Remain open, beware of any teaching that tries to lock you down

Christian Science lecture

By Sarah Nichols — Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Photo of First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, by Sarah Nichols — Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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I usually find Christian Science (CS) lectures interesting as they point me to possibilities. I have been interested in the supernatural since I can remember and particularly spiritual healing. I think CS has a lot to offer particularly in dealing with mental and emotional issues. Even with physical illness, it can offer mental strength in dealing with an illness.

Like many teachings what starts out freeing can become bound. The founder Mary Baker Eddy became so concerned that it be taught correctly that she bound the church by a constitution which means it has no pastors other than the Bible and her seminal work Science and Health with Keys to the Scriptures.

I am reminded that Jesus said, “Freely have you received freely give” (Matthew 10 verse 8). If we bind something we tie it to time and a culture and risk that it becomes an antique. As said the teaching of Christian Science has much to offer but as with anything the reader, the hearer must be free to receive. If we place conditions on people we immediately slip from freedom.

Caroline Fraser writes a harrowing account of her father’s death, he was a Christian Scientist but refused medical treatment.

The church did respond in the following letter

There is good information in many places we do well to hold it loosely so in wanting freedom we don’t become unnecessarily bound.




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Gordie Jackson

Gordie Jackson

Speaks with a Northern Irish accent, lives in Hertfordshire, England.