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Christian Science A Brief History The founder of Christian Science is a woman by the name of Mary Baker Eddy. She founded Christina Science when she had a spontaneous recovery from a very serious injury in 1866. From this recovery she established the idea that spirituality can over come reality. She then wrote Science and Health which is the basis for the Christian Science religion today. The first first Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in 1879, today there are 3,000 of these churches worldwide. Christian Science Overall Beliefs God is the only creator and all the He has created is good. Evil is not a product of God. God is creator of all good and the devil is the creator of all evil and bad. To be Christian is to be Christ like therefore, loving, healing diseases, fighting evil and sin is a part of their beliefs. Religious healing, healing through the power of God and spirituality. Physical healing though personal growth and enlightenment. A strong faith in the supernatural, since that is one thing that cannot be explained by science therefore a product of God. Christian Science Notion of God God is seen as “one divine essence… eternal, without body, indivisible, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness…” Unlike most Christian practices, followers of the Christian Science faith do not see God as anthropomorphic, although they do realize that the idea of God as corporeal entity is hard to stray from, which shows a certain open-mindedness lacking in most of Christian practices. As said in John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time” so Christian Scientists cannot explain the true form of God. This shows that thy do not need to answer questions that for them are unanswerable but they do play with the thought God is a mortal magnified since we were made in God’s image. Christian Science Notion of God God is seen as the one who creates good and can only change evil, no more, this displays a certain feeling that God is not all powerful against evil. Along with the belief that God is anthropomorphic he is also infinite. God is infinite love therefore God must be infinite, this is a reasonable thought. God must be personal, and not a personal God but you must know God is your own personal way whether he is a personal or impersonal God. Christian Science Three Stages of Advancement The first is to have self-knowledge. “Mental darkness is senseless error.” I would suppose this is like saying, to know God you must first know yourself, which is a reasonable thought considering you must love yourself to love another. The second is humility. “One can never go up, until one gone down in his own esteem.” This is a good representation of the two truths of love and humility but it seems to me that you must feel insignificant before you can know the greatness of God, which is unfair. The third is to love, “love that is irrespective of self, rank or following…” Love is the final concept you must master to achieve mental growth. It seems odd that love is so highly regarded as the power of God and yet it is the one thing that can really cause the most hurt in a persons life. Christian Science Jesus Christ There is a difference between Jesus, the human and Christ, the spirit. He is the glory of all God’s creations. He is where man should find his complete fulfillment. His healing power through infinite mind is highly valued. Not the son of God but a perfect religious being made by God. It is good the see Jesus as a mere human as he was and take his teachings to heart and not his stature as “The Son of God.” Christian Science Evolution or Creationism? Acceptance of certain parts of the evolution theory. There is a strong sense of the difference between spirit and body, for this reason evolution can help explain the evolution of the human race from a physical view but God is still responsible for the creation of the spirit. Again, this shows an open-mindedness for science is a religious realm. Christian Science Death and Where We Go “Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of mind in which all the manifestations of mind are harmonious and immortal.” While Christian Scientists do not believe in a locality of heaven or hell they do believe that they exist in a state of mind kind of way. Heaven is a place of supreme mental being, which is theorized by the religious and the scientific. There is not death just passing through portals of belief. The belief that the spirit goes on after the body dies is a common belief, but never proven. “Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached.” A view shared by the Buddhist.
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