'Healing Under the Law and the Gospel'
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A young Christian Scientist had a very unpleasant skin problem. Acne seemed common among people of her age, and she had accepted this false view as law, strongly endorsed by medical theories.Skip to next paragraph
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The first step was to turn away from observing the physical trouble and to see herself in all her purity and perfection as God's spiritual idea. She felt supported by her understanding that man's nature is guiltless. She became imbued with the idea of the universality of purity. She realized that purity of thought and action as a spiritual quality was bestowed by God, not only on her but on His whole creation.
In a very short time the acne disappeared, and there were no scars. This person told me recently that she wasn't specifically searching for physical healing - though she didn't like the skin problem. But she was divinely impelled to search for man's innocence and purity.
As you can see, healing in Christian Science is initiated as we perceive spiritual perfection, not only in ourselves but in all, seeing it as the real and only identity of man. This opens our thought to the power of God and the perfection of man. Then the Christ, God's healing idea, removes any sense of suffering, or punishment.
In ''Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'' Mrs. Eddy says, ''In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal'' (p. 337).
Everyone needs to be spiritually guided in order to conform to God's requirements and express man's legitimate innocence. And this guidance, as I've said before, is found in the Ten Commandments.
We've talked about the first commandment and our need to be always led by Spirit, God. How about the other commandments? It is possible to apply every commandment to every aspect of our life.
''Thou shalt not steal'' (Ex. 20:15), for example, directs us not only to refrain from taking other people's possessions and rights, but also not to rob ourselves of moral and spiritual rights conferred to us by God - to protect our innocence and purity.
Let's take the fifth commandment, ''Honour thy father and thy mother'' (Ex. 20:12). It's accepted as law that one's childhood environment determines his later mental and physical characteristics. But this belief causes needless suffering. I'm convinced it's more natural to get rid of impositions stemming from that belief by working for our own spiritual regeneration than to blame our parents for our present shortcomings.
Fulfilling the law ''Honour thy father and thy mother'' certainly includes being grateful for what most parents do for their children. We can be grateful for their dedication, tenderness, and protection, for their efforts to provide us with shelter and education to the best of their ability. Those who feel they aren't or weren't properly provided for by their parents may need to express deep compassion and forgiveness in order to obey this commandment. Such qualities emanate from divine Love. Pursuing regeneration, not punishment.
Our forgiveness, compassion, or gratitude should be impelled by our understanding that God is good, therefore good is ever present, independent of human personalities. No matter what seems to have happened in the past, nobody, in reality, can be deprived of the shelter and care of our only real Father-Mother - God, infinite Love.
Obeying all the commandments of the divine law, we become genuine followers of that perfect model, Christ Jesus, the highest human manifestation of spiritual innocence and purity ever to walk the earth.