Cults - Christian Science

Woody50

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My family came from CS. It started with my great, great grandfather who bought it hook, line, and sinker. Two generations later, all I knew was my great aunts telling me to "think good thoughts" and sneering at hospitals. Funny--just talk about Jesus to a CS person, and they become as rabid as an atheist, in my experience.
 

Whateverman

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What do Christian science believe?
Hey there!

The only knowledge I have of it is how my great aunt/uncle behaved. They were both Christian Scientists, and their daughter (who eventually gave birth to my cousin) joined the Christian Science church. From the perspective of someone on the outside (aka. me), all three of them did their best to never give acknowledgement to pain or sickness; they believed doing so either caused or perpetuated sickness. Thinking good/happy thoughts was part of the focus, and to a little kid around the holidays at their house, all I saw was that they were cheerful people for the most part.

Not sappy or artificially happy; just optimistic, trying to keep a positive attitude, etc.

They were Christian in their beliefs, at least as far as I understood it up to my early teens. I wont make any claims about whether they were true Christians or not; they had a few crosses in their house and were pious without being obnoxious about it, etc. Basically, they seemed like normal, religious and well-meaning folks.

A side effect of this "positive attitude" is that they didn't see doctors very often. All three of them have had health problems that could have been controlled or healed by modern medicine. However, I came here just to explain what I saw, not to cast doubt on their beliefs.
 

Woody50

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Hey there!

The only knowledge I have of it is how my great aunt/uncle behaved. They were both Christian Scientists, and their daughter (who eventually gave birth to my cousin) joined the Christian Science church. From the perspective of someone on the outside (aka. me), all three of them did their best to never give acknowledgement to pain or sickness; they believed doing so either caused or perpetuated sickness. Thinking good/happy thoughts was part of the focus, and to a little kid around the holidays at their house, all I saw was that they were cheerful people for the most part.

Not sappy or artificially happy; just optimistic, trying to keep a positive attitude, etc.

They were Christian in their beliefs, at least as far as I understood it up to my early teens. I wont make any claims about whether they were true Christians or not; they had a few crosses in their house and were pious without being obnoxious about it, etc. Basically, they seemed like normal, religious and well-meaning folks.

A side effect of this "positive attitude" is that they didn't see doctors very often. All three of them have had health problems that could have been controlled or healed by modern medicine. However, I came here just to explain what I saw, not to cast doubt on their beliefs.
Yep. Pretty much sums it up. While I'd say more about it's cultic, heretical nature, I appreciate your objective assessment of Christian Science based on your observation, Whateverman. Pretty spot on.
 

Whateverman

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Yep. Pretty much sums it up. While I'd say more about it's cultic, heretical nature, I appreciate your objective assessment of Christian Science based on your observation, Whateverman. Pretty spot on.
Thanks Woody. This place can get pretty contentious, but I work to not contribute to it.

I fail a lot.

Glad I managed to succeed here.
 

Woody50

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Yep. I get wrapped up in the tidal wave here myself. Good post.
Still wish I could call you Big W...anything but "Whateverman." I know it's your callsign, but I feel like I'm dismissing my entire argument when I address you after making one.

"So, you see I'm right, Whateverman." See????

This is intentional on your part, and brilliant, I must admit.

Whatever, man.
 

Whateverman

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Still wish I could call you Big W...anything but "Whateverman." I know it's your callsign, but I feel like I'm dismissing my entire argument when I address you after making one.

"So, you see I'm right, Whateverman." See????

This is intentional on your part, and brilliant, I must admit.

Whatever, man.
"W" works fine, Woody. I just didn't like the way "Big W" sounded like it could be either friendly or mockery. Abbreviate my name however you need to,
 

Woody50

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"W" works fine, Woody. I just didn't like the way "Big W" sounded like it could be either friendly or mockery. Abbreviate my name however you need to,
Nah. I need to grow up and use your name. I appreciate your feedback a lot. That said, I'll probably settle on a nickname for you based on our interactions. Gotta get to know you a bit more first.

Right now it's "You're right," but I don't like that one... :D
 

YeshuaFan

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Yep. Pretty much sums it up. While I'd say more about it's cultic, heretical nature, I appreciate your objective assessment of Christian Science based on your observation, Whateverman. Pretty spot on.
Its pretty much Gnostic version, as on ehas to accept that reality is an illusion, as no such things as real death, sin, hell!
 

YeshuaFan

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Hey there!

The only knowledge I have of it is how my great aunt/uncle behaved. They were both Christian Scientists, and their daughter (who eventually gave birth to my cousin) joined the Christian Science church. From the perspective of someone on the outside (aka. me), all three of them did their best to never give acknowledgement to pain or sickness; they believed doing so either caused or perpetuated sickness. Thinking good/happy thoughts was part of the focus, and to a little kid around the holidays at their house, all I saw was that they were cheerful people for the most part.

Not sappy or artificially happy; just optimistic, trying to keep a positive attitude, etc.

They were Christian in their beliefs, at least as far as I understood it up to my early teens. I wont make any claims about whether they were true Christians or not; they had a few crosses in their house and were pious without being obnoxious about it, etc. Basically, they seemed like normal, religious and well-meaning folks.

A side effect of this "positive attitude" is that they didn't see doctors very often. All three of them have had health problems that could have been controlled or healed by modern medicine. However, I came here just to explain what I saw, not to cast doubt on their beliefs.
Christian Science denies sin, salvation, hell, as all is just an illusion!
 
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