The article with a Christian Science perspective that appeared in The Christian Science Monitor Daily News Briefing on December 23 pointed out very clearly that “the news about the economy, Afghanistan, Iran, and other parts of the world seems to be saying that all these events are going on outside us and that they are defining the world. It looks as if we end up taking what the world is dishing out. ……… This is a good season to be thinking about the birth of Jesus, who proved that things are the other way around. Each of us has within ourselves the power to help reshape the world in the image of good, and of love”.
I’ve been a student of Christian Science since my childhood, but Curt Wahlberg’s article made me really sit up and think. Today, had I been just accepting as unchangeable and unhealable a current world event? Had I been accepting physical problems in my or other’s lives as incurable?
It was really a ‘wake-up call’ for today and made me go back to the basics of the Bible and Christian Science teachings, including that “There is no life, truth, intelligence nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy, p.468). I then realised once again that ‘nothing is impossible to God’ and that, like the Master, Christ Jesus, as the children of God we have complete dominion over our thinking, which in turn dictates our experience.
Have these or other comments on this blog made you wonder about this religion? When Mary Baker Eddy was asked, “Have Christian Scientists any religious creed?”, in her landmark book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the founder of Christian Science, answered her own question this way.
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: —
- As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I hope you found this helpful. Any questions or comments?