Humane Religion Magazine
May - June 1996 Issue
THE DOMINION OF LOVE
PETER V. ROSS
No line of Scripture carries more truth and more significance than John's pronouncement, "Perfect love casteth out fear".....
What inspires a bird, in the face of chance and danger, to sally forth and gather food for its young? Obviously it is that relentless surge of love. Imbued with love, all creatures lose their sense of fear.
IMBUED WITH LOVE, ALL CREATURES LOSE A SENSE OF FEAR
Anyone familiar with animal life, wild or domestic, can multiply instances of devotion, perhaps surpassing human faithfulness. From the high example set by his friends in the forest, men are today learning a willingness to substitute the camera for the gun.
A right word from mothers to their sons at an early age might soon put hunting and fishing, as a sport, out of fashion. Some day the Golden Rule will be given universal application, and we shall act toward the lesser creatures as we would have them act toward us.
They will respond. Then will the two races cease to prey on each other. Animals will even cease to bark and bite among themselves [in fulfillment of Isaiah 11:7-9]. The persuasiveness of love will have been more fully set in operation.This is the dominion which is given over the animal kingdom; not the dominion of terror, but of love.
Excerpted from an editorial in THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE JOURNAL, October 1942. Vol. LX, No. 7.