THERE are many earnest students who, while believing God to be all in all and the life and intelligence in all living things, yet also believe in the power of evil and even fear its power. Such do not want to accept or believe God as in any way responsible for man's actions, especially if they deem such actions to be evil.
We know that we are venturing upon dangerous ground in making that last statement, from the viewpoint of many who still adhere to old orthodox beliefs on the subject; but you will soon perceive our purpose in making it. Of course it is only the limitations of the human mind that prevent most people from really knowing that God or Good is all there is-that God is One, not two (good and evil), and hence such think themselves separate from Him, thereby unwittingly classing themselves with what is not God and therefore not good.
It is because of such faulty reasoning that it becomes necessary to make clear a great truth-make it so clear that all who read will never again fail to know that their God is ONE and is ALL, and that all that Is, is good-to those who see with a single eye.
First it must be understood that all that follows is directed to and is intended only for the follower? of Christ and for those who seek to know and follow Him. All others cannot possibly understand or apply what is given herewith. We now recall to you what our great Master and Teacher taught us regarding Himself:
"I can of myself do nothing" -John 5:30.
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me he doeth the work." -John 14:10.
If these statements be true of Jesus, they must be true of all men; for He is the Exemplar and the Wayshower sent to humanity by our Father to teach us the truth of being. While it is true that the I AM or God's Spirit in man spoke the above words to Jesus' disciples and speaks them likewise to every awakened soul, it is also true that the Christ Spirit is not "born" or awakened in all men. Yet that Spirit is God's Life or the Light that lighteth and dwelleth in every man, even though the darkened mind of man as yet comprehendeth it not.
Therefore God's Life and Spirit is All in all, for there is no other life or spirit but His. Hence if He is all in all, He must do all that man does, or cause him to do and say all that he does or says-but for His own wise and loving purpose, and which purpose man with his "separate" mind is wholly unable to comprehend.
"When ye have lifted up the son of man, then ye shall know that I am he, that I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me." -John 8:28.
Truly when we have lifted up our human mind so that it knows the I AM or Christ within, then it knows that it is nothing and can do nothing that the Father, through His Spirit in us-the I AM, does not lead or cause us to do. It is when lifted to that consciousness that Paul refers to in the 10th to 12th verse of the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians:
"But when that which is perfect is come (the perfect understanding as quickened and taught by God's Spirit - the I AM, in awakened man) then that which is in part shall be done away with.
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.
"For now we see though a glass darkly; but then face to face: mow I know in part; but then I shall know even as I also am known."
Man in his limited understanding calls everything more or less evil that does not measure up to his standard of good, forgetting that in reality "there is none good but God," and not realizing that unless we see God in everything we cannot see good in anything.
He also forgets that it is only ignorance of the truth or of the great Law of Being that causes anyone to condemn a thing or condition as evil, for we have only to recall much that was called evil in our childhood days by our parents and grandparents which greater understanding and common usage now accepts without thought of condemnation, and which therefore must have been "lifted up" to the present standard of "good."
To the thinker it can be seen that God, being all in all, is gradually from within man (or infant humanity) teaching him that all that is, is good-because He is all that is; teaching him just as fast as man is able to bear it and accept it as good, and then to use such knowledge only as He directs-thus lifting up man's understanding and drawing him close to Him.
Man thereby in time grows in wisdom and understanding and learns that there are not two powers in the world antagonistic to each other-God and Devil, or Good and Evil. But that there is only one-a very wise and mighty Power, from Whom all other powers spring and derive their existence or reason for being.
Think this over and you will see that it must be so, for no two equally active and antagonistic powers could long exist, for either they would soon destroy each other, or the more powerful one would master the other and compel it to be its servant.
Therefore evil, when once understood as an actual force in the world, must be permitted-aye, must have been created and is being utilized by the One Who Is Power, and Who created all and is over all-for a very wise and benevolent purpose, and which it behooves everyone of us to study in order to get a glimpse of that purpose.