Are there questions you'd like to explore with other readers and with the editorial staff of the Christian Science Sentinel? This column offers a place for that exchange to happen. What's here isn't intended to give a definitive answer. The queries and the ideas spring from the heart, as we are walking side by side.

Q. Why assume every illness or injury should be healed? Maybe you are supposed to have it. Maybe there is something to learn from it.—from an inquirer in Washington State

A. There is nothing about disease that is good or serves good. It's true that some people believe God has sent them a particular illness or injury to teach them a lesson. But that doesn't correspond to the teachings and works of Christ Jesus, who showed what God's will for man is. The Bible says he went about "healing every sickness and every disease among the people" (Matt. 9:35). God, who created everything "very good," wills all good for man, including health. Jesus knew this, and he instructed people to heal the sick as one way of revealing God's love for man.

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