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Original Christianity – loving, practical, universal   Leave a comment

What would Christianity of the kind that Jesus, the original Christian, lived be like if it were practiced today?  Original Christianity simply loved; it loved gently, powerfully, universally.  It met the human need right where that need was without judgement or limitation.  It acted with the deepest, genuine humility – Jesus said, ‘Of my own self I can do nothing.’  It was not political.  It had no robes, rituals or riches.  

It loved with a divine love so transforming that it healed, or solved the human need, no matter what that need was – poverty, sorrow, sickness.  It gave us an understanding of God that was not humanistic.  ‘God is Love’ (The Bible – 1 John 3:23) lifts our sense from a limited, masculine, judgemental, far-off, traditional concept, to one that envelops us in a feeling of infinite closeness and care.  To truly practise Christian worship we must live love for Love is the law of life that will bring, ‘on earth peace, good will to men.’  This is the type of worship that is at the core of Christian Science practice. 

Real love reduces fear and that is the love that is most needed right now.  It is needed for the current economic and public health crisis as well as global concerns about racial injustice.

The Bible quote “God is love” appears near the front of almost every Christian Science church, including in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the headquarters for the denomination. 

To the degree that we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind — to that degree will our hearts and hands be moved by Christ to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters.

Our church is committed to spiritual healing, which endeavours to see the image of God in everyone. “Great charity and humility is necessary in this work of healing,” wrote church founder Mary Baker Eddy. “The loving patience of Jesus we must strive to emulate.” Healing can’t be approached dogmatically, Christian Scientists emphasise.  Christian Scientists are always free to make their own health choices.   Healing is about giving gratitude to God, who is love, and learning to acknowledge more of this saving presence. 

The Christian Science church in Canberra has at its heart a great love for its community and shares an understanding of God that has brought healing and happiness to the lives of many.  Anyone in need of some love and prayer, is welcome to come and visit.

(This article was contributed by Beth Packer, a Christian Science practitioner of healing and an international speaker on Christian Science and spiritual healing.)

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