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Christian Theism

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         Scholastic theology elaborates the proposition that
15    evil is a factor of good, and that to believe in the reality
         of evil is essential to a rounded sense of the existence of
         good.

         This frail hypothesis is founded upon the basis of mate-
         rial and mortal evidence — only upon what the shifting
20    mortal senses confirm and frail human reason accepts.
         The Science of Soul reverses this proposition, overturns
         the testimony of the five erring senses, and reveals in
         clearer divinity the existence of good only; that is, of
         God and His idea.

25    This postulate of divine Science only needs to be con-
         ceded, to afford opportunity for proof of its correctness
         and the clearer discernment of good.

         Seek the Anglo-Saxon term for God, and you will
         find it to be good; then define good as God, and you
30    will find that good is omnipotence, has all power; it fills


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1      all space, being omnipresent; hence, there is neither place
         nor power left for evil. Divest your thought, then, of
         the mortal and material view which contradicts the ever-
         presence and all-power of good; take in only the immor-
5      tal facts which include these, and where will you see or
         feel evil, or find its existence necessary either to the origin
         or ultimate of good?

         It is urged that, from his original state of perfec-
         tion, man has fallen into the imperfection that requires
10    evil through which to develop good. Were we to
         admit this vague proposition, the Science of man could
         never be learned; for in order to learn Science, we
         begin with the correct statement, with harmony and
         its Principle; and if man has lost his Principle and
15    its harmony, from evidences before him he is inca-
         pable of knowing the facts of existence and its con-
         comitants: therefore to him evil is as real and eternal
         as good, God! This awful deception is evil’s umpire
         and empire, that good, God, understood, forcibly
20    destroys.

         What appears to mortals from their standpoint to be
         the necessity for evil, is proven by the law of opposites
         to be without necessity. Good is the primitive Princi-
         ple of man; and evil, good’s opposite, has no Principle,
25    and is not, and cannot be, the derivative of good.
         Thus evil is neither a primitive nor a derivative, but
         is suppositional; in other words, a lie that is incapable
         of proof—therefore, wholly problematical.

         The Science of Truth annihilates error, deprives evil
30    of all power, and thereby destroys all error, sin, sickness,
         disease, and death. But the sinner is not sheltered from
         suffering from sin: he makes a great reality of evil, iden-


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1      tifies himself with it, fancies he finds pleasure in it, and
         will reap what he sows; hence the sinner must endure
         the effects of his delusion until he awakes from it.




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