[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the week of June 18-24 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 Falmoulh Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 168-Why You Can Rely on God for Healing—Part I

ANNOUNCER: Many people acknowledge the wonderful healing works of Christ Jesus and his followers. But they feel it's unrealistic in this age to expect to heal through prayer through relying on God without the use of material remedies.

QUESTIONER: There's one thing that concerns many people when they think about Christian Science. They wonder why it is that Christian Scientists rely on prayer alone for healing. Many sincere Christians believe in the healing power of God, but they don't think it's inconsistent to use medicine while praying for God's help. Quite frankly, while Christian Scientists are respected for the sincerity of their faith, does seem strange that they won't turn to medicine, especially when the need is acute.

SPEAKER: I wonder why it seems strange when the Bible makes this declaration (James 5:15): "The prayer of faith shall save the sick." There is no degree of acuteness qualified in that statement. You said that many sincere Christians believe in the healing power of God, but that they don't consider it inconsistent to use medicine at the same time. A Christian Scientist does consider it inconsistent, and I'll tell you why. Wouldn't you say that praying to God and using medicine was a prayer of faith? But faith in what? Faith in God or faith in medicine?

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