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"The pinnacle of praise"

From the June 1982 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Just think what would have been lost to the world had no one taken the trouble to put on record any of Jesus' healings. How rich we are to have this record to study. There were undoubtedly many hundreds more that were not written down, but those that were helped lay the foundation for Mrs. Eddy's discovery of Christian Science and her reinstatement of the Master's healing method.

In the Preface of Science and Health, the textbook of this Science, she states, "The divine Principle of healing is proved in the personal experience of any sincere seeker of Truth."Science and Health, p. x. Healings are indeed abundant in the lives of those who study and practice Christian Science daily, and these healings are followed by the natural desire to testify to them in church. But sometimes at this point fear or apathy or some other argument takes over, and one feels that in spite of a great desire to do so, he simply cannot rise and testify. Yet Mrs. Eddy tells us: "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases' (Psalm 103:3)."Manual of The Mother Church, Art. VIII, Sect. 24.

Did not the healing you experienced prove some aspect of these basic facts: that good is more powerful than evil, that love is superior to hate, and truth more effective than error, since good, love, and truth are of God, divine omnipotence? The same spiritual facts can be utilized in meeting the arguments that would stand in the way of bearing witness to the healing. We may say that we are grateful to God, and that we love and appreciate the ministries of Jesus and Mrs. Eddy. But let us go further and realize that love, gratitude, and appreciation, being God-derived, are superior to fear, forgetfulness, and pride, which have no cause nor reality. A Christian Science healing bears witness to Truth, and we who have proved this need to be alert to the attempts of error, or aggressive mental suggestion, to silence us and make us serve the ends of error instead.

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