How far are you willing to go to help?

Do you follow through after you have shared Christian Science with a friend? I asked myself this question after reading in the Bible the story of the four men who took their bedridden friend to find Christ Jesus (see Mark 2:3-12). When they couldn't get into the house, they didn't give up; they removed the tiles and let him down through the roof to where Jesus was speaking.

Mark tells us that when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick man, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee," and later added, "I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house." Then, "immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God." Mark 2:5,1112;

I wonder, would I be willing to go to such lengths in caring for someone in need of healing? We don't know whether the friends volunteered or whether the sick man had asked them, but we do know that the qualities they expressed were certainly Christlike. Mrs. Eddy gives us in Science and Health a definition of "Christ": "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error." Science and Health, p. 583;

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Good is not chancy
January 8, 1979

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