Not as a criticism of prevalent teaching but as a means of emphasizing the messages given, attention is called to a significant Biblical word for salvation—health. Most often, both in the Old Testament and in the New, sin seems to be regarded as a disease ; whatever it may be that separates us from God, it is an interference with wholesome living; sin is as leprosy. if sin is a disease, the Healer is God. ... All health and life are in God; only He can bestow them. The miracles of healing by Jesus were—among other things—but a necessary expression of this truth: contact with the source of life means life, sooner or later, for the entire being. ...

Look deeper into that word healing; health is wholeness, holiness — spiritual health is salvation, just as New Testament writers describe bodily healing as being saved. To be healed is to be freed from all evil, from all abnormal conditions, all sin.—The Pacific Baptist.

The habit of professional belief in religion is loose, vague, equivocal. The habit of science is straightforward, exacting, uncompromising, direct. Therefore the conscience of mankind is on the side of science. And what does not that mean? After all, there is no moral conception so powerful in human life as the idea of truth; there is none which carries with it an influence so vital over the characters of communities and men, and gathers round it such strong reinforcements of moral sympathy. The church which fails to command that sympathy can have at best but a feeble influence on the destinies of mankind. If I mistake not, this is just what the churches are losing and what science is gaining at the present day. It is a perilous situation, and one without parallel in any previous age.—The Hibbert Journal.

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December 8, 1906

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