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FAITHFUL WITNESSES

From the September 1951 issue of The Christian Science Journal


That there were to be two witnesses for the supremacy and allness of God, good, was foreseen and foretold by the prophet Zechariah. He tells of a vision in which he saw a golden candlestick with seven lamps, and two olive trees by it, from which oil flowed to the candlestick. Asking the significance of this vision, he was told by the angel that talked with him (Zech. 4:14), "These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth." In the book of Revelation (11:4) we are told that these "anointed ones" are "the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." Mary Baker Eddy clarifies the above-quoted passages when she says (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 346, 347), "Science and Health makes it plain to all Christian Scientists that the manhood and womanhood of God have already been revealed in a degree through Christ Jesus and Christian Science, His two witnesses."

Christ Jesus bore faithful witness to God's all-power and ever-presence. His demonstration of his Christliness, or true manhood, was a perpetual testimony to the healing presence of Life, Truth, and Love, the Principle of all being. By reason of his steadfast witnessing to the truth of being—man made in God's likeness—he could say to the lame, Walk; to the blind, See; to the deaf, Hear; to the dumb, Speak; to the palsied, Arise; to the leper, Be clean; to the withered hand, Be whole; to insane devils (beliefs), Come out of him; to the angry sea, Be still; and to those buried in a tomb, Come forth: and it was so. Not once did the fraudulent evidence testifying to the validity of sin, disease, and death defy his authority. Its testimony was instantly silenced by the Word of Truth, which proved the deposition of mortal mind to be utter perjury.

That Christian Science, or the Comforter, is the other witness "standing before the God of the earth" is daily being proved by untold numbers of Christian Scientists. When material sense testifies to the presence of palsy, or a crooked spine, or a cold, or rheumatism, or any other un-Godlike condition and attempts to identify it with man, the Christian Scientist is neither deceived nor nonplused by this attestation. With divine authority he follows the Way-shower in according no truth to such evidence. Knowing that God, good, is All-in-all, the Scientist rejects as false, and therefore powerless, whatever fails to bear witness to the divine nature, whatever is not good. Since it is no part of His creation, such evidence is false. It has nothing to do with God or His perfect image, man. Thus the perjury of material sense is silenced, and its vaunted ability to harm is rendered powerless.

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