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Handling criticism within and without the movement

From the May 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal


When I started studying Christian Science, I was inclined to be very critical of other people. I resolved to stop when I discovered that criticizing was like shutting out the light on a sunny day. By focusing on others' faults I had been denying my own access to the light of truth, the presence of God's allness, as well as denying my fellowman his rightful status as God's child.

This change in perspective brought an immediate about-turn in my thinking. I felt so inestimably grateful to have found this wonderful truth, Christian Science. The power of Truth and Love had reached my thought, in some measure, through reading Mrs. Eddy's book Science and Health. My thinking had undergone a dramatic change. I could no longer bear to hear or voice unnecessary and unkind criticisms.

Thinking that evil does not need to be exposed, however, or deliberately closing one's eyes in the hope that error will go away is an error in itself. Mrs. Eddy cautions, "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?'" The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 211.

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