Casting Down the Accuser

In the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse occurs the inspiring statement, "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."

Through "the power of his Christ," rediscovered and revealed to this age by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, students of Christian Science are perceiving the nature of this accuser, clad in false vestments of authority, and continually proclaiming all sorts of untruths about man in God's image and likeness. These students are perceiving that the accuser is neither a person nor an evil mind, but simply an erroneous belief entertained in consciousness, and that it is to be "cast down," or silenced, by a realization of the truth about God and man at the point where the false belief is being entertained; that is, the lie is to be corrected by putting the truth in its place.

If, for instance, the accuser is declaring that one has been wronged by word or deed, that one's feelings are consequently perturbed, and that a state of suffering has been produced, the tumult is abated by the persistent effort to realize that God's idea, man,—spiritual, meek, and loving,—can neither hurt nor be hurt. Thus the false belief concerning God's image and likeness is eradicated from consciousness; and this healing silences the false accuser which has induced the belief that one could in any way benefit by injuring another. "The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword," and it can remove error on all sides. Every effort made to clear our own thoughts regarding those with whom we come in contact also blesses them in some degree; and it is certainly a heavenly inspiration to silence quickly and effectually the accuser, every time its lying accusation is heard, even if ever so faintly.

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March 2, 1929

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