Victorious Warfare

THE attempt to destroy evil by admitting it at the start as a very real and very terrible entity promptly places one's sense of good at a disadvantage. Viewed merely from the standpoint of strategy this method is faulty, because it is as if one were to turn over to the enemy a strong position without even a struggle, and then assume the necessity of an advance and attack upon a fortified intrenchment.

This particular kind of warfare has been, and is now, largely carried on by Christians of various shades of opinion. As a mere matter of practical experience it has proved disappointing, and tested on the score of expediency it has been found wanting. The enormous effort and outlay necessitated by such a plan of campaign has not produced corresponding victories, but rather a slaughter of innocents.

All Christians are devoted to the destruction of evil, and it is evident that the nature of the attack must largely depend upon the nature of the enemy. When we enter into an examination of the essential nature of evil, as disclosed in the writings of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and find that it it not positive, is not a power at all, but only negative, a pretence, all doubt as to the proper method of overcoming it vanishes at once. Along with this doubt disappears also every danger of making tactical blunders. Instead of internching evil by admitting it as an awful reality, Christian Science combats the assumption of reality from start to finish, by reducing the pretended entity of evil to non-entity.

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The True Concept of Law
May 26, 1906

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