How can you say that evil doesn’t exist, when all you have to do is turn on the TV to see it?
QUESTION: How can you say evil doesn’t exist? Turn on the news any day of the week and you’ll see that’s not true. Heck, just meet some of the kids at my school and you’ll know evil’s real.
Phil Davis says: says: While I was managing my church’s federal office for Committees on Publication back in the 90s, I once had a guest who represented an evangelical Christian group. He was a great guy, who was known for being gregarious and blunt. As he stood in my office, he took a copy of Science and Health from my desk and thumbed through it.
“OK, Davis,” he asked after a moment. “What’s all this nonsense about you believing evil is unreal?”
I paused in prayer, then offered him the following. (I’ll call my guest “Al.”)
“Al,” I said, “do you remember that the Bible says that there will come a time when all tears will be wiped away and that there will be no more death, sorrow, or pain?” 1
He was quick to reply. “Right. From Revelation.”
“In essence,” I said, “this is saying there will be no evil.”
“Well, the only difference between you and me, Al,” I went on, “is that you believe this takes place after we all die and go to heaven. But I feel that we can prove God’s allness and evil’s nothingness right here on earth, right now. That’s what healing is all about.
“And I come to this conclusion because Jesus himself said, ‘The kingdom of God is within you.’ That means right now!” 2
At that, Al looked down at Science and Health for a moment, carefully put it back on my desk, and said, “OK, Davis. You won that one!”
I continue to stand by that answer. The only way to reveal evil’s nothingness is by knowing more about God’s allness.
Yes, I do see a lot in this world that isn’t right. And some of it is downright evil. In Christian Science, though, the way we witness God’s presence and see it in practical ways—ways that heal—is to learn what is true about God and more about our connection to Him. And there is no greater fundamental truth than to know that God is all good, all love, and all powerful, and that therefore, evil has, in fact, no power or presence.
Obviously we can’t be naïve about the needs of this world. However, the affirmation of these spiritual facts is the only way I know to gain the kind of spiritual understanding that actually brings results—real healing.
Phil is a Christian Science practitioner and authorized teacher of Christian Science in Chicago, Illinois.
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