Here are a few questions and answers about Christian Science:
Our Christianity: The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the foundation for the theology and practice of Christian Science. In particular, Jesus’ ministry illustrates how healing and regeneration are experienced through the prayerful recognition that all are made ‘in the image and likeness’ of God, as the first chapter of Genesis records. Further examples of spiritual healing can be seen in the biblical accounts of Jesus’ immediate disciples and followers, as well as in the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets in the Old Testament.
For Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science flowed out of an inspired understanding of the Bible, which illumined the divine laws behind spiritual healing. These laws of God are powerful mandates, always present and operating to heal, redeem, and bless humanity. The title of her primary work, Science and Health, includes the phrase “Key to the Scriptures,” indicating its inseparable connection with the Bible. When describing her discovery of Christian Science, she wrote, “The Bible has been my only authority,” and, “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing” (Science and Health, pp. 126, 406). Of the six brief tenets of Christian Science, the first is: “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life” (Science and Health, p. 497).
Our Healing Practice: Good health is vital whether we’re talking about our bodies, relationships, finances, or environment. What can we do when we feel the need for healing in any area of our lives?
The Bible gives us a standard of healing resting on timeless and universal spiritual laws. By understanding the complete goodness of God and our inseparability from that goodness, inspired men and women found answers to the wide spectrum of human needs as well as transformation of character and lives. These experiences were “not supernatural but supremely natural,” (Science and Health, p. xi) as Christian Science explains. Anyone can learn and apply these spiritually scientific ideas to the contemporary demands we face and find resolution that proves God’s goodness.
In the New Testament, Jesus says, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these. . . . (John 14:12, New International Version). Christian Scientists fully accept and believe this promise of Jesus. By following his teachings and understanding the spiritual laws he practiced, they are committed to spiritual healing that includes both physical cures of disease and dysfunction as well as the reformation and restoration of lives. Mary Baker Eddy’s work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures shows how the healings in the Bible were accomplished, and how we can claim that same healing for ourselves, our families, and our world.
This unique approach to healing has proven effective for generations of Christian Scientists, many times after a medical diagnosis indicated a condition was incurable. Christian Science healing is not faith healing, positive thinking, or self-hypnosis. It calls for Christian faith in and understanding of God as unconditionally and dependably good, to whom nothing is impossible. Its practice is Christian—living according to Jesus’ teaching and example. And its practice is scientific—living according to the spiritual laws of God that can be learned, understood, and proven through healing and regeneration.
Christian Scientists are always free to choose for themselves and their families the kind of health care that meets their needs. However, by practicing Christian Science, many have lived happy and healthy lives free of drugs and other systems of physical care.
Find out more about healing: There are many ways to explore Christian Science healing and many people available to help.
- Read or listen to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy for the full explanation of Christian Science healing.
- Hear the experiences of others who have been healed of all types of problems.
- Read and listen to over a century of documented Christian Science healings on JSH-Online.
- Attend a Sunday or Wednesday Christian Science church service.
- Visit a local Christian Science Reading Room to ask questions, browse Christian Science resources, and find a quiet place to read and pray.
- Contact a Christian Science practitioner. Practitioners are men and women around the globe dedicating their lives to Christian healing. They provide spiritual help that results in healing of all types of difficulties—physical, emotional, relationship, financial.
- Call for help from a Christian Science nurse. These individuals help foster a healing atmosphere and provide skilled and experienced physical assistance to those who are pursuing healing through Christian Science.
- Learn how to become an effective Christian Science healer by taking Primary class instruction.
The Relevance and Future of Science: Christian Science is also a science because God is understood to be unchanging Love—the infinite Principle that is constant, universal, inclusive, eternal, the only true power and source of all good. It explains the spiritual laws of Love that enabled Jesus to heal sickness and sin. This divine Science also answers our fundamental questions about evil, reality, and eternal life. And as the word science implies, it is reliable, consistent, and provable, bringing healing to individuals and humanity through a deeper understanding of God.
Our Leader: Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) considered herself a spiritual pioneer whose work encompassed the disciplines of science, theology, and medicine.
A lifelong student of the Bible, she gained a powerful insight in 1866 when she experienced a dramatic recovery from a life-threatening accident after reading Jesus’ healings. From that pivotal moment, she sought an understanding of how she had been healed. She returned to the Bible and prayed for answers. It became clear to her that spiritual healing was based on divine laws of God, Spirit, and that these laws could be applied by anyone to heal every form of human suffering and sin.
In this light, spiritual healing wasn’t miraculous, but an effect of understanding God’s omnipotence and love, which are as real and provable today as in biblical times. For the next four decades, Mary Baker Eddy devoted herself to practicing, teaching, and sharing this healing Science of Christianity.
As she became known as a Christian healer, she was often called on to cure cases physicians had given up. Once she went to the bedside of a patient whom a well-known attending physician had pronounced dying of pneumonia. She wrote, “On seeing her immediately restored by me without material aid, he asked earnestly if I had a work describing my system of healing . . . he urged me immediately to write a book which should explain to the world my curative system of metaphysics” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 105).
At the time, she was already writing notes that would expand into her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which contains the full explanation of Christian Science and its biblical foundation of spiritual healing. For well over a century, readers have shared how reading and studying this book have given them a new spiritual sense of the Bible and of their unchangeable relationship to God. And these new insights resulted in physical healing and moral regeneration that have transformed their lives.
Mary Baker Eddy went on to establish the Church of Christ, Scientist, as a Christian denomination and worldwide movement of spiritual healers. She published 15 more books and started several weekly and monthly magazines—The Christian Science Sentinel, The Christian Science Journal, and The Herald of Christian Science—that feature articles on Christian Science practice and verified testimonies of healing. In 1908, at the age of 87, she founded The Christian Science Monitor, a global newspaper that provides balanced, humane coverage of world news, and that is as alert to progress and promise as to humanity’s need to address suffering and conflict. It was established to “injure no man, but to bless all mankind” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353). Today, the Monitor is available via its website, weekly digital and print editions, and through a Daily News Briefing.
You can read the full Bible and Science and Health online, purchase her other works at a local Christian Science Reading Room or online, and explore and subscribe to The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, Herald, and Christian Science Monitor. Discover her life and contributions to the world at MaryBakerEddyLibrary.org.
Our Fellow Members: Christian Science and its healing ministry rests entirely on the affirmation from the Bible that “God is love” (I John 4:16). Those who practice it strive to live the bold, compassionate, pure, generous love that Christ Jesus embodied and taught in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). This is the heart of its Christianity and is what all Christian Scientists strive to express.