The "yes" and "no" of treatment

Suppose someone remarks that San Francisco is built on an island. We could flatly deny that it is. And we could affirm San Francisco is on the mainland—that we know this because we've lived there. The first statement, the denial, is right. But when it's reinforced with the second, the correction is far more convincing.

Christian Science heals, spiritually enriches, and erases the wrongs in our life. To apply Science most effectively often involves denial of the trouble and specific affirmation of the spiritual truth of being—includes both "yes" and "no."

Error, in the vocabulary of Christian Science, designates all suffering and whatever argues for the absence of God. The truth is that which describes the infinitude, presence, and benevolence of God. God, in fact, is Truth. We can't effectively deny error without the underlying conviction of the omnipotence of Truth. Our denials of error need to be embraced by our certainty of the allness of Truth, our unqualified assurance that nothing real needs denial since all that is real is good. And permanent.

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A lesson for the Fix-it family
April 17, 1978

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