Physical healing and salvation from sin

When one of my sons was in grade school, I heard that one of his friends was ill with something considered serious and perhaps incurable. I phoned his mother to express my love and support. She was a devout Christian, so I offered the possibility of turning to Christian Science for healing. Her response surprised me—and saddened me for the innocent boy’s sake. She emphatically declined, saying that sickness and suffering were God’s ways of saving her son from sin. 

Nevertheless, I appreciated that she was referring to Jesus’ mission as defined, according to the writer of First Timothy, by Paul the Apostle: “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,’ ” adding, “and I am the worst of them all” (1:15, New Living Translation). 

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