OK—a little recipe/cooking analogy!
Let’s say that you were making a cake and the recipe called for 1 cup of sugar. If the thought came to you to use a cup of salt instead, would you say “Sure thing! That makes sense to me!”
Not if you wanted the recipe to yield a sweet cake you wouldn’t!
Now, what if another recipe called for vinegar? And this time the idea came to you to use a salad dressing that contained a small percentage of vinegar, would you go ahead and expect the same results? I don’t think so!
So why then would you accept the suggestions of error that would try to undermine your successful outcome for healing? Why would you accept the evidence of the material senses—in any of their guises—as fact, and then wonder why you’re not being healed?
Just as you would quickly dismiss the clearly erroneous idea that you could exchange salt for sugar, why not do the same when error tries to suggest to you that you can mix or substitute other ideas for Christian Science? Or, even more absurdly, that you somehow don’t have the power to resist the lure of such suggestions in the first place?
Paraphrasing the Apostle James’ admonition (James 4:7), Mary Baker Eddy wrote:
Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from you. (Science and Health, p. 406)
Each of us, as God’s image and likeness—and we are nothing less than that!—does innately have the ability to see through the lies and temptations that the carnal mind, error, evil, is suggesting to us, and then to recognize and experience the healing realities of Truth, of God.
In Rudimental Divine Science, Mrs. Eddy stated:
A Christian Scientist knows that, in Science, disease is unreal; that Mind is not in matter; that Life is God, good; hence Life is not functional, and is neither matter nor mortal mind; knows that pantheism and theosophy are not Science. Whatever saps, with human belief, this basis of Christian Science, renders it impossible to demonstrate the Principle of this Science, even in the smallest degree. (p. 12)
If we persist in thinking that we can substitute anything—“even in the smallest degree”—for the rules and truth of Christianly scientific healing as laid out in complete and comprehensive detail in Science and Health, as well as the author’s other writings, then we are not only working against ourselves, but also those who call us for help.
To take it one step further, wouldn’t we be—ignorantly or otherwise—working against Mrs. Eddy’s revelation and demonstration?
And that, my friends, would be a recipe for disaster!