Denial and Affirmation

How much consideration should be given to the denial of error in the metaphysical work of a student of Christian Science, and the relation of such denial to the affirmation of Truth, are sometimes questions which come to the beginner in the study and application of Christian Science.

That denial of error has an important place in the practice of Christian Science is evidenced by these words of our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 391): "Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love,—as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit." To this she adds on the next page: "The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal." Mrs. Eddy has taught us clearly, however, that we do not heal merely by denial of error, but by the realization of the truth that God is perfect, and that man is His image and likeness, which fact of real being is the basis for the denial of error in every form.

November 22, 1941
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