HANDLING AN ILLUSION

It is a well-known rule in the practice of healing in Christian Science that one proceeds from the premise of perfect God and perfect creation. In the Bible, which Mary Baker Eddy says contains the recipe for all healing (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 406), the Apostle John writes (1:3), "All things were made by him [God, good]; and without him was not any thing made that was made." And Christ Jesus' admonition was (Matt.5:48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

All that really exists expresses the perfect and wholly good nature of God. Obviously then man, as God's image and likeness, now and at all times expresses this wholly good and perfect nature. It is indispensable in the successful practice of Christian Science that this divine fact be realized. Therefore when a suggestion of sickness or sin or inharmony of any kind is projected one's way, he should find himself instantly turning to God with the realization that only as he does so can he expect to begin his treatment rightly. One does not begin with inharmony in order to realize harmony. He must know what harmony is—in other words, what reality is—and then the nothingness of inharmony is apparent. When truth is established, error disappears.

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