Assurance

The quietness and assurance which Christian Science generates in the hearts of men are nothing less than marvelous. Through its teachings the weary and heavy-laden find rest and peace; the sick and the sorrowing receive the blessings of health and consolation; and the weak and timorous, strength and assurance to pursue the pathway of life. There can be no disputing the facts. They are testified to by a great multitude to-day. All over the globe are to be found those whose lives have been entirely revolutionized through Christian Science. And the Christian Science movement, so potent for good, is no evanescent movement either; for its influence has been in the world for over fifty years. It has weathered many a storm of opposition that has struck at it from every quarter, and withstood all the attacks which the passions of the so-called human mind, in its ignorance and prejudice, have dared to hurl against it.

Wherein lies the potency of Christian Science? How is it that its teachings inspire the assurance they do? Wherein does it differ from other systems of thought, which, while they may have, in some instances, ameliorated human conditions, have failed to bring to humanity the peace for which it has perpetually craved? Mrs. Eddy answers all such questions in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." On page 368 she writes: "The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that time will prove all this." Truth is a name for God employed in Christian Science. God is Truth. Since God is infinite, Truth is infinite. And all reality is included in infinite Truth. Now Mrs. Eddy made the profound discovery from these great spiritual facts that evil — every phase or form of it — is unreal; that evil has no existence in Truth, because Truth is good: and evil she designated error.

It must be apparent, then, how confidence or assurance is inspired by Christian Science. Since evil or error is unreal, or since error has no real existence, no one need have any fear of it: and when one is clear of the fear of evil, one's confidence or assurance in good increases; and greater happiness eventuates. Error will ever flee before Truth. How important to recollect this when confronted with a case of disease which, perhaps, claims to be persistent or chronic in its nature! "Error is a coward before Truth." This should never be forgotten. Through Christian Science, we know that error is never personal. It is always a false belief of mortal mind. The truth of spiritual being should, therefore, be fearlessly declared with quietness and assurance; and if the truth so declared be realized, the error is bound to vanish away.

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