Are you tired of fighting with food? Tired of struggling over what to eat? Tired of fretting over whether you will have to suffer the consequences for your meal in the hours and days to come? Christian Science offers solutions that can transform your dinner table from a battlefield to a safe haven. And it all starts with a few simple words: "Take no thought what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink...Seek ye first the kingdom of God; and all these shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:27-28)
When Christ Jesus said "Take no thought," this was not evasion. This was practical spirituality. He was making an unqualified statement about the value of seeking out Spirit and spirituality to meet human needs.
In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is defined as "the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.”
Soul is a name for God that allows us to understand spiritual identity. We reflect Soul, which is also Spirit. We are not the sensual, material beings we suppose ourselves to be. Created by Soul, we are not controlled by matter or material impulse. Sickness is not even a part of the spiritual equation of Soul and His spiritual creation.
To looking to matter to define who we are and what we are, is like looking to a shadow to determine what a tree is. Want to know the makeup and potential of an acorn? Check out the mighty oak it comes from. As the reflection of Soul, dominion, balance, clarity, harmony, peace, individuality, and health, are built-ins.
Instead of being trapped in wayward bodies controlled by dysfunctional, fearful minds, we are spiritual - here and now living in the atmosphere of Spirit and governed by the divine Mind, Spirit. All our needs, including our physical needs, are met through an understanding of Soul and of man as Soul's idea or reflection.
Eating and drinking particular foods to move the bowels, plump the face, shine the hair, strengthen the cuticles, and control physical reaction, indicates a gross misunderstanding of who and what we are and opens wide a Pandora box of material beliefs. Unfortunately, these little habits create more invalids than they save by fostering and perpetuating the mistake. Here Christian Science comes to the rescue.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Christian Science erases from the minds of invalids their mistaken belief that they live in or because of matter, or that a so-called material organism controls the health or existence of mankind, and induces rest in God, divine Love, as caring for all the conditions requisite for the well-being of man." She continues, “As power divine is the healer, why should mortals concern themselves with the chemistry of food?” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 12)
Eddy also explained, "If mortals think that food disturbs the harmonious functions of mind and body, either the food or this thought must be dispensed with, for the penalty is coupled with the belief. Which shall it be? If this decision be left to Christian Science, it will be given in behalf of the control of Mind over this belief and every erroneous belief, or material condition." (Science and Health, p.388)
By recognizing ourselves to be fully under the control of Mind, the divine Spirit, and reflecting the harmony of Soul, we can find freedom from food fears and their accompanying bad effects. The dinner table can become a place to meet and master fear and mistaken beliefs and to learn more about what constitutes the kingdom of God and His love. Love cares for us. Love feeds us. Love meets all our needs.
As the Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (34:8)
There is nothing wrong with eating what you like, if your eating is servant to your spiritual growth, and if you can do it without fear or making excuses for it. Remember the Proverb? “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth and wipeth her mouth and saith, I have done no wickedness.” (Proverbs 30:20)
Do any of these sound like you? Wrong. You are not an adulterer. In some way God is telling you right now that you are spiritual and good. Seek first the kingdom of God that leads you out of sickness, material mindlessness, preoccupation with food, and fear of bad effects from eating. And all that you need - from an inspired thought that wakes you up to your dominion, to a healthy dinner on your plate - shall be added unto you.
Interested in learning more? Read Part 1 and Part 2.
A Head's Up!
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