"The stability of thy times"

Like everyone else, the Christian Scientist is faced with the prophecies of a long war, of the bombing of cities, of the lack and depletion of their populations. As long as he is participating in a human society, he should be patient and loving in connection with the fears thus engendered, and in supporting wise human methods employed to secure protection and stability. The Christian Scientist can and does co-operate in bringing about such human measures and material defenses. While doing this, he should keep sufficiently alert and awake so that he may never swerve from his true sense of existence and security. He is in a position to meet the predictions of evil and the ways to protect himself in a different mental attitude from those as yet unenlightened by Mary Baker Eddy's revolutionary discovery.

Christian Science has made it possible for its earnest student to recognize that only the eternal, infinite, and good constitute the nature of God; and for that reason must be called basically real and ever present. Whatever appears as different from the divine has to be classified as utterly untrue and unreal, however true and real it may seem to be from within a human sense of existence.

The human sense of existence is avowedly finite, imperfect, and perishable. It pictures a doomed man in a material universe. Should an airplane appear in the blue sky intent to spread destruction, this is only incidental to the generally accepted destructible sense of existence. The danger is not primarily forthcoming from the outside, from the bomber; it comes from within, from a preconceived suggestion that man is a tiny speck within a destructible three-dimensional universe. If one accepts this suggestion, the only possible protection against the fiery explosion seems to be in digging oneself into the dust of the earth. A forceful illustration of the curse on Adam, or the human concept of man, "For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"!

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Thinking Rightly of Everyone
June 27, 1942

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