"The divine method of pardon"

One of the most interesting of the healings recorded of Christ Jesus is to be found in the second chapter of Mark's gospel. Jesus had entered Capernaum, and while there "one sick of the palsy" was brought to his notice. The Master was touched by the faith the action revealed, and he straightway said to the sick man, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." Certain scribes who were sitting around began to criticize his words, and to ask, "Who can forgive sins but God only?" Immediately the reply came from Jesus: "Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins." Having thus spoken, he commanded the paralytic in the words, "Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house."

It is quite apparent that Christ Jesus, with his deep metaphysical knowledge, looked upon disease very differently from the scribes of his day. To him, sin and disease belonged to the same category, and could be healed by the same method, namely, by the spiritual understanding of Truth. It is probable that his critics looked upon sin as a mental condition for which men were more or less responsible, but on disease as something to a great extent beyond their control, since they believed it to be, as so many to-day believe it to be, an effect resulting from relentless material law.

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