Not Doing Nothing

Not Doing Nothing

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A guest post written by Ronald Scott

Why is it that I have encountered the thought that I’m “doing nothing” when I become ill or physically impaired – if I take no medical steps to resolve the problem?

But I’m not doing nothing. I am praying.

This is the first place that I as a Christian Scientist turn to for healing. And many others have found spiritual healing to be effective, with over 140 years of first-person testimony verifying this practice. In our current environment, where health care is a topic of high priority, I feel it is vital to point out the importance of prayer to promote health.

All my life I’ve sought to find healing through prayer from physical problems, including influenza, chicken pox, colds, and injuries. A specific aspect I pray for at the beginning of each day is protection, which has resulted in very few injuries to begin with, and a quicker healing when injuries have occurred.

One significant healing took place when I was in the 5th grade. I contracted a very contagious skin disease and I was prevented from attending school. The school medical staff explained why I was required to stay away from school, the seriousness of the condition, what the eventual effects could be, and the time period that this condition would affect me. There was a medication I could begin using, which might allow me to return to school sooner.

Though my school absence would be nine weeks, I chose to rely on prayer instead of the medication. And I found that the medical staff was respectful of my position.

I worked toward and found complete healing in 9 weeks. There were no scars. I was cleared to return to school – where I had been able to maintain my grades during my absence.

In a symposium in 1998 at Harvard University The Harvard Medical School and Mind and Body Institute had spiritual healing as it relates to death and dying as a major topic. One attendee at the event, Dale A. Matthews, MD, was quoted as saying, “God’s job is to heal. [Our] job is to pray…the purpose of prayer is to draw close to God, to the Divine. And that prayer is always answered.”

I am grateful that prayer has increasingly become acknowledged as a viable means of healing physical problems.

Declining Faith?

Declining Faith?

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A guest post written by Ronald Scott

A recent study by the Pew Forum on religion and public life found that the number of Protestants in America is slowly declining. The study suggests that a major factor driving the decline is “an increase in religiously unaffiliated Americans.” Two-thirds of them still say they believe in God, but expressed disenchantment with religious organizations that are too concerned with money, power, rules, and politics.

Are average church members abandoning their faith?

When I did some research to try to answer this question, I found a Christian Science Sentinel article titled, “Does Religion Have a Future?” The author asks, “How important is religion anyway?” He makes the point, “Religion does not literally put up buildings. In its truest form it builds people…. It can keep the light in people’s lives.”

My personal experience supports this idea. I’ve always enjoyed active membership in a Christian Science branch church because the church commits itself to being a healing factor through consistent prayer, which supports the community. This invites opportunities to be supportive in practical ways.

A few years ago, the large mountainous area about 45 miles east of my community suffered heavy losses in a very damaging wildfire. A number of volunteer firefighters in that area had their homes burn to the ground while they were called out to fight on a fire line. We received information that there were unfortunate delays in the processing of their insurance claims, so our members put together financial gifts for each of those firefighters’ families, drove out to their community, and presented these gifts to help carry them through to when their settlements were expected. This totally impressed all of them.

Events like this are taking place every day.

From my perspective, it’s not accurate to assume people are turning away from religion, because it is difficult to quantify the number of people praying to resolve their problems as well as problems in their communities – as well as gauge the effectiveness of this religious activity. As I view it, this idea of numbers and trends being a determinant as to a religion’s quality and effectiveness is not logical. With God being available to each and everyone of us, prayers are being answered constantly.

We can take great comfort in this.

Answering the Tough Questions

Answering the Tough Questions

Ventura Church Workshop 2011

by Don Ingwerson. Contributions shared by Ronald Scott and Betty McCosker

Alford Farlow, the first Christian Science Committee on Publication, once wrote, “Mary Baker Eddy assigned to the Committee on Publication the duty of correcting impositions. …She expected all Christian Scientists would be doing corrective work in some form. Thus, it is worth Church members asking, How is this work to be done?”

Here is one church member’s experience:

I’m a life-long Christian Scientist. Although I’ve been asked many times throughout my life about Christian Science, I have often been dissatisfied with the answers I provided. But this workshop, sponsored by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, opened up my thinking on how to give better responses.Continue Reading

Washing Away Negativity

Washing Away Negativity

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A life-long Christian Scientist and a member of a local branch church relates how his church helped to heal and bond a community together, and how his Christian Science Church “…affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race” (Science & Health).

A guest post written by Ronald Scott

I had the opportunity to be part of the church leadership when the church membership addressed vandalism and loitering in the church parking lot, which is across the street from the local high school. Many of the residents in the surrounding community were also concerned about this situation, and occasionally nearby homes were burglarized. Negativity and suspicion was beginning to affect the attitude of the community.Continue Reading