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When a dissatisfied customer of a nearby store broke some of its plate glass windows, many sympathetic neighbors thought his action justified. It was intended as a gesture of protest against what he considered to be injustice. True, a few people said they wished he had been more modest -- that he had broken only one window instead of ten. But others felt that violence was probably the only means by which he could attract enough attention to get the fair treatment he deserved.

But is violence the real solution? Genuine followers of Christianity would say "No!" Their Master, christ Jesus, recommended the righting of wrongs through gentle means -- through the expression of spiritual power rather than physical force. He preached forbearance, the turning of the other cheek, and the walking of the extra mile, even when one has apparently been badly wronged. n1 In such a situation it takes far more strength -- spiritual strength -- to act charitably and gently than to lash out in angry protest.

n1 See Matthew 5:39.

The Bible tells us that when Jesus himself was scourged and crowned with thorns he did not retaliate. He prayed that God would forgive his persecutors. Finally, of course, his gentle but spiritually powerful approach triumphed in the resurrection. He proved antagonism and the most savage of physical tactics inadequate to destroy either his life or his God-derived message of the superiority of love over hate. Shouldn't Jesus' followers also expect to see right triumph over wrong through the expression of the same Christly qualities he embodied? Christian Science insists that they should.

In her writing Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, emphasizes the Bible teaching that God, divine Spirit, infinite good, is the only power and presence. He is divine Principle, Love, the creator of the spiritual universe including man, and He governs His entire creation through the eternal law of harmony. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,m Mrs. Eddy writes, "Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the 'wind in His fists.'" And she continues further on: "Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale.The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable." Then she adds: "Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise."

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