That cold can be healed this very hour

No one need resign himself to "catching cold" at certain seasons or under certain conditions, or to letting a cold "run its course because, after all, it's just a common cold." If we allow ourselves to accept the slightest error instead of vigorously challenging it, we are establishing an open-door policy to error of every sort.

Instead of admitting the possibility of a cold, therefore, we can reject such a belief. And we don't have to wait until the first sneeze; we can start right now.

The use of the word "common" to describe colds tends to imply that it is normal for a cold to attack without notice and to assume control. Here is where Christian Science takes issue. It explains the Bible statement that God has made man in His own image and asks: Is it normal—-indeed possible—for the image of Spirit to be out of God's control; to be uncomfortable, unable to function, unpleasant to behold; to be subject to matter and its distresses such as coughing and sneezing?

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