15887Re: Pete Diana phenomena
- May 3, 2005Tarjei:
>From what I remember reading about MBE was that she claimed allFrank:
>illnesses are illusions, so that if you just refuse to recognize an
>ailment as something real, it will evaporate and you'll be healthy.
>Anything from common cold to cancer, including smallpox for that
>matter, just snap your fingers in faith and it disappears.
>Oversimplified, Tarjei.Not much oversimplified. They believe matter does not exist. Matter
is illusion, thus all physical ailments are illusion. To be healed is
a matter of "knowing the truth." If you get good at this, you should
theoretically to be able to do it by snapping your fingers.
They aren't exactly consistent about it, though. Christian Scientists
avoid all drugs and alcohol and can't take *any* medication. (No,
they don't vaccinate.) You can't take so much as an aspirin for a
headache without it being a frigging spiritual crisis. (Do I have
some bitterness <G>). However, they do see dentists, wear eyeglasses
and get routine obstetric care, have babies in hospital, and report
promptly to the emergency room with broken bones.
>The Christian Scientists have trained "practitioners" who visit sickYes - testimony to these healings are a central part of CS. And then
>people in order to show them how to believe that their problems are
>only in the mind - and it often works.
again, you can be lying on the table in the emergency room turning
green, with the doctor telling you you will die if you don't have
your ruptured appendix taken out, and your wife screaming at you, and
the local Christian Science practitioner helping you to "know the
truth," and you won't live unless you give in at the last minute and
let the doctors ("materialists," nearly as dreaded an epithet in
Christian Science as in anthroposophy) work their evil on you. (This
happened to my father.)
>"Mind" is a very important word in C.S. I once saw a translation ofYes, that's it - "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures" is
>their bible (Science and Health....no, I forget it's name, but it's
Mary Baker Eddy's key work; it's commentary on the Bible, and some
other stuff too. Interesting, yes. It's not "their Bible" strictly
speaking, unless you mean that in the colloquial sense (the way I say
Steiner is your bible, for instance).
I will write more about it later. Christian Science is similar in
some ways to anthroposophy (both coming out of 19th century
spiritualism) and quite dissimilar in others. For instance, they are
appalled by the notion of reincarnation; they consider it a
materialist error. (And "error" is a very loaded word in CS.)
Anthroposophy is a much more sophisticated doctrine. Christian
Science is very dull in comparison, no cosmology, no spiritual
hierarchies etc., and really none of the occult stuff, unless you
count the belief in "malicious animal magnetism," which is sort of a
cross between hypnotism and a hex and (if periodicals I perused in my
father's study last time I was home are any indication) a concept
they still take very seriously.
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>