"Truth communicates itself"

How often we may feel the urge to tell others about our wonderful religion, Christian Science. But what can we do when we try to explain it to those we feel will be blessed by it, only to find resistance to our words? Our verbal efforts sometimes appear to cause the very opposite of the result we had intended.

Christ Jesus faced much resistance when he went into the synagogue at Nazareth, where he had grown up. There, when he indicated that he was the Messiah prophesied by Isaiah, those present, who thought they knew him well, became disturbed. When he responded, "No prophet is accepted in his own country"—and reminded them of the remarkable receptiveness of the Sidonite widow and Naaman the Syrian, both non-Jews, to Elijah and Elisha—his listeners became a violent mob. They turned him out of the synagogue and the city—and even tried to throw him over the brow of a hill. "But," Luke tells us, "he passing through the midst of them went his way." Jesus was protected from harm. Continuing on his way, he came to Capernaum. In the synagogue there he found—and healed—"a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil." See Luke 4:16–37.

The fruit of the vine
April 23, 1984

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