Overcoming Error

The beginner in the study of Christian Science, who is desirous of helping himself rather than depending wholly on the ministrations of a practitioner, will be found to devote himself earnestly to the textbook for relief when confronted by any physical problem. Ofttimes such a one will say, however, if asked how he works out his problem: "I do not know how to work. I just read." Very often the practitioner of Christian Science is asked the question: "How does one go about it to give one's self a treatment in Christian Science? I do not know how to work for myself."

Jesus answered this question most simply when he said, "If ye continue in my word ... ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Any discordant condition is bondage, and mankind naturally wishes to be free. Christian Science teaches that discord is not true, and because of its being untrue Jesus said that knowing the truth would bring freedom from discord. It is the right of God's child to see as God sees, and the Scriptures tell us that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." It follows, then, that when mortals see (or feel) pain or discord they are not seeing as God sees and therefore not seeing truly. So it becomes necessary for them to turn from the discord and see as God sees,—see truly, or know the truth, to be free. Now, the truth about any discordant condition or situation is that right where the physical senses say there is inharmony, there is the presence and activity of good, of God, since He is all-inclusive. To relieve the situation, then, this truth must be known or realized.

"The root of all evil"
May 22, 1920

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