Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, – God’s law. It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority (S&H 381:27).
Mary Baker Eddy
Although I am a lifelong Christian Scientist, I had chosen surgery because my work required physical activity, my spiritual understanding seemed inadequate to heal the condition (even after years of prayer), I had been told it would never heal itself, and I felt the situation fell under the surgical category that Mary Baker Eddy described on pages 401 and 402 of Science and Health. However, both operations were unsuccessful, and the last doctor told me another operation would be more harmful than the existing condition—so I might as well just live with the problem.
The decision to “be what I would be if I were healed” was the result of the understanding I had gained from a previous healing, as well as what I was currently learning. Years before when serving in the Navy, I had been given added duties that I felt were burdensome and boring. A Christian Science lecturer had stated that the prayer “to be” was always answered, while the prayer “to get” was never answered—since “getting” implied God had left something undone, while “being” is an affirmation of God’s present perfection. The idea that God’s work is complete had resonated with me and I started “being” the spiritual qualities I would be if I were doing a job I loved. I soon found myself enjoying the extra duties without any sense of burden or boredom.
Since this healing I find the Bible and Science and Health replete with illustrations of the idea of “being” versus “becoming.” One notable example is Jesus’ healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda, in which Jesus simply asked the man if he would be made whole—rather than helping the man into the pool in order for him to be made whole. Two more are found in these passages from Science and Health: “The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea” (p. 90), and “We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being” (p. 264). I’ve also paid close attention to “the scientific statement of being” (rather than “becoming”) from page 468 of Science and Health. In mathematics, two plus two isn’t “becoming” four, two plus two is four. Likewise, in absolute Christian Science man isn’t “becoming” God’s image and likeness, man is God’s image and likeness.
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A clearer understanding of what it means to be God’s reflection brings physical healing to this author.