Faith in God

When Jesus was questioned on one occasion regarding his marvelous works, he replied, "Have faith in God." On another occasion, when asked by the disciples why they had failed to heal a case, he said, "Because of your unbelief," or lack of faith in God. Such statements show clearly the importance which the Master placed on this mental quality as a prerequisite to healing. What Mrs. Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 1),—"The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love,"—harmonizes exactly with these statements of Jesus.

This faith in God is a subject that abundantly repays study, and it will be found that it grows in importance the more it is pondered. There seems to be an inherent tendency in human thought to place faith in something; and it is becoming increasingly recognized that it is faith in drugs which gives to them any healing efficacy they may appear to possess.

A careful study of the word "faith" in Mrs. Eddy's writings, with the aid of the Concordances, reveals the importance she places upon its proper exercise. Many times she urges the necessity of ridding thought of faith in matter and material methods. Indeed, she shows clearly that unless this is done a right and proper faith in God cannot be gained. And yet unless this faith in God is gained, spiritual understanding will be found constantly elusive.

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September 3, 1927

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