Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Death-Not the Best Option Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Death-Not the Best Option Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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It is not unusual to discover that evil sometimes comes disguised as kindness. Think of the fish that comes across a worm wriggling in the water, unaware of the lethal hook hidden inside. If the fish is desperate for food, is it cruel to push it away from that hooked worm?

Recent debates about euthanasia, or mercy killing, in the United States and Australia and some European countries, involve such hidden "hooks." People become extremely emotional over the issue, making calm and careful thought difficult.

There is no denying that a great number of people suffer terribly from disease, and that they, along with family and friends, wish to be spared further or worse suffering. No one with a heart would argue over this. For those with no religious faith or spiritual experience, options look particularly limited. Even people of great faith may have no strong sense of or experience with the power of God to heal. Recently a book was published called Healing Spiritually (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1996). It presents cases of illness that were cured through prayer. One account involves a former New York City police officer whose legs had been severely fractured in a fall (see pp. 25-29). While he had escaped amputation, and had the finest medical attention available, he was barely able to walk and was in almost constant, severe pain. After twelve years of suffering, he was convinced that suicide was his only answer. His wife had been a Christian Scientist all her life. She walked in on him at that critical time. Although he had long ago rejected Christian Science, she urged him to reconsider Christian healing instead of suicide. She gave him a copy of the textbook of Christian Science written by Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and asked him to seek in its pages an understanding of God and of his own relation to God. From her own experiences of healing, she knew healing was also possible for her husband. The road was not easy for him. But after a while the insights into the Bible that Science and Health gives, and its illustrations of God's power to heal, began to speak to him. …

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