May 5, 2021

Subject: God reigns

Golden text: Psalms 145:1*

 [King David said], I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

II Samuel 3:1

There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.

II Samuel 4

When Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. Now Saul’s son had two men who were captains of raiding bands; the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon a man of Benjamin from Beeroth (for Beeroth also is counted part of Benjamin; the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and have been sojourners there to this day).

Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled, and as she fled in her haste, he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

Now the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out, and about the heat of the day they came to the house of Ish-bosheth as he was taking his noonday rest. And they came into the midst of the house as if to get wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. When they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him and put him to death and beheaded him. They took his head and went by the way of the Arabah all night, and brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron. And they said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life. The Lord has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring.” But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity, 10 when one told me, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. 11 How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and destroy you from the earth?” 12 And David commanded his young men, and they killed them and cut off their hands and feet and hanged them beside the pool at Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and buried it in the tomb of Abner at Hebron.

II Samuel 5:1-2**

 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’”

21st Century Science and Health

Doing wrong to other people will react most heavily against yourself. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. Think it “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,”[1] than for you to benefit yourself by mistreating others. Your morals confirm your healing ability and fitness to teach. You should practice skillfully the good you know and you will then advance to the extent of your honesty and fidelity—qualities which assure success in this Science. It requires a higher understanding to teach this subject correctly, than it does to heal the most difficult case.

The harmful effect of lousy friendships is less seen than felt. The inoculation of negative human thoughts ought to be understood and guarded against. The first impression made on a mind, whether good or bad, is a capable detective of individual character. Certain minds meet only to separate through simultaneous repulsion. They are enemies without the preliminary offence. The impure are at peace with the impure. Only virtue is a rebuke to vice. A proper teacher of divine Science improves the health and morals of the student if the student practices what is taught, and unless this result follows, the teacher is a Scientist only in name.

There is a large class of thinkers whose excessive prejudice and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed teaches belief in a mysterious, supernatural God and a natural, all-powerful devil. Another class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that they appear to be innocent. They repeat empty talk while looking you placidly in the face, and they never fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class of thinkers build with steel beams. They are honest, generous, noble, and open to the approach and recognition of Truth. Teaching Christian Science to this mindset is not a chore. Pure thought does not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.

Some people respond slowly to the touch of Truth. Some people feel Truth’s touch without a struggle. Many people are reluctant to admit that they have responded to Truth; however, if they don’t admit their improvement, the boastings of evil will shout over good. The Mind scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death. The Scientist will prove the nonbeing of all that opposed good by understanding the allness of Spirit. Sickness is no less a temptation than is sin and they are both healed by understanding God’s power over them. The Christ-like Scientist knows that sickness and sin are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.

Who, that has felt the perilous beliefs in life, substance, and intelligence separated from God, can say that there is no error of belief? The beliefs of mindless matter/energy, the fight-and-flight nature, or morphing substances, are flimsy propaganda, yet mesmerizing. So we ask, who will deny that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate? Scientists of reality must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the indefinite world and be dedicated. We must renounce aggression, oppression, and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love on her brow, must be our queen of life.

Mark 11:1-22

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.

21st Century Science and Health

Humanity will improve through Science and spirituality. The necessity for spiritualizing humanity comes from the fact that Mind can do it. Mind, God, can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth improves the entire system, and can heal “the whole body.”[2]

I would not transform the infant immediately into an adult, nor would I keep the infant a lifelong newborn. No impossible thing do I ask when urging the claims of Christian Science; but because this teaching is in advance of the times, we should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment.

Remember, brain is not mind. Physical particles can’t be sick and Mind is everlastingly immortal. The human body is an erroneous conviction that mind is divisible and measurable. What is called matter/energy was originally error in solution, an immature human mind—likened by Milton to “Chaos, and old night.”[3] One theory about this human mind is that its sensations can reproduce people—can form blood, flesh, and bones. If the generations had not been trained to believe matter is the medium of person then the Science of being, in which all is divine Mind, or God and Love’s idea, would be clearer. Science elucidates the fact that we cannot enter our own embodied thought, bind our self with our own limited thinking, call these bonds material, and then name them divine law.

When Mind-Science is demonstrated absolutely, our spirituality will be recognized as complete. Our immortal self can’t sin, suffer, be subject to mortality, or disobey the law of God. We “will be like the angels in heaven.”[4] Divine Science and Christianity are one. How then, in Christianity any more than in Christian Science, can we believe in the reality and power of both Truth and error, or Spirit and matter, and hope to succeed with contraries? Matter/energy, materialism, physicality is not self-sustaining. Its false supports fail one after another. Matter succeeds for a period only by falsely parading in the veneer of law.

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”[5] In divine Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what it has done for us is an effectual help. If arrogance, superstition, or any error prevents the honest recognition of benefits received, this will be a hindrance to the recovery of the sick and the success of the student.

If we follow Christ on all moral questions but are in darkness as to the physical exemption which spirituality includes, then we must have more faith in God on this subject and be more alive to Spirit’s promises. It is easier to cure the most malignant disease than it is to cure sin. I have revitalized the dying, partly because they were willing to be restored, while I have struggled long, and perhaps in vain, to lift a student out of a chronic sin. Under all modes of pathological treatment, the sick recover more rapidly from disease than does the sinner from sin. Healing is easier than teaching, if the teaching is faithfully done.

For some cultures, worship began with muscularity, but the law of Sinai lifts thought into the song of David. Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter and illustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.

Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul is wise not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter/energy. Life is spiritual good, not formed physically, but metaphysically. Our real life is the idea of spiritual good and is not liable to decay and dust. The Psalmist said: “You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.”[6]

This is the great, indisputable truth in the Science of being: our spirituality was, is, and ever in harmony with complete reality. Our true self is the image or reflection of God. God’s children are not inverted or subverted, but upright and Godlike.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Matt. 19:24; Mark 10:25

[2] John 7:23 (REB)

[3] Milton, John, (1608–1674) Paradise Lost, Book 1, line 540.

[4] Matt. 22:30; Mark 12:25

[5] Matt. 10:33; Luke 12:9 (ESV)

[6] Ps. 8:6 (NRSV)

April 28, 2021

Subject: Doing right

Golden text: Romans 13:10*

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Genesis 16

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!” But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.

The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,

“Behold, you are pregnant
    and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
    because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
    his hand against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.

15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

21st Century Science and Health**

Research shows the frailty and inadequacy of human minds and brains. Professor Susan Greenfield reports online at www.dailymail.co.uk, that, “Today’s technology is already producing a marked shift in the way we think and behave, particularly among the young.” Specifically talking about pleasure, Greenfield continues, “For some, pleasure means wine, women and song; for others, more recently, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll; and for millions today, endless hours at the computer console.”[1]

These cases prove physical senses are beliefs formed by education or trained behavior. The hours and days spent in front of the computer video games would appall individuals who enjoy personal communications and walks in the park. Electronic sounds and sights thrill some viewers while agitating others who were trained in opposite directions.

The point to decide is whether human mind or spiritual Mind acts as the cause. It is much more productive to forsake the basis of matter for the metaphysical basis of Science and its divine Principle.

Whatever resembles an idea governed by Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy, art, natural history, chemistry, music, and mathematics, thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.

Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive. They should promote the advancement of human mind out of itself to a consciousness that escapes mortality and finds peace.

Sensationalized education is deplorable. The mere dogma, the frightening speculations, and the nauseous fiction can be filtered out. Novels and movies remarkable only for their exaggerated pictures, unrealistic ideals, and models of rudeness, fill the viewer and reader with wrong tastes and attitudes. Commercialism is lowering the intellectual standard to accommodate the bank account and to meet a foolish demand for entertainment instead of for improvement. Incorrect views lower the standard of truth.

