'Christian Science: What It Is and Isn't'
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The Bible tells us that man is the image of God. So if we define God as Mind, it is logical to think of ourselves as ideas in Mind -- individual, unique. We are indestructible, as eternal as God, as incorruptible as the Mind that is our source and substance.Skip to next paragraph
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Let me show you how this translates into practical experience. About six years ago a young woman in her first job as a physical education instructor at a university was suddenly stricken by a painful and incapacitating illness. She underwent a series of hospital tests, and her illness was diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, but it didn't respond to the drugs normally used. So they sent her home to wait and see what would develop. The qualities inherent in man's identity
Now, her sister was engaged to a young Christian Scientist, and he urged her to try Christian Science. ''It couldn't hurt,'' he said. You may recall that I am in the healing practice of Christian Science. So, when the young woman decided to investigate this Science for herself, her sister's fiance brought her to see me. She came struggling on two walking sticks, her face twisted in pain. We didn't talk of disease, we spoke about God. She said she was ''turned off'' from religion. She wasn't sure she believed in God.
We talked together, then, of God in the terms that I mentioned earlier, particularly the ones she could easily relate to. She certainly believed in Life , in Love. God as Mind she could accept. It was clear to her that an absolute intelligence could not tolerate unintelligent interference with its orderly functions. We realized that perfection is an essential element of immortality, so the Life that is God must be perfect Life. Health, activity, vitality are inherent in Life and are, therefore, forever inherent in man's identity as the spiritual qualities he expresses.
As she realized the naturalness of this approach to health -- this going to the source of life for an improved sense of life -- my young friend simply lit up. What was happening here was that as she began to glimpse a more correct view of God, and to identify herself as a loved child of God, His express image, as the Bible says, then she began to feel the activity of the Christ. She glowed with the recognition that even now something good was going on, and I knew we could trust the operation of God's law. That was a Monday. On Thursday of the same week her sister was married, and I was invited to the wedding. My young friend was bridesmaid. She walked with grace, stood all evening, and walked unaided down a small flight of steps on leaving. Less than four weeks later she led a group of students in a five-mile hike, which included a mountain climb. Her teaching contract, which had been in jeopardy, was renewed, and she is still enjoying her work at the university and a happy marriage of her own.
Really, a clear-cut healing of this sort hints at the answer to the next question, but it is a question that deserves thoughtful consideration, so let's have a look at it.
In this modern world, where men of science are performing unheard-of feats, how can we reasonably use the word ''science'' in connection with religion? Look at what biologists are doing. They have actually begun to rearrange the material of organic life at its most fundamental level. What about space travel? Do you remember how far away the planets were when most of us were in school? And now how near. What about meteorology? What about the fabulous advances in the world of physics? Isn't this an exciting time to be alive? And don't you think of this era as the most advanced in mankind's history?