When we take into consideration the fact that disease is at bottom an erroneous mental condition, a mere belief, we can understand that it is possible to substitute a belief in health for a belief in sickness and thereby effect an apparent cure. Such a cure, however, will not be genuine. It has no foundation in the Principle of being, the source of health, and can be only temporal. This is in keeping with the Scriptural statement: "They have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Respecting this matter, the psalmist said: "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it."

An apparent result which is dependent upon human will as distinctive from the power of divine Mind, is at best only an exchange of beliefs, both of which are unstable and without foundation. It is the false belief in a mind apart from God which constitutes the basis of sickness. If this false belief is simply exchanged for another one, though apparently better, which is based upon "carnal" will, we still have an erroneous belief, so that the so-called cure is simply an exchange of one error for another. On the other hand, if the understanding that there is but one Mind, one power, constitutes the basis of the improved condition, the advancement is genuine and permanent. The Scripture refers to "false Christs, and false prophets," who "shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." So-called miracles or revelations of human suggestion are sometimes wonderful to human sense, but they are "lying wonders," which prove nothing except the ability of a lie to assume the semblance of the truth.

However, it still remains true that the truth is demonstrable, and that the results of spiritual power prove the truthfulness of the spiritual ideas which are exercised in order to produce such results. A misguided student of mathematics might by manipulation of figures chance upon the answer to a problem, but if he is not reasoning from the right basis he has become simply the prey of falsity and is sunk in deeper deception because of this fact. On the other hand, if the proposition is solved upon the right basis and according to the correct rule, truth is thus established. Deception sometimes works out apparently good results, but it still remains true that the demonstration of the truth alone is legitimate and verifies its truthfulness. No one would hold that a correct demonstration of a mathematical proposition does not prove that the proposition is correct, though an erroneous demonstration may have apparently proved a wrong proposition to be correct.

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December 23, 1911

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