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Never too late for healing
Originally published in the April 20, 1914 issue of The Christian Science Monitor
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.”
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