Our Bonds Loosed

One of the blessings of Christian Science is the way in which it sheds fresh light on some well-known Bible story. Take, for instance, the narrative of the three Hebrew captives, who were cast into the fiery furnace because they would not bow down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Perhaps as children we were fascinated by the story. Later, as we frequently heard it read, we may have been less interested; or if we thought any further about it, we probably concluded that in some miraculous way material law had been set aside for the special protection of the Hebrew captives, forgetting that a so-called law that can be annulled is no law at all, but only a pretense or belief of law, a fact which was clearly demonstrated to Moses when he beheld that "the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed."

To the Christian Science student, an interesting part of the story is the answer the king made to his own question, "Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" And when those about him answered in the affirmative, he replied, "Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

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June 23, 1928

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