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WHAT'S IN THE BIBLE? HEALING!

From the November 17, 2008 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


A YEAR AGO, I decided I wanted to get to know the healings in the Bible better. So I began to read the Bible from cover to cover, looking for anything and everything on the topic of healing.

Armed with my laptop, and an electronic Bible concordance, I took note of any passages with physical healings, or thoughts about healing, and then pasted them into an electronic log. But I found there were so many that, halfway through, I decided to give up all the note-taking and just read!

What impressed me most was that not only did Jesus heal people, but so did Old Testament prophets such as Moses and Elijah, to name just a few. It occurred to me that the very theology of the Bible is, by nature, a healing theology.

Through my study of Christian Science, I've learned to trust in God's power and to turn to Him for comfort in every situation. The Bible helps assure me that I'll see the actual results of this faith in God's protection. Still, a question I've had to confront is "What if it seems difficult to muster up the courage to depend on God?"

The very theology of the Bible is, by nature, a healing theology.

In answering that question, I remember how helpful the words of a Christian Science practitioner were to me several years ago. He said he knew he always had access to enough faith because the Bible promises that Jesus is "the author and finisher of our faith" (Heb. 12:2). To me, this meant that, while we cannot physically see Jesus today, the Christ—"the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness"—continues to give us needed strength and conviction in every situation (Science and Health, p. 332).

I find it so helpful to see that Christian healing has a rich heritage that runs throughout the Bible and has been carried on by Mary Baker Eddy's discovery of Christian Science. In fact, testimonies of practical Christian healing were so important to Mrs. Eddy that every issue of this magazine includes them—and so do the Wednesday evening Christian Science testimony meetings. Science and Health even highlights the need for reports of healing. It states that the healings mentioned in the chapter called "Fruitage" are "for the assurance and encouragement of the reader"—of those seeking Truth (p. 600).

Recently, when I was struggling with symptoms of a cold, it was helpful for me to acknowledge that God's care is always present. Studying the Bible had prepared me to pray effectively. As I'd learned in Christian Science, I thought about God as the one perfect intelligence, or divine Mind. Reasoning from that basis, I drew the conclusion that this one true source of intelligence could make me only spiritually perfect, too. Jesus instructed, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:48).

I'd been unable to work comfortably, but after that, I went about my business, and the cold totally cleared up by the next day. The healing results of my prayer told me I'd been on the right track. It was a modern-day example of practicing the healing theology straight from the Bible.

I've since thought that if the Old Testament patriarchs, the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles all advocated for turning to God as a remedy for physical cures, doesn't it make sense for me to follow their lead?

I've realized that everyone wants healing in some form, in some aspect of life. And just as someone attempting to run a four-minute mile might gain courage from seeing an Olympian on TV accomplish that feat, we can find confidence that God does heal, basing our trust on the countless inspiring examples in the Scriptures that confirm this promise. We can expect to witness spiritual progress, and its resulting healing, in our own lives.

With National Bible Week approaching, I'm finding it's the perfect time to dig in to the Bible yet again, even though it's not my first time mining the book. I'm counting on the Scriptural accounts to be just as compelling the 10th, 20th, and even 100th time around! ♦

FOR MORE ON THIS TOPIC

To hear Aaron Bingham speak on this topic, tune in to Sentinel Radio during the week of November 15–21, 2008.

For a listing of broadcast locations and times, go to www.sentinelradio.com. To purchase a download of this radio program, #846, go to www.sentinelradio.com and click on Audio Download Store.


Aaron Bingham lives in Bothell, Washington.

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