“All Evil Is In The Name of Good”
Emma Curtiss Hopkins
The statement by Ms Hopkins, a new thought teacher of the 19th century, points to the unity of this age old dilemma in mankind. “The only sin is a lack of intelligence” states Ernest Holmes who is the founder of the Science of Mind, another new thought movement of the 20th century. If one ascribes to the notion that God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient it is hard to imagine such a Being creating a world of death disease and suffering like ours. The statement by Ms. Hopkins points to the conundrum of this seeming contradiction.
Very few people are able to address the question of good versus evil and arrive at a cohesive conclusion. There are entire college courses devoted to this question. It has puzzled the great thinkers of the world and there has not been a generally accepted answer to this question yet it must be continually asked by generation after generation of humans who suffer this world.
I imagine any spiritual teacher who has an intuitive grasp of the nature of God’s goodness could answer the question of good versus evil easily but understanding the answer would be difficult for someone who had not uncovered that same intuition within themselves. In Ernest Holmes we find a reasoned approach in a step by step manner which presents not only a resolution to the contradiction that a loving God could create suffering but an inspiration to act in such a way as to put the question to rest within ourselves and prove the nature of the loving God to ourselves.
It is because we have the free choice to choose a limited understanding that we find ourselves limited by our choices. Ernest says that “evil is an experience we are allowed to have because of our divine individuality”. In other words we choose evil due to our lack of understanding or intelligence as to the nature of what we are choosing. Somewhere along the line we have learned to declare that what God has created as the only possible Reality of His Existence is not good. We actually put the energy called evil in motion by use of our creative word. All thoughts create their respective realities in the lawful subjective Mind of Christ, which acts without judgment, on what we say is true for us. Ernest says it is an ‘invention of ignorance’.
So the problem of evil lies not so much in the world of results but in the thoughts from our limited perspective of God which are misusing the divine power of Oneness with God to create inharmonious conditions instead of peace. We create evil conditions not only personally but collectively when we affirm a separation from the Reality of Good Alone. The answer is to expand our understanding of the creative power of our word to heal not only ourselves but to contribute to the growing collective of spiritual thinkers who will heal the rift between man and his own true nature as One with God.