I recently had an invitation for a seed sowing opportunity. It was an interview with Jesse Lee Peterson on his nationally syndicated talk show. The program was on faith and I was to discuss Christian Science with him. Individuals called in from various states with their questions and all went well. I emphasized this thought: when asked if hell was a place and heaven was a place, I continually defined them as thought, as consciousness, i.e. hell as “self imposed.” When I was challenged on an issue, my response was, “If that’s what you believe…”
During each Thursday’s program on faith, Jesse asks questions about different religions because he honestly wants to know more about all religions. What a delightful experience I had discussing Christian Science with Jesse!
What’s Christian Science? Have you always been a Christian Scientist? What church did you belong to before you became a Christian Scientist? What was it like meeting the President? Do you believe in the Trinity? Is Jesus the Son of God? What’s the big difference between your religion and other religions?
All I can say is that there wasn’t anything about that radio show interview that I didn’t love. What do I mean by everything? I loved the attitude of the producer, the helpfulness of the technicians, and the openness and sincerity of Jesse and the call-ins.
But the greatest thing about the interview was the interest and receptivity of the whole staff. Several of the staff approached me on the sidewalk outside the building about healing and effective prayer. We had such a wonderful discussion. I felt healing taking place as we talked. And the frosting on the cake even before I got back to my office – the producer had written a note expressing appreciation for my being there and that she hoped there would be a return visit.
At the close of that very long day, I found myself asking, “What cannot God do?”
One of the questions that my host discussed with me and with his listening audience was Is Jesus the Son of God or is Jesus God? I could see that he really wanted to know why religions felt differently about that answer. As a Christian Scientist, that question is very simple. Jesus is the Son of God. My host liked that answer and it was his point of view also. He wanted to know what made Jesus so special as the Son of God. I wished I had had more to time to discuss with my host the very basic questions about God, Jesus, the Trinity, etc., but I sense our paths will cross again as we seekers share our questions and insights. Thank you, Jesse Lee Peterson, for allowing me to sit with you and talk about God. I found myself being extremely grateful for all those who helped me over the years to understand more about God and Jesus, and thankful to dedicated religious leaders like Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church, who brought the healing works of Jesus into the modern day world of the 21st Century.
You can listen to the interview by clicking here: JPShowPodCast201155Don 2 by Don Ingwerson