“This is dull. ” Honestly, that was my response when I left the Christian Science Sunday School at the age of twenty and started to attend the Sunday services at my branch church.
The Apostle Paul talks about the need to “put off the old man” so we can “put on the new man. ” He says, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” ( Colossians 3:9, 10 ).
What the Church of Christ, Scientist, has to offer the world for all its ills is an understanding of the Christ, “the power of God unto salvation” ( Romans 1:16 ). It offers the way of Spirit, the Science of pure Christianity.
Have you heard the phrase “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty”? Author Anne Herbert wrote it on a restaurant place mat in Sausalito, California, in 1982, and it went on to become the title of a book she coauthored as well as a popular motto. No doubt the world would be a much better place if we all practiced individual kindness every day! Yet random human attempts to do good, as laudable as they are, certainly are not enough to confront and eradicate organized evil, especially the organized terror that is confronting the world these days on the basis of radical and misplaced theological hatred.
One particular group of people has a type of bond that is perhaps unequaled by any other. This group is found in a Christian Science church service.
Mary Baker Eddy , the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, comments in her Message to The Mother Church for 1901: “Of the ancient writers since the first century of the Christian era perhaps none lived a more devout Christian life up to his highest understanding than St. Augustine” ( p.
Many years ago , while working as a Christian Science practitioner on a case that wasn’t moving quickly toward healing, I felt sure that the clarification of one point in the metaphysical laws that underlie healing held the key to progress: “How does what I am knowing, affirming, praying, here, reach and impact the person asking for help through prayer over there?” I called and asked a colleague, a fellow practitioner, and she replied by asking me two questions: “How many minds are there? How many consciousnesses?” I said, “Stop. Say no more.
Every day I think a lot about Christian Science healing because I am a Christian Science practitioner, someone who through prayer and spiritual understanding helps those who are ill, injured, dismayed, perhaps disappointed, even brokenhearted. In my work I am constantly knowing it is God, divine Love, that heals.
The spiritual heaven and earth, where there is no physical or mental pain and suffering, sure sounds great. St.
Forgiveness, one of the great Christian concepts, is easy to think about, not so easy to do. Questions rush in: “How can I forgive the unforgivable?” “How can I get beyond the hurt done to me?” “What if I don’t want to forgive?” But it is a requirement if we want to experience God’s mercy.