In the beginning of the writer's experience in Christian Science, she exclaimed to the friend who was gently attempting to lead her thought to an acceptance of a logical conclusion about the nature of God and man, "But if I admit your arguments I will be led into accepting an ultimate absurdity." This ultimate absurdity, as she then conceived it to be, was the unreality of matter. It was only after the throes of a new birth had left her chastened and humble that she came to realize that the ultimate absurdity is belief in the reality of a material universe. This awakening came when she set herself the unfamiliar task of reasoning fearlessly and logically straight through to the end of the argument. Although the epigram, "Consistency, thou art a jewel," had been a favorite one, the realization was now forced home that the whole fabric of her mental existence had been constructed upon the fundamental inconsistency that like could produce unlike, or, that God could create something ungodlike. For the first time the fact was squarely faced that the phrase "inscrutable wisdom" of God had been employed as an excuse for illogical and inconsistent thinking; that one who was loudly espousing consistency was a victim of the fundamental inconsistency of failure to grasp the axiomatic truth that God is Spirit; God is All; therefore all is Spirit.

One definition of the word inconsistency given in the Standard dictionary is, "self-contradictoriness in statement." Obviously, divine Mind cannot be inconsistent or it would be self-contradicted and self-annihilated; hence God, or Mind, may properly be called the divine Principle of consistency, agreeing with or conscious of only spiritual facts. Therefore the suppositional opposite of divine Mind, mortal mind, or false belief, is the expression of inconsistency, disagreeing with or unaware of itself; that is, an absurdity or nonentity. The question then arises, How can nonentity—no entity, or nothing—cause trouble,—sin, disease, and death? It is at this point that we must fearlessly follow the argument through to its conclusion and declare that this is an impossibility. And since God, good, cannot cause it, there is no alternative but the admission of the truth that evil does not and can not exist. Its seeming existence is merely the self-assertion of inconsistency, and both the claim and its supposed effects are banished when we hold our thought rigidly to consistent and logical reasoning, and this in entire keeping with Jesus' statement, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Behind the Footlights
October 11, 1913

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