May 25, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Memorial

Golden text: Hosea 12: 5-6*

The Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord is his memorial name: “So you, by the help of our God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”

Acts 10: 1-8

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Angels. God’s thoughts passing to people; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, brute-like inclinations, and mortality.

Unknown. That which spiritual sense comprehends. The unknown is unknown to the physical senses.

Acting on human hope, we discover spiritual reflection. We discover that we can substantially reflect the eternal substance of Spirit. Our spiritual selfhood reflects the only real and eternal existence, Soul. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because it transcends human vision and is made known through divine Science.

Some thinkers may believe God is unknowable, but Christian Science makes God known as the All-in-all, forever near.

As God is substance and we are the divine image and likeness, we will wish for and in reality have, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not mortality.

Acts 10: 9-16

The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The belief that matter and mind are one—that matter is awake at one time and asleep at another, fluctuating between the mindful and the mindless—is the kind of thinking that culminates in death. When we are asleep, memory and consciousness are lost from the body, and they wander around apparently with their own separate embodiment. Science reveals the fact that mortal personality has nothing to do with our real personhood. We call the human character a personality. Human personality is a dream, and the dream or belief goes on whether our eyes are closed or open. A wicked person may have an attractive personality; therefore, human personality is not the true character of spiritual person.

Oppressive policies or agendas that restrict right thinking can be removed from power. Nelson Mandela wrote, “There was no particular day on which I said, From henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”[1]

The way to extract error from human mind is to pour in truth through flood-waters of Love. Spiritual perfection, including Christian perfection, is won on no other basis.

Acts 10: 17-23

17 Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood at the gate 18 and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. 19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.” 21 And Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” 23 So he invited them in to be his guests.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Unspoken thoughts are not unknown to God—our divine Mind. Prayer is desire. No loss can come from trusting God to form and exalt our desires before they are put into words and action.

What are the motives behind prayer? Do we meditate to improve ourselves, or to benefit those around us? Do we pray to tell God, the all-knowing, something important? Do we pray so other people will see us? Is prayer beneficial? Yes, our hunger for righteousness[2] is blessed by our heavenly Parent. The desire for spirituality does not return to us void.

Surely we need to do more than preserve unreliable and useless dogmas, derived from religious traditions and stamped with human approval or authorization.

We cannot fill vessels already full. Vessels full of the impracticable must first be emptied. Let us strip off error and stand in the showers of God and come clean.

The demands of God appeal to thought only; but the claims of mortality and what are termed laws of nature, appertain to matter. Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing the highest human good? We cannot obey both biology and Spirit. We pay attention to one or the other. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we will, “be devoted to the one and despise the other.”[3]

We should consecrate existence, not “to an unknown God” whom we “worship as something unknown,”[4] but to the eternal builder, the everlasting Father, to the life which mortal sense or human logic cannot disable or destroy. We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not limited.

In the universe of Truth, unpredictability and error are unknown.

Acts 10:23-35

The next day he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. 28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”

30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Love is impartial and universal in its spiritualization and generosity.

Women and men are equally capable to succeed in the business world, earn an education, own real estate, and care for the children and home, without interference.

The rights of humanity are being vindicated as people fight for equal rights and remove dictators from office. This pro-action is prophetic of furthering the banishment of world-wide oppression found on higher planes of existence and under subtler and depraving forms.

The voice of God in behalf of the people is reverberating around the world as the spokesperson of the new revolution sounds the keynote of universal mental freedom. A fuller acknowledgement of the rights of man and woman as useful spiritual individuals demands that the terrors of sin and sickness be exterminated from the human mind. Spiritual freedom is gained, not through human warfare, but through spiritual Science.

God has built on divine claims, a higher platform of human rights. These claims are not made through human regulations or creeds, but in demonstration of “Peace upon earth among men of goodwill!”[5] Human policies, scholastic theology, and human health care systems lock our faith and spiritual understanding in hand cuffs. Divine Science rescues us and our birthright of sole allegiance to our Maker asserts itself.

If Christ, Truth, has come to us in demonstration, no other sign of remembrance is requisite. Demonstration is Immanuel or “God with us.”[6] If a friend is with us, why do we need memorials of that friend?

