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Spiritual reasoning leads to healing

From the January 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One might say that Christ Jesus was a kind of celebrity in his day. People flocked to see him. Some devoted followers. Some curiosity seekers. When Jesus healed a paralyzed man, he’d been preaching to a full audience. Friends of the paralyzed man lowered him into the room through the roof. He was quickly healed, and then he got up and moved about freely (see Luke 5:17–26). Some in the audience probably cheered for joy!        

How was such healing accomplished? Christ Jesus, the Son of God, was so at-one with God, the Father, that he must have naturally understood that disease actually had nothing to do with the paralyzed man, since the Bible tells us that man is made in God’s image and likeness. Christian Science teaches that what had to be healed weren’t really muscles, bones, or nerves. Instead, what was needed was a reversal of the false reasoning that claimed to undermine flexibility, movement, and normal functioning.

Was such healing reserved only for Jesus? In a statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, emphasizes our capability to heal and be healed: “The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: ‘He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;’ . . .” (p. 52).

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