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"Show me thy faith"
Is Christian Science justified in the emphasis it places upon physical healing? Did Christ Jesus stress healing to the extent it is stressed by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and her other writings? Some critics of Christian answer both questions negatively. Fortunately there is no need of academic argument when the record so plainly and conclusively shows the facts.
In the back of many Bibles are statistical and commentative helps prepared by patient students of the letter, which, metaphysically considered, often illuminate the spirit of the Word. One table frequently found is entitled, "Miracles of Jesus." As the word miracle is used in Christian Science, it has none of the supernatural meaning attributed to it by the world in general and by most theological systems. For instance, on page 29 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy says: "Miracles are no infraction of God's laws; on the contrary, they fulfil His laws; for they are the signs following Christianity, whereby matter is proven powerless and subordinate to Mind." And Christ Jesus himself, as if anticipating the day when the weak in faith might hide their spiritual barrenness behind a plea of unattainable divinity, definitely made miracles the essential proof of discipleship for all time when he said: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."
Now of the thirty-seven citations of miracles in the table mentioned, twenty-nine, or all but eight, were miracles of healing. That is to say, nearly four-fifths, or virtually eighty per cent, of the specifically described works of Jesus were healings. This is sufficiently weighty evidence of the emphasis placed by Christ Jesus upon healing and upon faith proved by works. The eight miracles which were not miracles of healing were: turning the water into wine, filling the net with fishes on the right side of the boat, feeding the five thousand, finding the tribute money in the fish's mouth, feeding the four thousand, calming the tempest, walking on the water, and withering the fig tree. It will be noted that the first five of these miracles were demonstrations of supply and the last three demonstrations of dominion.
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"Show me thy faith"
WILLIAM RUFUS SCOTT
The Famine That Ends Famine
JAMES C. THOMAS
Coming and Going
IVAN B. MC BRIDE
LILLIAN E. DAVIS
The Indivisibility of Good
ANITA G. LITTLE
NINA SEYMOUR KEAY
The Patience of Principle
Willingness to Investigate
Gustavus S. Paine
For several years I have enjoyed perfect health through...
S. E. Wilmouth
On pages 155 and 156 of "Miscellaneous Writings," in...
Ellen Hunt Greene
In my youth I was educated in a denominational faith
Samuel Gotthardt with contributions from Wilhelmine Gotthardt-Navratil
Through a Christian Science Sentinel sent to me by a...
Alice A. Hull
I have been to so many of our Wednesday evening meetings...
Cora S. Howell
Beginning on page 27 of "Retrospection and Introspection"...
Emilie K. Hill
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Willard L. Sperry, Federal Council, Zona Gale, Edward Yeomans, Sallie A. McDermott, Roscoe C. E. Brown