Love's Protection

That which is right, or nearest right, may seem wrong to the ignorant or unenlightened thought. This was proved to be true in the case of Paul's persecution of the Christians. It was not because the Christians were doing wrong that he persecuted them, but because of his mistaken sense, for when the scales fell from his eyes, "straightway he preached Christ," and became a follower of Jesus.

Persecution came to the early Christians and still comes to righteous people today, not because of the wrong they did or are doing, but because their words and works were or are misunderstood. It is the unchristian that would criticize, malign, and persecute the good man for his work. When the Jews took up stones to stone him, Jesus said, "Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?" No doubt the reason Jesus at times sought solitude and withdrew himself from the swinish element of mortal thought was to protect both himself and his work; and if students of Christian Science were to show like wisdom they would do well.

Quite often earnest students of Christian Science come under mortal mind's belief of self-pity, and ask: "Why do I have to suffer so? Why do I have to have this distressing experience?" They say, "I am living a good life; I study and read, and am earnestly seeking for Truth." If they were to stop right there and remember the suffering and persecution the Master experienced and the great struggle our dear Leader had in establishing and giving to the world Christian Science, they would cease to murmur and complain. When the three Hebrew boys were cast into the fiery furnace, they did not murmur or complain and say, "We have been praying to God," and ask, "Why do we have to have this experience?" It is worth while to note that they demonstrated inside the furnace that the fire could not burn them. And so it is with us. We shall have to make our demonstration over the beliefs of sin, sickness—all discord—and prove, right where we are, that none of these things can touch us. The demonstration can be made in no other place. And there is no place where Love's protection is not present.

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"Twelve gates"
October 19, 1935

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