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

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   How is a mistake to be rectified?  By reversal or revision,
- by seeing it in its proper light, and then
turning it or turning from it.
   We undo the statements of error by reversing them.
   Through these three statements, or misstatements, evil
comes into authority: -
   First: The Lord created it.
   Second: The Lord knows it.
   Third: I am afraid of it.

   By a reverse process of argument evil must be
dethroned: -
   First: God never made evil.
   Second: He knows it not.
   Third: We therefore need not fear it.

   Try this process, dear inquirer, and so reach that perfect
Love which "casteth out fear," and then see if this
Love does not destroy in you all hate and the sense of evil.
You will awake to the perception of God as All-in-all.
You will find yourself losing the knowledge and the operation
of sin, proportionably as you realize the divine infinitude
and believe that He can see nothing outside of
His own focal distance.

A Colloquy

UN 21

   In Romans (ii. 15) we read the apostle's description of
mental processes wherein human thoughts are "the
mean while accusing or else excusing one another."  If we
observe our mental processes, we shall find that we are
perpetually arguing with ourselves; yet each mortal is
not two personalities, but one.
   In like manner good and evil talk to one another; yet
they are not two but one, for evil is naught, and good only
is reality.

   Evil.  God hath said, "Ye shall eat of every tree of the
garden."  If you do not, your intellect will be circumscribed
and the evidence of your personal senses be
denied.  This would antagonize individual consciousness
and existence.

   Good.  The Lord is God.  With Him is no consciousness
of evil, because there is nothing beside Him or
outside of Him.  Individual consciousness in man is
inseparable from good.  There is no sensible matter, no
sense in matter; but there is a spiritual sense, a sense of
Spirit, and this is the only consciousness belonging to true
individuality, or a divine sense of being.

UN 22

   Evil.  Why is this so?

   Good.  Because man is made after God's eternal likeness,
and this likeness consists in a sense of harmony and
immortality, in which no evil can possibly dwell.  You
may eat of the fruit of Godlikeness, but as to the fruit of
ungodliness, which is opposed to Truth, - ye shall not
touch it, lest ye die.

   Evil.  But I would taste and know error for myself.

   Good.  Thou shalt not admit that error is something
to know or be known, to eat or be eaten, to see or be seen,
to feel or be felt.  To admit the existence of error would
be to admit the truth of a lie.

   Evil.  But there is something besides good.  God
knows that a knowledge of this something is essential to
happiness and life.  A lie is as genuine as Truth, though
not so legitimate a child of God.  Whatever exists must
come from God, and be important to our knowledge.
Error, even, is His offspring.

   Good.  Whatever cometh not from the eternal Spirit,
has its origin in the physical senses and material brains,

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