 

*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] Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1994, 1995

[2] Matt. 5:6; Luke 6:21

[3] Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13

[4] Acts 17:23

[5] Luke 2:14 (Phillips NT)

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

May 18, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Music

Golden text: Psalm 101:1*

I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music.

I Chronicles 15:1, 16, 25-29

David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.

16 David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26 And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres.

29 And as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Mental melodies and tones of sweet music supersede conscious sound. Music is the rhythm of head and heart. Human mind is the harp of many strings, conferring either discord or harmony depending on whether the hand which sweeps over it is mortal or divine.

“Let there be light,”[1] is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.[2] The material theories of creation provide nothing to build on and are a far cry from views of creation as revealed by infinite Mind.

If the instrument of hearing is wholly spiritual it is normal and indestructible.

The demands of God appeal to thought only; but the claims of mortality and what are termed laws of nature, appertain to matter. Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing the highest human good? We cannot obey both biology and Spirit. We pay attention to one or the other. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we will, “be devoted to the one and despise the other.”[3]

Ezekiel 33: 23-33

23 The word of the Lord came to me: 24 “Son of man, the inhabitants of these waste places in the land of Israel keep saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he got possession of the land; but we are many; the land is surely given us to possess.’ 25 Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord God: You eat flesh with the blood and lift up your eyes to your idols and shed blood; shall you then possess the land? 26 You rely on the sword, you commit abominations, and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife; shall you then possess the land? 27 Say this to them, Thus says the Lord God: As I live, surely those who are in the waste places shall fall by the sword, and whoever is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in strongholds and in caves shall die by pestilence. 28 And I will make the land a desolation and a waste, and her proud might shall come to an end, and the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that none will pass through. 29 Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land a desolation and a waste because of all their abominations that they have committed.

30 “As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ 31 And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. 32 And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it. 33 When this comes—and come it will!—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Society is a foolish juror, listening only to one side of the case. Justice often comes too late to secure a verdict.

Mind is not necessarily dependent on the education process. Mind possesses of itself all beauty and poetry. Mind has the power to express prose. Spirit, God, is heard when the human mind’s noise is silent. We are all capable of more than we do. The influence or action of Soul confers a freedom which explains the phenomena of excellent impromptu speeches, admirable video scripts, or meaningful texts.

If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the criticism and reconsider our attitude?

Effort spent living in the past, pursuing superficial goals, or showing off, is effort wasted.

As we triumph over erroneous views and allow Soul to hold the control, we shall detest and correct wrongdoing under all its disguises.

John 3:1-15

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

I Corinthians 15:52

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

From 21st Century Science and Health

It is a question, whether the ancient inspired healers understood the Science of spiritual healing, or whether they caught its sweet tones as the natural musician catches the tones of harmony without being able to explain them. Past healers were so divinely animated with the spirit of Science, that the lack of the letter could not impede their work. The letter without the spirit voids the healing practice.

Here are four serious mistakes: Supposing that sin is forgiven before the sin is abandoned; that happiness is genuine when connected to sin; that death of the body frees us from anything unspiritual; that God will forgive a sin without destroying it. We know that all will be changed “in the twinkling of an eye,”[4] when the last trumpet will sound; but this last call of wisdom can’t come until human beings have taken every little step to yield to the whole spiritual character. Mortals do not need to delude themselves by thinking the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.

Thought will waken from its own materialistic declaration, “I am dead,” to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, “There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, over-action, nor reaction.”

Rhythm is not controlled by musical notes. Numbers don’t regulate the rules of mathematics. Numbers did not originate mathematics, but is manifested through mathematics. In Science, person did not originate intelligence, but is manifested through intelligence. The appearance that there is intelligence or soul inside person has no relation to the Life reality.

Romans 12: 9-18

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

From 21st Century Science and Health

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

To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.

Musical notes can be arranged to make harmony. Tones of the human mind are just as diverse as musical notes, and harmony is apparent as tones of unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and honesty blend properly. Spiritual harmony constitutes individual and collective happiness, strength, and permanence.

