EVIL IS NEVER NECESSARY

We sometimes hear it said that some evil-seeming thing which has come upon a person is God's will, is for some good purpose which will eventually appear, or is a punishment, or a discipline. But Christian Scientists do not reason in such hopeless fashion, nor do they accept any human frailty as fixed and immutable. With God there is "no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17), and He is goodness itself. His creation, man, reflects or expresses His goodness.

Only God is All and always good. It may be asked: "Is not something like a material flower or clear, fresh water good?" No, not in itself. Flowers fade, water can dry up or become polluted. The very breezes can become destructive winds. Material good is always transitory, always changeable. Only God and His provision for our enjoyment are really and permanently good, and we experience His goodness and perfection progressively as our thought is opened toward the spiritual substance of Truth. Then the beautiful and good things of nature typify to us God's constant provision for His loved creature, man. The individual who understands this fact is in a position to experience good and to expect it.

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