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Multifaith participation has made me a better Christian

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In many countries Christian Scientists, with the support of their branch church, are participating in local multifaith or interfaith groups. Thus they’re sharing their faith with other Christians and with those of other than Christian religions, as a way of letting their light shine and as a way of being neighborly.

Participation in a multifaith organization during some seven years made me a better person and a better Christian. It deepened my appreciation of the universality of the Christian precepts of love for God and for one’s fellow. It clarified for me that the great Christian commission is not to convert others but to see them in the reality of God’s perfection, the way that Jesus did (see Science and Health, pp. 476–477), and in this way bring about healing.

The ideal of loving God supremely and loving one’s fellow, rather than diminishing the unique redeeming work of Jesus, validates his teachings and shows their universal applicability. It also emphasizes that following Jesus’ example is the key to redemption.

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