The True Battle Ground

In referring to the resistance of the Pharisees to Jesus' teaching, Mrs. Eddy defines briefly the battle ground of the past and of the present when she says (Unity of Good, p. 46): "The fight was an effort to enthrone evil. Jesus assumed the burden of disproof by destroying sin, sickness, and death, to sight and sense." Now Christ Jesus said that he was "the way, the truth, and the life;" therefore it is manifest that each one who wishes to follow the way he pointed out, practice the truth he taught, and live the life he lived, must also assume this "burden of disproof," remembering always that the Master declared his burden light.

Viewing the conflict as thus defined by Mrs. Eddy, we can readily see that no one can be exempt and no one can be noncombatant on this battle ground; for so long as evil seems to be enthroned anywhere at all, the good fight will not be over nor the battle won. Is this discouraging? Not at all! It is but a trumpet call of no uncertain sound; for it distinctly bids us to go forward, and at the same time clearly shows us without any possibility of mistake what the enemy is and what is his intention; namely, "to enthrone evil." Surely this eliminates any belief that the enemy we confront is a terrifying disease, an attractive sin, an overpowering habit, an engulfing appetite, a devasting circumstance, or a material law. We recognize that we are face to face with the attempt openly or insidiously to enthrone evil, and that, as Mrs. Eddy says (Unity of Good, p. 39), "as soldiers of the cross we must be brave, and let Science declare the immortal status of man."

Ever Present Protection
August 10, 1918

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