The power of human mind over its own body is not understood very well. Human beings have “made a mess of things,”[2] not realizing yet that knowledge can save from the dire effects of knowledge. If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. Temporal knowledge is but a vain force.

Suffering can awaken human mind from its fleshly dream and therefore is better than the false pleasures which tend to perpetuate unsustainable dreams. Only sin brings death, for sin is the element of destruction.

“Be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell,”[3] said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows that here the word soul means a false perception or temporal consciousness. The command was a warning to beware, not of human governments, Satan, nor of God, but of sin. Sin makes its own hell and goodness makes its own heaven. Sickness, sin, and downfall are not companions of Life or Truth. No law supports them. They have no relation to God wherewith to establish their power.

Instead of impressing on the mind forcible descriptions and medical details, delete them. Positive images, along with constructive and informative literature and movies will help rule disease out of human mind and abate and destroy sickness.

If you believe in and practice wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter can’t do anything on its own without mind. If you believe you have a disease, you can alter this wrong belief and action without hindrance from the body.

Mark 12: 18-31

 And Sadducees came to [Jesus], who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

21st Century Science and Health

Wrong beliefs are destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.

Mortals have an imperfect understanding of spiritual being and its infinite range of thought. Eternal Life belongs to spiritual being. Never born and never dying, it is impossible for people under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from their immortal status.

Through spiritual perception we can discern the heart of divinity and thereby begin to understand the generic terms person or individual. Our spirituality is not absorbed in God, and God’s person doesn’t become isolated or trapped in a vacuum. Our individuality goes on and on reflecting Life eternal. We each represent the totality of infinite Mind’s substance.

In divine Science, an individual is the true image of God. The divine nature was genuinely personified by Christ Jesus who shed light on this powerful concept of God. He shifted the people’s thought to experience something better than what they had been trained to think was right and normal. Jesus served to remove the stereotypical view of people as sinners, destined to be sick and dying. The Christ-like understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea―complete God and complete person―as the basis of thought and demonstration.

If person was once complete or perfect, but then lost his/her perfection, then the image of God was never known. The lost image is no image. The true likeness can’t be lost in divine reflection. Understanding this, Jesus said: “You shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”[4]

Human perceptions transmit their own images and form offspring after human illusions; whereas God, Spirit, works spiritually, not materially. The brain is an electrical device unable to originate a human concept because electricity has no intelligence, no creative ability. Immortal ideas―pure, perfect, and enduring―are transmitted by the divine Mind through Science. Mind demands spiritual thoughts to the end that they produce harmonious results. Human mind tries to repeat the immortal ideas, but gets it wrong because it starts with its mortal self.

The study of divine Science helps eliminate the human mind’s faulty process. Reasoning that begins with imperfection will end with imperfection. Reasoning that begins with perfection will arrive at perfection. A sculptor can’t perfect contours and shapes while concentrating on an imperfect model. The painter can’t depict the features and appearance of Jesus while thinking about the character of Judas Iscariot.

The perceptions and realities of mortal thought either die or give way to the spiritual discovery of completeness and eternity. Through many generations, human beliefs reach diviner conceptions and the immortal model of God’s revelation is finally seen as the only true conception of being.

Science not only reveals reasonable possibilities, but also prompts human beings to discover what God has already done. You must trust your ability to experience goodness and to bring out better and higher results. Don’t become a sluggard. Don’t fear failure, but overcome it.

Illness, disease, and defeat proceeds from fear. A sick body evolves from sick thoughts. Debauchery comes from, and causes, hurtful physical and moral conditions.

Promiscuousness and self-centeredness are educated in mortal mind when human beings repeat the same thoughts over and over. This education is at the expense of spiritual growth. It is better to stop talking constantly about the body. It is better to stop expecting pleasure or pain from the body. 

When we expect pleasure from the body, we get pain. When we look for life in the body, we find death. When we search for Truth or Spirit in material things, we find uncertainty. Now reverse this process. Look away from matter into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Let your thought embrace the enduring, the honest, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience according to how often they occupy your thoughts.

We learn that the human mind affects health and happiness, so use this knowledge to benefit humanity. We can become preoccupied with helping others and forget our body and its complaints. We can become so focused on reaching a spiritual goal that pain is forgotten. It shows that pain is powerless in the presence of good works. After the September 11th, 2001 plane attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, many people, especially firefighters, performed miraculous feats saving lives while oblivious to their own bodies.

Detach feelings from the body, or matter, which is only a type of human belief. Learn the meaning of God or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal. Don’t worry when breaking away from mutating time and feelings, because you will not lose your sense of reality or your sense of identity. As you contemplate spiritual life, consciousness is being purified and groomed to experience the celestial.

We can forget the body while remembering good and the human race. Good compels us to solve the problem of being. Commitment to good increases our dependence on a spiritual God and shows a paramount necessity to be responsible to Truth and Love. Divine Science does not claim the perfection of God but ascribes to God the entire glory. By taking “off your old self with its practices,”[5] mortals are clothed “with immortality.”[6]

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Greenfield, Susan, “Modern technology changing way brains work says neuroscientist,” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-565207/Modern-technology-changing-way-brains-work-says-neuroscientist.html#ixzz2xrjH2Ima Accessed 4/3/2014

[2] Eccl. 7:29 (The Message)

[3] Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:5

[4] Matt. 5:48 (NKJV)

[5] Col. 3:9

[6] I Cor. 15:53

April 21, 2021

Subject: Master

Golden text: Matthew 13:52*

 And [Jesus] said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Luke 16:1-15

 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

21st Century Science and Health**

A selfish and narrow human mind may be unjust, but divine Mind is the immortal law of justice and mercy. It is just as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment on this side of the grave as it is for the righteous to receive their full reward. It is useless to think the wicked can gloat over their offences, die, and go to heaven. It is incorrect to think that Love is satisfied by giving us only stressful work, losses, cross-bearing, trials, and tribulations. God doesn’t mock us in return for our efforts at well doing.

Religious history repeats itself and shows that the just suffers due to the unjust. Does God overlook the law of righteousness that destroys sinful thinking? No. They who sin must suffer. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—even more.”[1]

The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, of “whom the world was not worthy,”[2] stalks every pioneer of truth.

There is too much animal courage in society and not enough moral courage. Christians must take up arms against limited mindsets at home and abroad. They must wrestle with selfish and incomplete views in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished the course. If they keep the faith, they will receive the honor of rejoicing.

I advise students to be charitable and kind, not only toward differing forms of religion and medicine, but to the very people who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to “stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”[3] Never condemn rashly. “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also,”[4] because if you refrain from retaliation, you will be struck again. If ecclesiastical sects or medical schools turn a deaf ear to the teachings of divine Science, then part from these opponents as did Abraham when he parted from Lot, and say in your heart: “’Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.”[5] Spiritual beings, or God’s children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but the children of human beings are discordant and oftentimes fake.

Teachers must make clear to students the Science of healing, especially the moral and ethical principles—that all is Mind, and we measure up to the will of good. Teachers must thoroughly prepare students to defend themselves against sin and the attacks of the would-be mental assassin,who attempts to kill morally and physically. No hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interject a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of divine Science. Teachers do not indoctrinate, but shed light on the student’s hidden energies and capabilities for good.

Philemon 1:8-20

 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

21st Century Science and Health

As people think, so are they. Mind is all that feels, acts, or interferes with action. Unaware of this or shrinking from its implied responsibility, the healing effort is made on the wrong side and thus the conscious control over the body is lost.

Worshippers more interested in religious ceremonies than in the principles behind the religion, will believe that a ritual, person, place, or thing is necessary for the salvation of their soul. Doctors and pharmacists who believe drugs have power will think their prescription will save life. The belief that ceremonies will save the soul is a delusion. The belief that drugs will save life is a medical mistake.

