The question is, What are we witnessing to?

Picture yourself by a gate to the temple in Jerusalem some two thousand years ago. It is the afternoon hour of prayer, and people are moving past the great doors. It is noisy—perhaps donkeys are braying, there are cries from street vendors, and the clipped marching of a Roman legion may even echo through narrow, walled alleys.

A lame man lies by the gate, begging for money of all who enter. Two men approach, and immediately the beggar turns to them with his cry for help. One of the two speaks to the lame man: "Look on us. ... Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." Acts 3:4, 6. Then reaching out his hand, he lifts the lame man to his feet—the first time in his life the man has stood and walked!

This familiar story from Acts may raise the question, "Was this healing by Peter a miracle?" Perhaps it seems that the healings depicted in the Bible were miracles. Christian Science maintains that the extraordinary events in the Scriptures did occur, but that they were and are divinely natural occurrences, evidence of the ongoing operation of divine law—God's law.

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October 10, 1988

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