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The Answer to Aggressive Propaganda

From the August 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Who of us has not at times been tempted to be disturbed at the aggressive persistence of the carnal, or mortal, mind, attempting through propaganda media, such as radio, television, and newspapers, to make evil seem natural and even good? Perhaps after a time we tend to become indifferent, thinking there is nothing much we can do about medical commercials, sensational news reports, and the like. Or perhaps we just try to tune them out, so to speak, thinking that if we ignore them we won't be affected by them.

In Christian Science we learn that we cannot effectively reject aggressiveness by ignoring it. Jesus, our perfect example of active Christianity, did not ignore error. He met it right where it presented itself to his thought, and he gained mastery over it with the truth he knew, the great truth of spiritual being.

Christ Jesus knew that the perfect creator, who is Spirit, must make a perfect spiritual creation and must include in this creation a perfect spiritual man, made, according to the first chapter of Genesis, in His own image and likeness. Enunciating his understanding of true cause and effect, Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."Matt. 5:48; He must have known that the material senses have no concept of spiritual man and that, in their ignorance of reality, they continually pour forth a false concept of man as mortal and material, living in a material environment and dependent on matter for life, health, and happiness.