Are you sure?
This bookmark will be removed from all folders and any saved notes will be permanently removed.
The Lamb and the Wolf
It need not shock the working Christian Scientist to be told that the carnal mind will probably offer him the choice of becoming either a wolf preying upon the lambs or a good shepherd feeding his flock "in green pastures" and leading it "beside the still waters." Such an offer involves no discredit to the spiritually minded, since Jesus was similarly tempted in the wilderness by the same supposititious mind. Perhaps, indeed, it was this very temptation which permitted the Master in commissioning his disciples to say to them plainly, "Behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves;" and certainly their subsequent experiences confirmed this prediction.
Obviously Jesus had in mind certain mental states characteristic of mortals but portrayed by the lamb and the wolf, and so his language points to metaphysics rather than to the physics of the animal kingdom. From this point of view the struggle between the lamb and the wolf seems ever going on in human affairs, and is still writing the greater part of what is called the history of mankind. Saul seems always to be pursuing David; Jezebel, Elijah; the dragon, "the woman;" and Babylon is ever trying to substitute itself for the New Jerusalem. In Esop's fable the hungry wolf was determined to find a good reason for eating the lamb, and the lamb could only gasp out at last, "Any excuse will serve a tyrant." The wolf in one nation preys upon the lamb in another. The same persecution is witnessed within governments, churches, schools, and homes, within each individual consciousness,—but in the domain of spiritual warfare eventually the lamb always wins.
Mrs. Eddy makes this very plain when she states on page 567 of Science and Health: "Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil." Strangely enough the lamb, which physically considered seems the most helpless of animals, typifies the strongest of spiritual states, the inoffensive innocence which loves and hates not.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
ERNEST C. MOSES
Rising Above Popular Opinion
LUCY HAYS REYNOLDS
"Thou art the man"
CAROLINE A. BALY
Ability versus Distrust
PEARLE M. WARREN
Straight Lines and Plumb Lines
EDWARD A. STRONG
C. A. CARR
The author of an article relating to Christian Science,...
Judge Clifford P. Smith
No one who has ever studied Mrs. Eddy's works could...
"Fear made manifest"
Annie M. Knott
The Lamb and the Wolf
William D. McCrackan
with contributions from F. Lovell Lee, John M. Tutt, Vernon J. Lilly, Harold L. Ireland, Dean Collie
Several years ago Christian Science was presented to me...
This testimony is given with a heart full of gratitude and...
The Scriptural passage, "God is light, and in him is no...
Robert L. Sawyer
Until a few years ago I was afflicted with a chronic bowel...
Flora Stewart McGraw
Recently I was asked by a friend to give an instance of...
The healing of a poisoned finger through the realization...
Darwin H. Goldsmith
I am deeply grateful to be able to testify herewith to the...
EDITH L. PERKINS