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the confidence of those among whom they were born. No matter what their virtues may be, they are sure to have some weakness (or what may be considered a weakness, though it may not be such); and this weakness, or supposed weakness, is remembered while his virtues and his powers are overlooked. It is for this reason that a man is not without honor save in his own country and in his own household.
45. Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans re
ceived him, having seen all things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the
feast. 46. So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he
made the water wine. And there was a certain no
bleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into
Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the
point of death. 48. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and
wonders, ye will not believe. Men must be shown some signs of power before they will believe. This has given rise to all the trickery and mockery which has been the lot of mankind for ages past.
Instead of examining a doctrine carefully and learning whether it is one of weakness or of strength, men are inclined to accept any doctrine provided some exhibition of power is given. “If thou healest me, then I will believe in thee,'' might have been the saying of the nobleman; for that was the thought in his heart. 49. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my
child die. 50. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And
the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken to
him, and he went his way. The spoken word of Jesus had the effect, in this case, of causing the nobleman to believe that his son would be healed; and the faith of the father, like the thought in the heart, had the effect of curing the child.
The same law that determines that he who “thinketh lust in his heart, hath already committed lust,” also governs the power to cure when faith in a cure is held in the heart.
This may be for the cure of some illness with which we ourselves may be suffering, or for the cure of one whom we love. Absolute faith, held in the heart, has power to do all things; because it sets into motion laws and vibrations which encircle the object upon which the thoughts are centered. The thought of man, when held in the heart, is like the electrical wave from a powerful battery; it circles everything, and is caught by that which is attuned to it. Love in the heart of the father for the son had sent the vibrations, or rays, of faith direct to the heart of the son. 51. And as he was now going down, his servants met him,
and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 52. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to
amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the
seventh hour the fever left him. 53. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the
which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and him
self believed, and his whole house. It was the same hour in which Jesus had said to him, Thy son liveth: and he himself believed it, and his whole house. Now he alone was there; his household, or his family, was far away, and knew not what was taking place. This must then be interpreted to mean that all the attributes and the faculties of his being, his mind and his soul, believed that the son was cured; and it was so. The thought and the desire, which formed the powerful vibrations of health through the love of the father for the son, went directly the son, and raised the low, or diseased, vibrations of organism, which resulted in the cure. 54. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did,
he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
St. John 5:1-16. 1. After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went
up to Jerusalem. 2. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool,
which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, hav
ing five porches. Bethesda means “the house where mercy can be had by those who are unfortunate,” “the house of the merciful.” 3. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind,
halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4. For an angel went down at a certain season into the
pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made
whole of whatsoever disease he had. On account of this legend the pool received the name, “place of mercy;" the people believed that the angel came down because she took mercy on sufferers. 5. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity,
thirty and eight years. 6. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now
a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou
be made whole ? “To be made whole” refers not to the body, but to the soul. To be made whole means to be made whole, or holy. None can become holy except through a life of obedience to the Divine Law, through the awakening of the Soul, through the cleansing of the body—the temple of the living God. When this is accomplished, then does the Soul become free; for it has become conscious of itself and of the Infinite.
7. The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man,
when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before
me. 8. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up
his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the
sabbath. “If ye have faith, all things are possible.” Faith, if from the heart, casts out all fear. All disease is due to fear, it is of the flesh. True faith is from the heart; and, if true faith can be aroused in the heart, it raises the vibrations to such an extent that all the lower vibrations-heavy clogging vibrations must give way.
The man had faith in that which Jesus commanded him to do. So great was his faith that he did not even question whether it was possible for him to rise up and walk. He simply obeyed.
All disease, every affliction of the heart, even all evil, indicates a low state of vibrations. They are vibrations of the body, and are not of the heart or the soul.
If the vibrations of the heart are aroused, which are always strong, powerful, and rapid, then the vibrations of the body must give way; and the result is a cure. “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” “According to thy faith, so be it unto thee.”
10. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is
the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy
bed. 11. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same
said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12. Then asked they him, What man is that which said un
to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13. And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus
had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in
that place. 14. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said
unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
This man, through the suffering that he had undergone during the thirty and eight years, had expiated the sin for which he had been suffering. He had paid the penalty in full; and, through suffering, he had become purified, or holy, and needed only the divine command to become free from the sickness which he suffered for past sins. This is seen in the words of Jesus, "Behold, thou art made whole."
But something more was recognized by Jesus; for he here teaches a divine principle. Though the man had sinned before, and had suffered for it; though, through this suffering, he had become holy and free from the suffering, yet Jesus tells him frankly that, if he sins again, a worse thing may come to him. Here Jesus plainly teaches that, if we sin, if we do wrong, nothing can prevent us from paying the penalty of the sin.
All suffering, all misery, all sickness and pain, is the result of living or doing contrary to the Divine Law; and whoever does not live in harmony with the Law will be made to suffer.
15. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus,
which had made him whole. How could this man know that it was Jesus? There was no one to tell him, no one who knew him. Through obedience to the Law, he had become free from suffering. Through suffering, he had become holy; for, to be free from suffering, and to be holy are one and the same thing. Through his holiness, he had come to recognize that the body of man is Jesus; while the Soul that dwelleth in the body, when it has become free (which is to say, when it has become Conscious), is the Christ.
16. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought
to slay him, because he had done these things on the
sabbath day. To those who live in the darkness of ignorance, all things appear wrong which do not harmonize with established laws.
These laws may be man-made and in direct conflict with