Christian Science is based on the words and works of Jesus Christ and draws its authority from the Bible. Its teachings are set forth in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Although a distinctive part of Christian Science is the healing of disease by spiritual means alone, its higher purpose is universal salvation from every phase of evil – including sin and death (see Matthew 10:8).
Yes. Its foundation is the teaching and example of Jesus. Christian Scientists take Christ Jesus’ promise seriously – that Christians should heal the sick as well as the sinning in his name.
It is a Science because it is the systematic application of rules based on a fixed principle. It heals through divine laws. We consider it the Science of the Christianity that Jesus lived and taught. The proof is in changed and improved lives – morally, spiritually, and physically.
We believe that God, Spirit, is the Supreme Being, the creator and governor of the universe. God is everpresent, all-knowing, all-powerful, and wholly good. God’s nature is seen through synonymous names for God used or implied in the Bible, including divine Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
Every individual is actually the spiritual child of one Father-Mother, God. The true spiritual identity of everyone is the image and likeness of God, as the first chapter of Genesis makes clear (see verses 26 and 27). God’s children are His reflection, or expression, and are always under His infinite care.
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, The Saviour, the Son of God (see John 9:35-37). The term Christ describes Jesus’ divine nature or spiritual sonship with God. As both the Son of God and the Son of man, he was the mediator between God and man. He said of himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
In English-speaking countries we use the King James Version of the Bible in church services and in reading the weekly Bible Lessons. We also often use other current translations in our individual Bible study. Other areas of the world use Bibles published in local languages. A tenet of Christian Science reads, “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.” (Science and Health. p.497)
No. Science and Health is a companion to the Bible, and as its title implies, a key to understanding the Scriptures. These two books are the textbooks of Christian Science and were ordained by Mrs Eddy to be the pastor of the Church.
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a perennial best-selling book on healing. She was raised in New Hampshire by parents, who were devout Congregationalists. The Bible was central to her religious and educational upbringing.
Her early adult life included more than her share of serious personal tragedies and poor health. Over the next twenty years chronic illness led her to explore many curative methods. None resulted in permanent healing until her discovery of Christian Science.
In 1866 she was severely injured in a fall, and turned to the Bible as she had been accustomed to doing. All she had pondered in the past came strongly and clearly to her as she read an account of one of Jesus’ healings. She was immediately healed. Convinced that God had healed her, she spent the next several years searching the Scriptures to understand the principle behind her healing. She named her discovery Christian Science and explained it in 1875 when she first wrote Science and Health.
This term helps describe her relationship to members of her Church. Christian Scientists refer to Mrs Eddy as the Discoverer, Founder and Leader of Christian Science. Although we revere her, we do not worship her. Mrs Eddy insisted that her followers “…Follow your Leader only as far as she follows Christ.” (see Message to The Mother Church for 1902, p4).
Yes. We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. We fully accept the Gospel accounts of his birth, life, victory over death, and final ascension as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and the evidence that he was the Son of God.