The Logic of Christian Science

The logic of Christian Science rests upon the nature and character of God as infinite good, divine Spirit, and hence of His creation as spiritual and good. Once we admit that God is infinite good and that He is all powerful, the only creator, no other conclusion can be reached than that His creation is spiritual and good, reflecting the divine substance and government. And man created in God's image and likeness must express the eternality of God, the immutability of good. There is no room in this creation for the material sense of things that is mortal, discordant, and temporary. There is no room for evil in any form, such as sin, disease, or death.

When faced with this logic, the human mind inevitably poses the questions: Well, where did evil come from? What causes the suffering and evil in human experience? There is a fundamental error in these questions as they are commonly asked, and that error is the assumption that evil exists as a reality and that therefore it must have a cause. If we are willing to recognize that evil is an error, we shall not be interested in finding a cause for it but in finding out the truth of being that destroys the error. One might just as well ask where 2 plus 2 equals 5 comes from. There is no actual cause for it because such an error does not exist in arithmetic. The only reason that one might find for such a phenomenon would be ignorance of the fact. Mrs. Eddy says, "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Science and Health, p. 390;

One of the demands of Christian Science is the cultivation of spiritual sense, or spiritual understanding, so that the individual may see beyond material appearances and get at the spiritual fact, or the spiritual reality. This Science tells us that the material senses do not testify to truth, or reality. They give evidence of a false sense of creation, a material sense of creation, which, being false, involves discord and suffering.

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