discoverer and founder of Christian Science gives us the following
In the year 1866, I
discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love,
and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously
preparing me during many years for the reception of this final
revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental
Mary Baker Eddy herself was
healed from a severe spinal injury during the early stages of her
discovery. The injury that the doctors had announced would be fatal,
became healed in an instant, together with years of ill health. She
determined to discover the science of the process that had healed her,
which she proved by healing others. Many of these were cases that the
medical doctors had given up. She writes: *2
About the year 1869, I was wired to attend the patient of a
distinguished M.D., the late Dr. Davis of Manchester, N. H. The
patient was pronounced dying of pneumonia, and was breathing at
intervals in agony. Her physician, who stood by her bedside,
declared that she could not live. On seeing her immediately restored by
me without material aid, he asked earnestly if I had a work describing
my system of healing. When answered in the negative, he urged me
immediately to write a book which should
explain to the world my curative system of metaphysics.
In 1875 she published the
first edition of her textbook on Christian Science, Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures. She had hoped at first that many of the
Christian churches would accept her discovered Science of Christ healing
as it re-instituted the long lost element of primitive Christian healing.
This did not happen. Consequently she saw herself forced by this rejection
to create her own church, the Church of Christ Scientists.
She writes about the
effectiveness of this scientific method of Christian healing, saying: *2
After my discovery
of Christian Science, I healed consumption in its last stages, a case
which the M.D.'s, by verdict of the stethoscope and the schools,
declared incurable because the lungs were mostly consumed. I
healed malignant diphtheria and carious bones that could be dented by
the finger, saving the limbs when the surgeon's instruments were lying
on the table ready for their
amputation. I have healed at one visit a cancer that had eaten the
flesh of the neck and exposed the jugular vein so that it stood out like
a cord. I have physically restored sight to the blind, hearing to
the deaf, speech to the dumb, and have made the lame walk.
main points about Christian Science.
Question - What is God?
Answer. - God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite
Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
Question - Are these terms synonymous?
Answer. - They are. They refer to one absolute God. They
are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity.
The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.
Question - Is there more than one God or Principle?
Answer. - There is not. Principle and its idea is one,
and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and
His reflection is man and the universe. Omni is adopted
from the Latin adjective signifying all. Hence God
combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge,
all-presence. The varied manifestations of Christian Science indicate
Mind, never matter, and have one Principle.
Question - What is the scientific
statement of being?
Answer. - There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor
substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation,
for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error.
Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit
is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material;
he is spiritual.
Question - Have Christian Scientists any
Answer. - They have not, if by that term is meant
doctrinal beliefs. The following is a brief exposition of the important
points, or religious tenets, of Christian Science:-
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 Way-shower;
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.
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Christian Science Textbook
of people being healed by their own work with the textbook