"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name," urges the Psalmist (Ps. 96:8). And he continues, "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." To Christian Scientists, divine worship includes a spiritual adoration of God as required by this passage. This holy worship is carried on not with any sense of human compulsion, but in obedience to the edict of God, under which all ideas necessarily love their creator.

To adore God is to love, cherish, honor, praise, and extol Him—to worship Him with profound reverence. Adoration when used with reference to Deity is entirely spiritual. Its effect in human affairs includes such things as church membership, attendance, and activity, consistent study of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, love for one's neighbor, and pure, Christly living. In its spiritual sense, adoration is a continuous communion with God, a spiritual consciousness of God's presence and power, an exaltation of the infinite One, who is Life and Love.

The first sentence of the second religious tenet of Christian Science, given by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," reads (p. 497), "We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God." In our recognition of God, supreme and infinite, there is no room for loyalty to any false gods.

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