[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of May 30-June 5 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. 374 - Facing Up to One Aspect of Problem Drinking

[The speaker is Jerome Franke. The questioner is Robert McKinnon.]

Questioner: To some men and women, alcoholism is a disease; to others, it's something else. Many people are problem drinkers because of deep-seated feelings of inferiority. Such an individual feels that he just can't face people or his daily responsibilities because he's not good enough, clever enough, or respected enough. Alcohol seems to be an aid, a support, to such a person.Speaker: I've noticed in my experience that problem drinkers, struggling with inferiority, have often lost sight of their real worth. Bible insights have something to offer them. Many times they've been helped by gaining, instead of losing, insight into their true God-given ability to be the man that God created. This approach gives them a basis to express whatever is needed, not just to hold their heads high but to meet successfully the day's challenges. Questioner: I know one individual who feels that he is simply totally inadequate. What can he do?Speaker: Where it seems appropriate, I find that reference to passages in the Bible often provides a means of communication far beyond anything that can be said. Christ Jesus never lost sight of the true ability and worth of each individual as the beloved child of God. He recognized ability as capacity coming from God, infinite Spirit, divine Mind, not as the personal possession of anyone.

Words of Current Interest
June 7, 1969

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