October 17, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Sacred presence

Golden text: Psalms 31:19-20

Oh [God], how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! 20 In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.

Matthew 23:16-22

 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

21st Century Science and Health

Our motives and inclinations are paramount in religion. However, when rituals and ceremonies are the crux of religion, the motives and inclinations of a person are concealed by formal procedures and human routines. Jesus, as modest as he was mighty, rebuked this hypocrisy. Hypocrisy offers long petitions for blessings on physical rituals, but veils the crime, latent in thought, which is ready to spring into action and crucify God’s anointed.

Spiritual leaders should pursue the dignity of God’s laws rather than pursue positions of church power. Inferior motives induce attacks on individuals who share Christ’s teachings by example of Mind’s healing power.

Truth should emanate from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is commissioned in the ministry. How will it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not of self or sect.

Leviticus 24:1-9

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the Lord regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. He shall arrange the lamps on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord regularly.

“You shall take fine flour and bake twelve loaves from it; two tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf. And you shall set them in two piles, six in a pile, on the table of pure gold before the Lord. And you shall put pure frankincense on each pile, that it may go with the bread as a memorial portion as a food offering to the Lord. Every Sabbath day Aaron shall arrange it before the Lord regularly; it is from the people of Israel as a covenant forever. And it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, since it is for him a most holy portion out of the Lord’s food offerings, a perpetual due.”

21st Century Science and Health

Human-made rituals are but types and shadows of true worship.

Whether you are utilizing conventional healing methods, or praying from a tenuous standpoint that relies on ceremonies and creeds, you must improve your mindset until you attain the understanding of the spiritual Science which heals.

Mechanical prayers or rituals are not progressive. Prayer is a privilege, not to be taken for granted or abused. Seeking Truth doesn’t include paying someone else to do your praying for you.

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

Vanity and negativity desecrate the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate themselves is damaged. The poor suffering heart needs its spiritual nutriment, such as peace, patience in distress, honesty, and a priceless sense of the dear Father-Mother’s loving-kindness.

I Samuel 21:1-6

Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.” And the priest answered David, “I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread—if the young men have kept themselves from women.” And David answered the priest, “Truly women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition. The vessels of the young men are holy even when it is an ordinary journey. How much more today will their vessels be holy?” So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away.

21st Century Science and Health

The presence of natural nourishment should encourage self-disciplined, humble thought; it should discourage and reverse any sense of worry, inflammation, or eating for self-satisfaction.

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

Insanity, inanity, sickness, and mental turmoil are comprised in human thinking, and do not belong to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or being. They have neither Principle nor permanence but belong with all that is changeable and illusive. They belong to nothingness, which feigns the creations of Truth. Creations of falsities must return to dust, whereas Spirit’s creations are substantial and eternal. It’s a mistake to believe we are susceptible to a detachment from Spirit. Divine Science invalidates error and maintains our spiritual identity.

We call the absence of Truth, error. Truth and error are unlike. In Science, Truth is divine and can have no unlikeness. Did God, Truth, create error? No! “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”[1] God, being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can the all-presence be absent? How can the absence of omnipresence and omnipotence even be suggested? How can there be more than all?

In his book, The Four Agreements: Wisdom Book, Don Miguel Ruiz[2]  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.

Mark 2:23-26

 One Sabbath [Jesus] was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus recognized Spirit, God, as the only source and origin of all.

First in the list of divine responsibilities, Jesus taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love. He attached no importance to dead ceremonies.

The epoch approaches when true religion will be built on the understanding of the truth of being. However, people are slow to understand truth because they are obsessed with fashion, pride, bodies, and opinions. Mortal fixations make us weary and old because they go against our higher nature. At some point, we will break through the fleeting and false and learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created us in Science.

Envy buries trust and love. The presence of mistrust, where confidence is due, is the rotten apple in a relationship.

The principles of Spirit are omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience—Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, and constituting all Science. These facts contradict the belief that human mind can be actual and reveal existence as the radiant reality of God’s creation, in which everything Mind’s wisdom made is pronounced good.

SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF SPIRITUAL DIVINE MIND

GOD: Divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Life, Love, Truth, Spirit.

PERSON (individual, man and woman): God’s spiritual idea, image, perfect, eternal.

