Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, wrote, “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing.” Ask any chef, and they will be able to tell you the moment they discovered their passion for cooking and realized that they would devote their life to it.
Ask me, and I can tell you exactly when I fell in love with the Bible and made the shift from being a Christian with an interest in the possibilities of healing through prayer, to an actual scientist – a Christian Scientist – committed to the research and application of biblical principles in every aspect of my life.
I was seventeen when I attended a conference on the Bible given by noted Near East scholar and lecturer B. Cobbey Crisler. I think it lasted for two days. He traced the symbolism of Light in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. And I tell you, I felt the fire of holy inspiration kindle within me. It was like someone had not only given me a cookbook, but also the tools and skills to implement any recipe in that book. The spark of that conference set me on fire with the Bible’s message of healing.
I came home from the first day of the conference and sat on the kitchen floor, Bible open, explaining and teaching to my mom what I had just learned. And so the fire spread. The next day she attended the rest of the conference with me.
I tell you, I felt what it must have been like for Jesus’ disciples on the road to Emmaus. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
I was inspired, yes. But it was more than that. I left that conference feeling empowered to take my Bible, study it, and apply the truth it contained to any life situation that could crop up. Up to that point, the Bible hadn’t held much interest for me. I knew many stories and had memorized loads of passages. But I hadn’t seen the relevance of it all in my own life yet.
Now the Bible was no longer an ancient compilation of myth and mystery. Its message came alive with contemporary meaning. I could see the roadmap, the route and movement of the divine light of Christ leading humanity step by step from darkness and fear to spiritual illumination and healing.
By tracing the unfoldment of divine light from one book to the next, God was taken from the shadow of the belief in a severe and changeable “man-figure on a throne” separate from his creation, to the revelation of God as divine Love, as ever-present Spirit, “the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
I was seventeen when I got it. It is this invariable divine Principle, this unfailing Love, this true God of Holy Scripture that heals. And all the ingredients and instructions are right there in the Bible. Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, puts the Bible’s tools squarely in your hands and shows you how to follow the recipe without fail.
An old Gas Company ad once said, “Now, you are cooking with gas!” I say, get into your Bible and you’ll be cooking with a cleansing, healing fire that never burns out.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no