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ENLARGING HUMAN CAPACITY

From the August 1935 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Whenever organizations or governments are faced with an important task, one is sought who is believed to be able to accomplish it satifactorily. As one proves himself capable, he gains still larger growth by further experience. Students of Christian Science derive much inspiration from Mrs. Eddy's encouraging words in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 89), "We are all capable of more than we do."

Many great accomplishments are recorded in the Bible. Joseph, Moses, Nehemiah, Daniel, and many others whose achievements are described in the Old Testament exhibited God-given ability to overcome baffling and oftentimes dangerous situations either for themselves or for those whom they served. The outstanding character of the Bible, however, the one who demonstrated his divinely derived capacity to solve all human problems, was Christ Jesus. He was unquestionably the most spiritually capable man the world has ever known. He proved man's native spiritual ability in performing whatever work was required of him. Our Leader wirtes (ibid., p. 313), "Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe."

Prior to the revelation of the truth about God and His creation given to the world by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, it was generally believed that Christ Jesus' power as shown by his works was supernatural, whereas this Science affirms these works to have been the demonstration of his divinely bestowed capabilities. Because of this ability to discern the spiritual nature of creation he was never deceived by the illusive material senses. He, therefore, never lacked the capacity to supply through spiritual understanding his own daily need, whether for health, food, shelter, or transportation, or to heal the sick or diseased, to free men from the bondage of sinful beliefs, or to satisfy the hungry multitudes.

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