Recently, and to my surprise, a life-long Christian Scientist told me that all new ideas in our churches get immediately squashed by those members who want to pray and focus on healing! He went on to say that the desire to heal others has never helped our churches prosper.
Unfortunately, this view is not isolated to this one individual. And without a doubt it is nothing less than animal magnetism—evil, error, the carnal mind—mesmerizing and engulfing those folks’ thought.
Think about it for a moment.
How could that which is at the very core of Christian Science and the most significant aspect that makes it unique—Christianly scientific healing—in any way hamper our churches’ growth?
People that were already healed by Christian Science of the diseases, injuries, and illnesses that the medical fraternity had said—and still says—were either incurable or that material-based remedies alone could cure (or at best manage).
People who knew firsthand of the potency of Christianly scientific healing.
And people who were living witnesses to the power of Truth which thoroughly lifted them out of lives shackled by illness and sin into selfless lives of healing and blessing humanity. Their reformed and regenerated lives, and their subsequent dedication to healing others, in turn drew newcomers seeking the same salvation from evil’s terrors of the flesh.
Tell me then, in what possible way could healing hamper the growth of Christian Science or squash new ideas?
The answer is that it can’t. In fact, Christianly scientific healing fosters growth and inspires and frees us with new spiritual ideas—not new human strategies and opinions.
So what’s happening here that some members would express such absurd observations?
These individuals are being used by evil to voice the larger claim of material thought—of the secular and sensual that asserts a separation from God’s immediate and complete healing presence. A thought that would try to efface our true and only identity as God’s spiritual creation. A thought which claims that Christianly scientific healing is irrelevant in the 21st century because of all the advances of material medicine. A thought that places all value in matter, pleasure, and worldly satisfaction and validation.
A thought that is aggressively promoted everywhere we look.
Yet, a falsity can be nothing other than false. By its very nature, it cannot—under any circumstances—voice the truth.
Mrs. Eddy wrote:
The so-called laws of matter and of medical science have never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal. Man is harmonious when governed by Soul. Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence. (Science and Health, p. 273)
To those dear ones who are falling into this trap of error—of thinking that focusing on healing is a hindrance to our churches’ growth and prosperity and/or is no longer relevant—I would ask one question:
Where can you find any such assertion in Science and Health and Mrs. Eddy’s other writings?
Search though you may, you will never see a justification for such erroneous claims.
Christianly scientific healing is and always will be at the center of all God-inspired growth—individually and collectively—in Christian Science.
The two cannot be separated.