"Evil is not power"

When Mrs. Eddy declared that evil is unreal, she was ridiculed by the world. Her teaching is ridiculed still by many; but others are rejoicing that through the great discovery of Christian Science they have had a vision of the allness of God, good, and are perceiving, if but feebly sometimes, that evil is unreal. And those who have glimpsed the glory of perfect Being know that all men will yet arrive at that same spiritual understanding and be assured of the allness of good and the nothingness of evil. Mrs. Eddy has said in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 102): "Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness."

No greater issue has ever been presented to the world than that evil is unreal; and this, because evil is looked upon by mankind, generally, as a great and mighty power. We look around and seemingly see it in innumerable sinful guises, in many forms of disease, in suffering, in sorrow, in death; and we behold its ravages in almost every direction. It claims to exercise dominion in the fury of the storm, the devastating earthquake, the devouring flame: to destroy is always the aim of evil.

Now Christian Science insists that evil is unreal in its every seeming form and mode of operation, because God is infinitely good. The point from which Christian Science starts in all its reasoning is that God, good, is All-in-all. From that divine truth it never departs. To do otherwise, would be to deny and thereby to dishonor God. Christian Science honors God by affirming His allness and proclaiming the fact that good is infinite; and thereby it emphatically gives the lie to evil, denying it absolutely. Accordingly, it is entirely in consonance with Christ Jesus' words to the Jews of his day: "He [the devil or evil] was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

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Loving Our Brother Whom We Have Seen
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