Facing Up to Error

Mrs. Eddy writes, "Certain individuals entertain the notion that Christian Science Mind-healing should be two-sided, and only denounce error in general,—saying nothing, in particular, of error that is damning men." The First Church of Christ Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 210, 211; And a little further on she adds, "All that error asks is to be let alone; even as in Jesus' time the unclean spirits cried out, 'Let us alone; what have we to do with thee?'"

How wise and appropriate for the present-day student of scientific Christianity is this arresting counsel! Christian Science reveals that error has neither substance nor reality. It teaches us that whenever we are faced with a problem of any kind, whether disease, lack, inharmony at home or at work, the real need is to face up to error and prove its nothingness, rather than give the difficulty a cursory dismissal. Ignoring error or taking a casual, superficial approach to trouble is no recipe for healing, for this allows the problem to grow in the dark places of mortal thought and break out when we least expect it.

By reversing every false claim with specific statements of God's law, we meet each situation with the exactness of true Science. We often hear people say that when you handle error you are making a reality of it. But evil can find no ruse to deceive the consciousness enlightened by divine intelligence. The impudent claims of the carnal mind lose their flimsy pretense to reality when we reject them and replace them with the truths of God and of man's relationship to Him.

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July 29, 1967

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