Why I Left Christian Science
Christian Science is a religion founded in 19th century America that is based on the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. For many years I called myself a Christian Scientist, believing that faith, prayer and an understanding of spiritual truths can lead to spiritual healing without traditional medical intervention. Although I had a great admiration for the ideals of this faith, I ultimately chose to leave it for a variety of reasons.
My Questions Were Not Answered
As I grew into adulthood, I found myself questioning many aspects of the faith as it was taught. Sadly, many of my questions were not addressed in sermons by local Christian Science Church leaders, or in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. Rather than simply accepting the beliefs and practices of the Christian Science Church, I instead began researching alternative faiths and philosophies in an effort to find answers.
Lack of Emotional Support
One of the reasons I chose to leave Christian Science was due to the lack of emotional support that was available from the Church. Although there were spiritual healers and prayer groups, I often felt that these resources were not enough. I desired a more practical and supportive approach to spiritual healing than what was offered by the Christian Science Church.
Ultimately, I chose to leave Christian Science because my personal beliefs had diverged significantly from the teachings of the Church. Despite my deep respect and admiration for Christian Science, I ultimately concluded that it was not the right religious community for me.
Overall, I find tremendous comfort in my decision to leave Christian Science. Although it was a difficult choice, I know that it was the right one for me.
In conclusion, leaving Christian Science has enabled me to explore a broader range of spiritual beliefs, practices and paths. My journey of faith has been enriched by my decision to expand my horizons beyond Christianity, and I remain deeply grateful for the wisdom and lessons I gained through my tenure in the Church.
4. How has your decision to leave Christian Science affected your relationships with friends and family?
Leaving Christian Science affected my relationships with friends and family in many ways. It was a difficult transition for all involved. Some family members were disappointed and worried about what would happen to me, but were ultimately understanding and supportive. Friends who were still part of the church were more distant and some ceased communication altogether. While it was challenging, I ended up developing new relationships with people who shared a more similar worldview and supported my decision.
5. What advice would you give to someone who is questioning their involvement in Christian Science?
I would advise that person to do some research on Christian Science and learn about it for themselves. It can be helpful to talk to other Christian Scientists and to read the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and other Christian Science literature in order to gain a better understanding of the faith. Praying for guidance and a deeper understanding may also be useful. Ultimately, it is important to trust oneself and follow what one thinks is right.