"Thou shalt not be afraid"

During the late war, an officer referred to an occasion on which, at a stated hour, he had to lead his men "over the top." Being troubled by arguments of fear and apprehension, he turned to the ninety-first psalm, and found fresh light in the well-known verse, "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day." The officer said that this verse had hitherto conveyed to him a sense of safety and protection. Now, he saw the words, "Thou shalt not be afraid," in the additional light of a command, one in every way as imperative as the "Thoushalt-nots" of the Mosaic Decalogue. It now appeared to him just as disobedient to express fear as it would be to express anger, pride, or any other carnal belief of the flesh. Soldierlike, he at once resolved to rise in response to this behest of Love; and, strengthened by this sincere desire to obey and trust, he was completely freed from the fear. When the time came, this officer and his men went into action, and every one of them returned in safety.

"Be not afraid" was frequently on the lips of Jesus when he addressed his disciples and those who sought healing. According to the Revelator, one of the first beliefs to be cast into "the lake of fire" is this sense of fear, from which human thought needs to be purified. Fear is essentially materialistic. Our Leader says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 532): "Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense. Thus error began and will end the dream of matter." The self-assertiveness of fear vanished before the Way-shower's spiritual humility, his reflection of divine Love. Equipped with spiritual understanding, and inspired by this same motive of obedience to divine Principle, each one is enabled to rise above every argument of fear; for a false argument has no foundation in Truth.

Truthfulness—Its Intrinsic Value
March 3, 1923

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