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AN EDITORIAL

Healing and the nature of God

From the January 1991 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The understanding that it is a specific theology which makes possible the practice of Christian Science healing seems to dawn slowly for many of us. We're willing to turn to God, Spirit, for healing in time of physical need, but we're often more impressed with what we are doing than with the nature of the God to whom we are turning. Yet the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writing of Christ Jesus, states: "It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book [Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures] and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to 'forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.' " Science and Health, pp. 138–139.

Surprising as it might seem, growing up in Christian Science doesn't necessarily guarantee making a connection between theology and healing. Occasionally, as I recall, a Sunday School study assignment prodded my thought in the right direction. One that stands out was an assignment to memorize two sentences in Science and Health, the denominational textbook of Christian Science by Mrs. Eddy. The sentences were "There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause." Ibid., p. 207.

Perhaps the reason that I and my best friend from across the street succeeded in this formidable memorization project may have been that our teacher had told us of her own healing of tuberculosis through Christian Science. She explained how these sentences had played a major part in her own spiritual study and prayer and ultimate healing.

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