Christian Science versus Pantheism, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Did God create evil? or is evil self-existent, and so
possessed of the nature of God, good?  Since evil is not
self-made, who or what hath made evil?  Our Master
gave the proper answer for all time to this hoary query.
He said of evil: "Ye are of your father, the devil, and the
lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from
the beginning, and abode not in the truth od], because
there is no truth eality] in him vil].  When he speaketh
a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father
of it lie]."
   Jesus' definition of devil (evil) explains evil.  It shows
that evil is both liar and lie, a delusion and illusion.  Therefore
we should neither believe the lie, nor believe that it
hath embodiment or power; in other words, we should
not believe that a lie, nothing, can be something, but deny
it and prove its falsity.  After this manner our Master cast
out evil, healed the sick, and saved sinners.  Knowing
that evil is a lie, and, as the Scripture declares, brought
sin, sickness, and death into the world, Jesus treated the
lie summarily.  He denied it, cast it out of mortal mind,
and thus healed sickness and sin.  His treatment of evil


and disease, Science will restore and establish, - first,
because it was more effectual than all other means; and,
second, because evil and disease will never disappear in
any other way.
   Finally, brethren, let us continue to denounce evil as the
illusive claim that God is not supreme, and continue to
fight it until it disappears, - but not as one that beateth
the mist, but lifteth his head above it and putteth his foot
upon a lie.

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