The human mind is in conflict with itself and therefore produces disordered bodies. To ignore God, the higher Mind, is a mistake. Don’t wait for a strong healthy body before acknowledging God. Learn that God can do all things for us in sickness as in health.

Failing to recover health through treatments based on physiology or gene therapy, the despairing invalid often drops them and as a last resort turns to God. The person would have resorted to Mind first if they had more faith in the divine Mind than in drugs, time, and hygiene. Medical systems grant more power to matter than Spirit, however, when Mind asserts its mastery, we are found harmonious and spiritual.

What would be better? To beg a human-like God to heal the sick out of His free will? Or, would it make more sense to understand the infinite divine Principle which heals? If our thinking is no better than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained and Soul-existence, in the place of molecular existence, is not comprehended. We understand Life in divine Science only as we let go of limited views and attain spiritual views. The amount of good or of evil admitted determines the harmony of our existence—our health, our longevity, and our spirituality.

We cannot serve two masters, nor perceive divine Science with the physical senses. Drugs and DNA technology cannot successfully take the place and power of the divine source of all health and perfection. If God made people both good and evil, then they must remain so. What can improve God’s work? An error in the premise must appear in the conclusion. To have one God and to experience the power of Spirit, you must love God, spiritual good, supremely.

“For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit.”[6]  Sinful desires can never unite in action with Spirit, just as good never meets at some point with evil. It is foolish to take a hesitant position or sit on the fence when it comes to our spirituality. Expecting to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error, is not wise. There is but one way—namely, God and Truth’s idea—which leads to spiritual being. The scientific government of the body must be accomplished through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. On this fundamental point, timid or self-righteous conservatism are inadmissible. Only by advancing from the root of Truth can scientific healing power be realized.

Substituting good words for a good life, and pretending a straightforward character, is a shallow veneer for the weak and worldly who think the standard of Christian Science too high.

If the balance is evenly adjusted, the removal of a single weight from either scale offsets the other side. Whatever influence you put on the side of human mind, you take away from divine Mind, which would otherwise outweigh all else. Your thinking can work against your health, so it is better to employ your thinking on the side of health. You make yourself sick through the false belief of sickness even before you rush after drugs, get blood tests, and avoid society for fear of germs.

Because human-made systems insist that we can become sick and useless, suffer and die, in agreement with the laws of God or nature, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God’s spiritual command relating to perfection—an authority which Jesus proved to be false? Jesus did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called physical law but in accordance with Mind’s law.

Strength and intelligence are not limited to muscles and brain. Measuring muscles or appraising IQ’s (Intelligence Quotient), or testing people’s cognitive approach to problem solving and decision making are inadequate methods. Strength and intelligence are not at the mercy of non-intelligent matter.

Obedience to the physical laws of health has not diminished sickness. Diseases multiply when theories based on material realities take the place of spiritual truth.

Science not only reveals the source of all disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine Mind.

People who do right, and those who do wrong, get their full reward, but not always in this world.

In Isaiah, we read: “I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things,”[7] but the prophet referred to divine law dawning on human consciousness, causing evil and wrong thinking to surface before being reduced to its common denominator, nothingness. The infected system needs to be scanned entirely in order to clean the hard-drive. During moral purification, when the symptoms of evil and illusion are aggravated, we might ignorantly think that the Lord brought about the evil. Thinking it through metaphysically, we ascertain that the discovery of God’s law uncovers so-called sin and its effects only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.

Science provides “to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”[8] Science tells the human sense of destructiveness, disease, and fatality, that God never made you. God never made a perception that lacks knowledge of the unlimited God. The purpose of the Hebrew allegory of creation, representing error as assuming a divine character, is to teach human beings never to believe a lie.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Matt. 7:2; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38

[2] Heb. 11:38 (Amplified)

[3] John 7:24

[4] Matt. 5:39; Luke 6:29 (NRSV)

[5] Gen. 13:8

[6] Gal. 5:17

[7] Isa. 45:7

[8] Matt. 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25

April 14, 2021

Subject: God’s assignment

Golden text: Luke 22:28-30*

 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Genesis 17:9-11

 And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.

21st Century Science and Health**

The infinite never began and it will never end. Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. God’s child is not on a roller coaster, reeling between good and evil, joy and sorrow, health and sickness, endurance and weakness. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and spiritual are the eternal likeness of their Maker. We aren’t struggling to rise from an imperfect origin to a perfect Spirit. The stream doesn’t rise higher than its source.

Measuring life by solar years steals from our prime and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood and womanhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit illumines spiritual sense with bright and imperishable glories.

Don’t keep records of the aging process. Chronological data is no part of the vast forever. Charts of births, stages, and deaths are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful is an age-old habit. If not for that routine, we would enjoy our advanced years and still be vigorous, light-hearted, and full of promise. Governed by spiritual Mind, we are always graceful and noble. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

Life is eternal. We should find this out and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are spiritual. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, renewal, and consistency, rather than into debility and loss.

Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own types. Acute beliefs of physical life come later, and are not as disastrous as chronic beliefs.

Tradition, education, and fashion form the illusive standards of human beings. Spirituality, exempt from decline or decay, has a glory of its own—the radiance of Soul. We can be models of spiritual sense. Our spirituality is designed by complete Mind and reflects those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all false conceptions.

Sculptors turn from the marble to their model in order to perfect their conception. We are all sculptors working at various forms, molding and chiseling thought. What is the model before human mind? Is it stupidity, joy, depression, suffering? Have you accepted the human model? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious sculptors and hideous forms. Don’t you hear from all humankind of the imperfect model? The world is continually holding it before your observation. The result is that you are liable to follow those ruinous prototypes, limit your lifework, and adopt into your experience the angular outlines and deformity of mortal models.

To remedy this, we must first turn our attention in the right direction and then walk that way. We must form true God-like models in thought and look at them continually or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Allow unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, and love to control your mind and body. As the kingdom of heaven is found within our consciousness, then sin, disease, and loss will diminish until they finally disappear.

John 7:14-24

About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

21st Century Science and Health

The healing power of Truth is no longer random, but widely practiced as an inherent, ongoing Science. Spiritual healing is the good news constantly appearing, and its main purpose isn’t physical healing but “on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[1] The appearance of good, as was promised by Jesus, establishes the divine system among humanity. Now, as in earlier times, signs and wonders are meant to elucidate the divine origin and to substantiate the reality of Truth—to attest to the higher mission of Science to take away the sins of the world.

In divine Science mere opinion is worthless. Sneers at the word Science, when applied to Christianity, can’t prevent spirituality from being scientific.  Spirituality is based on a divine Principle, demonstrated according to a given rule, and open to proof. The facts are so numerous in support of divine Science that it can’t be overthrown by misrepresentations and denunciations. Paul warns about “quarreling over opinions.”[2] This is an era when we live and think in terms of science, therefore proof and demonstration, instead of opinion and dogma, are called upon to support spirituality, “making wise the simple.”[3]

Unfounded attacks on scientific Mind-healing are denials of Truth and it can be sorrowfully seen that those denials produce sad effects on the sick. Finding fault with divine Science is done presumptuously, in the face of Bible history, and it defies the direct instruction of Jesus, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”[4] To this instruction was added the promise that students will drive out evils and heal the sick. Jesus called upon the seventy-two[5] disciples, as well as the twelve, to heal the sick in any town where they should be kindly received.

If Godlike Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not of God, then there is no unified law, and truth becomes an accident. Shall it be denied that a system which works according to Scriptures has Scriptural authority?

Divine Science awakens the sinner, rehabilitates the self-deceived, and releases from pain the helpless sufferer. Science speaks the words of Truth to those who are lost and they answer with rejoicing. It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.

I Corinthians 7:17-21

 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. 18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.

21st Century Science and Health

In the Science of spirituality, Mind—omnipotence—has all-power. Divine Mind, God assigns sure rewards to spiritual righteousness and shows that matter cannot heal or make sick, create or destroy.

