Is there then no hope? If there is truth and surcease of...

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Is there then no hope? If there is truth and surcease of suffering in metaphysical healing through the potency of divine Truth, as it is claimed there is, suffering humanity needs it, God knows. That it does heal, as it healed two thousand years ago is, it is persistently claimed, susceptible of proof or disproof, such as would satisfy a fair judgment open to evidence. The Christian religion stands committed to its healing power then, and that it was given as a sacred heritage to sufferers at that time. If it relieved hopeless sufferers then, why not now? Has the Love that prompted it and the Principle of its action been withdrawn from humanity, or is it still available under the same conditions? Or was the old story a lie?

In the light of human suffering and hopelessness these are burning questions not to be readily dismissed from the sympathetic conscience of humanity. Is there truth in this religion of healing, happiness, assurance. and confidence of whose healing and uplifting presence we are hearing so much? It is said to supplant the hopeless sufferer's despair with hope, confidence, and even assurance. More is claimed for it. It professes to lift men and women into a new life and harmony and a security based on spiritual understanding which operates thereafter as a constant protection. It professes to bring into life a peace and happiness before unknown. To a man denied hope in any other direction, dominated by fear and despondency, hopeless in his distress and suffering, this relief looks inviting. Can it be true? Does it heal? The proof of its truth or falsity is easily at hand. Men and women in various walks of life, respected in the communities in which they live, people whose word and whose honor will go unchallenged in any court of justice and be accepted as a pledge of honor in every other way, claim to have been so healed. The evidence, such as we have described, is close at hand. If it came in any other form than as a spiritual truth, the evidence would perhaps get a fairer hearing for humanity's sake alone. Here is a mode of thought that is earning its way as no other ever did, and friend and enemy alike give it force. Is it false or is it true?

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