A guest post written by Blake Windal, a blog first published September 7, 2010
As a student of Christian Science and business professional working frequently in community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, there are ample opportunities to share with others about our movement and occasionally to correct misperceptions about its teachings and founder, Mary Baker Eddy. Like myself, there are others for whom such activities are a natural privilege of daily life, and some of us represent our churches in serving as Assistant Committees on Publication. Our activities occur right where we work and play. We are not authorities, clergy, nor church professionals, but simply students of Christian Science who have witnessed its healing affect and want to ensure that the Cause that elicited our healings is not misunderstood.
In a media-rich world saturated with misinformation about a host of topics, Christian Science is frequently misunderstood as something it is not. It is not Scientology, new age thought, nor any dogmatic, personality-following group, but rather it is pure, primitive Christianity.
With constant discussion about universal health-care, and the place of God in daily life, we Assistant Committees are volunteer ambassadors, meeting with legislators and newspaper editors, commenting where there might be confusion or misrepresentation, and answering questions both in person, on blog sites, chat rooms or even responding within newspapers, magazine articles or editorials. So what do we say in such settings? We say that we are Christian Scientists, students of the New and Old Testaments of the Bible, and followers of Christ Jesus’ teachings. Over 140 years ago, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, gave the science of Christ Jesus’ teachings and illuminated the fact that these were not only effective to heal the ills and sins of his time, but in all ages. They are the teachings of divine Principle, or the law of God that can be practiced dependably, the science of the Christ. Through prayer based in understanding, one begins to see the scriptural adage that God created man “in His own image”.
The remarkable woman that discovered and founded Christian Science in 1866, Mary Baker Eddy, is not in any way deified by the followers of Christian Science, but rather revered as the leader of this great movement, the revelator who fulfilled Biblical prophecy and ushered in the Comforter, promised by Christ Jesus for all who are seeking the Truth.