KNOWING THE TRUTH (Christian Science jargon for spiritual healing)

Question – How is it that by knowing the Truth, or being conscious of that which is already true, we arrive at healing in Christian Science?

Answer – Knowing the Truth is not a means to healing – it “is” the healing in Christian Science. This means that through prayer, healing is not recovery; healing is discovery, the discovery of the perfection of our true being already present. Healing in Christian Science is the revealing of reality; it is not a process of changing reality, sick to well. Reality is Man’s being as created in the image and after the likeness of God. Knowing the Truth in Christian Science is thus not a process we use to go from imperfection to perfection by affirming “I am well,” as a means to not being sick. We affirm, “I am well” because I am well, and therefore I am not sick, and I understand why!

Why? – Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science writes, “Hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 496). In the Bible, I John 4:16, we read, “God is Love.” Christian Scientists embrace Divine Love as the expressed image of what we are; our spiritual identity and individuality. Thus as we realize this expression of the Christ, Love, in consciousness, we are “being” the image of Love, and “living” the likeness of Love, from which healing results and well-being ensues proactively. Mary Baker Eddy tells us “To live so as to keep human consciousness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is Christian Science” (Miscellany). Christian Science is thus a reinstatement of the lost art of spiritual healing as taught and practiced by the “Master” Christian Christ Jesus and accessible to each one of us 24/7 through knowing the Truth in proactive prayer.

Result! – In this way, of knowing the Truth, we experience the miracle of spiritual healing! – Miracle as defined by Mary Baker Eddy is “that which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science” (Science and Health p.591). Not recovery but the discovery of the harmony and perfection of our true being, as created in God’s image and after God’s likeness – Love.

 

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11 Responses to KNOWING THE TRUTH (Christian Science jargon for spiritual healing)

  1. Wonderful explanation, Paul! Thank you!
    The phrase “Know the truth” is actually a quote from Christ Jesus when he said to his followers, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32. Jesus healed every kind of physical suffering we face today–acute, chronic, congenital, hereditary, contagious, long standing problems; and even raised the dead. And he said that anyone who followed his teaching could heal as he did and do greater works than these. John 14:12. Knowing the truth that God, Spirit, is our Father and created us frees us from the belief of suffering of every sort.
    St. Paul also talks about the freeing power of this truth when we “know”it to be true. Mary Baker Eddy says on page 113:8 in First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, that Paul declares the truth of the complete system of Christian Science in two verses in the Bible: Rom. 8:1-2, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit, for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus frees us from the law of sin and death. The word condemnation also means “incurability”. What promise is found in this “Truth”!

    • Thank you Christine and especially for the ” added value ” on the phrase “Know the truth”. Also for broadening the vision to include Jesus healing every kind of physical suffering we face today and Paul’s declaration of the complete system of Christian Science in Rom:8. The idea of the freeing power of truth when we ‘know’ it to be true you highlighted was new to me as well as Mary Baker Eddy’s reference to this on page 113 of First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany. Thank you for sharing the healing wholeness related to Truth ‘freeing’. This was a new thought for me. Best, Paul.

  2. Larry Wojno says:

    This is a very clear and concise statement that helps differentiate the unique perspective of Christian Science healing from other groups who espouse “faith healing.” It is a good introductory statement for those unfamiliar with Christian Science as well as something Christian Scientists can share with their friends. It is a good jumping off point for those who want to research this topic in greater detail. I shared it with friends around the country and here is some of the feedback I received:

    “Wow, that is well presented and written!.” Old High school friend in Albuquerque, NM
    “Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.” Educator, Buffalo, NY
    “Thanks for thinking of me and sending this great article.” Housewife, Williamsville, NY

    LARRY WOJNO
    Kenmore, NY

  3. George Henke says:

    Jesus’ words, as is written on almost every Christian Science Church across the land and around the world, are “Ye shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free”, not “Ye shall know the truth and your knowing of the truth shall make you free”.

    Christian Science is not “power of positive thinking”, with no Principle behind it.

    Our part is simply to know the truth, but it is the Christ, Truth, it is God, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, the triune Principle of Christian Science, that actually does the work when we do know the truth.

    If we believe otherwise, then it is back to square 1.

  4. George Henke says:

    ty, Paul

    Also “knowing the truth” is not an end in itself but only a means to an end, to discover, as Paul says, who and what we already are, to solve the great problem of being and in the process there is healing.

    We do not know the truth to heal or get anything.

    The only reason to know the truth is because it is the Truth.

    There is no other reason.

    • Thanks again George. A clear idea for healing and of adding value to the idea of what we are, for all of us. Paul.

    • Larry Wojno says:

      I agree with George that we must be careful not to rely on positive thinking for healing. My read of Paul H’s original article did not suggest to me that he was saying that our “knowing” was the power of omnipotent Truth (God).

      Both positive thinking and medical practice start from the standpoint of a sick material body that is manipulated in some way to produce a well material body. My understanding of Christian healing is that it starts from the spiritual basis of perfect God and perfect man as the only reality. Seeing (knowing) this clearly enables us to claim God’s (Truth’s) unchanging reality about our true being. This seems best summarized in “Science and Health” (page 476:31-4) when Mrs. Eddy describes how Jesus knew the Truth to find the Kingdom of God intact: “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness and this correct view of man healed the sick.”

      Clearly Truth (God) is the only power and reality doing the work, whether we see (know) it or not.

  5. Michael Hopkins says:

    “Not recovery, but discovery” — wonderful articulation!

    “The allness and the oneness of Divine Love” -Love, Mind & Truth being Synonymous terms, requires that “Knowing the Truth,” is the exclusive function of Truth, Divine Mind, knowing Itself, and not the prerogative nor capacity of a misconception of Life called a “person,” or “human being,” that “it” may perform for its desired benefit.

  6. Thank you so much! I find it also illustrative to use your exact words to explain the overcoming through prayer of any other negative condition presented by human experience. For instance, taking your words and substituting the word “poor” for the word “sick”, and the word “rich” for the word “well” describes how prayer brings one to an awareness of our continual abundant supply, just as Christ Jesus did when he fed the multitudes from what falsely appeared to the human sense to be nothing. Poverty is overcome in proportion as we realize and then spiritually demonstrate that man is not poor, but abundantly rich in whatever human need appears to be lacking.

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