Similarities to mainstream Christianity:
- Belief that Jesus is the Messiah.
- Belief in the Bible (they use the King James Version in their services, but it's not a required translation to use.)
- Belief in the Trinity, one God in three persons.
- Belief that Jesus died for mankind.
Teachings unique to Christian Science practitioners:
- Belief that Mary Baker Eddy, their founder, discovered the hidden healing truths within the Bible that existed in the primitive Christian Church, but had been lost over the centuries.
- Suffering is an illusion, an error in the perception of reality. You can overcome suffering by aligning with God and adhering to Christian Science practices.
- Promotion of faith healing as superior to conventional medicine as it heals the entirety of the person. Conventional medicine is discouraged, but not forbidden nor demonized, but seen as incomplete.
- Salvation comes through realizing yourself as a part of God and seeking to unite yourself with that being.
- Only the spiritual reality exists. All else is an illusion caused by our errors in thought and perception.
I can't find much about what I should expect from the service. They seem quite different than anything else I will have experienced up to this point. I'm looking forward to seeing them and learning a bit more about this faith.
I'll let you know how everything goes. Until next time, peace be with you.