A writer in your columns, in answer to a question, recently...

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A writer in your columns, in answer to a question, recently expressed the view that, although there is only one source of healing, they who rely solely on spiritual means are blameworthy. Jesus is generally admitted among Christian men and women to be the example for us all, but his teachings are not so commonly followed in practice. He understood God and man, and man's relation to his creator, God. He understood the truth of being. He healed, and taught others to heal, by spiritual, not material, means. Both Matthew and Luke tell us, in much the same language, that the Master instructed his twelve disciples to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Afterward, he sent out seventy of his followers with the mandate to heal the sick. In Mark's account of Jesus' direction to the disciples to preach the Gospel, he quotes the Master as saying: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." History shows that healing by spiritual means was practiced in the early Christian church for about three hundred years after Jesus' time. Christian Scientists to-day accept, and endeavor to follow, the teachings of the Master.

As in the question above referred to, once in a while somebody points out an instance in which a cure did not result from the effort to apply spiritual means, and states that other healing methods were not employed. If a person were unsuccessful in solving a mathematical problem, the failure would not disprove the science of mathematics; rather, it would show a lack of understanding of that science by him. No more does an occasional failure to heal by spiritual means prove Jesus' method to be incorrect or unsafe; it shows merely a lack of sufficient understanding on somebody's part to enable him to apply it successfully to the case in hand. Mark tells of an instance when the disciples failed to cure a boy who was dumb. Surely, whether the case be that of an adult or a child, it cannot be blameworthy to follow Jesus' instructions and use the means of healing which he used.

November 26, 1927

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