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From the May 2007 issue of The Christian Science Journal

IT IS EASY TO SAY THAT GOD IS GOOD. But it takes more than saying it to understand God's goodness. And the demands on us are even greater to act on this understanding. Mary Baker Eddy had a radical concept of what real good means—from a spiritual standpoint. In the glossary in Science and Health, she provided this explanation: "GOOD. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action" (p. 587).

From this spiritual explanation, we see that good actually is God. And Christian Science helps us to understand that because God is infinite Spirit, then goodness, which originates in and emanates continuously from Spirit, must be spiritual. For this reason, good cannot be held back by humanity's failures and limitations or the restrictions of the physical world. In fact, God's goodness is ultimately all there really is—because Spirit fills all space, and therefore the expression of God fills all space.

True goodness—and the help we derive from that good to bolster and guide our lives—comes from inexhaustible divine Love (another name for God). Divine goodness is Love in action. And because Love is omnipresent and all powerful, there can be no opposite, called evil, in Love's infinite domain. Admittedly, evil seems rampant in the physical world, but since it does not emanate from Love, evil has no reality in the perfect, spiritual realm. And because good is the very substance of God, goodness is actually everywhere at once, all powerful, indivisible, and the supreme reality. What confidence and hope this truth give us!

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