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Discharging Error

From the September 1967 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Many explosions in human behavior have been interpreted as blowing off steam or clearing the air. They take the form of personal quarrels, rebellion against authority, or indulgence in destructive actions. Often these are without purpose or reason. It is as though there were some built-up energy that had to be discharged.

Mrs. Eddy says: "The pent-up elements of mortal mind need no terrible detonation to free them. Envy, rivalry, hate need no temporary indulgence that they be destroyed through suffering; they should be stifled from lack of air and freedom." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 356;

We can challenge the supposed source of such energy. The belief of life and intelligence in matter, or what is called animal magnetism, is the basic error. The way to discharge the effect of this error is to puncture its claim to reality. Christian Science teaches that there is but one creative power, divine Life, Truth, and Love, and that there is no source for evil and no reality in any evil effect. It teaches that this creative power is wholly good and perfectly just; that all true energy is divine intelligence. This energy is spiritual and comes from the divine Principle of the universe, reflecting the pure nature of infinite Spirit. It can harm no one, but it blesses all.

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