In the Bible we are admonished to "overcome evil with...

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In the Bible we are admonished to "overcome evil with good." What is the nature of good and the nature of evil by which the one is superior to the other? Where do good and evil come in contact so that the one can be used to overcome the other? In the same book good and evil are sometimes personified, but they are oftener defined impersonally in mental terms. Some of the Scriptural names for good are "mind," "mind of the Spirit," "spiritual understanding," also "truth." Some of the Biblical names for evil are "fleshly mind," "carnal mind," also "error," "deceit," and the like.

Christ Jesus defined evil as "evil thoughts." He resolved all of "the things which defile a man," into thoughts that are evil. Nor did he leave the subject there. If evil thoughts were not different and separate from true consciousness, there would be no deliverance from them. Hence we have his further description of evil as a liar, or lie, and his emphatic statement that there is no truth in it (John viii. 44). Such being the nature of good and evil, the scene of the warfare between Spirit and flesh must be the so-called human mind, the consciousness of both good and evil. This must be the meeting-point where evil can be overcome with good. Here is where the errors of material sense can be corrected with the truth of spiritual sense.

September 26, 1914

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