“The Next Big Decision on Health Care . . .”

Christian Science Committees on Publication Manager Russ Gerber has written an insightful piece about watching our thought to maintain our health. It’s aptly titled, The Next Big Decision On Health Care May Be Your Own. You can read it here.

A Pew study found that about 80% of internet searches are on the subject of health. The correlation of thought to health is well established in the Bible. For example, Jesus said “The kingdom of God is within you.” This might perhaps be paraphrased today as “Health and holiness, which come from God, are in your thinking and prayers.” Scriptures also state that God is the countenance of our health. As we increase our understanding of God, we can establish wholesome health on a spiritual basis.

Another Pew study found that about 50% of us turn to prayer to improve our well being. Much of this prayer is mixed with medical care, yet studies have found that inspired prayers for health are beneficial.

In his book, The Healing Power of Prayer, Duke University professor and physician Dr. Harold Koenig, M.D. writes, “Over five hundred studies have now documented correlations between religious practices like prayer and better health. I have also seen the powerful effects of faith in the lives of my patients, and what a tremendous difference prayer has made in their healing – physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. There is power in prayer – there is little doubt about that.” (p. 19)

New Hampshire native Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, also wrote a book about prayer and health. Eddy titled it Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures because she discovered the spiritual basis of true health from her study of the Bible, and found that this God-given health can be scientifically demonstrated. Through consistent healing of almost every disease known to mankind by herself and by her students, Eddy proved that prayer is more than an art.

Christian Science teaches that we can to turn to Mind, God, rather than matter to establish health. As Russ Gerber clearly points out, we must watch our thought, what we are thinking, to protect our well-being. This watchful thinking is much more than positive thinking. It’s spiritual thinking of Godly thoughts that inspire Godlike actions.

Metaphysically speaking, health is an attribute of God that is manifested through man. God is healthy and man is healthy. Science and Health tells us how to pray from the mountaintop of reality: “Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.” (p. 418)

This is something that we can all do. Years ago I had an asthma condition that restricted my movements considerably. I had difficulty climbing the stairs in our three story Victorian home. Yet I can honestly say that I was not afraid, even when it seemed like I was on my last breath. I knew God would heal this condition because “Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind [God].” (ibid, p. 120)

I asked an experienced Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. We prayed to realize the ever-presence of God’s perfect health and to reject any claim of physiology that would try to undermine or contradict my health. We learned more clearly that divine Mind, God, is all acting. I had the courage to go for a walk, and eventually some of those walks stretched into miles. Soon I was healed.

Is it any wonder, when we consider the effectiveness of spiritual healing, that these words of the Psalmist are so dear to Christian Scientists?

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.” (Ps. 103:2-6)

3 responses to ““The Next Big Decision on Health Care . . .”

  1. I just caught your article in the Patch and Huffpost. I must agree that people must have the right to decide themselves as to their healthcare.

    My wife and I got married 15 years ago, she was practicing CS and had been all of her life, as well as both her parents in Concord, NH. Jean was the finest person I ever met in my life, and I credit it to her outlook on life and her following of her own beliefs. She worked at the Mother Church in Boston for over 35 years, and was also a graduate of UNH.

    Unfortunately, she contracted melanoma cancer and passed away in 2008. I have had exposure to CS in Sunday school when I was young, so I had some knowledge of medical issues in the church. By the time I did get her to the medical world, the cancer had spread to her spine and she was paralyzed and remained that way until death 1 yr later.

    I always respected her decision to use prayer in healthcare, but I still struggle with how to deal with her death. Since she had melanoma cancer, it would have been lethal anyway. Her doc admitted (honestly) that the disease was lethal and there was no real treatment that would save her life.

    I have had my life saved and extended by the medical world 2 times, but the time will come when they won’t be able to. So, without doubt, people should have the right to select their own destiny!

    • newhampshire@compub.org

      John, thanks for your comments about dear Jean. My mom’s name also is Jeanne. She’s on the other side of the door too. I believe that we will see Jean and Jeanne again because I have faith that Life doesn’t end with death. Jesus proved this in his healing ministry 2000 years ago and John’s Gospel helps to explain it to us in detail. In summary, Jesus said that they are not dead – they are alive! God bless.

  2. newhampshire@compub.org

    Texas Committee, Keith Wommack, wrote a similar blog with some very interesting references:

    http://texashealthblog.com/2012/06/25/key-factor-to-health-your-thought/

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