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"What can we do to hasten the time . . .?"

From the July 1971 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In today's world, where one hears of heart disease, organized crime, increasing divorce rates, drug addiction, campus violence, and myriad other problems, is there receptivity to spiritual truths? Is the Christ, Truth, having an effect on the world's troubled thought? Will the Science of Christ continue to have an effect in the years to come?

The answer to all three questions is a resounding Yes. To study the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy is to find the sweet assurance that the divine influence of God is continually at work in human consciousness. There is receptivity in the world today to the law of God.

If we look at the past century of Christian Science in the perspective of the previous thirty-five hundred years, we perhaps can appreciate more fully the leavening effect of Truth today. From the time of Moses, about a millennium and a half before Christ Jesus, the truth behind the Ten Commandments gradually elevated human thought in preparing it for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus performed marvelous healing works, but even his immediate followers were not then prepared to bear all that he could have said to them. After Jesus' time, spiritual healing continued for a period in areas around the Mediterranean. Then it was practically lost for many centuries.

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