Not an Exclusive Privilege

One of the almost threadbare criticisms of Christian Science which is brought forward more or less regularly, is that which assumes the followers of this religion are guilty of impiety and almost blasphemy, because they believe that sickness not only may be, but is, healed today through the practice of Christianity, just as "all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people" was healed by Christ Jesus nineteen hundred years ago.

This criticism is primarily based upon a belief that the healing power exercised by our Master was a personal gift from the Father to him, and was by him communicated only to those with whom he was in personal touch—specifically, "the twelve" and "the seventy" disciples who were his immediate followers. That this belief is without foundation would seem to be amply proved by Jesus' own words, "These signs shall follow them that believe." Even this declaration by the great Teacher is not the only proof which has come to us that the healing power was not a limited gift to a limited few. The apostle Paul did not come upon the scene of action until a later period, and certainly none would dispute his possession of the healing power, to say nothing of the various books in the New Testament for which we are indebted to him and his coworkers.

A Talking Serpent
June 26, 1915

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