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Eye on the world: Protecting all people against religious persecution

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In “Copts attacked: Can Egypt resist ISIS incitement of sectarian strife?” The Christian Science Monitor reported on the ISIS attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt back in April. The Monitor wrote, “The ISIS bombing attacks against Coptic churches is testing a fault line in Egyptian society. … After several years of largely escaping the sectarian violence and jihadist insurgencies sweeping much of the Middle East, Egypt’s heartland is now squarely in ISIS’s crosshairs as the group attempts to inflame long-simmering tensions between Muslims and the Copts, the largest Christian population in the region.” Ten days ago the Monitor published an Associated Press report on the most recent attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt. The article, “Militants attack bus of Coptic Christians in Egypt,” reported that “masked militants riding in three SUVs opened fire [on May 26] on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including many children, south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 26 and wounding 25.” As both articles report, political and religious leaders are working to end the targeted religious violence.

Ideas on this subject: 

From the Bible:

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalms 121:7, 8

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

The facts of divine Science should be admitted,—although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter, or by material sense,—because the evidence that God and man coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. Man is, and forever has been, God’s reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 471

God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 518

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

In “Courage to go God’s way”: “ One form of resistance is persecution, which seems to strike at the heels of many sincere Christians today. But if we find ourselves confronting persecution, we can rejoice in a beautiful fact: It is powerless. It cannot actually harm its intended victim. It is doomed to fall to the ground, even as the spiritually minded follower of Christ continues to rise in consciousness to behold and understand more of God’s kingdom right at hand. Perceiving the power and presence of divine Love embracing and caring for us, we will know that God keeps us safe, because in Love’s kingdom there is nothing to harm us.” And “God, who is omnipotent, protects His sons and daughters from harm. As we live in accord with God’s law, the divine Science of being, we become conscious of God’s protecting power, loving embrace, and tender presence, and we realize that we are forever sheltered in the invincible fortress of God’s care. ”

In “Breaking through victimization”: “No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, we can turn away from hopelessness to something greater and more powerful. I’ve come to see that this greater power is God, divine Love, and it is the basis for our hope and courage. The all-encompassing love of our Father-Mother God is right here, now.” And “As we actively witness the expression of God in ourselves and others, we find there is nothing that can truly oppress us. Each of us has the right and ability to pray in a way that holds up the qualities of God, good. This is not ignoring problems. It is caring enough to do more than empathetically suffer with victimization. It is to engage in the compassionate and healing solution to it.” 

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


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