Why, and How

"Because of your unbelief" was the answer Jesus gave to his disciples' question, "Why could not we cast him out?" The boy whose father had appealed to them for healing, they had seen restored at Jesus' command. However, with his usual liberality toward mortals in their ignorance of God and the operation of His laws, Jesus added, "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." His loving rebuke included also the rule by which divine Principle operates in the healing work. In considering this rule, Mrs. Eddy, on page 222 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," gives its explanation as "refraining from admitting the claims of the senses."

In the language of Christian Science, the word "unbelief" has a broader significance than is usually attached to it, meaning not only lack of faith in the accomplishment of good, but a greater lack of the actual understanding of God, the source of all good. So, to-day, the frequent cry, Why am I not healed? or, Why is my healing delayed? can but receive the same answer: "Because of your unbelief." Though human problems may seem to be numberless, they all proceed from the same source, — the belief that there is more than one God, more than one power, more than one presence; and they all have their solution in the understanding of the two connate facts of Christian Science, — the allness of God and His ideas, and the nothingness of the belief in evil. In the progressive unfoldment of these facts, it is learned why discord is unreal, and how the continuous proof of harmony, as the reality, may be realized in a sufficient measure along every avenue of human thought and action.

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