John 3:5 “except a man be born of water and spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God”
Science and Health
“the supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built” (s and h 138:14-15)
Principle of Spirit – To read more about how this works in our lives you can read a booklet by Peggy M Brook (John Doorly´s Secretary) Here
This Bible saying can look like some embrace of materialism but water in our textbook is defined as “the elements of Mind” (s and h 507:3)
Exactly how the Christ works in our life as a power drawing us to higher thought is something Artists have been working with for centuries. That moment of “aha”.
The two schools.
In CS, since the beginning, two schools of the practice emerged about how we should observe The Christ in our lives. Mrs Eddy knew about this but refused to deal with it institutionally perhaps because the difference is fine and has the same result, although it has major implications for speed of progress. Stanley C Larkin tried to address this with the Mother Church (the details are all on the site below) years later however they felt it was a simple matter of history which is irrelevant today but it is relevant, since these ideas pervade our thinking and tells us more about how thinking in the Mother Church changed as the “Chicago” idea moved to Boston upon the death of Annie Knott.
You can read more about it here http://www.endtime.org/2schools/2schools.html.
Example 1: a sick person approaches the practitioner and is told “It is God’s unfoldment in your life which will take you higher. Look for the good such as the spiritual qualities of care.
Example 2: a sick person approaches a practitioner and is told “its an illusion, get up”.
I think both are acceptable if we look at them as different phases of growth but I don’t see how example 1 can work in our lives well because we are giving power to the very thing we try to displace. The first one may also give an indication that you may die before you reach a higher thought. Not what you want to hear when you seek healing. There is some strange sense of personalisation here. I have seen mainly Independent Practitioners use it but it often begins with the personal self, working up to God. Of course this is not what’s meant, its what’s implied by the language.
The other troubling thing is the focus on unfoldment not on God but on the process.
Point 1 also takes us into chaos theory. where everything is ok because we are “working it out” but neither Jesus or Mrs Eddy took time to heal people over days. It was sudden. Having said all of this the healing in example 2 could be argued to be only faith in the practitioner.
I suppose it could be argued that both examples are showing Spirit, both are demonstration, so is there really an issue?