How can we be "insensible" to the claim of error, as Mary Baker Eddy instructed, and still have compassion? Jesus had to sense the error in thought in order to heal it, did he not?—A READER IN VERMONT, US A1 Although Jesus was known for his compassion, the Scriptures relate that he sometimes fired off seemingly impossible, yet imperative demands: "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" ( John 5:8 ) or "Stretch forth thy hand" ( Luke 6:10 ). Was he uncaring or "insensible" when, after meeting the grieving parents whose young daughter had just passed away, he remarked unexpectedly, "She is not dead, but sleepeth" ( Luke 8:52 )? While some scorned his response, others waited to see what would happen.
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