Sometimes beginners in the study of Christian Science ask, "If evil is not real, then how did the belief in its reality originate?" Although this question is so clearly answered throughout the text-book, Science and Health (especially page 281), many still seem to be seeking an answer through material reasoning, and thereby waste much time and thought.

Mrs. Eddy writes: "The history of error is a dream-narrative. The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real" (Science and Health, p. 530). The meaning of this declaration was made very clear to me some time ago, by the following little experience, which may perhaps be of some help to others. One night, while sleeping at a bungalow in the country, I dreamed that I was lying awake, and suddenly seemed to be terrified at hearing heavy footsteps on the garden path outside, passing by the windows. Thinking at once of burglars, in my dream I instantly turned to Christian Science for help and began to declare the truth to overcome the sense of fear. The result was that almost immediately I awoke, and all fear disappeared when I found that it had been only a dream and that nothing had really happened to cause the alarm.

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