Church-going from a metaphysical standpoint is much more than mere attendance at some form of public worship. On page 583 of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy has pointed out that "church" is "the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle." True church-going, therefore, must be a whole-hearted turning to that which spiritually manifests divine Principle. In other words, daily and hourly activity in accordance with Principle may be said to be practical church-going.

The real man in the image and likeness of God is of course always acting in accordance with Principle and thus experiencing the unlimited blessing of membership in the true church. The human counterfeit, otherwise known as mortal man, needs however to turn away from so-called material causes and impulses to the one true cause, God, and His qualities. In proportion as this turning goes on sincerely, human imperfections necessarily give way before the actuality of the divine nature. Thus each one may prove for himself that genuine church-going does redeem and heal.

A Distinction
June 16, 1917

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