Spiritual Preparedness

MUCH is being said at this time on the subject of preparedness. It is discussed by individuals and the press with reference to national defense against a hostile invasion. If the world is ever going to be at peace it will be only through obedience to the divine command, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." If this commandment were obeyed in individual consciousness, it would bring peace within and also throughout the whole world. Our warfare and preparedness would then become spiritual, not carnal, and the light of spiritual illumination would shed its radiance over all nations and peoples. Sooner or later the whole human race must learn of man's unity with God, and retreat into spiritual selfhood and build on everlasting foundations. Man made in the image of God and fashioned after the divine likeness possesses no other consciousness than that which is allied to the divine.

Mrs. Eddy has written in "Unity of Good" (p. 21), "If we observe our mental processes, we shall find that we are perpetually arguing with ourselves; yet each mortal is not two personalities, but one." This warfare between good and evil goes on, until the same Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus" is recognized to be the true consciousness and man's individuality as "hid with Christ in God," where no belief in "that which Life is not" (Science and Health, p. 495) can enter to defile or make a lie.

Far-reaching Testimony
October 14, 1916

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