October 19, 2016

Subject: Dead or alive

Golden text: Psalms 86: 12-13*

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.

Jeremiah 9:3-21

The Lord said, “It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law. 14 Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their ancestors taught them.” 15 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water. 16 I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have known, and I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them.”

17 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come;
send for the most skillful of them.
18 Let them come quickly
and wail over us
till our eyes overflow with tears
and water streams from our eyelids.
19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion:
‘How ruined we are!
How great is our shame!
We must leave our land
because our houses are in ruins.’”

20 Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord;
open your ears to the words of his mouth.
Teach your daughters how to wail;
teach one another a lament.
21 Death has climbed in through our windows
and has entered our fortresses;
it has removed the children from the streets
and the young men from the public squares.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Knowledge and pleasure, evolved through physical sense, produce the immediate mindset of fear and shame. Uncomfortable in the presence of Truth, human knowledge becomes confused, and people cower and hide when they hear the divine voice calling for their attention.

Infatuation, self-destructive appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, and revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and despair to their final self-punishment.

In order to make room for truth, beliefs warring against spiritual facts must be rejected and removed. You can’t add to a glass already full. Some adults are full of faith in mortality, making it difficult to inculcate a grain of faith in God, or an inkling of Spirit’s ability to make the body harmonious.

Jeremiah 9:21-24

22 Say, “This is what the Lord declares:

“‘Dead bodies will lie
like dung on the open field,
like cut grain behind the reaper,
with no one to gather them.’”

23 This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The illusive evidence of physical sense certainly differs from the testimony of Spirit. Physical sense lifts its voice with the arrogance of reality and boasts: I am completely dishonest, and people don’t know it. I can commit adultery, cheat, lie, steal, and murder. I evade detection by pretending to be a victim. My tendency is irrational, my feelings are deceitful, and my purpose is fraudulent, but I aim to make my short span of life one big fling. Resistance to spirituality is fantastic! How it succeeds, where the good purpose waits! The world is my territory. I am popular, surrounded by materialism. However, a reality check, an accident, or the law of God may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my fancied joys are fatal. Like bursting lava, I increase but to my own despair, because the over-rated mortal life is a consuming fire.

The testimony of Spirit, Soul, maintains: I am Spirit. Man and woman, whose perceptions are spiritual, are my likeness, reflecting the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, and imperishable glory—all are Mine, for I am God. I give spirituality, for I am Truth. I include and impart all happiness, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme. I am an unlimited source of good ideas, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because “I AM WHO I AM.”[1]

John 11: 1-4, 38-44

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Jesus said: “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”[2] Jesus restored Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus never died—not by believing his body died and lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus died or lived in his body, the Master would have stood on the same plane of belief as those who buried the body, and he could not have resuscitated it.

A miracle doesn’t violate but fulfills God’s law. This fact can seem more mysterious than the miracle itself.

Jesus was misinterpreted, even considered a criminal, but yet he proved God’s divine power by healing the sick, driving out evils, and spiritualizing consciousness. He also raised the dead—those dead in trespasses and sins, satisfied with the flesh. When resting on the basis of matter, we are blind to the possibilities of Spirit and its interrelated truth.

Jesus brought to humanity’s attention things “hidden since the creation of the world”[3]—since material knowledge overstepped the creative divine Principle. We don’t have to buy into material knowledge which insists on the might of matter, the force of falsity, and the anthropomorphism of God.

I John 3:14

 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The belief that we have an existence or mind separate from God is a dying error.

The time required for this dream of material life to disappear from consciousness, “No one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”[4] The time it takes for us to stop embracing delusive pleasures and pains will be drawn out, or shortened, depending on the tenacity of error. Of what advantage is it to prolong the illusion either of a catatonic soul or of a dying sufferer trapped in a body? What is better, to add years to mortal life, or, to add life to years?

This Science teaches us that God is the only Life, and that this Life is truth and love; that God is to be understood, compassionately respected, and demonstrated; that divine Truth drives out supposed errors and heals the sick.

