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Everyday Spirituality

Prayer won’t change God, because God is unchanging wisdom and Life, but prayer can adapt us to the Science of spiritual being. The premise of prayer must include the fact that God already knows what you need. We are never telling God something new. Asking God for something, no matter how lofty we sound, doesn’t guarantee satisfaction. Humility is necessary.

We have the right to practice the religion of our choice, without interference from the government.

This is not to mean we have the right to use religion to influence the government or politics.

I was listening to the book, America: The Last Best Hope, by William Bennett, and was pricked in conscience after hearing Abraham Lincoln’s views on loyalty. When Lincoln was President of the United States and the Civil War was on the verge of breaking out, Lincoln refused to put in charge of the military a few leaders who were considered loyal and great by the mass population. Lincoln felt their loyalty had become so intense, it was approaching treachery.

Memories flashed back for me. Not of the Civil War, I am not that old, but of the time when I was loyal to a religious organization. I was loyal to the religion’s creed and church rituals and I became very devoted to reading the literature believed to be religiously pure and faithful, the Bible and the Science and Health.

But, over a span of years, I felt impelled to diverge from those loyalties because they were betraying the religion dubbed Christian Science.

Gracefully, healing became much simpler and more expanded. My mind stop thinking the world was materialistic or a great opponent of the religion. And, I realized many of the rituals that I was so loyal too were not even mandated in the Church Manual. For example, the preamble read in church right before reading the Bible Lesson—stating something about the lesson being “uncontaminated”—is not quoted from the Manual. Likewise, the 26 Bible Lesson subjects are not stipulated in the Manual. Moreover, the order of the service is only an option. And, no where, absolutely no where does the Manual say the King James Version of the Bible is the mandatory read.

Upholding, with fierce loyalty, these groundless rituals so out-of-date today, is treachery.

I then felt compelled to revise and update Science and Health to be read along with modern Bible versions adapted to today’s thinkers and readers and practitioners. I do not treat archaic subjects such as Ever-lasting Punishment or Necromancy. And, I not only feel more devoted to spirituality but I’m discovering a lot of other people who also are faithful to fight for the principle of Love, and not a church job or ritual.

I still attend church however my attitude is much better to bear.

With all their faults, human beings still amaze me. People are incredibly creative, inventive, and insightful. Science and religion are tools we use sometimes to boost the innovation.

Airplanes, apps, espresso machines, boot warmers…

Philanthropy, purpose, wellbeing…

Human beings will always be consumers at some level and most of us have seen the downfall of the consumerist addict—waste, exploitation, and possession that own us.

How do we express our creativity, inventiveness, and insight without creating the consumerism?

We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Creation is always appearing, and must always continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material. Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to a level of human or material belief, called mortal human being…The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by Mind’s creation. When we subordinate the false testimony of the bodily senses to the facts of Science, we will see this true likeness and reflection everywhere…All things are fashioned by, and after, God’s own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness. They impart their own peace and permanence. Love, fragrant with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!”[1]


[1] Matt. 5:5 (Phillips NT)