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'To Bless All Mankind'

Innocence and the armor of Love

From the November 28, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, September 14, 2016.

Recent headlines have focused on the plight of children as both victims and perpetrators of violence in war zones. Whether on traditional battlefields or in guerrilla warfare, in remote villages or on inner-city street corners, Christ Jesus’ teachings show that the power of God is present to help, save, and heal.

Jesus’ mission was to lovingly lift individuals above a sense of being either a victim or a perpetrator by showing mankind the healing power of divine Love. Christ Jesus proved that God’s children, created spiritually in God’s likeness, are naturally innocent and good. Knowing that man is the pure and eternal reflection of God—of Love and Life itself—Jesus demonstrated, through healing, man’s innocence from violence, insanity, hatred, and fear.

Mary Baker Eddy observed that, while Christ Jesus did not have the weapons of the world, he was armed with the understanding of God as infinite Spirit and Life (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 48–49 and 52). As the Bible explains, infinite Spirit is the source of all creation, so our true identity is fundamentally spiritual rather than fleshly. And, as the offspring of infinite Life, it is natural for us to reflect the vitality and strength of Life. This understanding is the armor of divine Love. And it lifts us above physical suffering.

Jesus illustrated that wearing this impenetrable armor of God—that is, holding to the understanding of the supremacy of Love, Life, and Spirit—negates hatred and fear and redeems and transforms lives, proving the inherent innocence of God’s children—all of us. We are divinely bestowed with innocence and purity. And because these qualities are spiritual and permanent, they cannot be lost. Everyone has the capacity to feel the healing embrace of Christ.

Our collective role in healing the world today is to follow Jesus’ example by acknowledging that the true identity of each one of us is innocent and good—rooted in God. Yielding to this truth of being brings a recognition of the Christ-spirit to the world, which results in tangible healing. This armor of Love is available to all, regardless of age or ethnicity. It is available to children in combat zones, as well as to all of us who long to help those children.

As we come to understand the allness and supremacy of God, good, the impotence of evil is revealed in thought and action. Thought determines action. So, when evil is reduced to nothing in the conscious presence of the allness of Love and Life, there can be no agent of evil, no avenue for evil to act, and no victims of evil.

Prayer that sees the nothingness of evil has the power to uplift those in the aftermath of tragedy. It can even uplift the view of those who might be tempted to perpetrate violence, by revealing the all-power of divine Life and Love, which illuminates a productive path for each of us. We can affirm that material circumstances cannot change our spiritual identity. God has created all of us not as children embroiled in violence, but as His children—innocent, good, and protected by the armor of Love.

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, September 14, 2016.

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