A guest post written by Bill Downs from Los Angeles, California
Noah, coming out this month and starring Russell Crowe, portrays the well-known Biblical story of Noah, the deluge, and the flood. While the movie is based on the story in Genesis 6 and 7, media reports reveal there will be some departures from the Biblical version, departures that are inspiring lively discussions even before the movie comes out.
It may surprise some, but these lively discussion may be not only on whether the movie is accurately portraying the Biblical story, but also what this story means in terms of health and healing. For centuries, the ancient Genesis stories were generally believed to be actual history. But in modern times, Bible scholars agree that the story of the flood is a mythical account.
We can look for symbolic meaning, rather than factual history, in this tale and others as prayer is used to expand understanding to include a loving, caring God, as expressed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This allows for a higher view of man and his relation to God. God is fully spiritual as divine Spirit, all-loving as divine Love, infinite Mind, Principle, Soul, Truth, and Life. If God is Life, how can He destroy life? The loving God, Divine Principle, Love, cannot be the cause of destruction of life on earth as claimed in the Genesis tale.
Healing through prayer is then experienced because there is an understanding that God is not the cause of illness, or any evil. Today, there is the possibility of abandoning the anthropomorphic concept of a fearsome, wrathful deity who just might destroy whole cities or cultures. Or a deity who would inflict hurricanes or earthquakes or volcanoes or other natural disasters on his own loved children. Mrs. Eddy writes, “Christian Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil.”
And I’ve found that by understanding with certainty that I have a close connection with a loving Father-Mother God, I experience healing and health in my life.