Spiritual Weapons and Warfare

St. Paul declared: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God." The warfare of Christian Science is not directed against any person or class of persons, or against any church; the battle is wholly waged against evil thoughts.

In Christian Science we know that evil is not a person; it is not an ecclesiastical organization or a medical association, but it is wrong thinking. The weapons of our warfare are right thoughts reflected from divine Love. Thoughts of Love overcome all fearful thoughts; good, pure, and holy thoughts remove all bad, impure, and ignoble thoughts, just as light banishes all darkness. We get rid of the evil thoughts of the carnal or mortal mind by the power of right thoughts based upon the spiritual understanding of perfect, infinite God, or divine Love, and perfect spiritual man in God's own image and likeness.

We do not "war after the flesh," but we aim to bring every thought "to the obedience of Christ." We do not overcome hatred and malice by giving back hatred and malice in return, but we overcome evil with good; we overcome hate through divine Love. We do not overcome malicious mental malpractice or aggressive mental suggestions by sending back evil and destructive thoughts, by cherishing unloving and bitter thoughts, thus becoming mental malpractitioners ourselves, but we can dissolve all error by knowing the allness of infinite Love, in whom there is no element of evil or destruction. Love does not know either sin, disease, or death, and in Love's presence evil thoughts and malicious purposes cannot exist.

Purifying Experience
March 24, 1917

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