Mary Kathleen Huggins
I am in my 8th decade on this earth, a half-century spent in contact with Christian Scientists, primary among them, my husband, the 4th generation in his family to join The Mother Church (TMC). His family’s involvement with the church allowed me the opportunity to study Christian Scientists and their behaviors, as well as the doctrine of the Christian Science church. I gathered data without even realizing it for many years, adding to my knowledge of many other religions and human beliefs in general. I participated in Christian Science to the extent of joining a branch church and TMC because my husband did. I later quit because I realized I did not have the commitment for a radial reliance on God as practiced by the people and practitioners I knew
Before I met Christian Science, I had a very multicultural life, as the expression today goes. My hobby has been to study what people believe and how culture arises from beliefs, since I was about 15 years old and took a high school humanities course in world beliefs.
I give my own personal background in CS in my first post in this blog and discuss all the other beliefs I have looked at in a post titled, My education in occult and religious studies in ancient and modern times “. It doesn’t include my acquaintance with various Christian sects.
Unfortunately, after almost 50 years of serious study of the theology and the practice of CS, I see no evidence that Christian Science works in many cases beyond the excellence of positive thinking in more than the 90% of all dis-eases that are self-limiting and get better if you take aspirin, or something else, or not. For no material agent ever does the healing, only the body itself can do it, given the right support for the situation.
I have come to think there must be some flaw in the theology of CS and I conclude it is the belief in mortal mind and animal magnetism that undoes much good this religion might otherwise achieve. The belief that animal magnetism can harm another is nothing but a belief in witchcraft, done up in new language. Mind reading, telepathy, mental massacres, long distance psychic wars, are superstitious beliefs and contribute nothing to the theology of CS and in fact, introduce a false dualism that is strangling the metaphysics.
What I write in this blog will not appeal to believing Christian Scientists, but it will give questioners something to think about.
I sincerely believe at least one line in the Bible, and probably a few more than this one, “God is Love”. I think love is an energy that has no limits and is what binds the universe together. Love is not material, it is spiritual; it is god, if there is a god, but why not just call it “Love”?
Although I take the position of a skeptic or non-believer most of the time, I will reconsider, if given extra-Biblical proof that Jesus was real and that He was a healer. The evidence He was a real person is minuscule and that He was a healer among other things, is non-existent. Unfortunately or fortunately I have lost faith. Now I want proof for every claim, whether it is a claim about healing (esp. in Christian Science) the Virgin birth, or the Resurrection.
A complete contradiction in my skepticism is my love
for Guadalupe or Tonantzin of the Aztecs. I see her as the mother form of god (if there is a God). I keep images of her around my home on pillows, on statues, in paintings, my keychain, on my gym bag , on earrings or pins I like to wear, and anything else I can find with Her image on it. I have two electrified images which cast off changing lights. Fortunately She is very kitschy in my hometown, so she is plastered all over the place on buildings and walls. My basic prayer to her is a heartfelt, “Mommy!!!”