Defence from every claim of evil lies in spiritual reflection of God, the one Mind. This cleanses human thought of the arrogance of personal merit and the discouraging belief in personal demerit. Spiritual reflection lifts one above submission to the suggestions of disease and of mental malpractice. "The Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence."

The substantiality and purity of Jesus' consciousness presented an insuperable barrier to sin, disease, and death. He walked unsullied in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. In spite of what appeared to be an environment of dense materiality, he discerned and demonstrated his own individuality; and what he did we can do. "Walk as children of light" is the command which we must heed every step of our earthly way.

The defence of Christian Science is spiritual, scientific, adequate, and the Christian Scientist is responsible for its conscientious use. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on pages 234 and 235, "Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence." Evil cannot penetrate the consciousness which reflects divine Love. Absolute good, inseparable from God, needs no defence, for good is infinite, and evil is not to be defended, but abandoned. Protection lies, then, in mentally repudiating evil suggestions in any form, and in accepting under all conditions only the true, pure thoughts of divine Mind. To believe that false thinking can overpower true thinking and its protection is to distrust the omnipotence of divine Principle. But as Truth uncovers and destroys this atheistic belief, the return to intelligent thinking means the return to scientific, spiritual defence.

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February 29, 1936

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