Pain can be silenced

Knowing that we live in Spirit, God, not matter, is what gives us power over pain.

People are looking for a way to be free of pain. They may echo Jeremiah’s lament, “Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?” (Jeremiah 15:18). But other Bible passages offer convincing hope that pain can be overcome. For example, the book of Exodus records God as saying, “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (15:26). I have found a beautiful solution to pain through my study of Christian Science, which shows me that I am the loved child of God. This is not wishful thinking but a recognition of the presence of God’s harmony in my life—and it is based in spiritual law. 

Describing our permanent oneness with God, infinite good, the Bible tells us, “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). This spiritual law governs everyone, for we are all created by God to represent His beauty, goodness, and peace. The truth of spiritual creation places man (the true, spiritual identity of everyone) forever in the realm of God. As His creation, man is always perfect, manifesting perfect health and harmonious being under the law of God. Nothing needs to be or can be added to this expression of God. And when we understand and trust our omnipotent God, we need not fear or experience pain.

We are subject to the power of Love, God, alone.

Last year I was working at my desk when a sharp pain shot through the length of my body. I grabbed the desk to keep from falling to the floor. Immediately, these words came to thought: “Man is God’s own child” (Margaret Glenn Matters, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 232). I felt that I was metaphorically sitting in God’s lap, surrounded by His love, and I saw myself as His perfect child. That made me smile, and the pain permanently ceased.

Chronic pain can also be overcome, no matter how long it has been going on. Many testimonies published in this magazine and its sister publications confirm this. For example, an account by Helen Liscomb from The Christian Science Journal (November 1997) describes a healing of head pain that she had suffered from for over fifty years before beginning the study of Christian Science. The condition was considered incurable, but this statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy gave her hope: “The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death” (p. 412). As she learned more and more about God’s love and abided in it, her fear was destroyed, and she was completely healed. 

Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, affirms that we have God-given power over pain when she writes: “Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man” (Science and Health, p. 393).

How is this possible? It has to do with knowing that we live in Spirit, God, not matter. Because this is so, matter has no power to control us. We are subject to the power of Love, God, alone. This understanding was the basis of Jesus’ healing works. 

Another passage from Mrs. Eddy’s writings explains: “Christ Jesus’ sense of matter was the opposite of that which mortals entertain: . . . Walking the wave, he proved the fallacy of the theory that matter is substance; healing through Mind, he removed any supposition that matter is intelligent, or can recognize or express pain and pleasure” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 74). To me this says that a material condition only seems real to the physical senses, and cannot be real to spiritual sense. 

So, what appears to be pain is a false belief based in the material senses, which have no actual voice to communicate to us the supposed reality of matter in any form. As in the case of my healing, when our belief in matter or material conditions ceases, pain ceases. God is proven to be the all-powerful, ever-present creator, the one Mind. To silence pain, then, we must forsake belief in a material existence that includes sensation and is governed by material laws. 

The First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), allows for no pain or pleasure in matter but recognizes only what God creates and knows—His spiritual, perfect, joyous creation, governed by spiritual laws mandated by God, good. 

Again, this rests on the oneness of God. Science and Health states, “Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal” (p. 69). Health is the consciousness of this real, spiritual creation rather than belief in the mortal picture of life in matter. 

The only true voice in our consciousness is that of God, Truth, telling us that we are His children—His painless, harmonious, and loved spiritual ideas. As we listen exclusively to that voice of Truth in prayer, discord is silenced. Some healings take persistence, but they do come. Pain is not forever; Love is.

As God’s children, we are so blessed with love from our Father-Mother God. Divine Love gives us freedom to experience our perfect, painless, and peaceful existence as God’s spiritual likeness.

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