Vaccines, immunity, and the pathway to health

Christian Science provides a very different perspective on vaccines, immunity and the pathway to health. Following is an excerpt of the full article written by Curtis Wahlberg and published on 28 January, 2021 in the Christian Science Sentinel:

“Stopping COVID-19 is understandably an important focus these days… An end to it means long-awaited relief from the widespread fear, suffering, and disruption brought on by the pandemic. 

There’s a lot of hope that the vaccines that have begun to be distributed will do the trick, and this hope is based largely on the role vaccines have played in past efforts to stop other diseases. What is less considered, though, is the mental process going on in regard to all of this. Yes, mental. The cure of disease has a mental and actually spiritual nature to it. And this fact has significant implications that need to be understood and taken into consideration in the pursuit of health. 

Life is essentially experienced in terms of thought. Nothing happens that has not come about from thought. What we see playing out physically in front of us is shaped by what we all accept as real and substantial. Ultimately, we’re always dealing with thoughts. And this is the case with sickness. 

Christian Science shows that sickness is not created or condoned by God, Truth. It reveals the universe to be the creation of infinite divine consciousness or Mind. St. Paul said of God, Mind, “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Despite appearances, we can think of all real life as divine Spirit or Mind expressing itself through its ideas, which are governed by its spiritual laws. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy explains: “The supposed laws which result in weariness and disease are not His laws, for the legitimate and only possible action of Truth is the production of harmony. . . . 

“The so-called laws of health are simply laws of mortal belief. The premises being erroneous, the conclusions are wrong. Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality” (pp. 183–184).

Science and Health also clarifies that contagion is a mental phenomenon rather than a physical one. “We weep because others weep, we yawn because they yawn, and we have smallpox because others have it; but mortal mind, not matter, contains and carries the infection” (p. 153).

Similarly, although the development of a vaccine is a rigorous process whereby scientists feel they are discovering what matter can do for us, this process is based on a sense of life as sustained in matter. When we understand that Life is Spirit and discern the entirely mental nature of disease and its cure, we see that the immunization effort is being carried along by human beliefs about the effects of certain forms of matter on the body. It’s actually human thought that equips the vaccine with the power it appears to have. And yet the whole process takes place with people largely unaware of all this. 

Through prayer affirming what we truly are as expressions of God’s good, spiritual nature, we exclude from our consciousness those mental influences that would undermine health.”

(Follow this link to find out more, and how the author of this article was healed of symptoms of shingles through prayer.)

The author also provides some clarity on a Christian Scientist’s perspective during the pandemic, “If we were to encounter a situation where vaccination was required to help stop the spread of COVID-19, our compliance [wouldn’t] compromise our reliance upon God.”

Concern for public health and safety is something that all responsible people share—including Christian Scientists. Grateful as we are to live in communities where honest differences can be respected, Christian Scientists are also mindful of the obligations all citizens have to respect the rights of others in their communities. For more than a century, our denomination has counseled respect for public health authorities and conscientious obedience to the laws of the land, including those requiring vaccination. Christian Scientists report suspected communicable disease, obey quarantines, and strive to cooperate with measures considered necessary by public health officials. We see this as a matter of basic Golden Rule ethics and New Testament love.

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