Love Over Fear
George slaying the Dragon is a classic archetype of the victory
of Good over Evil. Dating from the Third Century A.D., it served
its purpose through largely uncivilized times. But in the new Planetary
Age (Aquarius) the model has become an archaic, obsolete form. It
suggests there is good violence and bad violence. Yet if
humanity is to continue unfolding its true spiritual potential,
it must embrace a more refined version of
Good conquering Evil, namely Love vanquishing Fear.
Love eradicating evil by transmuting its fear was, of course, taught
by Jesus the Christ: "You
have learned that they were told, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.'
But what I tell you is this: Do not set yourself against the man
who wrongs you." (Matt. 5:38-39)
are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. ... Do
not resist the evil man but whoever slaps you on the right cheek
turn to him the other also. ... If anyone wants to sue you for your
shirt, let him have your coat as well. ... Love your enemies. ...
Give to everyone who asks you; when a man takes what is yours, do
not demand it back." (Luke 6:30 and Matt. 5:9-44).
Christians have largely ignored their Savior's injunction or rationalized
their willingness to kill, even suggesting the slaughter of their
fellow man was God's Will, such as the Crusades. But during the
first three centuries following Christ's death, there was little
doubt about the true intent of His teachings.
The second century
Christian martyr Justin wrote, We ourselves were well conversant
with war, murder, and everything evil, but all of us throughout
the whole wide earth have traded in our weapons of war. We have
exchanged our swords for ploughshares, our spears for farm tools.
(Dialogue with Trypho 110.3.4 about 160 AD)
In 218 AD,
Hippolytus wrote that soldiers who become Christians are not allowed
to kill and must refuse to obey orders to kill. (The Apostolic
Tradition 16). An important founder
of the early Christian (Catholic) church, Origen (182-251 AD), wrote,
"You can not demand military service of Christians any more
than you can of priests. We do not go forth as soldiers." (Approx.
240 AD, against Celsus VIII.7.3). At about the same time, the Christian
scholar Tertullian wrote, Only without the sword can the Christian
wage war: for the Lord has abolished the sword. (On the Chaplet
Peace is not
simply the absence of violence, it is a state of mind a refined,
higher consciousness or expanded awareness known to brain/mind researchers
as the "alpha" brain wave level (approx. 10 cycles/second).
Though fear comes from ignorance and leads to violence, a peaceful
state of mind promotes an understanding of nonviolent alternatives
to conflict resolution.
Peace is more
than a result or outcome. It is the "way" or "path"
to humanity discovering its spiritual nature. Thus the "peace
of mind" born of Spiritual Love vanquishes fear, awareness
supplants ignorance, and Heaven comes to earth "Thy
Kingdom come, thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."
Though we have
no clear, visual image to replace St. George as yet, it helps to
recognize that light and heat are energy forces while darkness and
cold are only the absence of a force. Like darkness and cold, evil
does exist in the world but only in the absence of God's
Love. Evil has no power other than to tempt man to identify with
his lower, mortal, physical self rather than his higher, eternal,
Spiritual self his Soul.