From Boston to London to Singapore and beyond, people long to be free from disease, pain, fear, and suffering. Often without realizing it, what they seek is the understanding Christ Jesus promised when he said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). He spread this light not only through healing people of all kinds of diseases but also by teaching others how they too could heal. This was his legacy to the world.
Many people have felt the light of Christ in their lives and have been healed. Through understanding the Christ Science that Jesus demonstrated – the spiritual truth of God and His creation and the laws that govern creation – we too can find healing.
Mary Baker Eddy spent much of her early life struggling with invalidism before she discovered what she came to call Christian Science. In an autobiographical sketch she says that for 20 years she had been “trying to trace all physical effects to a mental cause; ....” Then, at a time when her life was in jeopardy from a serious injury, she discovered “how to be well myself, and how to make others so” (“Retrospection and Introspection,” p. 24). Mrs. Eddy’s growing understanding of God and her love for humanity enabled her to heal hundreds. Her discovery not only restored her health but also revealed the Science behind Jesus’ healing work.
In the years that followed, she endeavored to explain the spiritual basis for the physical and mental freedom that Christian Science provides. In her primary work, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” she states: “Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right” (p. 227).
The same freedom is present now for all of us, regardless of age, race, nationality, or circumstances. It involves comprehending spiritually how God has truly made us – spiritually, in His own image, expressing His perfect goodness in every way. This is the promise that awaits each of us. Each step we take thoughtfully and prayerfully will bring us home to the freedom and health that are already ours from God.
Adapted from an editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel.