"Heal the Sick"

The Bible is full of contrasts, but none more striking than that presented by the last verse of the sixth chapter of Mark's gospel and the first two verses of the seventh chapter. "And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole." "Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And-when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault."

Jesus was healing the sick by hundreds, and these pettyspirited theologians and sectarians could see nothing more than that "some of his disciples eat bread with . . . unwashen hands." Think of it ! And yet this does not differ materially from what is going on at the present time. Thousands are testifying each week, at the Wednesday evening meetings that they have been healed through Christian Science of all manner of diseases and of sin. "But," says the critic, "they disregard the wisdom of the ages; they don't believe in a personal devil."

Jesus did not depend upon mere words to make known his gospel, he healed the sick, cast out demons, cleansed the lepers, and raised the dead; and it is only as we follow in his footsteps that we show forth the practical significance of his good tidings. Christian Science will be justified by the works of its followers, and captious criticism and prejudiced opposition will be overthrown by what Christian Scientists accomplish for humanity. The call of the hour is for greater spirituality, for more consecrated lives, and for absolute unity in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ among mortals.

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Clergymen and Physicians
May 28, 1904

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