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Defense against the flu

A Christian Science perspective.

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Earlier this year, a global flu pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization. For the past few months, news reports have announced the expectation that a second wave of the H1N1 flu virus in a severer form will be coming this fall. As someone who has relied on Christian Science for healing, I have found great comfort and release from fear in the promises of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy's writings, especially her textbook on healing, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Both books bring out the importance of resisting the influence of fear in the face of disease. In fact, Mrs. Eddy wrote, "Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease" (pp. 391-392).

The news media unwittingly promote disease through constant reports that make people fearful. Our protection lies in turning to God, the one Mind, and understanding God's allness. This also enables us to resist getting caught up in a tide of opinion and fear. As the Bible declares, "... the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him" (Deut. 4:35). In the allness of God's universal harmony and goodness, there can be no sickness of any kind, because only good is present.

The Bible also describes man – both male and female – as made in the image and likeness of God. As God is Spirit, our true substance is spiritual. As we understand God to be harmonious, perfect Life, we see increasing evidence of unchangeable harmony and perfection in our own lives. Only what originates in God has reality in the man and woman of God's creating. When we understand even a little of God's ever-present perfection, we recognize that only good has power, only good can touch us. Evil – whether in the form of disease, germs, microbes – cannot enter spiritual being.

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