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AN OPPORTUNITY TO FORESTALL EVIL

From the August 1944 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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Alertness to reverse and dissipate every false prophecy of mortal mind that suggests future epidemics, pestilence, or affliction is one effective way for Christian Scientists to help protect the health of mankind. Such prophecies, we should see, are but lying prognostications of evil, asserting that devilish material forces have authority over our future. Let us instantly and persistently reverse this with the understanding that God's universally perpetual sovereignty leaves evil neither place nor time in which to evolve, develop, or externalize any condition detrimental to Life, and its family of ideas.

A physician recently stated to the faculty of the Command and General Staff School of the Army at Leavenworth, Kansas—the highest school of military learning in the United States—that a malarial epidemic of major proportions is expected, in this country, by the medical profession, on the return of servicemen affected with this disease from the Mediterranean and South Pacific areas. This fear evolves from the belief that mosquitoes biting those with malaria give it to others, whom they later feed upon, through blood infection.

His motive in painting this gloomy picture of things to come was worthy, for he hoped that his hearers, being forewarned, would perhaps be forearmed. But the best that material methods can do in such cases is no satisfactory antidote, because such methods never reach the root of the trouble. They dwell upon material effects, and never reach the cause, or source, of disease and affliction—the material mind.

Peter tells of being delivered by the angel of the Lord "from all the expectation of the people." We have now this clearly defined, present-day "expectation of the people"—an epidemic expected, exploited, and prophesied by a large group of people, with the implication that it is inevitable. Such thinking is based on the mistaken premise that material evil is as real as spiritual good and more powerful; that the devil at some predicted future time can take over Deity's prerogative and can control and afflict men. This no Christian can rightfully believe. The angels of the Lord —the spiritual ideas of being—can and will deliver from such godless prophecy.

Mortals' susceptibility to infection, Christian Science shows, is due entirely to their state of mind, a belief, consciously or unconsciously entertained, that under certain circumstances they are amenable to certain diseases. Mary Baker Eddy puts it thus (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 228, 229): "People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it."

Christian Science destroys such mistaken beliefs in each individual's consciousness, and so establishes his natural dominion as the son of God over their fearful implications. It does this by acquainting him with spiritually real existence, which frees him from his belief in and fear of the materially unreal. Christian Scientists, as demonstrators of God's healing presence and power, can prove the impotency of these threatening beliefs and their aggressive suggestions. Let us know, and often, that the suppositional material mind cannot produce tropical or temperate climes or calendar times where and when evil and affliction can infect the children of God. Material blood, coursing through fleshly veins, never contacts the Mind that is man's only real substance and Life. Indeed, man's only vital substance is not liquid matter, but is the Life that is God, unaffected and uninfected by erring material beliefs. This spiritual fact let us realize and rejoice to know.

If man were but a physical organism, evolved by and subordinate to material forces, he would indeed be hopelessly subject to material affliction. But the Bible affirms, and Christ Jesus proved, that man is spiritual, not material. He lives solely for the rational purpose individually to express the intelligence and Life that is God, good. Disease is never, by any material process or human hypothesis, a condition of his being, because disease is unconceived and so unproduced and unimposed by intelligence, Mind. What God, cause, does not know cannot to man be.

Let us gratefully, fearlessly, and expectantly realize that the future—all of it—is in the care of omnipresent Love. Says the Bible, "Ask me of things to come concerning my sons." Let us do just that. Ask God —turn with all our hearts to infinite, omnipotent Life and Love—for an answer as to what the great Father-Mother has in "things to come" for His children. Is infinite intelligence preparing to afflict its own manifestation? Is Deity making ready to convey disease by insects from mortal to mortal? Is this the law and purpose of our almighty intelligent cause? Has evil segregated to itself some portion of God's eternity in which to infect the effect of Mind? The answers to these questions are ever in the negative. From an eternally good, loving, and intelligent source, only health and well-being can perpetually come. Material believing, talking, and prognosticating can never vary a hair's breadth this verity.

God's man, because he is spiritual and Godlike, is immune, individually and collectively, to disease beliefs at every instant in eternity. This is the spiritually scientific fact we need to know. No amount of medical thinking, fearing, or suggesting based on the idolizing of mindless matter as a god can build up the claims of evil to a vantage point from which they can project themselves into God's allness, or endanger any of His children.

What we think today has much to do with our own and our brother's experience tomorrow. Our thoughts are the forces that define our lives. "Good thoughts," says Mrs. Eddy, "are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 210).

As we realize something of the power of omniactive Mind to nullify mindless material falsity, we can lessen humanity's fear of, and belief in, tropical and all other diseases; see that there is no place in which error can propagate and prosper, or out of which error can come to spread its God-condemned affliction among men. God is our refuge, our strong tower. His omnipotence is working in us, for us, and for all. His omnipresence embraces and contains us and all. His omniscience knows and causes us and all to know that at no time, period, or hour in the days to come can evil dislodge Love's supremacy or bring affliction into the omnipresence of God.

The Psalmist's conclusion as to the whyfor of man's immunity from evil is still true: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

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