christian science FAQ's
What is cHristian science?
Christian Science is a religion based on the words and works of Christ Jesus, who taught humanity the true meaning of Love. Thus, the heart of Christian religion is Love and about feeling and understanding God’s love for each one of us. For additional and detailed information about Christian Science, please visit the “What is Christian Science?” page on ChristianScience.com.
Is Christian Science related to Scientology?
Christian Science is sometimes confused with Scientology, New Age practices, faith healing, and Eastern religions. It has also been called un-Christian or labeled a cult. Actually, Christian Science is none of the above. The inspiration it offers runs deeper than positive thinking. It is deeply Christian. Christian Science teaches that it’s never God’s will for anyone to suffer, be sick, or die. Instead, it shows how God is entirely good, and therefore His will for each of us is only health and life.
What is the Christian Science view of God?
The first chapter of Genesis presents God as wholly spiritual and utterly good. This goodness is then beautifully revealed as integral to God’s creation as well. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Christian Science, pointing to Bible passages like these, defines God as “The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence” (Science and Health, p.587). Thus, we see our spiritual identity and relationship with God as perfect, made in His “image and likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
What is the history of Christian Science?
In 1866, after many years of study, Mary Baker Eddy discovered what she considered to be the Science of the Christianity as taught and lived by Christ Jesus. She dedicated herself to teaching, preaching, and healing others through this system of applying spiritual laws – Christian Science – and in 1875 she published her primary book about it, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. By 1879, she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Church Manual, p.17). Though it is not necessary to be a church member to study Christian Science, today, there are members in over 130 countries and democratically run churches in over 70 countries.
How can Christian Science help me?
Christian Science is studied and practiced by people all over the world and it can help you in the same way it helps others. When asked why they love Christian Science, people said things like:
- Christian Science works – I found healing!
- I feel loved unconditionally, without judgment.
- The Bible makes more sense to me.
- Christian Science helps me feel safe.
- Through prayer, Christian Science brought me comfort.
- I feel God’s tender presence more than ever.
- Jesus’ life and teachings are more relevant to me now.
- I found a better sense of peace and harmony in my life.
- It gave me the opportunity to bless others.
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