IDEA: An image in Mind; “Synonyms idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression, means what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan).”[3]

SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF HUMAN MIND

First Degree: Spiritual unawareness.
PHYSICAL. Evil thinking, obsessions, negative appetites, fear, corrupt will, self-justification, arrogance, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.

Second Degree: Disappearance of self-destructive thinking.
MORAL. Humanity, honesty, constructive inclinations, compassion, hope, faith, humility, moderation.

Third Degree: Understanding.
SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.

In the third degree, human mind disappears and individuals as God’s image appear. Science reverses the evidence before the physical human senses.

Our Father in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
Hallowed be Your name,
One sacred nature,
Your kingdom come,
Your government is come; You are ever-present,

[1] James 3:11

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

[3] By permission. From the Merriam-Webster Online,© 2007 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated (www.Merriam-Webster.com).

October 10, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Harvest

Golden text: Proverbs 6:6-8*

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

I Samuel 6:1-3, 10-16

The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us with what we shall send it to its place.” They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why his hand does not turn away from you.”

10 The men did so, and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home. 11 And they put the ark of the Lord on the cart and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors. 12 And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went. They turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh. 13 Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. And when they lifted up their eyes and saw the ark, they rejoiced to see it. 14 The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh and stopped there. A great stone was there. And they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. 15 And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was beside it, in which were the golden figures, and set them upon the great stone. And the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices on that day to the Lord. 16 And when the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron.

21st Century Science and Health**

Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Humanity may ask: What on earth do we gain through this toil, struggle, and sorrow? We gain by giving up our belief in perishable life and happiness. We gain when false beliefs return to dust and the immortal is reached.

Are we irreverent toward sin, or assigning too much power to God when we ascribe to Deity almighty Life and Love? I deny God’s cooperation with evil and I desire to have no faith in evil or in any power but God, good. Isn’t it better to eliminate from so-called human mind that which will show itself in forms of sin, sickness, and death? Why complain of suffering while at the same time tenaciously defending the rights of disease? Wouldn’t it be better to abandon the defense of dis-ease, especially when by doing so, our own condition can be improved and that of other persons as well?

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?

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

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

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

Matthew 9:35-38

 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

21st Century Science and Health

We can earnestly seek the immortal status of person, which is outside the illusion of mortal human men and women.

Unimproved opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an experience we have not made our own or try to reap the harvest we have not sown.

Since the divine light of Christian Science first dawned on me, I have never used this newly discovered power in any direction which I feared to have fairly understood. Since entering this field of labor, the prime object has been to prevent suffering, not to produce it. That we cannot scientifically both cure and cause disease is self-evident. Suffering and mental malpractice always come up short, while Science prevails. A folktale from India tells of the day Akbar drew a line on the floor and told everyone to make it shorter without erasing any part of it. Everyone was stumped except Raja Birbal, who “at once drew a longer line next to the first line. He didn’t touch the first line.”[2]

Bear in mind, people who adopt New Age techniques, mysticism, or hypnotism, may be more spiritual than individuals who shun or avoid their practices. Therefore, my contest is not with those practitioners, but with the false systems. I love humanity, and will continue to labor and to endure.

Divine Science is not an exception to the general rule that there is no excellence without labor in a direct line.

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

II Corinthians 9:6-11

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

21st Century Science and Health

“You reap whatever you sow.”[3] Sin is its own punishment. Error excludes itself from harmony. Error cultivates its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

The constant thinking of something other than Spirit can inadvertently sow seeds of reliance on matter. Don’t become so captivated by a remedy, that every itch, twinge, or burp is noticed and treated. Clients may reap the effect of this mistaken reliance if healers impulsively endorse drugs, homeopathic powders, acupuncture needles, or magnets as cure-alls.

The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and humble. In the soil of a “noble and good heart”[4] the seed must be sown, otherwise, the piggish element in human nature uproots the seed making immortal progress negligible.

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.

Spiritual understanding shared, can help waken others who are overrun with negativity.

James 3:18

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

21st Century Science and Health

Balance and peace are supported by nature and divine law, even when everything else says otherwise.

We ask, can we eat and live without natural laws and agriculture? The answer is no, and yet the Scriptures inform us that sin or error, first caused the condemnation of humankind to till the ground.[5] Can obedience to God remove the necessity to rely on material food, air, or technology? Truth never made error necessary nor devised a law to perpetuate error.

