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Does Evil Exist?

“All of the metaphysical literature I read states there is no evil. But, Allen, all I see around me is evil. Please help me understand how there is no evil.”

The Simple Answer

I think I wrote on this subject before, yet there is always more to say. So, let’s jump right in. The easy answer is: Because God is Love and God is All, there’s no place for evil to exist. However, that’s too easy. Let’s dig deeper into God’s Allness for a better answer.

A List Of Evils With One Common Denominator

Take a look at this list of evil appearances:

  • war
  • disease
  • abuse
  • crime
  • accidents
  • discrimination
  • bullying
  • enslavement

By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it’s enough to get the ball rolling. Read the list again. What do the listed items have in common? There is a common denominator here. Do you see it? The answer is duality. For any of these appearances to exist, there must be more than one present. In each case, something is done to something or someone else. In each case, there’s more than one.

Love Is The Only Power

From Jeremiah 23:24 we read, “Do not I fill heaven and earth says the Lord?” Then turning to Isaiah 45:5 we see, “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me….”

Despite all appearances, there is only one Infinite, Eternal, Indivisible Presence present. Because it denotes one unified whole, Indivisible is the key-word here. This One, as all Action, is called (in human terms) LOVE. That’s why you often read, “Love is the only Power.”

The Antidote To Evil’s Appearances

Since there is only One, do you see the impossibility of actual evil? Whenever there appears to be the threat of evil in your life, remind yourself that Infinite, Indivisible Perfect Presence – God – is all that is Present.

I know firsthand that sometimes the threat of evil will make the heart race and the mind conjure up pictures of doom and disaster. The antidote is the crystal clear realization of Indivisible Oneness. Have you ever prayed for a realization of Oneness? Try it.

Ask This One Question

The questioner states, “all I see around me is evil.” Yes, that may be true. And it’s equally true that all a Midwestern farmer will see when he looks at his land is a flat earth. Without an aerial view, he wouldn’t know better.

Christ Jesus and his followers looked at the same land. They saw a troubled earthly environment while he saw the Kingdom of Heaven. What’s going on here? Christ had an aerial (transcendent) view, and we can enjoy that same view of our environment.

If what you are seeing troubles your soul, know that you are not seeing what IS. It’s an alert to reassess what you are seeing. This is, as you’ve guessed, an “inner” approach. In silent prayer ask of “your” God Consciousness: Is this God appearing? Now, wait for the answer. You may have to rinse and repeat, but it’s worth it.

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Possessed By Infinite Goodness

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I’m Possessed By Infinite Goodness

A man recently told me he thinks he is possessed by “Infinite Goodness.” “Allen, I can’t stop thinking about it. All throughout the day, I’m thinking about Infinite Goodness.”

When I read this man’s email, I wanted to jump out of my seat. In the last few months, I’ve used the term Infinite Goodness in many of my Sunday morning messages. Every Sunday our services start with an acknowledgment of Omnipresent Goodness, and this sets the stage for a great morning service.

There Is No Evil

Infinite Goodness really means Infinite Godness. Just for a moment, let’s make a left turn down a dark, phantasmic road and look at badness, or evil. In one metaphysical textbook, it clearly states, “There is no evil.”

People read that statement and immediately point to the absurdity of it. Why shouldn’t they? All around them are countless instances of evil. The media profits on reporting evil in every grotesque form imaginable. Face it, judging by appearances, which we are urged not to do, there’s hard evidence that evil is real. Yet, it isn’t.

Let’s take a closer look at why there is no evil. Answer this question. What does evil require in order to exist? Did you answer duality and separation? You are right. In every seeming appearance of evil (or badness), there is duality and separation.

There’s More Than The One Here

Granny is sick with pneumonia. There’s duality and separation here. There’s a body, and then there is a virus or bacteria infecting the body. Count for yourself. There are two or more here.

Mark cannot find a job. So, twoness and separation are busy at work. On one hand you have Mark, and on the other hand you have the employer. That’s two. Then, there is the space that seems to separate Mark from his ideal employer. So far, I’ve counted three. What did you come up with?

During recess, Johnny punched Bobby in the face. They scuffled on the ground until the vice-principal came and separated them. Nobody would say fighting is good, but go back and count the culprits. Whether it’s a scuffle on the playground or countries at war, you have duality.

For evil to exist, more than one is required. Or, more than the One is required. Yet, there is only One Infinite, Indivisible, Presence. Where there is one Infinite, Indivisible Presence, there is no evil. Where there is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence that is Love, Light and Perfection, there is Infinite Goodness.

Here’s Another Way To View Existence

Look at existence as One Infinite, Indivisible living spiritual “organism.” And know yourself to be that organism. Seeing existence this way, and not being duped by the appearances of separation, you can see why all is Infinite Goodness and Infinite Goodness is All.

Right this very moment, you are living in and AS the Presence of Infinite Goodness. Contemplate the fact of Infinite Goodness, and don’t be surprised if you, like the man mentioned earlier, find yourself “possessed” by the idea of Infinite Goodness.

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