The Bible is at the heart of Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, took to the Bible instinctively as a child and studied it intensively as an adult. Through this study she discovered the healing power of God and experienced it firsthand. This inspired her to delve even deeper into the Scriptures, finding their spiritual meaning, which ultimately led to her writing the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Together the Bible and Science and Health are the pastor of the Christian Science Church.
Christian Scientists follow Eddy’s powerful example of scriptural study, searching the Bible for the spiritual truths it contains. The Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly are an important component of this study. Each week brings a new lesson consisting of correlated passages from the Bible and Science and Health organized to show that issues people are confronting every day—from sickness and injury to financial problems, unhappy relationships, and more—are addressed and healed by the laws of God illustrated in the Bible. As people see that what they’re learning from the Bible Lessons helps them in tangible ways, they naturally find that the spiritual truths found in the Bible Lesson can also be brought to bear on crime, environmental issues, and other global challenges.
At the end of the week in which a lesson is studied, it’s read as the Sunday sermon in Christian Science churches worldwide. Listening to the lesson with understanding and inspiration rooted in the week’s in-depth study and application of the ideas presented in the lesson creates a healing atmosphere that embraces and benefits everyone present. The lesson also is a prominent fixture in Christian Science Sunday Schools, where young people learn how to apply spiritual laws in their own lives to help not only themselves but everyone around them.