A promise of joy was anticipated while walking wearily through the desert of human hopes. Even so now, the spiritual idea will guide all right desires from limited perception to Soul perception, to the glory prepared for us who love God. Science is the guide, never pausing but leading to divine thoughts with a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. In War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy depicts the guiding presence found in consciousness. The main character, Pierre Bezúkhov, “felt like a man who, after straining his eyes to peer into the remote distance, finds what he was seeking at his very feet. All his life he had been looking over the heads of those around him, while he had only to look before him without straining his eyes…He had learned to see the great, the eternal, the infinite in everything…And the closer he looked, the happier and more serene he was.”[6]

We disown the Almighty when we assign spiritual power to matter.

When the human element in him resisted the divine, Jesus surrendered: “Not my will, but yours be done”[7]—that is, let not the flesh but the Spirit be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, drives out wrongdoing, raises the dead from trespasses, and preaches the good news to humble hearts.

Are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the persecutions that attend a new and higher understanding of God? Are you willing to take up the cross and leave all for the Christ-principle? Are you eating bread and drinking wine to honor Jesus, or just to remember him for a few minutes? Don’t assign the inspiration of Eucharist to an anesthetic ritual. Instead, show that Truth is understood, by driving out erroneous conceptions and making our bodies “holy and pleasing to God”?[8] If Christ, Truth, has come to us in demonstration, no other sign of remembrance is requisite. Demonstration is Immanuel or “God with us.”[9] If a friend is with us, why do we need memorials of that friend?

If everyone who ate bread and drank of Jesus’ cup really commemorated his sufferings, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek Jesus’ remembrance through material symbols would take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, Truth, to the receptive thought, they will bring in the millennium.

Scripture informs us that “with God all things are possible”[10]—all good is possible to Spirit. Prevalent theories practically deny this and make healing possible only through human beings, however, these theories are not true, because spiritual good is possible to God. Christianity is not false, but religions which contradict its Principle are false.

At certain times, we see spirituality again demonstrating the power of divine Principle, as it did over twenty centuries ago, by healing the sick. Jesus never taught that drugs, food, air, and exercise could make people healthy. Jesus also didn’t teach or practice that drugs, food, air, and exercise could destroy human life. Harmony is assigned to Mind, not to matter/energy.

Voices of solemn import are heard in the sacred sanctuary of Truth. Are we heeding these voices? If so, we are burying error and resurrecting to spiritual life.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Luke 2:14 (NRSV)

[2] Rom. 14:1 (NRSV)

[3] Ps. 19:7

[4] Mark 16:15

[5] Some documents say, seventy

[6] Tolstoy, Leo, War and Peace, translated by Ann Dunnigan. New York: Penguin Books, 1968.

[7] Matt. 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42

[8] Rom. 12:1

[9] Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23

[10] Matt. 19:26

April 7, 2021

Subject: Ascension

Proverbs 19:20-21*

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. 21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

I Chronicles 17:16-27

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 17 And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord God! 18 And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19 For your servant’s sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21 And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22 And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God. 23 And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, 24 and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 25 For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. 26 And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”

21st Century Science and Health**

The ancient prophets received their foresight from a spiritual, metaphysical position, not by predicting evil and mistaking fiction as fact. Reading the future from the premise of fleshly and human belief is not scientific foresight. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in agreement with the truth of being, individuals become seers and prophets involuntarily. Prophecy is not controlled by spirits, demons, or quantum entities, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present divine Mind, and of thought in alignment with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

As we become better acquainted with the Science of being, we are better able to communicate with the divine Mind.

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Truth in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality—to have no other consciousness of life—than good, God and Spirit’s reflection. Spiritual harmony, happiness, or Christ-likeness includes ascendancy over physical pain and pleasure.

Happiness is won as good has ascendency over evil and the spiritual over the animal. The attainment of this spiritual condition improves our progeny, diminishes crime, and gives higher aims to ambition. Every valley of materialism must be exalted and every mountain of selfishness must be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science. The offspring of heavenly-minded parents inherit more intellect, better balanced minds, and more reliable health.

Self-worship is denser than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the clotted mass of error. Let us work to bankrupt self-will, self-justification, and self-worship. Don’t invest in mortality with its errors that compete against spirituality.

The clothing of Life is Truth.

Acts 1:4-11

And while staying with them [Jesus] ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus’ unchanged physical state after the resurrection posits a progressive state beyond the grave. The spiritual growth that allowed Jesus to rise from the dead was increased even more to allow him to ascend.  Jesus was “the way;”[1] that is, he marked the way for humankind. The final display, called the ascension, closed the earthly record of Jesus and he no longer could be detected.

After Jesus’ ascension, his students received the Holy Spirit. Meaning, that by all they had witnessed and suffered they were wakened to a clearer understanding of divine Science.

Intent and action are not properly valued before they are understood. It is well to wait until those whom you would benefit are ready for the blessing. Science is working changes in personal characters as well as in the ever-changing universe.

When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, Spirit directs our thought and action. Imperfect human beings grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being is doing much.

I Corinthians 3:18-23

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

21st Century Science and Health

Human personalities have material bodies, but God is Spirit, Love. Divine Science strongly emphasizes the thought that God is not bodily, but bodiless, yet personal.

To human perception Christian Science seems abstract, but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science is understood. The tree that produces good fruit must be good itself. Guided by divine Truth and not guesswork, the theologian or the student—the spiritual and scientific expounder of divine law—treats disease with more certain results than any other healer on the planet. It is useful for the Scientist of Truth to understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine metaphysics as laid down in Science and Health, resting their demonstration on this sure basis.

Ontology is defined as “the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being,”[2] and reinforces all mental practice. This system of Mind-healing is supported by the understanding of the nature and essence of all being—by the divine Mind and Love’s essential qualities. Its pharmacy is moral, and its medicine is intellectual and spiritual, though used for physical healing. Yet this most fundamental part of metaphysics is the most difficult to understand and demonstrate, for mindless matter seems real to thoughts of flesh and blood, until such thoughts are rectified by Spirit.

Sickness is real, is true that is, to the patient’s frightened perception. Disorders and problems are more than imagination, they are solid convictions of fear or ignorance and therefore need to be dealt with through an accurate comprehension of the truth of being. If Soul-healing is abused by those who are wise in their own conceit, treatment becomes an irksome trouble maker. Instead of scientifically affecting a cure, a boaster in Science starts petty crossfires over those who are disabled and sick. Humanity should not be knocked around with superficial and heartless remarks like: It’s all in your head. Matter is not real. Be more spiritual. You really are perfect.

I do not insist that anyone can exist in the flesh without food and clothes; but I do believe that individuals are image, spiritual, and live in Mind, not human mind. Divine Science must be accepted at this period by induction. We admit the whole, because a part is proved and that part illustrates and proves the entire Principle. Divine Science can be taught only by those who are morally advanced and spiritually invested, for it is not artificial, nor is it discerned from the standpoint of human convictions. Only as spiritual perception is illumined can the light of understanding shine on this Science that reverses the evidence before the physical perceptions and furnishes the eternal interpretation of God and spiritual being.

When the Science of Mind was a newly tapped-into revelation, I had to impart the hue of spiritual ideas from my own spiritual condition. Teaching was done through the meager channel of the human language, both verbally and by means of a manuscript. As former beliefs were gradually expelled from my thought, the teaching became clearer, until finally the shadow of old errors was no longer cast on Christian Science.

A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood. It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite. Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished.

Though empires fall, “the Lord shall reign forever.”

No final judgment awaits mortals. There is no time in eternity. The judgment day of wisdom comes thought by thought, by which human beings are deprived of all erroneous thoughts. As for spiritual error, there is none.

