CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Brief History:

       A mental healer by the name of Dr. Quimby appeared early in the nineteenth century in Portland, Maine. He made experiments in healing by hypnotism and mesmerism. One of his students was a Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Patterson Eddy, who from 1862 to 1865 had attracted some notoriety as a mesmeric subject. 

One year after Dr. Quimby died (1865), Mrs. Eddy claimed to have received a revelation in which she received a discovery of the doctrines of Christian Science (1866). She wrote these philosophies down in a book entitled Science  and Health, strikingly similar to a book authored by Dr. Quimby, Science of Man. Mrs. Eddy copyrighted her book and sold it in several editions at handsome revenues. The first edition appeared in 1875, followed by many editions containing many changes...Science and Health With Key To The Scriptures

     The first Science and Health Association was organized in 1876 with six pupils. The first Science Church was established by her in Boston in (1879) with twenty-six members. She was the pastor of this, the "Mother Church". All other churches of this connection are branch churches of the mother church. Membership has always run about three women to every man. 

   "Church of Christ,  Scientist" is the official church name. 

        Mrs. Eddy's career was a checkered one, having thrice married and once divorced. She reaped a financial fortune; despite her insistence that nothing material is real, she amassed a worth of over three million dollars by the time of her death in 1910. She had said, "There is no death."  

 

 

   

                      

 1.   Mary Baker Eddy is the head of the church, and was its first pastor in Boston.  (See Historical Sketch). 

2. The Bible is not pure, defiled by material and moral senses. (Eddy, Science and Health, 139:20-22).  

3.  The church originated in Boston in 1876. 

4. "A Christian Scientist is one who accepts and practices Christian Science as a religion." 

              George Channing, "What Is A Christian Scientist? Leo Rosten, Religions of America, p.21. 

5.  The name, "Church of Christ, Scientists" 

    - on all buildings and literature. 

6. Mrs. Eddy  "reinstated primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." 

    Religious Bodies, Statistics, History  and Doctrines, Vol. II, p. 397ff. 

    "I must know the science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelations, reason, and demonstration." 

       Science and health, p. 109. 

7. God is  "harmonious mind-action,"  divine, infinite mind, principle, truth. 

       Science and Health, 109: 16-17; 465:8-10. 

8. Jesus Christ is not God, except  in same sense that "God and man, Father and Son, are one in being." 

        Science and Health, 36: 12-18. 

   He was not incarnated in the flesh: "The Virgin Mary conceived this idea of God, and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus." 

        Science and Health, 29: 14-18. 

    Christ and Jesus are two:  "Christ is the ideal truth;  Jesus is the name of the man who more than all other men has presented Christ, the human man and Christ  is the divine idea;  hence the duality of Jesus the Christ." 

    Science and Health, 475: 10-17.

 

 

         Jesus did not die. 

    Science and Health, 46: 2, 3; 44:28-29; 45:11-12.  

        Jesus did not rise from the dead physically. 

       Science and Health,  313:26-30

       The  "material  blood of Jesus" will not save from sin. 

      Science and Health, 25:6-9

  {Note: This is an admission that Jesus is the Christ  and that He came in the flesh and that physical blood ran through His veins.}

9.   The Holy Spirit is "divine science." 

     Science and Health,  55:27-29. 

    Cannot dwell in a body.

    Science  and Health, 309:  24-25

10. There are not three persons in the one God, or Godhead. 

            Science  and Health, 515:17-19. 

11.  Sin, sickness and death are illusions. 

     Science and Health, 283: 8-11. 

  "Man is incapable of sin. sickness and death." 

  Science and Health, 475:28. 

     "Lazarus never died."  

    Science and Health, 575:413. 

      "Man is never sick." 

      Science and Health, 393:29

         "There is no disease. "

     Science and Health, 421:18

       "Death an illusion, 584:9. 

12.  Divorce is acceptable by mutual consent or by legal dissolution. 

        Miscellaneous  Writings, 297: 18-25

13. Christian Science abolishes Baptism and the Lord's Supper from their practice. 

14.  "If prayer nourishes the belief that sin is cancelled, and that man is made better merely by praying,  prayer is an evil." 

                Science and Health, p. 5. 

WRONG TIME:                  1866(1879)

WRONG PLACE:     Boston, Massachusetts (USA)

WRONG FOUNDER:   Mary Baker Eddy

1.  Jesus is the  "only potentate."  1 Timothy 6:14-15. 

2. Jesus is the only head of the church. Ephesians 1:20-23. 

3. Pastors (elders) in the scripture were required to be 'the husband of one wife.' 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1. 

