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Are evil and error synonymous?

From the August 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Throughout her writings Mary Baker Eddy links the words evil and error, often in the same sentence. These words identify materiality in all its forms, and I had always accepted that they were synonymous. However, as I was pondering these terms I began to question this assumption.

Mrs. Eddy’s profound understanding of the English language and her prayerful consideration of the placement of individual words throughout her writings is an attribute I have always honored. There was nothing haphazard about it. Also, considering her insistence that the works of the devil must be detected and destroyed, it seemed important to seek a deeper understanding of the words evil and error.

My edition of Webster’s Dictionary appears to support a difference between evil and error by defining evil as something “morally wrong; mischief; trouble; harmful” but it identifies error as “a mistake; the belief in what is not true; a false belief.” However, it is Mrs. Eddy’s interpretation of Revelation 12:4 from the chapter titled “The Apocalypse” in Science and Health with Key the Scriptures that to me reveals a distinct and important difference between the modus operandi of evil and error.

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