February 24, 2021

Subject: God

Golden text: Jeremiah 6:16*

Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.

Leviticus 26:1-22

 “You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. I will turn to you and make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you. 10 You shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new. 11 I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

14 “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15 if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17 I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you. 18 And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, 19 and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

21 “Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins. 22 And I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.

21st Century Science and Health**

We must be willing to surrender mortal thoughts that we may walk securely on the only practical road to immortality. Prayer can’t change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth. Prayer, attached to a sincere intent to know and do God’s will, brings us into all Truth. Prayer is best expressed in thought and in life.

What the physical senses tell us often reverses or rearranges the real Science of being. The shuffling assigns seeming authority to sin, sickness, and death. But the great facts of Life rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the power of heaven—the actual authority of harmony on earth. The demonstrations of Jesus exposed pragmatically the pattern of harmony, yet we are trained to believe that the human mind is secondary to mortal body and that certain sections of matter, such as brain and nerves, are put in charge of pain and pleasure. Sadly, this derangement looks to matter to report to the mind the status of happiness or misery.

There are many proofs of the illusion of physical sense. For example, when driving on the highway, the paved road ahead sometimes appears to have water on it. The barometer points to fair weather during drenching rain and under murky clouds. What about the body? Physical senses tell us the body is solid, but the body isn’t solid. Cosmic rays, neutrinos, radio and TV waves are zinging through the body as if it is transparent. The examples of illusive, unreliable appearances could go on. Life teaches us to correct what physical senses and human imprints claim as fact.

Matthew 20:29-34

 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed [Jesus]. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus charted out the path for others. He uncovered Christ, the spiritual idea of divine Love. To those buried in the belief of sin and self, living only for fleshly pleasure or gratification, he said, “You have eyes: can you not see? You have ears: can you not hear?”[1]  Jesus taught that the mortal senses shut out Truth and its healing power. By employing our spiritual senses, we change for the better and feel regenerated.

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.

Incompatible questions regarding divine Science on one hand and popular theology on the other are: Should Science explain cause and effect as both natural and spiritual? Should all that is beyond the recognition of the physical senses be called supernatural and be left at the mercy of speculation?

I have set forth divine Science and its application to the treatment of disease as it was discovered. I have demonstrated through Mind, the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of human beings. I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my discovery except the teachings and demonstrations of Christ Jesus and the lives of prophets and apostles. I used the Bible as my only authority and believe this one guide is likened to “Small is the gate and narrow the road,”[2]to Truth.

If Christendom resists my application of the word Science to Christianity or questions my use of the word Science, I will not therefore lose faith in Christianity, nor will Christianity lose its hold on me. If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including individuals, then everything entitled to a classification as truth or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God. There can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.

The terms divine Science, spiritual Science, metaphysical Science, the Science of Truth and Love, Christian Science, or Science alone, are employed interchangeably according to the requirements of the context. These synonymous terms stand for everything relating to God, the infinite, supreme, eternal Mind. It may be said, however, that the term Christian Science relates especially to Science as applied to humanity. Divine Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil. It teaches that materialism or limitation is the falsity, not the fact, of existence. Nerves, brain, stomach, lungs, and so forth, have—as matter—no intelligence, life, or sensation.

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.”[3]

Isaiah 49:8, 11-13

Thus says the Lord:
“In a time of favor I have answered you;
    in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I will keep you and give you
    as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
    to apportion the desolate heritages,

I will make all my mountains a road,
    and my highways shall be raised up.
12 Behold, these shall come from afar,
    and behold, these from the north and from the west,
    and these from the land of Syene.”

13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
    break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted.

21st Century Science and Health

You can rejoice in secret beauty and abundance, hidden from worldliness but known to God. Constant prayer spiritualizes thoughts and causes the mortal selfhood to be less demanding and distracting. A mindful practice has the ear and right hand of omnipotence and assuredly calls upon infinite blessings.

If you wish to discover the spiritual fact, then mentally perceive the limited situation you are in. It makes no difference whether the situation agrees or disagrees with your preconceptions.

Pantheism and nature worship may be defined as a belief in the intelligence of matter—a mindset which Science overthrows, even if there is “great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world.”[4] Earth will echo the cry, “Have you [Truth] come here to torture us before the appointed time?”[5]  Mysticism, agnosticism, atheism, theosophy, neopaganism, and other systems of disbelief are antagonistic to true being and are fatal to the demonstration of Being.

Study metaphysics rather than physics and look deep into realism, instead of only accepting the superficial, illusive sense of things. Be elevated in thought in every situation. Can we gather peaches from a pine tree or learn from disorder the order of being? Continue to recognize the nothingness of illusions—stay on the path Science is walking—and the ingrained illusions of human beings will be replaced with reality.

The body may object to the attitude that pays little attention to food. The sinner squirms when seeing that the system taught in this book requires obedience to the demands of God. The narrow-minded intellect rankles by the constant need to be responsible to infinite Mind. The licentious disposition is discouraged over its meager spiritual prospects. When the people are invited to the wedding banquet, the excuses come. One person has a machine to fix, others have errands to run or businesses to attend,[6] and therefore they can’t approve and accept.

It is vain to speak of divine Science dishonestly when you can demonstrate the realness of Science by destroying disorder. It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle.

Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy disorder. From the premise that God is omnipotent, comes the conclusion that good has all-power.

*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 8:18 (REB)

[2] Matt. 7:14

[3] John 16:13

[4] Matt. 24:21; Mark 13:19

[5] Matt. 8:29; Mark 5:7 Luke 8:28 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[6] Matt. 22:5; Luke 14:18–19

February 17, 2021

Subject:  Service

Golden text: James 4:8*

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

I Chronicles 23

When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

Davidassembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. The Levites, thirty years old and upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men. “Twenty-four thousand of these,” David said, “shall have charge of the work in the house of the Lord, 6,000 shall be officers and judges, 4,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 shall offer praises to the Lord with the instruments that I have made for praise.” And David organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

The sons of Gershon were Ladan and Shimei. The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three. The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers’ houses of Ladan. 10 And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11 Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, therefore they became counted as a single father’s house.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings before the Lord and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever. 14 But the sons of Moses the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi. 15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16 The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17 The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief. 19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 22 Eleazar died having no sons, but only daughters; their kinsmen, the sons of Kish, married them. 23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24 These were the sons of Levi by their fathers’ houses, the heads of fathers’ houses as they were listed according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do the work for the service of the house of the Lord. 25 For David said, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people, and he dwells in Jerusalem forever. 26 And so the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the things for its service.” 27 For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered from twenty years old and upward. 28 For their duty was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, having the care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and any work for the service of the house of God. 29 Their duty was also to assist with the showbread, the flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the baked offering, the offering mixed with oil, and all measures of quantity or size. 30 And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening, 31 and whenever burnt offerings were offered to the Lord on Sabbaths, new moons, and feast days, according to the number required of them, regularly before the Lord. 32 Thus they were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of the Lord.

