More than once, I’ve had students of Christian Science ask me if they could still practice Christian Science even though they had opted to have a medical treatment for an ailment. And I’ve quickly replied, “Of course! That’s when you need it the most!”
In Christian Science, there are not two worlds—a spiritual world and a medical world—and the option to decide which realm one is going to operate in. There is one reality—God, and everyone is included in it, always, and under all circumstances. A decision to receive a medical treatment does not separate one from God. It does not create an impassable chasm where one must leave his spiritual convictions and understanding of Truth behind. If anything, it’s a time to grow closer to God than ever before.
People in hospitals and sickrooms around the globe need Christian Science! It’s what will bring them the spiritual health they’re really looking for.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote an intriguing statement about welcoming Christian Science into the sickroom. She wrote, “A patient’s belief is more or less moulded and formed by his doctor’s belief in the case, even though the doctor says nothing to support his theory. His thoughts and his patient’s commingle, and the stronger thoughts rule the weaker. Hence the importance that doctors be Christian Scientists” (Science and Health, p. 198). If Eddy is recommending that doctors practice Christian Science, whether in a hospital, or elsewhere, she certainly would advocate patients doing the same!
So, don’t leave Christian Science home if you go to the hospital. By all means, grab your Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and take them with you. Use the opportunity to grow in your understanding of God more than ever. What you discover spiritually will benefit you more over the long run than any material procedure or medicine.