Q. Mary Baker Eddy says, “It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 84). Is there no Christian Scientist, or anyone else for that matter, who is in rapport with Mind enough to have known, and warned, that 9/11—or any other disaster in the world—was impending?
—A reader in Idaho, US
A: In the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus asked a woman of Samaria to draw water for him. During this encounter, Jesus tells her in detail of her past relationships, which included five husbands, and of her current relationship with a man not her husband. This information startles her, especially coming from a stranger. She tells others about it. “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (John 4:29).
While Jesus read people’s thoughts, it was for the sole purpose of healing. This “Mind-reading” was the opposite of clairvoyance and fortune-telling. Jesus recognized only one Mind—one Spirit, or God—and claimed this Mind as his own.