Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Called by Whom?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Called by Whom?

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Who or what can call us to action? Increasingly, it's become an important question regarding the world's security. But calling people to harm others, manipulating people to commit acts of violence - as in broadcasts made by Islamic State, for example - has been proved to ultimately fail time and again throughout the centuries. It is a call so completely opposite to our true nature as God's children, the children of Love, that it must be understood as having no link or connection with anyone.

Any call to do evil is without divine impetus, because God is good. And it's the power of Christ - the divine message of the spiritual relation of man to God - that has been shown to reverse the attraction of any evil influence.

I often think of the remarkable story of a man who followed what he thought was a righteous call to bring a certain group of people to their death. But even in the very act of persecuting others he heard a different call. It literally stopped him in his tracks.

It was a man named Saul, whose life was changed on the road to Damascus. Looking to bring any Christians he might find along the way to Jerusalem, he was suddenly stopped by a "light from heaven," and a voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" (Acts 9:3, 4). It was the Christ calling him.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, describes this moment of Saul's transformation in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." She says he "beheld the way - the Christ, or Truth - only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense, which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual.... He beheld for the first time the true idea of Love ..." (p. 326).

Then Saul, calling himself Paul, went on to heal and preach throughout the region and beyond. What is particularly interesting is that he spoke to people of different cultures and faiths in sharing the healing power of Christ. …

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