The supposed laws which result in weariness and disease are not God’s laws. The legitimate and only possible action of Truth is the production of harmony. Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but human beings commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of Spirit. Divine Mind rightly demands our entire obedience, affection, and strength.

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

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

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

Spiritual healing is the good news constantly appearing and its main purpose isn’t physical healing but “on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[6]

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

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

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

[2] Folktales From India: A Selection of Oral Takes from Twenty-two Languages, Make it Shorter. Edited by A. K. Ramanujan. New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.

[3] Gal. 6:7 (NRSV)

[4] Luke 8:15

[5] Gen. 3:17

[6] Luke 2:14 (NRSV)

October 3, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Promise

Golden text: Psalms 119:57-58*

The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep your words. 58 I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.

Luke 24:44-49

 Then [Jesus] said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

21st Century Science and Health**

The world may lack spirituality, and people may not be able to keep a promise or make a home happy, but human minds are demanding spiritual understanding and reformed attitudes.

As with any reform, a transition period will be felt. Transition periods are often unsettling and undesirable, however, why buck the trend when the reform compels us to find permanence and peace in a more spiritual devotion?

If we follow Christ on all moral questions but are in darkness as to the physical exemption which spirituality includes, then we must have more faith in God on this subject and be more alive to Spirit’s promises.

Be aware of how your promises to another will influence your own growth and other people’s lives.

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

Truth will be to us “the resurrection and the life”[1] only as it destroys all error.

The appearance of good, as was promised by Jesus, establishes the divine system among humanity. Now, as in earlier times, signs and wonders are meant to elucidate the divine origin and to substantiate the reality of Truth—to attest to the higher mission of Science to take away the sins of the world.

Acts 2:38-41

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

21st Century Science and Health

Human will-power is liable to all evil. The willfulness of human mind can never heal the sick. Contrastingly, the exercise of spirituality—hope, faith, love—is the prayer of the righteous. The healing prayer is governed by Science instead of personal mortal senses.

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

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

To advance humankind, the development of mortals must improve. The scientific essence of marriage is unity. Having sex is acceptable for the purpose of reproducing a higher human species, but every stage of child-bearing must be kept mentally pure with the sanctity of virginity.

Educate children to form habits agreeable to moral and spiritual laws. Children are better prepared to meet and master the limitations imposed by physical laws—especially the laws that breed disease and disorder—when they are obedient to moral and spiritual laws.

Parents, if you allow your children incessantly to play computer games, want stuff, or be picky, don’t complain later in life if your children are complicated or frivolous. Be accountable. Worry less “about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear,”[2] and pro-actively grow together in the understanding of man and woman’s higher nature. Children can still retain their innocence while maturing. You will do more than imaginable when you also mature along with the children.

If a spouse deserts the partnership, certainly the lone mate can single-handedly be self-reliant and independent. Individuals are equally capable to succeed in the business world, earn an education, own real estate, and care for the children and home, without interference.

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

“Now,” urged the apostle, “is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”[3] This doesn’t mean that now we must prepare for a future-world salvation or safety, but that right now we can experience salvation in spirit and in life. Now is the time for temporary pains and pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal. To break this earthly spell, human beings must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists. The understanding of what governs the universe harmoniously is comprehended slowly and it comes with doubts and disappointments, as well as successes.

It’s the lack of spirituality which hides real beauty and strength, whereas purer mindsets see immortal goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.”[4] This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love can’t be deprived of its manifestation or object; that happiness can’t be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of happiness; that good can never produce evil; that dust can’t produce mind; and that life can’t result in death. God’s unspoiled child—governed by its whole Principle—is sinless and eternal.

Romans 4:13-24

 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

21st Century Science and Health

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

The divine Science of Scriptures can’t be totally obscured, even up against religious officials who vote to decide what should or shouldn’t be considered Holy Writ, and up against bad translations. As in the past, misinterpretations of Scripture occur today. However, the prophets healing work can’t be annulled or lost, and healing demonstrations are intact, confirming that “the stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.”[5]

If our thinking is no better than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained and Soul-existence, in the place of molecular existence, is not comprehended. We understand Life in divine Science only as we let go of limited views and attain spiritual views. The amount of good or of evil admitted determines the harmony of our existence—our health, our longevity, and our spirituality.

