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our web page are not intended to represent an official policy statement or
to provide the final word on subjects that would necessarily require
considerably more space and attention than can fit on a readable web page.
It is in the spirit of offering a continuing dialogue that these “Questions
and Answers” are provided.
These answers are from a
pamphlet originally published by the Christian Science Publishing Society.
What is Christian
- Christian Science is based on the words and works of Christ Jesus,
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 ("Heal the sick,
cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have
received, freely give." Matthew 10:8).
What Bible does
- 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, such as the
Luther Bible in German and the Louis Segond Bible in French. 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).
is Science and Health?
and Health with Key to the Scriptures
explains fully and directly the spiritual teaching of the Bible,
and reveals the divine Science that , when practiced, brings health
and harmony to all aspects of our lives.
Is Christian Science
- 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. (Verily, verily, I say
unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;
and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John
Science a Science?
- 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
to be the Science of Christianity that Jesus lived and taught. The proof
is in changed and improved lives - morally, spiritually, and physically.
What is the Christian
Science view of God?
- We believe that God, Spirit, is the Supreme Being, the creator and
governor of the universe. God is infinite, ever-present, all-knowing,
all-powerful, and wholly good. God’s nature is seen through the
synonymous names for God used or implied in the Bible, including divine
Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
How does mankind
relate to God?
- Every individual is actually the spiritual child of the one
Father-Mother God. The true spiritual identity of everyone is the image
and likeness of God. God’s children are His reflection, or expression, and
are always under His infinite care. ("So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he
them. Genesis 1:27).
What's Father-Mother God?
- Father-Mother is the name of Deity,
which indicates his tender relationship with his spiritual creation.
(S&H 332-VIII) Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God
forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.
(S&H 516:23) So God created man in His own image, in the image of
God created He him; male and female created He them. (Geneses i.27)
What does Jesus Christ
mean to a Christian Scientist?
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, the Saviour, the Son of God. 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. ( “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the
truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6).
Does Christian Science
accept the virgin birth of Jesus and his crucifixion, resurrection, and
- 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.
How does a Christian Scientist
- We turn to God, divine Love, to learn more of His power and
presence, and to listen for His direction. The prayer that affirms and
understands God’s goodness and allness, challenging whatever appears to
the contrary, is a powerful force. Prayer is the subject of the first
chapter of Science and Health.
What is the
relationship between the theology and the healing ministry of Christian
- They are inseparable, the one being a proof of the other. Christ
Jesus, our Exemplar and Saviour, showed that his theology and ministry
included healing the sick. We see Christian Science as the rediscovery of
the divine laws that Jesus understood, taught, and proved - and that these
laws are as applicable today as they were 2,000 years ago.
How does Christian
Science go about healing the sick?
- Christian Science healing comes through scientific prayer, or
spiritual communion with God. It is specific treatment. Such prayer
recognizes a patient’s direct access to God’s love and discovers more
of the consistent operation of God’s law or health and wholeness on his
behalf. It knows God, or divine Mind, as the only healer. It brings the
transforming action of the Christ, the idea of divine Love, to the
patient’s consciousness. A transformation or spiritualization of a
patient’s thought changes his condition (see Science and Health, p. 194, line 6).
Christian Science's record
of success with healing?
- It has been practiced effectively for more than 130 years. In some
families, Christian Science has been the means of healing and care for
five generations. During the past 112 years, more than 50,000
authenticated testimonies of healing have been published in the monthly
and weekly Christian Science periodicals. In addition, thousands of
accounts of healing are given each week at Wednesday testimony meetings in
Christian Science churches around the world. Three books, A
Century of Christian Science Healing and Healing
Spiritually, both published by The Christian Science Publishing
Society, and Spiritual healing in a
Scientific Age by Robert Peel (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987),
give detailed accounts of verified healings.
How does Christian
Science differ from faith healing, psychotherapy, Scientology, or positive
- There are crucial differences. The practice of Christian Science
does not involve hypnotism, spiritualism, or suggestion. It is not the
control of one human mind over another, nor the exercise of human will. It
employs no formulas, chants, or rituals, no esoteric practices or secret
writings. Although faith is an important element in this healing process,
it does not rest on blind belief, but on an ever-increasing understanding
of the present perfection of God’s spiritual creation. This is a
practical and essential difference between Christian Science and what is
generally considered faith healing.
What was the start of
the Christian Science Church - and why?
- In 1879, four years after the first publication of Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy and some of her students voted
to “organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our
Master [Christ Jesus] which should reinstate primitive Christianity and
its lost element of healing.” The Church was reorganized in 1892, and
the Church Manual was first
issued in 1895 to provide a framework for church government and a
blueprint for future development of its mission.
How is the Christian
Science Church governed?
- Its government is set forth in the Church
Manual, a constitutional document that has remained unchanged since
Mrs. Eddy complete it in 1910. Under this Manual,
the worldwide business of The Mother Church is transacted by its Board of
Directors. Each local church and society is a democratically governed
branch of The Mother Church. Each branch church member has an equal
opportunity to participate in branch church work, vote in the election of
its local church officers, and serve in these positions.
Why doesn't Christian
Science have ministers?
- Ours is a lay church in which every member has equal standing with
God. With the Bible and Science and
Health as our pastor, we turn to prayer and these two books for
counsel and healing.
What are Christian Science church services like?
- The hour-long service includes congregational singing, a vocal
solo, organ or piano music, silent and collective prayer, the audible
praying of the Lord’s Prayer, readings from the Bible and from Science
and Health, and a collection. In many localities there is also a
Wednesday meeting that includes reading from the Bible and Science and Health, as well as testimonies of healing from the
- The Sunday services are
conducted by lay Readers. The two Readers read a Lesson Sermon consisting
of passages from the Bible and Science
and Health with Key to the
Scriptures. All services are open to the public.
Who was Mary Baker Eddy?
- 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
- Her early adult life included more than its 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.
How did Mary Baker
Eddy discover 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 wrote the first edition of Science
Why do Christian Scientist
call her their leader?
- This term helps describe her relationship to the members of her
Church (see Manual of The Mother
Church, Article 22, Section 1). 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 so far as she follows Christ.”
(See Message to The Mother Church
for 1902, page 4).
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