World Peace

The student of Mrs. Eddy's writings can scarcely fail to discover the positive assurance with which she looked to divine Science for the solution of all human problems; for the settlement of all differences between nations no less than for the healing of mankind of the beliefs termed sickness, poverty, and sin. Divine Science she saw as the universal remedy to be applied under all circumstances to all situations where evil seems to separate and harass, and thus disturb the peace which belongs to the divine dispensation termed the kingdom of heaven; and while our great Leader stated again and again that only through the regeneration of human consciousness, that is, through its Christianization, would the possibility of war and contention be finally destroyed, yet she recognized that divine Principle finds expression in certain movements which lessen the possibility of war, while at the same time the Christ, Truth, is doing its work of healing the individual consciousness.

Mrs. Eddy even went so far as to express her whole-hearted support of a specific means for the composition and conciliation of international differences, and that means is arbitration. On page 284 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," in a letter to the Concord Daily Patriot she writes, "But here let me say that I am absolutely and religiously opposed to war, whereas I do believe implicitly in the full efficacy of divine Love to conciliate by arbitration all quarrels between nations and peoples." Thus clearly did our Leader express her full confidence that divine Love is the impulse prompting the efforts to establish arbitration as the means of settling difficulties between nations and peoples. There can be no doubt that her inspired words are as applicable to present-day situations as they were to world conditions when she wrote them.

May we not, then, as Christian Scientists, find in Mrs. Eddy's words justification for our whole-hearted support of the efforts for arbitration which are being sent forth from various chancelleries of the world? And, moreover, we may with our scientific right thinking enter upon the promotion of these righteous efforts to establish peace, thus bringing to bear the infinite power of divine Love to solve the world's problems. In this way, Christian Scientists will perform their part in establishing the millennium which Mrs. Eddy foreshadows on pages 96 and 97 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she speaks of the final struggle between good and evil. Of this she says: "During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection." Obviously, the maintenance of law and order involves peace between nations no less than domestic harmony; and Mrs. Eddy was thoroughly convinced as to the part Christian Scientists should play in this great work of establishing permanent peace, whereby all strife would end.

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Obedience to God
February 4, 1928

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