More and more, people everywhere are feeling a need for something—anything—that can offer protection. But is it really possible for something other than brute force to protect us? Would it be responsible to turn to God for protection? And can prayer actually rid people of a morbid affinity with fear, aggression, or revenge—the modes of thought and behavior that may attract violence in the first place?

An experience in Christ Jesus' life offers a dramatic example of how purity of thought and solid spiritual-mindedness can result in protection. The Bible tells us that once, in Jesus' own hometown, an enraged crowd "rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way." Jesus proved that spiritual-mindedness is actually a preventative—it neutralizes aggression. There was nothing in Jesus that could react to hatred and violence.

The first article in this Sentinel illustrates another example of protection; it includes an account of a woman and her family, and the way they were protected during bombing raids on their city. The power of God does provide care and refuge for each of us.

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Divine protection
August 10, 1992

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