Wednesday, April 1, 2020

God's Healing Power Always at Hand

God, good is all-powerful and ever present.  And because He is, we don't have to feel afraid when contagious diseases are going around. The fact that God is always with us is more than comforting, however; it is of practical benefit when we know how to avail ourselves of His healing power.

The purpose of Christ Jesus' unequaled example was not merely to inspire mankind but to show us what God is and how to avail ourselves of His power--how to be free from every material bondage, physical suffering included. The Master promised, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Christian Science teaches that, in accordance with Bible truths, man is spiritual and perfect as the child of God, divine Spirit, made in His image and likeness. This spirituality can be demonstrated now as we understand the divine laws underlying Jesus' words and deeds. These changeless laws are explained fully and clearly in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.
The Science revealed in this book is based on the understanding that God is the divine Principle of all that is real, the Principle of Jesus' healing and teaching.

The law of Spirit, God, is available for anyone to learn and use in his daily life.  This law of God, which brings healing, is wherever we are and is applicable to any situation. This law isn't a formula; it is power, specific force.  It rests on the supremacy of God and is enforced by His power.  And when His law is brought into contact with one's particular problem--and it makes no difference whether the problem is physical or moral, financial, or emotional--the result is the restoration of harmony, healing and regeneration.

Mrs. Eddy writes, "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or 'God with us',--a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime,

                                          To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],
                                          And recovering of sigh to the blind,
                                          To set at liberty them that are bruised."

Your true selfhood and mine is never material; it is forever spiritual.  And because it is spiritual, it is complete, harmonious, and whole.  And because this is the way we are, the suffering and fear that may seem so real have no genuine power over us.  They are misconceptions of God and man, false beliefs, not actual God-created conditions  And the truth of our inseparability relationship to God, of our uninterrupted well-being as God's image and likeness, corrects them.

This Christlike understanding of Truth enables us to demonstrate that God's healing power is ever present and always available to us.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

A time for "Love Thy Neighbor"

Of course, it's always the time to obey what our beloved Christ Jesus taught. But it seems to me with the uncertainty and fear gripping too many in the world right now, our selflessness is especially needed.

Recently I read a book that describes the conditions facing humanity during WW2.  This book focused on what my religion, Christian Science, did in Europe to comfort and help citizens  What stood out to me strikingly was the degree of unselfishness that prevailed, not only across the sea, but in the United States as people volunteered to make sure clothing and food would reach those in need.  Some of the accounts of putting self aside in sacrifices I can't even imagine brought tears to my eyes. Our Master's command was alive and well and practiced in circumstances most of us will never have to confront.  And surmount.

A line from a prayer written by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science is something I've been thinking about this morning:  "And may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them." (By Mary Baker Eddy)




Monday, March 16, 2020

The media and disease

        Just because a certain disease is reported through the media doesn't mean that you and I have to get sick.

        It's reassuring to know that we can remain healthy at a time when disease is being magnified and potentially multiplied by publicity. Many of the current reports about contagion are we'll intentioned and meant as a public service.  There is, however, a side to all the media attention these days that thoughtful citizens should be aware of.  Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures":  "The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and diseases among the human family.  It does this by giving names to diseases and by printing long descriptions which mirror images of disease distinctly in thought." (pp. 196-197)

        Fortunately, no one has to live with the worry, "Will I be next to get sick?" There is a way not only to eliminate fear of these maladies but to prevent them from occurring.  Christ Jesus admonished his disciples, "What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." (Mark 13:37)

        Through the study and application of Christian Science, one may learn how to watch, how to defend himself from disease and suffering. The Christian Science textbook, referred to earlier, contains many things we can do mentally, prayerfully to safeguard our physical well-being. For example, it tells us:  "Stand porter at the door of thought.  Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.  When the condition is present, which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them." (Science and Health, p. 392)

        When a person learns that thought affects every aspect of his life, he sees the necessity of replacing fearful, sickly thoughts, with truths that uplift his understanding to the recognition that he actually is spiritual--the way God created his child and has maintained him. He sees the importance of conforming to the Christly standard Jesus established for all mankind.  No matter what others may be falsely believing about sickness and disease, we don't have to abjectly surrender our peace of mind and harmony but may instead exercise our God-given power over suffering.

        When we understand that man, under God's government, reflects divine power and ability, we are better able to control our thoughts and so our daily lives. Each one of us is a free moral agent, possessing the God-bestowed capacity to choose the spiritually true and reject the false, choose divine ideas, and reject mortal suggestions. No one can do this for us, and no matter how blatant and pervasive media coverage may be, no one can prevent us from doing it. Each one of us is responsible for our own thoughts regarding the subject of health.

        A well-known verse from Psalms declares, "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." (Ps. 91:9, 10) The potent, spiritual truths of Christian Science make this Bible promise practical for us, provable right now.

     
     

Saturday, March 7, 2020

No need to fear disease

I've been thinking a lot in recent days of this contagion fear, and have been so grateful for 3 things:

1)  All the commands of our dear Master Christ Jesus on being not afraid, fearing not.

2)  The teachings of Christian Science that hold to the Biblical truth of man created in God's likeness, who is divine Spirit, you and I therefore spiritual and perfect. God as I have been taught in my religion not only  has made us in His image, but is holding us in His love- intact, beyond the reach of disease--whatever it's current name and description may be.

3)  And as a  hymn we sing sometimes in our church services says, "Everlasting arms of Love, are beneath, around, above."  And what can get through that to make us ill?

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Contagion

With the widespread concern about the Chinese virus these days, the following article published in the March 9th issue of the Christian Science Sentinel can be of help to my readers.  It was written by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science -


                                                        CONTAGION


Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind, inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind, and not to matter.  Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say,  Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing and exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man's.

If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor's success, and the clergyman's conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived.  A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanitive method, and the "perfect Love" that "casteth out fear" is  sure defense.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The secret of achieving more

I used to wonder,

Why the disparity between

What I aspire to do,

And actual performance?

Then one day it dawned,

Why it's lack of conformance

To the guidelines Jesus gave:

     "If any man serve me,

      Him will my Father honor."*

When we shift from self to Christ,

We find life well worth living,

For ourselves and all mankind.


        (John 12:26)


Sunday, February 16, 2020

How God cares for us

I had a very interesting experience on Friday when I had just left a busy shopping center with 3 bags of canned dog food.  As I turned onto the road out, something happened with my car.  Could be the battery I thought.  Anyway, I called Triple A to come.  The man said, with Valentine Day traffic, worse than Christmas, it might be a long wait.

A lady who was nearby came over and asked if she could help.  She saw that the 3 plastic bags I had and was moving a bit to put into the tow truck, had broken and some cans rolled out.  She said, "Here, take this backpack.  They'll all fit nicely."  I said, "Oh no, but thank you.  I'll manage when the tow truck comes I'm sure."  She  insisted.  I declined

Then a gentleman some distance away asked if things were ok.  I stepped over to speak to him, and when I turned back, the lady's bag was right there and she had walked away!  This met my need perfectly and I hope to see her again to not only thank her, but offer to pay her.