October 9, 2019

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Subject: Unstoppable power of Truth

Golden text: Isaiah 12:2*

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

Proverbs 29: 1-7

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
By justice a king builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts tears it down.
A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.
An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

21st Century Science and Health**

Expose disorder and impurity to the rules of health and holiness in divine Science, and you will become aware of the truth of spiritual Science, for it heals the sick and sinning. Divine Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the only living and real God, and person in God’s likeness. Error is destroyed by Truth. Mortality proves that error has been grafted into our premises and conclusions concerning humanity. The error that we originate in human mind or from molecules, with beginnings and endings and with good and bad demeanors, terminates in disorder and mortality.

In his book, Healing and Christianity, Morton Kelsey presents a history of healing in the Christian church. Kelsey then points out that spiritual healing is often overlooked, because the connection between religion and healing is difficult to explain. Students of theology and philosophy may even criticize religious leaders who heal through Christ, Truth, to cover up their own lack of healing ability. Kelsey states, “There are some who, on the side, poke fun at the theological vagaries of Mary Baker Eddy.”[1] A person who understands divine Science can heal the sick via divine Principle, and this practical proof is the only feasible evidence that one does understand this Science well enough to pass judgment on it. The theology of divine Science, including Christian healing, is consistent. In this volume, there are no contradictory statements apparent to those who understand its propositions.

When we are able to perceive the inconsistency between God’s idea and poor humanity, we ought to be able to discern the distinction, made by Science between individuals made by God and the sinning race of Adam.

The apostle says: “For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.”[2] However, the thought of human material nothingness enrages the human ego and is the main cause of its resistance to new ideas.

The distinction needs to be clear between God’s ideal, person, and the human’s idea of person. God’s ideal is perfect, however, there is no perfect mortal human. To achieve the ideal of God, you must be careful not to fall into the human mind’s tendency to believe that a particular human routine or lifestyle will guarantee spirituality.

Matthew 10:16-23

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

21st Century Science and Health

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.

Clergy, chaplains, and spiritual leaders who observe the world should advance the standard of Truth. They should inspire listeners to love grappling new right ideas and broaden their views. Love of spirituality, rather than love of popularity, should stimulate work and progress. 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.

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.[3]

I Timothy 1:1-2, 12-17

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

21st Century Science and Health

Human pleasures and pains which come through mortal consciousness perish. They can’t withstand the force of Truth. They can’t withstand spiritual sense and the actuality of being. As people lose satisfaction in error and idle thinking, they find satisfaction in Soul-sense.

Until we learn of Soul-sense, we suffer from personal pleasures and pains. How long it takes to learn of Soul-sense depends on the tenacity of mistaken mindsets.

The knowledge gained from logic rooted in the physical, leads to sin and death. When the appearance of Spirit and spirits, Truth and error, seems to intermix, the appearance rests on foundations which time is eroding. Mortal mind judges ever-changing evidence until Science wipes it out with spiritual evidence. A logic based on spirituality improves thought, takes a step out of error and encourages the next step in understanding the situation in divine Science.

Human beings habitually belittle divine Mind with incomplete concepts. In league with physical sense, mortals take limited views of all things. Do not affirm that God is humanlike, quanta, or limited to time and space.

Physicality can’t be made the basis of any true idea of infinite God. Physical eyes and ears have not seen or heard Spirit.

Progress removes restraints. The finite must yield to the infinite.

Psalms 22:27-31

All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.

21st Century Science and Health

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.”[4]

*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] Kelsey, Morton T. Healing and Christianity. New York: Harper & Row, 1973.

[2] Gal. 6:3 (NRSV)

[3] Sentence edited 2018

[4] Ex. 19:6; Isa. 61:6; Rev. 1:6

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