The woman of Scripture "was bowed together, and could...

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The woman of Scripture "was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." Our critic would no doubt say that this woman was suffering from a physical cause or effect, but Jesus referred to her as one "whom Satan hath bound." Such physical effects are, therefore, Satan's bonds. Certainly they are not creations of God, but the very opposite.

Now Jesus defined Satan as "a liar and the father of it [the lie]." The bond that bound the woman, therefore, was a lie. On the other hand, God is Truth. These statements explain the method of Christian Science healing. Our critic will no doubt admit that Truth is a reality, and if so, the conclusion is inevitable that what Christ, or Truth, casts out is a lie, the opposite of reality. Under such circumstances for our critic to contend for the "existence" and reality of disease and destructive physical causes, is to support Satan and his cause. No other conclusion is logical. Physical cause, so called, is a destructive power, while the omnipotence of God is a sustaining power.

When contending for the "existence" of disease, our critic should understand that the term is not used in Christian Science in the very general way in which it is usually accepted. Mrs. Eddy never said that disease does not seem to have existence to ordinary human sense, but she discovered that its seeming existence has no relation to true existence, which is spiritual, real, and eternal. The Scriptures bear her out on this point.

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November 24, 1917

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