cs         CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

 

 

 

 

The movement known as Christian Science is a religion “emphasizing divine healing as practiced by Jesus Christ.” It is officially known as The Church of Christ, Scientist (CCS).

Date of origin: 1879

Founder: Mary Baker Eddy, 1821-1910

Holy book: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy

Doctrinal Comparison – Christian Science vs. the Word of God

 

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Christian Science

Christianity

Scripture

Jesus’ Deity

Jesus is the Son of God, and is divine, but he is not God: he is not a deity.

…Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God.

Eternally Existent

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.…

…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….

(John 1:1,14a)

The Creator of All Things

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. …

…He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

(John 1:3, 10)

[God] has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

(Hebrews 1:2)

The Sustainer of All Things

Who (Jesus) being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

(Hebrews 1:3)

Jesus Claimed the Authority to Forgive Sins - (a claim that the scribes labeled as blasphemous)

Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"

(Mark 2:3-10)

Jesus' Crucifixion

Jesus only seemed to die on the cross

his triumph over the belief in death demonstrated that man is the perfect, spiritual, reflection of God and that disease and death are not real

Jesus’ shed blood had no power to cleanse from sin.

One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner’s part. That God’s wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made.

Jesus physically died on the cross to pay for the sins of humankind. Because of Jesus’ sinless nature he was uniquely qualified to bear the judgment and punishment that God’s holiness and divine justice demand. Jesus’ shed blood and death paid the debt for all” for everyone who is prepared to believe.

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

(Hebrews 10:10)

knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

(1 Peter 1:18-19)

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

(1 Peter 3:18)

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another--He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

(Hebrews 9:22-28)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is Christian Science: “a scientific system of healing.”

The Holy Spirit is God—a divine personality and a member of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is not a set of spiritually scientific principles.

The Holy Spirit Listens To People

But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."

(Acts 5:3-4)

The Holy Spirit Helps People Pray

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8:26-27)

The Holy Spirit Can Be Grieved

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

(Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit Rebukes the World of Sin

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

(John 16:7-8)

The Holy Spirit Comforts Believers

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

(John 14:16-17)

Nature of Man

Humankind is perfect, spiritual, and sinless.

Man is spiritual and perfect… He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness..that which has not a single quality underived from Deity.

Men and women have sinful natures and, spiritually speaking, are dead, or, separated from God.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. …

… If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

(1 John 1:8, 10)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

(Romans 3:23)

Salvation

Progressive spiritual understanding enables one to achieve salvation. Nobody is saved from hell, but one can be saved from one’s own belief in materiality.

Is Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness and death destroyed.

Salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross.

Jesus suffered and died on the cross in our place, because of our sin.

Salvation comes by putting our trust in Him and Him alone. Salvation comes through no other person, by no other means. Man cannot work to earn his salvation. He bust repent of his sin, ask God to forgive him his sins, through Jesus Christ, and accept Christ as his personal Lord and Savior

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight ….

(Romans 3:20)

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

(John 14:6)

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

(Acts 4:12)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 6:23)

Judgment

Christian Science teaches that there is no final judgment.

No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error.

Everyone will be judged on the day of judgment.

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

(Hebrews 9:27)

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

(Matthew 12:36)

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

(Matthew 7:21-23)


Summary

Christian Science, as discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, refers to the universal, practical system of spiritual, prayer-based healing, available and accessible to everyone. It teaches that matter was not created by God, but that matter, sin, evil, disease and death are all limited modes of human perception, and ultimately unreal.

As in all cults, the Christian Science (CCS) religion rejects salvation by grace through faith. It rejects the eternal security of the believer. It is a works system. It rejects the deity of Christ and His atoning work on the cross. It rejects is rising from the grave on the third day. It rejects the Word of God (the Bible) as the only and final revelation of God’s Truth to man.