The above article came across my Facebook newsfeed, and of course, given my background in Christian Science, the title caught my attention. Please give it a read as a backgrounder (it’s short, I promise), before you continue reading this post.
Christian Science practitioners are paid for prayer. It’s what they do for a living, and if they’re listed in the Christian Science Journal, that’s all they do for a living. While I don’t think they’re necessarily deceptive to the level that the man in this article is–definitely not deliberately so as he seems to be, I’d say they’re in the same neighbourhood. I’ve known some people who’ve paid hundreds, upwards of even thousands of dollars over periods of time spanning years in some cases, to Christian Science practitioners for conditions that, of course, don’t improve (because Christian Science, ahem, doesn’t cure anything). In my own family, after my parents died and I was settling up their affairs, I’d estimate that my Dad paid a practitioner several hundred dollars over around seven years for Christian Science ‘treatments’ that didn’t do a damn thing for him–during that entire time, I witnessed his health steadily deteriorate. If he’d gone to a doctor and gotten proper medical treatment for the heart failure that killed him, he might have lived. I also still vividly remember one of the last cheques I wrote on my parents’ accounts as I settled up their outstanding bills was for $1,500.00 to the Christian Science nursing facility in which my mother spent her excruciatingly painful last days. What a gross waste of money!
While I firmly believe every Christian Science practitioner sincerely believes that their prayerful work actually does do something, the fact of the matter is that it does not. If you’re paying a Christian Science practitioner for treatment of a disease or some other ‘bad’ thing in your life, you’re far better off to just set your dollar bills on fire–at least that way you’ll get some warmth, or you can roast some marshmallows over the fire.