A Strong Defense

In certain parts of the jungle it is necessary, in order to secure immunity from the marauding attacks of night-prowling animals, to keep a fire burning in each of the four corners of the compound. Neglect of this precaution means probable loss and destruction of property, and even, perhaps, of the human sense of life. How essential, then, that the watchman be alert and active in supplying the fuel to insure a strong defense!

May we not liken this experience of the jungle to the necessity of keeping the fires of love burning in order to guard our consciousness from the marauding attacks of error which claim an existence apart from and superior in power to God, good? Should we not all be watchmen, actively engaged during the night—those periods when doubt and fear, malice and envy, essay to rob us of our heritage of freedom—in keeping bright the protecting fires of wisdom, compassion, truth, and spiritual understanding?

It is of little avail to tend one or two fires well and to neglect the others. The destructive beliefs of mortal mind will attack the unguarded part, no matter how large the flares may be elsewhere. Incomplete protection shows a flaw in one's work, and may be likened to saying that God is omnipotent, while yet giving seeming power to error by admitting its reality in some form or other. Or perhaps we are saying that God is Love, and that man reflects divine Love in love; yet all the time we may be judging our brother by the testimony of the physical senses, which say he is sick, a sinner, a victim of financial difficulties or of hereditary conditions. This is direct evidence of neglect in feeding the fire of divine inspiration which enables one to see the perfect Christ-idea, immune from all evil. It is necessary to keep every aspect of our mentality, our consciousness, guarded, for in the measure that we utilize the protection of Truth we are exempt from error's attacks.

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May 28, 1932

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