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'Healing Under the Law and the Gospel'

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This compassion of the Christ that Jesus expressed is what awakens in us a spiritual vocation, a supreme love for the divine law and the gospel. In the words of Mrs. Eddy: ''Christian Science demands both law and gospel, in order to demonstrate healing, and I have taught them both in its demonstration, and with signs following. They are a unit in restoring the equipoise of mind and body, and balancing man's account with his Maker. The sequence proves that strict adherence to one is inadequate to compensate for the absence of the other, since both constitute the divine law of healing'' (''Miscellaneous Writings,'' p. 65).

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Now the question comes: If obedience to the law found in the Old Testament and the compassionate nature of the gospel found in the New Testament is enough to produce healing and regeneration, why do we need Christian Science? Because Mrs. Eddy's discovery makes this coincidence of the law and the gospel practical and demonstrable today. Christian Science makes God's healing truth accessible to the human race in fulfillment of Jesus' promise, ''I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever'' (John 14:16).

In discovering Christian Science Mrs. Eddy fulfilled the Master's promise. She also called her discovery ''the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth , and Love'' (Science and Health, p. 107).

If we're seeking an understanding of this Science, of these divine laws of Truth and Love, we need to realize that Mrs. Eddy's discovery involved great personal sacrifice. Her role as Discoverer of Christian Science was marked not only by a deep love for God and man but by profound spirituality, which made her and the Science she discovered the prime target for the carnal mind's attacks.

She was a strict adherent of the Mosaic law - the Ten Commandments. But she also adhered to Jesus' teachings found in the Gospels. Her spiritual perception and practice of both law and gospel gave her a remarkable healing ability. A case of insanity healed

Very often Mrs. Eddy had to take a firm stand to protect her spiritual vision. But her determination, born of an understanding of Principle, God, was balanced by her deep compassion for all. She saw that man, in truth, is innocent , the child of God.

There are numerous instances in her life in which this love, this Christian compassion, was expressed in the healing of others. In ''Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy,'' Irving C. Tomlinson tells us that once Mrs. Eddy was sitting alone when suddenly the door opened and ''an escaped maniac dashed into the room.'' Mr. Tomlinson continues: ''For a moment he met her quiet, fearless gaze with a wild glare, then he fiercely seized a chair to hurl at her head. She spoke to him compassionately and he dropped the chair, approached her, and pointing upward, exclaimed, 'Are you from there?' ''

Mrs. Eddy was praying earnestly. After a short time the man said, ''That terrible weight has gone off the top of my head.'' And, Mr. Tomlinson concludes: ''When he left her he was in his right mind. Later this man made a special visit to Mrs. Eddy to thank her for his healing'' (Tomlinson, pp. 49, 50).

This incident reminds me of our need to speak compassionately in obedience to the gospel of divine Love. Then we'll feel the presence of the Comforter and its healing effects.

The tenderness of the gospel makes the Comforter accessible to mankind. It brings hope to those who are longing for spiritual freedom. The Comforter brings a taste of heaven to our daily lives. As Mrs. Eddy says in one of her poems (''Poems,'' p. 7): And life most sweet, as heart to heart Speaks kindly when we meet and part.

Though the healing of a moral issue and the healing of a physical problem in Christian Science are based on the operation of the same divine Principle in human consciousness, the primary error needing correction in each case may differ.