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Despite the ongoing decline in Churches of Christ, Scientist, the rise in people who claim to study Christian Science, but not adhere to a religious organization, should be seen positively, especially by religious people.

To accept this as good news, however, requires listening to what these spiritual seekers are saying, rather than scoff or ignore them as anomalies.

Before dismissing either side, we can first determine why the religious institution turns these Christian Science seekers off.

  • They’ve become wary of the guidance of authorities who restrict intellectual progress to church rituals.
  • They are weary of having their spiritual natures suffocated or denied.
  • They know better than to believe there is only one way to express spirituality, faith, and the search for enlightenment.
  • They are hurt, so much so they are willing to leave what was once a unique infrastructure of American history.

The decline in the church is a wake-up call to leaders willing to listen to this growing number of people. The wariness and weariness of those who have left the church have legitimacy. They can no longer be overlooked.

The religious organization based on Christian Science may have become inflexible, barren, or insular, but giving up on a collection of fallible human beings isn’t the answer either. There is no infallible human being.

Over the millenniums, people have discovered new ways of expressing their faith that speak to their contemporaries. It takes great effort to cultivate the life of faith and sometimes we work in a bed of thorny roses.

But, we can find ways to advance and live our faith in the presence of others, which is in fact what Christian Science is about.

The history of Christian Science shows it is a spiritual rule that has existed since time began. It is the law of God translating itself to humanity, revealing a spiritual cosmos of harmony.

It is time to stop dismissing one another. The idea behind a vital congregation is still very alive and can be found among the individual students of Christian Science or within a religion willing to keep up with progress.

 

John 20:19

English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

 

joy of piano book with calvinMom insisted I take piano lessons when I was a kid. I’m glad now, although it was a struggle for me to practice back then. As an adult, it relaxes me to sit down and play. I teach myself harder pieces, but will pull out easier books that I can sight-read, such as The Joy of Piano, arranged music Denes Agay.

Our cat, Calvin, likes when I play piano.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “It is a question, whether the ancient inspired healers understood the Science of spiritual healing, or whether they caught its sweet tones as the natural musician catches the tones of harmony without being able to explain them. Past healers were so divinely animated with the spirit of Science, that the lack of the letter could not impede their work. The letter without the spirit voids the healing practice.”

Hi, my name is Cheryl Petersen, and I used to be a Facebook user. I’ve been free of the social media site, Facebook, for almost a year now, during which 99.9% of the time, I’ve never looked back.

I was a Facebook user for about 5 years, first signed up by Trafford Publishing, publisher of my book, 21st Century Science and Health.

The reason I quite Facebook was because it was a test of my willpower throughout the day and every day. I battled a constant urge to check my account.

But, I had no desire to tell people what I ate for a snack. I had less desire to read what someone else ate for a snack. And in reality, it didn’t seem to serve as a key driver to growth for my small business, Healing Science Today.

Yesterday however, I was tempted to sign up again for a free Facebook account. A recent study released by Linkedin (another social media site), reported that Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s) are positively affected by social media. They serve as “a key driver of growth.”

The temptation weakened as the day went on and by evening it was gone.

Still No Facebook.

Maybe one day, I’ll rejoin. I’ll keep weighing the pros and cons, but for now, progress forward comes a lot easier when I can focus on the new project at hand, rather than check Facebook and see what other people are doing.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Human willfulness breeds evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, not the willful flesh or animal instinct, is the divine power which says to disease, “Quiet! Be still!”[1]

It is only productive to exercise human will-power in subordination to Truth. Human-will has the tendency to misguide our decisions and bring out inferior tendencies. It is the function of spiritual sense to direct man and woman. Mistaken human thoughts injure our body, and even injure others.

“Human will-power is liable to all evil. The willfulness of human mind can never heal the sick. Contrastingly, the exercise of spirituality—hope, faith, love—is the prayer of the righteous. The prayer governed by Science instead of human mortal selfhood, heals.”


[1] Matt. 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24