Being is alive.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**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] Ex. 3:14

[2] John 11:11

[3] Matt. 13:35

[4] Matt. 24:36 (ESV)

October 12, 2016

Subject: How to atone

Golden text: Proverbs 16:6*

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

Ezekiel 45:13-20

 “‘This is the special gift you are to offer: a sixth of an ephah from each homer of wheat and a sixth of an ephah from each homer of barley. 14 The prescribed portion of olive oil, measured by the bath, is a tenth of a bath from each cor (which consists of ten baths or one homer, for ten baths are equivalent to a homer). 15 Also one sheep is to be taken from every flock of two hundred from the well-watered pastures of Israel. These will be used for the grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the people, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 All the people of the land will be required to give this special offering to the prince in Israel. 17 It will be the duty of the prince to provide the burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings at the festivals, the New Moons and the Sabbaths—at all the appointed festivals of Israel. He will provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the Israelites.

18 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In the first month on the first day you are to take a young bull without defect and purify the sanctuary. 19 The priest is to take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the upper ledge of the altar and on the gateposts of the inner court. 20 You are to do the same on the seventh day of the month for anyone who sins unintentionally or through ignorance; so you are to make atonement for the temple.

From 21st Century Science and health**

The path of divine Science is less difficult to follow when the high goal is always before the thoughts. This is in contrast to counting every single little footstep while endeavoring to reach the better goal. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, restful instead of weary.

Unite with the truth of being as opposed to the ingrained error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Pray with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unmistaken, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your faithfulness is half equal to the truth of your prayer, you will heal the sick.

If you want your colon, uterus, or lungs to stay healthy, with excellent capacity, be always ready with a mental protest against an unhealthy belief. Dismiss all notions about inflammation, inherited disease, weak lungs, or suffering, arising from any circumstance, and you will find that human mind, when instructed by Truth, allows the body to be guided into health by means of divine power.

The conservative theory, embedded into society’s belief system, is that there are two factors, matter and mind, uniting on some impossible basis. This theory would keep truth and error always at battle, however victory for either side would never come. On the other hand, divine Science efficiently shows Truth to be triumphant. All the evidence of, and all the knowledge obtained from physical sense must yield to Science, to the immortal truth of all things. The misguiding physical senses are yielding whether they want to admit it or not. Physical sense can no longer contradict the heliocentric theory even though they see and feel it not.

Matthew 20:17-28

 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

21 “What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

From 21st Century Science and health

Are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the persecutions that attend a new and higher understanding of God? Are you willing to take up the cross and leave all for the Christ-principle? Are you eating bread and drinking wine to honor Jesus, or just to remember him for a few minutes? Why assign the inspiration of Eucharist to an anesthetic ritual? Instead, we want to show that Truth has come to the understanding, by driving out error and making our bodies “holy and pleasing to God”?[1]

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

Some invalids are unwilling to know the spiritual facts. They don’t want to hear about the deception of temporal things and false laws. They even devote themselves a little longer to their material gods and cling to a mortal life and intelligence.

Every twinge of conscience and agony, every effort to reform, every improved attitude and undertaking, will help us not only understand Jesus’ atonement, but also promote its usefulness. Mortals, asleep at the wheel of spiritual progress, cannot habitually pray and repent and still feel included in the atonement—in the at-one-ment with God. Repentance is more than contrition or feeling really bad. It must be lived out with sincerity. Effective repentance reforms thinking and enables human beings to do the will of wisdom.

Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick. These Scriptural sayings are then realized. “I am the Lord, who heals you,”[2] and “I have found a ransom (a price of redemption, an atonement)!”[3] When the divine precepts are understood, they reveal cooperation between creatures, because we all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, compatible to the Scriptural command: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”[4] We, and our Maker have a reciprocal relationship in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

Romans 3:21-25

 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

From 21st Century Science and health

The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures. When human beings realize they no longer want to believe in physical suffering, they turn from the body to Spirit and call on divine sources outside of themselves.

