The divine influence

Today it seems there is a feeling of fear going around about “catching” the flu. Immediate help is found in what Christian Science teaches about the divine influence and how it protects us from disease. In her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy—whose experience as a healer proved her words—is emphatic about what disease is and what it is not: “Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into its own hands” (p. 378). Talking about what disease is, she says, “It is fear made manifest on the body”(p. 493). From this we see that disease has no ability on its own to influence or attach itself to us since it is, in reality, without intelligence or power.

As Mrs. Eddy explains, the human body is not cause but effect, and it will reflect whatever is governing it. Given a choice between matter-based human fear (which may be expressed as influenza) and the spiritual influence of divine Truth (manifested as health and harmony), we can exercise our God-given dominion to reject ungodlike, fearful thinking and its unhealthy effects on the body.

 Sickness may seem to be real, but it is only the effect of a mistaken notion about what is true.

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