"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.

In Genesis (2:17) we read, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it." Good and evil present an aspect of duality found in the false material sense of creation, but not found in the knowledge of true being, which in every aspect presents the oneness and indivisibility of good. A study with the aid of the Concordances to our Leader's writings of passages containing such words as oneness, one, unity, will serve to banish from thought the lie of evil as included in man's existence or in Truth's universe. When we refuse to know evil, we begin to awaken to know God, good.

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Silencing Aggressive Mental Suggestions
January 25, 1947

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