Shortly before Christ Jesus was to depart from this earth, he said to his disciples (John 14:27), "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you." The peace which the Master left does not rest upon material power or diplomatic influence, but is a spiritual fact, eternally established in the kingdom of heaven, which he came to reveal.
Christian Science explains God's kingdom as a state of mind or divine order in which all of God's creations dwell in perfect accord. No assertion of human will can change or disturb this ideal state, for it manifests God's will.
The Master patiently turned human thought away from the world, the material sense of life, to the unseen realm of Spirit. His precepts were deeply metaphysical, consequently perfectly scientific, since the truly scientific is beyond the physical and expresses the invisible divine.
A fundamental metaphysical truth, not apparent to the physical senses, is the fatherhood of God. Upon this truth rests the brotherhood of man, made in God's likeness. Many restless human beings today believe ardently in the brotherhood of man, but at the same time deny the fatherhood of God. However, until the divine and inseparable relationship of God and His offspring is widely grasped in its scientific meaning, peace on earth will be fitful and unstable. Unity of purpose will never succeed on the basis of many minds; it can only succeed on the basis of the one Mind, the harmonizing divine Principle of all.
Mary Baker Eddy says in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 279), "God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will establish the brotherhood of man, end wars, and demonstrate 'on earth peace, good will toward men.'"
The Christian Scientist, looking beyond the evidence of his fleeting, physical senses, discerns spiritual substance, which exposes to him the delusive nature of matter. He glimpses divine Mind and its reflection, spiritual man, and the wealth of ideas which man enjoys perpetually. This penetrating view of life makes the Scientist realize that material personalities, material possessions, material laws, and material dependencies form the basis for the inharmonies of mortals. In fact, matter is the seeming cause of all rivalries, sins, and discords. Matter is evident only to the temporal mind that produces it, and that mind is the opposite of Love.
Peace must have depth if it is to demonstrate reality, and this depth can never be found in a superficial agreement in matter: sensations, possessions, preferences, and motives. Such agreement can quickly turn to disagreement. The peace that has depth appears in human relations when people and nations find agreement in obeying the one God. Exercising unselfed love, working for economic justice, having concern for the individual, and remaining trustworthy in treaties and mutual promises, a people practices the fundamentals of Christian peace. They will do this more fully and reliably when they understand these practices as being not so much personal virtues as the appearing of the scientific order of life.
Mrs. Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 254), "Envy, the great red dragon of this hour, would obscure the light of Science, take away a third part of the stars from the spiritual heavens, and cast them to the earth."
Many inhabitants of the earth want peace but are unwilling at the same time to give up a rivalrous attitude regarding matter. Should a people base its ideals upon its ascendancy in material skills and accomplishments? Or should it aspire to be a helpful and constructive force in the world, strengthening moral standards and pointing toward spiritual development and the freedom and peace of heaven? The more Christian a nation, the more firm its resistance to being drawn into a state of rivalry.
To maintain a true sense of peace in the midst of threats of war provoked by envy is a fine contribution that the individual Scientist can make. He will know that since war is not good, it is not a necessity; and his prayers will be urgent realizations of the scientific peace that is eternally established. He will remember Mrs. Eddy's words in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902 (p. 16), "To attain peace and holiness is to recognize the divine presence and allness."
This truth can be applied to all situations, whether of individual personal discords or of world-wide frictions. The same scientific peace is demonstrable in both. The facts of God's kingdom are always at hand, and the prayer of scientific understanding brings them into view. The scientific peace that the Master left to the world is available through this understanding.
When the Saviour was here, he wept over Jerusalem, saying (Luke 19:42), "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." We should not wish to have that poignant cry repeated in our own times. Then we must part with materialism, its rivalries and its clashes, and prove the things which divine Science has revealed and which belong to our peace. We can make the best of our spiritual views of reality and establish in our inmost hearts the truths of metaphysical Science. The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man must forever be the basis of our scientific peace.
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