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For more information on the teachings of Christian Science, explore the following study topics:

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References for Study
The following passages are from the Bible (King James Version), the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and The Christian Science Journal.

Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 488:7
The Hebrew and Greek words often translated belief differ somewhat in meaning from that conveyed by the English verb believe; they have more the significance of faith, understanding, trust, constancy, firmness. Hence the Scriptures often appear in our common version to approve and endorse belief, when they mean to enforce the necessity of understanding.

Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 77:1 - 78:6
Did the salvation of the eunuch depend merely on his believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God?

It did; but this believing was more than faith in the fact that Jesus was the Messiah. Here the verb believe took its original meaning, namely, to be firm, — yea, to understand those great truths asserted of the Messiah: it meant to discern and consent to that infinite demand made upon the eunuch in those few words of the apostle. Philip's requirement was, that he should not only acknowledge the incarnation, — God made manifest through man, — but even the eternal unity of man and God, as the divine Principle and spiritual idea; which is the indissoluble bond of union, the power and presence, in divine Science, of Life, Truth, and Love, to support their ideal man. This is the Father's great Love that He hath bestowed upon us, and it holds man in endless Life and one eternal round of harmonious being. It guides him by Truth that knows no error, and with supersensual, impartial, and unquenchable Love. To believe is to be firm. In adopting all this vast idea of Christ Jesus, the eunuch was to know in whom he believed. To believe thus was to enter the spiritual sanctuary of Truth, and there learn, in divine Science, somewhat of the All-Father-Mother God. It was to understand God and man: it was sternly to rebuke the mortal belief that man has fallen away from his first estate; that man, made in God's own likeness, and reflecting Truth, could fall into mortal error; or, that man is the father of man. It was to enter unshod the Holy of Holies, where the miracle of grace appears, and where the miracles of Jesus had their birth, — healing the sick, casting out evils, and resurrecting the human sense to the belief that Life, God, is not buried in matter. This is the spiritual dawn of the Messiah, and the overture of the angels. This is when God is made manifest in the flesh, and thus it destroys all sense of sin, sickness, and death, — when the brightness of His glory encompasseth all being.

Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:20 except
...Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Philippians 2:12 work
...Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 

James 1:2 be
...Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 

James 2:20
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 

Revelation 2:7 To, 11 He, 17 To, 26 He; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7
...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

...He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

...He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

Science and Health, p. 39:4 He overcame
[Jesus] overcame the world, the flesh, and all error, thus proving their nothingness. He wrought a full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. We need "Christ, and him crucified." We must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all error is destroyed. 

Science and Health, pp. 24:20 - 26:9
Does erudite theology regard the crucifixion of Jesus chiefly as providing a ready pardon for all sinners who ask for it and are willing to be forgiven? Does spiritualism find Jesus' death necessary only for the presentation, after death, of the material Jesus, as a proof that spirits can return to earth? Then we must differ from them both.

The efficacy of the crucifixion lay in the practical affection and goodness it demonstrated for mankind. The truth had been lived among men; but until they saw that it enabled their Master to triumph over the grave, his own disciples could not admit such an event to be possible. After the resurrection, even the unbelieving Thomas was forced to acknowledge how complete was the great proof of Truth and Love.

The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice. The efficacy of Jesus' spiritual offering is infinitely greater than can be expressed by our sense of human blood. The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon "the accursed tree," than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life.

Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death. Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual. By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being. Hence the force of his admonition, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

Though demonstrating his control over sin and disease, the great Teacher by no means relieved others from giving the requisite proofs of their own piety. He worked for their guidance, that they might demonstrate this power as he did and understand its divine Principle. Implicit faith in the Teacher and all the emotional love we can bestow on him, will never alone make us imitators of him. We must go and do likewise, else we are not improving the great blessings which our Master worked and suffered to bestow upon us. The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.

While we adore Jesus, and the heart overflows with gratitude for what he did for mortals,—treading alone his loving pathway up to the throne of glory, in speechless agony exploring the way for us,—yet Jesus spares us not one individual experience, if we follow his commands faithfully; and all have the cup of sorrowful effort to drink in proportion to their demonstration of his love, till all are redeemed through divine Love. 

Science and Health, p. 23:5
That God's wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made. The atonement is a hard problem in theology, but its scientific explanation is, that suffering is an error of sinful sense which Truth destroys, and that eventually both sin and suffering will fall at the feet of everlasting Love. 

Science and Health, p. 11:18
Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable suffering. 

Science and Health, p. 38:21-24
Jesus experienced few of the pleasures of the physical senses, but his sufferings were the fruits of other people's sins, not of his own. The eternal Christ, his spiritual selfhood, never suffered. 

Miscellaneous Writings, p. 123:20
The at-one-ment with Christ has appeared—not through vicarious suffering, whereby the just obtain a pardon for the unjust,—but through the eternal law of justice; wherein sinners suffer for their own sins, repent, forsake sin, love God, and keep His commandments, thence to receive the reward of righteousness: salvation from sin, not through the death of a man, but through a divine Life, which is our Redeemer.

The Christian Science Journal, July, 1905
Editorial by Annie M. Knott

A worthy Christian woman who had been wonderfully healed in Christian Science, after years of useless and even harmful experimentation by physicians, said that she could not accept its teachings, because they seemed to ignore the blood of Christ, on which she had depended for salvation. When asked how she thought the blood of Christ was made available for the salvation of mankind, she took refuge in the doctrine that God pardons sin because of Jesus' suffering and death,—the shedding of his blood. It was easy to explain to her that a great mistake is made by those who fail to see the force of the demand urged by St. Peter, that we should become "partakers of the divine nature." Evidently this declaration was based upon the Master's own teaching, to wit, "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him," a statement which shows unmistakably that to be saved by the blood of Christ we must partake of his essential nature, which is spiritual, not material. He who dwells in Christ, Truth, is saved (not will be) from both sin and sickness, and the Master proved it in healing both. This supreme test—the indwelling of the Christ, with all it involves—must be applied by each one for himself; until through "demonstration of the Spirit" he is redeemed from all evil,—is satisfied with his likeness to Christ. ...

None are more ready than are Christian Scientists to acknowledge the good which results from faith in the teachings of the Master, the possibilities of which are infinite. They recognize that a higher understanding of this teaching will prove beyond all question what is meant by partaking of the divine nature, and that this will inevitably lead to the obliteration of sin, disease, and death.

In order to reach this consummation Christian Scientists know that they must be cleansed and quickened by the blood of Christ, spiritually understood and applied. Blood has always been regarded as a symbol of life. A depraved criminal is said to have "bad blood;" the evil instincts of his mortal progenitors are believed to have been transmitted to him. Far different, however, is the case with him who is "born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." In his immortal oration on Mars' hill, Paul declared that God "hath made of one blood all nations of men," and that "in him we live, and move, and have our being." As these great facts are kept in thought, we come to know how "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." "We are also His offspring," says Paul, and no mortal instincts are transmitted by the blood, the life, which is from the "everlasting Father," no hate, no fear, no sin, disease, or death.

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