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Neutralizing Violence

From the February 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal


As we recognize the peaceful nature of real being, we aid in neutralizing the violence that sometimes explodes in the councils of nations and which would impel the assassin's trigger finger. Because God is Love, God's will is peace. Violence, on the other hand, is the culmination of mortal will unchecked. Divine Love's peaceful will is triumphant because divine Love is infinite. By revealing the presence and potency of Love's will, Christian Science shows us how to overcome violent tendencies in our own thought and life, and to help subdue them for humanity.

Love's unchallengeable will is for the perfection and immortality of man. Supposed mortal will, by contrast, assumes a physical and destructible man, hateful impulsions, finite life. In the measure that we understand the Science of being, we contain and neutralize claims of violence. "The Christianly scientific man," Mary Baker Eddy tells us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man."Science and Health, p. 458;

In Science, man is the outcome of divine Love. He is subject only to divine Love. He is never the originator of violence nor its victim. Mortal mind—the suppositious source of the claim that man is separate from God and so is destructible—would argue that man is corporeal, the child of physical personalities whose attitudes and evil proclivities may be passed on to their offspring. Mortal mind would suggest that man is a mortal who is molded for good or ill by his relationship with his parents and their attitudes to him, by the atmosphere in childhood's home, by random forces and events. This is a grotesque distortion of the spiritually scientific sense of being. Man is made and directed by divine Love alone. Love's control is beneficent, intelligent, peaceful, as Christ Jesus consistently proved. These spiritually scientific facts, admitted, help neutralize the ugly impositions of mortal mind that culminate in violence—whether person to person, class to class, or nation to nation.

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