Physical senses confuse image with the original and the consequence is an unlikeness of Spirit. In the illusion of life that is here today and gone tomorrow, individuals would be wholly material were it not that Love destroys all error and brings spirituality to light. As the reflection of our Maker, we are not subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal projections are of human origin, not divine presence.

Guard against religious teachings that lead to beliefs in a breakable relationship with God. If Life or Soul and its representative person, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce, to be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in manner unknown, we are left without a rational proof of immortality. We can’t be separated for an instant from God when reflecting God. Divine Science shows spiritual being intact.

The plethora of human created material forms are not more distinct or real to the physical senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual senses. Our spiritual senses are undisturbed even amid the jarring testimony of the mortal senses. Christian Science is consistently revealing to human beings the perpetual divine Principle. We can sense the unfolding Life and universe, ever present and eternal. Our sense of Spirit cognizes Life as permanent.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] John 14:6

[2] The Oxford American Dictionary and Language Guide, edited by Abate. F. s.v. “Ontology.” New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. By permission of Oxford University Press, Inc. Recent edition. Copyright © 2007

March 31, 2021

Subject: Resurrection

Golden text: John 11:24-25*

Martha said to [Jesus], “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

Mark 12:18-27

 And Sadducees came to [Jesus], who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

21st Century Science and Health**

Surrounded by imperfection, perfection is seen and acknowledged only by degrees. People slowly work toward perfection. How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of scientific being, no person knows—not even “the son, but only the Father.”[1] The false claim of error continues its delusions until the goal of goodness is steadfastly earned and won.

Voices of solemn import are heard in the sacred sanctuary of Truth. Are we heeding these voices? If so, we are burying error and resurrecting to spiritual life. These signs are seen when the temporary pleasures and pains pass away from our lives.

There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for better proofs rather than verbal claims of Christian power. These proofs replace sin, sickness, and death with the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress and progress is the law of God whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfill.

The Sadducees reasoned falsely about the resurrection. The Pharisees reasoned worse. They believed error to be as immortal as truth and thought they could raise the spiritual from the material after resorting to death. Jesus taught and demonstrated how death was to be overcome by spiritual Life, Love.

Life demonstrates Life. Individuals reflect Life, Soul. The immortality of Soul makes us immortal.

Already the shadow of God’s right hand rests on the hour. For those of you who “know how to interpret the appearance of the sky,”[2] the physical sign—how much better is it to discern the mental sign? Spiritual interpretation removes spiritual unawareness and ill-health by overcoming the thoughts which produce them and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and replaces them. Jesus’ mission was to reveal the truth of spiritual reality to all humankind, even to the hearts which rejected him.

When numbers have been divided according to a fixed rule, the answer is unquestionable. The scientific tests I have made concerning the effects of truth upon the sick are just as unquestionable. The counter fact relative to any disease is required for the cure. Truth spoken and realized is designed to disprove and destroy error and sin. Why shouldn’t truth also destroy sickness?

Spiritual involvement heals, while material attachment interferes with truth and ritualism and creed stifle spirituality. If we trust materiality, we distrust Spirit.

Song, sermon, and Science—crumbs of comfort—are capable to inspire us with wisdom, Truth, and Love. Spiritual comfort blesses the human family, feeds the unsatisfied, and gives living water to the thirsty.

It is most beneficial to become more familiar with good than with evil. We can guard against false beliefs as diligently as we bolt our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”[3] Avoid throwing “your pearls to pigs,”[4] because if you do, everyone loses out.

Mark 8:31-33

 And [Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific human being that ever walked the earth. He systematically looked past the symptomatic material causes to discover and put into practice the spiritual cause, although the people around him had immature ideas of spiritual cause. Even his disciples possessed a limited degree of spirituality. To get his points across, Jesus used terms familiar to the people of the time. He spoke of, “flesh and bones.”[5] Jesus himself had to advance past believing in substance-matter. As his understanding of Spirit increased, Jesus no longer felt attached to the world and proved conclusively, by raising his body from dead, that his substance was Spirit. His body was no more perfect because of death and no less material until his consciousness was further spiritualized in the ascension. Jesus discovered the eternal Ego and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and God’s reflection. The Teacher gained the solution of being and demonstrated the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.

Materialist views are the parents of wrong conclusions and wicked deeds. When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body—knowing as he did that Mind was the builder—he said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days,”[6] and the people thought he was talking about a physical church building instead of his body. After the wicked crucifixion, Jesus’ spiritual identity seemed indefinite, unfamiliar, even preposterous, while the body, dead in a tomb seemed to be the real deal. This materialism had no sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary saw him, and he presented to her more than ever before, the true idea of Life and substance.

Jesus was imperceptible to sinful thinking. The higher his demonstration of divine Science carried the problem of Being and the more distinctly he drove home the demands of divine Principle, the more he was hated. Because the materialist’s law includes death, they thought they could make Jesus die. Jesus proved them wrong by his resurrection, and said: “Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”[7] Humans who depend on human doctrines and physical laws to save them from wrongdoing, death, and sickness, are offended by Jesus.

John 19:14-19

Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”

Matthew 28:1-10

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

21st Century Science and Health

Resurrection. Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.

Truth will be to us “the resurrection and the life”[8] only as it destroys all error. Truth dissolves the belief that Mind can be shackled by a body. Life can’t be controlled by death. A nihilistic, sick, or dying human is not the likeness of God, the perfect and eternal. God is the only source of our spirituality.

Material energy is the primitive belief of human mind, because that very mind has no cognizance of Spirit. Human perceptions are limited and vague, therefore dependent on the limited and vague.

Explaining the origin of human being and mind, Jesus said: “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”[9]

The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. But the idea of resurrection and ascension, shows that a mortal creature is not our real essence. We can’t be annihilated because of an indissoluble immortal connection between God and us. In divine Science, mortality disappears in the presence of reality.

Through experience, the disciples became more spiritual and better understood what the Teacher had taught. Jesus’ resurrection was also their resurrection. The resurrection was a revival, for soon their dear Master would rise again in what has since been called the ascension, when Jesus was no longer heard or seen physically. Jesus’ ascension was his reward for his faithfulness. The resurrection advances individual and collective consciousness. It moves thought out of spiritual dullness and blind belief into the perception of infinite possibilities.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Mark 13:32

[2] Matt. 16:3; Luke 12:56

[3] Matt. 7:12

[4] Matt. 7:6

[5] Luke 24:39

[6] John 2:19

[7] John 11:26   

[8] John 11:25

[9] John 8:43

March 24, 2021

Golden text: Proverbs 29:26*

Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.

I Samuel 12:1-13

 And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day. Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.” They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.” And he said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”

And Samuel said to the people, “The Lord is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers. When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your fathers cried out to the Lord and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. But they forgot the Lord their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them. 10 And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’ 11 And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety. 12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king. 13 And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you.

21st Century Science and Health**

We are susceptible to believe in more than one supreme ruler, or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be imbedded in a sensuous body. What happens when the material body takes a turn for the worse and gives out? What happens when the belief of life in matter overloads and crashes? Do you believe the deathless Soul escapes from matter and lives on? But, this is unworkable. Death is not a springboard to eternal Life and happiness. The person who neglects their spirituality is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill so long as sin is committed. The ranting and raving of illegitimate living and of fearful and pitiful dying should disappear on the shore of time where the waves of sin, sorrow, and ruin beat in vain.

The limited senses bear witness to the entrenched human belief that life, substance, and intelligence is a mixture of the temporal and the eternal. This thinking constantly campaigns for error and carries within itself the seeds of error.

The godly thought impels a more exalted worship and self-discipline. Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being and destroys reliance on anything accept God. Action and thought were made to image forth our Maker.

