The Fallacy of Fear

The acceptance and expression of fear have long been decried by clear-thinking religionists, poets, and philosophers. Recently some progressive and well-known doctors of medicine have proved by experimentation and observation that certain so-called organic as well as functional diseases have resulted from fear and other human emotions; naturally these doctors advise against fear. But such counsel is futile unless it is based upon and accompanied by an understanding of the Christly method whereby fear is to be combated and conquered.

Human experience reveals that the conquest of fear is attained with nothing other than spiritual understanding, even the understanding which made Christ Jesus the most fearless of all men. That our Master expected others to share in his freedom from fear is evidenced by the fact that he frequently addressed the disciples as well as those who appealed to him for healing with such words as "Fear not," or "Be not afraid."

Christian Science makes it clear that the immortal words of Christ Jesus were based upon his spiritual understanding of God and His perfect creation, and that his healing works were similarly based. This leads to the inevitable conclusion that mankind's fears are due solely to ignorance of God, Truth. Because ignorance of God, Truth and Love, engenders the belief that evil has entity, influence, and power, it naturally follows that fear and ignorance are conjoined. Christ Jesus was free from fear because his understanding of God, good, protected him from belief in evil. For all who appealed to him in faith his understanding of the omnipotence of God, divine Principle, annulled belief in and the manifestation of discord and disease, of sin and sorrow, of lack and limitations, and brought into expression the reality and harmony of health and happiness, of purity and peace, of dominion and abundance of good.

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From the Directors
November 5, 1932

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