Often, a trained Christian Science practitioner is called to support the patient's thought through prayerfully "knowing the truth." Contemporary Issues The church claims no position on abortion, though such a step would clearly not be in harmony with seeing God’s child as perfect and divine.Reliance on conventional medicine, though discouraged, is left up to the individual.These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.Origin of Universe and Life The universe and humans are reflections of God's likeness and image, which is Spirit--without beginning or end. Heaven and hell are not places, but states of consciousness that continue after death.Illusions, or delusions, of a material world and material body result from error in thought and ignorance of the true and only nature of reality, which is spiritual. "Heaven" is the self-made eternal bliss of realizing oneness with God. God is all that is real and God is completely good; therefore, good is real and evil is an illusion/delusion.However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate.
"God is All-in-all." Incarnations We are all sons/daughters of God, though not at the level of understanding of Christ Jesus.When the question of how a shriveled ugly man has a gorgeous daughter comes up, the response is sometimes "she looks like her mother." Or sometimes because he looked better in his youth.When the Mad Scientist is a good guy, the Daughter is not nearly so cloistered, although she is still a prime candidate as a love interest. "Hell" is the self-made anguish of believing in pain and death. The only power evil has is to destroy itself; attempts to destroy good naturally result in punishment for the evildoer. Not realizing one's true nature as spirit results in selfishness, which can lead to error and disharmony.Salvation Salvation lies in bringing oneself into harmony with one's true nature as God's reflection, through good works, patience, meekness, love, watchfulness, prayerful gratitude, devout obedience in following Christ's example.