154:2.4 This was the week that
James Zebedee suffered from more than a slight illness. For three days and nights they were
acutely afflicted with a painful digestive disturbance. On the third night Jesus sent Salome, James's mother, to her rest, while he ministered to his
apostles. Of course Jesus could have instantly healed these two men, but that is not the
method of either the Son or the Father in dealing with these commonplace difficulties and afflictions of the children of men on the evolutionary worlds of time and space. Never once, throughout all of his eventful life in the
flesh, did Jesus engage in any sort of supernatural ministration to any member of his earth family or in behalf of any one of his immediate followers.
154:2.5 Universe difficulties must
be met and planetary obstacles must be encountered as a part of the experience training provided for the growth and development, the progressive
perfection, of the evolving souls of mortal creatures. The spiritualization of the human
soul requires intimate experience with the educational solving of a wide range of real
universe problems. The animal nature and the lower forms of will creatures do not progress favorably in environmental ease. Problematic situations,
coupled with exertion stimuli, conspire to produce those activities of mind, soul, and spirit which contribute mightily to the achievement of worthy
goals of mortal progression and to the attainment of higher levels of spirit destiny.
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