The Light of Love

The same beloved disciple who wrote, "God is love," also wrote, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." In the Bible we find that light and darkness are used extensively to symbolize good and evil. Herein lay hidden a great truth, until Mrs. Eddy, her own thought illumined with spiritual love, discerned and unfolded it that the whole world might understand and make practical application of it. For centuries the statement of Jesus, "I am the light of the world," was accepted by all Christian peoples, but more or less superficially; for never was it fully realized, until Mrs. Eddy pointed it out and demonstrated it, that the positive elements contained in light, before which darkness disappears, are symbolic of the force and power of Spirit: that the Christ, Truth, coming into human experience, may be said to have a similar effect upon mortal error to that which light has upon darkness.

The use of these words to typify good and evil points directly to the fact that the characteristics of good and evil may be likened to those of light and darkness: that as light is a so-called positive form of energy, having behind it the sun which is sending it forth, so spiritual good is the vital, active power of divine Mind, the only real power; that as darkness is but an absence of light, a negative quality, so evil is but a suppositional absence of good,—nothingness,—which, when Truth is brought to bear upon it, immediately gives way, even as darkness yields to light; for as darkness contains no element which enables it to resist light, so evil has no power to resist Truth and Love when it comes into contact with them. Mrs. Eddy, with her wonderful spiritual discernment, points out these facts when she states in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 243), "Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God."

When it is once clearly recognized that evil of every sort, whether it be a so-called habit of sin or a belief of sickness, has not within it a single element except that which we can liken to darkness; that it is in its very nature nonresistant, for it has nothing from which to derive activity, power, or strength; that it cannot occupy space, and cannot hold itself intact; then we shall see it vanish. This will be accomplished as we realize that God—Life, Truth, and Love—is the only power, the only presence, the only activity; that whatever emanates from this divine Mind expresses all the positive qualities which we find symbolized in light; that spiritual good reflects the power of God, who is causing it to shine to the uttermost parts of the earth, into every phase of human thought and experience, and there to express His nature to the entire exclusion and annihilation of every belief of error. Just as wherever light finds its way, there no darkness is, so, wherever the Christ, Truth, is understood and expressed, there no evil can stand.

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