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Military registration and the individual
Response to the resumption of registration of men of nineteen and twenty in the United States for a possible future military draft need not be one of fear or resentment. Young people in many other parts of the world face military service. All have the opportunity of recognizing that God is the divine Principle of man. He alone orders man's being. This ordering is divine unfoldment, God revealing and manifesting His own infinite nature. In this unfoldment, there can be no oppressive, afflictive development, because affliction is nowhere to be found in God. God is Love, and He is All—all Life, all Mind, all action. Man is Love's idea. Man lives in the only Life and is controlled by the only Mind, the divine.
Until humanity progresses spiritually to the point where Isaiah's familiar prophecy is fulfilled, "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more," Isa. 2:4; there will be a need to deal with tension and conflicts. Such conditions may lead a nation to defend itself militarily. Circumstances may require each of us—potential draftee, parent, wife, employer—to find his or her own highest response. This response, though, can be much more than a mere human reaction to circumstances: it can be an inspired response to the unchanging Truth, or Principle.
In the light of Christian Science, affliction and disruption are seen to be not actual conditions but material beliefs, stemming from the underlying misconception of man as something separate from God. This misconception is what spawns fear and robs the conscience of Truth's guidance.
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"A question of earnest import"
Burning mental bonds
1 You can find out for yourself
A place of one's own
EVELYN M. S. DUCKETT
"Why could not we cast him out?"
Get away from it all?
H. MARIANNE SCHMIDT
The wonderful, transitional comma
The "still small voice" at political conventions
The joys of traveling, arriving, and being
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
In treatment, deny matter?
NATHAN A. TALBOT
Huldah the prophetess
Lynn H. Howard
Ellen Moore Thompson
Recently my body failed to function properly...
DOROTHY T. GILLESPIE
For over four years following my retirement, I had enjoyed bicycling...
HARLEY HOUSTON GOODWIN with contributions from GEORGIE D. GOODWIN
For many years I had suffered from hay fever and asthma to...
SYBIL L. MATHSON with contributions from JUDITH L. HEARNE
During the First World War my husband was serving on the...
LAURA L. GULLIVER