Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Innocence and the Armor of Love

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Innocence and the Armor of Love

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Recent headlines have focused on the plight of children as both victims and perpetrators of violence in war zones. Whether on traditional battlefields or in guerrilla warfare, in remote villages or on inner-city street corners, Christ Jesus' teachings show that the power of God is present to help, save, and heal.

Jesus' mission was to lovingly lift individuals above a sense of being either a victim or perpetrator by tirelessly bringing the saving Christ, "The divine manifestation of God," to bear on every situation, showing mankind the healing power of divine Love (see Mary Baker Eddy's companion book to the Bible, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 583). Christ Jesus proved that God's children, created spiritually in God's likeness, are naturally innocent and good. Knowing that man is the pure and eternal reflection of God - of Love and Life itself - Jesus demonstrated, through healing, man's innocence from violence, insanity, hatred, and fear.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, observed that, while Jesus did not have the weapons of the world, he was armed with the understanding of God as infinite Spirit and Life (see Science and Health, pp. 48-49 and 52). As the Bible explains, infinite Spirit is the source of all creation, so our true identity is fundamentally spiritual rather than fleshly. And, as the offspring of infinite Life, it is natural for us to reflect the vitality and strength of Life. This understanding is the armor of divine Love. And it lifts us above fleshly suffering.

Jesus illustrated that wearing this impenetrable armor of God - that is, holding to the understanding of the supremacy of Love, Life, and Spirit - saves multitudes. It cuts through hatred and fear - negates them utterly - and redeems and transforms lives, proving the inherent innocence of the children of God.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs" (Luke 18:16, New Revised Standard Version). …

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