Christian Scientists, as do many other Christians, accept...

Baptist Religious Herald

Christian Scientists, as do many other Christians, accept without reservation the Scriptural statements that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, and that he was crucified and rose from the grave on the third day. Christian Science teaches that he was divinely appointed to reconcile man to God; and it also makes the same precise distinction which Christ Jesus made between his human selfhood as Jesus, "the Son of man," and his spiritual, eternal nature as "the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus was not referring to his fleshly nature, but to the Christ, when he stated, "Before Abraham was, I am." As the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews has expressed it, the Christ, or spiritual idea of sonship, has "neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God."

On page 583 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy has defined the Christ as "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error." Christ Jesus manifested this Christly nature throughout his earthly career. He healed every form of discord that confronted him, whether it were sin, disease, or death; and he proved in countless instances the superiority of spiritual law over the so-called laws of matter. Jesus was the Way-shower, reconciling man to God by teaching humanity how to bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

Principle is but one of the synonyms Mrs. Eddy employs to reveal the true nature of God. This term conveys some idea of the unfailing love, stability, and compassion of our heavenly Father, which Jesus so beautifully portrayed in the parable of the prodigal son; and of God as cause or creator.

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