21st Century Science and Health**

The Infinite can do nothing less than give all goodness since God is absolute good, wisdom, and Love—the all-knowing Mind. God’s manifestation doesn’t appear simply on the ground of lip-service; however, modest fervent affirmations of God’s presence can kick-start prayer.

Meditation can’t change God’s law, but it can bring us into sync with immortal being. Prayer is not the mere habit of trying to persuade the divine Mind, as we would try to persuade a human being. Methods of prayer that perpetually try to humanize God are sad mistakes—errors that impede spiritual growth. As a first step, we can ask God to deliver us, but by taking more steps, and by demonstrating spiritual goodness, we can reach the living Truth.

Right is revolutionary. Teachers must know the truth themselves; they must live it and love it or they cannot impart it to others. We dirty our garments with conservatism, and afterward we must wash them clean. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error. Expect to heal simply by repeating my words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not demonstrate the Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.

The Apostle Paul encouraged people to have the Mind that was in Christ.[1]

The unscientific practitioner reads and says: “You are sick. You are stressed out, you must rest. Your body is weak, it must be strengthened. You have a neurological problem and must be treated for it.” Science pierces through negative information and strives for the rights of intelligence, asserting that Mind controls body and brain.

Mind-science teaches mortals “Don’t get tired of helping others.”[2] It dissipates fatigue to do good deeds. In service to our Maker, generosity will not deprive us, likewise, holding back our wealth does not make us richer. Our strength is increased with our increased understanding of truth. Strength is not minimized by voicing truth. Caffeine and other related stimulants aren’t equal to truth when needing energy or inspiration.

Debra Lynne Katz, a professional clairvoyant reader, healer, and spiritual counselor, says in her book, You are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading & Healing, “We are all energetically connected.” Katz also shares with readers the importance of not continuously expecting to be strengthened by other people’s energy, “The best energy, or fuel, for your body is your own.”[3] This is valuable advice, preparing human thought to take the next step of recognizing divine Spirit as the infinite source of divine strength and immortality. Human energy is mortal and claims separate spirits, whereas divine energy unites consciousness to God, the one immortal Spirit.

I entertain no doubt of the altruism and philanthropy of many readers, psychics, and spiritualists, but I can’t coincide with the views of a mystical, supernatural being or force because they remove phenomena from the realm of reason. Science puts an end to mystery and explains extraordinary phenomena as logical.

Matthew 8:1-13

When [Jesus] came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a lepercame to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

21st Century Science and Health

The act of allowing our thoughts to excessively contemplate physical wants or conditions induces those very conditions.

“Cleanliness is next to godliness,”[4] but washing should only be for the purpose of keeping the body clean, and this can be done without scrubbing the whole surface every day. Water is not the natural habitat of humanity. Obsessive washing is no more natural or necessary than would be the process of taking a fish out of water every day and covering it with dirt in order to make it thrive more vigorously in its own element.  Cleanliness within and without is good. Do not be patient with filth; however, in caring for an infant you don’t need to wash his or her little body all over each day to keep it as sweet as the newly-opened flower.

Giving drugs to infants, noticing every intestinal excretion, and constantly directing the mind to what the body might be doing wrong will convey negative mental images to children’s developing thoughts and often stamp them there; making it probable at any time for ills to be reproduced in the very ailments feared. A child may have allergies or ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder) if you say so, or any other malady fearfully held in the beliefs concerning their mind and body. Thus are laid the foundations of the belief in disease, and thus are children educated into limitation and the cycle of mortal life and death.

The treatment of mental disorders is especially interesting. However stubborn the case, it gives up more readily than do most diseases to the healthful action of truth, which counteracts error. The arguments to be used in curing mental disorders are the same as in other diseases: namely, the impossibility that material particles (arranged as brain) can control or derange mind. Temporal particles cannot suffer or cause suffering. Know that truth and love will establish a healthy state, guide and control human mind or the thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is called dementia, depression, autism, hatred, or any other disorder.

To keep truth firmly in your patient’s thoughts, explain divine Science to them, but not too soon. Before explaining Science, first prepare your patients thought, or else you will trouble and confuse them by causing them to work against their own interests. The Scientist’s argument rests on the Christ-like scientific basis of being. The Scripture declares, “The Lord is God [good]; besides him there is no other.”[5] Even so, harmony is universal, and discord is unreal. Divine Science declares that Mind is substance. It declares that temporal substance neither feels, suffers, nor enjoys. Hold these points strongly in view. Keep in mind the reality of being—that everyone is the image and likeness of God, in whom all being is painless and permanent. Remember that our perfection is real and unimpeachable, whereas imperfection is blameworthy, unreal, and is not brought about by divine Love.

Matter cannot be inflamed. Inflammation is fear, an excited state of human beings which is not normal. Spiritual Mind is the only cause; therefore, disease is neither a cause nor an effect. Mind in every case is the eternal God, good. Sin, disease, and death have no foundations in Truth. As a human belief, inflammation excites the system’s action because minds are contemplating unpleasant things or some dreaded situation. Inflammation never appears in a part of the body which human thought does not reach. That is why narcotics relieve inflammation; quieting the thought by inducing insensibility, resorting to matter instead of relying on Mind. Narcotics do not remove pain in any scientific sense. They only render human mind temporarily less fearful until it can overcome its defensive, excited thinking.

How can we be relaxed, and then all of a sudden break out in a nervous sweat? Because the thought of something frightening can quickly lead to a disturbed body. In the same way thought increases or diminishes blood pressure, mutates the genes, or affects the lungs, bowels, and heart. The muscles, moving quickly or slowly and impelled or palsied by thought, represent the action of all the organs of the human system, including brain and viscera. To remove the error producing disorder, you must calm and instruct human mind with spiritual Truth.

Anesthesia is a state of unawareness, reflex loss, narcosis, and relaxation. General anesthesia is most commonly achieved by inhalation or by intravenous techniques. When first administered, the patient may feel warm or have a feeling of detachment followed by excitement then unconsciousness. Anesthesia produces artificial insensitivity to pain and a loss of consciousness. This process shows that the pain is in the mind, because as soon as the anesthesia (whether local, epidural, or spinal) wears off, the belief of pain will return, unless the mental image occasioning the pain is removed by recognizing the truth of being.

Morphine is administered to a patient and in twenty minutes the sufferer is numb. To the patient there is no longer any pain. Yet any physician—allopathic, homeopathic, holistic—will tell you that the troublesome material cause is still present. Doctors and nurses know that when the influence of the pain reliever is exhausted, the patient will find their self in the same pain unless the belief which occasions the pain has meanwhile been changed. Where is the pain while the patient sleeps?

