"THOU ART MINE"

Counsels such as "Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine" (Isa. 43:1) show that both Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy had Scriptural authority for their recognition of the unwholesome effects of fear. Christ Jesus lovingly imparted to his disciples the truth of man's oneness, or unity, with the Father and his consequent exemption from fear.

Through the clear receptivity of the Apostle John came the inspiring statement (I John 4:18), "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." Quoting part of this Scriptural verse, Mrs. Eddy explains the method by which Christian Science dissolves any influence of fear, when she writes in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 61): "Science saith to fear, 'You are the cause of all sickness; but you are a self-constituted falsity,—you are darkness, nothingness. You are without "hope, and without God in the world." You do not exist, and have no right to exist, for "perfect Love casteth out fear." ' " And she adds, "God is everywhere." Where is there room for the belief of fear and sickness in God's everpresence?

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