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Christian Science healing: not inexplicable, not a miracle

From the July 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Many years ago, long before I knew anything about Christian Science, I opened the sash window in my bedroom, and the sash cord broke. The window came crashing down on my hands, trapping both my thumbs. I attempted to move it with my chin, but it was impossible, as the window was very heavy. I shouted for help, but I was in the house alone and there was no one who could hear. I felt absolutely desperate and found myself shouting out loud with a yearning heart, “Oh God, please help me!”

Almost immediately, I found my thumbs were suddenly free. There were dents in them initially, but those soon disappeared, and I suffered no lasting injuries. That was a great relief to me, since I was studying piano performance at the time.

There is a Science behind spiritual healing.

I really didn’t understand how it was that I had been freed—it just seemed inexplicable, like a miracle, in response to my heartfelt plea to God. Like many people, perhaps, I had always thought that God sometimes intervened on the material scene and helped and healed us. In hindsight I see the freeing of my thumbs as an indication we can all benefit from God’s loving care when we turn to Him with our whole heart, because even if we are not aware of it, God is with every one of us, at all times. The incident also pointed toward the insubstantiality of matter, which clearly hadn’t behaved as would have seemed inevitable according to material law.

A number of years later, after taking up the study of Christian Science, I came to understand that God is Love, that things that “are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27), and that matter is indeed insubstantial, because substance is in reality spiritual, not material.

And I learned there is a Science behind spiritual healing—divine Science—so that what might seem like a miracle to human sense is really the natural evidence of God, our heavenly Father, caring for His children. God knows us only as He created us—as His perfect, spiritual offspring—and is tenderly watching over us at all times. This Bible-based Science is explained by its Discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which states: “The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science” (p. 494).

Studying this book brought to my attention the significance of there being two distinct accounts of creation in the book of Genesis, and it was really enlightening to realize that they cannot both be true, as they are exact opposites. The first account (chapter 1) states that God’s work was spiritual, finished, and that it was very good. On the other hand, as Science and Health explains, the second account (chapter 2) is material, not spiritual, and its purpose is to teach us “never to believe a lie” (p. 540). That is, what we are seeing or experiencing from a material standpoint is not what God, who is Spirit, made, because God couldn’t make anything unlike Spirit, His own substance; and therefore, such material conceptions don’t have any real existence.

So rather than believing what the material senses are declaring, we should look deeper, to the spiritual fact of what our dear Father-Mother God is knowing and manifesting. This enables us to see, in our own lives, evidence of the goodness of God’s creation.

On this spiritual basis, Christ Jesus performed many healing works. Some consider these works to be miracles, but the divine Principle was underlying them. Jesus saw man through his God-bestowed spiritual sense. And his understanding of the spiritual facts of being naturally dissolved the illusions of the material senses, which presented man as a mortal, with all the claims of sickness and sinfulness that includes.

For instance, Jesus once healed a man whose hand had withered (see Mark 3:1–5). Commenting on this healing, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Jesus stooped not to human consciousness, nor to the evidence of the senses. He heeded not the taunt, ‘That withered hand looks very real and feels very real;’ but he cut off this vain boasting and destroyed human pride by taking away the material evidence” (Unity of Good, p. 11). How did he take it away? By seeing man through his God-bestowed spiritual sense.

When we sincerely yearn to understand our Father-Mother God better, we come to see more clearly what we really are as divine Love’s spiritual creation.

The eternal spiritual reality Jesus witnessed and evidenced in this way can be discerned by every one of us through the spiritual sense we each have been given by God. This is far from blind faith. It is learning, step by step, how and why we can trust in God, and building upon a growing understanding of the true nature of God and His perfect idea, man (meaning all of us). This enables us to find healing not only for ourselves but also for our fellow man, and to learn that such healings are not supernatural happenings; they eliminate illusions by bringing to light man’s true, God-bestowed perfection, which false material beliefs have seemed to reverse.

If we are thinking of ourselves as nothing more than mortals living in a material world and separate from God, we may find ourselves facing problems for which we can find no solution, where there seems to be no way out. 

But according to Psalms, if we call upon God when we are in trouble, He will answer us (see 86:7). When we sincerely yearn to understand our Father-Mother God better, we come to see more clearly what we really are as divine Love’s spiritual creation, and we find that God is able to deliver us from material woes. So we don’t need to hope for miracles; we can heed this promise, also in Psalms: “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (91:14, 15).

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