WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL POINTS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE?
The best way to learn Christian Science is through careful study of its textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and the immediate or steadfast mental application of what you learn. Christian Science is an infinite subject! We never stop learning. But here are just a few of the essential points of Christian Science in the words of its Discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy:
“This is Christian Science: that mortal mind makes sick, and immortal Mind makes well; that mortal mind makes sinners, while immortal Mind makes saints; that a state of health is but a state of consciousness made manifest on the body, and vice versa; that while one person feels wickedly and acts wickedly, another knows that if he can change this evil sense and consciousness to a good sense, or conscious goodness, the fruits of goodness will follow, and he has reformed the sinner.” (Miscellaneous Writings, 219)
“The superiority of spiritual power over sensuous is the central point of Christian Science.” (S&H 454)
“This conviction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science.” (S&H 404)
“Two essential points of Christian Science are, that neither Life nor man dies, and that God is not the author of sickness.” (S&H 349)
“The chief stones in the temple of Christian Science are to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual real man has no birth, no material life, and no death.” (S&H 288)
“This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man — governed by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.” (S&H 304)
“The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom alight with love. To live so as to keep human consciousness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is Christian Science.” (Miscellany 160)
A study of the textbook Science and Health will explain the meaning behind those statements, some of which may sound radical to the first-time reader. When it is realized that man, the “image and likeness” of God, is actually a spiritual idea of the divine Mind, and not the mortal that is testified to by the physical senses, they come to make sense and offer a path out of the the wholly material view of the universe.