We don’t want to neglect the divine power which heals the sick and sinning.

Common sense and common humanity are to be highly regarded; otherwise, what mental quality remains, with which to call forth healing from the extended arm of righteousness?

Divine Mind, God assigns sure rewards to spiritual righteousness and shows that matter cannot heal or make sick, create or destroy.

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.

To suppose that oppression for righteousness’ sake belongs to the past, and that Christianity today is at peace with the world because it is honored by sects and societies, is to mistake the very nature of religion. Misguided mindsets repeat themselves. The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, of “whom the world was not worthy,”[5] stalks every pioneer of truth.

Unite with the divine Principle of spiritual Science; practice the intent of Spirit; and remain sincere in wisdom, Truth, and Love. In the Science of Mind, you will eventually figure out that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn in Science, that the transfer of negative suggestions from one human being to another can be proven unreal, for there is but one Mind. This ever-present omnipotent Mind expresses the entire universe and is reflected by us. The first responsibility in divine Science is to adapt to Soul, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**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] Rom. 12:1

[2] Ex. 15:26

[3] Job 33:24 (Amplified)

[4] Phil. 2:5

[5] Heb. 11:38 (Amplified)

October 5, 2016

Subject: Sinless health

Golden text: Luke 15:1-2*

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Jesus urged the commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,”[1] which may be interpreted as, you will have no belief of Life as finite. You shall not know an evil life, for there is one Life which is God, good.

To the ritualistic church authorities and hypocritical Pharisees, Jesus said, “The tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”[2]

Knowing the limitations of human thinking, Jesus tolerated humanity’s weaknesses, and “by his wounds [the rejection of error] we are healed.”[3]

Genesis 1: 4-7

Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Question. What about sin?

Answer. All reality is in God and God’s revelation, harmonious and eternal. That which Truth creates is good, and Truth makes all that is made. Therefore, the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. Sin, sickness, and death are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of human mind (or body) is a false impression, possessing no reality or identity, although it seems to be real and identifiable.

Genesis 1: 8-16

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

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.

In his book, The Four Agreements: Wisdom Book, Don Miguel Ruiz[4]  presents a reasonable view of sinlessness based on the word “Impeccability.” Differing views of falsity help us grasp the fact that to infinite Spirit there is no sin, because all is sinless Spirit, all is divine Principle and its idea. The sacred influence of Truth is to abolish error and sin, so, can error be immortal? Truth spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so, but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal. The unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of the divine idea, called Christ, is to “destroy the works of the devil.”[5] Truth wipes out falsity and error, for light and darkness can’t dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness— there is “no night there.”[6] To Truth there is no error, all is Truth.

The spiritual ability to comprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power is won only as we are found reflecting the divine nature. Put in other words, self-glorification, arrogance, anger, and the like, are not found in Truth healing.

Luke 1: 57-60, 67-80

When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

From 21st Century Science and Health

It is highly important—in view of the immense work to be accomplished before this recognition of divine Science can come—to turn our thoughts toward divine Principle, so that limited belief may be prepared to relinquish its error.

To think that God forgives or punishes sin, according to whether or not we pray, is to misunderstand Love. Prayer is not a loophole for wrongdoing.

James 5: 13-16

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Psalms 32:5

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Proof of spirituality distinguishes between the Truth that is sinless and the falsity of sinful sense.

We must destroy the false knowledge that life and intelligence are in matter. We must desire to establish ourselves in what is pure and perfect.

We ask ourselves, what is substance to us—the flawed, the dying, the mutating and mortal? Or, is it that which is consistent, stable, and spiritual?

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. We progress out of the thinking that life and sensation are in the body by understanding what constitutes ourselves as the image of God, and then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**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] Exodus 20:3

[2] Matt. 21:31

[3] Isa. 53:5 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[4] Ruiz, Don Miguel, The Four Agreements: Wisdom Book. California: Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997.

