The Individual and the Church

Applicants for membership in a Christian Science church are told, among other things, that they are expected to support their church metaphysically. Sometimes this seems to present a perplexing problem. Therefore, it is necessary for the individual to learn more about the real Church, that he may do this work rightly. As a means of learning more about the basic nature of Church, the use of the Concordances to the Bible and to the various writings by Mary Baker Eddy will be found most helpful.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy has given the spiritual concept of Church in her definition on page 583, where she writes: "Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle." A careful and intelligent study of this definition will enable us to see that the true idea must be attained in individual consciousness. As our understanding grows, we begin to gain always clearer views of that which we previously associated largely with some material edifice.

Proving Our Understanding of God
December 13, 1941

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