The Great Offensive

In the newspapers, over the radio, by the fireside, in the trenches, one question is being asked again and again: "When will the great offensive on the western front begin?" Everyone, including the enemy, knows that it is inevitable, and somehow everyone knows that it will be successful. Likewise the world knows that it has already begun, because every step of planning and preparation is essential to the campaign itself. In fact the success of the offensive depends largely on intelligent preparation.

Furthermore, there is not a single lover of true freedom and Christianity in the world who is not asking himself, "How can I help in this great offensive?" The men at the front are keyed for it. The workers in the factories are working long hours for it; the generals have been planning night and day for it. All of this is important, but the Christian Scientist knows that even more important is the mental preparation, the righteous prayer that brings thought and action under the complete control of infinite Mind.

Through false education, superstition, and belief, mankind has been taught to think of evil as aggressive; that it can move, that it can spread and grow, that it can consume and finally destroy good. Sometimes mankind has been tempted to believe that evil is running rampant, that it has gone on a great offensive. How grateful we can be that through Christian Science the world is learning that good alone is now and always omniactive. Since good has and is all action, evil cannot go on the offensive, it cannot be aggressive, it cannot spread, it cannot even move. It remains inactive and nothing before the omnipotence and omniaction of God.

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Don't Throw Stones
June 10, 1944

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