[5] I John 3:8 (NASB)

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

September 28, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Genuineness

Golden text:  II Cor. 6: 4-10*

[A]s servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Isaiah 6: 1-7**

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”

From 21st Century Science and Health***

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.

It is difficult for the narcissistic attitude to accept divine Science, because Science exposes the nonbeing of a separate self. The sooner error is reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner realness appears and our genuine being is understood. The destruction of error is by no means the destruction of Truth or Love, but is the acknowledgment of them.

Do not join in a conspiracy against yourself. Continue to recognize the awful unreality by which the human mind is deceived. Repent, think differently, abandon the unnatural and you can fully understand the unreality of that which argues against the infinite.

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.

Divine Mind can and does purge the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear, and the destructive appetites of the human mind.

Isaiah 6: 8-13

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

And He said, “Go, and tell this people:

‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’

10 “Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”

And He answered:

“Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
The houses are without a man,
The land is utterly desolate,
12 The Lord has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 But yet a tenth will be in it,
And will return and be for consuming,
As a terebinth tree or as an oak,
Whose stump remains when it is cut down.
So the holy seed shall be its stump.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

A genuine sacrifice of temporal things comes before we recognize the advanced spiritual understanding.

Become committed, “pray continually,”[1] and go forward with a pure heart to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love.

Acts 15: 12-22

 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. 13 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, “Men and brethren, listen to me: 14 Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:

16 ‘After this I will return
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down;
I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up;
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
Says the Lord who does all these things.’

18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

From 21st Century Science and Health

When sin or sickness—the reverse of harmony—seems real to the fleshly sense, calmly and honestly encourage the patient with truth and spiritual understanding, which destroy disease.

To say that there is no sickness does not heal the sick. You have to know there is no sickness. Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time uncover and punish itself. A balanced system and mind, mentally sustained by Truth, goes on naturally.

Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. Sinners are not reformed merely by assuring them that they cannot be sinners, because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the disguise, point out the deception, and thus get the victory over sin and prove its unreality.

Let your thought embrace the enduring, the honest, and the genuine, and you will bring these into your experience according to how often they occupy your thoughts.

Acts 15: 36-41

Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” 37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

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.

Truth and error seem to be in conflict. The contention of truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual perceptions and the testimony of the human imprints. Through faith in, and the understanding of divine Love, the battle between Spirit and flesh will settle all questions.

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

Love is the source of might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. God’s ideas are simple, yet great, and through a sharing process these ideas are strengthened, and found to be interconnected, as they have the same Principle, or Parent. Happy is the person who sees the need of others and supplies it, seeking his or her own supply in someone else’s good.

*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

**Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

***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] I Thess. 5:17

September 21, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Certainty

Golden text: Psalms 86:2*

Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save Your servant who trusts in You!

Mark 6: 30-44

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.

33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. 35 When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”

37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”

And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”

38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”

And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”

39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42 So they all ate and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

If seed is necessary to produce wheat, and wheat to produce flour, or an animal is necessary to produce meat, how then can we account for their initial origin? How were the loaves[1] and fishes multiplied[2] without flour or egg from which bread or fish could come?

Material energy is neither intelligent nor creative. The tree is not the inventor of itself. Sound is not the originator of music, and man and woman is not the parent of person.

The objects cognized by the physical senses do not have the reality of substance. They are only what human belief calls them. Flesh, imbalance, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence as human beings detach themselves from a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence. Remember: our spirituality and eternalness is not touched by the mortal phases.

Crowd thinking, mass human consciousness, or mental noise, possesses no intelligence, power, or reality. Human physical senses can’t distinguish crowd thinking or mental noise because they are unreal concepts of the so-called human, mortal mind.

How true it is that whatever is learned through human mind must be unlearned because such knowledge is replaced by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which human sense calls intangible is found to be substance. That which seems to be substance becomes nothingness. Spiritual truths cause the sense-dream to vanish and reality to appear.

Give us this day our daily bread. Give us grace for today; feed the famished intentions.

