“What if health were catching?”, writes Bob Cummings who is a spokesperson for Christian Science and healing through prayer in Michigan.
Here’s more from his article (go there now).
Is it reasonable to consider a good thing as contagious? Isn’t it widely accepted, for example, that laughter can be infectious?
What would be the beneficial implications of viewing health as catching?
For one thing, instead of viewing health as fragile, we could find a sturdier sense of health — that is, health that is not just the absence of disease or infirmity, as pointed out by the World Health Organization’s definition of health.
This, in turn, could help us confront fear in the face of news reports of the flu and other forms of contagion. Such reports, in this newspaper and others, can help us be informed, alert and wise.
Unfortunately, they can also make us fearful.
Back when Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, was addressing the Ebola outbreak, she said that fear is spreading faster than the virus. And early last year, discussing the Zika virus, she said: “The level of alarm is extremely high.”
Tackling fear is important.
Health reformer Mary Baker Eddy said: “People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s.”
All of this makes me think of an example from the Bible in which Jesus touched a leper. Instead of Jesus catching leprosy, the leper was cured (KJV Matthew 8:2-3). Keep reading »
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