Evil Not To Be Feared

There may be said to be two ways of regarding evil, one the way the world looks upon it, the other the way in which Christian Science beholds it. How does the world in general look upon evil? Nobody, surely, needs to be told: everybody knows that the great majority regard evil as a mighty power working in the midst of men, often silently and stealthily, for their downfall, their unhappiness, their discomfiture, a power which they have continually to be on guard against in order to circumvent its methods and aims. The world in general regards evil as a reality, as an active and oftentimes an apparently intelligently directed force opposing good, and not infrequently seeming to do so successfully.

How, on the other hand, does Christian Science regard evil? Not at all after the manner just set forth. Christian Science regards evil as an error of the so-called human mind, as a dream of material sense, as an utter illusion; and this way of beholding evil, so called, has an absolutely correct and scientific basis. What is this basis? It is the fact that God is infinite good. Admit that God, good, is infinite, and evil must be acknowledged to be unreal. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 186) Mrs. Eddy writes: "Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil."

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