Another Approach to the Stem-Cell Debate ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Today's debate on stem-cell research reminds us how intense the search for relief from pain and disease continues to be. Just as the ancient alchemist searched for the elixir of life, the research scientist searches for a cure for disease today.

The need remains urgent. Fewer people are willing to accept the orthodox counsel to endure suffering today in order to reap the promise of bliss hereafter. Many more feel certain that an answer exists, that a cure can be found. History teaches us that many virulent diseases of the past have been conquered. But sad to say they have been replaced by others. Life expectancy may be longer today, but the incidence of disease is not decreasing.

The search continues and sometimes leads people to look for answers in unexpected directions. That was certainly the case for Mary Baker Eddy, the author of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and the Discoverer of Christian Science.

She suffered from serious ill health for several decades. She and her family explored all the options they could find and/or afford. Sometimes she found temporary relief, but not a lasting cure. Writing about this long search and its disappointments, she explained: "The author's medical researches and experiments had prepared her thought for the metaphysics of Christian Science. Every material dependence had failed her in her search for truth; and she can now understand why, and can see the means by which mortals are divinely driven to a spiritual source for health and happiness" (page 152).

Not helped by medicine, Mrs. Eddy continued to turn with Job- like determination to the Bible, and to prayer, for an answer. She was convinced that the God she knew, the God she believed in, could not be unmerciful. She was sure that God would not cause pain and would not permit it to be inflicted on His children. As no human parent would do this, how could the divine Parent permit this?

Searching the Bible inspired her to view life from an entirely different perspective. She was healed of the ills that had plagued her for so many years, and learned that we have to divorce ourselves from the view that life is formed and governed by the flesh, and instead to embrace the idea that life is spiritual, formed and governed by God. …