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Spiritual healing: the power at work within

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In his book "Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?" religion writer Philip Yancey reports that in Nepal, where Christianity didn't take hold until 1950, there are now more than half a million adherents. Nepalese church leaders estimate that 80 percent of the converts have embraced Christianity as the result of physical healing, often attributed to prayer. They say the European and American doctors who work there as missionaries sometimes admit they have no scientific explanation for some of the amazing recoveries they have seen. Yancey also cites reports of a similar pattern of "apparent miracles" in China.

Wonderful, yes – but not miraculous. Healing is the natural outcome of prayer and faith in God. More than 125 years ago, Mary Baker Eddy discovered a system of healing that proves God is scientifically accessible to all. She explained that her revelation had come through "a spiritual sense of the Scriptures" and through her proof that "the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended," but "illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 123).

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