The fleshly body which you call me, is human mind, and this mind is limited in perceptions and sensations. Those very limited perceptions and sensations originated and developed the limited body, which we call material. The materialism of parent and child is only in human mind, as the dead body proves; for when the human being has resigned the body to dust, the body is no longer the parent, even in appearance.

The sick knows nothing of the mental process by which they are weakened, and next to nothing of the metaphysical method by which they can be healed. If they ask about their disease, tell them only what is best for them to know. Assure them that they think too much about their ailments and have already heard too much on that subject. Turn their thoughts away from their bodies to better ideas. Teach them that their being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love.

*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] I Cor. 2:16; Phil. 2:5

[2] Gal. 6:9 (CEV)

[3] Katz, Debra Lynne. You Are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading & Healing. First Edition, Third printing.  Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2005.

[4] Quote attributed to John Wesley (1703–1791) 18th century Anglican Clergyman and Christian Theologian.

[5] Deut. 4:35; Mark 12:32 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

February 10, 2021

Subject: Faithful fighting

Golden text: I Timothy 6:11-12*

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith.

I Chronicles 12:16-19, 38-40

 And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.” 18 Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,

“We are yours, O David,
    and with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
    and peace to your helpers!
    For your God helps you.”

Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.

19 Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul.

38 All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king. 39 And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them. 40 And also their relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.

21st Century Science and Health**

Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which side are we fighting?

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.

Students of divine Science, who start with its letter and think to succeed without the spirit, will either weaken their faith or get sadly off course. They must not only seek, but strive to enter the narrow path of Life, “for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.”[1] We walk in the direction toward which we look and where our gratification is, there will our heart be also. If our hopes and inclinations are spiritual, they come from enlightenment, not from trained thinking, and they produce the fruits of the Spirit.[2]

Mind’s ideas are never sick, for Mind is not sick. Material particles can’t feel sick. Human mind is the feeler and the feeling, the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is beneficial to be calm when dealing with sickness; to be hopeful is still better. However, understanding that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and progressive remedy.

By gullibly giving power to disorder, a large majority of doctors depress mental energy, which is the only real recuperative power. If we admit that a bodily condition is beyond the control of Mind, we become more vulnerable. Don’t give the upper hand to matter, it’s discouraging. It’s similar to advising a person who is down in the world, not to bother overcoming their difficulties. The better approach is to apply the knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for. This stimulates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out.

Experience has proved the fallacy of material systems in general. The theories of human systems are sometimes destructive, and it is better to keep that fact in mind. Would you urge people to let evils overcome them? Would you assure a person that all misfortunes are from God, against whom human beings should not fight? Will you tell the sick that their condition is hopeless unless it can be aided by a drug, operation, or different climate? Are human temporal means the only refuge from fatal chances? Why tell people a religious creed will save them? Is there no divine permission to conquer disorder of every kind with harmony, with Truth and Love?

We should remember that Life is God and that God is omnipotent.

Mark 8:31-38

 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.”

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

21st Century Science and Health

A rule in Science is to fight against error and negate personal finite reasoning with infinite Truth. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle—as Life, epitomized by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Child; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every human being at some point, here or hereafter, must battle with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.

The Scripture, “You have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things,”[3] is literally fulfilled when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth. The nothingness of error, which is in proportion to its wickedness, is seen when we are conscious of Truth. People, who touch the fringe of Christ’s garment[4] and master their illegitimate convictions, their angers, and their fight-or-flight reactions, will rejoice in the proof of healing—in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love. 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! They are still living in their self-sabotaging comfort-zones and human passions. They are in the turbulent sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.

What happens when we don’t fight and destroy sin? What happens when we don’t destroy finite convictions or mortal status quos? Our mental and physical state will perceive suffering.

It is a fight with the flesh in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and dying, either here or hereafter—certainly before we can reach the realm of Spirit or life in God.

I Timothy 6:2-8

Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

21st Century Science and Health

Some people condemn Christian Science because Science and Health refers to God as Principle. Misleading comments are made such as, “It is therefore important to remember that Eddy never believed in a personal God nor does any true Christian Scientist today.”[5] God doesn’t have a human personality, but is the One Person, reflected uniquely by individual ideas, therefore, a very close personal relationship can be felt. Our personal relationship with Principle is higher and grander than human mortal friendships which are often unreliable, biased, or fragile.

Strangely enough, we ask for physical theories to support spiritual and eternal truths when the two are so antagonistic that the human thought must become spiritualized before the spiritual fact is attained. The material existence affords no evidence of spiritual being or immortality. Sin, sickness, and death do not prove the immortality of person. Discord can never establish the facts of harmony. Matter is not the threshold of Spirit.

Jesus reasoned practically on the subject of existence and controlled sickness, sin, and death on the grounds of spiritual existence. Understanding the insubstantiality of material things, he spoke of the flesh and Spirit as two opposites—as error and Truth, not contributing in any way to each other’s happiness and being. It has been recorded that Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.”[6]

There is no immediate or on-going partnership between error and Truth, between flesh and Spirit. God is as incapable of producing wickedness, sickness, and mortality as Truth is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Mind to create spiritual being, made in the divine likeness, but yet capable of experiencing that which is unlike the divine?

Does evil proceed from good? Does God create a human out of Spirit? Does divine Love commit fraud by making man and woman free to do wrong, and then stand on the sidelines to punish the wrongdoer? Would anyone call it wise and good for God to create people and then condemn them to remain His enemy, prisoner, or an orphan?

Subsequent follows its precedent. An intelligent sinless God precedes an intelligent sinless creation. God did not create sin, and sin can’t be self-creative because God is the only Creator. There is not a second creator making people who need to be corrected.

God’s “eyes are too pure to look on evil.”[7] Truth is sustained, not by accepting but by rejecting a lie.

Jesus was quoted to define anthropomorphic evil as, “a liar and the father of lies.”[8] Truth does not materialize a lie, a capacity to lie, or a liar. If humankind would stop believing that God makes sickness and destruction, or makes man and woman capable of suffering on account of malevolence, the games of error would no longer be played and error’s destruction would be guaranteed. Seriously, if we accept that disease and destruction are God’s will, why do we try to fight or avoid disease and destruction? God isn’t testing us, because God’s will is good and can only produce goodness.

*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. 7:13 (NRSV)

[2] Gal. 5:22

[3] Matt. 25:21; Luke 19:17 (NRSV)

[4] Matt. 9:20

[5] Martin, Walter, and Zacharias, Ravi, The Kingdom of the Cults, Revised and Updated and Expanded Edition. Minnesota: Bethany House, 2003.

