The Futility of Human Warfare

The more one learns of Christian Science, the more one is convinced of the unchristian nature of all forms of human warfare. In the days when the great Hebrew lawgiver wrote the Ten Commandments at the dictation of God, divine Principle, the people had advanced no farther than "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,"—he that used the sword must perish by the sword. That was their highest sense of justice. And this attitude persisted until, in the line of spiritual development, he came who was able to show the people a better way, a far higher way, based on an understanding of God unknown to those who had preceded him.

It was Christ Jesus who, in the Sermon on the Mount, spoke the last word on the iniquity of reprisals: "I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." "I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." And the Savior ended this part of his wonderful address, focusing what he had said, in the words, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

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