- The Christian Science Schism
- Absolute Christian Science and the Apocalypse
READER BEWARE: I combined two pages to create this one while finishing page numbering. I need to merge the two pages better, but this is a very low priority for me right now.
The Christian Science Schism
This section will only be of interest to my fellow Christian Scientists. I include it only because I was unusually close to my Christian Science Teacher, went to Principia College with Harvey Wood’s daughter, had dinner alone with Harvey Wood and his wife in their Boston home, and know Dr. Kurt Stark perhaps better than anyone else alive. I was not raised in Christian Science. I found the church when I was 19 years old in 1978. Hence, the entire time I have been associated with the Christian Science church, it has been dominated by the schism, which to this very day is alive and well. For 13 years of that time I cared for my Christian Science Teacher after the death of her husband and was privy to everything going on inside of the church. During that time, under the influence of Dr. Kurt Stark, I withdrew my membership from the Mother Church. The local branch church of which I was a member ceased to exist. That left only my Association, from which I eventually withdrew also. I have no ties to Christian Science at present, though in my heart I have never ceased to be a Christian Scientist. Allow me to say plainly that I do not advocate splintering of the church. I have intensely investigated all of the so-called “independent” Christian Science churches as well as notable individuals who have separated themselves from the church in protest, and can affirm that they are hopelessly lost.
By any measurement, the Christian Science schism is at least 40 years old now. And there is no end in sight.
No one can approach this subject without first reading the “Science of Mind-Healing” from No and Yes written by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science. It goes without saying that the entire dissident movement has not read this short piece. For if they had, there would be no dissident movement. Now what does that say about the leaders of the dissident movement?
Dr. Kurt Stark
Dr. Kurt Stark, a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner and former President of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston Massachusetts, is the unabashed leader of the dissident movement. I know this man well, as I said above with great specificity, perhaps better than anyone else alive. He is a member of my Association, and both of us were unusually close to our Christian Science teacher, Virginia D. Skarie of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Kurt Stark is the single-most sought after speaker at the many Associations who remain actively opposed to the Christian Science Board of Directors (i.e. the Mother Church). And he is booked so many years into the future that there appears to be no end to the schism in sight. I spoke with him recently on the telephone and he told me that during a Sunday morning service there were a paltry 53 people in attendance at the huge Mother Church Extension. That is far less than the number of people who make their living working at the “Mother Church.” In fact, Wikipedia states that the Mother Church Extension has a seating capacity of around 3,000 people. Let us assume that Mr. Stark was not counting himself and that there was a total of 54 people in attendance that morning. This is precisely 1.8% of the seating capacity of that building. I am not interested in convincing the reader of the truth of Christian Science (pure metaphysics) for the simple reason that the Christian Science church is already dead. The spiritual poverty of the so-called “Mother Church” has been in evidence for decades now. My good friend Dr. Kurt Stark confided in me his utter disgust with the individuals presently on the Christian Science Board of Directors, naming at least three of them. But those who stand in opposition to the Board of Directors from the time of Harvey Wood to the present day, the so-called dissidents, are no less spiritually impoverished because they evidently failed to read the “Science of Mind Healing” in No and Yes, which is the culmination of a lifetime of lessons about how to handle wayward Christian Scientists.
Absolute Christian Science and the Apocalypse
SPECIAL NOTE: The author of this website is a Christian Scientist. Do not expect him to ever apologize for this fact. In John 14:26 we read, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” That promised Comforter is the Christian Science “textbook” Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures written by a woman, Mary Baker Eddy. But I do not think the book was intended for this, the Fifth World in which we now live. I think it was written for the New World to come.
No Roosters where I Live
I was recently denied treatment by a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner who presented me with the stark choice of either terminating my contact with her (and she knew she was my last link to the church) or surrendering my belief in the validity of Matthew 24. For me, that was the equivalent of being asked to deny the Christ.
Why did Christ Jesus wait to the end of his earthly career to retreat to his favorite place, Mount Olivet, and tell his disciples that the world was about to be completely destroyed?
