Eye on the world: A different response to terrorism

In “Terror in Tehran: Could attacks change Iran’s ISIS strategy?The Christian Science Monitor reports that “Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked two of the most significant symbols of the Islamic Republic of Iran Wednesday, killing 12 people in Tehran. … The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility.” The Monitor continues, “Despite its critical role bolstering local forces to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Iran has been virtually immune to the insecurity and ISIS attacks that have plagued the region, from Libya to Afghanistan. But the shocking nature of the attacks—the first of their kind in the Islamic Republic for years—raises the question of whether and how they will affect Iran’s threat perception and anti-terror calculations.” Instead of reacting with retaliatory bombings, Iran’s response is likely to be diplomatic engagement with other countries to combat the influence of ISIS across the Middle East. 

Ideas on this subject: 

From the Bible: 

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, … Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:12, 16

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy: 

This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 96 

God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.” 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 226 

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

In “‘Not as the world giveth’”: “It has been said that all evil tendencies must be subdued and chastened, lest punishment should follow (a wrong motive); and instead of freedom there has often been slavery and bondage to fear or to a superior human will-power. The Christ-way is a better way, for the freedom and harmony which [Christ] bestows is the outcome of expression and not suppression. The Master would have all mankind enjoy a rightful peace through manifestation of the best and noblest qualities, and he would have them dwell in thought, not upon the so-called ‘balance of power,’ but upon the beneficent power of infinite good.” And “The scientific understanding of God and man, as made clear in the teaching of Christian Science, helps to establish peace within one’s consciousness, and this being accomplished, freedom from strife within and without is experienced.”

In “Watching Our Responses”: “One who keeps his thought filled with truthful ideas responds to such errors as disagreeableness, injustice, unkindness, neglect, and so on with patience, charity, meekness, and spiritual understanding. As a result one remains undisturbed, and is free to deal with any situation wisely and helpfully.” And “God’s law of perfection acts as a law of harmonious adjustment in human affairs when it is acknowledged as supreme and is relied upon. Having no foundation in Truth, a discordant condition cannot continue when its nothingness and man’s eternal, changeless reflection of God are recognized.” 

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

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