A recent article, written by a minister, contained certain...

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A recent article, written by a minister, contained certain criticisms of Christian Science. The article was courteous and friendly, and this spirit is appreciated. Another article was unusual because, while purporting to be a criticism of Christian Science, it was largely an admission of its truth. Both articles undertook to establish the following points: (1) That while God did not create sin, He made a creature capable of creating it. (2) That in numerous instances the Bible recognizes sin as an institution.

If evil is an entity, it matters nothing whether God created it firsthand or by proxy. In either event, He would be responsible for its existence. God's creation is not dual in its nature. He cannot logically be charged with originating two powers, one good and one evil, which war forever with each other. God, good, neither originates evil nor consents to it. In Ecclesiastes we read, "Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it." This leaves no room for a supplemental creation. Temporal beliefs cannot be grafted on spiritual facts. Material inventions cannot supersede spiritual ideas.

December 24, 1938

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