Knowing the Truth – Power of positive thinking?

George Henke in his comment to my post last week answers this question saying “Christian Science is not “power of positive thinking, with no Principle behind it.” I am with George on this and believe it is right on point with my answer to the 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.” My answer begins with “Knowing the Truth is not a means to healing – it “is” the healing in Christian Science. Then I go on to explain my thoughts on what is knowing the Truth – such as “the Discovery of the perfection of our true being already present”; “the revealing of reality; — not a process of changing reality” and finally, affirmation of wellness based on “understanding why!” which is an essential element to healing and to Christian Science treatment through prayer. Christian Science healing is based on an understanding of spiritual reality not human will power, blind belief or simply positive thinking. Knowing the Truth – is used in the context as know, known, knowing, etc. and is defined by the Random House Dictionary of the English Language as “to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty – In Collins Concise English Dictionary it says: know, knows, knowing, etc. is “to be or feel certain of the truth or accuracy of fact, etc. and in Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary know, knew, known, knowing is “to perceive directly: have direct cognition of, to have understanding of.”

The blog concludes with the “result” that in this way, of knowing the Truth, we experience the miracle of spiritual healing!” It goes on to give Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of miracle as “that which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 591) She also says “the miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God’s unchangeable law.” (Science and Health p. 135).

Mary Baker Eddy uses the term “knowing” as fundamental in her depiction of the miracle of spiritual healing in Science and Health to quote “the sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness but by knowing that there is none” (Science and Health p. 447). She also says – “knowing that God was the Life of Man, Jesus was able to present himself unchanged after the crucifixion. Truth fosters the idea of Truth, and not the belief in illusion or error” (Science and Health p. 555).

Larry Wojno adds to this blog topic with the following comment “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.”

And as George noted in his final comments; 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 know the Truth.”

Not power of positive thinking but knowing the Truth, in this way, shall make you free! So – By George and Larry too, I think we got it!

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5 Responses to Knowing the Truth – Power of positive thinking?

  1. Your clear, simple explanation of spiritual healing is stated in terms that most anyone could understand. Thanks so much, Paul, for your steadfast work in clarifying Christian Science to the general public, and for your obvious dedication to its purpose of “reinstating primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”

  2. George Henke says:

    ty, Paul.

    And when Jesus said “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” he was not talking about an umpire calling balls and strikes, relative truth, trying to find truth through the 5 senses, but absolute truth, spiritual Truth.

    Science and Health states that “Truth spiritually discerned is scientifically understood, it cast out error and heals the sick” as Christine Driessen alluded to.

    It also quotes Paul, “If Christ (Truth) be not risen then is our preaching in vain”.

    A recent Sunday Bible Lesson pointed out, “The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimlated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek”.

  3. Gail Bernard says:

    Paul,

    This description of healing is so clear and beautifully stated. Thank you so much. It reminds me of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (I Cor. 13:12) describing what happens when we clear away the dark or mortal view, “…then shall I know even as also I am known.”

    One of my most treasured healings was a time when our whole family of five was healed in the same moment when, to the best of my ability to describe it, I knew God’s knowing of my son. This was the knowing you speak of…I was not doing any thinking… I was knowing. It was a sacred, revealing of my son’s spiritual identity. I was on holy ground. When I walked away from his bedside I realized I was healed of all the symptoms that had been challenging me. Coming down the stairs I saw my husband with the most gentle, holy expression on his face – healed after having spent two days in bed. All three children slept peacefully that night. They were healed.

    As you put it, the knowing “is” the healing.

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