cannot talk; and hence, whatever it appears to say of
itself is a lie. This lie, that Mind can be in matter, -
claiming to be something beside God, denying Truth and
its demonstration in Christian Science, - this lie I declare
an illusion. This denial enlarges the human intellect by
removing its evidence from sense to Soul, and from finiteness
into infinity. It honors conscious human individuality
by showing God as its source.
Evil. I am a creator, - but upon a material, not a
spiritual basis. I give life, and I can destroy life.
Good. Evil is not a creator. God, good, is the only
creator. Evil is not conscious or conscientious Mind; it
is not individual, not actual. Evil is not spiritual, and
therefore has no groundwork in Life, whose only source
is Spirit. The elements which belong to the eternal All, -
Life, Truth, Love, - evil can never take away.
Evil. I am intelligent matter; and matter is egoistic,
having its own innate selfhood and the capacity to evolve
mind. God is in matter, and matter reproduces God.
From Him come my forms, near or remote. This is my
honor, that God is my author, authority, governor,
disposer. I am proud to be in His outstretched hands, and
I shirk all responsibility for myself as evil, and for my
Good. You mistake, O evil! God is not your authority
and law. Neither is He the author of the material changes,
the phantasma, a belief in which leads to such teaching
as we find in the hymn-verse so often sung in church: -
Chance and change are busy ever,
Man decays and ages move;
But His mercy waneth never, -
God is wisdom, God is love.
Now if it be true that God's power never waneth, how
can it be also true that chance and change are universal
factors, - that man decays? Many ordinary Christians
protest against this stanza of Bowring's, and its sentiment
is foreign to Christian Science. If God be changeless goodness,
as sings another line of this hymn, what place has
chance in the divine economy? Nay, there is in God
naught fantastic. All is real, all is serious. The
phantasmagoria is a product of human dreams.