God's Man

When Jesus sent out his twelve disciples "to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease," he commanded them to declare the kingdom of heaven at hand, and among the instructions he gave was this: "I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Turning from Matthew's gospel to the twenty-first chapter of Revelation we find that in the kingdom of God there is neither sickness, sin, nor death, sorrow nor crying, and this great fact is the basis of all reasoning in Christian Science. On page 259 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says: "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration."

A stranger once said to a Christian Science practitioner to whom he had applied for help: "I have a friend who is a Christian Scientist. He is one of the best men I ever knew. He is true as steel, faithful to his friends, a kind husband, a loving father, loyal to business trusts, in fact, my ideal of what a man should be, and yet—he made such a foolish remark the last time I saw him that I am irritated every time I recall it. A dozen times, when in the company of mutual friends, I have been tempted to repeat it and ridicule him, but could not; he is so true himself he must have had reason for saying it, some meaning which I do not see. I wish you could tell me; I want to think that he is not so idiotic as he seemed."

The gentleman then went on with his story, to the effect that he had visited his friend at his place of business and had found him with his wrist bandaged. Upon inquiry he learned that there had been an accident prior to this time, but his friend assured him that he was quite over the effects, and proceeded to remove the bandage, at the same time asking if he wished to know how the cure had been effected, and saying, "I just knew that nothing had happened to me."

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February 1, 1919

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