The Day of Miracles

The works of scientific healing and regeneration which demonstrate that Christian Science does "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17), are frequently disallowed by professed Christians, with the assertion that "the day of miracles is past." This assertion voices the belief that the healings recounted in both the Old and the New Testaments, as effected through the power of God, Spirit, belong wholly to the past and cannot be reproduced today, and thus denies that Christian Science healing is spiritual.

One such critic of Christian recently recently declared in a public discourse that he believed in a "Christian science, but not in that of Mrs. Eddy," and he argued that the modern practice of medicine is a Christian science of healing. His conclusion was that the day of the miracles of Jesus has given way to the day of healing by drugs and surgery. The fact may properly be noted here, that medical authority and medical practice not only do not support the claim of a Christianly scientific basis for drug healing, but also have specifically disclaimed that such healing has any necessary relation to the works and teachings of Jesus. It is important to note also that the great Physician and the healing Principle described in the Scriptures are not recognizable in such a system; for, in the place of Jesus of Nazareth, the messiah of this theory is material law; and instead of the wisdom of the Father, who, as Jesus said, sent him and accomplished the works, the prevailing medical theories would have to be accepted as the basis of healing.

If this critic and his mistaken assertions were an isolated case, it would not be entitled to consideration, but it is typical of a wrong estimate of Christian healing that is occasionally expressed in both the pulpit and the pew of Christian churches; and this view involves errors that must be corrected if the power of Spirit is to be generally demonstrated today as it was by the Galilean Prophet. Throughout the Scriptures the teaching is consistent that we should rely upon Spirit, God, for healing, and not upon material means, so that any serious attempt to support medical theories with Christian teaching is illogical, and is subject to the Socratic reductio ad absurdum.

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