I couldn’t help it—Christian Science made sense to me
Maybe the rest of the world would have called me “strange” for being a Christian Scientist. But for me, that wasn’t the issue. It was my family that mattered to me. And my family certainly thought I was strange.
“You are Hindu,” they told me.
“A Hindu,” they added, “doesn’t become a Christian.”
But I couldn’t help it. Christian Science made sense to me. So I went on attending services at a local church. And they went on shaking their heads.
Then one Wednesday night, on my way home from a testimony meeting, I was in an accident on my motorbike that left me unconscious by the side of the road. Police took me to the hospital and called my family. When I came to, I called a Christian Science practitioner, and within half an hour she was there with her husband who is also a Christian Scientist. They accompanied me home, but my parents—much to my surprise—didn’t seem very happy to see me. The practitioner and her husband shared a few healing ideas and left. That was when my parents really let loose.
“The Hindu gods are punishing you,” they told me. “That’s what this and all your other accidents are about.”
These sound like harsh words, but my parents weren’t trying to be unkind. They were genuinely concerned about me—though I knew what they were saying couldn’t be true. Punished? It actually sounded quite funny to me. In Christian Science I had learned that God loves His children and never punishes them. I couldn’t fathom a God who would both bless His people and curse them. I prayed to know that God was taking care of me and my family. We could all feel His love.
But still, I met with resistance to my “strangeness.” My parents even went so far as to physically stop me from attending church services, and because I was still praying about a knee injury from the accident, there was nothing I could do but stay home.
Stay home and pray, that is. My practitioner friend and I prayed to understand that there is only one God and that He is supreme. In Hinduism they call deity “God,” too. So I extended my prayer to include my family as well. I prayed to see that one God is in control and He is controlling each and every situation and person. So my parents and relatives are not beyond this control.
I also had to deal with some resentment that had built up as a result of my parents’ reaction to my “strangeness.” I prayed to dissolve that feeling of resentment and ultimately started seeing and appreciating the Godlike qualities in my parents.
The real test came when my healing was complete. I wanted to go back to church—and I didn’t want to sneak around to do it. One thing I’d been praying about all along was spiritual strength—the strength to follow God in the way He was showing me, and the strength to overcome resistance of any kind.
At first, it seemed like the same thing was happening that always happened. When my mom heard I was headed to church, she told me I could stay there and that I shouldn’t bother to come back home. But this time, my thinking about the situation was different. Instead of fear or resentment, I just felt love. There was absolutely no clash in my mind.
The Bible asks, “Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” 1
After that Sunday, I knew for certain that the answer to that question is: No. I did come home after church, and you know what? There was no more opposition. Now my parents appreciate my duties and activities related to church. And they understand that Christian Science doesn’t break up the family but instead it brings love and harmony to our relationships.
It is the result of prayer that my parents not only appreciate Christian Science but that they’ve also even begun attending Christian Science lectures. Gone is the strangeness and bitterness. Not in spite of, but in fact because of Christian Science, my relationship with my parents is now perfectly sweet.
- James 3:11 ↩
Topics: Family, Religion | Tags: acceptance, embracing Christian Science, Hindu, resistance