Lasting peace comes to each individuals as he attains a trust in God's ever-loving presence and power. Peace comes through a realization that the Christ-idea, as expressed by Jesus, is ever with us and is available now to reveal the perfect harmony of Mind's spiritual universe. Such peace is not a far off, unattainable idea beyond our control; it is the natural state of the spiritual man of God's creating. Christ Jesus knew that unchangeable peace which comes from seeing man as God created him—pure and perfect.

The Science of Christianity taught by Christ Jesus was lost to mankind for many centuries, but has again been given to us through the revelation which came to Mary Baker Eddy. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she outlines the way to lasting peace. On page 264 she says, "Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love."

There is no real or lasting peace associated with the mortal sense of existence as discerned through the physical senses. The mission of Christ Jesus in the world was to reveal God, Truth, and to overcome all mortal sense of a power opposed to God. He said (Matt. 10:34), "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." The earthly sense must fall before the sword of Truth. To the unenlightened and uninspired mortal, Jesus seemed to bring not peace but conflict. However, to that human consciousness receptive to the Christ-idea, Jesus brought relief from mortal woes. He said to his disciples (John 16:33): "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be good cheer; I have overcome the world." The Christ consciousness always was and is at peace, for it is of God. It follows that as we demonstrate this spiritual consciousness, we experience and retain true peace.

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