Is it possible that just by knowing God – this can heal you?
A little boy prayed for his younger sibling and simply by understanding God – and this without a whole lot of words, study and instruction – his little brother was healed of a inflamed ear and earache. The little boy knew God. He knew that God made his younger brother to be well, to play and be happy. He knew that God is totally good.
He operated on a Principle of Love, sung by the Psalmist, established by Christ Jesus, discovered by Mary Baker Eddy and demonstrated countless times in the many healings in Christian Science that we are reading about today.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully
made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul
knoweth right well. Psalms 139:14
So let's break this down: What does it mean to know God?
Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer and founder of Christian Science, defines God as omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. These are huge concepts for the human mind to comprehend. Having all power means there is no room for any other power.
Being omnipresent means there was never a time in the past, never a time now or in the future where any other power could have influence.
Being omniscient means that there was never a time when God's power was ever faulty, missed the mark, forgot details, etc.
From the infinitesimal to infinity, God's understanding intelligence is the only influence, the only guidance, the only Love. God's love shows forth an exacting care to all of Love's ideas, powerfully, constantly, and precisely.
To know God is to trust God.
The Psalmist sings this out in Psalm 3: 5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
What is the result of this trust? Again, from the above psalm: Ps 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Praise and joy come from this trust, which is then made manifest in our lives as well as on the body.
To know God is to know no other power
God is whole, complete, pure Truth.
God is life – eternal, harmonious.
God's perfect love brings out Her exacting care.
There is only one Mind, one God.
To know God aligns our thought and lives with what is real. But it also does another thing. Knowing God removes anything unGodlike. Similar to the nature of light: the light doesn't know the darkness; light isn't influenced by any of the characteristics of darkness – it does not need to know why the darkness seems to be there, how long it seems to have been there, etc. The light just does what it does – it shines, radiates forth, and the darkness dissolves.
Having no other gods
Disease is a mental concept supported by beliefs originating from fear of isolation, separation or divisiveness; a belief and fear of intelligent matter; a fear of evil as a power, and /or a belief in chance and deterioration of good. We don't need to bow down to these ideas. They have no substance. In fact, these beliefs need one's consent to actually take hold in thought, as they have no originating power themselves. They are commonly referred to as error – appropriately named as these beliefs are simply mistakes, lies about what is true.
Mary Baker Eddy told a student "Error comes to you for life, and you give it all the life it has." (Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy,Amplified Edition, p. 98).
We have divine authority to refuse to give error any life. We can refuse to animate and act out the fears and suggestions that say we are separate from God, or isolated from Love.
Popular belief may guide diseases' developments from health to illness and vice versa but it won't be eradicated until all false premises are removed. Diseases will seem to pop up in sporadic and random ways until the context of disease is shattered. And how are these false premises removed and its context shattered?
By knowing God.
No room for disease
By knowing God as whole complete, pure; and knowing Truth as omnipotent, there is no room for chance in establishing health or for the fear of the randomness of intelligent matter.
God is life – eternal, harmonious. This crowds out all thought that suggests that limitation or deterioration could be part of our lives.
God's perfect love brings out Her exacting care. This removes the argument that we could ever be separate or isolated from God's goodness, abundance and guidance.
There is only one Mind, one God. This replaces the false premise the evil has a separate mind and is powerful.
There is a sweet saying flying around the internet that says “Don't tell God you have a big problem; tell your problem you have a big God.”
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
There is great comfort in knowing that we need never despair. The more we understand the omnipotence of Truth, the ever-presence of Love and the all-knowing nature of divine Life, the more we will feel that confidence and assurance that we are safe and that “with God, all things are possible.”
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016