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This Sunday I attended the Second Church of Christian Science located on River Road.  Truth be told, I don’t really have an interesting story to tell.  I drove up to this small building thinking it’d be a bunch of New Age mid-30 something’s but the entire congregation couldn’t have been a day under 90 so they were anything but New Age. Okay, not 90, that’s an exaggeration, but at least 70, maybe 75.  I was shocked to see so many elderly people.  I mean, it truly looked like a nursing home in there.  I guess that fits though because according to their website Christian Science is kinda a dying religion.  Wow.  Seriously, no pun intended.

When I walked in to the 10am service, I noticed the words of Jesus Christ written on one wall, and directly paralleling His words were the words of Mary Baker Eddy.  I’m not so sure what I think about all this Christian Science stuff.  I was hoping they’d do some laying off the hands on me or something because I’d been sick with a nasty cold for almost 2 weeks and could really use some healing prayer. I believe in the power of prayer and God’s ability to heal the sick.  It is the one thing about this religion that had me intrigued. But no such luck experiencing it.  Instead, the entire service consisted of an elderly woman reading a Bible verse, and then following it up with Mary Baker Eddy’s interpretation of that same verse.  Apparently, there is no head of the church.  Instead, a different member of the congregation leads the service each week.  This week, an elderly woman stood up and got behind the podium and began with the Lord’s prayer and an interpretation by Eddy from her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  http://christianscience.com/

Our Father which art in heaven,

Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious.

Hallowed be Thy name

Adorable One. 

Thy kingdom come

They kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

Enable us to know—as in heaven, so on earth—God is omnipotent supreme.

Give us this day our daily bread

Give us grace for to-day; fed the famished affections;

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And Love is reflected in Love

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

And God leadeth us not into temptation, but deliverth us from sin, disease, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love over all, and All.

I’m not trying to be ugly, but they kinda lost me at “Father-Mother”.  I mean, where do they get this stuff from?  I guess if they had some book or something or if a prophet allegedly heard from God during a vision, I could at least wrap my mind around why someone would believe that Mary Eddy Baker knew that Christ intended to call God the “Adorable One.”  At least Joseph Smith had magic eye glasses so someone could totally see why he interpreted the Bible the way he did.   Okay, now I admit….  I’m just being sarcastic.  I’m not sure how to NOT be after going to this church.  It just has no foundation outside of some woman saying “Hey do this” and then basing a religion around it.

I actually agree with some of the fundamental principles.  I believe in the healing power of prayer.  I believe that our minds are much more powerful than we give them credit for.  I believe our thoughts are responsible for our reality. I believe we’re spiritual beings living in a material world.  But I guess I’m just a material girl…okay, I’m going back into my sarcastic mode so I’m just going to sign off for the day. 

If you’re looking to follow a woman who rooted her “biblical” interpretations in psychic phenomenon’s, doesn’t believe Jesus actually existed, therefore doesn’t believe He resurrected, doesn’t believe in salvation through grace, doesn’t believe in the existence of all matter, including man's physical body, doesn’t believe that we are capable of sin, sickness, and death and doesn’t believe that God exists at all and instead is just a concept of our minds , oh but believes these teachings are all Christian ones, you might be a Christian Scientist. http://www.ricchristianscience.com/

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  • brett barner

    brett barner May 20, 2010

    Interesting. I’m not a Christian Scientist, but I find the different sects and fragments of Christian religion interesting. Christian Scientists were always one who I would drive by their churches and imagine them holding services with lab coats and bunsen burners. I know that’s not what they did, but I couldn’t help that mental image. Thanks for the clarification. smile

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