[6] John 6:63

[7] Hab. 1:13

[8] John 8:44

February 3, 2021

Subject: Revelation

Golden text: John 1:14 KJV

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Ephesians 4:1-16

 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

21st Century Science and Health*

Humanity is fortunate when the terrors of human mortal mind are defeated through Science. We can escape from sin and mortality as we overcome the mythological and primitive suggestions of human mind. In the first-steps of mental liberation, however, the knowledge of good and evil isn’t scientifically seen because evil isn’t real.

Mind-science has nothing to do with sitting-on-the-fence of impertinent knowledge, because Mind-science is of God and demonstrates the divine Principle, working out the purposes of good only. The maximum of good is the infinite God and God’s idea, the All-in-all. Anything unlike the conscious infinite is a suggested lie.

As named in Christian Science, mesmerism or crowd thinking is the specific term for error, or human mortal mind. It comes from the false belief that mind is inside it’s thought (matter), and is both evil and good, or that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This penchant to live out a mortal life has not one quality of Truth and is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious forms of hypnotic suggestions end in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind annihilate the human mind’s weak and stupid tendencies, which wander in circles like blind bugs flying into artificial lights and getting burned.

In reality there is no human mortal mind and consequently no transfer of temporal thoughts and will-powers. Life and being are of God. In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable expressions. Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness. 

Black doesn’t reflect light. If there is no spiritual reflection then there remains only darkness, without a trace of heavenly tints. Evil doesn’t have identity or power, because it doesn’t reflect any of the divine colors (e.g. health, decency, stamina…).

Micah 3

And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God. But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. 10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us. 12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

21st Century Science and Health

Science shows that appearances are often mistaken, leading to false judgments and conclusions. To correct the mistakes, we follow the simple rule that the greater controls the lesser. For example: the infinite controls the finite and new discoveries are brought to light; the idea of infinity discounted the mistake of a “static universe.” The universe is not fixed but expanding and contracting, although indistinguishable to the temporal senses. Furthermore, the rate of expansion is greater than the contracting and the cosmos is moving away with space, not even through space. The universe exemplifies the infinite. There is no edge to the universe. From anywhere in the universe, it appears as though it is the center of an ever-expanding heaven. Even our solar system orbits the outer edge of a spiral galaxy called the Milky Way, and is indefinitely expanding and rotating in its own unique path.

The pattern of astronomy imitates the action of ever-expanding divine Principle and reflects God. The pattern brings the universe nearer the spiritual fact, as fashioned after an everlasting government.

What the physical senses tell us often reverses or rearranges the real Science of being. The shuffling assigns seeming authority to sin, sickness, and death. But the great facts of Life rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the power of heaven—the actual authority of harmony on earth.

Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relate to human reason, and human reason dimly reflects and weakly transmits true light. Truth is a revelation.

Effective prayer comes from enlightened understanding, from divine Mind, not human mind. Human thinking changes indefinitely, so turn to divine Science and spiritual understanding for prayers.

John 1:1-4

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

21st Century Science and Health

Divine Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as a medicinal, neutralizing error with Truth. It balances the hormonal reactions, expels harmful fluids, dissolves tumors, rehabilitates degenerated or injured muscles, and restores bones to wellness. The effect of this Science is to adapt the human mind to an improved attitude from which it may yield to the peace and order of divine Mind.

Conventional views do not reveal the facts of existence, but immortal perceptions lift human consciousness into eternal Truth. Humanity advances slowly out of old thought patterns. The unwillingness to learn all things correctly, binds spiritual understanding in chains.

Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow for Love is Spirit. Before error is wholly destroyed there will be interruptions of the general human routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms) will continue to the end—until the final spiritualization of all things. C. S. Lewis illustrates the idea of Spirit’s force in his novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[1] Main character, Aslan, was killed in lieu of Edmonds. Susan and Lucy (Edmond’s sisters) saw Aslan’s death and were miserable, feeling as if life had stopped, until Lucy noticed light was appearing in the horizon and lively modest activity was going on around Aslan, eventually to prove that Life and Love never end.

This material world is becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be disorder and disappointment; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, deficit and depression, sin, sickness, and death, assuming new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error when all disorder will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.

Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness. Not human clichés, but divine beatitudes reflect the spiritual light and might which heal the sick.

Mortal error will vanish in a moral reaction. The reaction of mental turmoil has begun and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.

As changeable knowledge diminishes and spiritual understanding increases, real objects will be comprehended mentally instead of materially. As this consummation draws closer, those who have shaped their course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end.

During this final conflict, nefarious minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil. People who discern divine reality will: hold crime in check; help banish error; maintain law and order; and cheerfully serve the certainty of completions.

The healing Truth and spiritual idea of being are often disregarded at the pulpit, over the air, or through the internet. The curative mission (presenting the Savior in a clearer light than mere words), can’t be omitted from our spiritual education, even if it is ruled out of the church or temple.

Truth’s immortal idea is hovering over the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning.

Light extinguishes the darkness— there is “no night there.”[2] To Truth there is no error, all is Truth.

Spiritual enlightenment confirms that God will not continue to be hidden from humanity.

*Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today


[1] C. S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. New York: HarperCollins

[2] Rev. 21:25, 22:5

January 27, 2021

Subject: Movement

Golden text: Psalms 148:3-6*

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Numbers 20:1-21

And the people of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. And Miriam died there and was buried there.

Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the Lord! Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.” Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them, and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he commanded him.

10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. 12 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” 13 These are the waters of Meribah,[a] where the people of Israel quarreled with the Lord, and through them he showed himself holy.

14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom: “Thus says your brother Israel: You know all the hardship that we have met: 15 how our fathers went down to Egypt, and we lived in Egypt a long time. And the Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our fathers. 16 And when we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. And here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory. 17 Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well. We will go along the King’s Highway. We will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.” 18 But Edom said to him, “You shall not pass through, lest I come out with the sword against you.” 19 And the people of Israel said to him, “We will go up by the highway, and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more.” 20 But he said, “You shall not pass through.” And Edom came out against them with a large army and with a strong force. 21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel turned away from him.

21st Century Science and Health**

In spiritual knowledge, we are the offspring of Spirit, Mind. The beautiful, whole, and pure constitute our ancestry. Our origin is not like that of mortals, programmed to pass through human stages prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is our primordial and ultimate source of being. God is our Father-Mother, and Life is the law of our being.

Mind-science has nothing to do with sitting-on-the-fence of impertinent knowledge, because Mind-science is of God and demonstrates the divine Principle, working out the purposes of good only. The maximum of good is the infinite God and God’s idea, the All-in-all. Anything unlike the conscious infinite is a suggested lie.

As named in Christian Science, mesmerism or crowd thinking is the specific term for error, or human mortal mind. It comes from the false belief that mind is inside it’s thought (matter), and is both evil and good, or that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This penchant to live out a mortal life has not one quality of Truth and is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious forms of hypnotic suggestions end in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind annihilate the human mind’s weak and stupid tendencies, which wander in circles like blind bugs flying into artificial lights and getting burned.

