"How do I know what to do about a problem?"
"Should I just 'be practical' and see a doctor?"
"How will others view me, or will be I ostracized for seeking medical help?"
"Will others think I'm crazy for not taking the medical approach to healing?"
"Maybe this problem is too big to handle with Christian Science."
These are just some of the questions that each one of us may face at one time or another, as practitioner or patient. But they are decisions only the patient can make for him or herself. In conducting some research a few years ago, I ran across the article below that attempts to explain to the non-Scientist, what a Christian Science approach to healing is, how it works, and how to be respectful of the decisions a Christian Scientist makes. I have shared it with medical and legal professionals, because I feel that, without getting too heavily into the text of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, it provides a concise format for understanding and being supportive of what can be very challenging decisions.
Originally published as "Part of the 'Religious Traditions and Healthcare Decisions' handbook series published by the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics."
Stephen Gottschalk, reviser of the following text, was a Christian Scientist, and author of Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism, and The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life. Mr. Gottschalk was also as an historian of Christian Science, and worked in the office of the Committees on Publication in Boston from 1978 to 1990. [Wikipedia]
Deborah Abbott, M.P.H., has worked with the Park Ridge Center and Georgia State University.
[Click on this blog post to read the full article in PDF format.]
(Gen. 3:11 “Who” to 1st ?)
“Who told thee that thou wast naked?”
- or cold?
- or sick
- or fat
- or ugly
- or poor
- or homeless
- or stupid
- or the wrong color
- or the wrong class
- or too old
- or too young
- or the wrong name
- or anything not good?
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
(Gen. 1:31 to 1st .)
That’s your true nature.
So who are you going to believe?
I've been anxious to get an initial entry posted on this blog, and I've got a couple of things I'm working on, and they will appear here soon. But, in the meantime, I'd like to share some citations that I find helpful in overcoming claims of weariness and fatigue. Generally, I go to bed around 2AM and wake around 6AM. I'm never tired; I work a full day, and perform other activities before and after my regular job. It's not a secret, it's not human will power, and I'm not a zombie during the day. I am an expression of an infinite, ever-active Mind, not a material body in need of rest and recovery. I hope you'll find uplift from the citations below for whatever it is you're experiencing. -- SM
The following citations are from The King James Version of the Holy Bible (unless otherwise indicated), from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and the other collected writings of Mrs. Eddy.
Isa. 45:18 (NRSV)
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it a chaos, he formed it to be inhabited!): I am the Lord, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, “Seek me in chaos.” I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right.
SH 468:26 Life (only), 28-29
Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity.
Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.
Benefit of philanthropy
It is proverbial that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists engaged in humane labors have been able to undergo without sinking fatigues and exposures which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds. Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but those due for wrong-doing.
Honest toil has no penalty
Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself.
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Eccl. 10:18 through
through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
A Christian Scientist is not fatigued by prayer, by reading the Scriptures or the Christian Science textbook. Amusement
or idleness is weariness. Truth and Love rest the weary and heavy laden.
Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing. A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one should do. If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present.
Three ways of wasting time, one of which is contemptible, are gossiping mischief, making lingering calls, and mere motion when at work, thinking of nothing or planning for some amusement, — travel of limb more than mind. Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much.
All successful individuals have become such by hard work; by improving moments before they pass into hours, and hours that other people may occupy in the pursuit of pleasure. They spend no time in sheer idleness, in talking when they have nothing to say, in building air-castles or floating off on the wings of sense: all of which drop human life into the ditch of nonsense, and worse than waste its years.
“Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.”
Resting in holy work
God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind. No exhaustion follows the action of this Mind, according to the apprehension of divine Science. The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.
It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one
Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.
Gen. 2:2 1st the, 3
the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create.
His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.
The Divine Being must be reflected by man, — else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One “altogether lovely;” but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.
The Scriptures say, “They that wait upon the Lord . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their results. When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease. My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments, since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.
The title of this Blog comes from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, 86:13 -- "Mortals evolve images of thought." She also writes further down the page, "Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees." This Blog hopes to inspire the reader to see and believe.