Christian Science

Introduction and origins 

Christian Science is a religion based on the teachings of Christ Jesus. It takes its authority from the Bible, and its teachings are set out in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. 

Mary Baker Eddy grew up in a Christian home where there was a great love of the Bible. Much of her early life was spent in ill health and she failed to find permanent help through any of the remedial methods available to her. In 1866, after a serious accident, she was healed as she read about one of Jesus’ healings in the Bible. She spent the next few years searching the Scriptures for a positive rule of healing, which led her to the discovery of what she called the Science of Christianity, Christian Science. 

The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 ‘to commemorate the word and works of our Master (Christ Jesus), which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing’ and consists of The Mother Church (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, USA) and branch churches around the world. 

Teachings 

Christian Science teaches that spiritual healing is the outcome of prayer and spiritual renewal. Its practice places full reliance on God for the cure of physical ills as well as the healing of sin and problems of every kind.

The Tenets of Christian Science are: 

  1. As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life. 
  2. We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God’s image and likeness. 
  3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts. 
  4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus, the Wayshower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death. 
  5. We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter. 
  6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just and pure.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p.497

 
For more about Christian Science visit the official website: www.christianscience.com