Beyond brain chemistry

Originally published in March 25, 1996 issue of The Christian Science Monitor

Research in physiology continues to advance humanity's efforts to understand mental processes. Left-side/right-side theories of brain dominance and newer brain-mapping techniques are said to be promising adjuncts to such fields as surgery and psychology. But can the findings of such studies realistically be expected to remove the suffering tied to mental disorders? A much greater understanding would be needed for that—or, perhaps, a totally different approach.

What about the understanding of God's nature and of His creation? This has practical, healing results, as the healings of Jesus Christ show in the Bible. Take one example from the book of Luke. When Jesus encountered a crazed man in one city he was visiting, Jesus healed him on the spot—much to the astonishment of the inhabitants, who had doubtless come to accept the man's insanity as hopeless, and had kept him chained up. Luke 8:26-37.  This was just one of so many of the healings Jesus performed. Yet he declared, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." John 14:12.

In the nineteenth century, an American woman, Mary Baker Eddy, discovered Christian Science. She found a spiritual method of healing by studying the words and healing acts of Jesus. Christian Science presents God as the divine Mind—with a capital M—and shows that His creations are not physical things but spiritual ideas. This includes each one of us. The true Mind of you and of me is wholly good because it is God. We are God's spiritual ideas. We reflect Mind, God, in every thought and act. Since Mind is eternal and perfect, we are also. But this Mind is not physical—not the result of electro-chemical actions and reactions in the human brain. A mortal or disordered mentality is not the truth of anyone, because God could not be mortal or disordered.

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