Christian Science is a religion of semantics. Words and phrases are parsed ever so carefully to reveal deeper, hidden meanings. People debate about what a particular statement means. It gets crazy sometimes, let me tell you. And, there are the peculiar statements unique to Christian Science, which to outsiders must seem stupidly weird. The one that crosses my mind today is “know (or knowing) the Truth.”
I always kind of wondered about that statement when I was a Christian Scientist, how do you “know the Truth”? I’ve always thought you either do know it or you don’t, and if you don’t you find out what the truth really is. You don’t “know it” until you DO know it. Yeah, it’s that stupid word-play. It’s one of those instances when you apply simple logic to a Christian Science statement and it just blows up in a mess of illogical stupidity.
Anyway, that’s my thought for the day. On another note, this morning I realized that if I was still “in the faith”, I would be attending my Association meeting today. Oh how my life has changed, and how far (forward) I have come. Instead of stuffing myself into slacks and collared shirt, and sitting in a giant fancy ballroom, listening to my former Christian Science Teacher, I went to work this morning, and fed 82 folks who live on the streets of our little city here. A couple of my usual volunteers weren’t able to make it, so we were shorthanded, but with a lot of hustle and hard work we got it done, and many thank-you’s from our grateful guests went around. This was far more fulfilling to me than what I used to do on the first Saturday of May. I love my job!
Life is indeed good! On a final note, back to the topic of “truth”, I leave you with Pilate’s famous statement, and one that I always remember: “What is truth?” So, what is truth to you?