Mark 6: 44-52

 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. 46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. 47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. 48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. 49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Humanity is unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality are confused with the facts of Spirit.

We have a difficult time glimpsing God when we get distracted by material energy. By adjusting the out-of-tune thinking and getting in tune with Truth, we then can perceive the divine image in some word or deed, which indicates the true idea—the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

What are the realities of being? Spirit and its formations. In other words, matter is not a reality of being, but is an incorrect or undeveloped view of reality which disappears as Spirit comes into view.

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 identity or idea of reality continues forever.

Mark 6: 53-56

53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.

From 21st Century Science and Health

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

Spiritual cause is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress. The collective mass consciousness is approaching this subject and pondering somewhat the supremacy of Spirit. Touching the fringe of Truth’s “cloak”[4] is a worthy goal.

The description of people as purely molecular, or as a mixture of molecules and spirituality—but in either case dependent upon their physical organization—is a can of worms. Opening up this can, we find all ills, especially depression. Materiality takes divine power into its own hands and claims to be a creator, but it is only a fabricated fiction. In this fabrication, idolatry and lust are so encouraged by society that humankind has caught their moral contagion.

We can discover the spiritual opposite of materiality.

In reality, the person referred to as God’s image represents the normal, healthful, and sinless condition of man and woman in divine Science.

II Cor. 5: 9-13

 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

From 21st Century Science and Health

We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day. We want that day to be prospered by divine Science and Christ-like reality.

The appearance that there is intelligence or soul inside person has no relation to the Life reality.

God creates all appearances of reality. God‘s thoughts are spiritual realities. The human mind cannot simulate God’s power by inverting the divine creation and afterward recreating persons or things in its own dimensions. The human mind has no real existence, since nothing exists beyond the expanse of all-inclusive perpetuity, infinite God. In humble contentment, Mind’s infinite ideas manifest Life, happily realizing fulfillment.

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience—that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the expressed thought of Mind.

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

**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] II Kings 4:42–44

[2] Matt. 14:15–21, 15:32–38; Mark 6:37–44, 8:2–9; Luke 9:12–17; John 6:5–13

[3] Luke 2:14 (NRSV)

[4] Matt. 9:20; Matt. 14:36; Mark 6:56

September 14, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Dynamics

Golden text: Psalms 93: 4

Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!

Zechariah 4: 1-7

And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”

From 21st Century Science and Health

The Scriptures are sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including person, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Mental evolution, or ascension, inspires thought to expand to a higher awareness and relinquish a changeable, superficial, mortal theory of the universe. The spiritual and immortal are then adopted through metaphysical improvement.

When the clouds are heavy, they block the sun’s light and heat from our earth. But clouds can disappear. Likewise, as the clouds of physical knowledge dissolve, then spiritual Science will reach our consciousness and experience. Earth has little light or joy before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy itself and we can perceive immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which human beings may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.

Dynamic research has provided an incredible amount of information and evidence that contradicts the predominant conventional scientific theories concerning our origin. This research as portrayed in films, books, and articles would bless the human race more, if the diviner side was gained, instead of continually debating or questioning only the limited physical sense of animal growth and organization.

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.

Zechariah 4: 8-14

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.

“These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range through the whole earth.” 11 Then I said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?” 12 And a second time I answered and said to him, “What are these two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which the golden oil is poured out?” 13 He said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” 14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Question. Are medications, hypnotism, quantum-touch, and New Age remedies included in Christian Science or divine metaphysical healing?

Answer. Not one of them is included in scientific mental treatment. In divine Science, the supposed physical laws yield to the law of Mind. What are termed natural science and physical laws are the objective states of human mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of human beings. Physical force and human mind are one. Drugs and quantum dynamics oppose the supremacy of the unquantifiable divine Mind. Drugs and inert matter are unconscious, mindless. Certain results, supposed to proceed from drugs, are really caused by the faith in them which the false human consciousness is educated to feel.

