What do we do about violence?

A Few months ago a normally quiet community in Australia suddenly had to deal with the tragedy of a mass shooting. This event led to tighter gun–control laws, but it also brought to light the need to look deeper into the problem of violence.

The public debate on these issues started me asking: What prompts a person to fire on another? Would eliminating guns eliminate acts of violence? In looking for answers, I turned to a resource that, along with the Bible, has helped me many times with my deepest questions. It is Science and Health. Discussing the subject of motives, this book states: "Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the murderer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder ..." (pp. 104–105).

Young people find God on inner-city streets
September 23, 1996

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