The Cohesion of Life, the Attraction of Love

Alert Christian Scientists are called upon to keep abreast of the times, and in fact a little ahead of them, lest they find themselves remiss in the essential task of rightly interpreting important advances in human progress. Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 232): "This age is reaching out towards the perfect Principle of things; is pushing towards perfection in art, invention, and manufacture. Why, then, should religion be stereotyped, and we not obtain a more perfect and practical Christianity? It will never do to be behind the times in things most essential, which proceed from the standard of right that regulates human destiny. Human skill but foreshadows what is next to appear as its divine origin."

The startling and sensational accomplishment of physical science in the field of atomic research is of such significance as to demand the earnest consideration of every Christian Scientist. To ignore it would be to admit tacitly the presence of an overwhelming material or mortal mind power without accepting the opportunity to secure for ourselves and others the great blessing that comes from reversing the sense of an overwhelming destructive material power with the understanding that true power is never destructive.

Today humanity is aghast at the description of atomic explosions which spread their destructive effects over large areas. But can this concept of unloosed fury ever reach the potency of spiritual faith and understanding which Jesus visualized when he said (Matt. 17:20), "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you"? Did not Jesus prove the truth of this statement by healing the sick, raising the dead, calming the tempest, and walking on the waters? Did not the healing work of Jesus' followers, some of whom had caught only a glimpse of his teachings, prove the possibility that faith even "as a grain of mustard seed" can accomplish untold good?

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How Did Jesus Heal?
May 4, 1946

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