How you can help end the pandemic
Christian Science can contribute uniquely to healing COVID-19. It makes God’s laws of health and harmony understandable so that anyone and everyone can apply them.
Around the world, from Mumbai to Melbourne to Minneapolis, people are yearning to know that we can not just endure the pandemic but actually end it. Is that even possible? Yes! It may not seem likely from a material perspective, but Christ Jesus said, “With God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 ).
Christian Science explains that Jesus’ healing works were based on divine truths that are timeless, universal, and provable. This Science has healed countless people, including those with diseases considered incurable, over the last one hundred and fifty years. So it can contribute uniquely to healing COVID-19. It makes God’s laws of health and harmony understandable so that anyone and everyone can appreciate and apply them.
The understanding of the Bible and Christianity presented in Christian Science grew out of the life experience of Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910). She overcame four decades of ill health and taught others to heal spiritually through her discovery of the demonstrable divine Principle that underlay Jesus’ healing works.
Of course, the Bible had been around for centuries, but Mrs. Eddy found in the Bible the timeless reality that Jesus knew. Beyond traditional views of God, she found Him to be All-in-all, the only real and permanent substance, Life, and intelligence. This wasn’t pantheism—she didn’t see God, infinite Spirit, as being expressed in or through Spirit’s opposite, matter; she saw Spirit
as being expressed through spiritual ideas alone.
Instead of being a fearful, seemingly inescapable reality, illness is something that we can overcome through divine help.
Within this spiritual reality is a concept of individuality as being above what we typically see as matter. Each one of us is an embodiment, or unique expression, of Spirit’s eternal attributes, such as intelligence, strength, and love. As this concept of identity is understood, it changes how you think of yourself and how you deal with disease. You realize that instead of being a fearful, seemingly inescapable reality, illness has no foundation in fact, so we can overcome it through divine help—through seeing that it never actually touches who we are or our perfection in the infinite Mind that is God.
Understanding this spiritual reality strengthens the tone of our thinking, and we feel emboldened, authorized, to challenge and overcome disease as Christ Jesus did.
Here’s an example. While vacationing in Spain some years ago, my wife and I experienced severe symptoms of the flu. But a friend with whom we were sharing our holiday accommodations, and who is a Christian Scientist, proved to be strong in understanding that we are indeed authorized to stop disease, including one considered contagious. Though she said nothing, it was as if she were mentally putting up her hand and saying “Stop!” to the whole impression of disease—as if she had challenged this whole thought of her friends being unwell to an “arm wrestle” and had slammed her opponent’s hand down hard in victory. In less than 24 hours, my wife and I were free of the symptoms, and the three of us went on to have a memorable time.
In Mrs. Eddy’s main book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, there’s a passage that explains what our friend was doing in terms of prayer: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance” (pp. 392–393 ).
We need not accept that sickness is inevitable for us, our families, or our world.
For me, what stands out in this passage is the phrase “through divine help” in that last sentence. Standing porter at the door of thought isn’t a human effort to just think oneself well, but a Christlike, divinely authorized protest against human suffering, which cannot come from an all-loving God or exist in the Mind that is good alone. It’s a humble, prayerful, spiritually intuitive recognition of the illegitimacy of disease, based on the nature of God. Since the one Mind creates only good, and creates us to experience only good, illness is not normal, natural, or inevitable. By recognizing this, we can shut disease out of thought and experience, as my friend did for my wife and me.
The Bible shows that Jesus, the perfect example of how to live for God’s glory, was an effective healer. He sent his followers out to heal and shared helpful ideas to make them better healers. For example, he said, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house” (Mark 3:27 ).
Commenting on that passage, Mrs. Eddy writes: “Our Master asked: ‘How can one enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?’ In other words: How can I heal the body, without beginning with so-called mortal mind, which directly controls the body? When disease is once destroyed in this so-called mind, the fear of disease is gone, and therefore the disease is thoroughly cured (Science and Health, pp. 399–400 ).
Mrs. Eddy coined the term mortal mind to describe materialistic thinking that would consciously or unconsciously, and usually out of fear or ignorance, oppose good through limited beliefs and perceptions. The antidote to mortal mind is immortal Mind, the purely good and all-powerful Mind that is God and that calms and destroys fear and disease. And although in the face of a worldwide pandemic our knowing and feeling that there truly is one Mind governing may need to be persistent and courageous, this is, in fact, the solution.
We need not accept that sickness is inevitable for us, our families, or our world. Through understanding the supremacy of God and our divine right to overcome illness, including this pandemic, we can prove the sheer rightness—indeed the sheer all-powerful reality—of harmony, including health and holiness. In this way, we can contribute to the many valiant efforts around the world to end this contagion.