A Christian Science perspective: When different groups of people are accused of hate and intolerance, and violence erupts, how can prayer contribute to healing?
By Melanie Hahn Ball (Reblogged from CSMonitor.com)
What can dedicated spiritual thinkers do to uncover and repudiate the underlying cause of violence? Recent events in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen have prompted many questions regarding security, hate speech, and religious tolerance….
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, offers clear, intelligent ideas on how to focus our prayers during times of upheaval and violence. Comparing malicious hatred to a serpent, she described what motivates violent acts not as individuals but as evil – masking itself as person, place, or cause. She wrote: “The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good…. It is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel them to devour each other….
“This malicious animal instinct, … incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 563-564). Read more
This weekend my church headquarters is holding its annual conference. The theme of the meeting is “Christ calling us together.” Since being here in Boston there has been such a sense of alertness, engagement and you can feel the effect of people praying along the lines of Christ calling us together.
During the Wednesday church service, people stood up and shared healings they had through their study of the Bible and a realization of the wonder and greatness of God (and God’s Mothering love embracing them and giving us all that we need each moment). In addition to this, members of the congregation shared how they felt support from one another and that the prayers offered to the congregation each week had a profound healing effect on their lives. It was very moving.
Last night my husband and I were locked out of the friend’s house where we are staying. It was a chilly night and we were praying to see that “all things work together for good” as the Bible tells us (Romans 8:28). After 45 minutes or so, their neighbor came home. Even though he didn’t know us or have any proof we were who we said we were, he invited us into his home. We spent an hour and a half watching the basketball game with him on TV and chatting about various things. After awhile we saw that our friends had returned and we went home.
I had such a spiritual sense of God taking care of us -–of the Christ truly calling us together – that I knew it was divine providence.
I love the universal definition of Christ that Christian revolutionary and healer, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in the late 1800’s:
Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to man speaking to the human consciousness. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332)
This message from God to man speaks to you and me. It keep us on the straight and narrow path that enables us to live a fulfilling and satisfying life with God. This message is pouring into the thoughts and hearts of all men, women and children. And it is an amazing thing when you can feel and see your community embodying this message of good and consciously expressing it.