Where did evil come from?

My Sunday School teachers became very familiar with this question, because I asked it so often. It seemed to chain me to the bottom rung of the ladder of understanding Christian Science.

I was told that this Science teaches that God is good, that He is All, and that therefore evil is nonexistent. And yet to me evil appeared very real. If God didn't make it, where did it come from?

The answer I got was: "It didn't come from anywhere. It's just a belief." That's not good enough, I thought. If God made man capable of believing in evil and suffering from it, even as "just a belief," this wasn't much of an improvement on the doctrine that evil is real. The effect would be much the same.

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Divine Principle, not astrology
May 2, 1983

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