There is so much out there that claims to offer an end to the quest for healing and freedom. Nothing quite quenches my thirst for truth like the teachings of Jesus. And one of his most powerful messages was that his followers should be healers (see Matthew 10:8).
In my efforts to understand and practice the teachings of Jesus, Christian Science has been the most invaluable resource and guide. To discover more about Christian Science, I recommend exploring this site. The best way to explore this system of healing is through Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. This book is meant to be a companion to, not a substitute for the Bible. You can also find articles and read about people’s experiences of healing here on the website of the Christian Science Publishing Society.
The basis of Jesus’ teachings, in his two commandments (found in Matthew 22:37-39) was simply to love God and love people. There is no requirement that someone be a church member or call himself or herself a Christian Scientist in order to receive Christian Science treatment.
Christian Scientists are free to choose whatever method of health care is best according to their judgment under any circumstances. They tend to choose treatment through prayer because they have found it to be successful, as has been the case with me. I grew up in a home where my mother was a Christian Scientist and my father was not. There was always an agreement that my dad would take my brother and me to a doctor if there were a serious problem that he felt required medical attention. Those times were few, and I never experienced a situation where medical treatment was needed. As I grew and began to practice Christian Science on my own, I found it to be consistently reliable, particularly in its message of God’s all encompassing power. In high school I had a powerful experience of being healed of anorexia.
As a young adult I certainly went through periods of searching and rebellion. During my studies for a Master of Divinity, I intensely explored theology in various forms and had to come to my own conclusion about my denominational home. While I still enjoy worshipping and fellowshipping with a wide range of faith communities as a visitor, I have found that Christian Science meets and exceeds my needs in every way.