Saturday, February 26, 2011

What Do They Believe-Christian Science

Beginning:  In 1866 Mary Baker Eddy Believed she was healed after reading a bible passage.  Her personal study birthed her particular ideology which she presented in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, first published in 1875. Four years later she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, which today has branch churches and societies around the world.

Writings:  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  Her other writings include: Miscellaneous Writings, Manual of the Mother Church, Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, and other official periodicals.
View on the Bible:  Quoted, but should not be interpreted literally.

View on God:  According to Mrs Eddy, God is an impersonal Principle of life, truth, love, intelligence, and spirit.  God is all that truly exists: matter is an illusion.  Each person is made in the image of God, who is Spirit.  As such, the reality of life is found in the spiritual realm, not in the physical world.  All of a person’s physical life should be lived in submission to the spirit life.  Focusing on the physical life is self deceptive and flawed.  Medical assistance is to be ignored. They disapprove of prescription drugs, hospitals, surgeries, and other medical matters.

God is both father and mother, not in a physical sense, but in the sense that God represents both masculine and feminine spiritual characteristics.

The Trinity of the Christian Scientist consists of God the Father/Mother, Christ (spiritually representative of son-ship to God), and the Divine Science.

View on Jesus:  Jesus refers to the physical man born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was not the Christ, but a man who displayed the Christ idea. (“Christ” means perfection, not a person) This philosophy follows the teaching of theosophist Helena P. Blavatsky who was really a Luciferian.

Jesus was not God, and God can never become man or flesh.  He did not suffer and could not suffer for sins.  He did not die on the cross.  He was not resurrected physically.  He will not literally come back.

Holy Spirit:  Defined as the teaching of Christian Science.  It is an impersonal power.

Salvation:  Humanity is already eternally saved.  Sin, evil, sickness, and death are not real.

Death:  Death is not real.    Heaven and hell are states of the mind.  The way to reach heaven is by attaining harmony (oneness with God).

Other beliefs:  Members use Christian Science “practitioners” (authorized professional healers who “treat” supposed illnesses for a fee) instead of doctors.  Healing comes through realizing one cannot really be sick or hurt and that the body cannot be ill, suffer pain, or die since matter is an illusion.  Attracts followers by claims of miraculous healing.

From their website:
Why do Christian Scientists place more importance on Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health than the Bible? It seems like they make her more important than Jesus.

Actually, they don’t. The Bible is the basis for Christian Science theology, and in fact, Christian Science wouldn’t exist without it.
Talk to Christian Scientists, and you’ll discover that they love the Bible and that Christ Jesus’ teachings are central to their lives and healing work.
Do Christian Scientists appreciate what they’ve gained from studying Science and Health along with the Bible? Absolutely—just as they appreciate Mary Baker Eddy’s work and accomplishments. But Eddy herself deflected personal adulation and comparison to Jesus, and she urged others to do the same. 


Refutation: They deny Jesus’ deity, and the gospel (death burial and resurrection). They deny his promised second coming.  They disavow all scriptures that go beyond her philosophy.

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