Evil Is Impotent Before Good

The great demonstrator of Truth and Love, Christ Jesus, many times proved the powerlessness of evil. It is recorded in the fourth chapter of Luke's Gospel (v. 29, 30) that on one occasion, after he had been thrust out of the city in which he had been laboring, he was led to "the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong," but "he passing through the midst of them went his way." This was what was to be expected of him who had healed all manner of disease among the people, forgiven sin through his understanding of the unreality of evil, raised the dead through his realization of the allness of God and the indestructibility of Life. Jesus proved conclusively the truth of Mary Baker Eddy's words on page 239 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that "the wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor."

The Master instructed his followers on the nature of God. He taught them that God is the Father of man, and that He loves His creation with infinite tenderness. In this way he endeavored to bring home to them the truth that they were ever under divine protection. Indeed, nothing stands out more clearly in his teaching than the fact of God's love for His children love which is boundless, constantly active, ever available and their freedom under divine law. Paul taught the same truth. Writing to the Romans (8:2) he declared, "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" being the law of Love.

There is a law then which, when obeyed, protects against evil. Christian Science makes this plain by revealing the nature of God and His government. God, it declares, is infinite Love, infinite good. His law, therefore, is the law of Love, the law of good. In reality there is no other law. Moreover, since God, good, is infinite, evil is unreal nothing. Hence, there is no law of evil. If we are thinking good thoughts, loving thoughts, we are obeying God's law; and this obedience protects us from whatever may claim to be unlike good. One can form an estimate of the thoughts of Jesus, the depth of their goodness and love, when one considers how, on the occasion referred to above, he was delivered from the hands of those who sought to take his life. One can realize how perfect was his obedience to the will of God, the law of Love.

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Sweeping under the Mats
August 9, 1941

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