"Nothing is real and eternal,—nothing is Spirit,—but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense." So writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 71 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

No matter, then, what the problem may seem to be, evil is not a person or thing, but is an unreality or belief claiming to be someone or something. This illusion is supported by one's present concept of material sense testimony. Of this false concept, Mrs. Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings"(p. 353): "If one asks me, Is my concept of you right? I reply, The human concept is always imperfect; relinquish your human concept of me, or of any one, and find the divine, and you have gained the right one— and never until then."

But how does one relinquish the human concept for the divine? When confronted with suggestions of fear, self-pity, resentment, sickness, and sin, one must recognize them for what they are — mortal mind's misconceptions. Since one lives in a thought world, what one makes of any condition by rehearsing it to himself and others is all that constitutes this condition to him.

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