There Is Only One Christ

by MJSmith

            I have received comments that I am wrong in stating that Mary Baker Eddy is the Second Coming of Christ, because she stated that Christian Science is the Second Coming of Christ, and that she makes it clear that there is only one Christ.  Am I wrong to state that Mary Baker Eddy, instead of Christian Science, is the Second Coming of Christ?


            To answer this question perhaps we need to figure out what Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “Christ” is?  We find her definition on page 583:10 of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  In it she gives no mention of the man named Jesus.  This means that her definition is completely impersonal and totally spiritual.

            Christ.  The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.”

            Now, we can all agree that this definition describes Jesus, who came to the flesh, as the First Coming of Christ.  Yet, again, Mary Baker Eddy does not define the Christ as Jesus!  So, I think she is telling us straight out that a material man named Jesus is not the Christ, but rather that Jesus as the divine manifestation of God is the Christ, for Jesus came to earth in the flesh in order to destroy incarnate error.  Mary Baker Eddy made it clear that there is only one Christ.  I completely believe that, she did not mean that there is only one Christ in quantity as in one person, but that there is one Christ in quality.  Thus, Christ Jesus, as the divine manifestation of God is the masculine representative that came to the flesh with the First Coming of Christ.
            Mary Baker Eddy made it clear (in “The Apocalypse” chapter) that the Second Coming of Christ is represented in feminine form.  Thus, the one quality known as Christ is manifested both by Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy – yet the Christ appeared as two quantities of Christ at two different periods of human history.  Yet, elsewhere in the Christian Science Textbook she makes it clear that the Christ-link appears throughout human history.  So, Jesus has not come over and over and over, but rather the quality known as Christ is ever present throughout human history.  So, I feel that the Christ was manifested in Enoch, Noah, Joseph, King David and Queen Esther, Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy, and generic man.  So why do we call Jesus the First Coming instead of Enoch?  I believe it is because Jesus is the first one to fully and completely “manifest” God’s divine nature.  Jesus was the first to have a following of Christians – those who could heal mankind as Jesus (the Christ manifestation) did.  Jesus was their teacher.  Likewise, Mary Baker Eddy, with Christian Science was also able to teach her healing method.  She too healed like Jesus did, but more importantly, she wrote down her teaching method for all mankind to utilize, and when this happens then generic man will be the Third Coming of Christ, or the divine manifestation of God to come to the flesh to destroy incarnate error!
            In the chapter of “Science of Being” Mary Baker Eddy gives us a clue that she manifested the Christ just as Jesus had during the Fifth Day of Life.  She writes:

Goodness transparent
            ”The manifestation of God [her definition of the Christ] through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane.  [Mary Baker Eddy said that she was a window-pane.]  The light [the Christ] and the glass [window-pane] never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls.  [I believe that the walls are the representation of mortal minded personas that believe they are material beings, the belief that man is born of matter instead of Spirit.]  The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality — much error — in order to become a better transparency for Truth.  Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor [remember that the angel of Revelation10 is clothed in a cloud], it no longer hides the sun [that the woman God-crowned of Revelation 12 is clothed in].”  (S&H 295:16)

            So you see, Mary Baker Eddy had to hide the Truth about her mission as the Second Coming of Christ because the world was not ready to recognize her place in Bible prophecy.  Many Christians (religionists) today do not like Mary Baker Eddy because they believe that she is a substitute, in the minds of Christian Scientists (what these religionists think of as her “cult” followers) for Jesus.  They see Jesus as the one true Christ, the only Christ there ever has been and ever will be.  Yet, if there is no Christ nature that each one of us can manifest then we are doomed to roam the earth as specters, never to wake up to our true divine nature as Christ!  Does not the true meaning of Christian mean a follower of Christ?  How can we be followers of Christ if we cannot manifest the Christ ourselves as Christians?  Is this not what Jesus taught his disciples to do – to manifest the divine Christ nature of God?  Was this not a part of his God-crowned mission?   We all express the quality known as Christ!  It is only the wall of mortal mind that makes humans believe that they are unworthy of manifesting the divine manifestation of God!  It is the religionists who see man as fallen, incapable of being a Christian (follower of Christ) yet these religionists fail to even comprehend the error of their way – or their thought process!  The heads of the churches want man to be a mortal sinner.  Why has religion taught mankind incorrectly?  One reason is because these religionists sees the word “one” and believes that it means one as in quantity.  The mortal limited man is unwilling to recognize one as being “quality” instead of “quantity”.
            Just because Jesus is called the Christ does not mean that the First Coming of Christ was not the event of Christianity.  Thus, we can say, if we accept that this First Coming of Christ was the manifested as Jesus, as well as, the event known as Christianity.  Then, I feel confident that, I can safely say that the Second Coming of Christ was the manifestation seen and known as Mary Baker Eddy, as well as, the event known as Christian Science.  However, what makes these two Comings (Advents) of Christ of importance is that there were the two witness (Revelation 11) representations known to mankind as Jesus during the Fifth Day of Life and Mary Baker Eddy during the Sixth Day of Truth.  Jesus brought forth Christianity and Mary Baker Eddy brought forth the union of Christianity (male) with Science (female).  This is true marriage.

