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HEALED OF RINGWORM
With all the technological advances of the 20th century, it's tempting to wonder if now is a time to look to God only for spiritual comfort, rather than relying on Him for physical healing. Christian Science, though, takes an opposite view: that Christ's method of healing—relying on Jesus' proof and practice as a model—is as relevant today as his Sermon on the Mount.
A healing I had in high school helped me see this. Several teammates and I were on the wrestling team and contracted an unpleasant skin condition called ringworm. We were told we would not be allowed to compete until the condition receded. Though medical creams were recommended to us to heal this, I chose to look to God's care for me, instead. I prayed, on my own and with the prayerful support of a Christian Science practitioner, and earnestly read passages from the Bible along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
Jesus said of the devil, or evil, that "there is no truth in him," and that "he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44). A lie is really nothing—because it has no truth. It therefore has no substance. The Bible sometimes refers to sickness as a "devil." In the book of Matthew, for example, it says: "They brought to him [Jesus] a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake" (9:32, 33). In this case, it's clear that the disease of speechlessness cleared up when the "devil" was proved to be a lie—nothing.
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with contributions from HEIDI SKOK, SUSAN S. COLLINS, LAURA K. FISHER, JOHN HOLLAND, LOUISE A. THORNTON
DIVINE LAW DEFANGS VIOLENCE
JEFF WARD-BAILEY, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Richard Cimino
PRAYER-A RESPONSE TO 24/7 NEWS
FULL OF SINGING
I NEEDED SOME SOLID ANSWERS
A SABBATH DAY MOMENT
BY JACK LINDSEY
Game on, fear off
BY BRAD WARRICK
IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE, BUILD ON A MODEL OF LOVE
BY JOHN TYLER
PEACE AND HEALING AFTER AN ATTACK
BY DEB EASTWOOD
I REFUSED TO SEE A CRIMINAL
BY CAROL G. SOLOMON
Safe at school—and everywhere
BY ROBERT STORM
GOD'S COUNSEL AT CAMP
BY MAIJA BALDAUF
BY MADORA KIBBE
HEALED OF RINGWORM
FORGIVENESS BRINGS HARMONY AND HEALING
LYNNE BUCKLEY-QUIRK with contributions from MEGHAN QUIRK
KIDNEY DISEASE AND CATARACT HEALED
M. RUTH PRETORIUS