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Water on the road

From the May 2020 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, reasons: “If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 470). To proclaim that evil is unreal may seem to be wishful thinking and an excuse to ignore evil, but this is far from the practice of Christian Science. Eddy’s reasoning is based on a revealed interpretation of the Bible confirmed by the practice of Christian healing.

Looking up the road on a bright sunny day, a driver may see water on the road ahead. This water appears to be very real to human sense. Yet the driver immediately rejects that appearance and proceeds as if the road is clear. His confidence is based on understanding and experience. He reasons that the day is bright and clear, there has been no rain, and the road is perfectly flat. Sure enough, as the driver proceeds to the place where the water appeared to be, the water disappears.

Where did the water go? There never was any water, and what had appeared to be water no longer appears to that same physical sense. The driver merely changed his point of view, and he then saw the reality that was always there—dry road.

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