Neither "by affinity nor by infirmity"

It is recorded in Mark's Gospel that a sick woman who, in the crowd, touched the hem of the garment of Christ Jesus, was instantaneously healed. The disciples were astonished when Jesus asked who had touched him, for the people were pressing close around them. But "Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him," sought the one who had been healed. In commenting on this experience, Mrs. Eddy has written (Unity of Good, p. 57), "His pure consciousness was discriminating, and rendered this infallible verdict; but he neither held her error by affinity nor by infirmity, for it was detected and dismissed."

To hold error neither "by affinity nor by infirmity" is to know that it is unable to assert its false claims in any seeming relationship, whether through the individual believing himself to be vulnerable to the generally accepted belief in mortality, or through an outward manifestation of sickness or of sin. So long as mortal man believes that he can suffer in connection with, or as the result of, any evil which presents itself to him, the infallible verdict will not be forthcoming, the understanding that virtue must go forth to heal it will not be in evidence. On the contrary, there will be submission to it, through either passive or active acceptance of its claim.

From the Clerk
July 1, 1939

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