In a recent issue, under the heading "This Week's S. S. Lesson,"...


In a recent issue, under the heading "This Week's S. S. Lesson," a reference is made to Christian Science which requires correction. The writer cast a somber shadow over an otherwise interesting review by concluding, "Here again we see the thoroughgoing difference between the healings wrought by our Lord Jesus and the alleged Christian Science cures of to-day. . . . This man was really and organically sick, and he was REALLY healed." The use of the word "alleged," and the capitalization of "really," implies a measure of doubt as to the truth of the healings of Christian Science; but before making such an assertion, one should be very careful to consider what is actually implied, lest he be found inadvertently to dishonor God. Christ Jesus, in his healing and saving mission, attributed all power to God; he said, "I can of mine own self do nothing." A Christian Scientist in sincere humility clearly understands that of himself he can do nothing, and acknowledges and places implicit faith in God as the only power, who, in the words of the Psalmist, "healeth all diseases." consequently, to assert or even suggest the inadequacy of this healing power is to dishonor God, to distrust His promises, and discredit His Word.

The ability to do the works Jesus did is, according to his own statement, conferred on him "that believeth on me;" meaning, of course, that it is based on a correct understanding and application of the teachings of Christ Jesus. Thousands of authentic cases of healing of sin and of so-called organic as well as functional disorders fully attest the healing efficacy and present availability of the power of god as understood in Christian Science. The suggestion that such healings are not accomplished is simply a regrettable mistake of an almost inexcusable nature in the light of the availability of proven facts; and more especially so when included in a Sunday school lesson. Nineteen hundred years ago our Master said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not." Surely this "me" is the ever present Christ, equally available to-day to heal and to save, to protect and to comfort, in fact to meet every human need. Our great need is to understand this fact and learn to avail ourselves of the healing influence of divine Love. That the teachings of Christian Science make this greatly to be desired blessing a present possibility should be ample cause for rejoicing on the part of all professed followers of the blessed Master, Christ Jesus. Notwithstanding contrary human opinions, God is healing sin and sickness to-day in accordance with His unfailing promise, and such erroneous suggestions as envy, bigotry, et cetera, should not be permitted to obscure the fact, and certainly the little children should not be taught to doubt the present-day availability of His omnipotent care.

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August 11, 1928

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