This week's question about church

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Your questions—your Church community’s answers. Each week, we’ll feature a new question from the Field, with responses from two experienced spiritual thinkers to kick off the discussion. Next, it’s your turn to help bring new insights, ideas, and solutions to light by posting a comment or participating in our discussion forums.

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Responses by Jill Gooding and Joel Magnes. You are right! There is no “group” consciousness, just one Mind expressing itself individually as man.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote of Jesus: “His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, — to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility” (Science and Health, p. 18).

Responses by Martha Moffett and Robert Ennemoser. The amazing thing about the Church of Christ, Scientist, that Mary Baker Eddy founded, is that it has a spiritual foundation and superstructure (meaning it is God-inspired). In that sense it is not like any other church in the world. In a certain sense, then, it’s not dependent on the personalities of its members. Indeed, instead of the members changing the church, the church changes the members.

Responses by David C. Kennedy and Jenny Lobl. Like Paul, we all have much yet to learn and demonstrate of Christ—the Truth exemplified in Jesus and revealed to this age in Christian Science. But full reliance on Christian Science for healing is natural at every stage of our spiritual progress. We’re never too new or inexperienced to rely on it, because this Science is the Comforter promised by Jesus, which is available to all. 

Responses by Olga Chaffee and Lyle Young. How do we measure ages? When does one start or end? Ages are marked by the degree of spiritual growth in the understanding of the nature of God and man, manifested in human affairs—such as education, health, government—and the organizations or institutions formed to implement them worldwide. . .So at present, it might be helpful to start by asking ourselves: Is our spiritual understanding of what our Pastor is imparting, and our demonstration of this understanding, such that it indicates we are now in an advanced age? 

Responses by Ricardo Saldivar and Marilyn Perkinson. How wonderful to know we don’t have to accept any erroneous view of church, church work, or fellow members! Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her book Unity of Good (p. 20:4), “We undo the statements of error by reversing them.” In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she wrote extensively of this important process of reversing error with statements like, “If you wish to know the spiritual fact, you can discover it by reversing the material fable, be the fable pro or con,—be it in accord with your preconceptions or utterly contrary to them” (p. 129). It’s the spiritual fact about our branch church members and branch church work that is real. 

Responses from Ken Girard and Eric Nelson. You raise an interesting question and it’s one that I think many people—not only Christian Scientists, but those from other faith traditions that began in America—have wondered about. The fact that the focus was primarily on religions of European origin would indicate to me that this was simply the view of the filmmaker, David Belton. . .That being said, we are still left with your concern as to how Mary Baker Eddy’s impact on the world via Christian Science could have been omitted.

At this season, when so many are seeking the real spirit of Christmas, what do you do to find and keep the real spirit of Church? 

Responses by Tom Asher and Judi Bell. At the Wednesday meeting, and at various times through the week, I like to affirm that our church is “full”—full of unselfishness, full of inspiration, full of healing, full of gratitude. I think of each member and visitor as bursting with good, because I know God has not surrendered His control of anyone of us to some form of emptiness. The creator of abundant good is not the creator of lack. God forms us to be complete and not beguiled by evidence of limitation. 

Responses from James Spencer and Curt Wahlburg. In order to understand and effectively practice the Science of Christianity that Mary Baker Eddy discovered, one needs to understand its source, appearing, and authority. This understanding answers the question of the place Mrs. Eddy holds in relation to her discovery. 

A Thanksgiving feast of love for Church! 

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