Today’s reading looks like First Aid. Miracle stories are sometimes difficult to believe. It is a pity that miracles which once were meant to attract believers, today rather turn people away from Religion. When reading miracle stories we have to keep in mind that the people who observed them did not have today’s scientific attitude with regard to the cause of disease and consequently their interpretation of what they saw was certainly not scientific by today’s standards. However, this should not distract us from the moral values of living together in Neighbourly Love instead of competition in which only the strongest shall survive,
1. Kings 17: 17 to 24:  And it came to pass after these things, [that] the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.  And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?  And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.  And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?  And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.  And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.  And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, [and] that the word of the LORD in thy mouth [is] truth.
Some take this text as a manifestation of God’s power. Others say this is impossible. But let us look at the Ancient Science behind these verses. The child didn’t breath anymore. Now the woman seemingly blamed Elijah by saying, ‘What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?’ So she must have had a bad conscience about something. She thought that whatever the cause of the bad conscience was was the reason for the wrath of God who sent the disease upon her son. This was science. Science was Religion to these people until all through the Middle Ages. People had no idea what really caused disease. The discovery of the causes of disease and some very First Aid are further discussed in Greetings from Paradise in the chapters ‘The Great Darkness’ and ‘The Fall of Christianity.’
So what did Elijah do? He lay upon him, he probably compressed his rib cage three times and the child began to breath again. He rendered First Aid!
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.