Christian Scientists who find themselves in battle zones know that all questions of personal safety are answered through a correct understanding of God and man. God, we know through our study of Christian Science, is All and made all in His likeness. If we think incorrectly of God and man, as separated the one from the other, it may seem that man is in need of protection from ungodlike conditions. However, when we realize that God and His creation are everlasting and inseparable, then we see that man dwells in a realm where nothing ungodlike ever enters.

Are we to brush aside as of no account the dangers which seem to beset the persons and property of so many today? These dangers must be seen to be what they are—attempts to persuade us that there is a lack of communion between God and man. But the dangers are of themselves wholly unreal; and when they are seen as unreal, they are destroyed. Materiality, Christian Science teaches us, is not a positive thing. It is simply the absence of Spirit. Mary Baker Eddy puts this very plainly in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she writes (p. 173): "Spirit is positive. Matter is Spirit's contrary, the absence of Spirit." A bomb or bullet cannot sunder man's unity with his Maker, since this is a spiritual fact irrespective of any material evidence to the contrary.

Are we then to take no human precautions to protect ourselves from danger? What individuals do in this direction should be the result of spiritual guidance; it is essential to become convinced of man's unity with his Maker. Spirituality should be the governing factor in our lives, and thus alone can we be preserved in all our ways.

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"Like father, like son"
June 14, 1941

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