Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   The origin of evil is the problem of ages.  It confronts
each generation anew.  It confronts Christian Science.
The question is often asked, If God created only the
good, whence comes the evil?
   To this question Christian Science replies:  Evil never
did exist as an entity.  It is but a belief that there is an
opposite intelligence to God.  This belief is a species of
idolatry, and is not more true or real than that an image
graven on wood or stone is God.
   The mortal admission of the reality of evil perpetuates
faith in evil; and the Scriptures declare that "to whom
ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye
are."  This leading, self-evident proposition of Christian
Science, that, good being real, its opposite is necessarily
unreal, needs to be grasped in all its divine requirements.

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