Rejecting the Lie

Christian Science resolves matter with its innumerable conditions, many of which are seemingly unbearable, into an error of statement. Reduced to a statement, and that erroneous, a condition called physical disease or poverty is not difficult to remove, and its destruction is compassed when it is displaced in consciousness with the full opposing truth. Discord is mental darkness, and as the never failing eliminator of darkness is light, so the annihilator of an erroneous condition, under whatever name, is the truth, the scientific reversal of the erroneous statement.

It is true that man is the image of Spirit, God, hence is spiritual and perfect. Such a state of being does not admit of sin or suffering. On page 357 of Science and Health our Leader has said, "We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie." Sickness is a statement of error based upon false belief. It is clear that a statement of error is a lie, and Jesus called the devil a lie, or liar. The lie states that man is not the perfect child of Spirit, but that he is a sinful and diseased mortal. If we sustain Truth by rejecting a lie, we sustain by this process man's perfection, his health and happiness; hence we sustain health not by admitting the divine origin or sanction, the power or reality of matter and its numerous discordant conditions, but by rejecting such falsities and adhering consciously to the opposite facts. James wrote, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

We learn in Christian Science that truth, reality, substance, life, intelligence, and power belong to God. They are not then qualities of matter, and when we stop agreeing with the lie, when we continually align ourselves with Truth, refusing to be deceived by the evidence which matter seems to present, we shall break the yoke of sin and suffering and shall enter into freedom, joy, health, holiness. This latter state is the kingdom of heaven.

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Teaching the Child
December 30, 1916

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