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Since 2003, our Bible Forum column has provided readers with valuable Bible scholarship and historical context. Now the column features shorter insights and ideas from contributors' individual Bible study. This approach will continue to shed new light on familiar (or not so familiar) Bible stories, history, and scholarship. But we also hope it will inspire more readers to dig deeper into their own study of the Bible and Christian Science--and to offer their insights and discoveries for publication.

Free from the fire

From the August 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Bible story of the “fiery furnace” (see Dan., chap. 3)  is full of lessons to be heeded by those active in the practice and teaching of Christian Science. 

The story depicts three men whom Daniel, with the authority given to him from King Nebuchadnezzar, selected to govern the affairs of the province of Babylon. The aggressive tentacles of materialism, human pride, and jealousy sought to destroy the spiritually based work of these men, when it was decreed that all people must bow down and worship a golden image made by King Nebuchadnezzar. However, the three Jewish men disregarded the mandate. Instead they continued to pray to God in whom they placed complete reliance.

Prior to these men being sent to the inferno, the keepers were instructed to heat the furnace seven times hotter than normal. The obvious intent was not only to end their lives, but to completely eliminate any evidence of their existence. 

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