Out of bounds?

One might assume it would be the desire of every good Christian to follow in Jesus' footsteps, to preach the gospel, heal the sick and sinning, raise the dead. Jesus himself unequivocally stated, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." John 14:12; Yet some Christians may feel that it would be presumptuous, even blasphemous, to try to emulate Jesus in all his ways. Millions of people pray to be loving and honest like him. But they are not aware that the opportunity for Christianly scientific practice exists, or else they seem reluctant to examine his achievements in healing and in disproving material law, let alone to attempt practicing what he preached and practiced.

The deep reverence felt for Jesus tends, perhaps, to stand in the way of studying his method of healing, and the very word "miracle" produces diffidence in the would-be disciple. Yet to Christ Jesus the miracles were not supernatural events but the natural outcome of understanding spiritual law. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material." Science and Health, p. 463; This law is available to everyone who is willing to improve his concept of what constitutes man.

If we take God, Spirit, as the sole creator of the universe, we conclude that everything He creates must be spiritual, and the man of His creation perfect and immortal. Jesus was so consistently at one with God, and saw spiritual man so clearly, that illness, despair, wickedness, death, were unreal to him. Matter was disarmed before him—its seeming power obliterated, its seeming laws annulled.

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