Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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IN this time of conflict and challenge on several different fronts, it may seem easy sometimes to feel a vengeful desire to see an enemy attacked and destroyed. Yet those who believe in God, particularly in the Christian teaching that God is Love, have an obligation to resist the impulse for revenge. And the basis for resistance is in the life of Christ Jesus, the man we accept as our Master.

Here was a man of such courage and spirituality that even as he was on the cross he was able to ask God to forgive his persecutors. "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," are his compassionate words, recorded in Luke's Gospel. At first, we might view this as the exceptionally noble sentiment of a man who is definitely without parallel. Yet the theme of forgiveness runs both through Jesus' teachings and through the New Testament. It tells of a God who loves and who redeems.

Paul's first letter to Timothy speaks eloquently of this when he tells Timothy to pray "for kings, and for all that are in authority." And he goes on to give a reason for this. He writes of God as one "who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

This spiritual salvation comes as humanity is able progressively to give up the belief that man is purely material and that the only way to security and power is through matter -- whether in the form of money, weapons, or territory. Each of us can contribute to this salvation by praying to understand man and his relation to God as Jesus did.

The basis for Jesus' life and teachings was the actual spirituality of man and his inseparability from God. It is on this basis that forgiveness is possible, and it is from this standpoint that we are able to defeat the impulse simply to annihilate an enemy.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, knew that forgiveness for sin required reformation. …

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