The Activity of Truth

There is a statement by Mary Baker Eddy on pages 142 and 143 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" which is of the greatest importance. It reads, "Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue." It gives the clue to the saving of the world.

Even from the human point of view the veracity of Mrs. Eddy's words cannot be challenged. Everybody knows that the way to meet and destroy a lie is to make known the truth about that of which the lie is told. It matters not what the subject is concerning which a falsehood is uttered, whether it be in the realm of natural science, politics, or religion, the truth will nullify the lie. A simple illustration of this may be taken from arithmetic. If a child believes that twice three is seven, how may the fallacy be overcome for him? By his gaining an understanding of the truth that twice three is six. Always it is the same, whatever the error may be: the truth is required to overcome it, destroy it.

The power of truth to destroy error operates in religion as in everything else. How often has this been proved in human experience! Think how the fallacies, the superstitions held by mortals concerning the nature of God throughout the centuries, have been superseded by the truth about Him, gradually perhaps, but surely. One has only to contemplate the way the Hebrews in the early days of their religious development thought of God. He was to them a tribal God; therefore His love was partial, not universal. He was to them a Being liable to wrath and revenge: He was not wholly good. But what has the truth, as Christian Science reveals it, done? It has swept away all such fallacies about God's nature by revealing Him to be infinite Love, therefore eternally impartial; infinite good, without any knowledge whatsoever of evil, without a trace of wrath or vengeance in His everlasting being.

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June 1, 1940

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