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The simplicity of Truth

From the March 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Though Christian Science is profound, it requires only a simple, childlike acceptance of Principle. Paul wrote, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor. 11:3). One of the simplest truths in Christian Science is to know that we are created good, and that God’s good is all there is—in fact, “God is All-in-all” (Science and Health, p. 113). Deeply understanding this Principle never fails to heal fear and instill a deep calm, which provides a path to heal anything—from hastiness to heart disease.

Paul’s concern that subtlety corrupts is often played out in a seemingly innocent but false premise. For example, one may catch oneself thinking that food from the diner caused indigestion, or that running on a damp sidewalk deserved a fall. But the truth is that indigestion and a fall are not legitimate events in a God-governed world, and no human rationale can make a reality out of a false premise. The first step is to identify an idea as truth or error; if it’s error, don’t entertain or identify with it because if one doesn’t comply with a subtle lie, one won’t be taken in by it. 

Principle is simple and never changes. “The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal” (Science and Health, p. 368). This simple truth clears the mental canvas. 

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