What is church? Is church a material structure? Is it Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, etc.?
Church is much, much more. It is that which uplifts, inspires and heals.
Mary Baker Eddy, in her book, Science and Health, gives this definition in part of church: “The structure of truth and love, whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.”
In other words, church is not a material structure, but it is truth and love.
We feel this when we attend a service. This truth and love comes from God, divine Principle and is felt whenever we open our hearts and receive it.
It is a power we can have everywhere, even when we are not inside a material structure we refer to as “church.”
Th second part of Eddy’s definition of church states, “The church is that institution which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the rare, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.”
This part of the definition is the real purpose of the church.
Church must elevate, it must awaken us out of a material sense of things, wo we can begin to understand the things of the spirit, the love that God is embracing us in.
And, this awakening will cast out of us all sin and error, which will in turn heal not only the body, but thought as well.
To me, this is the ideal church and its real purpose.
Donna Homer is a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Sunnyside.