In Niagara: A History of the Falls Pierre Berton recounts that Charles Blondin (whom Mary Baker Eddy refers to on page 199 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) crossed the Niagara Falls Gorge on a tightrope many times. On different occasions, partway across he cooked himself breakfast, did a backward somersault, balanced on a chair. He crossed blindfolded, at night, and carried his business manager across piggyback style. He did all that by knowing that he could.
Regarding knowing that you can pray effectively, Jesus said: “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). Knowing that you can bring harmony to every human situation—that you can heal sin and sickness through prayer—is key to following Jesus in this way.
The awesome fact that there is nothing apart from God supports your healing work. Though it may require much spiritual growth to demonstrate this fact fully, we have a right to know that we are knowing that God is all because we reflect His understanding of this metaphysical truth.
Of course, in reality, there is no error to oppose good. But to be a genuine Christian Scientist you must meet the argument that you can’t heal spiritually. Your branch church, as well as the Christian Science movement, progresses only as that argument is mastered in individual consciousness.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote: “Hold perpetually this thought,—that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being” (Science and Health, p. 496). Healing must result from our knowing constantly that we can heal and from living consistently with that holy consciousness.
There might be a thousand suggestions of why you can’t heal the sick —Christian Science healing doesn’t occur with the same frequency as earlier; much emphasis on physical medicine works against spiritual healing; you haven’t yielded to God enough in daily life; you didn’t heal something yesterday. But those thoughts, not truly yours, would represent error fighting for its very suppositional life—suppositional because no matter what the argument might be, error has no reality, legitimacy, or power to oppose harmony.
Take courage, every Church member! Always remember that we are all called to follow Jesus by healing, and that God’s law of harmony empowers you in this sacred work.
Lyle Young is a member of the Christian Science Board of Directors and also Clerk of The Mother Church.