Jesus was not popular with the Pharisees, nor with the...

Northern Weekly Gazette

Jesus was not popular with the Pharisees, nor with the healing systems in vogue in his day; but this did not hinder him from doing the work which he was called upon to do, for he was imbued with the idea expressed in his saying, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." Seeing that the sick were healed and the dead were raised through the application of the truth which he promised "shall make you free," it is obvious that the use of material means for obtaining health is not in accordance with the will of God. Jesus had no clinical experience, and yet he was the only man who healed every kind of disease that came to him, thus showing that clinical experience, which teaches the use of material means, is not necessary for the healing of the sick in any instance. Christian Science appeals to all classes, rich and poor alike. The rich, through Christian Science, learn to use their riches to the glory of God; and the poor, through a better understanding of God, see that poverty is not in accordance with His will, and find that it can be overcome through the right apprehension of the truth. Referring to the remarks about the action of drugs, it may be pointed out that a drug has no intelligence, and therefore does not act of itself. Its action is dependent upon what is believed to be its action. This action is determined not by a single individual, but by consentaneous human opinion. Those who "know the truth," understand God aright, can free themselves from the operation of this belief, and thus overcome any supposed effects of poison. This has been proved in innumerable cases to which Christian Science treatment has been applied. It is equally true with regard to microbic complaints.

Christian Scientists are taught to obey the laws that be, and to report to the proper authorities anything in the nature of contagious diseases. Christ Jesus said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Mrs. Eddy writes in her book "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 220): "I believe in obeying the laws of the land. I practise and teach this obedience, since justice is the moral signification of law."

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