October 30, 2019

bible study imageSubject: Truth

Golden text: Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Psalm 27:1-6

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

21st Century Science and Health

Be attentive, sober, and vigilant.

Any human error is its own enemy and works against itself. It does nothing in the right direction and much in the wrong. If human mind is cherishing wrong ambitions and malicious purposes, it is not a healer but a procreator of disease and death.

Faith in the truth of being is communicated mentally and can destroy that which is unlike God, however, if this communication causes a mental reaction (as when an alkali is destroying an acid), it is because the truth of being must transform the error to the end of producing a higher manifestation of truth. This reaction should not aggravate the disease, but should be as painless to people as to a fluid, since matter has no sensation and human mind only feels and sees in belief.

Chemicalization is a term I used to describe the reaction or upheaval produced when spiritual Truth is destroying erroneous materialistic thinking. Mental chemicalization brings unspiritual thinking and behavior to the surface and forces those impurities to pass away, as in the case of distilling.

The effects produced by medicine are dependent on mental states. When the mind is gone from the dead body, could you produce any effect upon the brain or body by applying a drug? Would the drug improve the heart or restore will and action to the cerebrum and cerebellum of a corpse?

Until the advancing age admits the supremacy of Mind and its power to produce an effect, it is better for Christian Scientists to leave surgery and the adjustments of broken and dislocated bones to the fingers of a skilled surgeon. The mental healer can restrict himself or herself chiefly to mental reconstruction and to the prevention of inflammation.

Matthew 9:18-23

 While [Jesus] was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.

21st Century Science and Health

Divine Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God. Spirituality is directly equal to purity, and fulfillment is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life’s spiritual ideal.

Common sense and common humanity are to be highly regarded; otherwise, what mental quality remains with which to call forth from the extended arm of righteousness a satisfying healing or dignified passing?

If the Scientist reaches the patient through divine Love, the healing work will be achieved at one visit. In the presence of Love, disease and fear vanish into their native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine. In any case, it is necessary for the Scientist to have enough Christly intent to win their own pardon and to receive praise similar to that which Jesus gave the woman who had lived a sinful life. Spirituality must be pure in order to practice scientifically and deal with patients compassionately. Results correspond to the spiritual intent.

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.”[1] 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.

I Thessalonians 2:13-20

 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last! 17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

21st Century Science and Health

Truth is received today as well as it was in the early Christian period. Whoever introduces the Science of Christianity will also be ridiculed and vindictively burdened. To the people unaware of spirituality, Science at first appears to be a mistake, and it is consequently misinterpreted and badly treated. Miracles are misunderstood and misused by many until the glorious Principle of these marvels is gained.

If sin and its morphing expressions is as real as Life, Truth, and Love, then it must be from the same source. But is God the author of sin? Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death and we read in Scripture, “I did not come to abolish, but to complete.”[2] It isn’t possible to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real, or are the offspring of the divine will.

Students, who receive their knowledge of Mind-Science or metaphysical healing from a human teacher, may be mistaken in judgment and demonstration, but God cannot mistake. God selects for the highest service people who have advanced into such a condition that they know any perversion of the mission is impossible. The All-wise does not grant trusts upon the unworthy. When Love commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Soul. No person can misuse this mental power if they are taught of God to discern it.

This strong point in divine Science is not to be overlooked—that “a spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next.”[3] The more expansive and inclusive your success is in the Science of mental healing and teaching, the more impossible it will become for you intentionally to influence humankind adverse to its highest hope and achievement.

Teaching or practicing in the name of Truth, but contrary to its spirit or rule, is most dangerous quackery. Strict adherence to the divine Principle and rules of the scientific method has secured the only success of the students of divine Science. Only this on-going integrity is worthy of prominence in the community, worthy of a reputation experimentally justified by the people’s efforts. People who affirm that there is more than one Principle and method of demonstrating divine Science are mistaken, whether they do so ignorantly or intentionally. Whoever believes in more than one Principle, automatically separate themselves from the true conception of spiritual scientific healing and its possible manifestation.

Any dishonesty in your theory and practice betrays a gross unawareness of the method of the Truth-cure. Science makes no concessions to persons or opinions. We must live in the morale of truth or we cannot illustrate the divine Principle. So long as fluctuating substance is the basis of practice, illness cannot be efficaciously treated by the divine mental process. Truth does the work and you must both understand and live up to the divine Principle of your demonstration.

Truth spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so, but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal. The unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of the divine idea, called Christ, is to “destroy the works of the devil.”[4] Truth wipes out falsity and error, for light and darkness can’t dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness and there is “no night there.”[5] To Truth there is no error, all is Truth.

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

[2] Matt. 5:17 (NEB)

[3] James 3:11 (The Message)

[4] I John 3:8 (NASB)

[5] Rev. 21:25, 22:5

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