According to BibleStudy.org, Christ Jesus spoke the words we know of as Matthew 24 late in the afternoon of Sunday, April 2, 30 AD. The very next day Judas betrayed him. On the morning of Wednesday, April 5, 30 AD, a mere three days later, Jesus was crucified. Was there a connection? Let us suppose that for over 600 years (around the time of Pythagoras) knowledge of the cyclic destruction of the planet had been some of the most carefully guarded information in history. The Pythagoreans and Roman elite are one and the same. They are the progeny of Jove in their time. I tell you of a truth that they killed Jesus for speaking about the end of this world. I think it quite possible this is why Mary Baker Eddy said “I dare not tell you what I know.” No one with a large audience of listeners is allowed to speak this truth, from Christ Jesus to Stanley Kubrick. The price of doing so is death.
Everyone is Saying the Same Thing
for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be
there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation
I know what is coming. I dare not tell you what I know; you are young yet, and now is the time to experiment. You will know some day. We are told the world will be destroyed. How? … We are told, like Mt. Pelee there is an internal fire that will finally burst forth and will destroy the world.1
The Apocalypse is a Taboo Subject inChristian Science
As discussed in The Widow of a High Ranking Freemason, before her death in 1910, Mary Baker Eddy, the “scribe under orders” (her words) who wrote Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures, was apparently told by a high-ranking Freemason that the world is about to be completely destroyed. And yet the subject of the apocalypse is somehow taboo among the current generation of Christian Scientists. Try to talk to them about Isaiah 24, the Book of Daniel, Matthew 24, or Mary Baker Eddy’s comments on the subject, and their reaction is as if you made some unspeakable faux pas. To be completely honest, their reaction is difficult to characterize. It’s like in the company of all of their best friends you told some hideous secret from their past and in a somewhat stunned state of mind they pretend as if they did not even hear it. Force the subject upon them, demand a response, and you invite open hostility. It’s quite abnormal.
I started down this road when I discovered a highly unusual discrepancy in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. You can read about this in The Out-of-Place, Doomsday Sentence in Her Chapter on the Apocalypse section of the Mary Baker Eddy page. After exhaustingly researching it to make sure there was no misunderstanding on my part, I began asking Christian Science practitioners and teachers. For one reason or another, they would not respond. I thought this very peculiar. I approached the last few by telling them no one would answer my question or comment on the text in question. Yet I never got a response. Why? Well, I think I can answer that. Either my interpretation of the text is correct or Mary Baker Eddy made a huge mistake. Personally, I cannot seriously entertain the second possibility because there were 432 editions of this book. She scrutinized the text perhaps more so than any other author in the history of mankind. The thought that she overlooked the fact that the sixth seal has nothing whatsoever to do with the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse is inconceivable. But now I had a different problem, why would Christian Scientists not talk about the apocalypse? I believe I can at long last answer that question. I arrived at these conclusions only a short while ago, and not without the help of a loving, Journal-listed Christian Scientist practitioner, who also happens to be a member of my Association.
“It doesn’t compute”
What is absolute Christian Science? Well, let me begin by repeating what Dr. Kurt Stark said when I asked him about the subject of the apocalypse. He is a well-respected Christian Scientist and Bible scholar. I thought for sure he would answer my question about the unusual text in Science and Health, and that he would confirm for me that the sixth seal did indeed have nothing to do with the twelfth chapter of Revelation. But I was wrong. As uncomfortable as it was, I had to push for an answer to which he eventually blurted out, “I am sure that only mortal mind will die.” I was dumbfounded by this answer. He said that with a smugness that bordered on intellectual conceit. This is just who he is, but the answer is telling. The current crop of advanced Christian Scientist thinkers cannot, I repeat, cannot cope with the thought of an apocalyptic event. Billions of people are about to die, and judging solely by his vocal intonations, I would say unhesitatingly that Dr. Kurt Stark doesn’t give a damn. But he is not alone. Ask any Christian Science practitioner or teacher that same question and they will more or less take the same tack.
What they are saying, in effect, is that “it doesn’t compute.” You can’t think about absolute Christian Science (as presented by this generation of thinkers) and the apocalypse at the same time.
Yet the prophets Isaiah and Daniel and Christ Jesus are emphatic about the destruction of this world, and Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science, had lots to say on the coming apocalypse. How do we reconcile these two worlds? That is the question that must be answered.
Escaping the Collective Consciousness
The answer to the above question is closely related to 2 Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…” This is usually erroneously interpreted to mean you should live like a hermit in the hills. That is not what it means. The “them” is this biblical quote refers to the collective consciousness. Yes, there is a collective consciousness in which we all more or less share. To give one of an infinite number of possible examples, in a purely mental realm, it is the collective consciousness that kills you when you take poison, even though you may be entirely unaware of having done so. Theoretically, it should not harm you since you are unaware of having taken the poison. Yet it does. This is the collective consciousness at work.
