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Hawthorne speaks thus of fear "Stupefied by the dim,...
The Christian Science Monitor
Hawthorne speaks thus of fear: "Stupefied by the dim, thick, stifling atmosphere of dread which ... obliterated all definiteness of thought." Could there be a more exact pronouncement upon the effect of fear? And it is just because all people know this to be its effect that they are afraid of being afraid. Afraid that perhaps in a time of great danger they may be stupefied by this dim, thick, stifling atmosphere and not be able to think clearly. Indeed to many it is not the thought of misfortune or death that fills them with fear but the fear of being afraid.
Christian Science does not fail a man in any emergency, for it can meet this form of fear as it meets every other form of inharmony. It reiterates the injunction "Fear not," which rings out all through the Bible, and it shows just what fear is and how to overcome it. These words from the first chapter of Joshua should ever be remembered: "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest," as also the wonderful promise in the forty-third chapter of Isaiah: "Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour." And Jesus often said, "Fear not," and straightway removed the cause for fear.
To-day Christian Science says, "Fear not," and as we learn to "fear not" we lose the fear that in any time of stress we shall be blindly afraid. If one can reach a spring of lovely clear water one is not afraid of being thirsty. If one is out of doors and in pure air one is not afraid of suffocation—and so if a man understands somewhat of Christian Science he is not afraid that he will not have sufficient of that which overcomes fear, for he knows that infinite power is present to draw upon, infinite Love present to rely upon, and infinite Life present in which to dwell.
"If two of you shall agree"
PAUL A. HARSCH
To Always Know
LILLIAN J. MC ARTHUR
Journeying to Damascus
SAMUEL C. ALLSOP
A Visit to Mrs. Eddy's Memorial
MARY HATCH HARRISON
The Path of Progress
To those who do not understand Christian Science it...
W. Stuart Booth
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Hugh S. Hughes, Jr.,
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Aaron E. Brandt
"Traveler," whose letter about the proposed new Medical...
George R. Lowe
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Evelyn A. S. Bull
William P. McKenzie
Past and Present
Annie M. Knott
"Two baskets of figs"
William D. McCrackan
Admission to Membership in The Mother Church
Charles E. Jarvis
with contributions from G. C. Walker, George E. Perley, William R. Conner, Cuthbert S. Booth
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Orville C. Clark
Words cannot express my gratitude for Christian Science
Florence B. Smalley
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Rosa E. Merryman
Several years ago I became interested in Christian Science
H. E. Taylor with contributions from C. Taylor
Since I became a student of Christian Science, about...
A deep sense of humility and love impels me to write...
Alice D. Brewer
I wish to give this testimony of the healing of so-called...
Gertrude S. Rogers
As I think over all the good that has come to me since I...
Blanche Moscrip Schauland
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Moorfield Story