Crime: heal the fear

Despite reports that crime is increasing, we can experience an unshakable freedom from danger through understanding the dominion and protection that come from reliance on God, as taught in Christian Science.

One needs to heal the fear of evil, not live with it. Passive thinking about the situation is not enough. As Peter tells us in the Bible, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." I Pet. 5:8. By telling us to be vigilant, Peter didn't really have in mind the type of vigilance that finds security in a gun. We need to see through this fear of evil and remove its so-called power and imaginary ability to control us.

Mrs. Eddy states: "We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary." Science and Health, p. 207. Christ Jesus showed us how to live in peace, free from fear of harm, through prayer. For instance, Jesus' teachings rebuking spiritual blindness angered the people of Nazareth. The Bible recounts: "All they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way." Luke 4:28-30.

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January 4, 1982

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