Science, healing, and faith: Christian Science in Oregon
I was not raised in Christian Science. I found this scientific religion while in college. I was looking for something more than my mainstream Christian religion provided me. I took a spiritual journey, so to speak, learning about different faiths and pondering seriously what I read. Eventually I realized that there were particular core principles that felt true to me. I didn’t know how they fit into any other religious or philosophical system, and I didn’t know what they would mean to me in the future, but I knew that they were real to me right then.
Back at school after a summer of contemplation of what I’d learned, I was sharing my findings with a friend. In the course of this discussion, she told me that what I was describing sounded a lot like Christian Science. That incident was the beginning of my life-long study of this practical, enriching religion that meets my every need, every day.
Of particular interest to me, and a point that some not familiar with Christian Science often take exception to, was that the principles of this religion can be used to heal every conceivable human condition that is in need of correction. This includes physical healing of the body, solving financial problems, healing human relationships that have gone awry, and anything else you can think of. And I found that this isn’t wishful thinking. It’s the result of a spiritual law that’s always operative no matter what the conventional viewpoint might be to the contrary. Regardless of how skeptical the critics of Christian Science–or religion in general–may be about this, I’ve seen it proved true in my own life. I’ve witnessed it in raising my children. And it continues to be true today.
I am the media and legislative liaison for my church in Oregon. My job is to talk with anyone in the media and government law making who will meet with me to ensure that the misconceptions, misrepresentations, and outright lies about Christian Science are corrected with what I know to be true. I retired from a 30 year career in law enforcement. I don’t have to work anymore, but I want to continue to serve by lifting the burden of these inaccuracies about Christian Science off the shoulders of my fellow Oregonians. We are an independent lot by nature, and we want to be told the truth. That is my job. And I am willing to do it because of what Christian Science has done for me and my family.
Now here’s the deal. Christian Science is based on the teachings, and works, of Christ Jesus. It applies the spiritual laws that underlie all of his healings and teachings, and which produced consistent results. This is the Science of Christianity, a Christianity that applies what Jesus taught us for the benefit of humanity today. What could be more Christian than that? Nothing, in my mind. What really intrigues me about the application of these laws is that they are available to anyone. That’s right, anyone: any Christian, non-Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, anyone. They don’t belong to the Christian Science church. They can be applied by anyone with an honest and sincere heart.
I raised two sons using Christian Science for their every need. That includes applying it to heal physical conditions of all kinds. I never had to take them to the doctor or to the hospital because their issues were healed quickly and successfully through prayer. But, if I’d thought for an instant that my child would die or be permanently damaged because I didn’t seek medical care, I would have done so in a heart beat, plain and simple.
This is my blog. I will be here talking about the truth of Christian Science, and setting the record straight where there are inaccuracies and misconceptions. I hope that you’ll join me in the discourse so that we can all learn and grow in our pursuit of the truth. And while we’re at it, you might enjoy this short video about Christian Science healing.