December 11, 2019

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Golden text: Matthew 6:19-21

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Proverbs 6:27-35

Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts.

21st Century Science and Health

When false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity they begin to disappear. Knowledge of error and how it operates must precede the understanding of Truth. Spiritual understanding destroys error. The eternal verity is Spirit’s creation. We can understand and recognize the true likeness of our Maker.

The illusive evidence of physical sense certainly differs from the testimony of Spirit. Physical sense lifts its voice with the arrogance of reality and boasts: I am completely dishonest and people don’t know it. I can commit adultery, cheat, lie, steal, and murder. I evade detection by pretending to be a victim. My tendency is irrational, my feelings are deceitful, and my purpose is fraudulent, but I aim to make my short span of life one big fling. Resistance to spirituality is fantastic! How it succeeds where the good purpose waits! The world is my territory. I am popular, surrounded by materialism and consumerism. However, a reality check, an accident, or the law of God may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my fancied joys are fatal. Like bursting lava, I increase but to my own despair because the over-rated mortal life is a consuming fire.

The testimony of Spirit, Soul, maintains: I am Spirit. Individuals, whose perceptions are spiritual are my likeness, reflecting the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the completion of being, and imperishable glory—all are Mine, for I am God. I give spirituality, for I am Truth. I include and impart all happiness, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme. I am the unlimited source of good ideas, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because “I AM WHO I AM.”[1]

I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony. I hope, as you read, you see there is no cause, outside of human imprints which are not power, able to make you sick, troubled, or sinful. I also hope that you are conquering human-egocentric thinking. Knowing the illusiveness of limited perceptions, you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in a despotic or worthless self, you can heal disease, you can have a productive, sensible mind.

If you believe in and practice wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Mortal minds can’t oppose right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter can’t do anything on its own without mind. If you believe you have a disease, you can alter this wrong belief and action without hindrance from the body.

Do not believe in any necessity for failure, adversity, or ruin, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a physical law because no such law exists. Wrong beliefs are destroyed by the law of God which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.

Mark 10: 17-22

 And as [Jesus] was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

21st Century Science and Health

Mind is perpetual motion. Its symbol is the sphere. The rotations and revolutions of the universe of Mind go on eternally. In the order of Science, in which Principle is above what it expresses, all is one grand agreement. Change this statement, suppose Mind to be governed by physical forces or assume that Soul is in the body, and we get continual disagreement.

Humanity moves toward good or evil as time passes. If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated until all wrong work is erased or corrected. If there is any satisfaction in wrongdoing, we must learn to loathe it. If we are now content with spiritual idleness, we must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that humankind must sooner or later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be overcome.

The effort to unlearn false perceptions includes forfeiting those views completely. Then error will be submissive to Truth. The divine method of becoming responsible for every thought and action involves unwinding our snarls and learning from experience how to divide between the human and the spiritual.

“The Lord disciplines those he loves.”[2] A person who refuses obedience to God is chastened by Love, and individuals who know and obey God will run up against the hostility of envy.

Sensual treasures are stored “where moth and rust destroy.”[3] Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in and steals them away, carrying off their superficial joys. The sensualist’s feelings are as imaginary, capricious, and unreal as their pleasures. Deceit, jealousy, hypocrisy, selfish ambition, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth. Stripped of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!

The Bible teaches that Spirit renews and transforms the body. Take away the spiritual meaning of Scripture and that collection of works can no more help human beings than moonbeams can melt a river of ice. The error of all generations is preaching without practice.

The substance of commitment is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love. The Teacher said, “If you really love me, you will keep the commandments I have given you.”[4]

The goal, a point beyond faith, is to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and spirituality. Sincere effort is required to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed. The cornerstone of all spiritual building is purity. Spirit’s baptism washes the body of all fleshly impurities and shows that the pure in heart see God. We approach spiritual Life and its demonstration through purity.

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Ephesians 4:25-32

 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

21st Century Science and Health

The disparity between our spirituality representing Spirit, and the materiality representing a losable life and intelligence, shows the pleasures and pains of temporal life to be myths. Humans shove God away by claiming those myths are real and part of us, whereas, our genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true. We are neither self-made nor made by human beings. God revealed, and continues to reveal, us.

The inebriate believes that there is pleasure in intoxication. The thief believes something is gained by stealing, and the hypocrite thinks no one notices their deceit. The Science of Mind corrects such mistakes, for Truth proves the fallacy of error.

Human beings are not like spiritual beings, created in God’s own image. Infinite Spirit is, therefore human consciousness will succumb to the scientific fact and disappear in place of spiritual consciousness. The real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.

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 belief is a liar from the beginning, not deserving power. It says to human beings, “You are disgusting!” and they think they are. Nothing can change this state until the mindset changes. Mortal belief says, “You are happy!” and human beings think so. No circumstance can alter the situation until the thinking on the subject changes. Human belief says to mortals, “You are sick!” and this assertion manifests itself on the body as sickness. A change in either a health-belief or a sick-belief affects the physical condition. Bear in mind, it is as necessary for a health-illusion, as for an illusion of sickness, to be instructed out of itself into the spiritual understanding of what constitutes health.

The acquisition and retention of false beliefs are destroyed by truth. Change the evidence to improve the human consciousness and that which before seemed real to false belief will disappear. As we attain the reality of spiritual evidence, we find our immortality.

[1] Ex. 3:14

[2] Heb. 12:6

[3] Matt. 6:19, 20; Luke 12:33

[4] John 14:15 (Phillips NT)

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