Human will-power is liable to all evil. The willfulness of human mind can never heal the sick. Contrastingly, the exercise of spirituality—hope, faith, love—is the prayer of the righteous. The healing prayer is governed by Science instead of personal mortal senses.

Divine Science inspires religion and medicine with a more God-like nature and essence. Science gives new strength to faith and understanding, and thoughts intelligently acquaint themselves with God.

Harmony is produced, controlled, and sustained by Principle, forever. Divine Principle is our Life.

The perceptions and realities of mortal thought either die or give way to the spiritual discovery of completeness and eternity. Through many generations, human beliefs reach diviner conceptions and the immortal model of God’s revelation is finally seen as the only true concept of 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, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] John 11:25

[2] Matt. 6:25, 31; Luke 12:29

[3] II Cor. 6:2

[4] Rom. 8:38–39

[5] Ps. 118:22; Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17

September 26, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Money

Golden text: Hebrews 13:5*

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Jeremiah 32:1-15

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah.

Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.’ Then Hanamel my cousin came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. “And I bought the field at Anathoth from Hanamel my cousin, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. 11 Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions and the open copy. 12 And I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. 13 I charged Baruch in their presence, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time. 15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.’

21st Century Science and Health**

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

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

We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained and we should never deny the everlasting order of Soul, simply because to physical sense there is seeming disorder. It is a disregard of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent imbalance, while a correct regard of God restores balance. Truth will ultimately compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of fleshly sensations for the joys of Soul.

When the first symptoms of disease appear, resist the assertions of the fleshly impressions with divine Science. Let your higher sense of justice destroy the false process of human opinions which you name law and then you will not be confined to a hospital room or checked into a hospice facility to suffer paying the last penalty demanded by error. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court.”[1] Do not let your thought become a captive audience to the demands of sin or sickness. Turn away from that which falsely pressures us, with the enduring conviction that those pressures are illegitimate. God is no more the author of sickness than of sin. You have no law of God to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.

Luke 3:7-14

[Jesus] said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

21st Century Science and Health

The Teacher refrained from speaking the whole truth. Jesus declared precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death. His teachings caused conflict and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.

If we travel with the worldly minded, we get sucked into a nasty cycle. A good example of this is randomly walking around the shopping mall, making feel-good purchases and eating junk food with friends. We return home, thinking we had a good time and feeling satisfied. However, when re-thinking the situation, we realize that too much time and money was wasted. So, we repeat the trip to the mall but buy books on time and financial management or on dieting.

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

John 2:13-16

 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus showed us a whip[2] is needed to drive tyranny and arrogant self-deception out of church. The strong cords of scientific demonstration, as twisted and wielded by Jesus, are still needed to purge churches of their vain traffic in worldly worship. Church should be made “a house of prayer for all nations,”[3] where humility and divine Science are welcome.

There is great danger in teaching Mind-healing indiscriminately, thus disregarding the morals of the student and caring only for the payments. Recall words that have been credited to Thomas Jefferson concerning slavery, “I tremble, when I remember that God is just.”[4] I tremble whenever I see a person, for the petty reward of money, teaching his or her slight knowledge of Mind-power—increasing the probability of communicating the teacher’s own bad morals. This sad state deals pitilessly with a community unprepared for self-defense.

Jesus’ pursuits were different from the conventional pursuits of human beings. His master was Spirit, versus the world’s master of material energy. Jesus served God, as opposed to the world serving money.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

21st Century Science and Health

Our desires and aspirations ache to be fulfilled and we only feel rewarded when we stop limiting infinite Mind to finite resources. Infinite Mind can’t lose its character as inexhaustible Love, eternal Life, omnipotent Truth.

When we understand that our God-given spiritual energies and resources can’t wear out or be trespassed upon by mortal laws, we are refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

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

The “man of sorrows”[5] was in no danger because he lacked salary or popularity.

Jesus brought to humanity’s attention things, “hidden since the creation of the world”[6]—things hidden since material knowledge overstepped the creative divine Principle. We learn from him that we don’t have to buy into knowledge which insists on an earth-bound truth and the anthropomorphism of God.

You must control evil thoughts in the first instance or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on watching the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

Evil thoughts and aims reach no further and do no more harm than one’s thinking permits. Lusts and malicious purposes can’t move around like wandering pollen from one human mind to another if virtue and truth build a strong defense. It is important to be aware of your mental environment so as not to be a naive receptor of evil thoughts. You would rather choose a doctor who has the flu to treat you than be treated mentally by a metaphysician who isn’t obeying the requirements of divine Science.

Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove ourselves from biased personal perceptions.

As we value spiritual perceptions, we can feel the pleasure of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”[7]

*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, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Matt 5:25

[2] John 2:15

[3] Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46

[4] Jefferson, Thomas (1743–1826) Political philosopher. Founding Father. Principal author of Declaration of Independence. The third President of the United States.

[5] Isa. 53:3

[6] Matt. 13:35

[7] Matt. 6:21; Luke 12:34

September 19, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Mind

Golden text: Romans 8:6*

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Matthew 21:23-27

And when [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

21st Century Science and Health**

We are susceptible to believe in more than one supreme ruler, or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be imbedded in a sensuous body.

Jesus discovered the eternal Ego and proved that he was inseparable from God and God’s reflection. The Teacher gained the solution of being and demonstrated the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.

He related to one Mind and didn’t argue for material based power. Jesus must have known that the Ego was Mind instead of a bodily personality or human knowledge. He must have known that the world’s energy and evil were not Mind.

According to Christian Science, the only real senses are Christ-like and come from divine Mind through revelation. Thought passes from God to us. Sense and information do not go from brain to Mind.

When understanding modifies the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we gain the reality of Life. Spirituality allows us to experience the control of Soul over mortal sense and to perceive Truth in its divine Principle. This must be the climax before our harmony and immortality is felt and our capabilities revealed. 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.

Matthew 21:28-32

 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

21st Century Science and Health

People with mental work before them have no time for gossip about false law or testimony. To reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the falsehood, is the work of time.

If humankind would stop believing that God makes sickness and destruction, or makes man and woman capable of suffering on account of malevolence, the games of error would no longer be played and error’s destruction would be guaranteed. Seriously, if we accept that disease and destruction are God’s will, why do we try to fight or avoid disease and destruction? We can admit that God isn’t testing us, because God’s will is good and only producing goodness.

Looking at history, we can learn that the popular and misleading perceptions about the divine Being and character have originated in the human mind. Wrong notions about God do not originate in immortal Truth. As there is in reality but one God, one Mind, mistaken impressions of God eventually fade, as did St. John’s vision in the book of Revelation.

Let us work to bankrupt self-will, self-justification, and self-worship. Don’t invest in mortality with its errors that compete against spirituality.

The time is nearer than we think, when human-made theologies, such as a superior race, everlasting damnation, or fundamentalisms, will diminish, and equality, mindfulness, and individual responsibility will increase.

The scientific relationship which exists between us and God must be worked out in life-practice. The will of God must universally be done.

II Corinthians 2:1-11

For I [Paul] made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

21st Century Science and Health

The genotypic and physiological mortal humanity fills itself with thoughts of pains and pleasures, gains and losses.

The brain can give no idea of God’s child. It can take no cognizance of Mind. Grey and white matter are not the organ of infinite Mind.

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.

As human beings give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, spiritual individuality, ever connected to and in God’s likeness will appear. Our eternal identity includes no illusive elements.

Divine Mind can and does purge false beliefs from human mind.

I Peter 1:13-16

 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

21st Century Science and Health

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

Permit the stomach and bowels to act in obedience to nature. Give the gospel a chance to be seen in its glorious effects upon the body. Dismiss the ghastly collection of diseases paraded before your imagination. Keep to “sermons in stones, and good in everything.”[1] When the mechanism of the human mind gives place to the divine Mind, selfishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their grip.

Divine Mind rightly demands our entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser commitment. Obedience to truth gives us power and strength. Obedience to error coincides with loss of power.

Truth reveals universal healing, a method available to everyone, through spiritual law giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.[2] If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding and the one Mind.

Divine Mind acts on the human mind through truth, leading humankind to relinquish falsities. Our spiritual mindedness understands divine Mind as the only Mind and the healer of bad-will, disease, and lack. This process of higher spiritual understanding improves humanity and displaces error until nothing is left which deserves to perish or be punished.

Spiritual unawareness, which is identical to intentional wrong, is not Science.

