Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christ Jesus' Healing Method

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christ Jesus' Healing Method

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RECENTLY, while I was in a bookstore, I heard someone give a book talk. I was particularly interested in the book that was being discussed because it's one that has helped me so much. It may sound surprising that a book could do so much to help me feel the power of God and to understand Him and His law better. But when the book is one that outlines God's law by opening up the Bible, that's exactly what happens. The book that did this for me is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science.

During the discussion a question about this book caught my interest. Someone asked: "What makes Christian Science healing different?" This is a question that's asked not only during book talks but also by professionals, politicians, neighbors, and many others who make up the community. Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to begin with Christ Jesus.

Christ Jesus' approach to healing was radically different-and systematically effective! He was able to heal the sick, the lame, the deaf, and raise the dead. It's fairly safe to say that Christ Jesus' method of healing was unique. What we sometimes fail to recognize is that it is available to anyone who wants to follow him and learn from his life and teachings. Jesus taught healing to his disciples, and they proved what they learned by healing others. This must mean that his method is not only teachable but learnable!

This is what Mrs. Eddy discovered from her study of the Bible-that Christ Jesus' method of healing is available today, right here, right now. It's possible to learn from Jesus' teachings today.

Jesus relied solely on God for help. And prayer was his approach to God. Prayer doesn't mean just begging or hoping for things to work out, but rather prayer is one's thought and life combined. That is, when one's thought is turned to God, one's life is, too. This unity of thought and life, of hearing and doing the Word of God, brings healing. …

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