Church Building in Christian Science

[Reprinted by request from the Christian Science Sentinel, Nov. 21, 1908]

The Christian Science Church rises out of the love, gratitude, and inspiration of hearts chastened and lives rescued. Our building appears when impersonal love opens its eyes in the awakening heart. In Christian Science, building is healing. As the errors and sins, the ignorance and fears, in our own consciousness are healed, the walls of salvation appear within the pure heart, where the psalmist saith God is seen. Heaps of rubbish must be excavated from the consciousness,—love of money, improvidence, sloth, self-indulgence, extravagance, fear of poverty, business superstitions, rainy-day prudence, unintelligent management, all that makes for lack. Without a transformation in character, improved morals, better health through spiritual power, the Christian Science edifice could not appear; and so the visible structure stands in itself a testimonial of healing. The Christian Scientist knows that if he cannot build, it is because he cannot heal.

On Seeing the Father
April 29, 1922

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