*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] Gen. 1:3

[2] Music of the spheres is a concept frequently credited to Greek philosopher Pythagoras (569 B.C.– approximately 500 B.C.

[3] Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13

[4] I Cor. 15:52

May 11, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Dealing with limitations

Golden text: II Corinthians 10:17-18

 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Romans 6:1-4

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this level, but we may expect a decrease in these evils; and this scientific beginning is in the right direction.

In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the congealed mass of error. Let us work to bankrupt selfish-will, self-justification, and self-worship, which are errors that compete against spirituality and are the investors in sin and death.

Husbands and wives should never separate if there is no Christian demand for it. The logic of events will reveal itself. In those cases, when one spouse is better, then the better spouse is good company for the worse. Dr. Oral Roberts discussed his philosophy for a successful marriage. He and his wife, Evelyn, who was better company for a time, patiently told her very busy husband that he was “making a terrible mistake,”[1] by neglecting the family. Her words struck Mr. Robert’s conscience and he disciplined himself to put God and family first before work.

The eternal Truth destroys what human beings have learned from error, and our real selfhood comes to light. Truth lived is eternal life. Human beings can never advance from the temporal debris of error—belief in sin, sickness, and death—until we learn that God is the only Life.

Romans 6: 5-11

 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Mortal perceptions (or rather misperceptions) are the only source of evil or error. Divine Science shows that physical senses are false, because matter can’t hear or see or be consciousness. Beyond the limited mortal impressions of things, all is harmony. A mysterious sense of spiritual being, and revelation, is nonsense, no sense. Human belief would make the physical senses sometimes good and sometimes bad. Human mindedness swears that there is real pleasure in sin, but the beautiful truths of divine Science dispute this error.

Will-power is only a product of belief, and this belief makes human beings desperate. Human will is an untamed inclination, not a propensity of Soul. Consequently, mortal will-power does not properly govern. Human will—selfishly exclusive, negligent, and head-strong—cooperates with idleness and hyperactivity. From this cooperation arises the evil of human willfulness. From this also comes the powerlessness of mortal will-power, since all power belongs to God, good. Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as our motive-powers.

The five physical senses testify, saying that truth and error, good and evil, are united in a human mind. Their false evidence finally yields to Truth—to the recognition of Spirit and of spiritual reality.

Christ’s conciliation unites person to God, not God to human beings. The divine Principle of Christ is God and God doesn’t atone to Himself. It is therefore Christ’s purpose to bring us to God. Christ can’t reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in uniting humanity to God by giving us a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus’ teachings. This truer, spiritual sense of Love redeems people from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit—the law of divine Love.

 Romans 6: 12-18

 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Physical sense creates its own forms of thought, and gives the forms imaginative titles, before worshiping and fearing them. Often, the forms are attributed with abilities beyond themselves. Basically, the beliefs of the human mind commit self-robbery and self-enslavement and then charge the result to another illusive personification named Satan.

Torture, dictatorship, repression, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the paradigm of human personality, passions, and urges. Nations owe their untrustworthy governments to their prevalent misconceptions of God.

I have never supposed the world would immediately leave everything for divine Science, or that people would instantly stop believing in sin, disease, and death. However, I do state that, as a result of teaching Christian Science in the late 19th century and early 20th century, ethics and moderation have received a stimulus, health has been restored, and people are living longer. If that was the fruit then, what will the harvest be, when this Science is more generally understood?

Belief in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will humankind wake to this great fact in Science?

Romans 6: 19

19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Human theories are based on measurable components which cannot escape their own limitations. An anthropoid sense of God and an android sense of our own capabilities necessarily limit faith and delay spiritual understanding. Human-made theories divide faith and understanding between matter and Spirit, and as a result, turn to the inanimate drug and come short of tapping into the intelligent and divine healing Principle.

If life were in human beings or material things, it would be open to their limitations and would end in death.

The unlikeness of Truth—named error—the opposite of Science, and the evidence before the five corporeal senses, offer no sign of the grand facts of spiritual being. But don’t fret, because even though our human senses feel no evidence that our earth is spinning rapidly through space, we still can learn the truth through science and break through limitations.

