There recently appeared in your paper a news item covering...


There recently appeared in your paper a news item covering the laymen's assembly of the Methodist Church, South, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in which item a bishop was quoted as saying: "Those who practice healing by faith are in reality fractional atheists. . . . Some people refuse to call a doctor when they are sick and rely on prayer. . . . Those who do not use medicine and herbs that God provides for their illness are partly atheists."

According to Webster an atheist is "one who disbelieves or denies the existence of a God, or supreme intelligent Being."

Does abstaining from the use of medicine or herbs and praying to God, "who healeth all thy diseases," constitute atheism? Can it be that Christ Jesus himself and his disciples were atheists? Was James attempting to make atheists out of us when, in his epistle in the Holy Bible, he wrote: "Is any among you afflicated? let him pray. . . . And the prayer of faith shall save the sick"?

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