Christian Science is a Bible based religion that is focused upon the words and works of Christ Jesus. It’s teachings, as found in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science and founder of the Christian Science church, focus upon the spiritual laws of God, a good and loving God. These laws are the same laws that Christ Jesus used in his healing works and apply to our lives today, bringing healing to challenges of all sorts – from physical healings, financial stress, employment, and relationship issues. Nothing is outside the scope of healing and finding solutions to day to day problems.
We learn about effective prayer through the study of the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, her other writings, and the articles written by Christian Scientists around the world and found in the Christian Science Journal and Christian Science Sentinel (see jsh-online) we learn more about God and ourselves as His/Her loved children. As we learn about the nature of God, the allness of God or good, the powerless of evil, and the true spiritual identity of every man, woman and child, we find our lives and the challenges we face changed and challenges resolved.
Western Medicine and Christian Science
People who follow the teachings of Christian Science are free to make their own choices about what to think and do in each situation, including healthcare. Like all systems of healing, the track record for Christian Science isn’t perfect. But, over 80,000 Christian Science healings have been published throughout the past 140 years, including severe cases. We believe that it’s up to each person who practices Christian Science to choose the form of health care he or she wants. Many Christian Scientists decide to pray first about every challenge–including health issues–and find it effective. We all care about the preventive and curative aspects of health care and many health care professionals today are recognizing options outside of conventional medicine. Christian Scientists recognize and respect the interests of medical professionals and don’t oppose them.
Many of us find that people think that Christian Scientists are Scientologists, New Age practisists, faith healers, or believers of an eastern religion. Often, Christian Science is described by other religions as a cult. Christian Science is none of the above. The inspiration it offers runs deeper than positive thinking. It is deeply Christian. We are taught through Christian Science that it is never God’s will for anyone to suffer, be sick or to die. Instead, it shows how God is entirely good and therefore His/Her will for each of us is only health and life.
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