In reality there is no human mortal mind and consequently no transfer of temporal thoughts and will-powers. Life and being are of God. No harm can occur in the realm of Science where scientific, eternal thoughts pass from God to us.

When Christian Science and impulsive crowd thinking are comprehended, as they will be at no distant date, it will be seen why honest, hardworking people are unfairly persecuted and undermined by wolves in sheep’s clothing.[1]

Arthur Schopenhauer[2] has been credited to say, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Or, in words attributed to George Bernard Shaw, [3] “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

Divine Science goes to the bottom of mental action.

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.

If unfortunate circumstances places promising children in the arms of gross parents, often these beautiful children wither like tropical flowers born in the snowy Alps. If by chance those children live to become parents themselves, they may pass along to their children the grosser traits of what they were taught when growing up. Society can ask: What noble ambition can inspire the child to overcome the bad traits? What hope of happiness can be gained to head-off reducing the child to a hopeless wreck?

Raising children is a great responsibility, a more solemn trust than climbing the corporate ladder or accumulating material possessions. Take immense care not to transmit to children what is unworthy of perpetuity.

To advance humankind, the development of mortals must improve.

Matthew 8:28-34

And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessedmen met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

21st Century Science and Health

Now is the time for temporary pains and pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal. To break this earthly spell, human beings must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists. The understanding of what governs the universe harmoniously is comprehended slowly and it comes with doubts and disappointments, as well as successes.

We resist Spirit because our learned behaviors come with the belief that temporal systems benefit us. When we admit that short-term benefits provide no lasting answer, we turn toward the eternal Spirit. Remove error from thought and it will not appear in effect. The advanced thinker will perceive and advocate the scope and tendency of eternal means. Other people will say, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”[4]

Divine Science adjusts the circumstances as Jesus adjusted them. While there is sin, there is penalty. Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin that incurs the penalty. My interpretation of divine pardon is that God destroys sin. It is foolish to think our own sins will be less sinful if we attack someone else who we believe is sinful. Did the excommunication of Martin Luther[5] make the hypocrisy of his enemies less criminal?

Was it fair for Jesus to suffer? No, but it was inevitable; otherwise he could not have shown us the way and the power of Truth. Remember though, another person’s suffering can’t lessen our own liability. If a career as great and good as that of Jesus could not avoid a felon’s fate, then students of Truth must endure without complaining. Rejoice, and enter into companionship with Christ through the triumphal arc of Truth and Love.

Our heavenly Parent, divine Love, did not demand us to worship the personality of Jesus. The phrase “serving the Lord” doesn’t mean public worship. Serving the Lord means work. It is essential to follow the example of the Teacher and his apostles.

The nature of spirituality is peaceful and blessed. To enter the realm of Spirit, our anchor of hope must be thrown past the veil of matter into the Shekinah that Jesus showed us. This advance beyond superficial thinking comes through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. We must leave mortal impressions of fleshly being and advance into immortal impressions of spiritual being.

The God-inspired walk calmly on though with aching feet. Pampered hypocrites may ride on easy street here, but they can’t forever break the Golden Rule[6] and escape the penalty due. We reap what we sow.

Jesus’ earthly mission was fulfilled with proofs of Truth, Life, and Love, by driving out error and healing the sick. Unfortunately, in the Christian church, the demonstration of divine healing was lost about three centuries after Jesus’ resurrection. Ancient and modern schools of philosophy, medicine, and theology don’t teach or demonstrate the healing of divine Science.

Jesus foresaw that the Science of Truth would be disregarded before it was understood. His foreknowing wasn’t an obstacle. He completed his God-mission and then sat down at the right hand of God. Jesus’ apostles still went about, moving from city to city doing good deeds although they were envied, hated, and stoned. Jesus’s teachings were scoffed by religious elders because the teachings demanded more than the officials were willing to practice. It was enough for the elders to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

From divine and scientific points of view, Jesus proved God is Love. The opposite insistence that God is a mighty potentate who loves and hates is only the theology of a dualistic God, which gives no hint of the unchanging love of God.

The prevalent belief in death has no advantage. It is unable to make Life or Truth apparent. Death will eventually be found to be a human dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.

Only as the mortal, false mind yields to God or spiritual Mind, is our identity found in the image of Love.

What is termed disease does not exist in spiritual Mind. Disease is neither mind nor matter. The belief of sin, which has grown terrible in strength and influence, is an unconscious error in the beginning. Negativity is like an undeveloped thought with no motive, but afterward it controls human beings. Infatuation, self-destructive appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, and revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and despair to their final self-punishment.

*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. 7:15

[2] Schopenhauer, Arthur, (1788–1860) German philosopher. 

[3] Shaw, George Bernard, (1856–1950) Irish Playwright.

[4] Acts 24:25

[5] Martin Luther, (1483–1546) Christian theologian and Augustinian monk whose teachings inspired the Reformation and influenced the culture of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions.

[6] Matt. 7:12 “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

January 20, 2021

Subject: Eating

Golden text: John 4:34*

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Genesis 2:1-17

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

21st Century Science and Health**

Advance spiritually. Constantly turn away from the objects of the human mind and look toward the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, you will be in earnest from the start and joyfully gain a little each day in the right direction. If persistent, you will make the transition from limited substance to the substantial unlimited.

Our moral and spiritual progress is monotonously slow if we constantly bounce back and forth between futile habits and the hope of forgiveness. Selfishness and stupidity cause constant retrogression. We must wake up to Christ’s demand; however, the waking generally causes suffering. We may even feel like we are drowning and struggle to stay above water. Through Christ’s precious love our efforts are rewarded with success.

“Work out your salvation,”[1] is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God works with you, “Until I come back.”[2] Be patient, and “Let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right.”[3] Don’t go back to error, and don’t become apathetic or offended even though you are trying hard and there are no immediate rewards. The reward will come.

When the difficult time has passed, you will experience a fullness of the good you have practiced. You will receive according to your efforts. Love is not in a hurry to rescue us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tested and purified.

Who are we traveling with? If, from Boston, my friends are going to New Zealand while I am headed to California, we obviously are not traveling together. We have separate time-zones to consider, different routes to pursue, and opposite climates to contemplate. Our journeys have diverged from the start and we don’t have much opportunity to help each other. On the other hand, if my friends pursue my direction, we have the same itinerary and interests. If I take up their line of travel, they help me on, and our companionship may continue.

On our spiritual journey, if we sympathize with mortality, we will be at the beck and call of error and follow a zig-zag course getting nowhere. If we travel with the worldly minded, we get sucked into a nasty cycle. A good example of this is randomly walking around the shopping mall, making feel-good purchases and eating junk food with friends. We return home, thinking we had a good time and feeling satisfied. However, when re-thinking the situation, we realize that too much time and money was wasted. So, we repeat the trip to the mall but buy books on time and financial management, or on dieting.

