The Rebuke that Destroys Error

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 452) it is written, "When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error." This does not mean that a verbal rebuke or explanation can or should be given every error coming under one's observation; but that, if error seems real to one, he should destroy his own belief in its seeming reality and action by at once rebuking it in his own consciousness. In proportion as this is practiced, one is fitted to aid—when called upon—in the cleansing of another's mentality. Jesus said, "Cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye."

The greatest and most constant work is with self. Too close a watch cannot be kept over one's own motives, thoughts, words, and acts. In so far as these are governed by scientific understanding and love for God and man, they not only become example, inspiration, enlightenment, and strength to those striving for a higher, holier life, but also are a rebuke to evildoers.

The Currents of Spirituality
August 18, 1923

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