The Church of Christ, Scientist, or The Christian Science Church is composed of The First Church of Christ Scientist and smaller branch churches in the world. They all agree on working to fulfill the teaching and vision of Mary Barker Eddy by teaching what her vision of a church was, and her understanding of Jesus Christ. Christian Scientists view God as being an “incorporeal Spirit, creative Principle, supreme, omnipotent Father-Mother, omnipresent and omniscient”. Human beings are seen as all the children of God although many people have not reached the level of understanding of the divinity obtained by Jesus Christ, who is seen as the embodiment of the “divine idea of sonship”. As God is the only true reality, people are subject to illusions concerning the nature of the material world. In the Christian Science teaching heaven and hell are not places, but rather consist of states of consciousness. Heaven is the bliss of realizing oneself with God and hell is the “self-made anguish” that comes from believing in pain and death. God is completely good, therefore, evil is illusionary in the view of Christian Science. Salvation consists of bringing oneself into “harmony with one’s true nature as God’s reflection,” which is a state that can be obtained through good works and the cultivation of Christian virtues.
Christian Scientists are always encouraged to follow the example of Jesus Christ. However, there are only two principle tenets of this faith, which indicates that salvation is not seen as dependent on belief in Christ as the actual, physical son of God. The first tenet is to “turn only to God,” for guidance, as God is “perfect Mind…the Mind that was also in Christ”. The second tenet is to follow the injunction of Jesus and “love thy neighbor as thyself”.
There are no ordained ministers within Christian Science religious practice. Services are conducted by “Readers, who read from the Bible or from material associated with the Christian Science church”....
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