[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the week of January 15-21 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to you," heard internationally over more than 900 stations. This is one of the weekly programs prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 146 - Spiritual Healing: Natural or Miraculous?

INTERVIEWER: Much prominence has been given in past years to spiritual healing, healing through prayer. But many people are baffled by this approach. The inclination to view such healing as miraculous is brought out by the Reverend Edgar L. Sanford in his book, "God's Healing Power." He writes: "In spiritual healing, a favorite word is 'miracle.' In other therapies, a man can just 'get well.' In spiritual healing, the minds of many people seem to insist that there be a miracle." (© 1959, by Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N. J.)

I realize healings occur frequently in Christian Science and without any material remedies at all. But many people feel that spiritual healings are miracles. How do you as a Christian Scientist feel about this?

SPEAKER: We don't look upon such healings as miracles, but as the natural result of the operation of the law of God. Think what the word "miracle" actually means: something which deviates from or transcends the known laws of nature, and for which there is no known explanation. Many of the things that are happening today are so remarkable they would have seemed miraculous a hundred years ago such things as television and orbiting satellites, for example. They are accepted today because of the greater understanding we now have of the underlying physical laws.

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