A guest post written by Scott FitzRandolph from Los Angeles, California
Just after graduating from college, I – for the first time – started to read the Bible. The most memorable impact this reading had on me was this realization: Jesus in just a few years did remarkable things – in modern times they would most likely be called “miracles.” Diseases, deformities, death – no human limitations and suffering were beyond his healing reach.
I was also deeply impressed by the fact that Jesus taught others in his time and in our times as well to do the same kind of healings that he did. And heal they did! Learning about this beginning of Christianity was very moving and challenging. I learned that Jesus fully expected others to do what he was doing. As he put it in John 14:12 “. . . the works that I do, shall ye do also . . .”
In addition to my transforming Bible reading experience, I also found thousands of reports from people around the world that told of modern-day Christian healings. These healings, and the spiritual ideas presented in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy were part of my daily spiritual immersion. I began to understand the “how” of prayer that results in natural healing, and began to put into practice this prayer. I found it vitally important that these modern-day Christian healings were published. What exciting, interesting, and instructive reading this was, for it validated the conclusion I was reaching: the type of healings by Jesus and his followers recorded in the Bible are practical and attainable now.
Lately, I have worked to recapture that early spiritual inspiration I found when I first started reading the Bible and the many publications of the Christian Science church whose purpose is to reinstate “primitive Christianity,” and its lost element of healing. Here are just a few accounts that I read just this month.
- A man recently lost the use of his legs and could not stand or sit down without great pain. He is now fully recovered through using prayer alone, and recounted with gratitude to God the healing experience as a direct result of “knowing the truth,” as Jesus counseled in John 8: 32, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
- A woman was struck violently in the head by a post-hole digging machine and fully and quickly was healed of the wound and the blow using prayer alone.
- A man who had suffered a massive heart attack recovered quickly and completely after the attending doctor had wondered how he was still alive.
- A young soldier, who had recently learned about Christian Science healing, was diagnosed by the doctors on his base with a serious case of pneumonia. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday, and with no medical treatment, he prayed for healing as he had recently learned in Christian Science. By Monday he was completely healed, and the doctors acknowledged that that it was the prayers that had brought about the healing.
None of these accounts mentioned the word “miracle,” but rather all explained how they had prayed, and what ideas came to them as they turned to God in prayer in trying times. These accounts reaffirmed the spiritual understanding I had gained since first reading the Bible. Bible-based Christian healing, as practiced and taught by Jesus over 2,000 years ago, is actively being practiced now, and it is available to any who “know the truth,” as Jesus, the master teacher and healer, assured us all.