"The Prince of Peace"

When he prophesied the coming of the Christ, Isaiah said, "His name shall be called ... The Prince of Peace." His later words, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee," are a clear explanation of the peace which Christ Jesus exemplified. Whenever the Christ is received into consciousness, the angels are heard joyously singing, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men," for the Christ is always accompanied by heavenly peace.

On one occasion, however, Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." In other words, he showed that the use of the sword is not incompatible with the true sense of peace, provided the right concept of sword and its use is understood. The sword of which Jesus spoke is the sword of Truth, which pierces mesmeric illusions. The truth, made plain through Christian Science, is that God is divine Mind, and that His creation consists of perfect spiritual ideas, all of which declare the glory, power, and dominion of their creator. Unity, co-ordination, and co-operation characterize all the activities of these spiritual ideas. When this truth is scientifically understood and applied, it destroys in human experience the false sense of materiality, disease, discord. Students who become skillful in the use of the sword of Truth achieve spiritual growth and save themselves much suffering.

The True Standard
December 19, 1936

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