Eye on the world: A courageous response to terrorism

In “New York’s response to a truck terroristThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “In defiance of the fear-based approach to terrorist acts by most news media, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced after the Oct. 31 truck attack in Manhattan that the killing spree by one young man ‘did not instill terror’ among New Yorkers. Indeed, the city’s Halloween parade was not canceled. Life mostly went on. 

“And the governor’s point was made. We must not be complicit in the Islamic State’s aim of spreading self-debilitating fear…. 

“The best reaction to terror is to double down on providing the light of hope and unity. That, and not numbing, self-perpetuating fear, is the best answer to hate and violence.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:7

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; ...

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 234

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 180

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Love your neighbor as yourself”: “In his parable of the good Samaritan, the Master makes it clear that our neighbors are not just the people who live next door but everyone we meet, regardless of social status, nationality, religion, or race. In fact, our sphere of thought and spiritual love should extend further and further beyond our home and community or even our home country to include the whole of mankind.” And “ In proportion as we keep in mind the spiritual, perfect man, feelings of animosity or hate disappear from our consciousness, and our so-called enemy is regarded as a friend, or at least someone we can respect as God’s child.”

In “Some thoughts on terrorism”: “... the light of Truth, a synonym of God in Christian Science, exposes and expunges evil in all its manifestations. ” And “Despite material appearances, the spiritual fact is that God, who is entirely good, never created a man capable of evil or error. Nor can man, whose very heart is fashioned by God (see Psalms 33:15), be conditioned into hatred by ethnicity or nationalism or by false views of religion or God.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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