Thursday, June 13, 2019

How Christian Science Heals

The following excerpt from a testimony of healing that appears in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy may be helpful to someone reading my blog who is unacquainted with Christ-healing.

The writer from Portland, Oregon is telling about a healing he experienced of a sprained ankle, and he relates:

"The accident occurred in the morning, and all that day and during the night I gave myself Christian Science treatment, as best I could. The next morning it seemed to be no better, being very sore, badly swollen, and much discolored.  Feeling that I had done all I could, I decided to stop thinking about it. I took my copy of Science and Health and began reading. Very soon I became so absorbed in the book that I forgot all about my ankle; it went entirely out of my thought, for I had a glimpse of God's creation as spiritual, and for the time being lost sight of my material selfhood.  After two hours I laid the book down and walked into another room.  When next I thought of my ankle, I found it was not hurting me.  The swelling had gone down, the black and blue appearance had nearly vanished, and it  was perfectly well. It was healed while I was 'absent from the body' and 'present with the Lord.' This experience was worth a great deal to me, for it showed me how the healing is done."

Anyone today can find out, from reading and pondering the divine truths in "Science and Health", how they too can be absent from the body and present with the Lord in health restored.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

No Fall from God's Care

        People use the word "fall" in many ways.  But the way I'm thinking of is actually falling physically--and finding the divine  help we need to overcome bodily injury.

        A passage from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy has helped many students of Christian Science over the years.  "When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, "I am hurt!"  Your thought is more powerful than our words, more powerful than the accident itself to make the injury real."  In the next paragraph she continues, "Now reverse the process.  Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuring good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be." 

        Because of the Bible's assurances that God, divine Love, is an ever-present, unfailing help in trouble, we can turn in complete confidence to Him.  No matter what situation we may find ourselves in, God's help is always at hand, even--more accurately, especially --when the need is urgent.

        Christ Jesus taught us the inseparability of man from God.  We're able to see the effects of this truth as we live in harmony with the divine will.  As Jesus said, "He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."

        Knowing that man is God's child, wholly spiritual and safe in the care of his creator, regardless of appearances, the Master was able to heal.  And Jesus' works bring to light the fact that man can't fall from his original spiritual state of perfection and freedom as the offspring of God.  Through understanding that our real being is spiritual, and making a sincere effort to be obedient to God in our lives, each one of us can know the comforting assurance of divine Love's care, whatever the challenge may be.

        Man's true selfhood, as the outcome of Spirit, God, is spiritual, not material.  Thus that man--our real identity--is not at the mercy of accident, injury, or disease.  The divine fact is that you and I are God's child, and we can never, for an instant, be deprived of our Father-Mother God's loving care.  We're never really out of our God-provided place of spiritual security.  We can't be apart from our divine source, God.  As God's man, we are and always have been preserved by His unerring laws of order, safety, and exemption from harm.  Such divine facts give us the authority and confidence we need to heal injury and pain.

        We have Christ Jesus to thank for revealing and proving fully the Father's constant love for His children.  And when we're empowered with the spiritual truths Jesus knew about God and man, we can prove for ourselves, in healing, that there can be no fall from God's omnipotent care.


Saturday, June 1, 2019

A new life for you

You've been by worldly aims

Led wrongfully astray, --

Going the wrong way,

Following that road

That leads to utter ruin.

And now you regret

The life you've led.

But take heart:

It's not too late for you.

You can begin again,

Wipe the slate clean.

Say to God right now

And earnestly mean,

From this time forth

I intend to live my life

To honor Your Holy Son.

And look what waits for you:

"If any man be in Christ,

He is a new creature.

     (2nd Cor. 5:17)

"Any" man, the Bible says.

And that my friend --

Now right with God --

Covers you.