June 27, 2018

Subject: Memory

Golden text: Proverbs 10:7*

The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Exodus 17:8-16

 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

From 21st Century Science and Health**

The true concept is never lost.

Test this: while wide-awake, close your eyes and recall objects which are thousands of miles away or altogether gone from physical sight and sense. See how memory can reproduce voices that have for a long time been silent.  In a day-dream we can even evoke the heart’s desire, as expressed by the poet Tennyson—

The touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still.[1]

The mind can also become aware of a flavor or odor when no foodstuff touches the taste buds and no scent signals the olfactory receptors.

How do we distinguish real thoughts from illusive thoughts? By learning their source. Real thoughts flow from divine Mind. Unreal thoughts, coming from brains or personal auras, are extensions of the human mind; they are imprinted mortal beliefs and experiences. Illusive ideas or objects proceed from the physical senses and are vulnerable to death, whereas real thoughts are spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.

When we are asleep, memory and consciousness are lost from the body and they wander around apparently with their own separate embodiment. Science reveals the fact that mortal personality has nothing to do with our real selfhood. We call the human character a personality. Human personality is a dream, and the dream or belief goes on whether our eyes are closed or open. A wicked person may have an attractive personality; therefore, human personality is not the true character of spiritual person.

Psalms 9:1-9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Sympathy with error should disappear. Science renders impossible the transfer of mistaken thoughts from one mind to another.

Do material atoms have intelligence? Do the material organs cause the eyes to see and the ears to hear? If so, then when the body dematerializes these faculties must be lost. But think different. Mentally dematerialize the faculties and conceive of them as immortal. Our immortality is in Spirit.

Nerves are not the source of pain or pleasure. We suffer or enjoy in our dreams, but this pain or pleasure is not communicated through a nerve. What about phantom limb? A limb is felt, but there are no nerves. If the feeling can return or be prolonged, why can’t the limb reappear?

Why, after pulling a bad tooth can we sometimes still feel the toothache? Because the memory of pain is more vivid than the memory of pleasure. When the nerve is gone, which we say caused the pain, and yet the pain remains, it proves sensation to be in the human mind, not in matter. Reverse the process; take away the personal mind’s claim instead of a piece of the flesh and the nerves have no sensation.

Mark 14:3-9

And while [Jesus] was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Jesus’ spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle entitled him to his status as “Son.” He was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or Jesus the Christ (to give the full and proper translation of the Greek), may be rendered “Jesus the anointed,” Jesus the God-crowned or the divinely royal man. “Therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[2]

A passage in Hebrews refers to the Son as “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being [infinite Mind].”[3] The Amplified Bible version is noteworthy, saying the Son “is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature.”[4] Using these words in their higher meaning, the author of this remarkable epistle appears to regard Christ as the Son of God, the royal reflection of the infinite. J. B. Phillips described the Son as the “radiance of the glory of God, flawless expression of the nature of God.”[5] The reason given for the exaltation of Jesus as Mary’s son was that he “loved righteousness and hated wickedness.”[6]

Reform comes by gaining an affection for good according to Science which reveals the immortal fact that pleasure, pain, appetite, and emotionalism can’t be kept alive either in or of human mind. Divine Mind can and does purge false beliefs from human mind.

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?

Hebrews 10-32-39

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
38 but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The depraved appetites for alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, oxycodone, 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 shame, 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 relentless passions, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge—is beaten only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If not victorious over negative human elements, then happiness, health, and courage will be crushed, but divine Science is the universal remedy, giving strength to the weakness of human mind. Spiritual and omnipotent Mind lifts humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to humankind.

Let the victim of delusional and 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.

Contradict delusive sayings, such as, “I am losing my memory,” or “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” In Science, no faculty of Mind is lost and all being is eternal, spiritual, and harmonious in every action. Let the perfect example be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in light and brings divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

*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] Tennyson, Alfred, (1809–1892) English Poet. Break, Break, Break.

[2] Heb. 1:9

[3] Heb. 1:3 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[4] Heb. 1:3 (Amplified)

[5] Heb. 1:3 (Phillips NT)

[6] Heb. 1:9

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