Church Prosperity

No human institution should be more prosperous than the church, because the church stands for the highest values in human life—the acknowledgment of the Supreme Being and obedience to the moral and spiritual laws that originate in God. In Christian Science we learn that such spiritual activity is true substance. In the measure that church members are spiritually active, both they and the church prosper in harmony as well as financially.

Christ Jesus indicated that the value of one's offerings to the church is measured by the spirit in which they are given rather than by their amount when he commended the poor widow, who threw two mites into the treasury of the temple. Jesus had watched the rich giving much, and he said to his disciples (Mark 12:43, 44), "This poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

The Place of Fasting in Scientific Prayer
March 31, 1962

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