Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Deliverance from Disease

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Deliverance from Disease

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WHILE I was listening to the radio this morning, I heard a news reader report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, had announced the discovery of a new, and fatal, disease. She gave the name and then began to detail the symptoms.

At this point I turned the radio off, remembering the following insight found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. There the author of the Christian Science textbook notes: "The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and diseases among the human family. It does this by giving names to diseases and by printing long descriptions which mirror images of disease distinctly in thought. A new name for an ailment affects people like a Parisian name for a novel garment. Every one hastens to get it. A minutely described disease costs many a man his earthly days of comfort. What a price for human knowledge! But the price does not exceed the original cost. God said of the tree of knowledge, which bears the fruit of sin, disease, and death, 'In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die' " (pp. 196-197).

The point is not to behave like the proverbial three monkeys that covered their eyes, ears, and mouths so that they would "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." There is no safety in ignorance, nor is mankind helped when we ignore evil. But we do need to avoid an education that instills fear of disease and builds a propensity to succumb to it.

Faced with such reports, we need to know something of the absolute power of God to deliver people from disease. Disease actually violates the commandment of Christ Jesus to have no other God, not to believe in or honor any power or influence or activity other than God, good. Disease claims to adulterate the purity and soundness of man's life. It claims to steal away his health and happiness, and to kill.

While many consider Jesus to be a great moral teacher, they seem not to have noticed that his teaching points out the immorality of disease. Jesus never accepted the jurisdiction of disease. But he persistently delivered mankind from its effects, in direct obedience to his Father's will. …

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