For the past 144 years, the idea of restoring to Christianity its “lost element” of healing has been central to the Bible-based theology of Christian Science taught by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. However, Christian Scientists don’t believe they have a monopoly on effective prayer-based healing. Quite the opposite! Mrs. Eddy expected that her reintroduction of systematic prayer-healing to Christian practice would catch on among Christian denominations, and indeed among humankind more broadly. And so it has been doing.
While people of sincere faith might approach their healing practices differently, and each experience of healing will be unique to the individual whose health is restored, we can learn from one another. It is in this spirit of mutual blessing that over the coming days this blog will share thought-provoking healing narratives we have found on the internet.
Sceptical criticism of prayer-based healing often dismisses such accounts as “anecdotal evidence”, but the medical profession has been increasingly accepting the value of narratives within the context of their own explorations of illness and their efforts to find a cure. While these spontaneous testimonies of healing might not match what some would consider the rigour of a medically recorded narrative, they certainly touch the heart with their sincerity and honesty, and will be “acceptable to those who have hearts”, to coin a phrase from Mary Baker Eddy, written in another context. (“When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts.” – Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896) However, their very occurrence can also spark the imagination of reasoned thinking. I hope that gathering such narratives together via this blog will be of value to open-minded truth-seeking scientists as well as to enquirers of all faiths.
It is the conviction of Christian Scientists like myself that the healings of Jesus and his earliest followers evidenced the entirely good nature of God as eternal, universal, Principle and impartial, divine Love, whose ever-present curative power is accessible in every age and by all people. While I personally would not want to be without Mary Baker Eddy’s incisive and inspiring explanation of the Bible’s spiritual core and healing heart in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, I can’t help but value every precious indication I encounter, in one-on-one conversations as well as on the web, that the power of prayer is alive and well and working wonders in the world today.