'Christian Science: What It Is and Isn't'
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This realization was another instance of God communicating with men, revealing His presence and His available power. In the spirit of the Bible writers, Mrs. Eddy wrote a book that she entitled ''Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.'' In it she writes: ''In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue taught me the Science contained in this book, Science and Health; and neither tongue nor pen can overthrow it'' (p. 110).Skip to next paragraph
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The acid test, of course, was not whether one inspired woman could heal but whether, through her teachings, others could learn to do the same thing. Was this truly an eternal Science, or was it simply a personal dispensation of divine grace? She writes in Science and Health, ''Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals'' (p. 13). The Apostle Peter had said, ''God is no respecter of persons'' (Acts 10:34). They meant the same thing. What divine Love gives to one, it gives to all, without exception.
Just as in Jesus' life the Word of God appeared in a form applicable to the needs of his time, so that same Word has appeared in our time as a Science based on a divine Principle. Basis of healing in the law of God
The law of God -- the very same law that was the basis of the healing work of Jesus -- is made comprehensible and available through the teachings of Christian Science. When men discovered a law of aerodynamics, which, correctly applied, will sustain flight, we entered into a new era in terms of freedom and mobility. The possibilities are endless. Just think, then, what it means to realize that there are laws that give us constant access to the power of God. ''I and my Father are one,'' Jesus said (John 10:30). And, ''My Father worketh hitherto, and I work'' (John 5:17). Instant access -- instant power. Jesus taught that what was possible to him was equally possible to anyone who would learn God's will and obey it. The will of God is the law of God. Now at last, with the discovery of Christian Science, the scientific nature of Jesus' work was made clear, and his healing method revealed.
You can see, then, why Christian Scientists refer to Mary Baker Eddy as the Discoverer of Christian Science. She discovered (or realized) the Science that Jesus demonstrated; that truth he promised would reappear in the fullness of time.With the discovery of Christian Science, the world is once more challenged to let go of old, limiting concepts and move forward; and once more scorn and misrepresentation are heard in the marketplace. There are people who, in all sincerity and without malice, harbor doubts and fears about Christian Science. They wonder, ''Is it a cult?'' ''Is it really Christian?'' ''If it is religion, why call it Science?'' ''Is it mental manipulation?'' These are legitimate questions, and they deserve deep and conscientious consideration. Let's look at them now.
Especially since the frightful experience at Jonestown in Guyana, the term ''cult'' has a very negative connotation. It implies charismatic leadership and a totally mesmerized following. In a religious context it also suggests domination through a highly personal interpretation of the Scriptures and often a zeroing in on one point to the exclusion of all other aspects of genuine mainstream religion. Strangely enough, there are people who feel that this exactly describes Christian Science. Is this view supported by the facts? It certainly is not! Let's see why.
It's true that healing is the aspect of Christian Science that most people know about, but Christian Science by no means stresses healing at the expense of other essential elements of basic Christianity. In fact, true scientific healing is the outcome of applied Christianity, and is impossible without it. This Science teaches the need of moral values rooted and grounded in the Ten Commandments. It points to the Sermon on the Mount as the pattern for ethical behavior. It honors Jesus' command to love God supremely and our neighbor as ourselves. Mrs. Eddy repudiated personality worship