While Mrs. Eddy teaches that God is not person in a...


While Mrs. Eddy teaches that God is not person in a limited or anthropomorphic sense, she declares that God is Person in the infinite sense: that He is the all-wise heavenly Father. The term "Principle" as used in Christian Science has a higher meaning than in the ordinary use. It refers to the one infinite Mind, which is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the author and finisher of all things.

Christian Science agrees with the Scriptural teaching that all that God made was "very good," and that the man of God's creation is in His own image and likeness; that Mind, Spirit, God, is the real substance and cause of the universe; that everything in creation is real, from the least to the greatest, but that, in accordance with the generally accepted truism that "like begets like," it is spiritual and hence not material. It is not the world which is to be destroyed, but the false human sense thereof; then the new heavens and the new earth will appear. When the false material sense is no longer in evidence, everything will be seen as it is, in all its beauty and spirituality.

The teaching of Christian Science does not recognize or consent to the deification of any mortal. It teaches that God's entire creation is pure and perfect, while all false evidence is unworthy and imperfect. Far from destroying the Scriptural statement of the vicarious atonement, Christian Science is in strict accord with the Bible teaching on this subject. It declares that our Saviour voluntarily entered into an experience which enabled him to demonstrate his infinite love for mankind and prove certain facts concerning the Science of being which mortals need to understand in order to work out their own salvation, according to Scriptural admonition. It is quite true that Christian Science discredits many theories of life which have been entertained during the past, but the same may be said of each successive improvement since the world began. Progress has always been sustained by a survival of the fittest, and when the fittest has not survived the world has retrograded.

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