The would-be healer is obligated not to bring hypocrisy, false hopes, inhumanity, or bad habits into the patient’s environment. If these traits were present, the environment would be converted into a “den of robbers.”[3] The un-Christ-like practitioner does not give to mind or body the joy and strength of Truth. Vanity and negativity desecrate the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate themselves is damaged. The poor suffering heart needs its spiritual nutriment, such as peace, patience in distress, honesty, and a priceless sense of the dear Father-Mother’s loving-kindness.

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

The physician who lacks empathy for humanity is deficient in goodwill. The public then has the apostolic warrant for repeating: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.”[4] Not having spiritual goodwill, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and can’t recognize infinite Love which alone confers the healing power.

Have a mindful interest in one another’s progress and reciprocate appreciation in a relationship.

It should be thoroughly understood that all people have one Mind, one God and Parent, one Life, Truth, and Love. The fulfillment of real identities will be realized as that fact is understood.

*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, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Shakespeare, William, (1564–1616) As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1.

[2] Matt. 11:5

[3] Jer. 7:11; Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46

[4] I John 4:20 (NRSV)

September 12, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Interest

Golden text: Philippians 2:4-5*

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

Nehemiah 1:1

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.

Nehemiah 2:11-12, 16-17

So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem.

16 And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.”

Nehemiah 5:1-3, 6-10

Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.” There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.”

I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say. So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies? 10 Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest.

21st Century Science and Health**

Searching for the origin of people, who are the reflection of God, is like inquiring into the origin of God, the self-existent and eternal.

An inquirer once told me: “I like your explanations of truth, but I do not comprehend what you say about error.” This is the nature of error; the mark of ignorance is on its forehead, for it neither understands nor can be understood. Error would have itself received as mind, as if it were as real and God-created as truth, but Christian Science attributes neither entity nor power to error, because error is neither mind nor the effect of Mind.

It is interesting to note that the less complicated animal forms are less sickly than the more complicated organisms, especially those of the human form. This indicates that less disease accompanies less intense or sensitive mortal mind force. A fair deduction from this observation might be that it is the human thinking, and not divine decision or physical susceptibility, which brings organisms into the clutches of disease. Health attends the absence of mortal mind.

Can material wave/particles commit a crime and be punished? Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Human mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence according to motive. Courts and juries judge and sentence human beings to restrain crime, prevent violence, or punish the wrongdoer. To say that these courts have no jurisdiction over the human or mortal mind would be to contradict precedent. It doesn’t make sense to admit that law is restricted to physical forces and bodies, while the real outlaw, human mortal mind, defies justice and is recommended to mercy.

Our civil laws take cognizance of mental crimes and no longer apply legal rulings entirely too physical offences, and it will go down in history that how we think or what we think, directly or indirectly affects actions, including the actions of what we call physical bodies. The medical field is even somewhat recognizing the power of metaphysics. Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., a pioneer in integrative medicine, testifies that, “Meditation is a wondrously powerful medical modality…the meditation that I teach employs not just patients’ mental energies, but also their physical energies”[1]

Whoever uses their developed mental energies or powers to commit opportune atrocities is never safe. God will arrest those people. Divine justice will confine them. Their sins will be heavy and inescapable burdens about their necks, weighing them down to the depths of disgrace and death. The aggravation of error foretells its doom and confirms the ageless axiom: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

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

Evil thoughts and aims reach no further and do no more harm than one’s thinking permits. Lusts and malicious purposes can’t move around like wandering pollen from one human mind to another if virtue and truth build a strong defense.

The cornerstone of all spiritual building is purity.

Luke 19:11-26

[Jesus] proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

21st Century Science and Health

In order to understand more, we must put into practice what we already know. Truth is provable when understood and good is not understood until proven. If “faithful with a few things,”[2] we will be put in charge of many things. The neglected or unused talent rots or is lost.

Truth should emanate from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is commissioned in the ministry. How will it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not of self or sect.

I Corinthians 7:32-35

 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

21st Century Science and Health

Relationships are blessed, or not, according to the expectations involved and fulfilled. Happiness is gained as we interact with individuals adapted to elevate existence. The desire to improve should be the motive of society. Unity of spirit gives new energy to a sense of joy, whereas lame or unreasonable expectations drag joy through the mud.

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.

Moral freedom is found in Soul. Guard against narrowness and jealousy because they restrict productive behavior. Home is not a boundary of the affections, but is a framework from which to grow spiritually. Do not desire all your partner’s attention and time. Circulate happiness and compassion in the home and community to promote the sweet interchange of confidence and love, but be sure not to generate a wandering desire for incessant amusement outside the home circle.

