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If God is ever-present Love, why did he allow ______?

From The Christian Science Journal - April 16, 2012

An accident, cancer, terrorist acts, and . . . fill in the blank. This is a question that puzzles and weighs down the world. It springs from two things: 1) a longing to understand the true nature of God; and 2) confusion over the origin and entity of evil. 

When what we see and hear testifies so perpetually of chaos, disorder, disease, and hate, how can we really know that God is not competing for influence over us with a living devil of chance, rogue cells, and horror? How can we be sure that God, divine Love itself, is the only actual power and Creator of reality? 

Finding satisfying answers to these questions involves taking more than a simple leap of faith. While faith can be a helpful point of departure, it’s essential to gain a spiritual understanding of the difference between what is good (hence powerful), and what is evil (thus powerless). Once we have shifted our premise of reality from a material to a spiritual sense of existence, the evidence begins to accumulate that God, divine good, is not just a power but the only actual power. 

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