Final deliverance from error is not reached by taking the easy way. There are no shortcuts. Deliverance is also not experienced by attaching our faith without works, to someone else’s effort. Whoever believes that violent anger is justified or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God. In our deliverance, we rejoice in peaceful honor, immortality, and spiritual freedom.

Matthew 11:1-19

When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written,

“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
    who will prepare your way before you.’

11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

21st Century Science and Health

Evidence of progress and of spiritualization can definitely be seen in the world. People are realizing the power of mind. We are learning to question drug systems and surgical procedures. We are pursuing less obtrusive drugs, alternative health care treatments, responsible eating, consistent exercise, and homeopathy. The substance of medicine is being transferred from matter to mind.

The key is distinguishing between human mind and divine Mind. The human mind experiences can’t always be attributed to the one divine Mind, although they can lead to more expanded knowledge.

Physiology and genetics are fruits from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”[4] Evil declared that eating this fruit would open our eyes and make us as a god. Instead, it closed the eyes of human beings to our God-given dominion over mortality.

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.

A person may say that indigestion, fatigue, and insomnia cause distressed stomachs and aching heads. They consult their ever-re-wiring brain to remember the troublesome cause when the remedy lies in forgetting the earthbound experiences. Matter has no sensation of its own, and the human mind is all that can produce or feel pain.

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.

The divine demand, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,”[5] is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are requisite. Individuals are consistent, who, watching and praying, can “run and not grow weary…walk and not be faint,”[6] who gain goodness rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement. God requires perfection, but not until the battle between Spirit and flesh is fought and the victory won. To stop eating, drinking, or being clothed materially before the spiritual facts of existence are gained step by step, is not legitimate. 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.

*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] Phil. 2:12

[2] Luke 19:13

[3] Gal. 6:9 (Amplified)

[4] Gen. 2:9

[5] Matt. 5:48

[6] Isa. 40:31

January, 13, 2021

Subject: Truth

Golden text: Philippians 1:15-18*

 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Romans 1:1-20

 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.

21st Century Science and Health**

It is constructive for physicians, therapists, and practitioners to know and act on the truth that Mind is existent. Healers should not take the position that matter is the only cause.

Spirituality is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life by the apostolic work of defeating error and healing the sick. Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a new step in Christianity. The spiritual recompense of the persecuted is assured in the elevation of existence above the disorder and in the gift of divine Love.

The prophet of today sees in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of Christianity’s essence which heals the sick and destroys error. No other sign will be given. Body can’t be saved except through Mind. The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a material age, because brain imprints and physical sense can’t comprehend Spirit. The healing influence of Spirit is discerned by spiritual sense. Creeds, doctrines, and human hypotheses do not express Christian Science; much less can they demonstrate it.

Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening clutches of human policies, the demonstration of spiritual Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. Throughout all time and space, scientific demonstration is imperative as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, remaining inviolate for humanity to understand and to practice.

Physicians whom the sick employ in their helplessness should be models of integrity. They should be wise spiritual guides to health and hope. To the frightened patient on the brink of death, physicians can be prepared to share an understanding of the Truth which is Life and perpetuates being. When the soul is willing and the flesh is weak, the patient may be willing to plant their feet on the rock of the true idea of spiritual power.

Clergy, chaplains, and spiritual leaders who observe the world should advance the standard of Truth. They should inspire listeners to love grappling with a new right idea and broadening their views. Love of spirituality, rather than love of popularity, should stimulate work and progress. Truth should emanate from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is commissioned in the ministry. How will it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not of self or sect.

Spiritual leaders should pursue the dignity of God’s laws rather than pursue a position of church power. Inferior motives induce attacks on individuals who only repeat Christ’s teachings but don’t live them.

Humanity is harmonious when governed by Soul. This is why it is so important to understand the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence.

John 5:30-33

[Jesus said]“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

21st Century Science and Health

The lack of spiritual power in today’s demonstrations of popular Christianity does not put to silence the labor of the centuries. Spiritual, not material consciousness is needed. Men and women, delivered from conflict, disease, and destruction will epitomize the true likeness of God’s image.

Religious and medical systems treat physical pains and pleasures as if they are normal, but Jesus rebuked the suffering from any such cause or effect. The epoch approaches when true religion will be built on the understanding of the truth of being. However, people are slow to understand truth because they are obsessed with fashion, pride, bodies, and opinions. These fixations make us weary and old because it goes against our higher nature. At some point, we will break through the fleeting and false and learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created us in Science.

All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Truth and divine Science. If this Science has been thoroughly taken in and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can detect a nebula or calculate an eclipse. Scientific Mind-reading greatly differs from clairvoyance, psychics, or extrasensory perception (ESP). The reading of divine Mind is the illumination of spiritual understanding. Enlightened understanding demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not the capacity of human imprints. Soul-sense comes to the human mind as the human mind yields to divine Mind.

Spirit based intuition reveals whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil. You will reach the perfect Science of healing when you are able to read the human mind intuitively and discern the error you would destroy. The Samaritan woman said: “Come out and see the man who told me everything I’ve ever done! Can this be Christ?”[1]

The truth of Mind shows conclusively how it is that matter seems to be, but is not. Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of physical sense with spiritual ideas.

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,[2] 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.

Whoever reaches the understanding of divine Science in its proper significance will perform the sudden cures of which it is capable. Nevertheless, this can be done only by facing and overcoming fears and mistaken thoughts, and following divine Spirit in our everyday experiences.

Science can heal the sick who are absent from their healers, as well as those present, since space is not an obstacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye has not seen. The spiritual ability to comprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power is won only as we are found reflecting the divine nature. Self-glorification, arrogance, anger, and the like, are not found in Truth healing.

Hebrew prophets intuitively foretold important events. It has also been recorded that when Jesus was with his students he “knew their thoughts”[3]—read them scientifically to discern and heal disease. Jesus admonished the lack of Mind-reading power when he said: “You hypocrites, you know how to decipher the look of earth and sky; how is it you cannot decipher the meaning of this era?”[4]

Some people may have keen “supernatural” or “natural” physical senses, but humans need spiritual sense. Jesus knew the people to be wicked and adulterous, seeking the material more than the spiritual. He said: “You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”[5] His jabs at materialist thoughts were sharp, but needed. Jesus never spared hypocrisy from its stern self-condemnation. Truth is the one cause and effect. Truth communicates itself but never imparts error.

*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 4:29 (Phillips NT)

[2] John 16:7

[3] Matt. 9:4, 12:25; Mark 2:8; Luke 5:22, 6:8, 11:17

[4] Matt. 16:3; Luke 12:56 (Moffatt)

[5] Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42

January 6, 2021

Subject: Faith

Golden text: Galatians 6:17*

Quite frankly, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by these disputes. I have far more important things to do—the serious living of this faith. I bear in my body scars from my service to Jesus.

