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A CURE FOR EVERY ILL

From the February 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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"With God all things are possible."  Matt 19:26. It's one of the most encouraging phrases in the Bible. When faced with a problem that seems difficult to cure, it's heartening to know that nothing can be too hard for God.

To cure is to restore health, soundness, or normality; to free from something harmful or objectionable; to remedy, correct. When something is considered incurable, it is presumed not likely to be changed or corrected. It's impossible, terminal, beyond hope, and beyond recall.

But who says something is incurable? It is not God who says it. Not the Christ, the healing activity of God. Nor is it man, the image and likeness of God, who makes such a statement.

It is only the carnal mind—the very opposite of divine Mind, or God—that would argue that something can be hopeless or beyond repair. The truth is that there can be no incurable illness. Why? Because an incurable problem is supposed to exist in a physical body. But the spiritual fact is that man—and that includes all of us—is not a physical body. The Bible says that man is the image and likeness of God. See Gen. 1:26 . And according to Science and Health, "Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science."  Science and Health, p. 475.

When we understand that man is incorporeal—that in actuality we have no physical body in which such a problem can exist, that our true identity is spiritual, dwelling in the allness of God, of Mind and Spirit—we see that harmony is our present and only state of being. The Bible says we live and move and have our being in Him, in God. See Acts 17:28 . That's where our true individuality exists. And in God, there can be nothing that is incurable or malignant.

The word malignant implies something evil. But evil does not exist in the creation of God. In the first chapter of Genesis, which is the record of this creation, there is no evil. There is only good. Every few verses it says that God saw what He had made and it was good. And at the end of the chapter it says that God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good. See Gen 1:31 . So there's nothing here to cause an incurable condition— whether it's illness, a broken-down relationship, poverty, or anything else.

How do we recognize this? How do we see and understand man's incorporeality? By using spiritual sense. Through this sense, which was given to each one of us by God, we can understand and be cognizant of the realm of Spirit. Mary Baker Eddy called spiritual sense "a conscious, constant capacity to understand God."
 Science and Health, p. 209. We all have that capacity. No one can say it's beyond them or too difficult for them. And this capacity—to be always conscious of the presence of good— counteracts the belief that anything malignant or incurable can exist.

So what does one do when faced with the pronouncement that they are suffering from a condition that is considered to be incurable? The first step is to remove the fear. And how do you remove it? The Bible says, "Perfect love casteth out fear." I John 4:18. That perfect love is God, is Love. And that Love is sufficient to cast out fear, because Love is infinite. It's omnipotent. It's omnipresent. The only knowledge that really exists is what Love knows. It's not the knowledge we get from a human verdict, from a human method, system, or science.

Divine Love is everywhere. It is given to all of God's children. And every individual that exists is a child of God. The Love that is God loves us all—regardless of time, age, circumstance, locality, or any other human consideration. There is nothing beyond divine Love, because it is infinite. And one can't ever say that there is a lack of Love or a dearth of it. Love just is Love, regardless of a human measurement.

One of my favorite hymns says,

All perfect gifts are from above,
And all our blessings show
The amplitude of God's dear love
Which every heart may know.  Laura Lee Randall, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 342 .

And every heart can know it, no matter how fearful that heart may be. It still can know the amplitude of God's dear love, which is present to eliminate the fear and open the way for healing.

Once the fear has been addressed, one can begin to focus on regeneration. This is the opposite of degeneration, which is what many of these so-called incurable conditions are supposed to cause or be caused by. But God doesn't cause degeneration. He brings regeneration, or newness of thought. Mrs. Eddy talked about rising into "newness of life with regeneration."  Science and Health, p. 24. She said "Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy."  lbid., p. 249. Think of that: Rise into newness of life. It's rising, not sinking. Rising into newness of life through the divine energy of Spirit.

This is what an acquaintance of mine did when a member of her family was told that he had a malignancy and that one of his organs would have to be removed. This woman, a student of Christian Science, refused to accept that verdict. She prayed earnestly to know the allness of God, good, where there can't be anything evil. She decided she was not going to let any concept of evil enter her thought—not even the slightest little irritation with anyone, annoyance with anyone, impatience, nothing bad at all. She was going to keep her thought filled only with goodness—and not just human goodness, but God's goodness.

The Bible says we live and move and have our being in Him, in God. And in God, there can be nothing that is incurable or malignant.

She approached this really earnestly, with dedication and persistence. Then, after a week or so, one of the man's doctors thought that a particular pathology test should be repeated by a well-known specialist in that subject. And when that was done, it was reported to be absolutely normal. There wasn't a single abnormal cell at all. And that man is fine, even today. It's some years later now, and there has been no recurrence of the condition. He was completely healed.

What this woman experienced was regeneration. Through spiritual sense, by seeing only the goodness of God, she allowed her thought to be lifted by Spirit into a new conception of life. And accepting God's goodness in its totality was like recognizing the presence of light, in which the darkness of something evil simply cannot exist.

It didn't take long. It didn't have to take long. After all, Christ Jesus healed anything that came to him promptly and completely. A man who'd been paralyzed for 38 years? Jesus promptly cured him. And Jesus told his followers that they could do the same.

Does this sound too simple? The fact is, Truth is simple. It is entirely good, uncomplicated by evil in any form. The arrogance of the human intellect has to be abandoned, and with utter humility are we required to accept the purity and power of Truth. We accept this from the depths of our being, where we are face to face with God alone.

There's no fear that Love can't allay, no pain that Love can't dissolve, no ill that Love can't cure. Love can and will cure it—promptly and completely. Love can cure it today. ♦

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