Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Women and Health

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Women and Health

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THE discussion about equality of the sexes is turning now to include health. Is health care for women getting as much attention as men's health? This is a question that public and private agencies are asking as they try to redress what some advocates see as a health-care gap between the sexes.

In light of this current issue, it is interesting to think about women and healing in Christ Jesus' time. The gospel accounts show Jesus' healing of women to have been substantial. There was no prejudice toward one gender in the redemption and healing he brought to people.

Why do we seem to have trouble today living up to the standard of impartial love and healing that Jesus set for his followers? Perhaps it is because we aren't giving the same devotion that he did to the things of God. Jesus' understanding of the nature of God and man went far beyond the traditional belief of men and women as unequal. When he said, as he healed the crippled woman, "Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? he was declaring her to be worthy of healing despite the religious and societal conventions of the day.

Jesus' healing works are the practical illustration of the fact that every individual is in truth the beloved of God--spiritual and whole. Though human perception tends to divide people into physical categories--such as gender, race, and age--a spiritual appraisal of man starts from a wholly different position. It begins with God as the Father and Mother of man. Man's nature, then, is spiritual, consisting of the masculine and feminine qualities that reflect divine Spirit, his Maker.

Man's spiritual wholeness can't be divided into men's and women's health and somehow separated from its source in Spirit. Health--because it is a mental quality of Spirit, God, and not a physical state--belongs to every individual's real identity as the reflection of the creative Mind. …

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