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Belief in Deity God is incorporeal Spirit--creative Principle, supreme, omnipotent Father-Mother, omnipresent, omniscient--the only intelligence and all that actually exists.

God is Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.

Because of its isolation Mount Athos has remained one of the most unspoiled parts of Greece.

The landscape is stunning and wild, with small green valleys and gorges, well wooded peaks interspersed with precipitous ravines and an inaccessible coastline.

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.

There are two basic commandments: that one turn only to God, perfect Mind, for guidance--the Mind that was also in Christ; and that one "love thy neighbor as thyself." Healing and immortality are realized by becoming conscious that the only true reality is God, which is Love, and that one's true and only nature is in God's likeness.

Suffering is overcome by asserting the truth of one's being as an idea of God.

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.

Jesus was a divine Exemplar, and Christ is the divine idea of "sonship"--the Master.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."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.Reliance on conventional medicine, though discouraged, is left up to the individual.Physicians are not viewed antagonistically; but their methods are seen as ineffective because they treat disease as originating in the body rather than mind.

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