Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Ways Higher than Our Ways
page 361


Ways Higher than Our Ways




   A lie has only one chance of successful deception, -
to be accounted true.  Evil seeks to fasten all error
upon God, and so make the lie seem part of eternal Truth.
   Emerson says, "Hitch your wagon to a star."  I say,
Be allied to the deific power, and all that is good will aid
your journey, as the stars in their courses fought against
Sisera.  (Judges v. 20.)  Hourly, in Christian Science,
man thus weds himself with God, or rather he ratifies a
union predestined from all eternity; but evil ties its wagonload
of offal to the divine chariots, - or seeks so to do, -
that its vileness may be christened purity, and its darkness
get consolation from borrowed scintillations.
   Jesus distinctly taught the arrogant Pharisees that, from
the beginning, their father, the devil, was the would-be
murderer of Truth.  A right apprehension of the wonderful
utterances of him who "spake as never man spake,"
would despoil error of its borrowed plumes, and transform
the universe into a home of marvellous light, - "a
consummation devoutly to be wished."
   Error says God must know evil because He knows all
things; but Holy Writ declares God told our first parents
that in the day when they should partake of the fruit of
evil, they must surely die.  Would it not absurdly follow

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that God must perish, if He knows evil and evil necessarily
leads to extinction?  Rather let us think of God as
saying, I am infinite good; therefore I know not evil.
Dwelling in light, I can see only the brightness of My
own glory.
   Error may say that God can never save man from sin,
if He knows and sees it not; but God says, I am too pure
to behold iniquity, and destroy everything that is unlike
Myself.
   Many fancy that our heavenly Father reasons thus:
If pain and sorrow were not in My mind, I could not
remedy them, and wipe the tears from the eyes of My
children.  Error says you must know grief in order to console
it.  Truth, God, says you oftenest console others in
troubles that you have not.  Is not our comforter always
from outside and above ourselves?
   God says, I show My pity through divine law, not
through human.  It is My sympathy with and My knowledge
of harmony (not inharmony) which alone enable Me
to rebuke, and eventually destroy, every supposition of
discord.
   Error says God must know death in order to strike at
its root; but God saith, I am ever-conscious Life, and
thus I conquer death; for to be ever conscious of Life is
to be never conscious of death.  I am All.  A knowledge
of aught beside Myself is impossible.
   If such knowledge of evil were possible to God, it would
lower His rank.

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   With God, knowledge is necessarily foreknowledge; and
foreknowledge and foreordination must be one, in an infinite
Being.  What Deity foreknows, Deity must foreordain;
else He is not omnipotent, and, like ourselves,
He foresees events which are contrary to His creative will,
yet which He cannot avert.
   If God knows evil at all, He must have had foreknowledge
thereof; and if He foreknew it, He must virtually
have intended it, or ordered it aforetime, - foreordained
it; else how could it have come into the world?
   But this we cannot believe of God; for if the supreme
good could predestine or foreknow evil, there would be
sin in Deity, and this would be the end of infinite moral

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