Good Can Have No Opposite

The Church is engaged in a mighty effort to help individuals in their struggle with whatever would stand between them and their unity with God infinite good. That more is not being done along this line is because many individuals have a misconception of what they are struggling with. They are struggling with evil as a reality instead of as a false belief.

Perhaps no part of the teaching of Christian Science is so misunderstood, and even ridiculed, as its insistence that because good is infinite, it can have no opposite. Yet this teaching holds great promise for all who are oppressed by their belief in evil and the suffering that is involved in this belief. The recognition that individuals are not faced with evil as a reality but merely with the belief that evil is real is already helping them to battle successfully with the one great enemy of mankind. As long as they entertain the belief that evil is real, they will be inferior to evil's false claims, and evil will be to them as real and powerful as it falsely seems to be.

The personification of evil has been accorded many titles, or aliases, in the Bible. The Revelator referred to some of them when he stated (Rev. 12:9, 10), "The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

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