The Goodness of God

On page 119 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God." Here is presented a point of view foreign to most men, but one which through the teachings of Christian Science is gradually yet surely being accepted by an ever increasing number of people.

Christian Scientists have accepted the fact of God's goodness—God's unlimited goodness. How have they been able to do this in a world in which evil appears to be so rampant at times? They have learned the great basic truth that God is infinite good, and have seen in consequence that evil, that which seems to exist in opposition to good, is unreal. Thus Christian Science has opened the way to the solution of the problem of evil for them, by showing it to be naught but false belief—nothing; and their steadfast endeavor is to prove this by reflecting good continually in their lives.

The whole complexion of human existence is changed when one discerns for himself the spiritual truth that since God, good, is infinite, He "is represented only by the idea of goodness." At once one learns to expect good, and good only, wherever one may be. At once one begins to deny reality to evil, wherever it may seem to present itself, knowing that in reality good alone can be there. What is the result? The overthrow of the belief in the reality of evil; the replacing of the fallacy of evil by a real sense of good. And this means the destruction of the fear and worry which accompany belief in the reality of evil, and the establishing in their stead of a peaceful, harmonious, happy state of consciousness.

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January 26, 1929

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