Overcoming evil with good

The topic of evil has confounded mankind throughout time. Countless books have been written about the problem of evil, and we’re confronted daily by the many forms it seems to take, such as aggression, crime, disease, poverty, and tyranny. But despite this and the commonly accepted opinion that evil is inevitable or more powerful and more present than good, Christ Jesus proved otherwise, and so can we, as we increasingly learn to follow him.

To exercise our dominion over evil, we need to understand what it is and how it operates. Evil is not a person, place, or thing. Rather, it is a false belief, appearing as our own thought, claiming that something unlike God, good, can exist. The truth is, nothing unlike God can be real because God, Spirit, is infinite and omnipresent, the only cause and creator. According to natural law, like produces like. Therefore, infinite, omnipresent Spirit, which is good, produces only that which is spiritual and good. Evil is a contradiction of spiritual truth, and therefore it is not a reality or a power.

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