Christian Warfare

How often has the Christian life been referred to as a warfare! Christianity, as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus, has given to all who have accepted it a spiritual idealism, and it is between this idealism and the evil beliefs of the world that the warfare is waged. No Christian can escape the battle, because every mortal is tempted by evil.

The Christian Scientist, probably more than any other, is fighting this battle to-day. Christian Science has inspired him with the loftiest idealism, has indeed given him an accurate understanding of reality—God and His manifestation; and it is this enlightened spiritual understanding which enables him to combat evil, erroneous thinking in its every form, and to conquer it. To him the issue resolves itself into an effort to overcome every false concept of mortal mind through the understanding of its erroneous nature. He knows that God is infinite Spirit, infinite good. He knows, in consequence, that matter or evil is unreal. It is this knowledge which equips him to encounter and to overthrow mortal beliefs of every description. And the warfare will continue until every mortal belief has been vanquished. On page 569 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy states the issue with her usual lucidity: "Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God."

Now there is no Christian, surely, who does not see the necessity of combating sin and mastering it. All are convinced of the havoc sin plays in the lives of men; that it degrades them; that it induces disease; that it is productive of all manner of misery and suffering. As a result, Christians everywhere find themselves engaged in a crusade against sin, not only for their own protection, but for the protection of their fellow-men as well. And their efforts have the support of all right-thinking people. When it comes, however, to disease, things appear to be different. For it has to be admitted that while many perceive the evil effects of sin, and that it is opposed to God, good, and do all they can to overcome it, they believe that disease is not at all in the same category; that, indeed, disease is sent by God upon mortals.

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Steadfast Faith
June 22, 1929

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