Recent communications in the Morning Press have questioned...

Morning Press

Recent communications in the Morning Press have questioned the healing of physical diseases by Christian Science. Our denomination desires no controversy with the writers of the letters; but may I not correct some of the misconceptions indicated by their communications?

Christ Jesus was the greatest physician that ever lived, but he never used or recommended drugs, suggestion, or other material means in healing, nor did he turn to the medical profession for assistance. He relied entirely on spiritual means, and the Bible abounds in instances where he healed organic diseases without the use of any material remedy. Was not this healing of sickness a vital part of Jesus' work?

Early in his ministry the Master instructed his disciples to heal physical diseases as well as sin, when he gave the commands, "Heal the sick, ... cast out devils;" and at the conclusion of his ministry, shortly before the ascension, in almost the last words he spoke to the disciples he gave assurances of similar import regarding healing works when he said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; ... and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

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December 28, 1929

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