Golden text: Proverbs 15:31*
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Number 24:1-5, 10-13
Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness. 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him 3 and he spoke his message:
“The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor,
the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
4 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
5 “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,
your dwelling places, Israel!
10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the Lord has kept you from being rewarded.”
12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 ‘Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord—and I must say only what the Lord says’?
21st Century Science and Health**
Do we have empty thoughts of Deity? We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and yet, we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We may even ask for undeserved forgiveness or benefits. We can rather ask, “Do we really appreciate the good we’ve already received?” If so, then we will put to good use the blessings we have and be prepared to receive more.
Appreciation is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech. In some cases, there is a tendency to thank God for all our blessings, yet not really be grateful for Life, Truth, and Love. Don’t be a hypocrite!
Eternal Mind and temporary existence never unite in figure or in fact.
A straight line finds no conformance to a curve, and a curve finds no adjustment to a straight line. Matter has no place in Spirit, and Spirit has no place in matter. Truth has no home in error, and error has no foothold in Truth. Mind can’t pass into non-intelligent matter, nor can non-intelligence become Soul. At no point can opposites fuse or unite. Even though they seem to touch, one is still a curve and the other a straight line.
There is no inherent power in human material mind; for all that is human is a mortal thought, always governing itself erroneously and destined to end.
Truth is the intelligence of immortal Mind. Error is the so-called intelligence of human mind.
When the curse of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and Spirit’s idea. Allow nothing but Soul’s likeness to prevail in your thought. Do not let fear or doubt eclipse your clear sense and calm trust in Truth.
Unless we reflect the divine Being, we are not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true; the One “altogether lovely.” To understand God is a work of eternity and it demands pure commitment of thought, energy, and desire.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
21st Century Science and Health
Home is not a boundary of the affections, but is a framework from which to grow spiritually.
Circulate happiness and compassion in the home and community to promote the sweet interchange of confidence and love, but be sure not to generate a wandering desire for incessant amusement outside the home circle.
Abstinence from decadent sexual activity leads to an advanced state of intellectual and cultural development in human society, marked by progress in the arts, science, and religion. Without integrity, there is no social stability and the Science of Life can’t be achieved.
Fully recognize your ongoing responsibilities before entering matrimony. Success is guaranteed when both spouses are pleasant. Have a mindful interest in one another’s progress and reciprocate appreciation in a relationship.
In his book, Survival in the Killing Fields, Haing Ngor, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, acknowledges the special trust between he and his wife, which did not include quibbling. Hard feelings are avoided when spouses use common sense, have respect for one another, and do not become extravagant or lazy. Having money and possessions may remove some barriers to a happy marriage, but nothing can replace the loving care in a union.
Mutual compromises or a prenuptial agreement, will often preserve an arrangement which might otherwise become unbearable. Agree on a realistic intent of marriage and share the responsibilities to meet that intent. As you both fulfill the different demands of your united spheres, you will feel supported, confident, and thus sanctify the union of wellbeing in which the heart finds peace and home.
Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
21st Century Science and Health
To achieve divine Science and its harmony, it pays to regard life more metaphysically.
Evil is conspicuously broadcast today, showing off itself in consumerism, materialism, and sensualism. Evil is struggling against the advancing spiritual era. The world may lack spirituality, and people may not be able to keep a promise or make a home happy, but human minds are demanding spiritual understanding and reformed attitudes.
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?
Because human-made systems insist that we can become sick and useless, suffer and die, in agreement with the laws of God or nature, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God’s spiritual command relating to perfection—an authority which Jesus proved to be false? Jesus did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called physical law but in accordance with Mind’s law.
I have detected disease in the human mind and recognized the patient’s fear of it months before the disease made its appearance in the body. Disease being a belief, a latent illusion of human mind, the sensation would not appear if the erroneous thinking was met and destroyed by truth.
Note: Mental reactions occur, similar to chemical reactions. A mental reaction is the process by which human mind and the body undergoes a change of thought from a material to a spiritual basis.
Mental reactions, also called chemicalization, can aggravate symptoms, but when the mentality has improved, the body will follow. For example, on one case, I had the scientific foresight to notice the patient’s mental improvement. I knew the danger was over and told the patient, “You are healed.” The patient was frustrated to hear such a statement until their body completely responded to the improved thinking.
Facts such as the one just mentioned show that disease has a mental, mortal origin. Faith in the rules of genetics or drugs procreates and fosters disease. A faith in mortality attracts the mind to the subject of sickness by exciting fear of disease and by dosing the body with chemicals to avoid a problem. Faith can, however, find a stronger support and a higher home in Spirit.
“You shall have no other gods before me.” The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the wholeness of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that we will have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all people will have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of spiritual being by which we demonstrate health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unites people and nations; constitutes good-will; ends wars; fulfills the Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself;” annihilates false thinking and Christian idolatry—removes whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on us, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.
Christians must take up arms against limited mindsets at home and abroad. They must wrestle with selfish and incomplete views in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished the course. If they keep the faith, they will receive the honor of rejoicing.
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**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today
 Song of Songs 5:16
 Haing Ngor, with Roger Warner, Survival in the Killing Fields. (New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003)
 Ex. 20:3
 Matt. 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8