keeping Pace with Our Progress

To heal in the way Jesus healed is to heal by means of prayer. Such prayer not only rejects the lie that evil is real but also includes the awareness that Truth is just as omnipotent and effective in this age as it was centuries ago when Christ Jesus taught and demonstrated, through healing, that God is ever present and omnipotent.

The need to act upon a growing understanding of God's ever-presence and omnipotence was brought out at the Annual Meeting of The Mother Church, June 18, 1902. The necessity for additional seating capacity was discussed. The assembly pledged funds to build an extension to the existing church edifice. In supporting the desirability of such action, one of Mary Baker Eddy's students stated, "We need to keep pace with our own growth and progress." Quoted in Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 8;

Christ Jesus made it clear that "growth and progress" should not be tucked away on a shelf with a "maybe sometime" intention to make it practical. In fact one of his last directives to his followers was: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15; In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy classified these action words of the Master's as "imperative commands." She writes: "Hear these imperative commands: 'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!' 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!' 'Heal the sick!'" Science and Health, p. 37;

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