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If a patient is not healed where is the fault? Is it on the part of the patient or on the part of the healer? or is it because there are some cases that are incurable even in Christian Science? — A Patient.

Speaking from the highest standpoint of metaphysical healing there are no incurable cases. The Principle of Christian Science is perfect and a perfect understanding of the Principle could not fail in any case. One might as well say that some of the errors made in the attempt to solve a problem in mathematics could not be corrected by the right application of the Principle, as to say that some of the errors of mortal existence cannot be corrected by the application of the Principle of perfect and universal harmony. In the highest sense there is no such thing as an incurable case in Christian Science, although the practitioner may occasionally fail to make a complete demonstration. So far as specific cases are recorded in the Gospel, .Jesus did not fail to heal always. There is, however, an implication that he did not attempt to heal, or do mighty works, in some places because of the people's unbelief. His life was in strict conformity to the demands of infinite Good, and because of this he was able to heal sickness, cast out devils (evils), and even raise the dead. In no case did he say it was God's will for man to be in bondage to sin or sickness. If there were such cases, is it not probable that Jesus would have found at least one during his three years ministry, and so stated to his disciples? Such an important point as that it was not God's will for all to be healed, would certainly not have been omitted by the great Teacher. He would have made this point clear to his students, and not sent them out into the world with the express command to heal all manner of diseases, and leave them ignorantly to attempt to do some things impossible, if there were cases which could not be cured because it was not God's will they should be.

The Christian Scientist believes that it is God's will for all to be saved from sin sickness, and he is firmly convinced that the understanding of the Principle of Christian Science can and will heal any case. If this be true it necessarily follows that if there are failures the fault must be on the part of the healer, or the patient, or both.

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The Other Eye
October 19, 1899

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