The Divine Antidote

In the fifth chapter of Mark's Gospel there is the record of a woman who "had suffered many things of many physicians," and "was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse." She sought Jesus in the belief that he might be able to help her, and the discerning, compassionate thought of the Master immediately came where she was, and her disease was healed. No human action on his part, no material remedy, wrought the change. In this experience, no word was spoken. The woman's faith came into touch with spiritual understanding, with that consciousness of health which rules out the possibility of disease. As a result, the divinely natural, the human miracle, took place.

On page 495 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy has written: "If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, 'whom Satan hath bound,' and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally."

Ceaseless and often valiant has been the Christian's effort to rid himself of physical ills. But the belief that these are actually sent or sanctioned by God, even while He is supposed to supply the material means to offset them, has produced a divided loyalty. It has prevented men from thinking of God as their infallible ally, still less as their certain deliverer. With the teachings of Christian Science, however, there comes the divine assurance that His sovereign antidote can remove every fear, heal every sickness, cast out every sin.

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