Michelangelo’s statues at the Accademia are “walking dead” among us whose lives express only the collective consciousness, among which we must count the majority of so-called religious people. It is a deep hypnotic state to which I dedicated the first seven pages of this website.
The current expression of absolute Christian Science has been absorbed by the collective consciousness, stylized to the point of meaninglessness if you will.
The periodic destruction of this world is the implosion of the collective consciousness, which over time “drifts too far from the shore” of the spiritual reality of things. Please allow me to make this critical point again: The periodic destruction of this world is the implosion of the collective consciousness. So yes, as Dr. Kurt Starks says, “only mortal mind” will die, but this entails an earthly scene unimaginably horrible. To be so callous about the subject is not even remotely human, not to mention, Christian. But I do not judge him. I have come to understand that this is a perversion of real Christian Science, one that is now so pervasive in the church that it is cherished by both factions of the Christian Science schism.
What is absolute Christian Science?
So how then do we entertain absolute Christian Science and thoughts of the apocalypse at the same time?
The real meaning of “absolute” Christian Science is that no one is actually going to die. Everyone goes on. It is like watching a film. The individual may not be able to control what is projected onto the screen, but sooner or later someone will turn on the lights and reveal a greater reality. This is my version of absolute Christian Science.
Do Not Fear Death
We are indeed “right at the door.” I have suffered my whole life to know this. We are living in the here and now of which the prophets Isaiah and Daniel, Christ Jesus, and Mary Baker Eddy spoke. To those who can see what is happening, the signs are all around us. It has begun. Like Samual Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the climax is unimaginable and brief, but it will come. And when it does, this grade school of existence will be flushed clean and life will begin anew, as it has countless times before. Those who were here will graduate to the intermediate school in which they realize for the first time that the fabric of the universe cannot be material (though they awake with as material a body as they had before the belief in death) because they still exist in an entirely new realm or plane of existence. Those of us who remain behind will define the foundation of a new, higher generation of thought. This is life. This is the cycle of being.
Allow me to be perfectly clear about something; it is NOT absolute Christian Science to deny the reality of the coming apocalypse, that billions of people are about to die a violent death. It is a bland denial of Christ Jesus and the prophets Isaiah and Daniel.
I have unusually strong feelings about this subject because people fail to realize that the Pythagoreans were in control of this world over half a millennium before Christ Jesus was born. Mrs. Eddy said “I know what is coming. I dare not tell you what I know” for a reason. Likewise, Christ Jesus waited until the end of his days on earth to tell his disciples what he knew about the coming destruction of the planet. Though he spoke in heavily veiled language, yet was he killed days later. He was killed by the very same progeny of Jove who killed Stanley Kubrick. So I must say bluntly that denying the reality of the apocalypse to the point of being unwilling to even discuss what the prophets Isaiah and Daniel, Christ Jesus, and Mary Baker Eddy say on this subject is a deluded mental state, and evidences a profound disrespect for the life’s mission of the man we call Christ Jesus.
He gave his life here on earth to warn us about what the Pythagoreans were hiding from us. You are no disciple of his if you use his teaching to deny the reality of the coming apocalypse.
In short, it is nothing less than ignorance. And methinks Mary Baker Eddy would be utterly perplexed by the thought that her would-be followers had drifted so far from the shore of Gallalee.
What is absolute Christian Science is to know in your heart that all the people about to “die” in reality are watching a soap opera about to become a horror show on the projection screen at the front of a grade-school class. Someone is about to turn off the projector. When they do, these children will realize it was not real. Then they will graduate to intermediate school. This is the mechanism by which the grade school resets. I like to imagine the students are getting smarter all the time, but living amongst you has given me grave doubts. It is hard to imagine a more primitive people.
We live on more than one plane of existence. Where you err is in insisting this is the only one and that death is not a necessary process for such a primitive people. Would you have us live forever in this hellish reality?
Essentially, what you are exhibiting by so thinking is a fear of death. You should not fear death. It is a great adventure for such primitives. The Vikings embraced it. You should, too. No matter how much you love your life in this world, awakening to the knowledge that the fabric of the universe is mental because you are still alive will more than compensate for whatever you left behind.