What do Abraham Lincoln, Mary Baker Eddy and a chaplain at Cook County Jail have in common?

Tim Mitchinson writes:

Even though I have read many books on Lincoln, this one included a quote I was unfamiliar with.  About his ideal church, Honest Abe stated, “When any church will inscribe over its altar the Savior’s condensed statement of law and gospel, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and love thy neighbor as thyself,’ that church will I join with all my heart.”

Mary Baker Eddy, a contemporary of Lincoln, and the founder of Christian Science, called this command of Jesus the “El Dorado of Christianity.”  She felt that living from this basis of loving God and man, would reveal the power and goodness of the one God to humanity.  She wrote in her book on spirituality, health, and salvation, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.”

I experienced the practical benefits of this when serving as a Christian Science chaplain at Cook County Jail in Chicago, Division 5. Continue reading at the Journal Star »

 

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