Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Remove Evil, Not People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Remove Evil, Not People

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IT'S natural to want to remove opposition to our progress. But recent headlines discussing an attempt to eliminate a competitor from a skating competition by injuring her have made me ask myself if it's really other people who stop us from succeeding! Many athletes feel their fiercest opponent is not their competition, but themselves. This conviction hints at the spiritual fact that the way to remove opposition is to understand that nothing can take away our God-given ability. The master Christian, Christ Jesus, faced substantial opposition throughout his ministry. Yet, we find no teaching of his to suggest he ever advocated using violence to overthrow tyrants or destroy enemies. What Jesus did teach, and urged his followers to do, was, as Matthew's Gospel tells us: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (5:44). There is no more practical way permanently to remove evil from your life than through loving your enemies. Indeed, the power of spiritually based love can literally transform enemies into friends. The Bible speaks of God creating a perfect universe and man--the spiritual identity of each of us--His image and likeness. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, accepted God's perfect creation as the reality of life. God, infinite good, has to be the only creator and because this creation has one source, divine Spirit, it can only be spiritual. As God's creation, then, each of us must be spiritual and good. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy tells us, "A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive" (p. 463). God is wholly good. …
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