The Bible and Science and Health

The Bible

The Bible is central to the study and practice of Christian Science and its system of healing. Through the study of the Bible, Mary Baker Eddy found not only inspiration and guidance, but what she believed were the spiritual laws of health and healing that undergirded Jesus’ teachings and works. In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she writes, “The Bible has been my only authority,” and “my only textbook,” and “contains the recipe for all healing,” and describes it as “the chart of life” (Science and Health, pp. 126, 110, 406, 24). In an 1886 letter to Mrs. S. B. Maxwell, she wrote, “Science & Health and the blessed Bible are the only two books that lead you surest in the right way” (L04913, Mary Baker Eddy Collection).The Bible and Science and Health are the textbooks for self-instruction in Christian Science. They are central to Sunday School. A weekly Bible Lesson, made up of selections from these two books, is available for individual study. This same weekly Bible Lesson also serves as the Sunday sermon that is read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons are published in 14 languages and are available in print, audio, and electronic formats. Read the Bible online

Science and Health

In the Christian Science textbook, Mary Baker Eddy explains the scientific laws behind the teachings and healings of Christ Jesus. From the first chapter, “Prayer,” to her exegeses of Genesis and Revelation, to a Glossary of terms, the author invites readers to consider deeply the allness of God, the perfection of man as God's spiritual creation, and how an understanding of these facts brings healing—just as they did in biblical times. As explained in her book Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 (p. 259), “Truth is the power of God which heals the sick and the sinner, and is applicable to all the needs of man.”  more about Science and Health

Christian Science Bible Lesson

Christian Scientists regularly study Bible Lessons, published in the Christian Science Quarterly, which consist of correlated passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the basic texts for the study of Christian Science. Every day, Christian Scientists apply what they learn from their study in healing disease, injury, and all kinds of other problems, plus praying for the world. At the end of the week the Bible Lesson is used as the sermon in Sunday church services. There is a new Bible Lesson each week.  more

Other writings by Mary Baker Eddy 

In addition to her work as a healer, teacher, and lecturer, Mary Baker Eddy was a copious writer. Along with reading and studying Science and Health, consider diving into her other books, sermons, or pamphlets and discover how the ideas and themes explained in Science and Health are further supported in her other 16 titles. learn more about her other writings


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