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Eye on the world: Reconciliation for countries that have been torn by war

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In “Amid the rubble of Mosul, Iraqi reconciliationThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “Every country emerging from violent conflict has to find a path to reconciliation. Sometimes the need is for forgiveness, justice for victims, or simply land restitution. For Iraqis, the need is to build on its successes since 2015 in overcoming religious divides in politics, curbing corruption, and creating the kind of trust that allows for differences and the rights and freedoms for minorities. … 

“Iraq may have finally learned that it cannot afford to ignore its minorities or leave a political vacuum. ISIS, like Al Qaeda before it, was adept at playing on Sunni grievances. While military action was needed to retake Mosul, what is needed even more is the rebuilding and reintegrating of Iraq. In a word, reconciliation.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

I Peter 5:5

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 496

One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 340

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

In “Achieving reconciliation”: “Mary Baker Eddy understood in a deep, spiritual way the significance of looking in the right direction—to God, which allows us to find peace.” And: “True reconciliation is not personal; it has to do with the dawning of thought that sees everyone’s true identity as divine Love’s image—as loving. We can support reconciliation in the world through our prayers, letting the truth about man as the loving and harmonious reflection of God fill our own thought. Such prayer supports progress by abiding in a truer sense of Love’s reforming and unifying grace, which goes out into the world to heal.”

In “God rules the conference of nations!”: “Greater than all the nations is infinite Mind, the only God, by whom and in whom all men really exist. Human governments are drawing together to honor and to be responsive to the peace-producing Mind that is the Lord of the whole earth.” And: “What a God-given opportunity every Christian Scientist, every lover of the reign of righteousness on earth, now has placed before him—the opportunity to utilize a fraction of each day for understanding prayer for God’s guidance, protection, and direction of this memorable meeting of the earth’s peoples, unified in their desire for the realization of the Master’s promise that on earth there shall be peace.”

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


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