"Reason, rightly directed"

When reason is based on a spiritually sound premise, it is an important healing factor in Christian Science. More than merely enabling us to draw correct inferences from given statements, the faculty of reason makes spiritual facts available in the healing of the sick and sinning. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p. 494), "Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense."

Here is an example: If we admit that God, the divine source of all true being, is perfect and immortal and that man is His image and likeness, reason will lead us to the inevitable conclusion that man is perfect and immortal. When utilized to correct errors of corporeal sense, this mental activity is potent in healing.

Our experience with sin, disease, and death results from our reasoning from a false premise— the premise that man is mortal. Mrs. Eddy brings this out where she writes (ibid., p. 301), "Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down."

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March 7, 1964

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