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Healing the "Incurable"

From the July 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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In these times, the forces of publicity about certain diseases have been intensified through radio and television, as well as the press. Some of them have the label "incurable," and this label is sometimes in the forefront of the unwittingly injurious publicity.

But by the power of God, Truth, as understood in Christian Science, the label of incurability has been stripped off diseases previously typed as unhealable. Everyone can scientifically utilize that power now to overcome persistent illness. Christian Science has brought new insights into the nature of disease, and these are accompanied by explanations of the spiritual means of healing it.

Christian Science denominates disease as a claim, the claim that there is something opposed to the harmony and painlessness that characterize Soul, God, and that belong unendingly to Soul's reflection, man. In this sense, disease is not an actual physical condition that is either curable or incurable. In scientifically absolute terms, disease is a "curse causeless"Prov. 26:2; and is without evidence, without history, without future.

Mary Baker Eddy states emphatically in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "There is no disease."Science and Health, p.421; Hence so-called incurable disease is the claim that some nothings are temporary and some are permanent. This may sound odd, and it is. But in the light of the Science of Mind-healing, incurability is more than odd. It is impossible.

When we speak of incurability, we're talking about a mortal belief, not about a genuine state of affairs. The belief is as inaccurate as was the once universally held belief that the earth is flat. Incurability is a suggestion that derives from mortal mind, having the effect of striking anxiety into our hearts, and in this way deflecting us from entertaining the reality of God's power and allness.

If the divine healing Principle works in one instance—and it has worked in numberless thousands of cases—then it has the capability of healing in all instances in which it is understandingly applied and unresistingly accepted. On the other hand, if we accept incurability as a fact, even in one instance, we deny the whole fabric of Christian Science and its authority in our thought.

Spiritual healing is not the outcome of a battle of powers—the power of God battling with the supposed power of evil and succeeding in some cases only. In Science, power is all on the side of Truth, without any qualifications. And there is no power at all on the side of error. To meet the claim of incurability, we need to be sure that we give total emphasis to the power of Truth, thus according no residue of power to discord.

A progressively spiritual approach to the claim of incurable disease strengthens our confidence in treating it; a totally spiritual approach to incurability imbues us with complete conviction. Total confidence in Truth is the perfect antidote for the supposed incurability of some states of mortal belief. Christian Science gives us the highest justification for unreserved conviction.

As we reason under the direction of Christian Science, we come to the conclusion that there are only two final options open to us: either God is omnipotent, all-power, or God is restricted in His authority and government, and so not God at all but a myth of a finite deity. Realizing that God, Truth, is indeed omnipotent, we establish perfect grounds for full confidence and conviction. This realization tips out uncertainty from our thought and cancels out incurability.

Additional confidence in dealing with what is labeled a hopeless case comes from an understanding that we are working under law and not with chance. Success is not speculative but sure.

These days, aircraft designers are so confident of their grasp of the laws of flight, of aerodynamics, and of physics generally that they design planes with full assurance that they will fly.

When Christ Jesus walked on the water, he had a full comprehension of and reliance on spiritual law as giving man dominion over the sense of a physical environment. He knew clearly that spiritual law is higher than apparent physical law, and that consequently he could do all that he really needed to do in particular circumstances—including walking on the water. He didn't wonder whether or not he could walk on the waves but understood why he could. Peter wondered, and sank.

In treating the so-called incurable problem we need complete assurance that we're working with God's law—His law of permanent health for man. This law, understood, gives us dominion over claims, suggestions, beliefs, appearances, and over matter-based diagnoses and prognoses. The perceptive study of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, combined with the living of what we learn there, gives us this certainty of divine lawfulness that overrules a lower sense of law.

Mortal mind has no changeless laws belonging to it, no laws it can apply. Problems labeled incurable are not backed up by actual law, and we need not be intimidated by the supposed laws of medicine or pathology or whatever. All law belongs to divine Principle. No law really attaches to material conditions of any kind to produce either unhealable sin or unhealable disease.

Consequently, in dealing with such a claim, Science and Health advises: "Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick."p. 390;

Each of us needs to handle the mesmeric claim of incurability regularly. And the claim is best quashed before it has seemed to manifest itself as an aspect of a problem. This is soundly done by clearly understanding the nothingness, the illusive nature, of disease itself, thus leaving nothing for the label of incurableness to adhere to. Disease, in belief, is just as much a mental state as is fear, its usual precondition. If disease were a material objective reality—termed either curable or incurable—it would not be within the scope of spiritually mental activity.

