To be unafraid seems a goal very far from the experience of most people today, yet the Master, Christ Jesus, taught his followers not to be afraid. An outstanding incident, which illustrates this teaching, occurred when Jesus' disciples preceded him across the Sea of Galilee toward Capernaum. While they rowed, a storm blew up and caused them to fear for their safety. Jesus approached their boat, walking on the sea, and called to them (John 6:20), "It is I; be not afraid." We read, "Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."

Fear is such a villain in world thought today that most of mankind are willing to say, "I wish I could be without fear, but how can I?" Through its unique recognition of man as the perfect, spiritual reflection of God, Christian Science reveals how one can be fearless. In this Science genuine manhood is the image and likeness of God, as is set forth in the first chapter of Genesis. Fear cannot be found in that likeness. Fear is only the effect of believing the evidence of the physical senses. These senses are referred to by Paul as "the carnal mind," which, he says, "is enmity against God" (Rom. 8:7) and which produces and supports all the fear anyone ever experiences.

August 4, 1956

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