Eye on the world: Supporting through prayer the world’s efforts to preserve the environment

In “Ozone hole on the mend, say scientistsThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “a gaping hole in the ozone layer has been opening up over Antarctica each spring for decades. And now there are signs that the slow process of healing has begun …. Scientists credit this progress to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international treaty that phased out chemicals that eat away at the ozone layer, which shields our planet from deadly levels of radiation.” This important progress in preserving the environment—a result of international cooperation and collective investment—is being celebrated as “the most significant environmental success story of the 20th century.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Thou, even thou, artLord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Nehemiah 9:6

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God governs the universe; but man, reflecting God’s power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 102

In divine Science, God is One and All; and, governing Himself, He governs the universe. This is the law of creation: “My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.” And that infinite Mind governs all things.

Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 258

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

In “Spiritual activism and the environment”: “One way to pray is to establish in our thought what is absolutely true, the spiritual facts of God’s creation. A clear perception of the ultimate reality of existence, beyond what the five senses label ‘reality,’ can bring about change for the better in our environment.” And “God is all good and fills all space. He expresses Himself in spotless purity, which simply cannot be invaded. God’s children, His image, can be only pure in motive and action.”

In “Environmental cleanup and the role of prayer”: “It is true that God gave man dominion over the earth. But God’s man was not—and is not—a thoughtless mortal. He was created in the image and likeness of his Maker, to reflect only Godlike qualities—unselfishness, wisdom, and love. It is in the reflection of these and other good qualities that proper dominion is exercised.” And “A spiritually enlightened view that beholds the good earth of God’s creating recognizes that it is found in Spirit. God creates spiritual ideas, and these ideas reflect divine qualities. The earth of God’s creating, then, is a most magnificent and beautiful sight to behold.”

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

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