"The Lion of the tribe of Juda"


From time immemorial, most of the really worthy people in the world have been remembered, revered, and loved because they possessed, in some degree, the courage of their convictions. Such were Daniel, the Apostle Paul, and, in a later era, John Wesley and Abraham Lincoln, who possessed this kind of courage to a very great extent. Thus it is that, today, when thinking of men who have stood firmly and steadfastly for what they believed to be the right, one's thoughts naturally revert to these heroes and others like them.

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, had a very deep regard for the God-given virtue which is called moral courage, that grand and noble courage which cannot but be admired, whether we be of the same opinion as the person possessing such courage or not. In fact, Mrs. Eddy considers it one of the most desirable of all the virtues; for in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she writes (p. 514): "Moral courage is 'the lion of the tribe of Juda,' the king of the mental realm. Free and fearless it roams in the forest. Undisturbed it lies in the open field, or rests in 'green pastures, ... beside the still waters.' " And on page 589 she gives as the metaphysical interpretation of "Judah": "A corporeal material belief progressing and disappearing; the spiritual understanding of God and man appearing."

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