Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Law of Peace

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Law of Peace

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THE assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November of last year sparked intense debate. The assassin, a strict student of the religious law set down in the Hebrew Torah, apparently took exception to Mr. Rabin's secular implementation of that law. This brings us to the question "What truly is God's law?"

For one thing, God's law must reflect His nature. The Bible tells us that God is good and that He is Spirit. Although in times past God has been thought of as a large and powerful father-image, mankind has begun to understand that He is Spirit. Because God is Spirit, His law must be spiritual. This law is not merely a catalog of human statutes set down by human history.

God is also omnipotent. And the fact that He is all-powerful doesn't just mean that He can do anything. It really means that He is the only one who initiates action. The book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy says, "The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind" (p. 187). Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science in 1866.

In absolute truth, God's law governs and controls everything that He has created. It never stops. It is always enforced. Man, God's image and likeness, cannot help but obey God's law because he is governed by God.

God created you; God created me; God created everyone. He created us to express His goodness. And He loves us equally. Therefore, it must be His will that we dwell together in peace. What parent enjoys seeing his or her children squabbling? What parent would want to learn that one child had hurt or killed another? In no instance does hatred, revenge, or murder fulfill God's law. These actions are the result of the false belief that God's children have become separate from Him. But how could that be, since God fills all space and His creation is one with Him? The sinful behavior of human beings is not a part of God's creation, and, therefore, it can be expunged; we can be saved from it.

In the Bible there is a story of an opportunity for assassination in the book of First Samuel. …

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