Promise and Fulfillment

The appealing promises of protection and power, of providence and peace, of health and life, with which the Bible is replete, have long been read by Christian believers, sometimes with awe and wonder, ofttimes with adoration and religious fervor, occasionally with resentment at their seeming mockery, but always with hope and longing for their fulfillment. For, in the experience of every man, the inability of matter and of human theories and inventions to provide protection, health, life, and peace is sooner or later proved so, invariably and decisively, that men intuitively turn to some power above and outside themselves. The strong appeal of Christ Jesus' ministry lay in his assurance of present-day fulfillment and realization of good. He began his preaching with a reiteration of John the Baptist's words of announcement, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand;" and he proved the verity of his words by his Christian works of healing the sick, liberating the sin-bound and sin-burdened, comforting the sorrowing, and raising the dead. Christian Science, being the restatement and reinstatement of primitive Christian teaching and practice, reechoes those encouraging words, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand," and points with the assurance born of an understanding of divine Principle to the Bible promises, which speak of God's continuing care and deliverance for all who look unreservedly to Him in time of need.

A retrospect view by the student of Christian Science shows that his old and wrong concept of God was responsible for the lack of fulfillment to him of the Bible promises he may have read so often. The trouble was not with God, nor with God's promises; but with his own thought regarding God, which governed his attitude toward all things. When God is conceived of as dividing His power and dominion with evil, manifest as sin and sickness, these evils are necessarily accepted as real, true, and inevitable. Therefore, the promise of deliverance from the bonds of disease and sin, though stimulating his hope, do not appeal to his reason when he is thus accepting evil's claim to power, law, and attraction.

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