Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Christian Science Practitioner?
A Christian Science Practitioner is a person who has been trained in using, and is experienced in applying, the spiritual/metaphysical healing techniques and prayer that were used by the ancient biblical prophets, taught by Jesus, and documented by Mary Baker Eddy in her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. A practitioner will pray or provide Christian Science Treatment for you, or with you at your request.
What is Christian Science Treatment?
Christian Science treatment is a specific kind of prayer which relies on the healing power of God. It is explained in Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. When Christian Science treatment is requested, the patient has given permission for the practitioner to prayerfully treat his or her state of thought. No two treatments are ever the same; the applications of divine Principle are literally infinite and every case is unique. Healing is accomplished through prayer alone, no physical manipulation or medication, diet, exercise, or other human paradigms are used. In Christian Science, healing is expected in one treatment; however, the patient determines the length of the treatment. All communications between the patient and practitioner are entirely confidential. Christian Science treatment may be requested by the person desiring healing or by someone else on that person’s behalf if that person has given their consent.
Is Christian Science treatment recognized by the IRS as a medical expense?
Christian Science Practitioner is listed on IRS Publication 502 at this link (https://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/) as an “includible” medical expense for tax purposes. Also, if your company uses IRS Publication 502 (as many companies do) to establish what expenses that can be made against your Cafeteria Plan, Flex Medical Plan, or Health Savings Account (HSA) you may be able to draw from those accounts to pay for your Christian Science Treatment. However, the patient is responsible for all payments to the Christian Science Practitioner and all interactions with their insurance providers or Cafeteria, Flex, or HSA plan administrators to get reimbursement.
Is Christian Science treatment covered by health insurance?
Some insurance plans do cover Christian Science Treatment that is given by a Christian Science Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner. I am a Christian Science Journal listed practitioner, so call your insurance company to find out if they do cover Christian Science treatment. Christian Science treatment is listed on IRS Publication 502 at this link (https://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/) as an “includible” medical expense for tax purposes, so if your employer uses IRS Publication 502 (as many companies do) to establish what expenses that can be made against your Cafeteria Plan, Flex Medical Plan, or Health Savings Account (HSA) you may be able to draw from those accounts to pay for your Christian Science Treatment. Note: The patient is responsible for all payments to me and for interactions with their insurance providers or other plan administrators to get reimbursement.
Can I be healed without being seen?
Christian Science Treatment is silent prayer. It is given while and/or after support is requested by phone, in person, or via written or other electronic correspondence. Healing is not through talking, reading, physical manipulation, supplements, diet or any other material means.
Who does the healing?
God, divine Love, does the healing through the power of the Christ.
What are your study tools?
I use The Holy Bible (usually the King James Version) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, together with other writings by Mary Baker Eddy as the basis of my study, treatment, and prayer. For more information about Science and Health, click here.
What if I want general prayer, but not Christian Science treatment?
If a person is already being treated by the medical establishment or if they are self-treating by using over-the-counter medication, herbs or diet, they will prefer to request prayer, rather than Christian Science treatment. In the case of prayer, I charge for my time, not for the prayer.
What kinds of things can I ask you to pray about?
If you are concerned about something, you may ask me for Christian Science treatment or for prayer related to it. I have been asked in the past for prayerful help with problems such as sickness, disease, sin, addiction, illness, injury, fear, relationship issues, financial issues, emotional issues, legal issues, and employment, job or supply related issues.
Will you pray for me?
Every patient should have, and be willing to study if they are able, the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. If that criteria is met and the person is sincerely seeking a better understanding of God and spiritual healing, I will pray for them. If no other treatment is being given, I will give Christian Science Treatment.