LOVE-MIND Obliterates Evil
Julio C. Rivas, CS
All forms of evil are obliterated by TRUTH-GOD. Our expression of divine INTELLIGENCE-GOD gives us spiritual authority to overcome evil’s subtle (serpentine) and threatening (dragon-like) machinations. MIND-given intelligence, alertness and authority are victorious in every circumstance.
Insightful theologian M. B. Eddy asserts MIND’s sovereignty when she writes that “Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.”
“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble” proclaims the Bible. It means that ignorant, perfidious and malicious forms of evil are exterminated by our synchronicity with the superiority of MIND-TRUTH.
According to the New York Times mass murders have been on the rise. There were 2 per decade for most of the 20th century. It spiked up to 9 of them in the 1980s and 11 in the 1990s. Since the year 2000 through 2011 there were 26, with 7 more in 2012, including the latest two in Connecticut and Oregon.
FBI crime data describes the typical mass murderer as a white male, loner, with some college education, from a stable, upper-middle to middle class family. They are likely to suffer from mental illness, they blame others for their personal failings, and they become obsessed with hatred and revenge. But the primary predictor for their violent rampages is alcohol and/or drug abuse.
Single victim murders contrast with mass murders in that alcohol/drug abuse is not the primary predictor. For the male killer it is revenge, power, money and rage. For the female killer the motive is a distorted sense of love for a boyfriend, husband, ex, or child
Serial killers’ motives are multiple and they evolve through the series of killings. These killers are known to experience a sick thrill from their actions.
All this information can be used to pray specifically and effectively to nullify evil’s machinations. Evil thoughts and actions scream “Pay attention to me! Fear me! I can control you!” But LOVE-MIND’s intelligent ideas and motives quash them.
We can counter mental illness by understanding that man is the expression of MIND-INTELLIGENCE. Our genuine self is not a pawn of a deranged, alcohol-drug-addicted, material brain. We are the restful, peaceful, loving, productive manifestation of MIND. Our spiritual composition is endowed with the equipoise and elements of SPIRIT. This view heals material, chemical imbalances.
Infinite LOVE-SOUL is the determiner of our genuine identity. LOVE’s fulfillment, confidence and generosity abound in our spiritual composition. This recognition obliterates evil motives like revenge, greed, rage, hatred, control, and possessive, perverted feelings about love.
After Elijah ordered the killing of 300 priests of Baal he still failed to remove the apostasy of Judah. Then alone in the desert and considering suicide he discovered and submitted himself to the intelligence and grace of LOVE-MIND. He became a new man, one who reflected LOVE’s authority over evil.
David from the Old Testament proved the power of depending on MIND-LOVE. It is what provided him with the intelligence, savvy and grace to overcome adversity and to defeat larger-sized armies in battle.
When we succumb to evil thoughts we lose our spiritual power. Materialized, sinful thinking disconnects us from LOVE’s overflowing goodness and wisdom. This impairs our ability to uncover and destroy evil purposes.
King Saul is an example of someone who did not correct evil thoughts when they first presented themselves to his thinking. When his faithful servant David was winning the battles assigned to him by the king, Saul became consumed by envy and hatred toward David. Instead of celebrating David’s victories King Saul felt threatened by them and attempted to murder David.
David, who communed daily with MIND-GOD, detected King Saul’s murderous attempts and avoided them. Although David was deeply hurt by Saul’s betrayal he let Saul know that he still loved him.
Saul, on the other hand, did not submit to LOVE’s corrective wisdom. He experienced further mental, emotional and physical deterioration. His poor judgment led him and his sons and friends to be killed in battle.
M. B. Eddy’s states that “Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers.”
She also wrote that “The so-called sinner is a suicide” because it causes one’s self-destruction. It describes well what happened to King Saul.
Jesus Christ took the mask off evil by calling it a lie and proving it so. The writer of Revelation describes in allegorical language how our cognition of GOOD-GOD’s sovereignty disables all of evil’s deceptions.
St. John discerned evil’s manipulative deceptions and foresaw mankind’s victory over them. Echoing John’s vision of triumph, M. B. Eddy wrote, “To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death.”
We can know with Christly certainty that LOVE-MIND has instilled in us the necessary power, intelligence and love to overcome evil. The spiritual forces of LOVE define us and fill our lives.