Building on the Basis of Perfection

The teacher, Miss Mary, had been carefully explaining some of the elements of arithmetic to her young pupils in the first grade. As she paused, a small hand was raised to demand attention.

"Yes, Miss Mary," a small voice piped, "I can see that two and two are four, but that seems pretty big to me. I think I'll start with two and two are three and work up to four."

That amuses us. But only for a moment, for we are quick to conclude what would be the outcome of such reasoning—that one can start with a wrong premise and arrive at a correct conclusion—whether the problem is one of addition in the schoolroom or of physical or moral healing in a Christian Science practitioner's office.

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The Message of the Comforter
November 4, 1967

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