The Bible and health-care reform

Originally published in the March 7, 1996 issue of The Christian Science Monitor

Today, more churches than ever before are holding healing services. It is a modest trend, but isn't it reasonable to feel that healing that comes of God is the kind of healing that was illustrated so perfectly by Christ Jesus?

My family experienced health-care reform some years ago. My grandfather had a lung disease associated with his work in a foundry. His kindly doctors informed him that they had done all they could and that he would not live much longer. Then he turned to God and was permanently healed through studying and applying the teachings of Christian Science. Since then, I've been healed many times myself through prayer in this Bible-based health-care system. Is it any wonder that when I'm ill, this is the health-care system I rely upon?

Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, discovered that healing is a natural effect of Christian rebirth. She was healed through prayer when physicians could not help her. Describing how deep communion with God and Christian regeneration result in healing, she writes in her Miscellaneous Writings: "Nothing aside from the spiritualization—yea, the highest Christianization—of thought and desire, can give the true perception of God and divine Science, that results in health, happiness, and holiness." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 15.

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