"FEAR THOU NOT"

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness," we read in Isaiah (41:10). This promise gives men much confidence and courage when they are assailed by mesmeric fears. The assurance of the heavenly Father's ever-presence and tender care of His child precludes all possibility of the presence of even a claim of fear.

Just exactly what is fear? The study of Christian Science reveals fear as ignorance; error; a belief of existence apart from God, the only Life; a supposition that life and intelligence are in and of matter; a belief that man can suffer, sin, be sick, and die. These statements prove fear to be unreal, that is, to have no actuality. Mary Baker Eddy writes in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 377): "The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it. Without this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of itself powerless to produce suffering."

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