(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

OTHER WAYS THAN BY WAR
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OTHER WAYS THAN BY WAR



oston Herald, March, 1898]

   In reply to your question, "Should difficulties between
the United States and Spain be settled peacefully by
statesmanship and diplomacy, in a way honorable and
satisfactory to both nations?" I will say I can see no
other way of settling difficulties between individuals and
nations than by means of their wholesome tribunals,
equitable laws, and sound, well-kept treaties.
   A bullet in a man's heart never settles the question of
his life.  The mental animus goes on, and urges that the
answer to the sublime question as to man's life shall come
from God and that its adjustment shall be according to
His laws.  The characters and lives of men determine the
peace, prosperity, and life of nations.  Killing men is
not consonant with the higher law whereby wrong and
injustice are righted and exterminated.
   Whatever weighs in the eternal scale of equity and
mercy tips the beam on the right side, where the immortal
words and deeds of men alone can settle all questions
amicably and satisfactorily.  But if our nation's rights or
honor were seized, every citizen would be a soldier and
woman would be armed with power girt for the hour.

MY 278


   To coincide with God's government is the proper incentive
to the action of all nations.  If His purpose for
peace is to be subserved by the battle's plan or by the
intervention of the United States, so that the Cubans
may learn to make war no more, this means and end
will be accomplished.
   The government of divine Love is supreme.  Love rules
the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: "Thou shalt
have no other gods before me," and "Love thy neighbor
as thyself."  Let us have the molecule of faith that
removes mountains, - faith armed with the understanding
of Love, as in divine Science, where right reigneth.
The revered President and Congress of our favored land
are in God's hands.


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