Christian Science Monitor: a socially acceptable source among conservative Christians?
The Christian Science Monitor is owned by the Christian Science church.
Many Christians would not consider The Christian Science Monitor (CSM), an acceptable source for Christian information.
It was founded by Mary Baker Eddy who was in fact a Unitarian, a Spiritualist (who received "spirit communications" from her deceased brother Albert and took part in séances).
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, neither Unitarians, the Church of Divine Science, the Apostolic Church or the Church of Christ, Scientist (“Christian Scientists”) are recognized as Christian denominations because either their baptisms are invalid or they do not have baptisms at all. See: Valid-Invalid Baptisms
The vast majority of Christian denominations and Christians are trinitarian and as such would not agree with what The Christian Science Monitor professes.
What do Christian Science believe?
Here are nine things you should know about Christian Science.
The ‘science’ of Christian Science is spiritual healing.
Christian Scientists claim to have no doctrines—though they do have six tenets.
- As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
- We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God’s image and likeness.
- We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.
- We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.
- We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.
- And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.
- Their ‘pastor’ is not a human, but a pair of books.
For Christian Scientists, the ultimate textual authority is not the Bible but Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
- Christian Scientists distinguish between Jesus and Christ.
For Christian Scientists, Jesus was a man who lived in first-century Palestine and Christ is the name for a certain divine idea: “Jesus is the human man, and Christ is the divine idea; hence the duality of Jesus the Christ.” The invisible Christ (“the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science”) became perceptible in the visible Jesus, who was a mere man and demonstrated the divine idea. Eddy once said, “If there had never existed such a person as the Galilean Prophet, it would make no difference to me.”
- Christian Scientists deny the Trinity and replace the person of the Holy Spirit with ‘divine Science.’
In Science and Health, Eddy denies the historic doctrine of the Trinity: “The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM.” In place of this concept, Eddy outlines her version of the triune God:
Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God,—that is, the triply divine Principle, Love. Divine trinity They represent a trinity in unity, three in one,—the same in essence, though multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter. These three express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite.
Christian Scientists believe that matter—and sin—are illusions.
Most people only know of Christian Scientists because of their Reading Rooms and their newspaper.
Two institutions most associated with Christian Science are Reading Rooms and The Christian Science Monitor. The Manual of The Mother Church directs that “each church of the Christian Science denomination shall have a Reading Room” and that “literature sold or exhibited in the reading rooms of Christian Science Churches shall consist only of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and other writings by this author; also the literature published or sold by The Christian Science Publishing Society.” The sect describes a Reading Room as “a place to read, pray, and get inspired” and “a space where many have been healed by studying the lessons of the Bible and nurturing a connection with God.”
Christian Scientists helped create religious exemptions for medical-neglect laws.
Christian Scientists can take medicine, visit doctors, and don’t necessarily oppose state-mandated vaccinations.
Spiritual healing is a core teaching of Christian Science. Yet while Christian Scientists are discouraged from using medicine or seeking health care from a doctor, it is not necessarily forbidden by the religion. The official position of the sect is that it is a matter of individual conscience. On the issue of vaccine mandates, the official position of the sect is it has “appreciated vaccination exemptions and sought to use them conscientiously and responsibly, when they have been granted.”
Hendersonville Presbyterian Church does not mix their words either. Christian cults have been around since ancient times. The Early Church saw Gnosticism in the 2nd century, then Docetism, Marcionism and Ebionites. Nowadays we have Christian Science!
Christian Science officially known as “The First Church of Christ, Scientist.”
The principles of Christian Science are not admitted by the Christian Churches and sects” because of its teachings on the unreality of matter, sin, and suffering.
“Sin, illness, and disease are all illusions of the mind to be corrected by right thinking.” Their doctrine emphasizes healing of the mind and body.
Suffering and death are the effects of false thinking.
Jesus (who is not the Christ but was a very good man) revealed to people of his day their illusion of illness and thus cured them. Only God is real; all else is an illusion.
Jesus didn’t suffer on the cross, was not physically resurrected, and will not return.
Heaven and hell are simply states of one’s mind.
Jesus was not God because God is perfect. All humans are less than perfect, therefore God
could never have come to us as simply a man.
“Genesis 2 is a lie; the virgin birth was a spiritual idea; the Trinity is pagan;...prayer to forgive sin is pointless.”
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The vast majority of conservative Christians would not put any stalk into what the Christian Science Monitor has to say. It does not always pass the smell test for journalism on religious topics.
“Christian Science" is an oxymoron in the sense that "Christian" implies some form of dogma and set of beliefs to be adhered to, while "Science" is a method that does not and cannot have a strict dogma. Unfortunately, it's an oxymoron that has attracted a sizable following (which isn't entirely surprising, since the "Science" part of the name was tacked on to gain credibility). Contrary to the name, followers of "Christian Science" do not actually believe in science — or even, it would seem, their own senses, since they specifically deny any evidence which contradicts their interpretation of the Bible. There are also some who would doubt that their religion is particularly Christian, but that is beyond our scope.
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