The smallest child in the Christian Science Sunday School can quickly learn the fundamental truth that all that is real is created by God, and that everything God makes is good. The allness of God means that He is ever present, and that all reality is in Him. This makes it evident that any suggestion that evil is present or real is only a pretense, never a fact. Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 550, 551), "As Christian Science repudiates self-evident impossibilities, the material senses must father these absurdities, for both the material senses and their reports are unnatural, impossible, and unreal."

If the material senses tell us that we have a very serious disease; if the newspapers say our world is facing a serious crisis; if we believe our relationships are under a serious strain or our business affairs in a serious condition—Christian Science rescues us from this mesmeric belief in the reality and power of evil by its revelation of the allness of God, good. God is the only cause, and everything He creates expresses His wisdom and love. Since evil is the suppositional opposite of good, it is the nature of evil to counterfeit the allness of good by calling itself important, substantial, and real. In the Bible (II Thess. 2:4) we read of evil's boastfulness that "he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." It is important to realize that evil, the deceiver, deceives only itself; it cannot make itself heard by God or by the real man. Man, reflecting divine intelligence, can know only what divine intelligence knows, namely, good.

Jesus gave us the correct estimate of evil when he called it "a liar, and the father of it." and explained that "when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own" (John 8:44). The liar speaks only of its own misconception of God and His creation, and this is definitely not your concept or mine when we have been enlightened by the teaching of Christian Science.

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January 3, 1948

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