CHRISTIANITY , as it was understood and practised during the early Christian era, included not only the preaching of the gospel but the healing of the sick, and this healing meant not merely the overcoming of disease and pain, but the overcoming of sorrow, sin, and misery of every character. The healing effect which resulted from an understanding of the gospel taught by Jesus, was in the nature of a proof of the correctness of his teaching, and it was this healing effect which differentiated his teaching from other religious systems then in vogue, and which attracted to it the attention of the civilized world.
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