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From the August 1963 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"Wilt thou be made whole?" asked the Master of the man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:6). Christ Jesus knew that the man, even though he had been there a long time, did not need to wait for completeness, wholeness. With his great spiritual vision, the Master saw man as ever perfect and whole, made in God's image and likeness, as the Scriptures declare. He knew that man is not corporeal, made of flesh and bones, but that he is spiritual and perfect, without material limitations. This spiritual view of man healed the man at the pool. When he was told to get up and walk, "immediately the man was made whole, . . . and walked."

The Bethesda pool had five porches, in which "lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water." Might not these porches be likened to the five physical senses? Are there not multitudes today who are deceived by the false evidence of the corporeal senses and who are waiting and wanting to be made whole? Their thinking can and must be changed if they are to rise up, walk, and be free. Fear, ignorance, or sin needs to be exchanged for love of God and Christliness in daily living. The lame man, after his healing, heard Christ Jesus admonish him, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."

Students of Christian Science find through their study of the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy that spiritualization of thought will make whole that which appears to the unillumined thought as sick, diseased, or impaired. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (pp. 369, 370), "To be every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well as physically."

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