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21    In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definiSelf-reliance and confidencetions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One 24kind of faith trusts one’s welfare to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one’s “own salvation, with fear and trem27bling.” “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, “Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!” 30demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.

    The Hebrew verb to believe means also to be firm or 24 24:1to be constant. This certainly applies to Truth and Love understood and practised. Firmness in error will never 3save from sin, disease, and death.

    Acquaintance with the original texts, and willingness to give up human beliefs (established by hierarchies, and 6Life’s healing currentsinstigated sometimes by the worst passions of men), open the way for Christian Science to be understood, and make the Bible the chart of life, where 9the buoys and healing currents of Truth are pointed out.

    He to whom “the arm of the Lord” is revealed will 12believe our report, and rise into newness of life with reRadical changesgeneration. This is having part in the atonement; this is the understanding, in which 15Jesus suffered and triumphed. The time is not distant when the ordinary theological views of atonement will undergo a great change, — a change as radical as that 18which has come over popular opinions in regard to predestination and future punishment.

    Does erudite theology regard the crucifixion of Jesus 21chiefly as providing a ready pardon for all sinners who Purpose of crucifixionask for it and are willing to be forgiven? Does spiritualism find Jesus’ death necessary 24only for the presentation, after death, of the material Jesus, as a proof that spirits can return to earth? Then we must differ from them both.

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