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SPIRITUAL EVIDENCE

From the October 1942 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The Bible records the successes of those who chose to trust in God and proved His power. God told Moses to return and take up the serpent when he fled before it. and he obeyed, turned about, faced the suggestion of evil, and gained needed strength for future victories in leading his people out of bondage.

Daniel persisted in unceasing prayer and in gratitude for the presence and power of God, and when he faced the lions, his calmness and confident trust in God preserved him.

Later Jesus came to reveal the way through Christ. He never failed to face error, see the claim of sin, rebuke it, and unfold God's redeeming love, His healing presence and power. "Get thee hence, Satan," said the master Christian, "for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Again, when he healed the afflicted boy, he said, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him." And we are told that "the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead.... But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose." Jesus was ever conscious of man's unity with God. His prayer was the consistent and persistent acknowledgment of God as the only power and presence. In his healing work he rebuked the error which, through aggressive mental suggestion was masquerading as man, and so lifted the thought of the individual that he could arise and show forth his God-given freedom. He penetrated the suggestions of animal magnetism with his pure understanding of God and His creation, and, with the marvelous reflection of Love, illumined the darkness of error's night until the dawn appeared. He overcame the world.

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