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Evil isn’t

From the June 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Rather than being overcome by an almost incessant clamor of malice and immorality in the world around us, is it possible to see things more deeply and spiritually, beholding plainly and in a healing way the omnipotent power of God and our own dominion as reflections of Him?

When a person turns for help to the dual pastor of Christian Science—the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures—and begins a deeper study of these books’ profound ideas about the wonder and allness of God, he or she soon naturally starts to understand that death, sin, and sickness aren’t authentic as they appear to be. Often it’s not long before one becomes overjoyed by the dawning truth that, in the light of God’s encompassing allness, evil isn’t a real thing at all; it’s a term for absolutely nothing. In other words, God is. Evil isn’t.

Oh, but hang on. Evil isn’t real? It surely seems real. Many thoughtful people would say that there are times when it seems and even feels really, really real! Well, we won’t presume to cover all the intricacies of this concept in one single article.