"Thou shalt not know evil"

The prophet Habakkuk said of God (Hab. 1:12,13): "Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." Since man is God's image, as the Scriptures affirm, he possesses no faculty which God does not possess; therefore man as God's expression likewise cannot "look upon iniquity."

Human thought which cognizes evil sees its own false belief. If mortals through human will persist in dwelling in a realm of false belief rather than of fact, they experience unnatural, inharmonious, and evil results. Mortals' false material views of existence are in direct opposition to Mary Baker Eddy's statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 19, 20), "Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal: thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life.—even God, good." Disobedience to this command always brings inharmonious results.

Silencing Aggressive Mental Suggestions
January 25, 1947

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