True Warfare

Every earnest student of Christian Science daily and hourly declares the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience of the one Mind, and endeavors in every way to live consistently with and to prove the truth and power of this declaration. At times, however, the seeming evidence to the senses of a power in another so-called mind, or in minds many, opposed to good, so mesmerizes one that the struggle to maintain what has been proved of the truth becomes a veritable warfare, until the valiant soldier, wearied with the strife, is sometimes almost tempted to give up and lay down his arms; but hope, the bright gleam from heaven's eternal star, always penetrates the gloom and smoke of battle, and the steadfast one begins to glimpse through the continues study of Christian Science that all one has to lay down are the beliefs engendered by a false selfhood.

Diagnosed under the light thus gained, it is discerned that the only battle one has is with self. Evil, using the false weapons of self-will, selfish opinions, selfish desires, and the myriad sensual hopes and plans formulated by the senses, claims to build up a mystifying lie. In time it becomes so mesmerized through contemplation of its own handiwork as to fear and obey its mandates and to conceive its laws as superior to the false sense that pretends to have created them; as Paul said, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; Whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"

But how is one to overthrow this false sense of things? How is he to bind and destroy this false concept? This can be done only through the earnest application of Christianly scientific thinking. The whole false fabric has been built up by wrong thinking and therefore must be torn down or annihilated by right thinking; and the knowledge of right thinking can be gained only through earnest, prayerful study of good thoughts as revealed through the teaching of Christian Science.

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