Scientific Recognition

Jesus once said to his disciples, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Should not this statement be understood as an assurance that all things needful for our present welfare and redemption are already provided by God, and that recognition of and conformity to His law will bring them into manifestation?

Is not such interpretation confirmed by Jesus' own words and demonstration at the tomb of Lazarus? In response to an entreaty from the bereaved sisters, he had come for the purpose of raising Lazarus from the sense of death. It appears that he had appealed to God, the Father, that this wonderful thing might be done in proof that so-called death does not obliterate life, since Life is self-existent and self-sustained, and therefore eternal. It is obvious that his clear understanding and positive trust must have vanquished the false material arguments presented to mortal consciousness; but, as yet, there was no visible sign that his prayer was answered. Nevertheless, in recognition of the reciprocal activity of spiritual appeal and God's response, he exclaimed: "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me." Then, confidently, and in a loud voice, he called, "Lazarus, come forth;" and immediately Lazarus obeyed, "bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face ... bound about with a napkin."

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