How can I talk with my friends about Christian Science?

Q: How can I talk with my friends about Christian Science?

A: I’ve found the most important thing I can do in sharing Christian Science is the same thing I try to do for anything in my life that matters: I pray. This prayer starts with understanding God as the only Mind, the only Truth, and the only communicator, as I’ve learned from studying Christian Science. When we’re sharing, it may seem like we’re doing the talking, but really, Truth is communicating directly to each of us, because that’s the way our relation to God works. Before, during, and after discussing Christian Science with someone, I make sure I’m very clear about this. If, after you’ve had a chat with someone, you feel like there are things you could have said better, or maybe even things you wish you hadn’t said, you can trust that God is speaking to everyone involved.

I had the opportunity to put this idea into practice when someone who had been my best friend for quite a while found out that because I rely on prayer for healing, and have been healed many times by feeling more of God’s love, I don’t use medicine. My friend was an atheist, and he wanted to become a doctor. So he was really angry that medicine wasn’t my first choice for health care. He actually stopped speaking to me for a few months. During this time I prayed to see more clearly that God was in complete control of our relationship. This prayer wasn’t about getting him to understand my point of view but about simply knowing that there were no misunderstandings or strong feelings that could obscure Truth.

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