The Unreality of Evil

The jargon of the schools has been a term of contempt with the true thinker for many centuries. It seems as if it were almost impossible to invent a scientific terminology which should not be subject to abuse by those who have not grasped its real significance. This is noticeable amongst those who chatter about Christian Science, just as they chatter of natural science; who talk of demonstration as if it meant getting something a person materially desired, and who seem to think that sickness is abolished by describing it as a claim. On page 54 of "Unity of Good," Mrs. Eddy warns her students specifically against such abuse of language. "To say there is a false claim," she says there, "called sickness, is to admit all there is of sickness; for it is nothing but a false claim. to be healed, one must lose sight of a false claim." And again, a little lower on the same page: "As with sickness, so is it with sin. To admit that sin has any claim whatever, just or unjust, is to admit a dangerous fact."

Mrs. Eddy uses the word claim to signify something which claims to be a fact but is not, but when the word claim is simply substituted for sickness or sin, without the metaphysical insight which deprives it of any sense of actuality, it becomes, as she says, a dangerous admission. No doubt if a man's health, or his business, or any of those activities in which he is legitimately engaged, seem to suffer in any way, the claim is obviously being asserted by evil of its power to injure him or them. In such a case, then, it is his duty immediately to realize the truth of the situation, to prove the claim an illegitimate one, and so to destroy it. Such a claim can, of course, only be made illegitimately, for Truth makes no claim, but asserts itself as a fact. Now the way this claim of sickness is thrust upon the human consciousness is always through malicious mental suggestion, as no suggestion of evil could possibly come from divine Mind, which is conscious of nothing but good. If, consequently, such a claim, or such a suggestion, lodges in the human consciousness, it is because the individual has not protected himself against the belief that evil exists as a reality and a power. Mrs. Eddy clearly foresaw that there would be those who would neglect this protection, and so, in Article VIII, Section 6, of the Church Manual she wrote: "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,—and justified or condemned."

Going Forward
June 5, 1920

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