Christian Scientists Carry on Teachings of Founder

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 15, 1997 | Go to article overview

Christian Scientists Carry on Teachings of Founder


Byline: Donald Billman represents The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Arlington Heights

Praying to heal the sick remains central to the practice of Christianity. Contemporary humanity's search for meaningful and reliable alternative forms of health care includes a serious investigation of spiritual healing.

The Bible assures all that God is a healer and "... a very present help in trouble." (Ps. 46:1) As society seeks the relevant link in the "mind-body" connection, Christian Scientists continue to exemplify the effectiveness of prayerfully relying on God alone for healing.

In a little over a century, the Christian Science Church has documented a global record of verified spiritual healings. Virtually every type of human adversity has been overcome through Christian Science prayer, which has its basis in the deep divinity of the Bible.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, was a devout Christian and a consecrated Bible student. Early in her life, she experienced much adversity and illness. She, too, explored the alternative forms of health care of her era. Failing to find answers in material remedies, she continually returned to her Bible to find the deep spiritual truths that validate healing. Finally, in 1866, her spiritual healing of the effects of a near-fatal accident proved to her the absolute power of prayer.

Mrs. Eddy was so inspired by this immediate, complete and permanent recovery that she devoted the rest of her life to searching the Scriptures, acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the Science which she understood to be the basis of Christ Jesus' healing work. Her goal was to share with all humanity her discovery.

She worked tirelessly to establish a church which would "... reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." The Church of Christ, Scientist, including The Mother Church in Boston, the Christian Science Publishing Society, which produced the Pulitzer-prize winning "Christian Science Monitor," and approximately 2,400 Christian Science congregations in at least 70 countries, is the result of her efforts. …

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