Frankly speaking (FAQs)

Some straightforward answers to frequently asked questions about Christian Science

Why is it called Christian Science?

It’s science because it is based upon a set of spiritual principles—laws relating to the nature of God and His creation—that can be applied with expected, consistent results.

Christian Science is the same as Scientology, right?

No. Other than a similarity in name, the two have nothing in common.

Is Christian Science a cult?

No. There is no brainwashing, mind control, or blind following of a leader. Christian Scientists have a deep respect and appreciation for the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, but they do not worship her.

Is Christian Science the same as positive thinking?

No. Positive thinking relies on the human mind to think or effect a good result. Christian Science starts with God and the conviction that God’s goodness embraces each of us, all the time.

Is Christian Science faith healing?

No. Christian Science does not involve pleading with God to heal the sick and then accepting His will, good or bad. Nothing in Christian Science teachings says it’s God’s will that anyone suffer, be sick, or die. Christian Science shows God to be entirely good, and therefore His will for each individual is only health and life.

Is it true that Christian Scientists don’t take medicine?

Generally, a Christian Scientist’s first choice is to rely on prayer for healing, and in most cases, this means that a medical remedy is unnecessary.
There is no biblical or church mandate to forego medical intervention, nor do Christian Scientists believe that it’s God’s will that anyone suffer or die. A Christian Scientist’s decision to rely on prayer comes from trust, not blind faith, in God, and from a conviction that God’s care continues under every circumstance.

An adult choosing prayer and not medical help is one thing, but how can you make that decision for a child?

Christian Science parents are like any other parents—they love their children and want the very best care for them. They know they’re under a moral and legal obligation to ensure that their children receive this care. Parents who choose Christian Science treatment for a child do so because they’ve seen the effectiveness of this treatment in their own lives.  They do not deny their child access to appropriate medical treatment if that appears to be the best option.

What would you do if you broke your leg?

Many Christian Scientists would tell you that they would instinctively turn to God for healing because they’ve seen the effectiveness of this approach in the past. This, however, does not prevent them from having a bone set if they so choose.

Do you believe that Jesus is the same as God?

No. But Christian Scientists do believe that Jesus stands alone in his mission and purpose as the promised Messiah. Christian Science teaches that Jesus embodied the divinity of God but that he himself was not Deity—in keeping with Jesus’ own words that he was not the Father, and that God, the Father, alone should be worshipped.

Do Christian Scientists believe in heaven and hell?

Not as places or as part of an afterlife, but certainly as a state of mind. Christian Science does not include a final judgment day.  Every day each individual can make a new choice that determines the path he or she is on—a path away from God or towards Him/Her.