"And he put them all out"

Christian Science is showing mankind how to make the teachings of Jesus the Christ practical. Throughout the centuries many desired to be practical Christians; and while they may have attained to a marked degree of Christlikeness in thought and deed, yet there was a marked failure to overcome adverse conditions, including disease, in the way our Master overcame them. Surely there was something still lacking that mankind needed to learn. The truth brought to us through Christian Science supplies the need, throwing on the Scriptures the light that illumines their spiritual meaning. This light uncovers and destroys the claims of evil, at the same time revealing to our understanding the facts of God's perfect creation.

It was said of Jesus that he came to "destroy the works of the devil." This was the secret of his success; for not only did he know the truth and manifest the Christ, but he also detected the lie of evil which claimed to oppose God's law, and did cast it out.

At one time, when a student was under the stress of difficult problems and feeling, in the words of Paul, "troubled on every side," there came to her thought the words, "And he put them all out." These words recurred with such persistency that the Bible was searched to discover the lesson which they contained and which, apparently, needed to be learned. It was soon found that they are used, in differing form, in the account given in the first three Gospels of Jesus' raising of Jairus' daughter from the deep sleep of death. Bible readers will recall how Jesus found the so-called dead surrounded by those who wept and wailed and who, at Jesus' rebuke, "laughed him to scorn." They were put out or "put forth." As recorded in the Acts, Peter also followed this procedure in the raising of Dorcas.

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"Divine authority"
February 13, 1932

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