As a student of Christian Science, I have an inclusive view of God, humanity, and Christ.
I believe healing and salvation can be seen here and now through a spiritual awakening to a divine reality—a reality where God dwells in unity, harmony, and peace. Through daily spiritual study, prayer, and practice, we can awaken to what God (Spirit, Life, Love) sees and knows about us and our environment.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
We each are the beloved offspring of a divine, infinite, Love. This Love sees and knows us in the image and likeness of Love. Imagine yourself as the image and likeness of Love! In truth, we are each spiritual, whole, complete, beautiful, and free. We are the intelligent and capable ideas of God—able to see and know God through Christ.
Christ can be used as a name for Jesus, and it can also be used to describe the activity of God in the human experience. Christ awakens us to who we are as the image and likeness of Love, God, pure, whole, and eternal. Jesus completely embodied this divine idea of Christ when he walked on the earth, which is why he is the Master, Teacher, Messiah, and Savior. We wouldn’t know who we are or the nature of who God is without him.
Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, — yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death.*
Below is my favorite complete statement on the nature of who we are (including all men, women and children) from the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy:
Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.**
Who was Mary Baker Eddy?
Mary Baker Eddy was a theologian, Christian healer and religious teacher from 1821-1910. She was raised in the Congregational Church in New Hampshire and came to find Christian Science through a dramatic healing she had in 1866 after a near-fatal fall on ice. She spent years studying the Scriptures to learn how she was healed. She healed neighbors, friends, and family members and became the most famous women in America during her time. Some of her contemporaries are Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Florence Nightingale, and Clara Barton. You can read her primary book free online.
*Mary Baker Eddy, Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332
**Eddy, p. 475