Iran struck a historic nuclear deal with six world powers on Sunday morning, temporarily slowing its nuclear program and setting the stage for a more comprehensive agreement that would ensure the country cannot build an atomic bomb. The deal, brokered by the European Union, gives Iran up to $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for steps that prevent its nuclear program from expanding. The deal contributes to a thaw in the relationship between Iran and the world community, including the United States, and it boosts the popularity of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who promised to ease the economic sanctions on the country.
“Iran and a path to peace,” written by a Christian Scientist living in neighboring Turkey, advocates for “spiritual defense,” a prayerful appeal to divine Love to melt any aggressive or warlike mentality. God, divine Mind, communicates to us in thoughts of spiritual strength, peace, and humility. The progress being made between the US and Iran is a comforting indicator that these kinds of prayers are having an effect.
“Reversing the spread of nuclear weapons” explains how we can counter the fear of nuclear conflict — involving Iran, the US, or any other nation — by recognizing the spread of God’s care. God’s love, the article states, protects every individual, regardless of nationality, and keeps each of us safe. Prayer can also provide a strong basis for diplomatic efforts, in which viable solutions continue to be found that meet energy needs while also removing conflict from the table.
“Protection from nuclear threats” dives into the Bible, reminding us of New Testament assurances that power belongs to God alone — a God who is not partial to certain peoples or nations. The article also explains that God is speaking to leaders and citizens everywhere, ensuring security and stability in the Middle East and elsewhere, and promoting harmony among all people.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, wrote at length about how honest prayers can be effective, noting, “... the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 2).