Science depicts disease as error, as matter versusMind. Reverse error, and the facts of health are witnessed. To forecast your future according to the world infringes on spiritual law and misguides hopes. We are sustained under all circumstances as we have faith in the divine Principle of health and as we spiritually understand God. The ordinary appeal to have faith in the world’s ways and means must yield to faith in the all-might of infinite Spirit.

For many years, God graciously prepared me to receive this conclusive revelation of the divine Principle of scientific mental healing.

This demonstrative Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, “God with us,”[1] the sovereign ever-presence, delivering humanity from every ill “that flesh is heir to.”[2] Through divine Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a more God-like nature and essence. Science gives new strength to faith and understanding, and thoughts intelligently acquaint themselves with God.

If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness and it would be absurd to try. So, classify sickness and error as Jesus did, when he spoke of the sick, “whom Satan has kept bound.”[3] Find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief. Truth’s power opens the prison doors to those who are bound, and sets the captives free physically and morally.

When the curse of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and Spirit’s idea. Allow nothing but Soul’s likeness to prevail in your thought. Do not let fear or doubt eclipse your clear sense and calm trust in Truth. The recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let divine Science instead of fleshly sense, support your understanding of being and this understanding will exchange error for Truth, replace physicality with spirituality, and silence complaint with harmony.

Question. How can I make consistent, rapid progress in my understanding of divine Science?

Answer. Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of spiritual Science; and follow the directives of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, truth, and Love. In the Science of Mind, you will eventually figure out that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn that the transfer of negative suggestions from one human being to another is proven unreal, for there is but one Mind and this ever-present omnipotent Mind expresses the entire universe and is reflected by us. You will learn that the first responsibility in divine Science is to adapt to Soul, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that advances with supreme good? Am I manifesting the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the path will be “shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”[4] Your accomplishments will prove what the understanding of God brings to man and woman. Hold perpetually this thought—that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Spirit and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based on its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.

Matthew 23:25-39

[Jesus said]“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

21st Century Science and Health

The arrogance of being a church official is a ruler of this world. Arrogance has nothing in Christ. Humility, honesty, and charity have divine authority. Mortals think wrongly, consequently they seem to work against themselves and others.

The world’s master is material energy. Jesus served God. The world serves money. His inclinations were pure. The inclinations of mortals are to indulge the flesh and ego. Jesus’ senses drank in the spiritual evidence of health, holiness, and life. The world’s senses absorb the material evidence of sickness, sin, and death. Divine perception and worldly perception witness polar-opposite to one another.

Pharisee. Bodily and sensuous belief; self-righteousness; vanity; hypocrisy.

If we pray to God as though God is a measurable person, human doubts and fears rear their ugly heads and become obstacles. Because of the human mind’s unawareness of God as divine Spirit, there is an unawareness of true Love, to whom all things are possible. This spiritual unawareness sees Love as a gendered creator and ruler, thereby causing people to see themselves as merely physical and susceptible to mortality. God is immaterial Love and we can grasp the wonders brought by Love. We can see ourselves as images of God through spiritual consciousness. 

The self-contradictory belief that Spirit is finite as well as infinite has darkened all history. In divine Science, Spirit, as a proper noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and applies exclusively to God. The modifying derivatives of the word spirit refer only to quality, not to God. We are not God, Spirit, but are spiritual. If spiritual being was Spirit, then people would be spirits, gods. The belief that the infinite can be contained in the finite embodies a mortal spirit, tends to darken our perception of the kingdom of heaven, and disturb the reign of harmony in the Science of being.

God did not institute physical laws to control us. We do not have to get sick because we broke a human-made health law. Jesus healed in direct opposition to, and in defiance of, physical laws and conditions.

Human belief attaches theories to the enormous subject of genetics; but if we learn that nothing is real but the good and right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances and fleshly ills will disappear. It would be impossible to transmit disease or negative human traits if this great fact of being was learned—namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God.

To be dependent on that which is constantly changing is not reasonable. False dependencies will cease as we recognize our God-given dominion over the temporal senses and acknowledge our heritage of freedom. Human beings will someday assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Dropping our present beliefs, we will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality, and disorder as the temporal unreality. We will control our own bodies through the understanding of divine Science.

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life.”[5]  If we follow the direction of Jesus, we can depend less and less on bodily conditions, structure, or economy. We can be masters of the body, dictate its features, and form and control it with Truth.

There is no power apart from Mind. Omnipotence has all-power and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the assumption that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless and restored dignity to experience. It should have humbled the arrogance of the priests when they saw the demonstration of spirituality excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.

If Mind is not supreme over sin, sickness, and death, then those experiences are immortal, for it’s been proved that material particles/waves can’t destroy sin and disease, but is their basis and support.

God, without the image and likeness of Mind, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed; Spirit would be without a witness or proof of its own nature. We are the image or idea of God, an idea which can’t be lost or separated from its divine Principle. As the evidence before the mortal perceptions evaporate in the presence of spiritual perception, nothing can estrange us from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23

[2] Shakespeare, William, (1564–1616) Hamlet, Act III. Scene I.

[3] Luke 13:16

[4] Prov. 4:18

[5] Matt. 6:25; Luke 12:22

March 17, 2021

Golden text: John 7:24*

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.

Acts 28:3-6

When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

21st Century Science and Health**

Not understanding the cause or approach of disease is no argument against the mental origin of disease. You confess to ignorance of the future and incapacity to preserve your own existence, and this thinking helps rather than hinders disease. Such a mindset induces sickness. It is like walking in the darkness on a high narrow ledge. You cannot stop suspecting danger, so your steps are insecure because of fear. We must be aware of mental cause and effect.

Heat and cold are products of the human mind. Human mind produces bodily heat and then expels it by abandoning the thinking that caused it. Sometimes, human thinking is so extreme that it increases bodily heat to the point of self-destruction and calls the body dead. When the body is deprived of human mind, the body cools and then breaks down into simple atom structures. However, those very atom particles that make up the body don’t produce heat or cold whether the body is alive or dead. It is human mind, not matter, which says, “I am hot,” or “I am dying.” Heat would pass from the body as painlessly as vapor escapes water, if there was no belief that inflammation and pain must accompany the separation of heat from the body.

Chills and heat are often the form in which fever materializes itself. When treating fever, people may cover the body or change their diet. This produces a change in the mental state and the chills and fever may disappear. The patient says, “I am better,” but the patient believes that matter, not mind, brought the relief. All unscientific mental practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be understood and so rendered fruitless. The treatment of Truth demonstrates that divine Mind heals, while a hypnotist deprives people of their individuality in order to control them. No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any mental authoritarianism or control. The genuine spiritual Scientist is adding to the patient’s mental and moral power, and is increasing his or her patient’s spirituality while restoring the patient physically through divine Love.

Luke 12:54-56

[Jesus] said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

21st Century Science and Health

We must learn how humankind governs the body, whether through faith in time, drugs, or will-power. Does humankind govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and death, sin and pardon? Or, does humanity govern it from the higher understanding that the divine Mind constantly reveals life, substance, and love? Divine Mind acts on the human mind through truth, leading humankind to relinquish falsities. Our spiritual mindedness understands divine Mind as the only Mind and the healer of bad-will, diseases, and lack. This process of higher spiritual understanding improves humanity until error disappears and nothing is left which deserves to perish or to be punished.

Spiritual unawareness, which is identical to intentional wrong, is not Science. The lack of immortal awareness must be seen and corrected before we can reach harmony. Chaotic and contradictory beliefs commit identity theft, giving matter the identity of Mind. These beliefs also set their own imaginations up as all-important (even as heroes), and thereby isolate themselves to, or confine themselves in, what they create.

The so-called laws of health are simply laws that the human mind was trained to believe. If the premise for physical and mental health is limited to the human mind, the conclusions will be limited and erroneous. Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.

