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CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.
– Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

The vastness of Church

From the February 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Keith R. Mangold

I’ve enjoyed thinking about a familiar allegory recently, and how it relates to Church. It concerns a man who was caught in a flood. The waters came up to the first floor of his house. A paddler came by in a canoe and said, “Hop in; I’ll help you.” But the man said, “No thanks; I’m waiting for God to rescue me.” The floodwaters rose to his second floor, and then a speedboat stopped to save him. Yet, once again he refused aid, telling the boat that he was waiting for God to rescue him. 

Finally the waters rose until he was stranded on his rooftop. A helicopter flew by, dropped down a rope, and encouraged the man to climb up, but, no, he told the pilot to leave, as he was sure God would rescue him. 

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