Christian Science has brought comfort and healing to tens of thousands of people around the world since it was founded in the 19th Century. Mary Baker Eddy, its founder, discovered that Jesus healed on a scientific basis of spiritual law and she went on to share her revelation in her key work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and in her many other writings
The world needs healing. We need healing. Physically and mentally. Jesus healed physically and mentally and that’s why we look to the Bible for our inspiration to heal ourselves in body and mind.
Mary Baker Eddy defined Christian Science as “ the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony.” Essentially, Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery reveals the long-lost ability of Christianity to restore health and harmony to all aspects of our lives.
Its teachings are based on the 1st chapter of Genesis which says that man is made in the image and likeness of God – spiritual and perfect. Jesus held to this perfect view of man which resulted in healing. The same principle works today and brings healing.
That’s what Christian Science is all about.
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She was a 19th Century New England farmer’s daughter who discovered there was more to the Bible than she had been taught. After a near fatal fall she was healed by reading one of Jesus’ healings. Thereafter she spent the rest of her life exploring the scientific principle that lay behind her recovery and Jesus’ works, and sharing her findings with the world.
As Christian Scientists we value daily study of the timeless truths of the Bible. It reveals the deeper spiritual meaning of the Bible allegories, events and characters. This understanding helps Christian Scientists to live productive and joy-filled lives, anchored in one-ness with the all-loving Father-Mother God.
Our invaluable aid in this study is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. She wrote in her book “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal life.”
The Bible account of man’s creation as God’s perfect image, the ten commandments, Christ Jesus’ sermon on the mount and his ascension beyond the material existence are at the heart of our Bible study
Christian Scientists aim to practice ‘primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing’ as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus. Jesus admonished us to go into a quiet sanctuary in order to find freedom from worldy concerns. It helps us to find our true spiritual identity and opens the door to healing through prayer.
What an incredibly reassuring thing it is to know that our Father-Mother God, everpresent Love, is always with us to protect and to heal. Healing provides the practical proof of Love's presence in our lives. You can read testimonies from people who have been healed through prayer here.
If the challenge we face seems very great we may need someone to pray with us. Our church community has dedicated spiritual healers, Christian Science practitioners, who are always there to talk and to help with prayer. A list of authorised Christian Science practitioners can be seen here.
When the heart is filled with gratitude for healings we have experienced through spiritually based prayer, as practiced in Christian Science, it demands sharing with other people. Christian Scientists come together on Wednesday nights to express gratitude and joy for their healings.
These healings may be physical, mental, emotional, financial, community-related, to do with families and other relationships or perhaps about work and career. In fact anything that would threaten to spoil our happiness or wellbeing. You can listen to some of them here.
Christian Science has a documented record of over a hundred years of spiritual healing. Testimonies are written by those who have been healed and have been verified by the church before being published. They provide encouragement and fresh inspiration for others when praying for a healing.
The love and care for children is the most precious aspect of family life in Christian Science. Therefore giving children an early access to Sunday School and helping them to get to know God as their Father-Mother is invaluable.
We rely on the Bible and the Christian Science textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to reveal the spiritual qualities that each child possesses no matter their social background, race, creed or sexual orientation. Children can attend Sunday School up to the age of 20. It’s taught by loving and experienced Christian Scientists.
In addition to face to face Sunday School, students get an opportunity to ‘get together’ online which reaches peers in other countries. This broadens young people's horizons and helps them to embrace all mankind near and far.
The practice of Christian Science is based on individual self-study using the Bible and the text book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as guide. There is also a provision for class instruction by accredited teachers, who are listed on the Church website ChristianScience.com.
The course lasts two weeks and on completion a student becomes a life-time member of the respective teacher’s Student Association. It meets annually for a one day Association Meeting. In these meetings the teacher refreshes his or her students’ understanding of Christian Science, supporting their spiritual practice and progress through life.