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HAVE you ever been tempted to wonder if you would have been better off if you had been born in a different place, a previous era, or even a future age? The teachings of Christ Jesus bring a spiritual perspective to this issue. Jesus' gospel, or good news, was ``Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.''1 Jesus wasn't referring to a particular spot on the map or to a particular day on the calendar. His own era was not a ``greener'' time of particular peace and morality. Rather, at all times and in all places the message remains the same -- ``The kingdom of heaven is at hand.''

Clearly, Jesus' sense of life was not defined or limited by time and space. He spoke of a heavenly reality that can't be seen or felt by the physical senses but that fills all space, is always present, and actually constitutes the substance, or truth, of being.

Reality in its truest sense is the totally spiritual, wholly good outcome of God. It expresses the allness of good, the infinitude of Spirit, the omnipotence and omnipresence of divine Love. Through an understanding of this present reality -- the kingdom of heaven at hand -- Jesus refuted and overcame sin and sickness. And his healing works were not held back by time and space. He healed individuals far away; he healed diseases that had gone on for many years.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, gives the spiritual sense of Biblical terms. Part of her definition of year reads, ``space for repentance.''2 Clearly, this year is not found on a calendar! A portion of the definition of Kingdom of Heaven is, ``The reign of harmony in divine Science.''3 This kingdom won't be found on a map!


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