PERCEIVE THE NOTHINGNESS OF ERROR

In her address to the Alumni of the Metaphysical College in 1895 Mary Baker Eddy said, "Christian Scientists cannot watch too sedulously, or bar their doors too closely, or pray to God too fervently, for deliverance from the claims of evil" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 114). As our Master, Christ Jesus, admonished his followers to watch and pray, so Mrs. Eddy counseled her students to watch and pray constantly.

Because the claims of evil are sometimes subtle, and consequently not always apparent, it is necessary that we have some knowledge of evil and the way it claims to operate in order to defend ourselves from it. Nevertheless, before setting forth to uncover and destroy error in consciousness, we need to have a clear understanding of divine Truth. In short, it is necessary that we recognize evil in order to see it for what it is, namely a false belief which will vanish as we give up our belief in its reality.

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