Belief produces the results of belief, and the results remain so long as the belief continues. The remedy consists in investigating the trouble thoroughly. Find, and cast out by denial the mistaken thinking which produces human problems. Make sure never to honor a flawed conviction by calling it a law. Do not cede obedience to materialism. Affirm that the spiritual lawgivers, Truth, Life, and Love, are the only legitimate and eternal demands on us. Spirit enforces obedience through divine statutes.

Controlled by divine intelligence, we are harmonious and eternal. But, whatever is regulated by a negative attitude is shiftless and mortal. We say people suffer from the effects of noise, heat, and fatigue, however, this is human creed, not the truth of being, for matter cannot suffer. Human mind alone suffers—not because a law of matter has been violated, but because a law of this mind has been disobeyed. I have demonstrated this as a rule of divine Science by destroying the delusion of suffering from what was termed a fatally broken physical law.

A woman, whom I cured of tuberculosis, always breathed with great difficulty when the wind was from the east. I sat silently by her side for a few moments. Her breath came gently. The inspirations were deep and natural. I then requested her to look at the weather-vane. She looked and saw that it pointed due east. The wind had not changed, but her thought of it had and so her difficulty in breathing was gone. The wind had not produced the difficulty. My metaphysical treatment changed the action of her thinking on the lungs and she never suffered again from east winds but was restored to health.

There are many self-help books on the market that assist us in yielding to a Higher Power, however “mind-cures,” or “mental medicines” that operate through human mind or the earth’s energy are as limited as conventional medicine. The treatments can’t break through their own barriers, although they try to mimic divine Science which is limitless.

James 1:5-13

 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

21st Century Science and Health

Reflecting God’s control, you are no longer controlled by physical sense or mind. When subordinate to the divine Spirit, we cannot be controlled by sin or death, and material theories about laws of health lose their value.

The astronomer no longer looks up to the stars—but looks out from them upon the universe. The florist finds the flower before its seed. Every cell can be seen before its multiplication. The seasons come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. Farmers will find that these changes can’t affect crops. “Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.”[1] The navigator can have dominion over the weather, over the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. Time will not affect life.

Matter will finally be proved nothing more than an erroneous virtual reality, wholly inadequate to affect individual beings through its supposed action or existence. Error, belief, will no longer be used in stating truth. The problem of the dust-to-dust reality will be solved, and human mind will be without form and void. Mortality ceases when we behold God’s reflection—just as we see our reflection in a mirror.

All Science is divine. Human thought never devised a tiny bit of true being. Human belief looks for and interprets in its own way the echo of Spirit and seems to have reversed it and repeated it materially. The human mind never produces a real tone or sends forth a positive sound.

We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have violated a human law and must pay the penalty. Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes us for doing right. Love never penalizes us for honest labor or deeds of kindness even if we are exposed to fatigue, cold, heat, and contagion. If we seem to incur the penalty through matter, this is but the false-ego, or human mind’s thinking. Unfair repercussions are not established by wisdom, and our nonconformity to injustice can nullify the penalty. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, students will prove to themselves by small beginnings the grand verities of divine Science.

If you think weather harms health, your Mind-remedy is safe and sure. If you are a scientist of Spirit, symptoms of sickness are not apt to follow exposure to certain weather. However, if you believe in laws of mortality and their fatal effects when transgressed, you are not fit to conduct your own case and destroy the adverse effects. But, you can pierce the façade of false laws and destroy the fear and conviction of ill-effects. You can gain the spiritual conviction that you have broken no law of mortal health. In Science, this is an established fact which the evidence before the fleshly senses can never overrule.

Sickness, sin, and destruction must at length recoil before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial that Mother Teresa,[2] and other philanthropists engaged in humanitarian work have been able to undergo, without weariness and danger, that which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, supreme to the human law. The spiritual demand crushes the material demand and supplies not only energy but also endurance. Spirituality surpasses all other aid and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds. Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts us from all penalties but those due for wrongdoing.

Omnipotent Mind gives us faith and understanding whereby to safeguard our self, not only from temptation, but also from bodily suffering.

The healing power of Truth is no longer random, but widely practiced as an inherent, ongoing Science. Spiritual healing is the good news constantly appearing, and its main purpose isn’t physical healing but “on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[3] The appearance of good, as was promised by Jesus, establishes the divine system among humanity. Now, as in earlier times, signs and wonders are meant to elucidate the divine origin and to substantiate the reality of Truth—to attest to the higher mission of Science to take away the sins of the world.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Ps. 102:26 (NASB)

[2] Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Albanian Roman Catholic nun.

[3] Luke 2:14 (NRSV)

March 10, 2021

Subject: Counsel

Golden text: Romans 11:33-35*

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”

II Samuel 16:15-23

 Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16 And when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?” 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, for whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?” 21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.

II Samuel 17:1, 7, 23

 Moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight.

Then Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good.”

23 When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father.

21st Century Science and Health**

God, divine good, does not kill humanity in order to give us eternal Life, for God alone is our life. It is evil that dies; good doesn’t die.

For this revelation, I introduced the term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE to designate the scientific system of divine healing. The revelation consists of two parts:

1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind-healing, through a spiritual sense of Scriptures and through the teachings of the Counselor,[1] as promised by Jesus.

 2. The proof, by present-day demonstration, that the miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a privileged few or at a time now ended. Miracles illustrate an ever-operative divine Principle which indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being.

Divine Science differs from the hard and soft sciences, but is preeminently scientific because it’s based on Truth, the Principle of all science.

Divine Science isn’t what we call the hard or soft sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics, and psychology). The conditions of the hard and soft sciences are built on the false hypotheses that matter or the human mind is its own reality maker and lawgiver, whereas Spirit is the only reality and lawgiver.

Far from divine Science is the practice of conventional medicine advocating for drugs, even harmful drugs. But as we learn the dangers or the uselessness of intrusive medicine, we look in new directions for healing. Humanity begins to understand the power of mind over matter and the usefulness of better thinking. Be aware: some thought influences can pretend to be good or in our best interest, but are just as dangerous as harmful drugs. This is mental malpractice and is criminal, working against common humanity, honesty, and justice. Divine Science-practice requires human mind to yield to and unite with the divine consciousness moving heavenward.

Science doesn’t proceed from that which is relative and uncertain, as all truth proceeds from the divine Mind. Matter is not a lawgiver. Truth is not a law of matter and is not mortal. Spiritual Science comes from divine Mind and is the only means of rightly interpreting God, Spirit, substance. Science has a Godlike, not humanlike, origin. It is a divine affirmation, the Counselor guiding “into all truth.”[2]

The limited personal mind produces all that is unlike the spiritual Mind. The human mind determines the nature of a case, and the practitioner improves or injures the case as either truth or error influences the conclusions. The mental conception and development of disease may not be understood by the patient; therefore, it is beneficial for the physician to be familiar with mental action and its effect in order to judge the case according to divine Science.

If a person is an alcoholic, a sex or drug addict, or has compulsive behavior, meet and destroy these errors with the truth of being. Point out to the person the suffering that comes with indulging in bad habits. Convince them that there is no real pleasure in false appetites. A depraved mind is manifest in a depraved body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them. If evil is overcome in the repentant human mind, while its effects remain on the individual, you can remove this disorder as God’s law if fulfilled and reformation cancels the crime. The healthy sinner is the hardened sinner.

Reformation and moderation are results of mental healing, which cuts down “every tree that does not produce good fruit.”[3]

Luke 6:37-42

[Jesus said]“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

21st Century Science and Health

Do you “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”?[4] This counsel includes much, even the surrender of all mortal perceptions, habits, and reverences. Loving God with all your heart is the Utopia of Christianity; it involves the Science of Life. The counsel of Love recognizes and respects only the divine control of Spirit, of which Soul is our master and human mindsets have no place.

Are you willing to leave all for Truth and be treated like a criminal?

