"A wise idea"

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE teaches that the reality of good appears as the claims of evil are destroyed by the law of divine Love. This law thus affords a defense to spiritual qualities such as innocence, purity, righteousness, kindness, while evil and sin, which would prey upon good, are annihilated by spiritual law.

Through the study of the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we learn how to apply the law of God. Under the marginal heading "The serpent harmless," Mrs. Eddy writes (ibid., p. 515), "The serpent of God's creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love's ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them,-the power which changeth the serpent into a staff." As related in Exodus, when "Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, ... as the Lord had commanded," and Aaron's rod swallowed the rods of the magicians, evil was shown to be a pretense of subtlety and mystery, posing as a complicated and overwhelming reality, only to fade into nothingness when confronted by an understanding of God's presence and power.

"Painless progress"
August 9, 1941

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