Christian Science is based on the teachings and the example...

Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt

Christian Science is based on the teachings and the example of Christ Jesus. After her great desire for truth had impelled her humbly to search the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy rediscovered, through divine reason and revelation, the teachings of primitive Christianity, and again gave them to the world. Jesus emphasized the First Commandment in the following words: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." This commandment is prominent in Christian Science.

Christian Science brings to us an understanding of the true nature of God. On this basis of a right understanding of God it demands proof. When the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus asking if he were the Christ, he referred them to his works; and when Jesus sent forth his disciples he charged them to preach the gospel and to heal the sick. Jesus himself proved his sonship with God, and requested his followers to do likewise. His words, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me," show that Jesus received his healing power from God. Jesus accomplished his works through his understanding of God. Christian Scientists endeavor to do likewise. Human will, human knowledge,—all so-called human motive power,—are rejected by Christian Science, and replaced by an understanding of spiritual truth. On page 275 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we read, "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is;" and farther on, "No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows." As God, good, possesses all power and presence, His so-called opposite, evil, cannot be real. Christian Science proves the unreality of sin and sickness through an understanding of the true nature of God, who has created no evil.

In the textbook of Christian Science (p. 22) we read, "Love means that we shall be tried and purified." It is through inner purification that one obtains freedom from sin and healing of sickness. To all who are heavy-laden Christian Science brings the glad tidings that to-day, as at all times, it is a demonstrable fact that a Savior is born. Then there is no need for fear; for it is God's will that all men should be helped by coming to an understanding of Truth. But Truth can be understood and demonstrated only as we put off all selfish, material thinking and strive to put on the "new man," as we are taught in the Bible. Christian Scientists wait upon Truth; not as though they had already attained, but by striving for a clearer apprehension of it.

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