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No more toothache
Four years ago I had some pain on one side of my mouth, and several months later a molar fell out. Then another tooth began to ache, so I asked a dentist to advise me. After his examination and an X-ray, he told me that this tooth also needed to come out, so I allowed him to extract it. At the time, there were at least two other teeth that were also causing a little discomfort.
When I returned home, I really questioned my thinking and what I trusted concerning my body. Although I respected the sincere young dentist, I knew that his educational background was in material observations and analysis relating to the human mouth and in theories concerning dental deterioration from usage and age.
By contrast, the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, offer a spiritual view of existence and health. Psalms 56:4 declares, “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
When pain began to flare up on the other side of my mouth, I decided to turn to God for help. I knew that the toothache and the condition it was supposed to indicate were not legitimate, since my true identity as the creation of God, divine Spirit, is spiritual and immortal and governed by God’s law of harmony. Science and Health describes the opposite view and its source in the following way: “The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their results,—ignorant that the predisposing, remote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter” (p. 393).
I knew that instead, the complete goodness of God is reflected constantly by His creation, so I refused to accept a dental problem as belonging to me or to anyone.
I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me and help me identify myself correctly—as God’s child, who can never suffer from a tooth or any other body part. She helped me to see that the real, spiritual man created in God’s likeness is ageless, whole, and perfect.
I stopped thinking of the pain as coming from an object in my mouth. Teeth cannot be evil; it is thinking about them as material and subject to decay that is evil and unjust—and that belief itself is unreal and powerless. Once I accepted that the pain was a false thought and had no basis in Truth, it was easy to let go of it.
That led me to consider another statement in Science and Health: “Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense” (p. 71).
Over the next day or two, the pain completely disappeared, and it never returned. The teeth re-
main intact. This experience has strengthened my spiritual understanding, which has helped me meet other suggestions of pain or disability since then. How grateful I am for the Bible, for Mrs. Eddy’s writings, and for the whole Christian Science movement—all those working daily to prove the spiritual truth concerning God and all of us.
Vicki Kay Turpen
Albuquerque, New Mexico, US
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