Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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IT was an ordinary question, I thought. I asked our bed and breakfast host if we could have two keys to the cottage we were renting for the week. "Oh," she said, "we never lock anything here.... We've never had a problem."

Clearly, we were vacationing in a setting very different from the one we were used to. I thought back to how carefully we had locked, then double-checked, the doors and windows of our house before leaving. What a contrast this was!

There's no question that burglary is commonplace in urban and suburban areas. Sociologists and criminologists offer explanations for the thievery taking place: fading moral values, drug addiction, entrenched poverty, and so on.

But what is it, fundamentally, that causes people to steal from one another? Perhaps we could say the root causes are mental ones: hopelessness, greed, fear, anger, confusion. These negative states of thought are not indelible, however. And we can help eradicate them by turning to God in prayer and acknowledging His infinite, ever-present good. As we discern the power of God, divine Spirit, to care for and govern man, our lives will surely show the influence of His presence.

The Scriptures reveal the true nature of Deity. Particularly in the New Testament, God is revealed as divine Love itself, the divine Parent who nurtures and guides each individual as a treasured offspring.

The Master, Christ Jesus, understood God's tender, never-failing love. In teaching his followers the true nature of Deity, Jesus told a story of a man with two sons: one rebellious and the other obedient. The rebellious son left home and squandered his inheritance. But, as Luke's Gospel records the story, this son "was lost, and is found." When he realized what he had done, he repented and returned home. There was a lavish celebration on his behalf, which caused the son who had remained home to be angry. …

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