Church Building and Healing

When Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, founded The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, it was voted on her motion "to organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). Each branch of The Mother Church is progressing, and will continue to progress, as its membership responds anew to this inspired demand. A church which starts in humble quarters and grows by its healing work will surely be brought forth "into a large place" because, as the Psalmist says, "he [the Lord] delighted in" it. When this time comes, the building of its edifice will be a joyous experience to members, for it will be the spontaneous expression of grateful hearts and enlightened understanding. Thus the edifice itself will stand as a witness to the healing and regenerative power of Christian Science.

When, and only when, this important work of Christ-healing is being faithfully done, the members can approach their building project with the deep-lying conviction that, spiritually speaking, the church is, to a very large extent, already built. Their task, then, will be to erect and dedicate their edifice as a visible proof of healing work already well done, for every case of sickness healed by Christian Science in that community has measurably revealed the spiritual foundation already laid. Every sin or fault overcome has been as a boulder blasted away, and joyous voices raised in gratitude have echoed Love's sweetest chimes.

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