How Can There Be Evil?

We often hear prayers in which a great point is made of calmly submitting to disease or injustice, be it ever so tragic, because humanly there seems to be no solution. In such prayer the petitioner is inclined to ask God for patience to accept what he feels cannot be changed.

The Christian Scientist, taking a diametrically opposite approach, challenges evil with the kind of prayer that truly glorifies God. Reverently he asks, "If God is All-in-all, how can there be evil?"

When Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science in 1866, she courageously exposed evil as illusion, error, a lie, a false belief in a power opposed to God. She saw that this mistaken concept is what the coming of the Christ, or Truth, destroys. In the century since her discovery of deific law, Christian Scientists have continued to challenge evil with the fact of God's allness.

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August 24, 1968

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