Hypnotism, quantum energy, and New Age remedies are human—are conditional and oftentimes unpredictable. They are the voluntary or involuntary action of error. Science must triumph over limited knowledge. Truth must prevail over error and put an end to the suggestions involved in all insufficient theories and practices.

Question. Is the material linked to spiritual, and is a material sense of things first necessary before understanding and expressing Spirit?

Answer. If error is necessary to define or to reveal Truth, the answer is yes; but not otherwise. Material sense is an absurd phrase, for material molecules have no consciousness, no sense. Science declares that divine Mind, not material mind, sees, hears, feels, and speaks. Anything that contradicts this statement is the false sense which betrays human beings into sickness, sin, and death. Why slam Christian Science for instructing human beings how to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more unreal? If the unimportant and evil appear, only soon to disappear because of their uselessness or their iniquity, then these ephemeral views of error ought to be obliterated by Truth.

Advance naturally from matter into Spirit. Don’t try to frustrate the spiritual ultimate of all things by ignoring, or forcing, spirituality. Sincere spiritual growth is wise and brings about better health and improved morals.

John 17: 1-5

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Harmony is assigned to Mind, not to matter/energy.

Matter/energy and time/space are incomplete concepts. Being incomplete, they lead to incomplete statements.

Denying the claims of matter/energy is an important step to take toward the joys of Spirit, toward human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

The stomach, heart, colon, and lymph nodes don’t inform us that they are nauseous, diseased, cancerous, or invaded by malignant tumors. If this information is conveyed, human mind conveys it. Negative information certainly doesn’t come from immortal Mind and it can’t come from inanimate matter/energy.

Sickness, sin, and death are not the merchandise of Life. They are simulations or virtual realities which Truth destroys with immortal reality. God is good and as the source of all being, God does not produce moral or physical deformity, therefore such deformity is not real but is illusion—is the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing or obeying error in any form.

The physical senses cannot secure proof of God. Spirit isn’t tactile to flesh. Spirit isn’t seen through the eye, isn’t heard through the ear, isn’t tasted or smelled by means of matter. Our physical senses are quite pathetic; they can’t even cognize the microscopic particles of matter/energy, which are known only by the effects commonly attributed to them.

According to Christian Science the only real senses are Christ-like and come from divine Mind. Thought passes from God to us. Sense and information do not go from material body to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to existence. Wave/particles are not aware and have no consciousness of good or of evil, of pleasure or of pain. Our individuality is not directly or indirectly measurable. The Science of our spirituality doesn’t come only in the hereafter in what is called heaven, but here and now. Christ-likeness or spirituality, is the great fact of being for time and eternity.

Philippians 3:10-11***

10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.

From 21st Century Science and Health

We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to advance faith to the understanding of eternal Life, to the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter/energy.

God, Life, is not at the mercy of matter/energy.

The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony—heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, unpredictability and error are unknown. Finiteness and limitation (matter/energy) have no universe. Divine Science, the Word of God, says to the darkness over the face of error, “God is All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe. Hence the eternal wonder—that infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Being in countless spiritual forms.


*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.

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

September 7, 2016

bible study imageSubject: Substance

Substance is multifaceted. Substance can be our material possessions, the ingredients in cookies, the stuff of the earth, or the gist of a story line. For example, in the 2001 film, “Greenfingers,” the story line concentrated on the substance of forgiveness and self-respect.

The main characters are inmates, serving time for bad deeds done in the past. After serving many years and showing good behavior, they were moved to participate in an “open prison” program.

Key figure, Colin Briggs, played by Clive Owen, enters the open prison system and is delegated to the room with an older inmate who urges Briggs to forgive himself. The older inmate, Ferus Wilks, played by David Kelly, later gives Briggs a package of seeds as a Christmas gift. Briggs half-heartedly opens the package and throws the seeds in the cold ground.

Unknown to the men, the seeds grew and produced beautiful double violet flowers.

