The following was submitted by “Joanna” via email.
Christian Scientists profess to use logic in their religion. But they really don’t like it when you point out lapses in their logic. One lady, a very dear lady much older than myself but whom I considered a friend, struggled with eye problems while serving as first reader. Her Teacher, (her CS teacher – a disgusting, arrogant woman in the next city) also had employed her to work for her a few hours a week doing secretarial work. But when the eye doctor strongly recommended medicated drops for the glaucoma, the teacher fired my friend. She also strong-armed my friend into resigning her post as first reader. In my opinion, since the teacher didn’t belong to our church, this was none of her business — not to mention unconscionably unfair to fire her from her job and lay her with a heavy guilt trip. This whole situation was rife with contradictions, but nobody seemed to see them. First of all, it was “okay” for my friend to see an eye doctor, but not “okay” to take the recommended treatment in order to avoid blindness.
Enter some Logic from stage left:
I asked my friend, “What if a CSist had a financial problem, or a legal problem. Would it be counted as a CS healing if the problem were resolved through prayer?”
“Would it still be okay for the CSist to get help from a lawyer or an accountant without any shame or guilt?”
It’s okay to get help from lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, mechanics, teachers, dog trainers, landscapers, journalists, antique dealers, neighbors, tech support, librarians, gas station attendants, taxi drivers, real estate agents, bus boys and the mailman. Any problem that is solved with the help of any other professional can be counted as a CS healing if you stand up and say you prayed about it.
“Then why is going to an eye doctor about glaucoma any different?”
“Oh. Um.” There was no answer for this. Too much logic! Stop with the logic already!
I asked my friend, “Why did your teacher make you quit as reader?”
It was because she had resorted to medical treatment for glaucoma.
I asked her, “Was there a practitioner on the case?”
“Yes.” The practitioner was (guess who) the teacher. (I already knew this.)
“So,” I said, “the case was considered to be a failure?”
That was why there was a lot of shame and humiliation heaped around. My friend valued her vision more highly than her secretarial job with the Queen of Arro Gance. How dare she.
“Then,” I asked her, “if there was a practitioner on the case, why is the failure not attributed to the practitioner? It was the practitioner’s case, and if guilt, blame and humiliation are going to be dealt out, they should all go in the direction of your teacher.”
“Oh!” She had never thought of it that way. And of course, I was wrong, I was dead wrong. She resigned from her tasks as reader, and continued to revere the teacher, but from a new, lower level of abasement and self-loathing.
And this is the way it always was. Any physical problem you might have that was not “resolved through prayer” was a source of shame. I remember asking my mom once, what happened to Mrs. So-and-So; I hadn’t seen her in church for a few weeks. My mom told me that Mrs. So-and-So had developed a limp, so she didn’t want to be seen in church. What kind of church is this, that shames people for having a knee problem, or for limping, or for just getting old? Disgusting.
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3 Replies to “Stop with the logic already!”
So sad. Thank you for sharing this post. So sad. Wow. I am shaking my head.
And the limp. Shamed for having a limp so stop attending church. Pathetic. Jesus went TO the woman with the bowed back. With Love. He didn’t judge her for having a bowed back. He called her TO him and he healed her. If Christian Science “WORKS” as American Christian Scientists love to say, then why don’t they CALL this woman TO them and heal her of her limp instead of victim blaming her?
Stupid Queen of Air O Gance. Love your title there. Aren’t all CS Teachers full of arrogance and victim blaming? Yet the load up on the money financially.
And if their victims – I mean – cases don’t get healed, they just victim blame.
It’s the PRACTITIONER’s JOB to heal.
Mary Baker Eddy couldn’t heal any – at ALL. So she stopped taking cases & came up with excuses.
I want every Christian Scientist out there to read this blog. And get the &^%#*! out of the cult-i-mean-religion. No I don’t. It’s a cult. “A cult that survived its charismatic leader.”
Thank you again so much for your post. You are spot on. I am glad your friend chose her eyesight over a job where she was not appreciated & taken advantage of.
Wow, I didn’t know MBE quit taking cases … Funny, I just was thinking recently how much I didn’t ever want to hear anything about anything she did or said (or especially that ubiquitous phrase, “what would Mrs. Eddy say?) but that is interesting.
Yes, the shaming. How nice. How compassionate. How loving. NOT. I once asked a church member about the illustration Jesus makes of the Pharisees who proudly display a cup that is nice and clean on the outside , but dirty inside. Aren’t we just like those Pharisees if we judge and shame church members for having an outward problem such as a limp? The answer, you already know, was Of course not, because if Mrs. So and So were truly a good Christian Scientist, and doing her work, she would have healed herself of that limp.
It’s sort of like Christian Science gives people a free pass from having to be compassionate.
“Christian Science gives people a free pass from having to be compassionate.” – Amen
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