James 2: 1-7

 1-4 My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted?

5-7 Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God. And here you are abusing these same citizens! Isn’t it the high and mighty who exploit you, who use the courts to rob you blind? Aren’t they the ones who scorn the new name—“Christian”—used in your baptisms?

21st Century Science and Health**

Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. 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 epoch approaches when true religion will be built on the understanding of the truth of being. However, people are slow to understand truth because they are obsessed with fashion, pride, bodies, and opinion. The fixation of materiality makes us weary and old because it goes against our higher nature.

Science shows that conflicting convictions and opinions repeatedly transmit mixed signals. The signals symbolize confusion, but we can be safe from confusion when false convictions and opinions are promptly and persistently tuned out. As we tune into divine Science, Truth and Love buffer confused mentalities and thereby invigorate and sustain existence. Knowledge picked up by the five senses is disposable.

Unwell bodies will become healthy as individual opinions improve and human belief loses some portion of its error.

James 2:8-13

8-11 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others. The same God who said, “Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” If you don’t commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you’re a murderer, period.

12-13 Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.

21st Century Science and Health

To understand God is a work of eternity and it demands pure commitment of thought, energy, and desire.

Are our thoughts of Deity empty? We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. And yet, we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We may even ask for undeserved forgiveness or benefits. We can rather ask, “Do we really appreciate the good we’ve already received?” If so, then we will put to good use the blessings we have and be prepared to receive more.

Infidelity is “the pestilence that stalks in the darkness…the plague that destroys at midday.”[1] The instruction, “You shall not commit adultery,”[2] is no less imperative than, “You shall not murder.”[3]

A person who refuses obedience to God is chastened by Love, and individuals who know and obey God’s will run up against the hostility of envy.

James 2:14-20

14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”

Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

19-20 Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?

21st Century Science and Health

The custom of telling people that if they take one doctrine and have total faith in it, they will be filled with the Holy Spirit, receives a strong rebuttal in the Scripture, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”[4] Faith, if only belief, is like a motor piston shifting between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, gains evidence of Spirit. Spiritual evidence rebukes mistaken mindsets of every kind and establishes the claims of God.

In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, the word faith and its corresponding words have these two definitions: trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one’s well-being to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to “work all the more strenuously at your salvation with reverence and trembling.”[5] “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”[6] This expresses the helplessness of blind faith; whereas the directive, “Believe…and you will be saved,”[7] demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.

The action of so-called human mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being. Without divine control there is disorder, manifest as sin, sickness, and death.

Spirituality in action, demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to act against life, truth, and love.

James 2: 21-26

21-24 Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?

25-26 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.

21st Century Science and Health

Human-made theories divide faith and understanding between matter and Spirit, and as a result, people turn to the inanimate drug for help rather than the intelligent and divine healing Principle.

Human flesh is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit. The physical eye only sees an image of human thought reflected on the retina. Matter cannot see, feel, hear, taste, or smell. Matter/energy is not self-cognizant—cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand itself. If you take away the human mind, which constitutes mortal selfhood, matter can take no cognizance of matter. Does the comatose patient ever see, hear, or feel? Why doesn’t a corpse use any of the physical senses?

We turn from the un-godlike and lose sight of the mortal self, before recognizing our relationship to God and our divine posterity. Our spirituality is linked by Science to our Maker.

To the physical senses, the strict demands of divine Science seem final. However, humanity is quickly learning that Life is God, faithful good.

When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in spiritual being than in human beings, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.

The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on us by our heavenly Father-Mother. Omnipotent Mind gives us faith and understanding whereby to safeguard our self, not only from temptation, but also from bodily suffering.

*Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today


[1] Ps. 91:6

[2] Ex. 20:14; Deut. 5:18; Matt. 5:27

[3] Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17

[4] James 2:17

[5] Phil. 2:12 (Moffatt)

[6] Mark 9:24

[7] Acts 16:31

December 30, 2020

Subject: Newness

Golden text: Psalms 40:3*

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Exodus 34:1-7

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.” So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Jeremiah 31:27-30

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the Lord. 29 In those days they shall no longer say:

“‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

30 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

21st Century Science and Health**

God, good, being ever-present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never present. Sin, sickness, and death are not transferable or scientific. In Science, individual good derived from God, the infinite All-in-all, may flow to human beings from other people or from those who are no longer on this earth, but evil is neither communicable nor scientific. A sinning earthly mortal is neither the reality of Life nor the channel through which truth passes to earth. The joys of interaction and socializing become the farce of sin when bad influences and suffering become contagious. Not clairvoyant reading or interpersonal communication, but divine law is the communicator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity.

Why say spirit is stuck inside a human being? Why call one person living in this world, physical, but then call the person a spirit after they die? The fact is that neither are infinite Spirit, for Spirit is God and we are God’s likeness.

The belief that one person, as spirit, can control another person, as matter, upsets the individuality and Science of God’s child, image. Mind controls all images, and God is the only Spirit. Any other control or attraction of so-called spirit is a mortal belief, which ought to be known by its fruit—the repetition of evil.

If Spirit, God, communed with human beings or controlled them through channelers—or any other form of matter/energy—the divine order and the Science of omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit would be destroyed.

The belief that material bodies return to dust hereafter to rise up as spiritual bodies with fleshly sensations and desires is incorrect. Equally incorrect is the belief that spiritual beings are squeezed into a human body and then freed by death. If freed from a fleshly body, how are flesh sensations retained?

Science corrects the grave mistakes that suppose unintelligent matter to be any part of the reality of intelligent existence, or that Spirit and matter can commune together. The sensual can’t be made the mouthpiece of the spiritual, nor can the finite become the channel for the infinite. There is no communication between that which is subject to death and that which is not.

It’s impossible to return to physical or mental conditions after having left them because they are always changing. An acorn, after having dropped to the ground and sprouted, will never return to its pervious condition. The germinated seed has a new form and a different state of existence. When here or hereafter the belief of temporality is extinct, the error which has held the belief dissolves with the belief and never returns to the old condition. The dream of having died is dramatically different from the dream of still being alive in a biological body.

The caterpillar transformed into a beautiful butterfly is no longer a worm. The butterfly doesn’t return to fraternize with or control the worm. Such a retrograde transformation is impossible in Science. Darkness and light, infancy and adulthood, sickness and health, are opposites—different beliefs which never blend. Who will say that infancy can articulate the ideas of adulthood or that darkness can represent light? There is no bridge across the gap which divides such opposite conditions as the spiritual and the physical.

In divine knowledge, there is never a backward step, never a return to positions outgrown.

Spirituality is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life by the apostolic work of defeating error and healing the sick. Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a new step in Christianity. The spiritual recompense of the persecuted is assured in the elevation of existence above the disorder and in the gift of divine Love.

