Supporting Our Church Services

To thought spiritually illumined in Christian Science, going to church takes on a new meaning. Indeed, divine revelation makes "all things new." Churchgoing comes to mean something higher and holier than merely being in a certain building at a specified hour. It is vastly more than joining in congregational worship in the generally accepted sense. In fact, it so transcends the finite concept of the term that the material senses are unable to perceive or to meet its demands.

Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583), defines "Church" in part as "the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle." The real Church, therefore, is wholly spiritual and exists in and of God, ever-present Love. Being spiritual, it is perfect, harmonious, complete, immutable, and immortal, untouched and unharried by the ever-changing and conflicting beliefs of material sense. It is governed, directed, and controlled by divine law. It is sustained by infinite divine Love. It proclaims the Christ-principle and the Christ-power, and none else besides.

In the next paragraph Mrs. Eddy further defines "Church" as "that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick."

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Man's Identity
August 29, 1942

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