“Christian Medicine”. What could that possibly be?
Well, for starters it’s the name of a new book by Christopher Kolker M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
And it’s an inspirational book, according to a press release – aimed at anyone who has been down the long road of chronic illness, and has lost hope for the future. It details how physicians are starting to realize that those patients who have great faith seem to do better, no matter what the physical diagnosis is.
In one particular approach to Christian medicine, the Christian Science Mind-healing discovered and established by Mary Baker Eddy – where Mind is the divine Mind, God – faith has been seen as a vital contributor to healing for well over 100 years. Yet it’s contribution is seen more as a stepping-stone to the gaining of spiritual understanding, rather than a practice of spiritual care and healing.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to investigate – in a small way – this phenomena physicians are observing of the positive impact of faith on health?
From an archive of healings that came about through prayer (maintained for over 125 years by the Christian Science Publishing Society), I selected a couple of more recent, medically verified, healings of diabetes as examples.
“I had lost a baby five months into the pregnancy, and doctors couldn’t explain why. Immediately following this loss, I started experiencing excessive thirst and urination, drinking about two gallons of water per day. Doctors diagnosed the problem as diabetes insipidus,” Trinka Wasik wrote.
She continued: “One day, seven years later, I was on a long airplane flight and decided to read the book of Job in the Bible… God made it clear to Job that fighting evil was His domain, not Job’s. That meant to me that I didn’t have to conquer evil all by myself, either. I had been thinking that the power of healing lay in my prayers—that it was all up to me. But the power is in God! This made me so happy, I literally bounced off the plane.”
“At the same time,” she concluded, “I realized that I no longer had the excessive thirst and urination problems. It had happened gradually, but I realized that I had resumed drinking normal amounts of liquid each day (and continue to do so). And within a year, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. According to the attending physician, who knew my medical history, this was a bona fide miracle.”
A man called Pedro Aguilar summarized his journey of healing in the following way.
“About four years ago, I was diagnosed by the doctors with diabetes, in addition to suffering from hypertension and asthma…I had been studying Christian Science for some time, so I turned to God in prayer. I strove to understand His perfect nature and see myself as His spiritual image and likeness, beyond the reach of any disease. Of the many passages in Christian Science that I studied, this one gave me much hope: “The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love” (Science and Health, p. 1).
“To the surprise of the medical team that examined me, they found that there was nothing wrong with me… Since that time, three years ago, I stopped taking all medications and I have been very well,” Pedro concluded.
Thank-you Trinka and Pedro for sharing your prayerful journeys to health through the “Christian medicine” of Mind-healing.
May a new year without diabetes, or other chronic illness, prove to be a possibility for many others as well!