Discoverer vs. Founder

At a CS workshop several years ago, the meaning of founder vs. discoverer was discussed in depth. Since that time I have made a distinction between the words. Do you note any distinction between them?

The fact that Christian Science is the universal, divine law of Life, Truth and Love makes it discoverable but not founded or authored humanly. Recognition of this led Mary Baker Eddy to denominate the Church of Christ, Scientist by taking the divinely directed human footsteps to found and establish it.

The distinction may seem unimportant but it follows our Master's command to " "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely ye received, freely give." -Matthew 10:8 (ASB) It allows Christian Science to be accepted and practiced by anyone of any denomination. It proves with every scientifically wrought healing that Christian Science is is truly universal in its effect. And it frees all to seek the company of fellow students who congregate to worship the one God, good, together.

If today's interest in healing prayer has been encouraged and promoted, according to Christ Jesus's command: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" -Mark 16:15 (KJV), by Christian Science, then it was not founded by Mrs. Eddy but discovered by her then safeguarded to be freely and publicly demonstrated by the Church of Christ, Scientist she founded.

This clarity has allowed me to share, without the thought of converting another, the "good news" and let the gospel with its proof as elucidated in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, bring another to the decision of membership in The Mother Church in Boston or local Branch or to remain a demonstrating Christian Science student within their present faith tradition.

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