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Medical test results reversed

From the June 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Early in my career with the United States Navy, while in the process of reporting to my first submarine, I had to undergo a physical examination. I had gone through several such exams for the Navy at this point, which I viewed as something the military required to ascertain that I was healthy enough to do my job. But as a Christian Scientist, I knew that health actually has nothing to do with bodily conditions; it is a spiritual quality that belongs to each of us as God’s creation. 

I understood my true identity to be the reflection, or expression, of God
—something a physical exam cannot define or capture. So I was not concerned when the squadron medical officer told me my lab results indicated a potential problem with my prostate. I mentally declared that a medical exam could not reveal anything about my true spiritual nature, which is always perfect. It was important to me to demonstrate the healing efficacy of Christian Science, so I declined the prescription the medical officer gave me and told her I wanted to rely on prayer to resolve this situation. I then left to return to my submarine.

But the medical officer was concerned that I was defying her authority and undermining her responsibility for the health of everyone in the squadron. By the time I stepped back on board my submarine, she had called my executive officer, who was waiting for me. He listened to my explanation of the situation and made a call to the squadron chaplain. My commanding officer also expressed concern that I would not follow a medical regimen if he deemed it necessary for crew safety while at sea. It seemed that my challenge had grown from a lab analysis of a minor abnormality to having upset my superiors, thus starting my submarine assignment on the wrong foot.

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