Denial of Error

When people take a decided stand on any subject, they nearly always have a reason. So when we come in contact with one who criticizes or condemns Christian Science, we generally find one uninformed as to what Christian Science is, and therefore one who is looking at the subject from a different view-point than ours. It is therefore easy for us to be loving and patient with critics, but at the same time we should be ready, as Peter directed, to give a logical "reason of the hope" that is in us.

One of the chief stumbling-blocks to those superficially informed is the fact that Christian Science requires the denial of the evidence of the material senses and the affirmation of the reality of spiritual existence; and the necessity for this denial is responsible for a large part of the criticism directed against our religion and ourselves. Critics say we must believe what we see and feel, and that if we deny this, we simply tell an untruth. One superficially informed might say: "I had a dreadful headache and I used Christian Science. I said I did not have one, and this did me no good—I had one just the same." The essential part, the conviction of man's spiritual existence, based on the understanding of spiritual law, was absent in this case, hence the failure to realize harmony.

"Let there be light"
January 23, 1915

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