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Almost every student of Christian Science, when endeavoring to solve some problem of healing, has said or thought, I am sure I shall be better tomorrow. Is such a mental attitude conducive to a successful and instantaneous demonstration? Or, is it more likely to prove a hindrance rather than a help? Should we not consider the fact that God, the great I AM, is changeless; that man in God's likeness is therefore also changeless, and will never be any better, any more Godlike, than he is now?

On page 259 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy makes this important declaration: "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration." If demonstration is to be made on the basis of "perfect God and perfect man," must we not see our true self as perfect now, rather than merely expect to be better tomorrow? Better is a relative term, denoting a degree of perfection. The Master's admonition was, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." The command is, "Be perfect," not merely look forward to some future time for the appearing of perfection.

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