Why Spiritual Understanding Heals

On page 390 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes, "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Since a false concept of God causes the discord which seems to victimize mankind, clearly "the right understanding of Him" will restore harmony, because one cannot be deceived into accepting a lie as true and suffering the consequences, if he is knowing the truth concerning which the lie is predicated. In other words, the truth about God as divine Principle destroys the lie that God, infinite good, creates or permits evil; just as one cannot believe that two and two makes five if one knows that it makes four. A child cannot be deceived into believing that a ghost is real and something to be afraid of if he has learned, and therefore knows, that it is an illusion, nothing.

If mankind knew clearly and continuously that sin and sickness are not true or real because God, divine Principle, did not make them, the beliefs of sin and sickness would lose their seeming power to harm or deceive. Did not Christ Jesus say, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"? This is the law of God, and it is therefore inviolable and unfailing. Moreover, it appeals to reason that, God being infinite good, all one needs to be freed from, and all one can be freed from, is some false belief or lie about God and His creation—about reality. And the only "place" in which this freedom can be achieved is in human thinking, because that is the only "place" wherein a lie about God or reality can seem to be true.

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