The facts of divine Science should be admitted, although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter, or by corporeal sense. The evidence that God and people coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. Person is, and forever has been, God’s reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power, no other presence. The spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation. “Let God be found true though every human being is false and a liar.”[2]

Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing people to cultivate mortal thinking. Knowing this fact, we can overcome physical limitations and a mortal view of earth and its environments, and discover conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

*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] Roberts, Oral. When You See the Invisible You Can Do the Impossible. Copyright 2002, used by permission of Destiny Image Publishers, 167 Walnut Bottom Road. Shippensburg, PA 17257 www.destinyimage.com

[2] Rom. 3:4 (Amplified)

May 4, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Witnessing to God

Golden text: Isaiah 43:10*

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.

Acts 5: 17-26

 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.

Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

The truth preached by Jesus was more than just talk and robotic behavior. A life of spirituality is requisite. Few understand or adhere to Jesus’ divine precepts for living and healing. Why? We don’t emulate Jesus, because we don’t want to set aside personal agendas, human beliefs, habits, and learned information. In Bible terms, we don’t want to cut off the right hand[1] and gouge out the right eye.[2] It is requisite to leave all for Christ.

Default thinking assumes that all revelation must come from a scholarly or ecclesiastical lineage, like kings crowned from a royal dynasty. Those assumptions disallow inspired understanding and the demonstration of God’s healing power. For this Principle there is no ecclesiastical monopoly, no human lineage of teachers, no successor. The priest is the spiritualized person. Immortal rulings are crowned. In healing the sick and sinning, Jesus actively brought attention to the fact that the healing effect followed the understanding of the divine Principle and of the Christ-spirit which controlled his physical self. As divine Principle is scientifically understood, you can comprehend and experience for yourself the works of Christ, Truth. The Bible declares that all believers “will be called priests of the Lord.”[3]

Acts 5: 27-33

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The thought of human material nothingness, enrages the human ego and is the main cause of its resistance to new ideas.

What is termed physical sense can report only a mortal temporary sense of things, whereas spiritual sense can bear witness only to Truth.

After Jesus’ ascension, his students received the Holy Spirit. Meaning, that by all they had witnessed and suffered they were wakened to a clearer understanding of divine Science. The scientific spiritual interpretation and understanding of Jesus’ teachings and demonstrations gave them a faint conception of the Life that is God. This allowed them to stop interpreting people through human knowledge and turn their thoughts instead to divine knowledge. Through the Holy Spirit they gained the true interpretation of their glorified Master and became better healers, leaning no longer on matter or human mind, but on divine Principle.

As we triumph over erroneous views and allow Soul to hold the control, we shall detest and correct sin under all its disguises. Only in this way can we bless our enemies, though they won’t take it as a blessing. We can’t choose for ourselves, but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught. With humility and spiritual courage, he was found preaching the good news to the spiritually responsive. Arrogance and fear are unprepared to hold up the standard of Truth, and God will never place it in such hands.

Christianity will never be based on a divine Principle and so found to be unerring, until its absolute Science is reached. The Science of Mind seems to dishonor the ordinary scientific schools, which wrestle with human observations alone; therefore, this Science has met with opposition. However, any system honoring God ought to receive support, not resistance, from all thinking persons. Divine Science honors God as no other theory and it does this in the way of Soul’s appointing, by doing many wonderful works through the divine name and nature. All persons must fulfill their own mission without timidity and without putting on a show. Spiritual goals are successfully achieved when our work is done unselfishly, and as a result, arrogance, prejudice, bigotry, and envy cannot wash away its foundation, for it is built on the rock, Truth.

Acts 5:34-42

34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

From 21st Century Science and Health

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.”

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

It may seem vain to share our love with someone who doesn’t give it back, but it isn’t a waste as long as we allow spiritual Love to enlarge, purify, and elevate the circumstance. If spite, revenge, and arrogance do uproot and scatter our affections, this separation of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world. Love recognizes the spiritual cosmos.

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 that is Life. When the soul is willing and the flesh is weak, the patient may be willing to learn of the ever-perpetuating Life, and plant their feet on the rock of Christ, the true idea of spiritual power.

