God, Good, Alone Is Power

Often too vaguely men believe that good overcomes evil. Their uncertainty results from the belief that evil is real and can offset good. Until one learns that God, good, is the only real power, and that this power is divinely exercised in support of righteousness, one may vacillate between a dim faith in good and an acute fear of evil.

Christian Science presents for our acceptance and guidance no confusing or conflicting theories. All deductions in this religion necessarily commence with God, Spirit; for otherwise they would not be spiritual. God is self-existent, the source of all intelligence, power, initiative, activity. If these and other spiritual qualities are confined to the one and only God and His creation, then, clearly, none of them can be possessed or exercised by anything unlike God. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Christian Healing" (p. 10): "Let us remember that God—good—is omnipotent; therefore evil is impotent. There is but one side to good,—it has no evil side; there is but one side to reality, and that is the good side." Material beliefs are the opposites of Life, Truth, and Love, in the sense that they are unlike God, good. Evil is erroneous belief, not fact; it has no inherent active quality of its own, but only seems to do what one mistakenly believes it can do.

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