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PROTECTION

From the July 1928 issue of The Christian Science Journal


CHRISTIAN SCIENCE has come to this age teaching how to demonstrate the omnipotence of God, good, and the impotence and unreality of evil. Christian Science is a revelation; and the understanding of it furnishes complete protection from all evil. By the clear light which Christian Science throws upon the Scriptures and upon human experience, mortals can gain an understanding of the truth of being, which includes all reality, and of the unreality of evil. And this spiritual understanding is the perception of the scientific fact that "the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him."

When we speak of protection, we do not imply the actual existence of some harmful thing to be guarded against. The realization of absolute protection involves the understanding of God and of His true likeness, spiritual man; and this includes the understanding that there is no reality to matter. Mortals entertain a material sense of existence, which is accompanied by a sense of fear, and so feel the need of protection. But God dwells forever in the light which no shadow of evil ever penetrates. Likewise, the child of God, in the clear realization of his true spiritual selfhood, knows that no harm can come to him, because his dwelling place is forever in Spirit, where evil or matter is unknown.

To accept this truth theoretically may be far from proving it practically. Until we shall have demonstrated entirely out of the beliefs of material sense, we may experience trials and temptations, even while we are proving, through progressive steps, the absolute truth of the Scriptural statement quoted above.

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