A commenter on this blog recently asked, “How can a student of Christian Science say evil is unreal when so many atrocities are happening around the world?”
It is true. One of the basic teachings of Christian Science is the reality of God, good, and the unreality of evil. As Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science writes, “God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 339).
To understand how Eddy could write such a statement requires one to see the Big Picture of eternal Life with God in Spirit. With God in Spirit, Life is good. Everything is good. Harmony reigns, health is fixed, peace rules, justice prevails and life is forever.
In the realm of mortal mind, chaos, conflict, sin and death appear to reign. To the mortal mind, evil appears very real. But Jesus Christ came to show us there is a more to life than mortal mind perceives. There is spiritual life. What we have in spiritual life lasts forever.
For instance, death appears real to the mortal mind, but in spiritual truth, life goes on. As Jesus proved with his crucifixion, life is not lost in the experience of death. It continues with God in Spirit. The sensation of death is temporal illusion. In the Big Picture of spiritual Life with God, it is unreal. Life is eternal.
And the same rule applies to all evil. It appears very real to the material senses, but when one sees beyond matter, beyond mortal existence, to Life in Spirit, the hold it seems to have disappears. Evil and its effect is temporal. God’s goodness is eternal.
Something that is real lasts forever. There is no ending point. Life with God lasts forever, and it’s a good life, a Life free of all evil.
In the Big Picture of eternal Life with God, evil is unreal. Good is real, and has the only lasting impression on our existence.