In his book, Survival in the Killing Fields,[3] Haing Ngor, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, acknowledges the special trust between he and his wife, which did not include quibbling. Hard feelings are avoided when spouses use common sense, have respect for one another, and do not become extravagant or lazy. Having money and possessions may remove some barriers to a happy marriage, but nothing can replace the loving care in a union.

Fully recognize your ongoing responsibilities before entering matrimony. Success is guaranteed when both spouses are pleasant. Have a mindful interest in one another’s progress and reciprocate appreciation in a relationship.

Mutual compromises or a prenuptial agreement, will often preserve an arrangement which might otherwise become unbearable. Agree on a realistic intent of marriage and share the responsibilities to meet that intent. As you both fulfill the different demands of your united spheres, you will feel supported, confident, and thus sanctify the union of wellbeing in which the heart finds peace and home.

Unselfish attention to detail in what promotes the success of your spouse, and gentle words, will prove valuable in prolonging one another’s health and smiles. Don’t practice stolid indifference or resentment. Remember, a simple heartfelt word or deed is powerful enough to renew the romance.

It is backwards to complain about incompatibility. Do not deceive yourself, or one another, as to why you are getting married or staying married. Deception is fatal to happiness. Honesty allows you to understand a sensible motive for marriage, if not before, then after the legal union.

The frequency of divorce shows that the sacredness of this relationship is losing its influence. Serious mistakes are undermining the foundation of marriage. Separation need not take place if both husband and wife genuinely put into practice spiritual rules of Truth and Love. Spiritual knowledge inevitably lifts one’s being higher in the scale of harmony and happiness. When the moral obligations are kept intact, why annul the nuptial vow?

Similar tastes, intents, and aspirations are necessary to form a loving and permanent companionship. The beautiful in character is also the good, securing indissolubly the links of affection. From the logic of events we learn that selfishness and impurity are short-lived, and that wisdom ultimately will separate what she did not join together.[4]

Be accountable, hope and work, willingly act on divine guidance, not private interests. Divine guidance will either force a graceful change or calm the enraged atmosphere.

*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, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] From Pain Cure, The by Dharma Khalsa. Copyright ©. By permission of Warner Books, Inc. All rights reserved. To purchase copies of this book, please call 1-800-759-0190.

[2] Matt. 25:23; Luke 19:17

[3] Haing Ngor, with Roger Warner, Survival in the Killing Fields.  (New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003)

[4] Matt. 19:6, Mark 10:9

September 5, 2018

bible study imageSubject: Persevere

Golden text: James 1:25*

[T]he one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Psalm 86

Train me, God, to walk straight;
then I’ll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind;
then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord;
I’ve never kept secret what you’re up to.
You’ve always been great toward me—what love!
You snatched me from the brink of disaster!
God, these bullies have reared their heads!
A gang of thugs is after me—
and they don’t care a thing about you.
But you, O God, are both tender and kind,
not easily angered, immense in love,
and you never, never quit.
So look me in the eye and show kindness,
give your servant the strength to go on,
save your dear, dear child!
Make a show of how much you love me
so the bullies who hate me will stand there slack-jawed,
As you, God, gently and powerfully
put me back on my feet.

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God never punishes us for doing right. Love never penalizes us for honest labor or deeds of kindness even if we are exposed to fatigue, cold, heat, and contagion. If we seem to incur a penalty, this is but the false-ego or human mind’s conclusion. Unfair repercussions are not established by wisdom, and our nonconformity to injustice can nullify the penalty. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, students will prove to themselves by small beginnings the grand verities of divine Science.

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

Sickness, sin, and destruction must at length recoil before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial that Mother Teresa,[1] and other philanthropists engaged in humanitarian work, have been able to undergo without weariness and danger, that which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, supreme to the human law. The spiritual demand crushes the material demand and supplies not only energy but also endurance. Spirituality surpasses all other aid and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds. Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts us from all penalties but those due for wrongdoing.

Hard work, deprivations, exposures, and all troublesome conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Your true responsibility can be fulfilled without harm to yourself. If you sprain the muscles or wound the flesh, your remedy is at hand. Mind decides whether or not the flesh will be discolored, painful, and inflamed.

