The Importance of Destroying Fear

The destruction of fear ranks high in importance in the practice of Christian Science. In the textbook, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy declares, "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!'" Science and Health, p. 410; And she admonishes us, "Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients."  p. 411; As we work to solve our problems by applying Christian Science, we find our task immeasurably eased if the very first step we take is to annihilate fear. Fear would shackle us as with chains. It would weaken our conviction of Truth. It would suggest, secretly and mentally, that we may not be equal to the demand made upon us, that the sin, disease, or other discord may be too serious for us to heal.

Thoughts like this need to be silenced at the outset, and the fear that produces them wiped out. Once this is done—and it always can be—we find ourselves doing as David did in his confrontation with Goliath. We run to meet the problem, confident and strong.

Your Thought Controls Your Experience
November 15, 1969

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