There’s a common misconception that Christian Scientists, seeking spiritual solutions for health, are ignoring pain. Writer Val Minard, a Christian Scientist, writes frequently about this question, and after one recent blog was challenged by a reader. Here is her reply:
“I’m so sorry to hear about your mother, and understand how you must feel. As I was reading your response, I could sympathize with you because my mom passed away from cancer in a hospital.
“At first, I was angry at her passing and wondered if the experimental drugs they gave her might have been responsible for her death. But, in hindsight, I realized that everyone was working up to the best of their ability. I respected my mother’s choice of health care although I wasn’t comfortable with some of the treatments she received…
“The founder of my church, Mary Baker Eddy, made reference specifically in her writings to the possible use of anesthetics in a case where extreme pain may be preventing someone from praying or thinking clearly. At the same time, many of us have had experiences of healing in just these sorts of situations. The testimonies published in the denomination’s periodicals over the years include quite a few thousand involving the healing of severe pain. Many of these healings are quite moving. I guess the larger point is that the need for compassion and humanity is, and has to be, paramount in every case – and that’s as profoundly true of Christian Science nursing care as it is of medical care…”
Minard explains briefly the tenets of Christian Science, all based on the Biblical assurance in Genesis 1 that we are created in God’s image and likeness. Then she writes why the experience of so many Christian Scientists, relying on this spiritual view of man, results in consistent healing for many of its adherents. These experiences include recovering from pain, not ignoring pain. She continues:
“After my mother passed I had some alarming symptoms that suggested I might have something similar. Having seen what she went through, I chose to have treatment from a Christian Science practitioner. Even though I was scared, I’d had enough healings in my life and read about so many others, I felt I could trust it. The practitioner and I prayed together, and in about three weeks I was healed.”
If you’d like to learn more about how Minard and other Christian Scientists treat pain—without ignoring pain—Read More here. Scroll down to read past her original article to the comment and this reply.