The Light that Heals

If a Christian Scientist were asked what it is that heals the sick in Christian Science, he would unhesitatingly answer that it is spiritual illumination, and for this response there is abundant Scriptural authority. The mission of the Christ was prophetically described by Zacharias in these words: "To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death." Long before his day, when to mortal sense all seemed dark, Isaish had said, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." To this he added, "The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light."

This latter promise becomes a vital element in the experience of those who are healed in Christian Science, for it is their privilege to be "children of light," a term used by several of the New Testament writers. We are told that at the transfiguration Jesus was such a transparency for the divine light that even his garments were radiant. The next day, when he came down from the mount, this light went forth to bring healing to the poor epileptic boy, proving that it is indeed the very life of men. It rests with us to "let" this light shine on and on, till all the darkness of mortal sense is dispelled.

Among the Churches
September 11, 1915

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