“To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of error—whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, or death—is the first step towards destroying error.” This statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, on page 463, has often given me food for thought.
Proper treatment of error in Christian Science is essential to healing. And, simply put, “error” is a mistake that needs to be challenged and destroyed with the truth. So our treatment in Christian Science starts with what’s true—with immediately affirming that God, Spirit, is the only cause, source, substance, and condition of all that He creates, all that really exists.
The allness of God is foundational in Christian Science. It is the ultimate of Truth, which deprives error of any credibility; it is the ultimate of Love, which when understood, destroys fear, instills confidence in God’s tender presence and care, and brings healing. Science and Health states, “The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle” (p. 275).
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