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Growing Community

by | May 1, 2023 | Talks that Inspire

In a post Covid world many of us have become more introverted and less social. It is understandable but it is difficult to support each other and come together in times of need when we live in a guarded emotional state. We can turn to the teachings of Christian Science for help and guidance in connecting and crowing as a community. The Christian Science practice is rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and its fundamental principle is that God is all and that all is governed by divine laws. This practice has helped people find healing, hope, and a deeper sense of community, by emphasizing the importance of spiritual understanding and prayer. Building strong communities through Christian Science practice involves recognizing the spiritual nature of each individual, understanding our connection to God, and supporting one another in prayer.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, emphasized the importance of community in her book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” She wrote, “The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 450). This quote highlights the central role of Christian Science practice in healing and overcoming challenges that we face in our lives. It also points out that we need to work together to achieve this goal. As a community, we can help one another understand the spiritual laws that govern our lives and support each other in prayer.

In the Bible, we find many examples of how Jesus Christ built strong communities through his teachings and healing. One such example is the story of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21). When Jesus saw that the people who had come to hear him speak were hungry, he took five loaves of bread and two fish and fed the entire crowd. This act of compassion and generosity brought the people together and created a sense of community. Similarly, when we practice Christian Science, we are called to be compassionate and loving towards others, to support them in their challenges, and to create a sense of unity and connection.
Christian Science teaches us that we are all spiritual beings, created in the image and likeness of God. This means that we are not limited by material circumstances, and that our true nature is spiritual and perfect. As Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Man is not material; he is spiritual” (p. 475). When we recognize this truth about ourselves and others, we can begin to see each other in a new light, as spiritual beings who are capable of great good.

The Bible also teaches us about the importance of seeing others as spiritual beings. In Galatians 3:28, we read, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” This verse emphasizes the unity and equality of all people, regardless of their background or circumstances. When we see each other as equal and connected, we can build strong communities based on love and mutual support.

We were created to support each other and Christian Science, with the teachings of the Bible, can guide us to a stronger, more connected community.

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