First Edition

Divine sense of Deity
            “The term Lord, as used in our version of the Old Testament, is often synonymous with Jehovah, and expresses the Jewish concept, not yet elevated to deific apprehension through spiritual transfiguration.  Yet the word gradually approaches a higher meaning [Love].  This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality [the wall] yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, — as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love.  The Lamb’s wife [the woman God-crowned, the window-pane]…

“… presents the unity of male and female as no longer two wedded individuals [Jesus and Mary], but as two individual [Christ] natures in one [quality]; and this compounded spiritual individuality reflects God as Father-Mother, not as a corporeal being.  In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss, — to the perfectibility of God’s creation.” (S&H 576:26-577:11)

First Edition

            Take notice that there are many couples inside the mansion-church, however, the purest of these couples is seen as the girl and boy looking out the window-pane and seeing the Second Coming of Christ as the woman God-crowned, as Mary Baker Eddy, the Lamb’s wife.

            Once male and female are reunited – as the Star of David unites Judah (male with the blade pyramid) and Israel (female with the cup pyramid), then we are able to enter into…
The city of our God
            “This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points are:  first, the Word of Life, Truth, and Love; second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history; fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar.  This city of our God has no need of sun or satellite, for Love is the light of it, and divine Mind is its own interpreter.  All who are saved must walk in this light.  Mighty potentates and dynasties will lay down their honors within the heavenly city…

The Holy City

“…Its gates open towards light and glory both within and without, for all is good, and nothing can enter that city, which ‘defileth, …or maketh a lie.’
            “The writer’s present feeble sense of Christian Science closes with St. John’s Revelation as recorded by the great apostle, for his vision is the acme of this Science as the Bible reveals it.
            “In the following Psalm one word shows, through faintly, the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal or spiritual sense of Deity: —

“PSALM XXIII

            “[Divine love[1]] is my shepherd; I shall not want.  {This is in the tone of Mind.}
            “[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:  [love] leadeth me beside the still waters.  {This is in the tone of Spirit.}
            “[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense] {This is in the tone of Soul}:  [love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  {This is in the tone of Principle.}
            “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:  for [love] is with me, [love’s] rod and [love’s] staff they comfort me.  {This is in the tone of Life.}
            “[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:  [Love] anointeth my head with oil, my cup runneth over.  {This is in the tone of Truth.}
            “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness {not small caps}] of [love] for ever.”  {This is in the tone of Love.} (S&H 577:12-578:18)

            And this is how the sixteenth chapter “The Apocalypse” ends.  The 23rd Psalm seems to be described in the final Illustration found in Mary Baker Eddy’s illustrated poem book Christ and Christmas.  Do you accept your own Christ nature, your own Christhood?  If you do not, then you should ask yourself this one question, “Have my church leaders and teachers lead me in the wrong way (I have been taught to believe that I am a sinner unworthy of salvation, or incapable of saving myself and can only be saved by depending on the church hierarchy) and not in The Way (I am the Christ, the Son of the living God)?”  Is not the male and female spoken of in the first chapter of Genesis generic man, the compound idea which is the Christ, who has dominion over the earth?  What did Jesus Christ teach?  Do you know?  Jesus taught Christian Science, even though it was not called that during his God-crowned mission.  Did you know that the word salvation means “science of health”?  Is not the Christian Science Textbook, written by Mary Baker Eddy, called SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES?  Thus, is not Christian Science the science of health, or the Science of Salvation which teaches generic man about his own Christ divine manifestation and the art of healing, the demonstration of divine Science?  In the Illustration below, the first Illustration for THE WAY, we see a man.  Many believe this man to be Jesus Christ.  However, I believe that the man is generic man, while the dove is divine Science.

[1] The small letters in all the interpolations are supposed to be small caps, but I am unable to print it this way on WordPress.  Also, the interpolations are Mary Baker Eddy’s.  {My interpolations are inside these type of brackets.}