Here, we need to negate the word “evil” to avoid making this bigger than it is. It is neither person place or thing.
We are not talking about “The Exorcist” we are simply talking about the ego and darker thinking. We handle our belief in it (that’s all there is).
Mrs Eddy deals with the issue logically, assuring us of its nothingness. However in the denomination people make too much of, too little of it or simply fail to see through it.
1. The necessity of handling it.
There are many people think that to ignore it is better. Even Mrs Eddy went through this when she said in Misc writings that “error defied her”. We will be defied until we handle mortal thinking, collectively and personally.
It would be good to re-read the Bible story of “handling” the serpent , Moses had to “take it up” at which point it became a rod again.
Ignorance of error is actually an error.
2. Nothingness must be understood.
the allness of Truth needs to be demonstrated to show the nothingness of error. We don”t just declare, we demonstrate and understand Truth.
3. Error should be reduced to its native nothingness.
Error often appears in numerous ways, Science asks us to see it as “mortal mind” that is its native nothingness..not lack of this, sickness of that etc. It is the claim of evil, not evils. It is a trap to think of it as person, place or thing,
4. Understanding error: demonstrating Truth.
When we reduce error to mortal mind, it becomes the acknowledgement of Truth and Life and shows the allness of God. Uncovering is 90% of the process. Error is the probing or analysis by the Christ, true consciousness correcting wrong thought.
Deny sin and plead God’s allness are the two sides of the same coin.
5. No evil to take root.
Handle it by seeing through it, not letting it in.
It is important to see good and evil as ONE, not two. We distinguish good and evil because we believe they are two things. Nothing and somethingness. However this same argument promotes duality. We tend to attribute to two forces, good and evil. But one is all, the other is nothing.
There are not two realities or opposite states of existence.
6. Transitionary symptoms.
The more we understand Truth, the less error we will encounter sounds logical, however Science demands that we translate everything into Truth.
Often students give up because of a lack of progress, they feel helpless as they watch error grow seemingly, without understanding it often is a sign of progress. The more we work out error, the more we see of it, the more real it becomes.
7. Evil destroys itself.
Urged to its final limits, it is self destroyed, we don’t interfere humanly. The misconception of Life falls back on itself.
8. Suppositional origin.
We still ask with tenacity “where does evil come from”. Simply put, Mortal Mind, and where does that come from? We need to see it as a misunderstanding. A false conception, misinterpretation of the Divine Mind.
The question is being asked from a dualistic standpoint and should be negated.