Evil Claims to Have; God Has

The student of Christian Science will do well to remember that evil, the negative mortal mind, alias the material senses, claims for itself everything that belongs to God, immortal Mind. "Evil," says Mary Baker Eddy, "in the beginning claimed the power, wisdom, and utility of good" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 60).

To illustrate, mortal mind claims it has the intelligence, power, and means wherewith to originate man, and the substance out of which to make and embody him. It claims it has a place—its own transient sense of creation—in which to environ him and forces with which it can impair, afflict, and finally destroy him.

But because mortal mind always lies, it can never do more than claim, for God alone has. No amount of claiming by mortal mind can ever prevent God from having in Himself the entireness of reality. Evil may claim everything—cause, effect, intelligence, power, law, substance, identity—but God has all, and what God has is His today and forever.

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November 16, 1946

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