One simple truth and a whole lot of convincing

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 Paul also assured us that God works with us; and the Bible, Mrs. Eddy’s writings, and all the Christian Science periodicals can be our “guardians in the gloom” (Science and Health, p. 174). Even when healing has not come, all these pages and pages of writings assure us that healing is coming. It is impossible that we will not inevitably see the beautiful creation that God forever knows and calls good.

 

One simple truth and a whole lot of convincing

By Mark Sappenfield

from The Christian Science Journal

 

Christian Science healing is remarkably simple. We just need to know some basic truths to practice it: God is Spirit; God is All; and we are His image and likeness—His witnesses. There may in fact be nothing more we should need to learn or understand for healing.

But . . . is that explanation satisfying to you? Is that really all there is to it? If that is all we need to know in order to heal, you might ask, why do we have entire books about Christian Science and volumes of periodicals, such as this one, expounding on the subject? If St. Paul implored us not to be “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3), and Jesus instructed that we need only be faithful over “a few things” (Matthew 25:21), why do we feel a need to know and read more?

At-one-ment with God (which brings healing) requires the destruction of our belief in separation. That means the destruction of sin, disease, and death—anything that makes us think we are separate from God. This requires a mental shift only. Healing really needs nothing more than this. The thought that there is more to be done—that matter must be dosed or treated or consulted—is entanglement in what mortal mind says brings healing.

To attempt healing by any other way than the one Jesus showed—wholehearted, honest protests of God’s goodness and nearness (see Science and Health, p. 12)—is to invite personal smugness to take the place of Truth in our thought, to give sway to self-justification. This would attempt to make man the healer and God the client, as though God dispensed with His grace at the behest of man. Truth is the reverse. Man is healed at the behest of God, and not otherwise, for man is God’s eternal witness of His goodness. We cannot really lay claim to heal by Christian Science without following one of its central teachings—consecration to the will of God, which is always good.

This, not surprisingly, takes work. I’m finding I’m just beginning to understand how much. It took the Israelites generations to be ready for the full appearing of the Christ, and we generally need to put in hard work before we arrive at the point where our understanding of our true selves—the eternal coming of the Christ—is instant and spontaneous. Paul acknowledged this when he said we must “work out [our] own salvation” (Philippians 2:12), and Mrs. Eddy echoed it in saying it is our job to “work out” our solutions, just as we would in mathematics (Science and Health, p. 3).

 

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