Guy Gilbert is a French Catholic priest who is well known for his commitment to underprivileged populations. He’s a student of the Bible and said something a few years ago that touched me: “Live in such a way that your way of living causes people to think it is impossible for God not to exist.”
Bible study and prayer in Christian Science empower us to tangibly demonstrate the presence of God, Love. Their meaning is in the good that they actually bring—in making one a better man, woman, child—more useful, more loving, more generous, more wise.
Isn’t this what Jesus alludes to when he says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)? Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, writes in her book on God, prayer, and healing: “Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 2).