God is Reflected in Good

It must be clear to any one who thinks about it that the effect of God, good, as the only cause, must be good; in other words, that God, good, is reflected, or that He expresses Himself, only in good. God, who is infinite good, is by His very nature "of purer eyes than to behold evil." He is ever the same good Father-Mother God, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," whose spiritual ideas—children—are all the manifestation of good.

If one is unselfish and loving, he will bless others with his affection. On the other hand, if he is resentful and hateful, he cannot possibly be expected to be a blessing to any one. While good should be seen and emphasized as infinite, it is highly important that the claims of evil shall not be overlooked, but shall be dealt with scientifically. Some religionists teach that evil is real, and hence look upon it and its effects as a necessity. Christian Science teaches that evil is unreal; insists that evil is not God-ordained, and therefore that it has no real value, no power. The point is that if one gets the divine viewpoint of a question to start with, and sticks to that and follows it up logically, good—and only good—will come of it.

One may be tempted of evil and pursued by the belief in its reality, but if he refuses to entertain it he has the assurance of God's protection. The writer to the Corinthians declared: "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." But if one starts out from a false basis, believing that mortal existence is real, he will find error in all his conclusions; and little devils (evils), and big ones too, will apparently haunt his footsteps.

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Children of God
November 15, 1924

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