"The kingdom of God is intact"

With a world seemingly besieged by the forces of evil, expressed in armed conflicts, appearing to deprive so many nations and peoples of freedom, how reassuring are the words of Mary Baker Eddy, found on page 477 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," that "Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy"! This kingdom can never be invaded by material sense, for it is a purely spiritual realm, serene and secure, untouched by evil. It is the dwelling place of the Most High; and since man, created in the image and likeness of God, is inseparable from Him, this dwelling place is the abode of man.

Continually during his ministry, Christ Jesus demonstrated his unity with God, an outstanding occasion being that on which the angry mob endeavored to cast him down from the brow of the hill. But we are told that "he passing through the midst of them went his way." He knew that his spiritual selfhood could never be touched by the material weapons of envy and hate. His purity of thought so elevated him spiritually that his enemies were unable to follow him. This elevation into spiritual consciousness was Jesus' constant protection, and he taught his disciples that by following his example they too might avail themselves of this secret place of safety.

Mrs. Eddy says in "Unity of Good" (p. 60): "Mortal man is a kingdom divided against itself. With the same breath he articulates truth and error." And she adds, "We call God omnipotent and omnipresent, and then conjure up, from the dark abyss of nothingness, a powerful presence named evil." This statement makes it clear that evil cannot of itself even seem to exist, but that a false sense is fabricated by mortal mind, believed in and feared.

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