Fear of flying foxes, fear of diseases, fear of Christians, fear of Muslims and what they wear, fear of religion, fear of failure, fear of a political party, fear of poverty, fear of change, fear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, fear of public speaking and even fear of water (reported on ABC Radio’s Background Briefing on 24/7/11). Can we ever be free of fear?
The horrendous shootings in Norway last week and the tragic mismanagement of the drought, famine and conflict in Eastern Africa are events engendered by fear, which over time evolved into hate. It would seem overly simplistic to say that there is a solution to preventing these horrors, but there IS – and that solution is LOVE.
Understanding the inspired word of the Bible is central to the practice of Christian Science. And the Bible states unequivocally, “There is no room in love for fear” (1 John 4:18, The Message). What type of love is the Bible referring to?
When I did a Google search on ‘the effects of love’ the majority of links led to articles about falling in love or being in love – a love that is always wondrous and sometimes selfless. However, there were some links to articles about selfless mother-love. I guess we would all agree that a mother’s love is closer to the love that cares so deeply that it utterly destroys fear. And that is the love that Christ Jesus demonstrated and which still heals mental and physical problems today. That love is really God, divine Love, expressed through us, as we actively care for others, as well as for animals and the environment.
There is a growing realisation of the importance of feeling this ‘love for everything’ or spirituality that destroys fear …. and its effects, like disease, hate, divisions, competition, distrust. And this spirituality is now becoming valued and even welcomed in the practice of medicine ~ on a global scale.
Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science, declares boldly: “When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone” (p. 368). Another aha moment!
We now know that the effect of spirituality on health is transforming, as discovered in the Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). The research statistics confirm this. And those in the medical profession are realising that the public want their spirituality acknowledged in the doctor-patient relationship, as well.
For example, AustralianDoctor, a Federal Government-funded website for registered doctors, tweeted on Monday, “GPs get blessing to pray with patients…….”. This is a paradigm shift in the practice of medical science in Australia.
Mary Baker Eddy had much to share about prayer in her foundational work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. “Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it” (p.2), she wrote. And, “Consistent prayer is the desire to do right” (p.9)
Hey, did you realise that those who desire to ‘do right’ above all else are ‘praying non-stop’? That means atheists, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, everyone. Wow!
Thinking about those fears mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, a good question to ask is, what would a world peopled by those motivated only by God-like love and the desire to ‘do right’ be like?
If there was only the sort of love that wipes out all fear, I believe that there would be less competition for resources, there would be agreement on equity for all, fewer divisions between people and a significant lessening of disease.
Maybe it’s time to pray, not only with your doctor, but as you are motivated by love to ‘do right’ you are also praying with your lawyer, teacher and shopkeeper.
Drought and famine in the Horn of Africa – Christian Science Monitor Spiritual Perspective
Tragedy in Norway: Where is the love that takes care of us all?- Christian Science Monitor Spiritual Perspective
For more on this subject refer to my post “Q&A, healthcare debates and fear of bats going viral. But isn’t there evidence of God’s care here and now?”
Here are links to healings through prayer in Christian Science on these topics:
Break Free from the Past – healing of bullet wound
How does prayer protect against influenza or bird flu? – live audio chat
Abundance and the global economy – healing of poverty