God is the only healer
In the Church of Christ, Scientist, when it comes to the healing of sickness, sin, sorrow or any untoward human situation, it is taught and accepted that God alone heals. This is based firmly on the teaching of Christ Jesus and his disciples, as contained in the Bible. Our Master, Jesus, teaches in the Gospel of John 5:17 that he works only as the Father works and then adds in verse 19 that the Son can do nothing of himself, but what He sees the Father do.
Healing, therefore, in Christian Science, whether it is of physical ailments, mental, emotional, relationship, financial and so on, is not magical or mysterious, and neither is it by will power nor through the activity of the human mind. God alone is the Healer as it is stated unambiguously in Exodus 15:26, ‘I am the Lord that heals you.’ Indeed, the founder of the Christian Science Church, Mary Baker Eddy, states categorically in her book on Christ healing entitled, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, that the human mind is definitely not a factor in Christ healing.
Strictly obeying the First Commandment of having only one God, is one of the fundamental teachings of Christian Science. Since the Bible teaches that God is Spirit, there can be only one Spirit since there is only one God. Spirit is thus a synonym for God. Other Scriptural synonyms for God are Love, Truth, Life. St. Paul also admonishes in Philippians 2:5 that we should let this mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. And elsewhere in I Corinthians 2:16, after asking who knows the mind of the Lord, Paul concludes that we have ‘the mind of Christ.’ Like Spirit, Love, Truth, Life, therefore, the Bible uses Mind as a synonym for God, and Mary Baker Eddy, using capitalisation, refers to God also as the divine Mind. Having this ‘Mind of Christ’ enables us to experience God’s healing power, just as the multitudes experienced it as recorded in Christ Jesus’ healing ministry in the Bible.
As we strive through faith and spiritual understanding to know the Truth, which Jesus says makes free, in John 8:32, we begin to see what the Master, Christ Jesus, meant when He said in John 14:12, that anyone who believes in Him will do the works He did. It is an unequivocal promise. Having the Mind of Christ, not the fallible human mind, enables us experience God’s healing power. It proves that only God heals.
Moji George, Christian Science Church Committee on Publication for Western Nigeria.
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