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'Healing Under the Law and the Gospel'

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One who thinks there is satisfaction in becoming the slave of a passion or the instrument of vice needs repentance. He needs to repent for breaking the universal divine law, which demands that we worship no other God, no other Mind, no other Love, but infinite Spirit. ''Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'' (Matt. 3:2), John the Baptist preached.

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One who looks at the body to determine health needs to be healed of the belief that health is a quality of matter. And this is just a belief, not truth. Through the purification of our motives and desires we become beneficiaries of the divine law of health. The Bible admonishes us, ''We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord'' (II Cor. 5:8). Living in accord with this admonition preserves and restores health.

Obedience to the law and gospel requires understanding that suffering and illness are unnatural. Nothing physical can be law, because all true law stems from God, who is Spirit and All. Man is ruled by divine Mind, not by matter. Diesease not incurable

In following our Master, Christ Jesus, we're law-abiding citizens in social, political, economic, and civil matters, giving to Caesar what is Caesar's. We're also law-abiding in that we recognize that our entire being is governed by the law of eternal Love. This law enabled Jesus to heal blindness and cure the lame, contrary to what the material senses were reporting. This law of Love is still available to us for the enjoyment of spiritual healing.

Years ago a very dear member of my family came home from the doctor's office in a terrible state of despression. She was weeping because the doctor had diagnosed an incurable disease. His words to his patient were, ''Madam, you've come too late.''

This woman had earlier been given a copy of Science and Health and was determined to prove to the world and to herself what she had always believed: that God, divine Love, is the only authority, the only Judge, the only lawgiver. During three months she devoted her energies to annulling and rejecting that prediction of suffering and immediate extinction.

She regained first her confidence in the availablity of the divine law of Love, then her joy. She expelled from her thought the pictures of suffering and disease, which she realized were not laws.

In three months she had a much clearer view of her spiritual identity, her innocence and purity, her unity with divine Love. The effect of her adherence to God's law was physical healing. Then she was able to help others, including me, to find healing and regeneration through obedience to the law and gospel.

As you can see, obedience to divine law - to the first commandment - brings justice, freedom, health, and redemption. Mrs. Eddy writes: ''The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars, fulfils the Scripture, 'Love they neighbor as thyself;' annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, - whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed'' (Science and Health, p. 340).

The divine law demands our obedience to Spirit, God - but it protects also. The gospel requires us to be Christlike - but the result is the destruction of suffering and punishment and the proof of our innocence as children of God. Metaphysical healing as taught in Christian Science is based on this law and on this gospel. It is available to you and to me and to all, right now.