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Eye on the world: The ultimate defense
In “A good defense against terrorist hate” The Christian Science Monitor reports: “As Islamic State loses its base in Iraq and Syria, its followers are taking territory elsewhere. One place is Egypt, which could provide the militant group with greater access to Africa. Since December, an ISIS-affiliated group in Egypt has adopted a tactic aimed at rallying Egypt’s Muslims to its side: It is killing Christians, which make up 10 percent of the population. There’s just one problem. Many of the country’s Muslims are coming to the aid of wounded or fleeing Christians, even housing them…. One reason Christian groups in Egypt have survived for centuries is that they often react with forgiveness toward their tormentors. They do, of course, seek more security and justice from the government. But their gracious response to violence has helped to disarm hostility and open a dialogue between faiths.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Truth spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 474
Evil is neither quality nor quantity: it is not intelligence, a person or a principle, a man or a woman, a place or a thing, and God never made it.
—Message to The Mother Church for 1901, pp. 12‒13
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Some thoughts on terrorism”: “... the light of Truth, a synonym of God in Christian Science, exposes and expunges evil in all its manifestations. ” And “Despite material appearances, the spiritual fact is that God, who is entirely good, never created a man capable of evil or error. Nor can man, whose very heart is fashioned by God (see Psalms 33:15), be conditioned into hatred by ethnicity or nationalism or by false views of religion or God.”
In “Halting hatred”: “If one is able to recognize the power and presence of universal Love, hatred can be halted.” And “As we glimpse Love’s allness through prayer, it has an impact similar to the effect of turning on a light in a dark room. It eliminates anything unlike itself.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.