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From the July 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What I find most important to consider here in the answer to the question in the March Journal as to whether Bible stories are fiction, is not whether some Bible stories are fiction but to ask myself, do I believe that God is capable of delivering me from a den of lions, literally or figuratively?

“If a man were in prison, there is a law of God which is applicable to his condition and which, if properly applied, would procure his release. If a man were drowning in mid-ocean with apparently no human help at hand, there is a law of God which, when rightly appealed to, would bring about his rescue. Does the reader doubt this? Then he must believe that it is possible for man to find himself in a condition where God cannot help him. If one were in a burning building or a railroad accident, or if he were in a den of lions, there is a law of God which would at once adjust the apparent material circumstances so as instantaneously to bring about his complete deliverance” (“God’s Law of Adjustment,” Adam H. Dickey, Journal, January 1916).

Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote, “The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 243).

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