Since God is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever," it follows that man in His image expresses the same unchanged perfection and harmony. For man, as for God, there can be no mortal measurements, no past, present, or future. Chronology refers to the passing of seasons and years, and human events are tabulated in the order of the revolutions of the solar system; but God antedates all things, for we read that "in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," and "in the beginning was the Word." Science and Health (p. 502) teaches us that "the infinite has no beginning;" that "this word beginning is employed to signify the only." When, therefore, did the calamities occur, from the effects of which so many people are suffering at the present time?

The verse in Ecclesiastes. which reads, "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past," surely refers to the eternity of good! If we accept this interpretation of the text, are we not compelled to efface from memory those fallacious impressions which the divine Mind never made nor shared in? Full well does one realize how impossible it would be to conquer today's suffering, while theoretically according reality to the specific causative error, whether it occurred last week or last century. Rightly speaking, events which linger in memory cannot be labeled "past," and in the light of Christian Science one recognizes that the accident or calamity which overtook an individual twenty years ago was just as unreal then as we should know it to be if it befell him today. In order to put on "the whole armor of God," we must hold firmly to the Science of being for what is called past, as well as for the present and the future. The past, in God's sight and in man's experience, holds nothing but good.

June 19, 1909

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