Healing: choosing an approach

“Some people turn to God in prayer as first resort” Danbury News-Times. June 25, 2011.

Often people think of Christian Scientists as “those people who don’t go to doctors.” While this is frequently the case, there is no church mandate to that effect, and there is no censure toward anyone using medical means. 

I usually explain the difference between our approach and the more conventional one this way: We turn to God in prayer as our first resort, instead of using prayer as a last resort, like it is for so many people. When this prayerful treatment of a problem is handled in the effective manner taught in Christian Science, very often there is an immediate remedy, and the seeking of medical help becomes unnecessary.

Christian Scientists have great respect for the motives of doctors. My own dad was a doctor, and I honor his life’s work as a healer so much that I also pursued a career in healing, as a Christian Science practitioner. Occasionally, I am asked how this came about and what his reaction to this was.

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