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can we overcome evil?

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Announcements Forums Truth – July 24th, 2016 can we overcome evil?

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    jacob45
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    To continue the issue of handling all the heartbreaking evil in the world, here a few insights I gleaned from Martha Wilcox´ Association address of 1941, titled: “What is war? War and evil sums up the same thing, and it seems to exist only in the human, mortal consciousness. She talks about universal mass-mesmerism, an obsession. Since mortal mind is both belief and believer, as one, it is its own self-destruction ….. quote: “The end of error will come to us individually when the error becomes extinct within our human consciousness.”
    “Each of us can and should assume the responsibility of handling the errors in his own thinking. We should do this as if we were the only one upon whom rested the responsibility for the correction to be made. In this way only do we work out our own salvation, and at the same time aid in working out the salvation of the world.” She also says that our right thinking or our treatment has its origin and laws in omnipotence, and that failure is impossible.
    The one Mind is conscious of everything that is true of men and nations, and whatever is not true of men and nations does NOT EXIST AT ALL.
    All that can ever be done to a problem must be done in the realm of thought. And this is Truth.

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    #1905
    Florence
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    To answer the post’s question: can we overcome evil? is No we cannot BUT THE TRUTH can! Hence the emphasis on our understanding the TRUTH of Spiritual REALITY and the falsity or UNREALITY of matter. To Mind Nothing is incurable nor is sin unforgivable because when Truth is understood as stated above these are uncovered as UNREAL anyway!

    This from the Lesson is helpful:
    SH 450 The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God’s power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.

    #1909
    MaryBeth
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    As this is never an easy question to answer I will quote Mrs. Eddy from page 563 in Science and Health, “Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal. We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?” As we begin to obtain the divine sense that “harmony is the real and discord the unreal” – this viewpoint will not be callous or unfeeling, but be so filled with God’s Love for His creation the false concept will disappear and give place to the real and eternal. We can feel this with the utmost tenderness and compassion. As our hymn states, “From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me, from mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day…” Don’t let the mesmeric picture deceive you into believing its lie. And yes, as Martha Wilcox states, this is an individual process!

    #1923
    chardelle
    Moderator

    Thank you for these posts. It is true that the work we must do to understand is individual, but the teachings and sharing that happen at Plainfield are a marvelous support for the striving student of Christian Science. Reading and rereading this post reminds of the story of the Christian Scientist who walked out of a concentration camp during WWII through locked doors, high walls and soldiers. He left unnoticed and unharmed. Now that is good individual work!

    #1924
    Lil
    Participant

    Thank you for these posts. Understanding Truth does come from working individually, in unity. That’s a powerhouse, thank God!

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