The integrity of Christian Science

In recent years many books have been published extolling theories about diet and exercise, as well as about popular psychology, positive thinking, and various means supposed to help one gain wealth rapidly and gain power over others. At the same time, religious books and organizations and radio and television shows have increased in popularity. It would seem that at the very time that people have begun to look more earnestly for spiritual answers, there has also been an increase in turning to material and human means for solving personal problems.

Many look to religion as a means to escape what they believe is God's "wrath" or to find an eternal solace after death. Some may also hope through religious organizations to maintain traditional values or to enhance family, political, or social solidarity. But when needs such as health challenges, personality conflicts, or economic difficulties arise, many quickly turn to entirely secular means for an answer. For them there are implied limits to what religion can achieve. And it is not unusual for dietetic and psychiatric theories to be advanced even in religious television programs or books.

What should be our response to this trend? As we look to Christ Jesus, who brought healing to multitudes, we search in vain to find an instance of his reliance on material methods. In the face of any need he consistently turned to God; his inseparable oneness with God was his source of strength. His early disciples in the New Testament followed his example of reliance on God.

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The great leveler
April 7, 1986

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