'Christian Science: What It Is and Isn't'
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But have you ever considered Jesus' record in the areas we've mentioned? Have you ever thought of him as a Scientist? Jesus, through his exemplification of the Christ, demonstrated the availability and supremacy of spiritual law. He instantly changed the condition and function of organic life by his healings. He stilled a storm instantly. Meteorologists can't do that yet! Jesus instantly multiplied a handful of food to meet the demands of a temporary population explosion. Do you think it was quite sane for him to face more than 5,000 hungry people with a few loaves and fishes? It certainly wasn't if you accept material evidence as final and authoritative. But Jesus accepted no authority but God, no substance but Spirit, no measure but infinity. He proved that we can have dominion over our environment through spiritual power alone. What has been demonstrated, clearly, is not impossible. God's control demonstratedSkip to next paragraph
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At one time I was challenged to prove the scientific reliability of the Christly method of healing. When our daughters were early high school age, we moved into a new home with property that backed onto a wooded area that included a lake. When we first saw the place, we envisioned walking in the woods, and we did actually take a couple of walks before we discovered that those woods were infested with water moccasins. So, of course, that area was off limits.
Our yard had been sown in grass, which had grown up but hadn't been cut. After school one day one of the girls decided that she would mow the lawn. It was a monumental job, and after watching her begin it and wondering how long her enthusiasm would last, I went indoors to get on with my work. Perhaps an hour had gone by when she came into my room. She said, ''Mama, a snake bit me.'' She showed me the puncture on her leg. And here I have to tell a story on myself. There aren't any snakes in New Zealand where I grew up, and, quite frankly, on more than one occasion I had wondered just what I would do if I were confronted by a situation like this. She was a young teen-ager, certainly old enough to make her own decision in this matter, so I asked her if she would like me to take her to the hospital. She looked at me astonished, and said, ''No. You can take care of it, can't you?'' Well, now I had some questions to answer.
I knew that Christian Science derives its sanction from the Bible and from the life and teachings of Jesus, but was I sure that a healing of this kind was not the exclusive domain of saints and prophets? Was it sane to trust the life of my precious child to God? Was it safe?