Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Protection for Churches Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Protection for Churches Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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The recent burning of black Christian churches in the U.S.A. is an attack on innocent people. Innocence is often thought of as weakness or vulnerability to attack. But innocence that comes from knowledge of God, who is omnipotent Truth, is not vulnerable; it is strength.

Innocence and truth go hand in hand, as part of the nature of God. God's law is the only real law of the universe. That evil can be victorious over God's law is a misconception. Are the churches to be sacrificed in the name of hatred? No. A helpful way to discern the permanence of true innocence is in terms of God's goodness and all-power. God made us in His spiritual image and likeness; therefore we reflect all of God's goodness. The innocence of God's creating represents freedom from sin, as well as disease and death.

Any quality of thought that is unlike God must be exposed and destroyed. The fact that God is Truth reveals evil to be false. Evil, in whatever form it takes, cannot hide behind a mask of secrecy, for it has no truth, substance, or power, except as illusion.

As the third millennium approaches there is great fear among certain people of apocalyptic upheavals. The destruction of innocent targets, with no apparent cause, gives one pause to ask, "What is going on here?" Hatred, in whatever form, assumes power and control through fear. But it has no basis or law to uphold it because God does not support it. So it is in fact an unreality. Millennial destruction is a contradiction in itself; the word millennium is symbolic of infinity, timelessness, and eternity. Apocalyptic fate has power only inasmuch as we believe it to be a possibility.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence" (pp. 234-235). Prayer to God is effective when it denies evil any potency and affirms God to be the only power, presence, or source of action. …

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