There are countless social, political, and global issues worthy of attention. Below are some thoughts on a few of those. If you have more questions you can talk with someone individually, keeping in mind that people who practice Christian Science have diverse opinions.
Why is there suffering in the world?
The question about the origin of suffering—in other words, evil—is one that has vexed theologians for centuries. Christian Science chooses to focus on a solution to the suffering by taking seriously Jesus’ command “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt 10:8). Jesus overcame poverty, hunger, severe weather, even incurable mental and physical maladies—and he promised his followers they could do the same. The desire of Christian Scientists is to see the suffering in the world alleviated, and Christian Scientists pray regularly to address both national and international evils.
I feel I’ve done some really bad things in my life. Where do I go from here?
No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, you can never be separated from God and God’s love. This fundamental principle of Christian Science has changed thousands of people’s lives and offered them redemption, transformation, and healing. To find out more about how God’s love can transform your view of yourself and your possibilities, you can watch videos and read articles, talk with someone individually or dig into the Bible and Science and Health. You can find forgiveness, healing, and peace today.
What’s the Christian Science perspective on premarital sex?
Christian Science sets out a high moral ideal when it comes to human relationships and sex. It accepts the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ two great commandments as the foundation for all human relationships—love God, and love your neighbor. The book which explains Christian Science, says that marriage is “the legal and moral provision for generation among humankind.” (Science and Health, p. 56)
Starting from this basis, students of Christian Science have found that they are able to make choices that help them both to worship God more purely and to make decisions that bless them, their relationships, and others.
What’s the Christian Science perspective on homosexuality?
As noted above, Christian Science sets out a high moral ideal when it comes to human relationships and sex, and the book which explains Christian Science says that marriage is “the legal and moral provision for generation among humankind.” (Science and Health, p. 56)
At the same time, Christian Science acknowledges that all of us have a lot of growing to do to reach the standard of pure spiritual love that Christ Jesus taught and lived. It encourages us to be as free as possible from judging each other, while still supporting each individual’s moral and spiritual progress. Christian Science affirms the spiritual identity that we all have from God. We believe this can bring healing to individuals and to society as a whole.
Does the Church have a position on abortion?
The Church trusts its members’ humble, soul-searching prayers to guide them to the steps that are nearest right for them in this situation. In most cases, Christian Scientists approach issues regarding their bodies and health with prayer instead of seeking medical solutions.
Women and men who face such a difficult decision deserve compassion and support. For society as a whole, the tragedy of so many unwanted pregnancies outside of marriage can point to the need for a deeper acceptance of the moral precepts that protect human happiness and stabilize society. Christian Scientists hold a deep conviction that the more we understand life to be wholly spiritual, the more we’ll find healing answers to even the most challenging personal and social problems, including this one.
If you have more questions, feel free to talk with someone individually, keeping in mind that people who practice Christian Science have diverse opinions and you are welcome to form your own.