The prophet of today sees in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of Christianity’s essence which heals the sick and destroys error. No other sign will be given. Body can’t be saved except through Mind. The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a material age, because brain imprints and physical sense can’t comprehend Spirit. The healing influence of Spirit is discerned by spiritual sense. Creeds, doctrines, and human hypotheses do not express Christian Science; much less can they demonstrate it.

Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening clutches of human policies, the demonstration of spiritual Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. Throughout all time and space, scientific demonstration is imperative as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, remaining inviolate for humanity to understand and to practice.

For centuries—yes, always—natural science has not really been considered a part of religion. Even now many people consider the conventional sciences to have no proper connection with faith and spirituality. However, mystery does not obscure Christ’s teachings. Truth’s instructions are not theoretical and fragmentary, but are practical and open to new discoveries that reveal ongoing completion and law. And being practical and comprehensive, God’s laws are not deprived of their essential vitality.

Who will say whether Truth or error is greater? Are brains, nerves, and stomachs intelligent? If they talk to us, tell us their condition and report how they feel—then Spirit and matter, Truth and error commingle and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and death.

The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of human mind or of material flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its material nerves do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin come by the human mind. Without human mind a tear could not drop; and this action shows the nature of all material cause and effect.

Do not fall back on the saying that “the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”[1] Sympathy with error should disappear. Science renders impossible the transfer of mistaken thoughts from one mind to another.

Matthew 9:14-17

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

21st Century Science and Health

Admitting to our self that person is God’s own likeness sets us free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death and opens it wide toward spirituality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an understanding of divine Principle. At this moment, we do not know our true individuality, but we certainly will know this when we reflect God.

The Revelator tells us of “a new heaven and new earth.”[2] Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?

Let us rid our self of the belief that we are separate from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the launching pad to all true spiritual growth.

In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.

Human mind is a grammatical error in language, and involves an improper use of the word mind. As Mind is spiritual, the phrase human mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal. In this teaching of divine Science, the phrases human mind, human energy, chemically based mind, mortal or materialistic mind are meant to designate that which has no real existence. Certainly, if better words or phrases existed today, they would be used. In expressing the new tongue, we must sometimes resort to the old and imperfect, and the new wine of Spirit is poured into the old wineskins[3] of the letter.

Divine Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. Science shows the scientific relation of person to God and unravels the interwoven ambiguities of being, setting free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including individuals, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.

From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over mortality. Moses proved the power of Mind by what people called miracles; as did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha. What was eventually tagged the Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders, yet the reformations were accompanied by bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace. The present new, yet old, reform in religious faith will patiently and wisely teach us not to give in to sectarian bitterness when it flows inward.

Does God create anew what Life already created? Nothing is new to God. The Scriptures are definite on this point, declaring that God’s work was finished,[4] and that it was good.[5]

*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] Jer. 31:29; Ez. 18:2

[2] Rev. 21:1

[3] Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37

[4] Gen. 2:2

[5] Gen. 1:31

December 23, 2020

Subject: Shepherd

Golden text: Psalms 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Matthew 1:17-25

 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

21st Century Science and Health

The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs spiritual being and the universe. The Science of creation, so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus, not only inspired his wisest and least understood sayings, but was also the basis of his marvelous actions. Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit does not create a wicked person or a human being who lapses into sin, sickness, and death.

Earth has little light or joy before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy itself and we perceive immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which human beings may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the unlimited sense of being.

Dynamic modern research and altering social environments provide increasing data and evidence to contradict conventional scientific theories concerning our origin. Instead of debating the old theories, we can bless the human race by understanding why we are more than flesh and blood and why we can detach ourselves from limited concepts.

Natural history is richly endowed by the labors and genius of great people. Modern breakthroughs, biotechnology, in vitro fertilization, and cloning, have brought to light important facts in regard to supposed embryonic life. But, to suppose life germinates in anything other than Mind is a blunder. All theories within the material realm never reach past the temporal. They will finally give place to higher theories and demonstrations.

Matthew 2:1-6

 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

21st Century Science and Health

We are inundated with feelings and the false consciousness that life exists in the material body, yet we remember that in reality God is our Life and consciousness. We look at human events and timidly realize the day will come when we say, “I find no pleasure in them.”[1] 

How does the heavenly conviction of spiritual existence come about? How is a conviction so antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses experienced?  According to Paul, it is “the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.”[2] Neale Donald Walsch, author of The New Revelations: A Conversation with God wrote, “Divine inspiration is the birthright of every human being.”[3] The divine law of Life and Love unfolds the demonstrable facts that matter, also known as human mind, possesses neither sensation nor life; that human experiences show the falsity of all temporal things; and that spiritual desires establish the truth that the only sufferer is human mind. Divine Mind can’t suffer.

“Now,” urged the apostle, “is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”[4] This doesn’t mean that now we must prepare for a future-world salvation or safety, but that right now we can experience salvation in spirit and in life.

Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
    that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
    and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
    and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
    and all flesh shall see it together,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry!”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
    surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.

Go on up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
    lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
    “Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

21st Century Science and Health

Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterward to wither and return to its native nothingness. These human impressions are temporal; they never merge into spiritual being, but finally disappear and spiritual being, which is eternal, is found to be the real.

As a physical, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misinterpretation of existence, the scientific and divine Principle of our spirituality dawns upon human thought. Consciousness is guided to “where the child was”[5]—even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus, the whole earth will be transformed by Truth as enlightened thought displaces the darkness of error.

The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage. Don’t take the effort to ask the genome, heart, or lungs: What are our prospects for life? Ask Mind about life. Mind is not helpless. Intelligence is not mute before non-intelligence.

Not by its own determination does a star proceed to shine, or a leaf unfold its fair outlines, or a flower open.

The Science of being reveals individual spirituality as based on Soul. Physical sense defines humanity as based on matter and from this premise infers the mortality of the body.

Self-delusion may imagine that opposites attract; but in Christ’s Science, Truth never mingles with error. Mind has no affinity with material limitation and therefore Truth can cast out the ills of the flesh. Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence. Believing that gray matter and white matter, plus the chemicals inside the skull is mind, is a mockery of intelligence—a mimicry of Mind.

We are scientists of Spirit only as we quit our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the truth. We are not metaphysical Scientists until we leave human opinions for spiritual Truth. Human attitudes come from the hearing of the ear, from physicality, instead of from Principle. Limited perceptions come from the mortal, instead of from the immortal. Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.

The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the steppingstone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal. Though empires fall, “the Lord shall reign forever.”

*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] Ec. 12:1

[2] Eph. 3:7

[3] Walsch, Neale Donald. The New Revelations: A Conversation with God. New York: Atria Books, 2002.

[4] II Cor. 6:2

[5] Matt. 2:9