The supposititious resister of spiritual healing is animal magnetism. Animal magnetism argues that there really is life and intelligence in matter, that man is in matter, and that nothing can be done about it. Should we concede this point to it, mortal mind may then try to argue its case from instances of apparent failure of Truth to heal. This argument can only seem plausible to a materialized view of man, and unless we annul it, we may find ourselves thinking, "I knew somebody who had something that is supposed to be incurable, and who tried to overcome it spiritually, and I heard that they failed. Then, are some conditions incurable—even in Science?"

We must get down to fundamentals and strip the disguise from this misleading line of thought. Under the analysis of the Science of being, seeming failures are disclosed as passing mesmeric pictures, not actualities. If we're tempted by this particular line of mortal reasoning, we might ask ourselves, "Am I going to believe God, or am I going to believe material sense?"

It's material sense that insists that man is mortal, open to disease, illness, decay, death. Material sense lies. We don't have to believe its lies. In fact, we must be absolutely sure that we're not believing one of its lies. If, weakly, we believe in failure instead of challenging it on spiritual grounds, next time we give a treatment to ourselves or another we may not do as well as previously.

Christian Science is scientific. Our job is to conform our thought to Truth and to divine law, not to erratic human beliefs and images of mortality. Our job is not to fuss with pictures and shadows, no matter how real-seeming, but to know the truth and go on knowing it, in spite of what mortal mind is trying to depict as the reality.

The desire for more thorough and complete healing doesn't demand anything that we're not able to meet through genuine dedication. God will sustain our effort. The Bible assures us, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you" James 4:8; A seeming failure is not a time to doubt but a time to cultivate more conviction. A temporarily inadequate demonstration is not an occasion to despair but an opportunity to rise nearer to God. How? In the strength of Spirit. Understanding man, hence our real being, to be the reflection of Mind, we have the ability to transcend the argument of failure, and nothing can take away that ability.

To approach the so-called incurable with more assurance, we need to be clear what is going on, metaphysically, in healing. The outward sense of Christian Science practice is that a human being, endowed with a certain amount of spirituality and scientific understanding, is mentally treating someone else, some place else, who has an inadequate sense of God and His goodness and has some kind of problem because of it. We must look further, into the realism of the practice.

Mrs. Eddy writes, "Mind in every case is the eternal God, good."Science and Health, p. 415. This implies—human judgment notwithstanding—that there is truly no suffering, materialized, fearful, self-centered patient's mind in the case. Nor is there any tentative, struggling, limitedly spiritualized practitioner's mind in the case. But Mind, in every instance, is the eternal Mind, God. Though the human picture presents a practitioner helping a patient with an apparently resistant problem, what is really taking place, now and everywhere, is the one divine Mind knowing and glorying in its infinitude, perfection, and beauty, and holding man perpetually in its care.

In the realm of Mind and its idea—and in truth there is no other realm—there is no uncertain practitioner and no unresponding patient believing in incurability; but divine Mind is completely All, and is maintaining its allness, knowing no challenge. God and His allness is the essence, the substance, the beginning and the end, of the events that we describe humanly as Christian Science treatment and its resultant healing.

In this fully spiritual sense of the practice there are no real problems either curable or incurable; hence, neither successes nor failures. There are neither spiritualized nor materialized local consciousnesses. There is just the one divine consciousness, the eternal divine Ego.

Ultimately speaking, the claim of incurability doesn't have to be put out of consciousness, for the divine consciousness is the only actual consciousness, either of the practitioner or the patient. And by its very nature it always was and is impervious to all error. Error does not belong to consciousness, nor does consciousness belong to error, ever. Consciousness belongs to Mind, God, always.

Christian Science is profoundly encouraging. It is the Comforter promised by Christ Jesus. What could be more comforting than the revelation that God's man is flawless, sinless, diseaseless, now—especially when this revelation is accompanied by the explanation of its potential application by everyone willing to follow its leadings? To the Christ, the spiritual presence and power of God, there is no hopeless case, and we can begin proving so today.

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