"IF THE SCIENTIST REACHES HIS PATIENT"

Many times one hears from Bible readers, earnest seekers for truth, a very rational question. It is a question which should not be side-stepped by any Jewish or Christian apologist. It is this: If in Old and New Testament times the sick were healed by divine power, why should not the synagogues and churches today preach the possibility of spiritual healing? Moses healed Miriam of leprosy; Elisha restored to life the son of the Shunammite woman and also healed the leper Naaman. And after healing "all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people" (Matt. 4:23), Christ Jesus definitely commanded his followers to do likewise. That they were obedient to his behest and wrought amazing cures through spiritual power alone is evidenced throughout the book of the Acts of the Apostles.

What warrant, then, has the Jew or Christian today to exclude from the teachings of synagogue and church the glorious understanding of a heavenly Father who healeth all our diseases? After all, what religious teaching fails to inculcate the doctrine that a supernal power heals sin? But why stop there? Suppose an individual has become a victim of a disease brought on by some sin. Should not the wiping out of the sin bring an improvement in the health of the erstwhile sinner? Where can the line be drawn? If the powr of God is invoked for the solving of the simplest human problem, the same plower should move mountains of error, unless this power is hidden by the mist of ignorance and unbelief.

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