Sometimes one hears such remarks as: "Why have I not been instantaneously healed?" or, "Why is my healing so slow? I do my daily reading, attend church services and lectures, and yet my problem has not been fully solved." We are all agreed that we should like to experience quick healings. and many of us have done so. But has it not been our immediate recognition of God as All, our instant refusal to believe in or credit the evidence, of the human senses as real, that gave us the quick victory? In his second letter to Timothy, Paul exhorts him to "be instant in season, out of season."

It is our absolute conviction that God is always present as Love, Mind, Spirit, and that man is His likeness, inseparable from Him as His spiritual idea, which causes the discord to disappear into nothingness. By holding steadfastly to this concept of God and man we are ready "in season, out of season" to meet any suggestion of error quickly and successfully.

Christian Science finds its authority in the Bible, and particularly in the teachings of Christ Jesus. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy reveals God as ever-present good, the source of all health and holiness, and man as wholly spiritual, God's beloved and altogether perfect child, never for a moment separated from Him. Here she writes (p.14): "Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak 'as one having authority.'" This statement shows we do not have to postpone harmony to an indefinite future, but that from our first glimpse of Truth and acceptance of it, it becomes practical.

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