On page 207 of her divinely inspired textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy reveals a basic and fundamental mode of procedure in connection with Christian Science treatment. Our Leader states: "The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth."

A dictionary defines "fact" as "the quality of being actual." In view of this definition it may be concluded that any statement or affirmation depends for its authenticity upon the actual existence of that which it declares. If there is no reality to support it, the statement cannot be substantiated and therefore exists only as a supposition or lie. Unfortunately, mankind often accepts as true that which can never be substantiated, suppositions called matter, sin, disease, and death, and seems to experience these errors as a result. The divine remedy is Christian Science, the Science wherein spiritual reality underlies every liberating, healing statement of truth.

Every scientific fact is a spiritual verity existing prior to the moment of the human declaration of it. Thus the spiritual reality should be evident to the student who voices a truth. It must be obvious that if man is not spiritually perfect now, a mere verbal affirmation concerning his perfection will never make him so in the future. Indeed, such an affirmation, with no reality to support it, would be utterly fictitious, and a fictitious statement cannot be demonstrated. But man's perfection is not fiction; it is a divine actuality. The student's clear understanding of the pre-existence of spiritual reality gives an authority to his statements of truth which makes possible instantaneous healing.

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November 17, 1951

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