"The counter fact"

On page 233 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says, "The counter fact relative to any disease is required to cure it." Broadly speaking, the counter fact relative to all disease is health. Disease, although it usually appears to be physical, is seen, when viewed from the standpoint of Christian Science, to be a belief of so-called mortal mind. The opposite of this belief, or the counter fact relative to it, is that health, being a quality of divine Mind, is always and everywhere present. The understanding of this divine fact counteracts the belief in disease and destroys it.

The belief about disease is that it may be chronic or acute, organic or functional, that it can change forms, move itself about, go and come, appear and disappear. Mrs. Eddy says (ibid., p. 419), "Disease has no intelligence with which to move itself about or to change itself from one form to another." This is the counter fact relative to disease, and this fact understood and proved annuls the so-called laws of mortal mind which are believed to cause disease to fluctuate, develop, relapse, or recur.

Admission to The Mother Church
November 5, 1938

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