Don't Be Fooled by a Mask

One morning as I walked into a parking lot, a fast-moving car crossed the sidewalk entrance and stopped abruptly a few inches from my coat. As I turned toward the car, the driver, a young man in his teens, alighted and came toward me in a threatening manner, using violent language.

I noticed his disheveled, unshaven appearance, but the thought that came to me was, "God's perfect child." Through the teachings of Christian Science I knew that man's true identity is not material but spiritual, for man is created in the likeness of God, divine Spirit. I realized that as man is a perfect expression of God, Love, the young man could not, and certainly would not wish to, inflict harm.

Let's Love Our Enemies
August 9, 1969

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