Golden text: Romans 2:13*
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
From 21st Century Science and Health**
Tradition, education, and fashion form the illusive standards of human beings. Spirituality, exempt from decline or decay, has a glory of its own—the radiance of Soul. We can be models of spiritual sense. Our spirituality is designed by complete Mind and reflects those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all false conceptions.
Surely, we need to do more than preserve unreliable and useless dogmas, derived from religious traditions and stamped with human approval or authorization.
Matthew 26:1-2, 34-35
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
34“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.
From 21st Century Science and Health
The human mind must struggle to interpret correctly the discomfort that Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings that might flow from this type of discomfort that oftentimes produces a shock. Science shows the shock is produced because of a great distance between the individual and Truth. Like Peter, it is better to weep over the uncomfortable warning instead of deny the truth or deride the lifelong sacrifice that goodness makes for the destruction of evil.
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest.
From 21st Century Science and Health
The spiritual idea was put on trial in a biased courtroom, but only so the human mind might uncover its own crime of denying and defying immortal Mind.
[Jesus’] intense human sacrifice was motivated by the desire to give generously to the empty or sin-filled storehouses of human beings. In witness of Jesus’ divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sinning and triumph over dead-end thinking through Mind, not matter or technology.
Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are the law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
From 21st Century Science and Health
Cancer or tuberculosis patients often show great hopefulness and courage even when they are supposed to be in hopeless danger. This state of mind seems extraordinary except to the expert in divine Science. The attitude is misunderstood simply because it is a stage of fear so excessive that it amounts to fortitude or strength. The expectation of a horrific physical condition presents to human thought an image more terrifying than that of most other diseases. The patient turns unintentionally from the contemplation of the situation and is unaware that the concealed fear and despair of recovery remain in thought.
Along the same line, the greatest sin is subtle and does its work almost self-deceived. The diseases considered dangerous sometimes come from the most hidden, undefined, and insidious thinking. The anemic invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away with a blood deficiency, should be told that blood never gave life and can never take it away. Understand and say: Life is Spirit, and there is more life and immortality in one good motive and act than in all the blood which ever flowed through those mortal veins mimicking life.
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.
God’s thoughts are eternal, substantial, and alive. Human thoughts are temporal, frail, and doomed to die. Human thoughts lack a divine cause because God, Spirit, is the only cause and can only cause that which is eternal. The unspiritual is not a creation of Spirit. The unspiritual contradicts the spiritual and eternal. Due to its contradicting nature, error must say, “I am true.” But by this saying, error, or the lie, destroys itself.
Although Scripture declares God made all, and it was good, the physical senses define diseases as realities made by another power and that divine Mind can’t or won’t heal. Physical senses originate and support all that is erratic, inadequate, selfish, or despicable.
The hormones, blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., can’t do anything to Life, God. Every function is controlled by the divine intelligence. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God’s making. The divine Mind that made us, maintains us. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as Paul declares in Ephesians. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire existence is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, unite with this power, and follow the guidance of truth.
God is what the Scriptures declare—Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore, there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.
Human mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is susceptible to suggestions. This so-called mind from which comes all evil, contradicts itself and must finally yield to eternal Truth as expressed in Science. In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the suggestions of physical inheritance or mind in illusive matter. We disarm sin of its imaginary power as we scientifically understand the status of spiritual being.
In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that God made to be good—good in Principle and in idea. The spiritual universe is good and reflects God as God is.
Sickness, sin, and death are not the merchandise of Life. They are simulations or virtual realities which Truth destroys with immortal reality. God is good and as the source of all being, God does not produce moral or physical deformity, therefore such deformity is not real but is illusion—is the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts and on their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing or obeying error in any form.
I Corinthians 15:50
I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
From 21st Century Science and Health
There are not finite souls, spirits, or beings. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind and cannot be rendered in the plural. Mythology and human philosophies have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be divided and confined, and thereby materialized. Idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all human-made beliefs. The Science of spirituality comes with tool in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making humankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.
Justice declares the presence of law. Injustice declares the absence of law. When the body says, “I am sick,” never plead guilty. Since organs can’t talk, it must be human mind which speaks. Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name. Human mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore, make your own terms with sickness and be just to yourself and to others. You can meet the statement, “I am sick,” with a protest, but be fair to others if you need to tell them that you have a contagious illness.
Mentally contradict every complaint from the body. Evolve into the spiritual consciousness of Life as Love—as all that is pure and bearing the fruits of Spirit.
Divine Science declares that Mind is substance and health is substantial.
The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
Infinite Mind reveals and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout Spirit’s entire work including the immortality of spiritual being and the universe. Creation is always appearing and must always continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.
Like the United States, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed us with inalienable rights among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. We are properly self-governed only when we are guided rightly and governed by our Maker, divine Truth and Love.
Health insurance companies are recognizing the power of thought. Not only are the costs of psychiatry or counseling covered, but some policies also cover alternative health care costs. These examples of liberating the practice of medicine are in harmony with our Constitution and Bill of Rights, with that immortal sentiment of the Declaration, “Man is endowed by his Maker with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
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 Eph. 4:22; Col. 2:11, 3:8