But the flowers needed nurturing and this is where the essence of Brigg’s soul began to heal. His interest in gardening increased as the plants and flowers increased. It was as if the gardening added to a substantial sense of rehabilitation.

The Warden puts Briggs and a few other inmates in charge of gardening on the grounds. Briggs becomes passionate about the project, digging into the ground, reading horticulture books and starting a mini greenhouse.

Directed by Joel Hershman, written by Mr. Hershman, and loosely based on a1998 article in The New York Times, ”Free to Grow Bluebells in England” by Paula Deitz, “Greenfingers,” eventually told why Briggs had become numb to the world. He didn’t know how to deal with his past, when in a drunken jealous rage, he killed his brother.

Briggs didn’t excuse his mistake. He knew drunkenness was stupid. He knew hating his brother for stealing his girlfriend didn’t last. And, he believed he was destined to live miserably. He was self-absorbed in emotionless habits until he no longer could be because the substance of life keeps planting seeds of care in our hearts.

The men eventually entered a garden contest and went on to feel the wealth, or substance, of self-respect for a job well done. They didn’t win the prize, but showed that the substance of hard-work and beauty surpass human approval or awards.

In the Bible, we read about Job, who lost all his substance when tempted to believe in another power other than God. In your Bible, read Job, chapters 1 and 2:1-10 from your Bible of choice.

Job then entered a mental battle, but entertained the thoughts of 3 friends, who ultimately didn’t add substance to his triumph. It was when Job stood with God, alone, that true substance was realized and felt. The essence of love and truth. The ingredients of respect and honesty. Job was healed and went on to experience a greater sense of substance, grounded in Spirit.

Read Job 42 from your Bible.

From 21st Century Science and Health*

Human mind and divine Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence, consequently, they both can’t be real. Only by understanding that there is but one power—not two powers—are scientific and logical conclusions reached. We must continue to admit that spiritual intelligence is apart from mortal beings and measurable energy. Spiritual intelligence is expressing and controlling the universe. Spiritual intelligence is synonymous with the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.

We can, and ultimately will, so improve and make use in every direction the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil. This spiritualization will go on until we arrive at the fullness of God’s idea, and have no more fear that we shall be sick and die. Inharmony of any kind involves weakness and suffering—a loss of control over the body.

The depraved appetite for alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, methamphetamines, promiscuity, pornography, is destroyed only by Mind’s control of the body. There is no enjoyment in getting drunk, in becoming a fool, or being an object of extreme disgust. There is actually a very sharp remembrance of idiocy, a suffering inconceivably terrible to one’s self-respect. Morbid cravings are loathsome. Normal control is gained through divine strength and understanding.

Humanity’s dependence on the relentless passions, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge—is beaten only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If someone can’t stop the negative human elements from taking over their thought—happiness, health, and courage will be crushed. Here divine Science is the universal remedy, giving strength to the weakness of human mind. Spiritual and omnipotent Mind not only gives energy, but also lifts humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to humankind.

Let the dupe of self-destructive desires learn the lessons of Christian Science. They then can get the better of those desires, and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness, and existence.

Sin needs to be abandoned before forgiven.

Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of pardon or forgiveness. Doesn’t God’s forgiveness, eliminating any one negative thought and action, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all negative thought and action?

I would not transform the infant immediately into an adult, nor would I keep the infant a lifelong newborn. No impossible thing do I ask when urging the claims of Christian Science; but because this teaching is in advance of the times, we should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment. Humanity will improve through Science and spirituality. The necessity for spiritualizing humanity comes from the fact that Mind can do it. Mind, God, can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth improves the entire system, and can heal “the whole body.”[1]

Mind is not the author of delusive soulless substance.

With its doomed fate, human mind is basically insubstantial, mortal.

The system of divine Science is purely mental. We must embrace spiritual Mind with its power to cure. God, Love, Mind, is the healing factor. Christian Science rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, intelligence, and the only factor in the healing work.


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









[1] John 7:23 (REB)