Uncovering Error

One cannot long be a student of Christian Science without learning something of the right uncovering of error. In fact, it becomes more and more apparent that the uncovering of error is a very necessary part of the practice of Christian Science. Naturally, therefore, the neophyte wants to know how this is to be done. His safest course is to turn to Mrs. Eddy's writings, where the true and complete statement of Christian Science is found.

On page 542 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" our Leader writes, "Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way." This short sentence bears close study. In the first word the student finds the keynote of right procedure, for here he is admonished to "let" Truth do the uncovering. He will not attempt of himself to uncover error, for he must put aside self and permit Truth to do the required work. Thus to ally thought with Truth, which destroys error, one must first learn what Truth is. In order to become a master practitioner of any science the student must avoid all errors of belief in regard to it. The only way to do this is to gain an understanding of the subject and its laws of operation. Thus equipped, he is enabled to detect error and see that however it presents itself it is an illusion, and so he avoids the mistakes that would result in discord. One who understands the rules of music or of arithmetic, for example, is prepared through his knowledge to uncover and destroy errors of statement concerning these subjects, and so to exclude them from his practice.

Uncovering error, then, as viewed in Christian Science, is accomplished by first learning the truths of Christian Science, its rules and precepts, and then letting Truth expose the specific error, revealing its unreality and so destroying it. With brevity and simplicity the Master emphasized this point when he said, "If ye continue in my word, .... ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Here is the promise that as one understands the truth about God and the real man he is freed from errors of belief; and the conclusion follows that the uncovering and the destruction of error be simultaneous. When a lie is clearly exposed as a lie, or nothingness, in that very instant it is destroyed. It becomes plain, then, that the essential need of the Christian Scientist who would uncover and destroy error is to become exceedingly busy improving his understanding of Christian Science. If he is thus engaged in striving to understand and utilize the truth, the uncovering and destruction of error will be brought about "in God's own way."

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The Christ
July 19, 1930

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