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What is the difference between Christianity and Christian science?


Is Christian Science a valid form of Christianity?

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True Christianity is based on the fundamental truths of the Bible.  While Christian Science is based on the writings of Mary Baker Eddy [b. 1821 d. 1910] who claimed to be an inspired prophetess. Her writings in many aspects directly contradict the teaching of the Bible. [See Galatians 1:6-9].

It's interesting how otherwise unsupportable ideas are justified by this appeal to personal authority such as Mary Baker Eddy claiming to be inspired by the spirit.  I have met Catholics like that - no matter what the Bible says, they adhere to the majesterium (teaching authority) of the church.  I was raised Catholic. Some of my mother's friends in the CWL [Catholic Womens League]  claimed personal authority because they firmly believed that Mary herself had spoken to them.  These were/are wonderful, sincere people.  They are also gravely mistaken. 

Every Evangelical/Pentecostal I have ever encountered tells me the same thing as the Chrisitian Scientists.  When it comes right down to it, their beliefs are based on personal authority - they have been personally inspired to know that what they believe is true or their leaders are so inspired. I have had several who claimed that they have no use for Bible study and reading because they have a direct relationship to God through His spirit.

I have also met Mormon's who assured me that, if I were to pray with them, that God would reveal to me that Joseph Smith was a prophet sent from God and because of that revelatory experience I would know that what they believed was correct.  These guys (the usual 2 "elders" just barely out of their teens) were utterly sincere but they were just as utterly mistaken. 

I have heard exactly the same story from Seventh Day Adventists - just pray and you will be given the certainty that Mary Ellen White is a prophetess sent from God just like the Christian Scientists and their prophetess, Mary Baker Eddy. Not to mention the Bha'is and their prophet Baha'ullah.  Some of the people from these groups had a detailed knowledge of their point of view.  The Bha'i woman I spoke to for quite some time over a number of years was amazingly sincere but she was utterly convinced that her prophet was sent by God and that, through the spirit of the prophet, she was taught God's will. This person suffered severe persecution in her native Iran for her beliefs. Her sincerity was/is not in question.  She was and is absolutely wrong.... just like the followers of Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science.

1 John 4:1 tells us to try/test the spirits whether they be of God.  Isaiah (8:20) says, To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. That is the test.  There is only one way to equip yourself to determine the truth or falsehood of those like the sincere but mistaken followers of  Christian Science and that is to understand the Bible for yourself.  Why not sign-up for our free online Bible course entitled Exploring the Bible?  It will help you to know and understand the Bible in a way which will enable you to understand the difference between the real teachings of God and his son and those put forward by false prophets such as Mary Baker Eddy.
 
God bless you!
Mike
 
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