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THIS WEEK'S Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" directs us to wake up from the dream of dualism—that life can be both material and spiritual. It shows that suffering is part of this mortal dream and the Christ is here to wake us up and bring healing and restoration.
The Golden Text takes us into the Lesson with this rousing call: "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Eph. 5:14). This passage is a quote from what appears to be an early hymn. Some scholars assume that this hymn fragment goes back to the conversion experience of early Christians (see Pheme Perkins, "The Letter to The Ephesians," The New Interpreter's Bible, Vol. 11,p.437). It would indicate that the healing Christ coming into their experience for the first time was like a wake-up call that helped them understand the unreality of sin and disease, as well as death.
About the author
Christa Kreutz lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has a master's degree in theological studies.
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