An editorial in a recent issue of the Recorder, commenting...

Riceville Recorder

An editorial in a recent issue of the Recorder, commenting on the article reprinted in that issue from the Christian Science Sentinel, indicated reluctance to accept the Christian Science viewpoint that the works of Christ Jesus were accomplished wholly through spiritual means. This letter is therefore submitted to state briefly why Christian Science holds to the spiritual character of the Master's works of healing and other ministrations to those seeking his aid. The main reason for considering the works of Jesus as wrought through his understanding of spiritual law is that he himself proved this to be true by performing them without material means. His use of clay and spittle in connection with the restoration of sight to the blind man, cited in your editorial, cannot well be taken as evidence that Jesus relied upon those things for healing, because he at once commanded the man to wast the application from his eyes, even before any healing effect could have occurred through their aid. Furthermore, it is a fact that clay and spittle have not been known to cure blindness, either before or after the incident in question. But if this instance of anointing the blind eyes with clay may be said to indicate Jesus' dependence upon these materials for healing, we are left wondering what agency accomplished his many other healings and ministrations to the varying needs of the multitudes, since no mention is made of anything material being employed by him.

Justification for the declaration that Christ Jesus performed his works according to spiritual law is found in the fact that Christian Scientists demonstrate the potency of that same law to-day in doing the works which he said should be done by his followers.

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