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©2001 Rev Paul R. Schmidtbleicher, ThM
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) founded Christian Science as she came to believe in physical healing through Phineas P. Quimby in 1862 She wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. 1875
Biblically Sound Doctrine|
In the beginning God... Gen 1:1. God is assumed. The Bible makes no attempt to prove Him. All nations have some concept of God as the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
God is an impersonal principle.
"God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle."
God is not a person. Prayer to a personal God is a hindrance. Principle and its idea are one and this one is God.
"God is all ... the soul or mind of the spiritual man is God, the divine principle of all believing."
God is Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; and the Comforter is Divine Science.
Threefold Belief: He is All. God is All. All is God.
The Lord He is God and there is none else beside Him. Deut 4:35
God is Spirit existing in three persons
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24 (NKJ)
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; Gen 1:26 (NKJ)
"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language,..." Gen 11:7
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matt 28:19 (NKJ)
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 1 Tim 2:5 (NKJ)
Jesus Christ is God AS ALL IS GOD. He is Deity in the same sense that all of us are Deity.
The virgin mother conceived this idea of God and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus.
The real significance of Jesus is in showing man that he is God.
In contradictory fashion Christian Science makes Jesus both man and purely "spirit."
On the man side: He was an outstanding man and a great teacher, named Jesus.
On the spirit side: Christ is the divine idea He called the body flesh and blood to accommodate immature ideas.
His resurrection spiritualization of thought - material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.
Jesus cast out evil spirits or false beliefs.
The Christian Science ideas on Jesus Christ are the most convoluted and contradictory stuff you can find. The bottom line is denial of Jesus Christ as the Only Begotten Son of God and Savior.
Jesus Christ (The Word) existed in the beginning with God and IS GOD. John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NKJ)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NKJ)
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matt 1:23 (NKJ)
Jesus is God yet distinct from God the Father "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel [God], and his Redeemer [Christ], the LORD of hosts: `I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. Isa 44:6 (NKJ)
God was manifested in the flesh. 1 Tim 3:16
and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Rom 1:4 (NKJ)
Col 1:15-16 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (NKJ)
Jesus Christ is coming again. "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11 (NKJ)
THE HOLY SPIRIT|
The Trinity of God is denied as God is viewed as One in all and all being God. The "Comforter" spoken of in the Scriptures is taken to be Divine Science. The Comforter was to teach us all things and when the Science of Christianity appeared it began to lead us into all truth.
To suggest that God is three persons in One is to suggest polytheism rather than the Oneness of God
THE HOLY SPIRIT|
The Holy Spirit is called God. Acts 5:3-4
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 (NKJ)
"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. John 15:26 (NKJ)
"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8 (NKJ)
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;..." John 16:13 (NKJ)
The Holy Spirit raised up Jesus Christ and dwells in us. Rom 8:11
The Bible is viewed as inspired. However, along with the Bible, the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is also equally inspired as a commentary on the Scriptures. In effect, the Scriptures are radically reinterpreted to a new religion under the nomenclature of Christianity. A literal interpretation of Scripture is rejected.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16 (NKJ)
For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pet 1:21 (NKJ)
Since All is God and God is Good, All is Good. Therefore there no reality in sin, evil, sickness, and death. It is all an illusion. The mind is not sick and matter cannot be sick. Sin is denied!
Christian Science even denies the reality of the Death of Christ. Romans 5:10 is twisted, "... we were reconciled to God by the "seeming" death of His Son..."
The Christian Science practice is a "mind over matter" belief that sin and sickness do not exist
As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; Rom 3:10
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jer 17:9 (NKJ)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (NKJ)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10 (NKJ)
The central sin is not believing in Jesus Christ
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 (NKJ)
If man is God, evil is an illusion, and death seeming, then redemption is the realization that there is no condemnation.
Salvation is the deliverance from the error of damnation. There is no such thing as sin, evil, and sickness. All sin is insanity in different degrees.
The good news is that there is no bad news.
In Him [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Eph 1:7
And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col 1:20 (NKJ)
1 Pet 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (NKJ) [Christ] who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14 (NKJ)
Salvation is final deliverance from error to the realization that there is no damnation, sin, evil, nor sickness.
God created all through the mind and getting error out of the mind is salvation.
The need for salvation by faith in Christ who died for "nonexistent" sins is denied.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12 (NKJ)
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. Eph 2:8-9 (NKJ)
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5 (NKJ)
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom 3:24 (NKJ)
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4 (NKJ)
"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36 (NKJ)
The Christian Science church is one of the most authoritative and rigid structures with thousands of branches. They have a college: Massachusetts Metaphysical College and numerous publications.
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Eph 1:22-23 (NKJ)
HEAVEN & HELL|
Heaven arrives when the last error, the illusion of Hell, damnation, sin, evil, and sickness is realized. There is no final judgment. Each day judgment comes as man rids himself of all mortal error.
Hell-fire and judgment are the ravings and imaginations of mortal error. These things will be lost and not the mortal soul.
Christian Science is neither Scientific nor Christian. It is a collections of delusions from Mary Baker Eddy to deny the ill health she suffered and the whole concept of sin and evil by a "mind over matter" system of belief. It is one of the most "respectable" of the cults which denies Jesus Christ and Salvation through Him.
HEAVEN & HELL|
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan 12:2 (NKJ)
And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 2 Thes 1:7-10 (NKJ)
The Scriptures say that, "...the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" (1 Cor 9:14)
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