How could she be a husband at all? 

4. Women are limited in their participation in public church assemblies to a place (role) of subjection and silence.  1 Corinthians  14:34; 1 Timothy 2:12. 

 

 

 

1.  Proverbs 30:5.  

2.  Romans 3:4. 

3. 2 Timothy 3:16. 

4. 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 24:35. 

5. The word of God is perfect.  James  1:25. 

1. Scriptures teach that Jerusalem is where the church was established.   Isaiah 2:3;  Luke 24:47; Acts 2:1-47. 

2. Scriptures teach that the time was when power cane and when the Spirit came -- the first Pentecost AFTER the resurrection of Christ. Joel e; Acts 2; Mark 9:1; Acts 

3. Every plant which the Father did not plant shall be rooted up. Matthew 15:13. 

1. Paul once referred to  "science falsely so-called."  1 Timothy  6:20-21. These have erred from the faith of Christ 

2. Mary Baker Eddy's religion was neither Christian nor truly scientific

1.  Jesus referred to the church as  "My church." 

Matthew 16:18. Some have a hard time accepting the fact that the church belongs to Christ. It is His church, 

2. It was purchased with His blood. Acts 20:28...therefore feed the church of God... God (who?...who had blood? ) ..Christ. Feed the church of Christ. 

3. Paul, referring to various congregations, said:  "The churches of Christ."  Romans 16:16. 

1. Those who are physically sick have need of a physician. Matthew 9:12. 

2. Jesus healed miraculously and even raised from  the dead, but told His disciples they would do "greater works." John 14:12. What is greater than healing the sick or restoring sight to the blind? It is saving the souls            of men through the preaching of the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15: 1-4. This greater work could later be done because Jesus said, "I go to my Father." 

3. Physical miraculous healing , drinking deadly poison, etc., was performed by Christ and His apostles for the specific purpose of confirming the word. Hebrews 2:1-4; Mark 16:20. 

4. All revelation of truth was complete in the first century.  Jude 3  ("The faith was ONCE for all DELIVERED to the SAINTS.") 

5. Once fully revealed, confirmed by signs , and recorded by competent witnesses, the TRUTH was COMPLETELY DELIVERED and THERE WAS NO LONGER a need for CONFIRMING THAT TRUTH AGAIN and AGAIN. Modern Day Revelations by any person(s) or religions is a dead give away that it is FALSE! 

1.  God is a person. Genesis  1:1-31; Hebrews 1:3. 

1. Jesus is God. Isaiah 9:6; John 20:28; Philippians 2:5-6; Hebrews 1:8. 

2. Jesus became flesh.  Luke 1:30,31, 34, 35; John 1:14; Luke 24:39. .

3. Jesus is the Christ . Matthew 16:16-18. 

4. The same person, in fleshly body. John 20:31; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 1:19; Ephesians 2:13-16.  

5.  A man is a liar  (so is a woman!) who does not confess Jesus is the Christ, one and the same. 2 John 7. 

6. Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. 2 John 7. 

7. He did die. John 19:33; Romans 5:8; 14:9; 15:3 1 Corinthians  15: 1-4; and many others. 

8. He did arise physically.  Luke 24: 39-43; John 20:26-29

9. We are saved from sin by the blood of Christ. Romans 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 10:4-12; 1 John 1:7. 

1. The Spirit dwells in us. 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14. 

.1.  "Let us make man."  Genesis 1:26. 

 2. Three persons: Matthew 28:19.

 

1. All men sin.  1 Kings 8:46; Romans 3:23; Luke 7:47.  

2. If we say we have no sin, we lie. 1 John 1:8-9. 

3. See Matthew 4:24; Mark 6:5; John 4:46. 

4. Man has died since Adam. Genesis 5:1-5. 

5.  "Lazarus is dead."  John 11:14. 

6. Men must die by God's decree.  Hebrews 9:27. 

Are You Ready For Your Appointment? 

1.  Divorce allowable ONLY on one condition. Matthew  5:31-32; Matthew 19:8-9. the Bible is very clear here. There is no need for debate. 

1.  Christ commands baptism and promises salvation from sin to all who by faith obey it. Matthew 28: 18-19; Mark 16:25-16; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27. 

2. The Lord's Supper was observed weekly by Christians from the apostolic times. Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; John 6:53  (no life except we eat Christ 's flesh and drink his blood in remembrance). 

1. Men should pray everywhere. 1 Timothy 2:8

2. Men should pray in everything  Philippians 4:6 

3. Men should pray always. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. 

Recommended reading:

 The Christian Science Myth by Martin & Klann