A correspondent in a letter in the Newcastle Journal of...

Newcastle Journal

A correspondent in a letter in the Newcastle Journal of December 9 appears to be puzzled by the Christian Science teaching that evil is unreal. Let me say in reply that Christian Science teaches that since evil was not created by God, in that sense it is unreal; but it does not deny that to mortal sense evil seems real. Christian Science teaches that God is perfect, and cannot be expressed by anything imperfect; thus, being perfectly good, God cannot be expressed by anything evil. Evil is a negation of good.

Those who try to trace the origin of evil or to make God responsible for evil have set themselves an impossible task, because evil, being a negation or error, has no origin; if it had an origin it would be real. We recognize the statement that twice two makes five as a mere error or as ignorance, but we do not seek the origin of the statement, knowing it has none.

Jesus said he came to fulfill God's law, and he destroyed evil in every guise in which it appeared. If God were the author of evil, how could Jesus have fulfilled God's law by destroying something God had created; and could anything which God created be destroyed?

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