"Healing is instantaneous"

WHEN one works on a problem in mathematics and the way for its solution becomes apparent, the task is soon concluded. Likewise in individual and world problems, it does not matter how long the process of arriving at the solution may take, the great fact is that through the faculty of right reasoning we can be brought instantaneously to the point where the truth regarding the problem is recognized. The true facts have always existed, and they can never actually be withheld or retarded by human limitation, by time, lack, ignorance, or superstition.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, gives the following definition of "time" on page 595 of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears." Mankind has attached great importance to the belief of time, giving it much power. The arguments that time is required for the healing of sin, sickness, or disease, that understanding and accomplishment have to be gained through the medium of time—these are but fallacies of false education. No one who ponders Christ Jesus' potent statement, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," will look to material time as a healing agent.

In the first section of the quoted definition, Mrs. Eddy unveils the carnal sense of time. In the latter part she gives us the spiritual sense of eternity, which excludes mortality and brings to light spiritual perfection. Time, being humanly circumscribed, can therefore have no true part in healing, understanding, construction, or true being. It does not take time to understand Truth, and to heal with this understanding.

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"Thy servant heareth"
October 28, 1944

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