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From the September 2007 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When a person decides to go into the public practice of Christian Science healing, he or she is a messenger of freedom and love. The suggestion, whether it's internal or comes from someone else, that it is too early or too late to go into the public practice is really just a false resistance to the Christ—to the healing message that frees humanity from sin, sickness, and death. This resistance comes in the form of seemingly legitimate concerns, such as: "I have a family to feed"; "I have a business to run"; "I don't know enough about this Science to help others"; or "I can't even heal my own problems."

All of these concerns relate to a personal sense of things. By that term, I mean focusing on our personal ability to do something, for example, to earn a living or to heal, instead of focusing on the nature and power of God. One of the most wonderful things in the theology of Christian Science is the emphasis on turning away from our own or another's individual personality, and instead turning our attention solely to God, to divine Principle. We're never healed by a person, whether that person is Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy, or even the practitioner whom we've called to support us in prayer. What an uplifting truth!

The Christian Science practitioner realizes that God's plan or purpose for humanity includes freedom and health through spiritual means alone. From Noah to Joseph to Ruth to Jesus, we learn that when someone becomes conscious of and obedient to God's plan, he or she is given the practical ways and means to fulfill this plan. God would not require us to devote our lives to Him and then deprive us of financial supply.

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