Fallout Shelters

One who chooses to live the life of a Christian Scientist cannot afford to be squeamish about facing evil. A molten crater where our home city now stands is a picture we may prefer to ignore. But prevention and cure of war demand the self-immolation which makes us unafraid to look right where this false picture appears in order to demonstrate God's allness and consequently evil's nothingness.

On page 1 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes, "Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind." As we consider the question much before the thought today, the question of fallout shelters—shall we build them, or shall we not?—we may well examine ourselves to see whether we have really combined "self-immolation" with our "prayer, watching, and working."

Christ Jesus indicated that there was a right time to prepare physically for defense and a right time to face error without physical defense. Before his betrayal, he said to his disciples (Luke 22:36), "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." At the moment of betrayal Peter cut off the ear of one of the captors, and Jesus said (John 18: 11), "Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"

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December 16, 1961

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