Mark Lawson

Truth always destroys falsity. When we understand that one plus one equals two, we are not fooled into believing that one plus one equals three. Once we demonstrate our understanding, we are neither afraid of nor upset by the suggestion that one plus one equals three; we simply use our understanding to correct the mistake. Even if 100 people contend that one plus one equals three, we reject the argument and rely instead upon what we have learned, understood and demonstrated. On the other hand, if we entertain any doubt about the correct rule, we may vacillate between truth and error and continue to make mistakes, for as James warns (James 1:8), “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Our vacillation will end when we are sufficiently weary of making mistakes and then finally resolve to apply the correct principle.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, writes, “The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.” The more we understand and apply the truth or correct principle of man’s being, the more we experience peace, joy and health in our human experience. Just as in the application of math, however, if we accept the lie that man is mortal and material, rejecting the principle that the real man is spiritual and perfect (Matthew 5:48), we will suffer the consequences. Paul warns us (Romans 6:16), “to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Shall we be obedient to righteous (correct) thinking about ourselves, or will we continue with erroneous beliefs and suffer from them?

Through prayer, we can demonstrate that life is Spirit, and we can thereby stop being fearful, upset or victimized by human problems. We can stick to the truth of Being, holding to the truth that man is the image, idea or reflection of God (Genesis 1:26), even if the whole world believes that the universe is material and that man is organic and mortal. With humility, we can gratefully accept the Christ-teaching that God, good, is all-in-all, the only presence and power, regardless of evidence to the contrary. Such thought is receptive of the spiritual fact that we are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).” There is nothing to prevent us from claiming our heritage as God’s children, for as Paul says (Galatians 5:22-23), “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

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Mark Lawson is First Reader of Christian Science Society, Bristol, Tennessee, and he may be contacted at mlawson@elliottlawson.com.

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