Good Is Never Less than All

To admit good as less than all is idolatry—a belief in a lesser power than almighty Mind, Spirit, God. On page 336 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God." There is no lesser universe than the universe of God's expressing, no lesser man than the man of Mind's conceiving, no lesser provision than the provision of Love's infinitude. One might profitably watch his thinking every day to see how fully he is admitting the allness of good, how much less than all power, all presence, all substance he is giving to God. Nothing less than allness represents pure Mind, pure goodness, the same Mind of which Habakkuk spoke in that oft-quoted statement, "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity."

Everything seeming to exist outside this allness of Spirit is in the realm of supposition, the supposition of a greater and a lesser power, and the greater at times held at the mercy of the lesser, the infinite supposedly contained in the finite, and good possible of being overcome of evil. But it is both a spiritual and a scientific impossibility for good to be overcome of evil: from a spiritual standpoint because it is utterly unchristian for evil to triumph over good and from a scientific standpoint because it is admitting the utterly illogical and inexact premise of two first causes, one good and one evil, eternally at war with one another.

The evidence of a lesser power than God, all good, from a boil on the flesh to an atomic bomb, is an illusion of the senses unknown to omnipotent, infinite Spirit. The pleasures of the senses are equally unreal. The ecstasies of humanity are based on the same false premise as its agonies, the belief in something less than the allness of Spirit and a wholly satisfied man, the expression of Spirit.

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"I feel the strength of it"
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