Golden text: Romans 6: 17-18*
17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Genesis 49:1, 14-15
Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.
14 “Issachar is a strong donkey,
crouching between the sheepfolds.
15 He saw that a resting place was good,
and that the land was pleasant,
so he bowed his shoulder to bear,
and became a servant at forced labor.
From 21st Century Science and Health**
Issachar (Jacob’s son). An embodied belief; the offspring of error; envy; hatred; selfishness; self-will; lust.
A selfish and narrow human mind may be unjust, but divine Mind is the immortal law of justice and mercy. It is as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment on this side of the grave as it is for the righteous to receive their full reward. It is useless to think the wicked can gloat over their offences, die, and go to heaven. It is incorrect to think that Love is satisfied by giving us only stressful work, losses, cross-bearing, trials, and tribulations. God doesn’t mock us in return for our efforts at well doing.
Religious history repeats itself and shows that the just suffers for the unjust. Does God overlook the law of righteousness that destroys sinful thinking? No.
II Chronicles 30:1, 6-9, 13-20
Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel.
6 So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his princes, as the king had commanded, saying, “O people of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may turn again to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were faithless to the Lord God of their fathers, so that he made them a desolation, as you see. 8 Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”
13 And many people came together in Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very great assembly. 14 They set to work and removed the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for burning incense they took away and threw into the brook Kidron. 15 And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. And the priests and the Levites were ashamed, so that they consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings into the house of the Lord. 16 They took their accustomed posts according to the Law of Moses the man of God. The priests threw the blood that they received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who had not consecrated themselves. Therefore the Levites had to slaughter the Passover lamb for everyone who was not clean, to consecrate it to the Lord. 18 For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
From 21st Century Science and Health
It is not safe to build on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, where “old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Obsessions, selfishness, misleading appetites, hatred, fear, and lust give way to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.
We cannot fill vessels already full. Vessels full of the impracticable must first be emptied. Let us strip off error and stand in the showers of God and come clean.
The way to extract error from human mind is to pour in truth through flood-waters of Love. Spiritual perfection, including Christian perfection, is won on no other basis.
Right is revolutionary. Teachers must know the truth themselves; they must live it and love it or they cannot impart it to others. We dirty our garments with conservatism and afterward we must wash them clean. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error. Expect to heal simply by repeating my words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not demonstrate the Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.
Acting from bad motives destroys your power to heal from the right motive. On the other hand, if you had the inclination or power to practice destructively and then should adopt divine Science, the wrong power can be destroyed.
Revelation 7: 1-12
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
From 21st Century Science and Health
The tribal Yahweh was a man-projected God, liable to wrath, repentance, and human moodiness. The Christian Science God is unchanging, universal, eternal, divine Love, a God who does not cause evil, disease or death. In the beginning, God created children in God’s image; but human beings would procreate man and woman, and make God in their own mortal image. It’s depressing when Scripture is flip-flopped. What is the god of a human, but a human magnified?
A reversal of Scripture shows the distinction between theological and ritualistic religion. The truth preached by Jesus was more than just talk and robotic behavior. A life of spirituality is requisite. Few understand or adhere to Jesus’ divine precepts for living and healing. Why? We don’t emulate Jesus, because we don’t want to set aside personal agendas, human beliefs, habits, and learned information. In Bible terms, we don’t want to cut off the right hand and gouge out the right eye. It is requisite to leave all for Christ.
Default thinking assumes that only scholars or devout people are in line for enlightenment and revelation, like kings crowned from a royal dynasty. But that thinking disallows inspired understanding and the demonstration of God’s healing power. For divine Principle, there is no ecclesiastical monopoly, no human lineage of teachers or successors. The priest is the spiritualized person. The crowning is of immortal rulings. In healing the sick and sinning, Jesus actively brought attention to the fact that the healing effect followed the understanding of the divine Principle and of the Christ-spirit which controlled his physical self. As divine Principle is scientifically understood, you can comprehend and experience for yourself the works of Christ, Truth. The Bible declares that all believers “will be called priests of the Lord.”
Quoting from science & religion to God***
The pursuit of understanding God requires proper gear and backup. Put up a firewall of love against sick thoughts, lusts, and horrible intents. Regularly clean the mind of any sin and sickness. Control evil thoughts in the first instance or they will control you in the second. Radiate uprightness and honesty. Be practical and reasonable, not a showoff.
Be aware of and don’t follow the mental mal-practitioner who doesn’t obey Truth, but twists thoughts to suit their own narrow agenda and creed. You’d rather ask for help from a doctor who has the flu than ask for help from a mental mal-practitioner, even if they claim to be a spiritual Shaman, Psychic, Shaykh, Caliph, Christian Science practitioner, etc.
No one understands everything and we all learn in different ways. Science and religion can’t claim ownership of Truth. Spiritual ideas unfold as we advance. Each idea needs to be correctly identified, put to the test, and developed. The higher hope on earth will always, at first, be rejected and hated until God prepares the mind through divine logic and revelation. The higher hope will be nurtured and will bear immortal fruit when understood; consequently, we keep modifying and revising our learning and teaching and practicing.
True healing is to be honored wherever found. Spiritual interpretations of religion and science are to be honored wherever found.
*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.
***Text from: from science & religion to God, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen
 II Cor. 5:17 (NASB)
 Matt. 5:30
 Matt. 5:29
 Ex. 19:6; Isa. 61:6; Rev. 1:6