If the gentleman believes that sickness could ever be...

Greenville (S. C.) News

If the gentleman believes that sickness could ever be healed by divine power, upon what ground can he assume that it cannot be done in this age? Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

It should be noted that a part of the work which the Master did was to heal the sick. Therefore the healing of the sick is included in the command, and in other parts of the Scripture healing is specifically mentioned. We will agree with our critic that the healing of sin is of greater importance to the sinner than that he shall be rid of his physical suffering, but we would add that physical suffering is due to sin, and that if sin is entirely destroyed, sickness, which is only a consequence of sin, will also disappear. The Master said, "Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" thus indicating that he expected the man whose sins were forgiven to be able to walk, and that he did not expect him to walk until his sins were forgiven. It is well to state here that the term sin in this connection is used in its broad sense, as applied not only to wilful wrongs but to ignorant errors. To sin is to turn away from perfection. to think, speak, or act in a manner not becoming the perfect image and likeness of God. Christian Science proposes to heal mankind by regenerating them, proposes to do away with sickness by making men too good to be sick.

November 27, 1909

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