Clergy, chaplains, and spiritual leaders, observing the world, should advance the standard of Truth. They can inspire their hearers spiritually so that listeners will love to grapple with a new right idea, and broaden their views.

*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. 5:30

[2] Matt. 5:29

[3] Ex. 19:6; Isa. 61:6; Rev. 1:6

April 27, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Transformative experiences

Golden text: Romans 12:2*

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

Matthew 17:1-8

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

The Bible teaches that Spirit renews and transforms the body.

If the Principle, rule, and demonstration of our being is not in the least understood before what is termed death, we will not become more spiritual on account of the death experience. We are as narrow-minded or lacking after death as before. We can’t pursue happiness through selfish and inferior motives. It is a blunder to suppose Life or Mind is manifest through brain and nerves. Hence Truth comes to destroy this blunder and its effects—sickness, sin, and death. To those pursuing Life, Scripture says: “The second death has no power over them.”[1]

As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit illumines spiritual sense with bright and imperishable glories.

Clothed in Spirit, appearance is “bright as a flash of lightning”[2]―like the garment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, “always be clothed in white.”[3] “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”[4]

Jesus’ history shows him to have been more spiritual than all other earthly personalities.

Wearing in part a human form (that is, as it seemed to human view), being conceived by a human mother, Jesus was the mediator between Spirit and the flesh, between Truth and error. Explaining and demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. From him, humanity may learn how to escape from negativity and mortality.

Matthew 17:9-13

And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 10 And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 11 He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The spiritual self reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal existence. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because our spiritual substantiality transcends human vision and is made known only through divine Science.

Elijah. Prophecy; spiritual evidence contradicting limited perspectives; Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold; the basis of immortality.

Life is real, and death is the deception. A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus’ way resolves the dark visions of materialist sense into harmony and spirituality. Our privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of Jesus: “If you practice what I’m telling you, you’ll never have to look death in the face.”[5] To separate thought from false trusts and delusive evidence in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear—this is the great achievement by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true.

Matthew 13:14-21

 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

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”[6]—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.

Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.

Heredity isn’t dangerous. Heredity isn’t law. Just because people in the past believed in a disease doesn’t mean it has priority and a connection to the present. The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are mental.

Perhaps the fright of a parent produced a birth defect and the deformity continued into the child’s adulthood. Forced away from human belief and based on Science or divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that chronic case is not difficult to cure.

Empower yourself with the thought that substance is purely spiritual and the movements and transitions possible for the human mind will be found equally possible for the body.

“The Word became flesh.”[7] Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the human mind before the Science of being can be demonstrated. The idea of the Word becoming flesh was embodied in the incarnate Jesus. He was a life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal; through which Soul rebukes mortal impressions; and Truth destroys error.

Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its foundation by resting on Spirit instead of matter.

Matthew 13:22-23

 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The very circumstance, which your suffering sense thinks is horrible and distressing, Love can make you entertain “angels without knowing it.”[8]

Jesus overcame sickness and death and proved they were forms of error.

“Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.”[9] This text has been transformed into a popular proverb, as the tree falls, so it must lie. As we fall asleep, so we will wake up. As death finds human beings, so will human beings be after death, until spiritual experience and advancement effects the needed change for the better. Mind never becomes dust. Mind, or Life, is not waiting to resurrect from the grave because the grave has no power over either.

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

When the last human fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound and end the battle between Truth and mortality; but “no one knows about that day or hour.”[10] Prophecy pauses at the trumpet sound. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.

Divine Science raises the standard of freedom and says: “Follow me! Escape from the control of sickness, sin, and death!” Jesus designated the way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious freedom of the children of God,”[11] and be free! This is your divine right.

Truth, Love, gives human beings temporary food and clothing until the temporal, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and we are clothed and fed spiritually.

*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] Rev. 20:6

[2] Luke 9:29

[3] Eccl. 9:8

[4] James 1:12 (The Message)

[5] John 8:51 (The Message)

[6] Matt. 2:9

[7] John 1:14

[8] Heb. 13:2

[9] Ecc. 11:3

[10] Mark 13:32

[11] Rom. 8:21

April 20, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Seeing neighbors through the eyes of Grace

Golden text: II Timothy 4:22*

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

Luke 10: 25-29

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put [Jesus] to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Love is not in a hurry to rescue us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tested and purified.

