Subject: Medicine of Comfort
Golden text: II Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV copyright by Crossway Bibles
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
II Chronicles 16:7-14
At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” 10 Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time.
11 The acts of Asa, from first to last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 They buried him in the tomb that he had cut for himself in the city of David. They laid him on a bier that had been filled with various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumer’s art, and they made a very great fire in his honor.
21st Century Science and Health, copyright by Cheryl Petersen
Is it skillful or scientific surgery not to consider the patient’s mental condition? The patient is more than mindless matter. The patient is more than a weak and manipulative human mind. Divine Mind needs to be consulted.
Suffering is a means of destroying limited thinking and wrongdoing. Every material pleasure will come with a measure of pain until spiritual life is taken on. To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the Principle of being.
Right and wrong, truth and error will be at strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of invincible truth. Mental freedom follows the explanation of Truth, and an improved state is won; but with some individuals the morbid moral or physical symptoms constantly reappear. I have never witnessed so decided effects from the use of temporary remedies as from the use of spiritual.
Teach your students that they must know their own self before they can know others and minister to human needs. Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help. You uncover sin, not in order to hurt, but in order to bless human beings; and a right motive has its reward.
On another Sabbath, [Jesus] entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. 8 But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there. 9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
21st Century Science and Health
Stories and reports on the effects of thoughts produced by human minds show that life and death aren’t necessarily tied to physical accidents, operations, or disease, but can be tied to other human minds, mimicking the one divine Mind.
The medical schools attempt to learn the state of human beings from brain, matter, or machines, instead of from divine Mind. They measure the blood pressure, electrolytes, body temperature, etc., in order to ascertain how much health matter is permitting to matter. MRIs, X-rays, and other images are examined to diagnose how much normalcy one form of matter is allowing another form of matter.
Ignorant of the fact that human thinking produces disease and all its symptoms, ordinary physicians are liable to increase disease with their own minds. Instead, they can work to destroy disease through the power of the divine Mind and its knowledge of good.
As a first step, we can ask God to deliver us, but by taking more steps, and by demonstrating spiritual goodness, we can reach the living Truth.
A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of human beings in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitor? Will you welcome the angel who comes quietly and unpretentiously?
It is constructive for physicians, therapists, and practitioners to know and act on the truth that Mind is existent. Healers should not take the position that matter is the only cause.
Doctors can take note that it is better not to implant disease in the thoughts of your patients by declaring disease to be a fixed fact, even before you go to work to eradicate the disease through the material faith inspired. Instead of furnishing thought with fear, try to correct the turbulent emotion by the influence of divine Love, which removes fear.
When governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, we know that with God all things are possible. One example of this way to living Truth which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.
Why savor the image of disease as if it is sweet candy on the tongue, by holding it before the thought of both physician and patient? It is useful to understand that the cause of disease obtains in the mortal human mind and its cure comes from the immortal divine Mind.
To cure a patient, the practitioner must first dismiss their own moral evils. Purification allows the practitioner to attain the spiritual freedom and ability to drive physical evils out of the patient. Healing will not radiate from someone who is so spiritually unproductive that they are unable to give drink to the thirsty or reach the patient’s thought. Mental poverty alienates faith and understanding.
The physician who lacks empathy for humanity is deficient in goodwill. The public then has the apostolic warrant for repeating: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” Not having spiritual goodwill, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and can’t recognize infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such a so-called Scientist will “strain out a gnat” while they swallow the camels of bigoted pompous learning.
The physician must also pay attention so as not to be overwhelmed by either the hatefulness of sin or by the unveiling of wrong thinking (sin) in her or his own attitude. Sick people are sometimes terrified by their beliefs and sinners should be frightened by their own sinful thinking; however, the Scientist of universal Truth and Love must be calm in the presence of both sin and disease, knowing that Life is God, and God is All.
It takes effort not to bury the spirit of divine Science in the burial clothes of its letter. If we would open the prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing behind ostentatious status, ritualistic activities, or even somber piety. In the presence of a sick person, employ tender words and spiritual encouragement. Patiently remove all fears, without gushing theories, stereotyped clichés, and rigid arguments which are so many misrepresentations of divine Science, aflame with divine Love.
 I John 4:20 (NRSV)
 Matt. 23:24