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

EVIL, AS PERSONIFIED BY THE SERPENT
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EVIL, AS PERSONIFIED BY THE SERPENT



   Mosaic theism introduces evil, first, in the form of a
talking serpent, contradicting the word of God and thereby
obtaining social prestige, a large following, and changing
the order and harmony of God's creation.  But the higher
criticism is not satisfied with this theism, and asks, If God
is infinite good, what and where is evil?  And if Spirit
made all that was made, how can matter be an intelligent
creator or coworker with God?  Again:  Did one Mind,
or two minds, enter into the Scriptural allegory, in the
colloquy between good and evil, God and a serpent? - and
if two minds, what becomes of theism in Christianity?  For
if God, good, is Mind, and evil also is mind, the Christian
religion has at least two Gods.  If Spirit is sovereign, how
can matter be force or law; and if God, good, is omnipotent,
what power hath evil?
   It is plain that elevating evil to the altitude of mind gives
it power, and that the belief in more than one spirit, if

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Spirit, God, is infinite, breaketh the First Commandment
in the Decalogue.
   Science shows that a plurality of minds, or intelligent
matter, signifies more than one God, and thus prevents the
demonstration that the healing Christ, Truth, gave and
gives in proof of the omnipotence of one divine, infinite
Principle.
   Does not the theism or belief, that after God, Spirit, had
created all things spiritually, a material creation took
place, and God, the preserver of man, declared that man
should die, lose the character and sovereignty of Jehovah,
and hint the gods of paganism?



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