IS THE CHRIST-HEALING INSTANTANEOUS?

The query arises, If Christian Science heals as Jesus healed, why is not its healing instantaneous? The answer is that the Christ-healing is perfect and immediate just in the degree that there is present the understanding which will correct the belief that has caused the disease. If the divine Principle which heals is perfectly understood, its power will be perfectly demonstrated.

There are, however, conditions which enter in, and which make the problem of healing the sick to-day far different from that of apostolic times. The conditions of consciousness which needed to be changed were far different then than now, because they involved very different beliefs. Prominent among these it is noticeable that the cause of disease seems generally to have been ascribed to some evil influence, the work of a demon, or a judgment, or a curse,—some cause that partook of a mental nature and origin. The diseased one believed, and his friends believed, that if some good power could be found to break the influence of this evil power, the healing work would be done and done immediately. The confident expectation of the patient was that if the work were done at all it would be immediate, and as soon as any sense of relief came, he believed that the work was done, and the result, by a fundamental law of thought so often declared by Jesus, was according to his faith.

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