Christian Scientists follow the gospel teaching and distinguish...


Christian Scientists follow the gospel teaching and distinguish between the human Jesus and the Christ. That this important, irrevocable fact is undeniable, the Scriptures stand as proof. In referring to the Christ, Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am," teaching that the Christ, Truth, is divine, deathless; while as to the human manifestation Jesus said: "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." As we follow the Master throughout his ministry, tangible evidence is found where this distinction between the human and the divine was impressed upon his followers. The Pharisees, when asked, "What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?" the answer came, "The son of David," implying human personality. Jesus rebuked them, "If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?"

The Authorized Version of the Bible is used in all Christian Science churches, societies, and Sunday schools. Mary Baker Eddy, author of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on page 497, says, "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life;" and Paul said, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." Through the study of this spiritually metaphysical masterpiece, Science and Health, in connection with the Bible, untold thousands throughout the world have been healed of sin, lifted from the couch of pain, and are living witnesses to the healing power of Truth.

Instead of ridiculing or condemning, the Scientist reflects Love, puts into practice the Golden Rule, applies it to his daily work regardless of environment, sees good, and rejoices that mankind is now awakening to its true heritage through a better understanding of God and man. The "pearl of great price" is near at hand. The practical application of this new-old religion in daily life satisfies every need; he need not go beyond the sphere of his religion to find something to discuss. In fact, he finds he has broken the laws of limitation and is entering the realm of the real. It is unbounded, infinite, beautiful, healing, and saving. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Pulpit and Press" (p. 22): "When the doctrinal barriers between the churches are broken, and the bonds of peace are cemented by spiritual understanding and Love, there will be unity of spirit, and the healing power of Christ will prevail. Then shall Zion have put on her most beautiful garments, and her waste places budded and blossomed as the rose."

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