While a course of medical study is sometimes severely condemned by other Scientists, I feel, as I’ve always felt, that all people are privileged to work out their own salvation according to their own inspiration. Jesus’ counsel, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged,”[5] is an excellent motto.

We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove our self from biased personal perceptions.

The superiority of spiritual power over sensuous power is the central point of divine Science. Remember, the letter and the mental affirmations only assist human beings in connecting thought with the spirit of Truth and Love, which heals the sick and the sinner.

Mental states of self-condemnation and guilt, or a hesitant and doubting trust in Truth, are unsuitable for healing the sick. Such mindsets indicate weakness instead of strength. This is why it is necessary to be spiritually minded yourself to teach this Science of healing. You must utilize the moral might of Mind in order to walk over the waves of error and support your assertions by demonstration. If you yourself are lost in the belief and fear of disease or sin, and, if knowing the remedy, you fail to use the energies of Mind in your own behalf, you can exercise little or no power to help others. “First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”[6]

Students, who receive their knowledge of Mind-Science or metaphysical healing from a human teacher, may be mistaken in judgment and demonstration, but God cannot mistake. God selects for the highest service people who have advanced into such a condition that they know any perversion of the mission is impossible. The All-wise does not grant trusts upon the unworthy. When Love commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Soul. No person can misuse this mental power if they are taught of God to discern it.

This strong point in divine Science is not to be overlooked—that “a spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next.”[7] The more expansive and inclusive your success is in the Science of mental healing and teaching, the more impossible it will become for you intentionally to influence humankind adverse to its highest hope and achievement.

It is a sad day for the person who professes to practice and be faithful to divine Science but fails to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!

The calm, strong forces of true spirituality are manifest as health, purity, and a magnanimous self. Spiritual mindedness must expand the human experience until the beliefs of temporal being are clearly exposed as impositions. Confusion, danger, and disorder will then give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God’s radiant offspring.

You may say that human beings are formed before they think or know anything of their origin. You may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can only be replied that divine Science reveals what “No eye has seen”[8]—even the cause of all that exists. The universe, inclusive of person, is as eternal as God, who is their divine immortal Principle. There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, resembling Spirit—or, rather, spiritual being and Spirit are inseparable.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] John 16:7

[2] John 16:13

[3] Matt. 3:10; Luke 3:9

[4] Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27

[5] Matt. 7:1

[6] Matt. 7:5; Luke 6:41–42 (NRSV)

[7] James 3:11 (The Message)

[8] I Cor. 2:9

March 3, 2021

Subject: Soul

Golden text: Titus 2:11-14*

 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Genesis 34:1-27

Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this girl for my wife.”

Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done.

But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your[a] daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.” 11 Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. 12 Ask me for as great a bride-price and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say to me. Only give me the young woman to be my wife.”

13 The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah. 14 They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us. 15 Only on this condition will we agree with you—that you will become as we are by every male among you being circumcised. 16 Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will dwell with you and become one people. 17 But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone.”

18 Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor’s son Shechem. 19 And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his father’s house. 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, 21 “These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people—when every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. 23 Will not their livestock, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us.” 24 And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

25 On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. 26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister.

21st Century Science and Health**

The world of life in matter is not cognizant of life in Soul.

The educated belief that Soul is in the body causes human beings to regard death as a friend.

Research involving the human mind and its functions became active rather primitively in the 18th century with Franz Anton Mesmer.[1] He recognized that human beings can be manipulated, but didn’t understand the process. Mesmer theorized this manipulation occurred by means of a physical magnetic fluid. He even concluded that this magnetic fluid could be transmitted from one breathing creature to another as a therapeutic influential agent and termed his theory, animal magnetism. Today, it is realized that Mesmer actually hit upon the power of suggestion or collective mentality.

Observations of the workings of hypnosis, the collective unconscious, or crowd thinking, offer convincing evidence that they are not remedial agents. I am convinced that the effects of outside mortal mental influences on those who practice it, and on the people who do not resist it, lead to moral and physical death.

There is only one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the North Pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or attraction of God, divine Mind.

It is physical emotionalism, and not Soul, that triggers a nervous passion for God. Allow spiritual sense to guide your higher experiences, because fanaticism and self-satisfied devotion do not promote spirituality.

Mark 7: 14-23

 And [Jesus] called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus showed the difference between the offspring of Soul and of fleshly sense, of Truth and of error.

Christ Jesus was an excellent example. Like him, the healer should speak to disease as having authority over it, leaving Soul to prevail over the false evidence of the physical senses and to assert Spirit’s claims over mortality and disease.

Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind.

Detach feelings from the body, or matter, which is only a type of human belief. Learn the meaning of God or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal. Don’t worry when breaking away from mutating time and feelings, because you will not lose your sense of reality or your sense of identity. As you contemplate spiritual life, consciousness is being purified and groomed to experience the celestial.

We can forget the body while remembering good and the human race.

As we triumph over erroneous views and allow Soul to hold the control, we shall detest and correct wrongdoing under all its disguises. Only in this way can we bless our enemies, though they won’t take it as a blessing.

To cure a patient, the practitioner must first dismiss their own moral evils. Purification allows the practitioner to attain the spiritual freedom and ability to drive physical evils out of the patient. Healing will not radiate from someone who is so spiritually unproductive that they are unable to give drink to the thirsty or reach the patient’s thought. Mental poverty alienates faith and understanding.

The physician who lacks empathy for humanity is deficient in goodwill. The public then has the apostolic warrant for repeating: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.”[2] Not having spiritual goodwill, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and can’t recognize infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such a so-called Scientist will “strain out a gnat”[3]  while they swallow the camels of bigoted pompous learning.

The physician must also pay attention so as not to be overwhelmed by either the hatefulness of sin or by the unveiling of wrong thinking (sin) in her or his own attitude. Sick people are sometimes terrified by their beliefs and sinners should be frightened by their own sinful thinking; however, the Scientist of universal Truth and Love must be calm in the presence of both sin and disease, knowing that Life is God, and God is All.

The divine Mind maintains all identities as distinct and eternal, from a blade of grass to a star. The questions are: What are the identities of God? What is Soul? Does life or soul exist trapped inside a thing or person?

Nothing is real and eternal—nothing is Spirit—except God and God’s idea. Evil has no reality. Evil is not a person, place, or thing, but is in the end a misinterpretation of reality, an illusion of human mortal perceptions.

The identity or idea of reality continues forever. Soul is synonymous with Spirit and is never inside Spirit’s formations. God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle, is reflected by creation. Forms reflect Spirit.

When we watch the sunrise, we admit a heliocentric position. We admit that the earth is spinning and circling the sun. So also, the Science of Mind reverses the delusive evidence that soul is in the body. We can admit that Soul is not in the body and that the body is accountable to Mind. People are the humble expressions of Mind, though it seems otherwise to our physical senses. We will never understand spiritual facts if we don’t metaphysically reverse the outward appearance. Individuals are not a dichotomy of non-intelligence and intelligence. We coexist with and reflect God, Soul, substance, unchangeable and intelligent.

Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses and mortals arrive at the fundamental facts of being. The question inevitably arises: is a person sick if the physical senses indicate good health? No! Matter can make no conditions for man and woman. In divine Science, we are well even if the physical senses say we are sick, however, this doesn’t discount our responsibility to keep our germs to our self and heal. In Science, health is normal and disease is abnormal.

We must beware of making clean merely the “outside of the cup and dish.”[4]

We need a clean body and a clean mind—a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water. One says: “I take good care of my body.” Physical care requires the pure and spiritualizing influence of the divine Mind on the body.

Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Our individual spirituality can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Mesmer, Franz Anton (1734–1815) German physician

[2] I John 4:20 (NRSV)

[3] Matt. 23:24

[4] Matt. 23:25; Luke 11:39