Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Taking a Stand against Hatred

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Taking a Stand against Hatred

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Our globe has felt effects from the recent upsurge of Islamic extremism. On Oct. 23, CSMonitor.com reported that after what appeared to be a terrorist attack in Ottawa that killed one soldier, New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair took a stand against the hatred that is fueling Islamic extremists. He declared, "These acts were driven by hatred, but also designed to drive us to hate. They will not" (see "Learning from Canada after Ottawa attack").

Mr. Mulcair's declaration reminded me of an old proverb: "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty." In regards to that proverb, 18th-century writer and philanthropist Hannah More said, "If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody."

In another related statement, the founder of the Monitor and Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, also writes about hatred in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success " (p. 405).

An army of conspirators! Who wants that? Yet, that is precisely what hatred brings if we allow it through our mental door. It may come in a blustery display, full of self-justification; it may brew a deep inner seething fed by jealousy, fear, or resentment; but ultimately it brings its own torment. Hatred is a product of what the Bible calls "the carnal mind," which is described as opposing, even hating, God (see Romans 8:7).

The master Christian, Christ Jesus, who faced and conquered intense hatred, instructed: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:43, 44). …

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