Defenses Impregnable

How earnestly men and nations have striven to make their defenses impregnable! Yet many nations have learned how futile are such efforts, for time after time these defenses have failed. There is only one way in which to find impregnable defense, and Christian Science shows us this way. It is to maintain radical reliance on God, divine Principle, omnipotent, Mind, and the confident assurance that "God is our refuge and strength."

In the well-known and well-loved article "Love Your Enemies" in "Miscellaneous Writings," Mary Baker Eddy makes this startling statement (p. 10): "We have no enemies." In these days, when the attention of the whole world is focused on enemies and their doings, it seems as if it would be almost impossible to support such a statement, much less prove it to be true. An individual here and there may say, "I have no enemies;" but if it is because he swims easily with the stream of material thought this is of no permanent or intrinsic value to him. Our Leader says (ibid., p. 10), "Whatever envy, hatred, revenge—the most remorseless motives that govern mortal mind—whatever these try to do, shall 'work together for good to them that love God.' " Then she asks the pertinent question, "Why?" and answers in part, "Because He has called His own, armed them, equipped them, and furnished them defenses impregnable."

Recently, in studying this article by our Leader, "Love Your Enemies," the writer drew great comfort from considering some of these "defenses impregnable" with which God furnishes His own. The first one that presented itself to her thought was the allness of God, good, divine Principle and His ideas, constituting the spiritual universe. It became clear that the allness of good could not include evil, since the entire universe is filled with good. It was as if, fleeing before some devastating evil, after great striving, one reaches sanctuary and stands serene and safe.

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