[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of September 26 October 2 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 391 - "He will not afflict"

[The speaker is Jack Krieger. The questioner is Harlan Witham.]

Questioner: There is much anxiety today about being afflicted with a serious illness. I know that some people try not to worry. They just try to live every day as it comes and accept what comes. But anxiety and affliction are hard to accept.
Speaker: I know what you mean. It's not enough to point out that affliction can raise one to a higher level of character. What people really need is a reason for hope of release from anxiety, mentally and physically. Many people have found this in a more confident trust in God's loving care for all His children.
Questioner: Many people feel that affliction is an act of God, that it's God's will, that there are some things no one can foresee or prevent.
Speaker: It's wonderful, though, what a higher view of God can bring in terms of hope and healing, inner peace and soundness. This higher view of God is brought out in the Bible. For example, we read (Job 37:23), "He is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict."

Because God is ever-present divine Love, lie forever cherishes, cares for, and upholds all His children. This was the basis of Christ Jesus' teachings. He showed the way to face up to and heal anxiety and affliction. Jesus didn't attribute any kind of affliction or illness to God. He attributed to God only that which is good—freedom, wholeness, healing, harmony.

Words of Current Interest
October 4, 1969

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