Mental healing may be defined as the belief in the...

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Mental healing may be defined as the belief in the action of one human mind upon another. Now if there were in reality any such action, it would and could only result from a cause capable of producing good and evil, since no one has ever pretended that the human mind is wholly good. This would mean that evil is power, and it is just this statement that in Christian Science is strenuously denied. Jesus said, "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." The deduction from this is perfectly clear. The claim of the human mind to be able to do good and to do evil is a false one. The so-called good is only a tempered form of evil. And this is what the writer of the Jehovistic document in Genesis meant by the verse. "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The only true thing that can be said about evil is that it is a lie: the only semblance of power evil can ever manifest is the illusion produced by being deceived by a lie.

The scientific fact is that there is no power but God, and if God is infinite then good is infinite, for God is good. Evil is nothing but the negation of this, an illusion which the understanding of the truth destroys. And because this fact is a scientific fact it can be demonstrated to-day, as it was nineteen hundred years ago, in the destruction of sorrow and sickness and sin. To-day, as of yore, when a man knows the truth he knows God, and in that he becomes the freeman of the Lord.

February 29, 1908

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