Drink living water.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life”. – John 4:13, 14
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences. - Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 570
There is so much out there that claims to offer an end to your quest for healing and freedom. After some searching of my own, I’ve found that 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 (check out Matthew 10:8).
In my efforts to understand and practice the teachings of Jesus, Christian Science has been the most invaluable resource and guide. Christian Science is hard to put into words. I recommend exploring this site. The best way to learn about 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.
If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would probably choose this one from Science and Health where Eddy says, “The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love” (113). Eddy did not originally intend to start a church. She wanted to share her discovery widely. When it was not universally well received, she established the Church of Christ, Scientist, to “commemorate the word and works of our Master [Jesus], which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Church Manual, 17). 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.