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." If our thoughts were absolutely pure and true, as is the case with God, we should have no consciousness, concept, or remembrance of error in any form; hence there would be no question of how or when it began. In Truth there is no mortal mind, and therefore it has had no beginning.

Mortal sense is simply an aggregation of errors. Some of them are from time to time discovered to be errors, not the truth, and are forgotten and thus destroyed. Mortal mind is a changeable nonentity, having nonentities continually stricken out of it by the destruction of error. When it is discovered that in reality there is no mortal mind; that there is but the "one Mind, and that one perfect" (Science and Health, p. 249), then all error will have been forgotten, destroyed.

The stream of human consciousness consists partly of the truth and partly of false belief. Truth and error seem to meet in human consciousness just as oil and water seem to meet in the same vessel, but they do not mix or mingle. In proportion as human beings learn the ideas of Truth, and thus displace, forget, destroy, opposite thoughts of error, in that proportion they destroy mortal mind and acquire the "one Mind," "the mind of Christ." In our text–book we read that "the action of mortal mind needs to be controlled by the divine Mind" (Science and Health, p. 400), and this control is secured in the degree that its errors are destroyed and forgotten. The less of poison or of any obnoxious thing that we have, the better.

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March 16, 1907

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