The heart of Christian Science is Love. It’s about feeling and understanding God’s goodness. It’s based on the Bible and is explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy. It shows the practicality of better understanding God, Christ Jesus, goodness, life, sacrament, salvation, and more. Anyone can find God to be “a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
Mary Baker Eddy, a devoted student of the Bible, discovered Christian Science in 1866 when she healed herself of injuries from a fall that had put her on her death-bed.
She wrote her primary book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and published it in 1875. She founded the Mother Church, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and established her church publications – The Christian Science Sentinel, The Christian Science Journal, The Herald of Christian Science and her international daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.
Supporting these foundational activities were many years of Christian healing based on her understanding of the laws of God revealed through her deep study of the Bible and of Christ Jesus’ teachings.
Mary Baker Eddy provides a “brief exposition of the important points, or religious tenets, of Christian Science” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: pp.496-497) in both Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and the Church Manual (pp. 15-16).
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.