I don’t need God … or do I?

A young friend informed me that she didn’t need church. Despite her belief in God’s existence, she mentioned that life seemed good enough as it was, and that church was an unnecessary inconvenience. In fact, she challenged me to convince her why someone like her would have any reason to attend church or Sunday School, let alone learn about God and their relationship to Him.

The question stumped me. I wanted to share with her what an understanding of God as taught in Christian Science has given me—confidence and hope during personal trials, healing and comfort when suffering, guidance and direction when lost, peace in times of conflict and stress, answers when I needed solutions. But it seemed it would be hard to convince anyone to make the effort to understand God better if they thought they had all they needed, and harder still if gaining spiritual understanding involved surrendering any material pleasures or beliefs that made them happy. 

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