The Dignity of Woman

"Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity" (Luke 13: 12). These words of Christ Jesus promise freedom from disease through the healing ministry of the Christ, Truth, to women of all time. But they promise more than this. They promise dignity.

The woman "had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself" (verse 11). The status of women in that time was far below what it is today. Because her healing took place on the Sabbath day, Jesus was accused of breaking the law. But the Master pointed out that she had been bound eighteen years by Satan and that the Sabbath was an appropriate time for Satan's power over this woman to be destroyed. When she was healed the woman stood erect—"she was made straight and glorified God."

Today Satan, called the carnal mind or mortal mind, still causes women to be bowed down, burdened by the belief that this world belongs to men. Although women have gained their freedom in varying degrees, some by humanly battling for equality or superiority, others by adjusting themselves to the situation as they find it, many diseases from which women suffer may be traced to a sense of frustration or hopelessness in the face of mortal mind's claim that women are incomplete and subject to men. The Christ, Truth, as revealed in Christian Science, heals these diseases and gives to women their rightful status as individual ideas of God.

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