A goal in Christian Science is to strip evil of all power. “Mankind must learn that evil is not power,” Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health (p. 102).
As we understand the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, we can demonstrate the powerlessness of evil and prove its nothingness.
One claim of evil that is helpful to undo, is the claim that it can be aggressive. I hear it often in my practice from patients. One may call for help, and, usually in great distress, tell me, “I’m being attacked. This evil is very aggressive.”
Humanly speaking, they are telling what they feel. They feel like they are being attacked, and whatever disease or fear they are struggling with feels like it is overwhelming them. This feeling of helplessness is error of belief, however, and can be turned around by understanding the allness and goodness of God and the unreality of evil.
Evil does not have power to attack us, inflict harm and make us submit to its decrees.
Jesus Christ was clear on this point when he replied to Pilate who threatened to crucify him, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above” John 19:11, NLT. Jesus knew that God had the only power. He knew that his life was in the hands of Spirit, and never at the mercy of matter. He was so sure of this truth, he was able to turn his physical body over to his persecutors and let them try to destroy it. They could not. Jesus walked out of the tomb alive 3 days later proving that evil had no power over him. He had total power over evil. Evil looked aggressive to the human senses, but it was as nothing to Jesus.
It must be the same with us. When we stay clear that we are wholly spiritual, a living image of God, we lose fear of evil and see that it cannot touch us. No matter how pushy evil appears, no matter how loud it screams, no matter how threatening it becomes, or how intimidating it would be, it is a zero. It has zero influence, zero power, zero sway, zero control over you, over your thinking, over your future, and over your health.
Evil might look aggressive, but it is not. It cannot think, act, plot, plan or implement a strategy. It is mindless, ignorant, empty, vain and utterly helpless to do anything that could ever touch you, the spiritual, immortal child of God.
Take all power away from evil, including the claim that it can be aggressive. Have no fear of evil. Love God and live in peace.
You are always safe in the omnipresence of Love.
“Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise”
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 192.