“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.”
Who said this? Could any human being feel more compassion for the victim of a senseless massacre, than the parent of a victim of such an event? That opening statement is a word for word quotation from statements made by Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High school shootings in Columbine, Colorado. Last Thursday, he was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. His straightforward and heartfelt comments likely were met with surprise by many. Visit this link for a more complete excerpt of his presentation.
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, and the founder of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, and leader of the religious movement known as Christian Science, addressed this very same subject in an important chapter of her textbook entitled “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”. In a chapter called “Animal Magnetism Unmasked”, with strong words Mrs. Eddy advocates placing the blame for violent and criminal behavior where blame is due – upon the perpetrator of the crime, and upon nothing and nobody else. That entire chapter addresses the defeat of deluded, evil, hypnotic thought that seeks to subtly but vainly remove evil’s guilt by misplacing blame. One page 104:29 through 105:15 of the textbook of Christian Science, she writes the following:
“Our courts recognize evidence to prove the motive as well as the commission of a crime. Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the murderer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder.
Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish them. To say that these tribunals have no jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy. Can matter commit a crime? Can matter be punished? Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive.”
Under the influence of mesmeric suggestion has there already been far too much suggestion, even on the part of intelligent thinkers within this movement, that in response to the most recent tragedy, the consideration of well-intended increased legal control of the possession of guns would be a passionate move on behalf of the victims. It would in fact, as supported by the above, be the very antipode of compassion for the victims. Nothing could be further from the truth and more aligned with the intentions of evil – evil which is disarmed only by the active operation of God’s omnipotence, by God’s spiritual man.