The omnipotence of God's oneness

There are some facts which are so widely accepted that they are rarely questioned, and little consideration is given to their implications. For instance, does one fully recognize the deep significance of the truth contained in the great commandment: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord"? Deut. 6:4.

It is quite possible for someone, though brought up in a Christian home, to brush aside this declaration as something he has always taken for granted, never having thought for a moment that there is, or could be, more than one God. Christian Science, however, urges us to follow through to its corollary: that one omnipotent God must invalidate the supposed powers thought to dominate us—sin, and sickness in a body that appears to make its own conditions.

The Revelator heard the divine utterance "The Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Rev. 19:6. What does the word omnipotent really mean? The First Commandment makes clear that there can be no power in anything that is not of God, good. Evil, in any guise, must therefore be devoid of power. So what is called the power of evil is not in truth power at all, but a counterfeit, a deception or lie about real power. Its only possible effect is in mortal thought, and that has no reality in the divine Mind, in which man, the idea of God, lives and moves and has his being.

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A circle of harmony
June 30, 1986

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