Truth Is Formidable
From the Christian Science Sentinel, February 9, 1918, by William P. McKenzie
Times of trial are testing times, for then falsity is urging its claims to the utmost. The human mind is swayed by its arguments, confused by its excitements, perturbed by its threats, allured by its promises, and at times would gladly give it the verdict. But let us never be confused as to the issue; truth will have the verdict. Falsity wastes itself away by its contradictions, while our understanding of truth grows ever stronger by the affirmations and demonstrations which support it.
While truth is thus marching on to its inevitable victory it is attacked on all sides. Its adherents seem to have to meet hosts of adversaries who far outnumber them. Furthermore, the adversaries claim to be clever, and those who stand for truth will sometimes admit that claim with a weary sigh, when they should never sigh nor be discouraged, but joyfully turn to Principle, or Truth itself, and find healing from every weariness and sense of discouragement. Here is the unfailing remedy for those who find that error in its braggart boasting, or by means of its poisonous subtlety, is claiming dominion over them. Indeed, there is no other remedy, as our Leader clearly shows in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 380), where she says, “Nothing but the power of Truth can prevent the fear of error, and prove man’s dominion over error.”
Truth is formidable to error because it puts error out of action. The lies and deceptions which have tormented the human race are a great host, yet as the ages go by they are judged, and they pass under condemnation into nothingness; while truth, consistent and undivided, marches on. Very truly could the apostle say, “We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” But to work wisely we must know how to overcome error with truth, how to enlighten those who stumble in darkness. In Christian Science we are content to work with individual questioners and seekers, even as our Master did, and the vast import of this is brought out by James, who says: “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
This work of salvation is exact because it is scientific, and does not connect in any way with the mesmeric action of fear and sentiment, inducing dread of punishment and desire for a sensual paradise. It is Truth that saves,—Principle, not the doctrines of men. Hence men can be delivered from delusions of every kind, and find a clear way Godward, despite error’s false claims and poisonous deceptions, its stealth, and fraud, and boasting. This deliverance is not achieved through ignorance of the devices of evil, but by such knowledge as keeps one unvictimized, and by such inspiration as makes him victorious. Mrs. Eddy clearly says (Science and Health, p. 252), “A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.”
Whoever will know Truth and its power must be honest. It is not enough to have a belief of being good, for it is among the personally good that the stealthy mesmerist works to produce division of opinion. The wolf in the night tries to scatter the flock, that he may slay the sheep as they wander confused. So do the human enemies of man, as wolves in sheep’s clothing, first try to divide and scatter; then they will, if they can, devour trust, confidence, good will, kindness, fellowship, because if the flock should remain united in love, and obediently trust the shepherd’s care, it would be safe. But against the truly honest man the mesmerist and the spy work vainly. The honest man will not accept any inducement of theirs to separate himself from Principle, for his God is “a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” The servant of Antichrist anywhere is afraid of the honest man everywhere, because every such thinker menaces his power, which is based on deceit. Mrs. Eddy says: “Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony. Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian” (Science and Health, p. 169). The Christian Scientist is so named because he is pro-Christian. Let him, then, in his honesty rely upon Truth, and be certain that it is formidable against error and will prove victorious in all the earth.