A Correction

This article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 217:16-218:20

In the last Sentinel was the following question: "If all matter is unreal, why do we deny the existence of disease in the material body and not the body itself?"

We deny first the existence of disease, because we can meet this negation more readily than we can negative all that the body affirms. It is written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:" "There are degrees in the material or human belief, and a harmonious belief is one step out of error; a belief of health is an improvement on a belief of sickness."

Thus it is that our great Exemplar, Jesus of Nazareth, first takes up the subject. He does not require the last step to be taken first. He came to the world not to destroy the law of being, but to fulfil it in righteousness. He restored the diseased body to its normal action, functions, and organization, and in explanation of his deeds he said, "Suffer these things to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Job said, "In my flesh shall I see God." Neither the Old nor the New Testament furnishes reasons or examples for the destruction of the human body, but its restoration to life and health, as the scientific proof of "God with us." The power and prerogative of Truth are to destroy all disease and to raise the dead—even the self-same Lazarus. The spiritual body came with the ascension.

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