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                                                                    Christian Science
                                              “Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
                                               depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
                                                                    devils.†─1 Timothy 4:1

                                           A Christian Scientist is a member of The Church of Christ, Scientist (also
                                           referred to as CCS). The church is also recognized by the term: The Christian
                                           Science Church as its original title and is not in any way associated with the
                                           Church of Scientology. CCS has a Board of Directors with headquarters at
                                           the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, also often
                                           called, the Mother Church. The CCS has approximately 2,300 churches in 68
                                           countries. [1]

                                           Mary Baker Eddy is the founder of this controversial religion and church
                                           (1879). In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she
                                           wrote, “The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse
                                           from sin when it was shed upon ‘the accursed tree,’ than when it was
                                           flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father’s business.â€

                                           Christian Science teaches that the death of Jesus Christ for sin was a â
                                           €œman-made†theory, and that Jesus was alive in the tomb, demonstrating
                                           the “power of Spirit to overrule mortal, material sense†(Science and
                                           Health, p. 44). Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Christ was not crucified ... Jesus,
                                           being the man who possessed the Christ consciousness, was the one who
                                           went to the cross and who appeared to die.†[2]

                                           According to the theology of Christian Science, the Bible only appears to say
                                           that Jesus died on the cross and His body was laid in the tomb. The Christian
                                           Scientist dogma teaches that Jesus actually never died, but was in the tomb

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                                           denying death’s reality. Confusing, to say the least. This metaphysical
                                           interpretation of Christ’s true identity and sacrifice is a core teaching.

                                           Another example: “Adam was not an actual person who was created by
                                           God and fell into sin. “Adam†means error; a falsity; the belief in â
                                           €œoriginal sin,†sickness, and death; evil; the opposite of good.†[3]

                                           Since Christian Scientists do not believe that sin is real, and see no need for
                                           salvation in Jesus Christ. But then they create a Christian teaching of
                                           salvation based on works – and totally contrary to even their own
                                           teachings, a salvation through victory over suffering and temptation.

                                           Are we confused?

                                           The quotes cited are only one brief examples of how Mary Baker Eddy
                                           grossly twisted biblical truth to create a nonsensical diametrically opposed
                                           movement -- that to this day takes hundreds of thousands of followers away
                                           from the God of the Bible and into the realm of dark forces. Her book,
                                           Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures continues to be used as the
                                           group’s textbook. She also founded the Christian Science Publishing
                                           Society (1898), which continues to publish numerous periodicals including
                                           The Christian Science Monitor(1908) with Christian Science Reading Rooms
                                           around the world where one can read the deceptive teachings of Mary Baker
                                           Eddy.

                                           The same dynamics are prevelant in this organization as in most other cults.
                                           The Deity of Christ is denied, as well as every other basic tenant of true
                                           biblical Christianity. The Word of God is rewritten and spiritualized into
                                           something that is as far from biblical Christianity as you can get. There is
                                           nothing Christian or scientific about the claims Christian Science adherents
                                           make. Christian Scientists have created biblical interpretations that are
                                           allegorical, metaphysical, completely opposite of the true Word of God. Yet
                                           they tell the world that they are Christians and that they use the Bible as a
                                           basis for their theology. That extreme misnomer is exactly what causes the
                                           biblically illiterate to engage in biblical corruption.

                                           Their teachings are spiritualized to the point that the physical realm no longer
                                           exists. A basic teaching within this religion discourages medical treatment as
                                           illness is considered an “illusion.†Ironically, Mary Baker Eddy suffered
                                           from chronic illness throughout her life. One must ask, was it an illusion
                                           when she was suffering from pain? .

                                           As with all cults, there is usually one person who claims to get a special
                                           revelation from “God,†in this case, Mary Baker Eddy, and then a new
                                           gospel very different from the biblical gospel is created and the claimant of
                                           these revelations becomes the leader of the group attracting members to
                                           spread a new gospel “truth†which is always a bundle of attractively
                                           packaged lies that appeal to human pride.

                                           Satan’s inscriptions are all over this movement. The details of the
                                           doctrine may differ from other cults, but the same message prevails that the
                                           God of the Bible is a fraud and the teachings of people like Mary Baker
                                           Eddy are superior.

                                           Stated on a Christian Science website, notice the incredibly misleading

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                                           introductory greeting:

                                           “We are a global family committed to following the inspiring, practical,
                                           healing, and transforming Christianity which Jesus taught. This includes
                                           embracing the world, each other, and you.â€

                                           It is evident that Jesus did not teach what the Christian Scientists teach. If a
                                           person is seeking to learn about Jesus, the statements above could be the very
                                           hook that reels someone in to learn the false teachings that are presented in
                                           such a friendly and innocuous way.

                                           The Christian Science group denies every basic Christian teaching. On a
                                           positive note, some former Christian Scientists are making great efforts to
                                           educate those who are entrapped in the cult. They have a website dedicated
                                           to this endeavor: Christian Way - Former Christian Scientists for Jesus
                                           Christ: http://www.christianway.org/.



                                           Endnotes [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Baker_Eddy

                                           [2] Christian Science, Craig Branch, Watchman Fellowship Profile, 1997

                                           [3] Funk & Wagnall’s Encyclopedia;




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