The Real Meaning of Sacrifice

In ancient times sacrificing animals, even sometimes humans, to appease the gods was an accepted religious practice. Though civilized people have stopped human slaughter as a religious rite, today many religious people still believe that sacrificing or giving up something materially important will somehow assure them of God's blessings in the future.

Christian Science breaks with age-old superstitions and elevates the meaning of sacrifice to a much higher plane. For Christian Scientists, sacrifice is essentially the giving up of false material concepts and the replacing of them with spiritual truths. In this giving up one finds he has lost nothing real but actually has gained more and more good.

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