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Christian Science Belief Comparison

Our Belief Christian Science Belief
The Bible is the Word of God The Bible is the Word of God, but can only be interpreted by using the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.
There is one God There is one God, an impersonal all powerful force who is called "Divine Love," "Father-Mother," and "All-in-all" who exists spiritually.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are 3 in one Jesus was not God Himself, but only the Son of God who displayed the perfect spirit and is our "Way Shower."
Man was created in the Image of God Man was created spiritually in the image of God, and exists spiritually rather than materialistic manner.
Salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ (life, death, and resurrection) and not by our works Jesus did not physically die, nor physically rise from the dead. As for Salvation, it is not something to be obtained, but rather realized.
All who believe in Christ become Children of God "No final judgement awaits mortals..." (Science and Health 291:28) As such, the true nature of every being is as a child of God (spiritually)
As Christians we are to abide by the standards set in the Holy Bible As Christian Scientists we are to abide by the interpretations of Mary Baker Eddy.
No man can contradict/ edit the Word of God The Bible may only be interpretted through Mary Baker Eddy's writings, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
Notes: Christian Science was created by Mary Baker Eddy, and emphasizes spiritual existance rather than material. In her writings, Mary Eddy teaches that material things are not real in the sense that God is real, and thus sickness, disease, and death are not "real" and can be healed through spiritual and mental means [literally speaking, Christian Scientists believe that illness is "all in your head."]

Because of their many drastic beliefs, Christian Science does not fit in with "mainstream" Christianity, but rather can be classified with "new-thought" or "mind-science" religions. These beliefs include their mind-over-matter view of life and spirituality, the denial of the physical death and resurrection of Christ, the denial of the doctrine of salvation, the denial of a physical Hell, and the denial of a physical Heaven.

Christian Scientists have also received criticism for their beliefs regarding doctors and medical care. While it is not forbidden for members to receive care from Health institutes, it is highly shunned and many Christian Science parents refuse vaccinations, surgeories, and other forms of medical care for themselves and their children. Instead, conditions are treated strictly through prayer.

Lastly, Christian Science has no connection with Scientology, and it should not be confused with theological, material or physical science.

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Last updated: September 13, 2008
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