Our greatest opportunity

Healing in Christian Science not only includes cures for our ills, but also transforms the way we see the world around us and opens the door to even greater good.

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I’ve had some wonderful opportunities in my life, such as being able to go to college and to do some world travel. But since learning about Christian Science, I’ve begun to pursue an opportunity that I find far eclipses any other: the opportunity to gain a more spiritual view of life.

In the late 1800s, a devout Christian by the name of Mary Baker Eddy discovered a scientific approach to Christianity that enables its followers to prove the presence, power, and goodness of God through healing of disease, sins, and other troubles. She named it Christian Science, and it’s based on what Jesus taught and demonstrated 2,000 years ago.

And while it’s a wonderful thing to be cured of a disease, Christian Science offers something even bigger, too – an opportunity that’s embedded in the healing process.

Years ago I had a number of warts on my hands. They sure bothered me, and while there were means for having them removed medically, I was interested in taking this Christian healing approach. My previous experience had shown me that when a problem is healed through prayer in Christian Science, the problem doesn’t return. Also, I find that such prayer leads to a deeper understanding of our nature as it relates to God, and consequently experiencing more of the good that this includes.

Whether we have a problem at the moment or not, there is a subject here that’s worth exploring. Throughout the Bible, and especially in Jesus’ teachings, there’s a message of God and His creation being of a spiritual and not material nature. The book of John explains that “God is a Spirit” (4:24) and “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (1:4). So the essential, eternal identity of everything is spiritual and perfect like God, and all creation expresses qualities such as intelligence, purpose, and health.

This is more than an intellectual consideration. It points us to an escape from the imperfections, troubles, calamities of matter. We have the innate capacity to know and express in our lives the good news of our flawless, eternal nature as children of God.

That’s what I experienced with those warts, which all disappeared over a period of a few days as a result of a beautiful breakthrough in prayer. I gained more of an awareness of my life in God, and the warts never returned. (You can read more about this healing in my testimony “Prayer took me somewhere I’d never been before” in the Christian Science Sentinel.)

Making a commitment to spiritual growth brings great security, healing, and full opportunity. In her writings, Mrs. Eddy explains the way, and much of it is very pleasant in terms of looking within divine consciousness to know the Love and Spirit that are God and the basis of life.

Sometimes it can seem tougher or more radical. For instance, in Mrs. Eddy’s book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” she urges, “Deny the existence of matter, and you can destroy the belief in material conditions” (p. 368). Denying and doing what denies matter as the substance of our true nature can seem pretty revolutionary. But limits, conditions, processes of matter are not part of what the divine Spirit has put in place. Committing to denying matter or the material view of existence leads the way to healing and freedom even beyond the problem at hand. This is the opportunity to be found in a purely spiritual approach to a problem, which brings about the fullest good for all involved.

Our world today is suffering in a number of ways. And maybe to help us stay motivated to be of help to others, we can see the situation as being a need and even an opportunity to see past material conditions in our lives and discover the spiritual reality. This glorifies our divine creator and opens the door to so much good.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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