Why "stand aghast at nothingness?"

The word "error" used in its ordinary sense may be simply and briefly defined as a mistake, a blunder, in short, a deviation from the truth. As used in Christian Science, error is understood to embrace unspiritual or materialistic thinking and its conclusions—that is, any deviation from spiritual truth. It includes every supposition or evidence of material pain or pleasure, and the myriad human beliefs associated therewith. Error generally and particularly embraces thoughts of sin, sickness, inharmony, lack, and suffering, and their many baneful accompaniments.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy has written (p. 466): "Truth is immortal; error is mortal. Truth is limitless; error is limited. Truth is intelligent; error is non-intelligent. More-over, Truth is real, and error is unreal. This last statement contains the point you will most reluctantly admit, although first and last it is the most important to understand." Truly prophetic were these concluding words, for no sooner was the teaching promulgated by Christian Science that there is no reality in sin, nothing real or substantial about sickness or other manifestations of inharmony, than there arose a chorus of protests against so revolutionary a doctrine. Yet the most persistent critic of Christian Science would hardly insist that error could be truth under any circumstances.

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