Mind Over Matter

Mary Baker Eddy founded a church, Christian Science, which teaches that a person’s well-being depends on the way he thinks about life and especially about God.  What does this mean?

To explain and understand this, one must think of every person having two minds.  The first is a mortal mind and the second an immortal mind.  According to Christian Scientists the mortal mind sends out earthly messages of pain, illness and sin.  These messages are just illusions; they are evil inventions of one’s mind.  Therefore, a person must listen to his immortal mind, which tells him that there are no such things as illness or sin.  A person has only to think of God in the right manner in order to remember this; and, in the meantime whatever pain or sickness he might have had will disappear.

This sounds good—living in a world in which pain, illness, sin, and even death are just illusions.  What a joy it would be to live like this; and in a way it seems to be right.

Many people have contracted terminal diseases and have been told that they only have a very short while to live.  But, through their will to live and tremendous effort they have overcome the odds.

Now, doesn’t this sound like the Christian Science beliefs?  Christian Scientists say that there is a total spiritual discipline rather than an isolated will to believe.  This seems to be exactly what is happening.  A person not only wills to live, but disciplines himself to live.  This is amazing.

Another thing which seems to prove the Christian Scientist right is placebo.  Placebo is an often sugary substance which contains no medicine and is actually used by doctors to “heal” patients.  Now of course, this isn’t a real cure.  Doctors use this when a patient is convinced that he is ill when he really isn’t.  The sickness is all in his head.

This is exactly what the Christian Scientists teach, that sickness is a matter of the mind.

So, the big question is:  Are the Christian Scientists right?

It is obvious that illness is real no matter what Christian Scientists say.  Scripture shows this in many instances.  In one case a woman with “an issue of blood” touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed.  (Mark 5:25-30)  When Jesus felt the virtue pass from him it was proof of the true healing power.  This healing was necessary because of an illness.

Another issue which shows the lie of Christian Science is the matter of death.  Death, for man, is real and inevitable; man cannot conquer death.  This is shown in the following passages:

Job 7:6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.”

James 4:14 “For what is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

What better proof than Scripture is needed to show that death is real?

Because of their belief in mind over matter, Christian Scientists teach that medical care is not necessary.  Therefore, they refuse all medical care.

This is wrong.  God has given man the abilities and tools to fight disease and sickness.  Man should use these gifts instead of just praying.  Prayer is necessary, but all God’s gifts to man must be used.

Throughout all of these examples it has been shown that the Christian Science movement is not truly Christian.  Many of their beliefs are contrary to the Scriptures, even though they seem right.

This is exactly what Satan intended.  He, as the root of all cults, tries to deceive man into believing that cults are actually in agreement with the Scriptures even though they are not.

True Christians do not fall for such beliefs, for Scripture warns against these.  This warning is summed up in Titus 1:16:

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”



1.)  “The Graying Church” p. 60, Newsweek, August 3, 1987, by Kenneth L. Woodward.

2.)  “Mary Baker Eddy’s Christian Science Omits Christianity, Junks Science” from Lamb Light by Paul R. Kopenkosky.

3.)  “Mary Baker Eddy, unschooled and uncompromising, she founded her own faith.” from American Heritage Magazine December 1980, by Dr. Julius Silberger, Jr.