It is not recorded that Christ Jesus, the master Christian,...

Bloomington (Ill.) Bulletin

It is not recorded that Christ Jesus, the master Christian, depended in any way upon the human will when healing, for he said, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." Although the practice of medicine had been in vogue for some two thousand years prior to the advent of Jesus, it is not recorded in the Gospels that he asked those who came to him for healing to bring a diagnosis from a physician, nor was he ever known to give drugs or to recommend them to those whom he healed. When he cured Peter's wife's mother he "rebuked the fever" and it "departed from her." Later, when his disciple (Peter) healed the man who had been lame from birth, he simply said, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk," and the man immediately went into the temple, "walking, and leaping, and praising God." James said. "The prayer of faith shall save the sick" — not the prayer of faith plus drugs. Can Christian Scientists then, who claim to be following the Christ way, consistently be charged by ministers of the gospel with being too radical when they prefer to depend solely upon God and the Christ, Truth, for health?

Another mistake made by ministers and others regarding Christian Science, in discussing this subject, has been in assuming that it cures only nervous and functional diseases. While it is not claimed that every case treated by Christian Scientists is healed, nevertheless there is plenty of reliable evidence to substantiate the claim that Christian Science heals not only hysterical or nervous troubles, but organic diseases as well. Christian Scientists would not discourage the honest efforts of any man, be he clergyman or physician, to alleviate human suffering, and they concede to every one the right to choose his own means of salvation, but they feel it to be right that the teaching of Christian Science should be fairly as well as distinctly pointed out.

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