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To understand scientifically the unreality of evil is perhaps the greatest difficulty the beginner has, in the study of Christian Science. The average Christian says he believes in the omnipotence of God, but when the Christian Scientist, building on the premise admitted by the orthodox church, that God is omnipotent, completes the syllogism,—God is omnipotent, God is good; therefore good is omnipotent,—he may find his friend at variance with what he thought he believed of omnipotence; that he is explaining the reality of evil by what he sees around him, the false testimony of the senses.
I have two boys not long started in the study of mathematics, and the first lesson they learned was the difference between the plus and minus signs. In going over this with them I thought what a beautiful example it furnished of the unreality of evil. To the question, "What is the value of the minus sign?" the answer came, "Less than nothing;" but they had to be told that this answer was wrong, because nothing can be less than nothing, for were it possible to conceive of less than nothing, then nothing would at once have some value and become something. However small a decimal figure, it always expresses a part of something; but the figure with the minus sign before it has no reality, it is the supposititious absence of something.
So it is with the Christian Science teaching of the unreality of evil. In the Science of being God, good, only is. In Science and Health (p. 469) Mrs. Eddy writes: "The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind—called devil or evil—is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality." Though the truth of this statement is startling, it cannot be doubted, and it is only as we rise in this higher and holier consciousness that we are able to demonstrate in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death the allness and ever-presence of Life, Truth, and Love.
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THE FUNCTION OF THE MIRACLE
M. G. KAINS, M.S.
EDMUND K. GOLDSBOROUGH, Jr.
"DRAW NEARER TO GOD"
FLORENCE HOWELL JOHNSON.
IGNORING VERSUS DENYING
ROBERT N. ROSS.
It is quite likely that there were humorists in the time of...
George Shaw Cook
It is an extraordinary fact that gentlemen who usually...
According to report the clergyman offered his tribute...
William J. Bonin
"WHICH GIVETH US THE VICTORY"
Annie M. Knott
THE CHRISTIAN GENTLE-MAN
John B. Willis
with contributions from Frank B. Homans, Troy L. Davis, Richard P. Verrall, Grant E. Mouser, Wellington D. Rankin, Guy Leroy Stevick, F. A. Turner
On my way home from a Thanksgiving service I particularly...
Cecile Lorraine with contributions from Cornelis van Rennes, A. F. van Rennes, Sr., Editor, J. E. van der Meulen
Moved by a genuine spirit of gratitude to Christian Science...
Francis E. Gazzola
Sincere gratitude impels me to express the joy I feel for...
Frau Hedwig Worreschk
Before I became interested in Christian Science I had...
Virginia A. Wolfe
May I be permitted from this most westerly port in...
C. J. Waddington
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