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!