Error's Nothingness

The student of Christian Science often marvels at the courage of Mrs. Eddy, she who discovered Christian Science and founded the Christian Science movement. Before her great discovery, like many another Christian, Mrs. Eddy admitted in a general way the allness of God; but it was she who discovered what the allness of God implied, namely, the fact that good is infinite and evil unreal. After the discovery there ensued numerous demonstrations on her part of these facts, in the destruction of many of the evil or erroneous beliefs which externalize themselves in what men call disease and sin; and thus did Mrs. Eddy prove conclusively that the understanding of the allness of good and of the unreality of evil destroys these afflictions.

Mrs. Eddy's discovery cannot be overrated: she herself keeps its importance before the reader in every one of her writings on Christian Science. Again and again the truth is stated therein that God, good, is infinite; and constantly the conclusion which she draws from that truth is emphasized, namely, that evil is unreal. And this is done in order that the thought of the student may dwell naturally and habitually on spiritual truth, in order that he may thereby rise above the erroneous beliefs of material sense. Mrs. Eddy saw with great clarity what her discovery meant for mankind. In consequence, she could declare on page 92 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Until the fact concerning error—namely, its nothingness—appears, the moral demand will not be met, and the ability to make nothing of error will be wanting."

Enduring Happiness
February 16, 1929

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