The Healing Leaves

Boston Times

I have been requested to reconcile the non-use of medicine with the Scriptural statement, "And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

St. John's picture of the New Jerusalem with its golden streets, the river of life and the tree of life, is without doubt intended to illustrate the beauty and harmony of spiritual life. The description of the tree of life should be taken in the same figurative sense which properly applies to the description of the Holy City. No Bible student expects to witness a material city, fifteen hundred miles in height, coming down through the air. We are accustomed to accept these apocalyptical forms of speech, as they were surely used by the author; namely, as figuration.

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