"Christ's keynote of harmony"

"Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!'" Mrs. Eddy declares on page 410 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." As students of Christian Science, while we may have gone a long way from the deplorable state of fear in which most of us were engulfed when we began this study, we must admit that there is probably still a great gulf between what we know theoretically and affirm frequently and our willingness to put our theoretical knowledge to the test, because we are still in bondage to many forms of fear.

A careful perusal of David's encounter with Goliath, the giant of Gath, as given in the seventeenth chapter of I Samuel, will prove helpful to those who are desirous of making better demonstrations of the power of Truth over error. Perhaps the first thing we notice in this narrative is the youth of David. We marvel that one so young and inexperienced should display such confidence and assurance. How convincingly he presented his credentials; and with what wisdom he selected his simple weapons, whose effectiveness he must have proved in former trials of his courage! And in his declaration to Saul we see the reason for his fearlessness: the Lord, who delivered him "out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear," would deliver him "out of the hand of this Philistine." Not boastfully in his own strength, but "in the name of the Lord," he went forth confidently to battle with error, seemingly impregnable in its armor. There could be but one outcome to one fortified as was David; and so he proved, as we all may, that error, however alarming its guise, can always be destroyed when fearlessly and understandingly opposed.

"There is lifting up"
May 5, 1928

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