On an individual and collective mission, Jesus’ lifework was done in justice to himself and in mercy to humanity. Jesus gave an excellent example of reconciliation, however, he did not do our work for us. Jesus showed us how to be responsible for our own thoughts and actions. He acted boldly, not only against the self-authorized evidence of human perceptions, but also Pharisaical dogma and practices.

It is “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,”[1] than for materialist convictions to enter the kingdom of heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and reformation, humanity advances past beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when “they will all know me [God], from the least of them to the greatest.”[2] Denying the claims of matter/energy is taking an important step toward the joys of Spirit, toward human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

People can learn to distinguish between fake happiness and true. We can feel the pleasure of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God as we highly value spiritual perceptions.

Luke 10: 29-37

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

To love our neighbor’s spiritual nature as we love our own spirituality, is a divine idea; but this idea can never be seen, felt, or understood through the physical senses. Excite the organ of admiration or religious faith and a person manifests profound adoration. Excite the feelings of anger or pessimism and the person curses God. These effects, however, do not proceed from spirituality. Idolization and irreverence are both a spin-off of mortal belief.

People are more than a material shell with a mind stuck inside. Spirituality is more than a soul trying to escape a human experience in order to be immortal. We reflect infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.

Allow unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, and love to control your mind and body. As the kingdom of heaven is found within, then sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

The divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves unfolds as we realize that there is one Mind. On the flip side, a belief in many ruling minds hinders humanity’s advancement toward the one Mind, one God. The assumption that there are numerous minds takes us down dead end roads where selfishness dominates.

Isaiah 30: 15-19

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling, 16 and you said,
“No! We will flee upon horses”;
therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”;
therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
17 A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
at the threat of five you shall flee,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
like a signal on a hill.

18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.

19 For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Were it more fully understood that Truth heals and error causes disease, maybe opponents of a demonstrable Science would mercifully withhold their harmful misrepresentations. Until the opponents of divine Science test its efficacy according to its rules, which reveal its usefulness or uselessness, it would be fair to observe the Scriptural precept, “Do not judge.”[3]

The miracle of grace is not a miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of the human body, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit. This helps the inconsistent human consciousness abandon its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of fleshly sense. Sin, sickness, and death will continue to seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man and woman’s harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.

Question. What is God?

Answer. God is bodiless, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

Question. Are these terms synonymous?

Answer. They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and fullness of Almighty God. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, integrity, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

DNA surely does not possess Mind or a consciousness. God is the life or intelligence which forms and preserves the individuality, consciousness, and identity of the universe, of people, and of animals.

Galatians 6:1-6

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

From 21st Century Science and Health

As people lose all satisfaction in error and in idle thinking, they find satisfaction in Soul-sense.

Whether mortals learn of Soul-sense sooner or later depends on the tenacity of mistaken mindsets. Until we learn of Soul-sense, we suffer from attachment to material based pleasures and pains.

Looking to Soul, and not human evidence, we will become aware of people’s true nature.

Teaching or practicing in the name of Truth, but contrary to its spirit or rule, is most dangerous quackery. Strict adherence to the divine Principle and rules of the scientific method has secured the only success of the students of divine Science. Only this on-going integrity is worthy of prominence in the community, worthy of a reputation experimentally justified by the people’s efforts.

Genuine faith relies on an understood Principle. An understood Principle releases people from problems, and reveals the self-perpetuating and harmonious phases of everything. These teachings are confirmed by healing.

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

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

[1] Matt. 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25

[2] Jer, 31:34; Heb. 8:11 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[3] Matt. 7:1; Luke 6:37; John 7:24

April 13, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Disillusioned

Golden text: Psalms 119: 148*

My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.

Judges 3: 12-22

And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 13 He gathered to himself the Ammonites and the Amalekites, and went and defeated Israel. And they took possession of the city of palms. 14 And the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16 And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. 17 And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 19 But he himself turned back at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence. 20 And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat. 21 And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 22 And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Mortal birth and death comes across as irresistible or untimely, however God’s people aren’t mortals. Mortals are unreal and obsolete. The truth of being is perennial. We are God’s image and likeness.

