From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter
Tell the Truth About the Lie
Again our Leader said, “Do not tell anyone that he can’t die, can’t be sick, until you can prove it to him. I used to look away from the patient sometimes, until I would get the thought, and the patient would vanish right out of my thought, and when I would look back at him, he would be well. I never told them they could not die, until I could see it; then when I spoke, it was done. But we must keep at it, declaring it to ourselves, until we can see it.” What is the spiritual lesson embodied in the above?
It is possible for students to learn the letter and theory of Christian Science, and then to make scientific statements which they have not proved. This condition was illustrated by the student who presented herself before Mrs. Eddy one morning with the symptoms of a severe cold. Mrs. Eddy inquired how she felt and received the response, “I am all right.” Mrs. Eddy’s reproof still rings in my ears as such a needful and enlightening point for every Christian Scientist to know. It is, “Tell the truth about the lie.” Had she completed instructing this student, she might have said, “When I have such symptoms, I do not say I have no cold until I know it, and when I know it, the demonstration is made.”
From my association with Mrs. Eddy, this statement, “Tell the truth about the lie,” has stayed with me as the most helpful thing she said. It has adjusted my thought to the point of being able to maintain a classification of thoughts and statements in Christian Science, so that I put everything under two heads, either as being the truth about the lie, or the truth about Truth. A bird dog flushes the game, so that his master may see it and shoot it. Telling the truth about the lie, puts all error into its rightful classification as being a belief. In that form, truth can destroy it, since on page 297 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures we read, “Erroneous belief is destroyed by truth.”