Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

More Than Just Faith Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

More Than Just Faith Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I recently attended a talk in which a speaker discussed the value of religion in daily life. He emphasized that religion had social and emotional value. He went on to say that some people naturally embrace religious beliefs and some naturally don't. He then concluded by saying that it is the intensity of one's faith that determines one's health - not so much what you have faith in.

I've learned that there is much more to religion than its social and emotional value, as important as these are. And religious beliefs do have an impact on health. But those who have actually been healed spiritually, and who have healed others, needed more than an emotional high or intense faith. They needed a clear sense of their unbreakable link to God.

Not long ago, a close friend of mine confessed to me that she had been attending a different church from the one she was brought up in. She finally and quietly said to me: "To tell you the honest truth, the reason I've started attending these other services, is the music. I get a high from it, and sometimes I don't come down until Thursday! It makes me feel good." But she came around to admitting that she was never healed during the services, or through someone praying for her at this church, the way she had been at her former church. And these days she's stopped focusing on musical highs. My friend can tell you of many healings she's had through deepening her spiritual understanding of God - healings of injuries from being bitten by a horse, of sickness, of relationship problems, and even of business difficulties. Each time, she was able to turn to God, trust in Him, and be healed. It's becoming clearer to her that when she is between a rock and a hard place, a spiritual understanding of God is the real healing tool. To understand God means to be aware of His nature, as well as of our relationship with Him. In fact, the more we know of God, the more we know of our true selves. "God created man in his own image" (Gen. 1:27). Spiritually understanding that God is all good all of the time helps us see that we are good because we reflect Him. …

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