God and Health

THE subject of health is one that concerns everyone. Can God be of any help with this problem? The Bible assures us that He can! In it there are many references to God's promises of health for His people. Not only Christ Jesus, but Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Paul, and others healed through prayer alone, sometimes even restoring to life those who had died.

What did these spiritual leaders know and teach that made such a profound difference to people's lives? And can such concepts bring healing in today's world? The answers to these and similar questions are inherently religious in nature. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, found that God's healing power is indeed available to us today. She recorded her discovery of God's law in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a book which helps us learn more about God, who, as the Psalmist tells us, ``healeth all thy diseases." This increased understanding of God brings healing, and Christian Science has a remarkable record of healing people for several generations. This is testimony to Jesus' promise ``Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

I can attest to God's healing power in regard to heart problems. Several years ago, after playing tennis quite strenuously, I suddenly felt near collapse. My heart began racing and I felt I was losing consciousness. My opponent had already left, so I was alone. I reached out to God as Life itself--as my Life. Christian Science had taught me through the years how to challenge physical problems of various sorts quickly through the power of God, infinite Spirit. I affirmed that as God's man, His creation, I

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am spiritual and perfect. I knew I live in God's care and that the same power that resurrected Jesus after the crucifixion was there for me then because God is ever present. The attack receded and I showered and dressed. But I was left with a great sense of trepidation. I was confident, however, that even this lingering fear could be healed through prayer.

As I prayed and studied the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings, one particular statement in Science and Health stood out. It's where she says, ``Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God." Over the next few weeks, whenever I listened to the radio or watched television, I was amazed at the frequency of the reports about disease--especially heart problems and related illnesses. With each report I would begin to fear a return of the trouble. I quickly saw that ma terially based thoughts resulted in fear and disease and that they had to be exchanged for Godlike thoughts. I resolved to be more careful about what I was thinking.

After much prayer along these lines, I felt ready to resume my normal activities. Even though there were several times when the unpleasant symptoms attempted to return, each time I was able to respond without fear. Gradually, over a period of several months, the difficulty faded away and I was completely free.

Many challenging questions are being asked today as individuals and families seek better means for health care. One sure answer is that God's help is always at hand. Accepting God's care may call for revolutionary thinking, but as we are willing to turn to God, we find that He is a sure and trustworthy help. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health: ``I have never supposed the world would immediately witness the full fruitage of Christian Science, or that sin, disease, and death would not be believed for a n in-definite time; but this I do aver, that, as a result of teaching Christian Science, ethics and temperance have received an impulse, health has been restored, and longevity increased. If such are the present fruits, what will the harvest be, when this Science is more generally understood?"

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