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Everyday Spirituality

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Upholding, with fierce loyalty, these groundless rituals so out-of-date today, is treachery.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

I meet a lot of people throughout the week as a newspaper reporter. I’ve concluded, although they all speak the English language, they have their own language within that language. And, if I don’t try really hard to understand them, there is a communication gap.

The staff on a college campus has their own language.

The car repair persons have their own dialect.

Scientists have their vernacular.

Computer programmers have their own lingo.

Religionists have their own idiom.

It’s all rather myopic when I think about it. But it can be hilarious.

My son-in-law, a computer coder at Microsoft was speaking with my computer illiterate Uncle. They were meeting for the first time.

Uncle: “So, what do you do?”

Son-in-law: “I work with Windows.”

Uncle: “Really, do you wash or install windows?”

And how do we hear, each one of us, in our own native language?”–Acts 2:8, Lexham English Bible

From the Preface of 21st Century Science and Health, “The vital components of 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures are:

  • Use of the latest research made in technical, Biblical, religious, and medical study
  • New vocabulary from the expanding English language and today’s idiom
  • Footnotes
  • The use of modern English versions of the Bible
  • Treatment of today’s social issues
  • Movement toward a gender-inclusive language

Great effort was taken to keep the original meaning of divine Science intact. All first person references are Mrs. Eddy speaking.

With this said, I hope you continue to discover your spiritual potential to refine the art and skill of divine mental power.”