In a report of a sermon entitled "Faith Healing, an Estimate...

North Park Journal

In a report of a sermon entitled "Faith Healing, an Estimate and a Criticism," in your issue of July 18, there was a mistaken reference to Christian Science practitioners; and I should appreciate an opportunity to say a little regarding subjects related to spiritual healing.

Christian Scientists recognize that faith in God, divine Love, is an important factor in the individual's physical and moral improvement; and they see the necessity of cherishing and fostering such faith, for they realize that the right kind of faith is one of the first steps toward the correction of false conditions. Furthermore, they believe that faith in the Supreme Being and in His beneficent laws leads human thought naturally and normally to that higher quality, spiritual understanding, which was the basis of Christ Jesus' works. Is not this view consistent with the Master's promise to a group of his followers, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"?

There is no record that Jesus limited the power of the truth to cure only particular types of ailments. He set at liberty the blind, the deaf, and the dumb, and he healed paralysis, leprosy, dropsy, insanity, and other diseases that are sometimes regarded as difficult or impossible to cure. In fact, the Bible tell us that he healed "all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." Manifestly, Jesus accomplished these cures by the spiritual method which he taught his followers, namely, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Furthermore, his immediate disciples, and Christians until about the third century, healed the sick and sinning by spiritual means alone. These faithful followers zealously continued in the letter and spirit of the Master's teachings, and thus they were prepared to "know the truth;" and it was by this knowing of the truth that they healed the sick and sinning promptly and permanently.

April 18, 1931

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