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THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF CHRIST. 357
ment have been fully explained in another chapter, and will not be repeated here; I may remark, however, that the most perfect faith that can be obtained for therapeutic purposes is that which arises from a telepathic suggestion to the subjective mind of the patient, when he is objectively ignorant of the fact that anything is being done for him. It is evident that Jesus fully understood this law, as he did all the laws of mental therapeutics. The patient in this case was objectively ignorant of the effort made to heal him ; he was, therefore, objectively passive, and no adverse autosuggestion was possible. The father also was full of faith, or he would not have entreated Jesus in such earnest and pathetic terms to save his son. The conditions were therefore as perfect as possible for successful absent treatment.
The healing of the centurion's servant was a parallel case. It was on this occasion that Jesus declared, " I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
It is needless to multiply instances to illustrate the fact that Jesus healed by the same law which prevails at this day,the law of faith. It seems like arguing a self-evident proposition to show that he required that condition on the part of the patient to enable him to heal the sick or to do any mighty work. He never pretended to be able to dispense with that condition, or to be superior to the law which he proclaimed to the world. When he said anything about it he always gave the patients to understand that it was through faith that they were made whole. The New Testament is full of such expressions as : " Thy faith hath made thee whole ; " " According to your faith be it unto you ; " " If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth;" " Said I not unto thee that if thou wouldst believe, thou shouldst see the glory of God? " These were neither idle nor untruthful expressions.
On the other hand, it was said of him that at his own home he failed to do many mighty works, " because of their unbelief." The condition was absent there, because the people had known him from boyhood, and could not believe that the " carpenter's son " could do any mighty works.