Discord is unreal and mortal.

Once it is realized that disorder is illusory, a new perspective comes into light.

Truth should, and does, drive error out of all mortal selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding.

Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth shines far. It also cannot help but indicate the infinite distance between error and Truth, between the material and spiritual—the unreal and the real.

Suffering, self-destructive, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, a negative consciousness will have no power over us, for we are spiritual and live by divine authority.

Judges 3: 23-30

Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.

24 When he had gone, the servants came, and when they saw that the doors of the roof chamber were locked, they thought, “Surely he is relieving himself in the closet of the cool chamber.” 25 And they waited till they were embarrassed. But when he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them, and there lay their lord dead on the floor.

26 Ehud escaped while they delayed, and he passed beyond the idols and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim. Then the people of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was their leader. 28 And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over. 29 And they killed at that time about 10,000 of the Moabites, all strong, able-bodied men; not a man escaped. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Corporeality is not able to grasp the wonders brought about by incorporeal spiritual Love, to whom all things are possible.

Human beings must find protection in Truth in order to escape the errors of today.

Divine Science deals its chief blow at the supposed material foundations of life and intelligence. It dooms idolatry.

Humanity is fortunate when the noise of human mortal mind is 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.

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

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life.”[1]  If we follow the direction of Jesus, we can depend less and less on bodily conditions, structure, or economy. We can be masters of the body, dictate its features, and form and control it with Truth.

Philippians 1: 21-30

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Everything good or worthy, God made. Spirit did not make whatever is worthless or destructive and therefore we can prove its unreality.

A case of edema, given up by the doctors, fell into my hands. It was a terrible case. Tapping had been employed. The patient was awfully swollen. I prescribed a homeopathic remedy. She improved a little bit. I then found out her former doctor had prescribed the same remedy and I became afraid that a prolonged use of this medicine may aggravate her symptoms; and I also was still learning to trust God. I told her it would be better not to take her medicine, but she was unwilling to give it up. It then occurred to me to give her placebos and watch the result. I did so, and she continued to improve. Finally, she said that she would give up her medicine for one day, and risk the effects. After trying this, she informed me that she could get along two days without medicine; but on the third day she suffered and was relieved by taking the placebos. She continued taking the placebos, receiving occasional visits from me—using no other means—and she was cured.

Metaphysics, as taught in Christian Science, is the next advanced step beyond holistic methods.

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

Fear of punishment never made a person truly honest. Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong behavior and proclaim the right. But how is the person, who has more animal courage than moral courage, reformed? How do we help a person who doesn’t have the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the person it is a mistake to look for power and happiness through material means. Reason is the most active human capability. Let rational thought guide the person’s feelings and awaken their dormant sense of moral obligation. By degrees, they will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the greatness and happiness of spiritual sense. This silences the corporeal and the person will not only be saved, but is saved.

Remove the error in thought, and you destroy its effects. A person’s gaze, fastened fearlessly on a ferocious beast, often causes the beast to retreat in terror. By meeting hateful prejudice with fearless love, Martin Luther King, Jr.[3] sent hate to its own defeat. These occurrences represent the power of Truth over error.

A fragrance becomes favorable only as it escapes into the surrounding atmosphere. The same is true in regard to our knowledge of Truth. Spiritual understanding, shared, can help waken others who are overrun with negativity. This is similar to waking someone up from a paralyzing nightmare. If the awakened person does not argue, they will not resist Truth, but be helped. The substance of Truth not only banishes temporal evidence with spiritual evidence, but also removes the stench of vile traits.

The mere acquisition and retention of beliefs is destroyed by truth. Change the evidence to improve the human consciousness and that which before seemed real will disappear. As we attain the reality of spiritual evidence, we find our immortality.

Spiritual truths cause the sense-dream to vanish and reality to appear.

 

*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. 6:25; Luke 12:22

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

[3]Luther King Jr., Martin (1929–1968) American Civil Rights Leader.