In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy gives the following unique definition of God (p. 465): "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." Many of us were taught in our youth that God is ominipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient, but we understood only vaguely the implication inherent in these terms. As we ponder Mrs. Eddy's definition of God we soon see that God must be incorporeal to be omnipresent, supreme to be omnipotent, infinite Mind to be omniscient. Further thought makes equally obvious the other qualities which must characterize God in order for Him to be God.

Mrs. Eddy further declares (ibid., p. 267): "God is one. The allness of Deity is His oneness." God is one because He is all there is. Therefore since God, or good, is All and is Mind, matter or mortal mind is not real, being contrary to the nature of God. God's omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and omniaction forever preclude the possibility of the presence, power, knowledge, or activity of evil, although evil may appear real to the mortal or carnal mind.

If God were not one and infinite, there would be room for another entity; but in Life there is no room for death; in Truth, no room for a lie; in Love, no room for hatred. It is plain that anything unlike God must be merely an illusion, a mirage, a dream which must disappear through the understanding that God is indeed All. Moses proclaimed to the children of Israel God's allness when he said (Deut. 4:39), "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else."

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