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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Christianity and Christian Science

For the past couple of days I've been discussing what I believe really makes a “Christian”. But I've told you in earlier installments that my healing work is being done with Christian Science. What does Christianity have to do with Christian Science?

As I've been discussing, to me a Christian is someone who follows Jesus two great commandments: 1) love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and 2) love your neighbor as yourself. Without this kind of Christianity one cannot succeed in the healing practice of Christian Science.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love." (page 112). Therefore, one must first be Christian in the sense that they follow Jesus' two commandments before they can be a Christian Scientist.

She also says on page 556, “Christian Science may absorb the attention of sage and philosopher, but the Christian alone can fathom it.”

And on page 242, “We may hide spiritual ignorance from the world, but we can never succeed in the Science and demonstration of spiritual good through ignorance or hypocrisy.”

Remember the question put to Indiana Jones by the mysterious man in the red fez, “Do you seek the cup of Christ for your glory, or for His?” What's your motive for studying spiritual healing?


  1. That's a really good point, Randall. Do we seek truth out of a love for truth, or do we do so as a means to a different end? I've seen those who say they seek truth (and even some who believe their own deception), but are really only interested in acclaim, power, or financial gain.

    Therefore, knowing that we humans can so easily delude ourselves, I also know I have to keep an eye on me. If I don't understand my motives and keep them pure, no one will. "Ignorance and hypocrisy" --- both are deadly, to be sure.

  2. I believe we are completely selfish :) Once we understand that we can begin to try to instill selflessness into our being but probably for entirely selfish reasons.