More Than a Superstar (Summary)
George Louis Aghamalian, C.S.B., of New York City
Member of the Board of Lectureship of The Mother Church,
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts
Divine healing is the effect of the "Christ in action" George Louis Aghamalian, C.S.B., said October 2 in Antioch.
A Christian Science lecturer from New York City, Mr. Aghamalian told an audience in the Church Edifice that Christian healing is available to all.
"The motivating force called the Christ which lay behind Jesus' mighty works is still here governing each of us," he declared. "This is why Jesus himself said, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.'"
Mr. Aghamalian spoke at the invitation of First Church of Christ, Scientist in the Church Edifice on Beacon Hill on Harden Street at Route 173.
He was introduced by Mrs. Murray Conzelman, First Reader.
The lecturer emphasized that it takes more than a popular "superstar" to completely transform the lives of people as Jesus did.
"Jesus was the most spiritually-minded man who ever lived, whereas the Christ is the Truth that motivated everything he thought and did," he said.
"When Jesus made that profound statement to the Pharisees, 'Before Abraham was, I am,' obviously he wasn't talking of his physical body," he said. "He couldn't have been, because Abraham lived centuries before him. He was referring to the Christ, which is never born and never dies."
"The Christ," he added, "exists throughout eternity as an ever-present divine influence in human affairs."
New emphasis on Jesus, the man, and Christ, or divine Truth, is brought out, he said, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science.
Christian Science teaches, he said, that Jesus' Christliness inspired and governed his every thought and action and that the Christ can do the same for people today.
"Jesus came to show us how to understand the Christ, the true idea of God and man and of man's relationship to God," he stated.
Mr. Aghamalian held that the "Christ, God's presence, can always make itself felt through prayer in a practical, effective way."
"The Christ," he said, "is our Saviour — that which saves or heals ... It is the divine presence that heals disease, because the Christ includes perfect health. It's the presence that heals sorrow, because the Christ includes eternal joy. It's the presence that heals fear and depression, because the Christ includes enduring peace and courage."
Continuing he said, "The Christ is the presence of abundance, because the Christ includes God's unending goodness. Our Saviour, the Christ, is with us this very moment."
He told his audience that every time "we humbly open our thinking to the Christ and let it direct our lives, we're experiencing resurrection in some small measure."
"More than a Superstar" was the title of Mr. Aghamalian's lecture. He is currently on an extensive speaking tour as a member of The Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
[Delivered Oct. 2, 1973, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, corner of Route 173 and Harden Street, Antioch, New York, and published in The Antioch News, Oct. 3, 1973.]