“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #5

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious

Question: If God made everything, did He also create evil?

Answer: No, He did not. Evil is nothing more than a lie about God, good. This is an important point that can be hard to understand sometimes, and even harder to remember when faced with evil of some kind. But it is the truth.

We are taught in Christian Science to speak the truth about all error and evil. One truth about the lie of evil is that God did not create it. It would be impossible for Good to have any evil. Here are some strong statements from Mrs. Eddy:

“God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed, evil is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence.” (S&H 207: 8-10)

“The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God, is not the father of error.” (S&H 473:4-5)

“Mind is not the author of matter, and the creator of ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no omnipotence, or omnipotence is the only power. God is the infinite, and infinity never began, will never end, and includes nothing unlike God.” (S&H 249:12-16)

This last citation is a good one to ponder as we pray and acknowledge God as “our Father.” We can affirm that God is everywhere and has all power. How can His children, then, be touched by any evil of any kind? How can there even be a place for evil to exist? We can speak the truth to evil with these simple words: There is no spot where God is not!

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”  Copyright 2005.  For information explaining this book and blog please read the About page.)

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Our Father - Q&A #5

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