Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Still Loving, through It All ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Still Loving, through It All ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The newspaper headline reads: "Moved by sympathy, Iraqi acted to spring a POW." The story is a heartwarming account of an Iraqi lawyer, Mohammed (not his real name), who found out that a US soldier, Jessica Lynch, was being held at an Iraqi hospital where he saw her being mistreated. Mohammed decided to try to save her because he couldn't stand to see her beaten. "A person is a human being regardless of nationality," he said (The Boston Globe, Apr. 4).

He walked six miles to find marines to tell them where she was. Five days later, marines stormed the building at night to rescue her. If not for his help, the marines said, they might never have been able to rescue Private Lynch. To shield Mohammed from Iraqi retribution, he and his family were spirited out of the country.

Hearing this account both moved me and made me think deeply about why someone would risk everything - including his own life - to save a person he didn't know and who was supposed to be his enemy. An act this courageous and unselfish in one way defies the logic of the human mind.

But my intuition tells me that the reason for this expression of unselfish love can only be explained spiritually - by looking to God, Love, who the Bible says created man in His image and likeness. Love created all of us to express love, to do good to others. God has designed us to look beyond ourselves, beyond our own needs, so that we can minister to one another.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote: "Man is idea, the image, of Love..." ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. 475). But all of the hatred in the world tries to mock this spiritual fact, deny it, and make us believe the exact opposite - that man is naturally selfish, vengeful, angry, hurtful.

The carnal mind, which the Bible calls "enmity against God," mocks good, denies its existence and its power to triumph over evil. Jesus, the greatest doer of good the world has ever known, was mocked before he was crucified. …

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