Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Falsehood's Nature

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Falsehood's Nature

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ACCORDING to an ancient fable, when Truth and Falsehood went bathing together, Falsehood emerged from the water first and proceeded to dress in Truth's clothing. Falsehood offered its own garments in return, but Truth chose to remain unclothed rather than wear the garments of Falsehood. Thus the expression "the naked truth." We often find ourselves confronted, sometimes subtly, sometimes blatantly, with falsehoods that represent themselves as true or genuine. But we can learn to distinguish between the false and the true. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "The notion of any life or intelligence in matter is without foundation in fact, and you can have no faith in falsehood when you have learned falsehood's true nature" (pp. 485-486). How can we learn the true nature of falsehood? And what do we gain by so doing? Today more than ever we are bombarded with various thoughts from so many sources--television, radio, and the print media among them. We need some sort of filter to help us determine what is acceptable, what should be accepted as true of God and His creation. The Bible gives us a valuable insight into how to do this. In I John we read, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (4:1). The discernment we need lies in a spiritual testing of what we see and hear. So as we "try the spirits," as we sift and analyze the information coming to us, we should endeavor to determine the actual origin or motives that lay behind the ideas that are being presented. Reasoning that has as its basis materialism or self-interest is "without foundation in fact." An idea or thought that is spiritual, however, expresses the harmony and goodness that identify its origin in God, Spirit. These ideas are the true ones that we want to cherish in our lives. …
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