September 30, 2020

Subject: Costs

Golden text: Mark 9:50*

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

II Samuel 20:1-2, 6, 14-22

Now there happened to be there a worthless man, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjaminite. And he blew the trumpet and said,

“We have no portion in David,
and we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse;
every man to his tents, O Israel!”

So all the men of Israel withdrew from David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri. But the men of Judah followed their king steadfastly from the Jordan to Jerusalem.

And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom. Take your lord’s servants and pursue him, lest he get himself to fortified cities and escape from us.”

14 And Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel of Beth-maacah, and all the Bichrites assembled and followed him in. 15 And all the men who were with Joab came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah. They cast up a mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart, and they were battering the wall to throw it down. 16 Then a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab, ‘Come here, that I may speak to you.’” 17 And he came near her, and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” He answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your servant.” And he answered, “I am listening.” 18 Then she said, “They used to say in former times, ‘Let them but ask counsel at Abel,’ and so they settled a matter. 19 I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You seek to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why will you swallow up the heritage of the Lord?” 20 Joab answered, “Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy! 21 That is not true. But a man of the hill country of Ephraim, called Sheba the son of Bichri, has lifted up his hand against King David. Give up him alone, and I will withdraw from the city.” And the woman said to Joab, “Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall.” 22 Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they dispersed from the city, every man to his home. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.

21st Century Science and Health**

Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s thinking permits. Lusts and malicious purposes can’t move around like wandering pollen from one human mind to another if virtue and truth build a strong defense. It is important to be aware of your mental environment so as not to be a naive receptor of evil thoughts. You would rather choose a doctor who has the flu to treat you than be treated mentally by a metaphysician who isn’t obeying the requirements of divine Science.

Character development should be strongly fortified with virtue. It is not so much academic education as ethical and spiritual learning which improves the character. The pure and uplifting thoughts from teachers and instructors, constantly imparted to pupils, reach higher than the heavens of astronomy. Corrupt and dubious minds, though gifted with scholarly attainment, will degrade the characters it should inform and elevate. Strive to see the whole picture when selecting teachers and speakers. When choosing a teacher, it is imperative to consider the instructor’s morality along with their credentials and skill level.

Physicians whom the sick employ in their helplessness should be models of integrity. They should be wise spiritual guides to health and hope. To the frightened patient on the brink of death, physicians can be prepared to share an understanding of the Truth which is Life and perpetuates being.

It must be clear to you that sickness is no more the reality of being than is sin. This mortal dream of sickness, sin, and death should cease through divine Science. Then one disease would be as readily destroyed as another. Whatever the un-Godlike thinking is, it must not be accepted. The belief must be rejected, and the rejection must extend to the supposed disease and to whatever decides its type and symptoms. Truth is affirmative and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the truthful reasoning you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.

Include moral as well as physical belief in your efforts to destroy error. Exclude all manner of evil. “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”[1] Speak the truth to error in its every disguise. Tumors, ulcers, acne, inflammation, tics, pain, deformed joints, are waking dream-shadows, dark images of human thought, which vanish in the light of Truth.

A moral issue may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, selfishness, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors of all sorts gravitate downward. Your true course is to destroy the foe and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and God’s ideas alone are real and harmonious.

When God heals the sick or the sinning, it is better if the people know what Mind has done. It is also helpful to know how the human mind dupes us to make us sick or sinful. Once we’ve learned human mind’s tactics, we can expose its unconscious and subconscious ways in which it accomplishes iniquity. Paradoxically, many of us are willing to tell people about the power of good resident in divine Mind, but we hesitate to point out the evil in human thought.

Why the reluctance to expose error and stop repeating mistakes? We hesitate because people like us better when we tell them their virtues than when we tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of Truth and Love to point out faulty thinking. We risk human disapproval for the sake of doing right and benefiting humanity. Who is telling humankind of the enemy in ambush? Does the informant see a foe? Listen and be wise. You can escape from error. You can also detect the unfaithful people who saw the danger and gave no warning.

Millions of unprejudiced minds are waiting and looking for rest and drink. They are simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers thirsty in the desert. Give them a cup of cold water[2] with Christ’s attitude and never fear the consequences. But watch out, because the old dragon may cause a torrential uproar to drown the Christ-idea. However, the dragon can’t destroy “an instrument through which only truth can speak.”[3] The truth of being will be understood. The earth will help. People who are ready for the blessing will give you thanks. The river will be calmed, and Christ will command the wave.

Luke 14:25-33

 Now great crowds accompanied [Jesus], and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

21st Century Science and Health

Are we a material fungus without Mind to help us? Are contracted muscles, tendinitis, or arthritis laws? Or, is God the only creator, creating laws of health?

Stories and reports on the effects of thoughts produced by human minds show that life and death aren’t necessarily tied to physical accidents, operations, or disease, but can be tied to other human minds, mimicking the one divine Mind.

A new name for an ailment affects people like the latest craze. Everyone jumps on the band wagon to join the party of problems. A minutely described disease costs many human beings their earthly days of comfort. What a price for human knowledge! But the price does not exceed the original cost.

Ignorant of the fact that human thinking produces disease and all its symptoms, ordinary physicians are liable to increase disease with their own minds. Instead, they can work to destroy disease through the power of the divine Mind and its knowledge of good.

The systems of physics act against metaphysics, and vice versa. When human beings abandon the material for the spiritual basis of action, drugs lose their healing force because they have no innate power. When human faith quits supporting a drug, the drug becomes powerless.

The human mind directs internal organs as well as the arm. Think about it, when human mind quits the body, the heart becomes as inactive as the arm.

Anatomy and physiology require nerves to tell the mind to move the muscles. But what does anatomy say when the muscle cramps? Did human mind stop talking to the muscle? Did the mind tell it to constrict? Can muscles, bones, blood, and nerves rebel against mind in one instance and not in another? Can muscles spasm, despite a mental protest?

Unless muscles are self-acting at all times, they never are—never are capable of acting contrary to mental direction. Muscles are either self-directing all the time or never. So why do we consult anatomy or physiology to learn how muscles govern?

You say, “I have burned my finger.” This is an exact statement, more exact than you suppose; for human mind and not matter burns the finger. Spiritual inspiration has revealed mindsets able to nullify the action of flames, as in the Bible case of the three young Hebrew captives,[4] whereas, an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous combustion.

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.”

Oppressive policies or agendas that restrict right thinking can be removed from power. Nelson Mandela wrote, “There was no particular day on which I said, From henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”[5]

First in the list of divine responsibilities, Jesus taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love. He attached no importance to dead ceremonies. It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus “the resurrection and the life”[6] to all who follow his actions. Obeying his priceless precepts—following his demonstration so far as we understand it—we drink of his cup, share his bread, and are baptized with his purity until at last we can rest and sit down with Christ in a full understanding of divine Principle, which triumphs over death.

*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, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Mark 16:15

[2] Matt. 10:42

[3] Peace Pilgrim, Her Life and Work in Her Own Words. New Mexico: Ocean Tree Books, 1982.

[4] Dan. 3

[5] Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1994, 1995

[6] John 11:25

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