That God is Truth was early glimpsed by the Hebrews. In their ancient records we read that the servant of Abraham blessed God for not leaving his master destitute of His mercy and His truth (Gen. 24:27). And in the song of Moses we find Deity defined in these words (Deut. 32:4): "A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." Such was the background that underlay the teaching of Christ Jesus, who taught that "the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23).

The fact that God is Truth makes all that He is and includes real and intrinsic. And it makes everything He did not create—evil, misjudgment, envy, and the like—untrue and illusive. Christian Science explains these facts, and it shows that the advancement of mankind must rest upon the progressive unfoldment of Truth to human consciousness. This unfoldment demonstrates the intelligence that evaluates all things correctly, including human motives and actions. There is nothing intelligent in believing a lie. A simple mistaken judgment of the motives and behavior of individuals and nations can be corrected by reason. But a perverted opinion is willful obstinacy that will not yield to reason. It is a state of self-hypnosis which is so blinded by its wrong conclusions that it remains convinced of its false judgments, regardless of all contrary evidence.

The only hope of reaching and reforming perverted thought is found in the power of Truth to penetrate the stupor of self-deception and break the dream of evil mind. However slowly this penetration may come, stubborn perverseness remains powerless to prevent the spiritual progress of those misjudged, once its delusiveness is understood. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 403), "You command the situation if you understand that mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being."

February 27, 1954

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