Working out the problem of defeating evil goes much deeper than ignoring it! In this post I have traded the traditional roles of text and video, and given the preponderance of content to the video. In it, I outline the need to address evil not only as a false belief, but to address the false belief responsible for its own entertainment – namely, animal magnetism.
Here is the approximate text of the video presentation:
The Allness and Onlyness of God
In Christian Science we learn of the infinite Allness and Onlyness of God. All presence. Filling the entire universe. Without an opposite. Imagine the entire universe, extending to infinity. No edges. All filled with God. That’s God’s spiritual reality. That’s the consciousness that students of Christian Science are seeking to gradually realize.
Where could evil be in that infinite reality filled with God? Evil could not even be valid in this infinite universe! Sound wonderful doesn’t it? It is! That’s the kingdom of heaven! But it sounds like a pie in the sky concept to human beings. But Christian Science teaches us that, this kingdom of heaven perception of God’s reality and presence is available to us, here and now, if we only would learn how to consistently feel it!
Human Life Disagrees!
Our human life is sure that this is wrong! Why, we are surrounded by evil and things out of whack every single day! So, how can Christian Science make this humanly outrageous claim: that evil is not valid?!!
Christian Science stands behind that claim with its 140 year record of Christ based healing. It’s a spiritual system that finally gets to the bottom of Christ Jesus’ healing work. It treats Jesus healing wonders as logically explainable and repeatable. And it repeats those wonders in the name of the Christ teachings! The evidence of healing that consistently takes place in human experiences as a result of Christian Science thinking, is commonly questioned and doubted by those just learning about Christian Science. But when we allow ourselves to begin to think outside the traditional mental box, it becomes possible for many many humanly questionable things to become tangible experience. Christian Scientist or not, progressive and positive thinkers from various cultural walks through the ages have repeatedly shown the untapped power of man’s mental potential.
How can evil’s presence be explained in our human life?
Well if we are going to make this claim that evil is invalid and not even real, how do we explain its appearance then? What is it that makes that allegedly false claim of evil into such a tangible reality in our human lives? Well it’s a factor of human thought that’s only been scientifically dealt with in recent history. In the past it has been called animal magnetism, and in more recent times it has become known as mesmerism, or hypnotism. It’s the seeming power of false belief, of absolute conviction in mentally suggested conditions. It’s only the belief in the suggestion of something that makes that something into a virtual but untrue reality to the person under its influence. The study of CS reveals that our everyday human experience overflows with experiences rooted in mesmeric suggestion. And in order to find the mental kingdom of heaven, it is these evil mesmeric suggestions that must be cast out of our thought.
This is a starting idea to some! But once we prove it for ourselves, we begin to find that all is really well! God IS in control!
Then why can’t we just ignore it if it is unreal?
But it’s also often asked….If evil doesn’t even exist and there is only one Mind, and that is God/s perfect Mind, then why should we give evil a second thought? Why not just dismiss it? Let it go? Doesn’t our treating at something just falsely confirm that there is an evil attacking us? Where does this thing that Christian Science calls animal magnetism come from, if there is really only one Mind?
Well, the problem is that when evil comes to our experience, it’s only because we have already allowed ourselves to be mesmerized by it. It’s this mesmeric belief that we have to defeat, and not the makeup of the evil itself. The hypnotic belief is also evil, and is just as much nothing as the evil. So we have to think in a fashion that exercises our natural authority over it.
An analogy in mathematics
That is not too clear without an example, so we are going to go through an example using everybody’s favorite subject from school …. Mathematics! And remember before we get into this example , that we’re going to realize that God must operate in a consistent and principled fashion…..as fixed and universal and consistent in operation as is the law of gravity. No hand of God reaching down from the sky to fix things on earth…just the eternal operation of the Principle of Love.
Picture yourself solving a complex mathematical equation. You understand how mathematics is supposed to work, but for some reason, every time you try to solve this problem, you keep arriving at the wrong answer. How will you find the correct solution?
You will find the correct solution by poring over the principled steps you took in solving it, until you finally find the error in principle that was falsely understood and applied. Only then will you both find the correct solution, and understand how it was found, by changing your understanding. And when you solve the problem by applying principle, it becomes solved in your consciousness.
In the mental realm of mathematics, the problem was always solved. Your job in the human realm was to see the solution in your human consciousness. When you did so, you then clearly understood the nothingness of that error. You saw clearly then that you were coming to a false conclusion because you were overlooking some misunderstood principle. The error then became nothing to your consciousness, and you understood why. But until you found the fault in your reasoning, the error continued to be presented to you as something. And it was appearing to you in your human consciousness as a something. So, you know that error is nothing. That is a plain obvious fact.
But, what if you were to adopt the attitude that: Since you know that the problem really is already solved in the consciousness of perfect mathematics, and that the error is not real, you can simply overlook it, and that you should never need to give it a thought? Will that point of view find the solution to this mathematical problem? No, it never will! The problem will remain unsolved to your human sense of consciousness, while it will at the same time remain forever solved in the realm of mathematics. The attitude that you can leave the error alone will simply leave you with the (very true) assurance that you know that the solution exists because you trust mathematics. But it will never bring you the solution!
This is what Mrs. Eddy meant when she said (page 3 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures):
“Who would stand before a blackboard and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem?”
Applying this thought to human problems
Then we must ask ourselves “Who would stand in awe of a claim of sickness, discord, sin, etc., and pray that God solve the problem? ” God has solved the problem! Our job is to see and understand the solution, which already exists in divine consciousness, in our own consciousness. Our job is to correlate the human with the divine.
But, to see and understand error as nothing, and then to fail to work out the problem through denial and application of knowing God’s principle, is akin to standing before the blackboard and asking mathematics to solve the equation. It is the purification of consciousness we are dealing with in Christian Science. The solutions are all worked out for us. We have to do the hard work of seeing them in consciousness.