Raising the Dead

One of the commands of Christ Jesus to his followers was to raise the dead. We might well ask ourselves what is implied in this injunction. The obvious interpretation is, of course, to restore to life one who has died. We learn in Christian Science that we demonstrate the laws of God as we understand them and that our demonstration proceeds in progressive steps. In line with this reasoning there are many phases of death that we can conquer in our progress toward the full overcoming of the last enemy.

We may be faced with dead faith, a belief of incurability, dead ambition, dead conscience. Raising the dead in these instances may have a wide application quite within the range of our present understanding. The fact that God is Life invades every facet of our being when it is understood. It quickens our sense of ability and our discernment of good, and enables us to divide between the true and the false. One of the problems of the present day is that in many instances moral sense is being buried under the onslaught of materialism. How can we apply the command to raise the dead in this instance?

Mrs. Eddy points the way in her statement, "It was our Master's self-immolation, his life-giving love, healing both mind and body, that raised the deadened conscience, paralyzed by inactive faith, to a quickened sense of mortal's necessities,—and God's power and purpose to supply them."  Pulpit and Press, p. 10;

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September 9, 1967

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