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WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?
MY FATHER WAS BORN into a Muslim family, and therefore I am especially sensitive to the vulnerability of young Muslims today being targeted for recruitment by radical Islamic terrorists. A youthful characteristic is a passion for justice. That is why the attraction some young people have to perverted doctrines needs to be understood so we can work to eradicate them. One such doctrine is the glorifying of suicide for religious reasons. To me, a suicide bomber—usually a young, radical Islamist—is a misguided warrior who has not separated in himself what the Bible calls "the precious from the vile" (see Jer. 15:19).
As Christian Scientists, we might compare inflamed hatred toward Western values to a sickness of the mind, and treat it as such. Science and Health states: "Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction" (p. 460). So how do we erode this solid conviction that violence is a viable pathway to achieving religious goals?
Science and Health explains that "evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger" (p. 327). We can understand this better, perhaps, by seeing that apart from the battles in Iraq, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, or any unresolved discord affecting the Islamic world, historically Muslims have felt a deep, underlying "humiliation"—an inferiority complex—toward the industrialized West, along with fears of modernity, the fear of losing sacred values on the road to materialism.
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About the author
Myriam Betouche lives near Paris, France.
with contributions from DEE MAHUVAWALLA, TINA WYNECOOP, ELLIE BRAMAN, LINDA MACALISTER, SALLY ULRICH
A more formidable you
SUZANNE SMEDLEY, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Marilyn Jones
can you stop feeling vulnerable?
By David Degler
angels on highway 24
By Lona Ingwerson
God was his Rock in the waves
Text and Photographs By Tony Lobl
protected at gunpoint
By Daniel Biwila
TAKE THE CRUNCH OUT OF TIME
By Lesley Hollinger
A GREAT RETURN
By Diana Nash
WHEN HEALING CAME
By Katherine R. Fitzer
BOOTS AND A PUMPKIN
KIM SHIPPEY, SENTINEL STAFF
NAILING THOSE ROUTINES
WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?
HUMILITY HEALS POISON OAK AND RELATIONSHIP RIFT
A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD
MIGRAINES HEALED THROUGH RELIANCE ON GOD