The Christian Science Practice of|
Richard Spencer Darling, C.S.
Christian Science is a Bible-based method of joyous living, and a complete, scientific
metaphysical system of healing. It has been an infallible and practical remedy for sin, sickness
and all manner of humanly difficult or frightening limitations. It has never
failed to obliterate troubles and restore harmony when I have applied its
teachings. These include how to pray humbly, listen intently and follow
carefully God's loving guidance as we learn to spiritualize thought—to
realize the kingdom of heaven always present in our spiritual consciousness.
I learned as a child that my Father-Mother God is divine Mind, Love. And
Love's love and Mind's intelligence embrace each one of us. No one is excluded!
All of us—children, women and men alike—can learn to demonstrate
peace, health and happiness by exchanging unproductive
thinking and living, for a disciplined spiritual consciousness. This is
characterized by loving God supremely and loving our neighbor equally to
ourselves. This is what Christ Jesus said was most important.
Your desire to experience more joy, health and abundance; more wellbeing, satisfaction
and purpose—to eliminate troublesome limitations—is within your
reach. Christian Science explains how to realize our inseparable, precious,
perfect and loving relationship with divine Love, God. For it is always
present, and only false, mortal belief would seem to hide it. Prayer,
governed by Science instead of the senses, heals. It is expressed in
Christly living, which is the only path to success in this endeavor.
WHAT SORT OF LIMITATIONS CAN BE OVERCOME?
Nothing in the scope of human experience can escape the healing light
of divine Love. When we learn to approach and understand God, Love, with an
open heart, He / She always furnishes us with the practical ideas we need and
can use to eliminate each problem. Perhaps the result is not precisely what
at first we thought we wanted, but ultimately most everyone discovers the
God-provided outcome to be divinely wise and pleasing.
In Christian Science practice, physical healings of sickness and injury,
though many, are greatly outnumbered by the volume of healings of personal-relationship and business
conflicts, financial problems, emotional challenges of grief, addiction, depression
and other mental discomforts, and sin. All these are amenable to the activity of the
Christ, God's spiritual idea that is always present to heal and save.
WHERE DOES LOVE, UNDERSTOOD AS GOD, FIT IN?
Love is one of seven words Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer
and Founder of Christian Science, used as prominent deific synonyms which
she capitalized, to communicate more fully the
substantive meaning, nature and activity of God. She found them either
used or implied in the Bible. In her textbook of Christian
healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she wrote,
"The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science is Love.
Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science,—pulseless,
Christian Science practice is effective only as we learn to honor what
Jesus said were the two great commandments.
- "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
- "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
The love we express as we fully embrace these commandments is our
expression of God as Love.
Jesus said, "He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. (John 4:8) He also
said, "God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. (John 4:16)
And Eddy wrote these two pithy sentences in her book, First Church of
Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, "Love is the generic term for God"
and "Divine Love is the noumenon and phenomenon, the Principle and practice
of divine metaphysics."