A life transformed
Before I found Christian Science, there were a number of things I wondered about. For over two decades, I wondered why Jesus came only for the Jews and did wonderful miracles for them, and others were only to read about his works and teachings as history. I was also puzzled about teachings relating to Jesus’ second coming and to there being a hell for those who live in sin. Everyone I knew was living in sin; therefore, it seemed no one could escape hell. This made religion seem impossible to practice or understand.
Then one day someone told me that he could do the works Jesus did and that I could do them as well. I was amazed. I asked him if he could live without sin. He answered that it is possible to attain purity and that there is a book whose ideas were making it possible for him to do so. He told me that the book explains the Bible spiritually and that if I read the book and followed its teachings, I would also be able to purify my life. I was excited and that same day went to his house, where he gave me an old copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
I read the book day and night for two weeks and went back to tell him that I had finished. He asked me what I understood in the book, and I told him I had seen that God is Love. He said I should continue reading and allow the new ideas from the book to sink in. He said I should think only of those ideas and refuse all contrary thoughts; then I would be more able to emulate the life and works of Jesus.
From that day on, my life was transformed. After those first two weeks, I noticed that the filariasis that I had suffered with for seven years had suddenly disappeared. Because of this healing, every statement in the book was so real to me. I’m grateful to Mrs. Eddy for her hard work and beautiful discovery.
Science and Health says, “It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good” (p. 494). This was a good answer to my worries. The last part—that divine Love supplies all good—gave me an understanding of the biblical text where Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). I saw that divine Love, a synonym for God, is working for and with us.
In 2015 I suffered an accident with my gas cooker that ravaged my arm from my elbow to my hand. I declared in my thought that all causation is in divine Mind, God. I continued to declare that divine Mind had not caused the burn and did not even know it, and that therefore, I could not know it. I knew that the ideas divine Love has for me are forever harmonious and bring harmony. I also remembered this statement from Science and Health: “Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life” (p. 209). With that I was immediately free from any effects of the accident. There was no pain, and the arm was whole, with no sign of burns. This strengthened my study of the truth as explained by Mrs. Eddy based on the Bible.
When COVID-19 was the talk of the world, I helped to lessen fear for many people by sharing my healings with them. I also held in thought that all causation is in the divine Mind, because Mind is God, and Mind, not matter, is the only power.
These healings and many others caused me to devote myself full-time to the healing practice of Christian Science, which has been buoyant and satisfying. The Gospel of Matthew says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (6:33). Truly, God, Truth, sets man free as the nothingness of matter is recognized.
Grace Ngoindai Ajayi
Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria