Causing Error to Cease

On page 318 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy tells us, "We must cause the error to cease that brought the belief of sin and death and would efface the pure sense of omnipotence." Then on page 531 she informs us what that error is, in the following words: "This is error,—that mortal man starts materially, that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are both right and wrong." Now, as taught in Christian Science, we find that man is spiritual, created in the image and likeness of God, Spirit. This spiritual man is immortal, and is the only man that ever was created. Mortal man, then, never was created, never started materially, in fact never started at all. What we humanly know as mortal man is now, always has been, and always will be a myth or illusion.

This false belief of man was what Paul referred to when he spoke of putting off "the old man with his deeds." The real or spiritual man is referred to in the third chapter of the first epistle of John, where we read, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." This, then, is the error we must cause to cease; we must destroy our false views of man as mortal and material, and must learn to know him as immortal and spiritual. As we do this, sin, sickness, and death will disappear. They came with the belief of man as mortal, so will they disappear when we cease to regard him as such.

Our Abiding Place
November 20, 1920

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