Christian Science is the law of God, good, which, when understood, is seen to be in complete and perpetual action. It is therefore natural that a student should expect immediate and decisive results when correctly applying Christian Science to a problem. Mary Baker Eddy reminds us of the need of instantaneous healing when she says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 355), "This absolute demonstration of Science must be revived."

This statement indicates that even in the early history of Christian Science, when she wrote these words, our Leader discerned the need of awakening students to the naturalness of instantaneous cure. The world looked on in amazement at the first fruits of Truth plucked from the tree of Life by our Leader and the faithful few who followed her in the early dawn of her revelation. Because the worldling could not then, and cannot now, understand how this healing work was done, he called it a miracle. But it is not miraculous to those who have found the Christ and realize its stupendous power to change the evidence of material sense by compelling it to conform to the facts of Soul, to the heaven within us, to the life, health, and purity of Mind's harmonious being.

Today we must give earnest attention to these moving words of our Leader: "This absolute demonstration of Science must be revived." It is a necessity for the progress of Christian Science, and it is a demand which can be fulfilled by all who are willing to pay the price, namely, self-knowledge, humility, and love. In her article entitled "The Way," in which the statement quoted above appears, Mrs. Eddy points out and explains these three stages of spiritual development. From what she has written it is clear that an absolute declaration of the allness of God, if it is uttered from the heart of Christlike understanding, is sufficient to produce an instantaneous cure, but not otherwise.

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