The article, "Jesus Heals and Saves a Blind Man," in...

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The article, "Jesus Heals and Saves a Blind Man," in your recent issue, implies that the practice of Christian Science, in healing disease by the power of prayer alone, is contrary to Jesus' teachings. Using the incident wherein Jesus "anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay" as evidence that "the use of this clay gives the sanction of Christ to the use of other instruments as a means in the art of healing," seems to disregard the real interpretation and import of that incident. It would have been a marked departure from the remarkable consistency of his work, wherein he always annulled material law by the power of God, for him to have conceded healing power to "clay." A clearer understanding of this incident is afforded by a definition given in Hastings' Bible Dictionary, where it is said that in Oriental practices, "spitting upon . . . indicated deep despite." Therefore, it is not inconsistent to interpret his act of spitting upon the ground as showing his disdain for materiality and its means and methods. It should be understood that Christian Science consistently follows the teachings and commands of Christ Jesus. Its healing work is done after the manner in which he taught his early disciples, and as he commanded all "that believe" should do. These teachings are proved to-day, as of old, by "signs following." Christian Science teaches that it is the steadfast adherence to the law of God, divine Mind, that enables the followers of Christ Jesus to do the "works" he commanded them to do; and in doing this healing work its students have learned in some degree what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."

September 18, 1926
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