The Temple not Made with Hands

The Church of Christ is not a material edifice; it is entirely spiritual, "the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle," as our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, defines its spiritual meaning, in part, on page 583 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The edifices or temples to be found in almost every land are necessary as places of worship; but they symbolize the real Church of Christ only in so far as they represent the true spiritual thoughts and aspirations of the members of the church.

"The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., is designed to be built on the Rock, Christ; even the understanding and demonstration of divine Truth, Life, and Love, healing and saving the world from sin and death," as our Leader tells us on page 19 of the Manual of The Mother Church. As members of the Church of Christ, Scientist, each has his own place, a place that cannot be occupied by another, and work that no one else can perform. Sooner or later each one must take his stand and begin to do his part in the building of the universal church, which, as Paul said, is "an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

Hearing God's Voice
September 29, 1928

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