Finding Balance in Perfection

Words are very important in Christian Science, one of the most commonly used words is perfect, for example, man is made in God's perfect image and likeness. In Christian Science, perfect is used as an adjective -- man is ideal, flawless ,without fault, exemplary. Man's state of perfection is presented as FACT, to accept anything less … Continue reading Finding Balance in Perfection

the backfiring of denial

The following is a guest post by regular reader and sometimes contributor, the Amazing Bacon. For more about Bacon, please visit the Guest Posts & Contributors tab at the top of the page. Having been raised in CS, denial of material self is touted as one of the greatest virtues: denial of pain, injury, hunger, … Continue reading the backfiring of denial

Wanna be a Sheep

The other day the Awkward Moments Children's Bible Facebook page shared a collection of horrifying "Christian Music" videos gathered from YouTube. I followed some of the links to their logical conclusions, and came across "I Just Want To (Be A Sheep)" The sheep theme reminded me of the guest post by the (obviously a pseudonym) … Continue reading Wanna be a Sheep

My Inner Quiet

A number of years ago, my father gave me a small pendent of an anchor. I wore it on a necklace, similar to the way Christians wear crosses. I never felt comfortable wearing a cross, none of them ever felt "right" and I never had a Christian Science "cross and crown" pendent, although for a … Continue reading My Inner Quiet

look at all my trials & tribulations, sinking in a gentle pool of wine

(1) It surprises some of my fellow former-Christian Scientists that while I have left the Mother Church, and no longer follow (or believe) in the teachings of Ms. Eddy, I continue to refrain from imbibing alcohol. I don't drink wine, beer, or cocktails. I don't enjoy vodka, tequila, or spirits. I've had a few sips … Continue reading look at all my trials & tribulations, sinking in a gentle pool of wine

Anti-human Theology: Learning to Hate Yourself

Instead of learning to hate yourself, in Christian Science we are taught God is Love. We are “God’s Perfect Children” and we simply need to realize that. Any sickness, disease or “bad” things that happen to us are our failure to fully recognize that we are God’s Perfect Children – we need to realign our thoughts with God. Allowing Error/Mortal Mind/Malicious Animal Magnetism (all of which are unreal, because God created everything and behold it is Very Good) to enter our thought and cloud our judgment (and cause the problems that need to be “healed”). We must continue to vigilantly stand porter at the door of thought and be on guard against any un-god-like ideas. The end result is similar to that described by Godless in Dixie — there is quite a bit of self-loathing because people are not able to “heal themselves” by simply “aligning their thoughts with God.”

Although Christian Science starts with somewhat prohuman theology — there is no “fall” we are perfect, but trapped in the Adam Dream, it quickly becomes antihuman because the Adam Dream is one so few Christian Scientists ever manage to emerge from — Ms. Eddy included.

godless in dixie

billboard I have a confession to make.  I still struggle with a deep self-hatred which I inherited from my Christian upbringing.  It’s been nearly five years now since I “broke up with Jesus” and yet after all this time I still have this unhealthy undercurrent pulling me down, making me think less of myself than I should.  It most commonly rears its ugly head when I am under a great deal of stress.  I’m sure many could confirm that it’s when you are tired and your reserves are depleted that these things tend to come back to haunt you.  I hear some of this comes with age, too.  The older you get, the more you just get tired, and the longer you have to accumulate charges against yourself.  Some of that’s probably unavoidable, I guess, and is just a part of life.  It also doesn’t help me personally that I grew up…

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the Unattainable perfect and clear comprehension of the living Spirit

For my Christian Science readers, I'm going to remind you of a harsh fact: Christian Scientsts die, just like everybody else. No where does Ms. Eddy claim that Christian Science will cause the MATERIAL BODY to live forever, it is Spiritual Man that is immortal. Expressing shock and grief at someone's passing is natural. What is … Continue reading the Unattainable perfect and clear comprehension of the living Spirit

What I’ve been Reading: Measles, the Dead & Healthcare Access

Measles Outbreak in a Highly Vaccinated Population, San Diego, 2008: Role of the Intentionally Undervaccinated via Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. via the Daily Beast Anti-vaccine activists contributing to measles outbreaks around the U.S. via Raw Story Insurance for All: Germans Can't Fathom US Aversion to Obama's … Continue reading What I’ve been Reading: Measles, the Dead & Healthcare Access