"Fear is a foe that can be conquered." These words greeted me as I turned to the back page of a copy of the Christian Science Sentinel. There a notice had been placed by the Publishers' Agent, advertising the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. This notice made clear to the reader that fear is to be conquered through spiritual understanding. It informed the student that the promises in the Pslams, those of Jesus, and others throughout the Bible take on new meaning with the key to the Scriptures to unlock their treasures.

One of the Psalms reads (56:3), "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee." In other words, when the suggestion of fear presents itself to my thought, I will insist that it is unreal because it is not from God. One can trust God implicitly, if he is aware of the supremacy of good, which annuls every one of evil's claims. One of Jesus' promises is (Luke 12:32), "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Christian Science teaches what this kingdom really is; that it is not material but spiritual and that it is within our reach through spiritual understanding. This kingdom is a mental state and can be enjoyed by anyone who is willing to base his thinking on spiritual reality and cultivate thoughts of love, joy, gratitude, and instant forgiveness.

A very successful physician and surgeon told me that he could see one great difference in the remedial agencies of Christian Science compared with those of materia medica. It was this: Christian Science does something about fear. Although he recognized that fear was a foe to healing, he did not know how to conquer it. Through the study of Science and Health, the Bible becomes illumined, and the student finds that its promises can be fulfilled today, that fear and sickness can be destroyed.

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February 2, 1957

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