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The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the foundation for the theology and practice of Christian Science. In particular, Jesus’ ministry illustrates how healing and regeneration are experienced as we recognize through prayer that our true nature is spiritual and that we are made 'in the image and likeness' of God, as the first chapter of Genesis records. Further examples of spiritual healing can be seen in the biblical accounts of Jesus’ immediate disciples and followers, as well as in the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets in the Old Testament.
For Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science flowed out of an inspired understanding of the Bible, which illumined the divine laws behind spiritual healing. These laws of God are powerful mandates, always present and operating to heal, redeem, and bless humanity. The title of her primary work, Science and Health, includes the phrase “Key to the Scriptures,” indicating its inseparable connection with the Bible. When describing her discovery of Christian Science, she wrote, “The Bible has been my only authority,” and, “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing” (Science and Health, pp. 126, 406). Of the six brief tenets of Christian Science, the first is: “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life” (Science and Health, p. 497).
A weekly Bible Lesson offers individual study and is the heart of the Sunday worship services. Sunday School for students up to the age of 20 is anchored in the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sermon on the Mount. And readings from the Bible are also featured in midweek testimony meetings, where those gathered share ways they’ve applied the spiritual lessons of the Scriptures to real-life challenges—big and small.
Because the Bible is central to the practice of Christian Science, The Mary Baker Eddy Library maintains a collection of rare and historic Bibles. This Historic Bible Collection began with a donation of rare English-language bibles and has grown to include many editions of notable importance in the history of mankind.