Never too late for healing
Christian Science enables mortals to overcome that discouraging and depressing, albeit false, conviction that there comes a time when it is too late to reform one's character, or to recover one's health. To those who may be passing through such a belief Christian Science brings the glad tidings that it is never too late to begin the correction and elimination of trouble, regardless of its character. Of this Mrs. Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of this Science, says in the Christian Science textbook (p. 326 ), “The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. ‘Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth?’”
This is in accord with the reassuring declaration of Paul, who said, “Now is the day of salvation.” His significant promise is also helpfully interpreted by Mrs. Eddy in the words: “‘Now,’ cried the apostle, ‘is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,’—meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life” (Science and Health, p. 39 ).
In Christian Science one soon learns that all environment is the expression of thought and hence is governed and controlled by thought. From this it is readily deduced that wrong environment is the result of wrong mental activity, of false believing, and that the abnormal conditions can always be corrected by right thinking. This much understood, it easily and logically follows that it is never too late to begin to think aright. From the moment this process is begun there is a change for the better and one begins to comprehend the admonition of Paul, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Abraham was ninety years old and nine when he was bidden to attain perfection, and it did not occur to him that it was too late, for he instantly accepted the divine command. Of Moses it is declared that he “was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” From examples of this kind it is patent that it is never too late to seek for and manifest harmonious conditions. The only requisite is a sincere desire to know and live in accord with God and His laws. This attitude brings the light whereby mortals are enabled to come into harmony with the divine Mind that governs the universe. In proportion that this relationship is attained mortals begin to learn how to think correctly and to discern quickly the erroneous mental activity that is to be avoided.
The mortal belief that because a person is “getting on in years” certain habits and ailments are too firmly grounded to be overcome can be routed by even a slight understanding of the teachings of Christian Science. This Science combats the universal acceptance of sin, sickness, and death as unavoidable experiences and is daily proving that they are but human beliefs without real foundation or law to support them. When it is recalled that life and all of its activities are primarily mental (and eminent authorities in the realm of physics now agree with Christian Science as to the truth of this), it logically follows that all discordant conditions including sin, sickness, and death are traceable to a mental origin. This truth immediately points to their remedy—the only remedy, namely, mental reformation.
The teaching of Christian Science that all abnormal conditions, whether moral, mental, or physical, arise from wrong mental concepts and that the reversal of these concepts through an understanding of the truth that Jesus taught frees mortals from fleshly bondage of every kind, makes religion a practical demonstrable Science which may be daily and hourly used in working out the problems of life.
The Master declared his mission in unmistakable terms. “I am come,” he said, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” And again he said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.... For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Here is the goal of all human struggle and endeavor—a burdenless life; abundant life, free from sickness, sin, and anxiety. Yet there is not one word about there ever being a time when it is too late to gain and enjoy these blessings. The condition is simply, “Come unto me.”
Let those who have been deceived by the specious arguments of “too late,” “old age,” and the like, accept the Master's loving invitation to "Come.” And if this coming be with a sincere desire to know the truth of being, and to conform life's activities to the government of the divine will—a procedure easily learned through the simple, practical teachings of Christian Science—it will be demonstrated as a glad surprise to such seekers that it is never too late to return to the Father's house. Like the prodigal son, each will find his heavenly Father coming to meet him saying, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.... It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad.”
Originally published in the April 20, 1914 issue of The Christian Science Monitor