Disarming Mortal Mind

It is always desirable to disarm engines of human ill will, whether they appear as war's implements, or simply hate and jealousy between individuals or nations. But the abandonment of war paraphernalia and wrong motives really involves in some measure the disarmament or casting away of human or mortal mind. The mentality out of which proceeds that long catalogue of evils which Paul lists as "hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like," must be replaced by the divine Mind, the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. And knowing and adhering to infinite good, or Principle, as the one great power really opens the way to infinite armament, because the true man expressing Principle can never in reality be disarmed. The true idea, man or nation, is never absent from "the secret place of the most High," and possesses the "whole armour of God." The Almighty can no more be laid aside as man's upholder than God Himself could cease to be. If this were universally understood, it would take away at once all need of armies and navies and the "pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war."

The spiritual truth is always the best protection. Divine Mind or God is potent, and does not withhold His might from those who seek to understand and fulfill divine requirements. For infinite Love is indeed boundless and gives all good to its likeness. Often is there repeated in the Old Testament the statement that the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, together with the record of the troubles that came upon them in consequence, followed by the simple, inspiring assurance, "When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel." It was the following after false gods that brought trouble to the Israelites, the false gods of material pursuits. When these ancient followers of the one God, or Principle, "cried unto the Lord" they defeated in war the enemies who were seeking to impose upon them those very gods of superstition and gross materialism. Crying to the Lord in this day, that is, having the desire to learn of divine Mind what is good for man, is bringing about disarmament of navies by achieving the disarmament of mortal or human mind, rendering its evil appetites and wrong purpose powerless. Just as the prohibition of alcoholic liquors comes swiftly when spiritual understanding has undermined the human belief of an appetite apart from the true desire to love God, so the disarmament of war's weapons will follow the subsiding of the desire for material power.

The Activity of Love
July 23, 1921

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