Dispute sickness with Science? Unlike physical and natural sciences, divine Science has its origin in God, the divine. And the knowledge of it is spiritual and comes by understanding God as omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. It is divine law, and it disputes illness for you because it is God’s own law — it is what God literally knows is true about you and His entire creation.
To unpack this some, lets define where divine Science comes from and where it operates.
Divine Science is God’s law — it underlies and governs everything. Divine Science is illustrated in the Bible by Christ Jesus’ healing ministry. It’s also clearly seen in the Book of Acts, by the early Christian Apostles and their healing activities, as well.
Let’s also tackle what divine Science is not: supernatural, wishful, “pie-in-the-sky” thinking. It also isn’t a pseudo-science that’s trying to be something it’s not.
Jesus disputed sickness with his understanding of God. Jesus understood perfectly, most completely, that God made man in His image and likeness — that man is eternally holy and good. This eternal goodness is unchanging perfect, complete. Jesus knew this so well that he healed people left and right.
But this sense of perfection that Jesus understood didn’t exist in a vacuum, nor was it only part of Jesus’ personality. Rather this perfection is divine law, and Jesus’ perfect understanding of God brought it to light — through healing. What Jesus understood and proved was also done to some degree by other Biblical Prophets. But Jesus, the Son of God, knew his divine Father, God, so well, that Jesus expressed a complete proof of this divine law so that it was beyond doubt.
Perfection isn’t about being or becoming humanly perfect. Rather, Christian Science shows that it has to do with thought and improving our thinking by spiritually understanding ourselves as God’s good creation. This good, or goodness, is the underlying, spiritual reality of all things, and everything that is real, good, or eternal is spiritual and has its origin in God, Spirit. Everything that God made, as defined in the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, was good, including man.
This is how we dispute sickness like Jesus did — by understanding that we’re already good, whole, and complete. And Mary Baker Eddy makes it plain, in the most complete volume on the subject, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. By her own experiments, she defined divine Science through Christian healing—this is what made it tangible. Eddy wrote it down her discovery in Science and Health so that we could all understand God and His healing Christ to overcome every form of evil, sin, sickness, and death.
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science. Let your higher sense of justice destroy the false process of mortal opinions which you name law, and then you will not be confined to a sick-room nor laid upon a bed of suffering in payment of the last farthing, the last penalty demanded by error.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.390:12-18