Repentance: reforming the heart

Jill Gooding, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher who lives in Ripley, Surrey, England, was the guest for this live chat on This excerpt has been edited for publication and includes only a few of the questions she answered. To listen to the whole chat, go to

I have found that sorrow for wrongdoing isn’t enough to guarantee that the wrongdoing will not happen again. What repentance will guarantee that the particular wrong will not be repeated?

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes the three steps that need to be taken for a change in character to be permanent: “Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality” (p. 242). So it’s not just repentance. It’s followed by “spiritual baptism” and “regeneration.”

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