You say that you have not slept well or you have no self-discipline. You are a law to yourself. Saying this and believing it, you will suffer in proportion to your certainty and fear. Your sufferings are not the penalty for having broken a biological law, for it is a law of human mind which you have disobeyed. You say or think, because you have eaten salty food that you must be thirsty and you are thirsty accordingly, while the opposite thought would produce the opposite result.

Any information coming from limited resources and claiming to be truth is an illusion of human mind—one of its dreams. We must realize that evidence given by the physical senses is not to be accepted as reality, in cases of sickness, sin, or health.

Matthew 7:1-6

1-5  [Jesus said,] “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

“Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege.

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If selfishness has given way to kindness, we will regard our neighbor unselfishly and pray for our enemies;[2] but this great responsibility is never accomplished simply by asking that it may be done.

Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Spirit. Each day we must express spiritual awareness, and persevere to align our thoughts and actions with the divine character. Then we are made new, until we wake in Love’s likeness. The Science of Christianity is experienced while we mirror the divine nature, but in a wicked world goodness will “be spoken of as evil.”[3]

Audible prayers can never do the works of spiritual understanding. Spiritual understanding regenerates. Awareness, silent heartfelt prayers, and sincere obedience to divine Love clear the road for us to follow Jesus’ example. Wordy prayers, superstition, and dogma, interrupt the communications of Love and disguise religion in human forms. Whatever defaces worship is an obstacle to spiritual progress and keeps us from demonstrating our power over error.

Sorrow for wrongdoing is only one step toward reform, and the easiest step. The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity—namely reformation. During the reformation process, we are placed under the stress of circumstances. Temptation will pressure us to repeat the offense. Heartache for backsliding may be felt until we are no longer tempted. This is the way it goes until we learn that there is no discount in the law of justice. We must pay “the last penny.”[4] “The measure you use, it will be measured to you,”[5] and it will run over and “be poured into your lap.”[6]

To the ritualistic and hypocritical church authorities, Jesus said, “The tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”[7] Jesus’ history made a new calendar which we call the Christian era, but he established no ceremonial worship. He knew that people can be baptized, take sacrament, support the ministry, study Bible lessons, make long prayers, and yet be corrupt and sensual.

Matthew 25:1-13

1-5 “God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep. “In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go out and greet him!’ 7-8 “The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’ “They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’ 10 “They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked. 11 “Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’ 12 “He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’

13 “So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.

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Oil. Dedication; altruism; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.

The beliefs of isolatable powers, the fight-and-flight nature, or morphing substances are flimsy propaganda, yet mesmerizing. So we ask, who will deny that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate? Scientists of reality must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the indefinite world and be dedicated. We must renounce aggression, oppression, and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love on her brow, must be our queen of life.

Students of divine Science, who start with its letter and think to succeed without the spirit, will either weaken their faith or get sadly off course. They must not only seek but strive to enter the narrow path of Life, “for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.”[8] We walk in the direction toward which we look and where our gratification is there will our heart be also. If our hopes and inclinations are spiritual, they come from enlightenment, not from trained thinking, and they produce the fruits of the Spirit.[9]

Every conscientious student and teacher of the Science of Mind-healing knows that human-will is not divine Science. This fact must be recognized and lived to maintain immunity against this infectious human-willfulness. Teachers are morally obligated to open the eyes of students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice surfaces from ignorant or malicious intent. Malpractice is the injurious action of one human mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practiced either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.

Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct students on how to bolt the door of their thought against the seeming dark power of mental malpractice—a simple task when the pupil understands that in reality evil has no power. Help to guard against incorrect reasoning which leads to practical error. It is favorable to arrest the wrong thought before it has a chance to manifest itself.

Walking in the light, we are accustomed to the light and require it; we cannot see in darkness. But eyes accustomed to darkness are pained by the light. When you outgrow the old, do not fear putting on the new. Your advancing course may provoke envy, but it will also attract respect. When error confronts you, do not withhold the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it. Modest intellectual discoveries gained with contentment and virtue, are better than the luxury of learning with egotism and vice.

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

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

[2] Matt. 5:44

[3] Rom. 14:16

[4] Matt. 5:26

[5] Matt. 7:2; Luke 6:38

[6] Luke 6:38

[7] Matt. 21:31

[8] Matt. 7:13 (NRSV)

[9] Gal. 5:22