October 14, 2020

Subject: Praise God

Golden text: Proverbs 27:1-2*

Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
    a stranger, and not your own lips.

Matthew 21:12-16

 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
    you have prepared praise’?”

21st Century Science and Health**

The true idea of being is spiritual and immortal, and from this it follows that whatever is not of immortality is unreal. Human beliefs cannot demonstrate spirituality or comprehend the reality of Life.

The teachings of Christian Science are grounded in Scripture, but yet critics warn people, that, “Christian Scientists profess a belief in God, but what kind of a God? Certainly not the same kind of God the Bible presents!”[1] To obey Scripture is to heal as Jesus healed—divinely. Why deny Christian Science when it teaches divine healing? The words of divine Science find their immortality in deeds, for their Principle heals the sick and spiritualizes humanity.

Opponents of Christian Science neither give nor offer any proof that their religion can heal the sick. Surely, we need to do more than preserve unreliable and useless dogmas, derived from religious traditions and stamped with human approval or authorization.

Inconsistency is shown by words without deeds, which is like a car without an engine. If our words fail to express our deeds, God will redeem that weakness and out of the mouth of babes Soul will perfect praise.

Must Christian Science come through the Christian churches as some people insist? Divine Science has already come after the manner of God’s appointing, but the churches don’t seem ready to receive it.

Jesus once said: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”[2] The spirit of Christ, which takes away the rituals and doctrines of human beings, is not accepted until their hearts are made ready for it.

Jesus declared precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death. His teachings cause conflict and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.

Every prick of conscience, every twinge of agony, every effort to reform, every improved attitude and undertaking will help us understand Jesus’ atonement and promote its usefulness. Mortals, asleep at the wheel of spiritual progress, can’t habitually pray and repent and still feel included in the atonement—in the at-one-ment with God. Repentance is needed and repentance is more than feeling really bad. Contrition must be out lived with sincerity. Effective repentance reforms thinking and enables human beings to do the will of wisdom. We feel secure in God’s goodness when we try to demonstrate, even a little bit at a time, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of the Teacher.

Jesus urged the commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,”[3] which may be interpreted: you will have no belief of Life as finite; you shall not know an evil life, for there is one Life which is God, good. Jesus gave “to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”[4] He did not praise, or obey, human-made doctrines or theories.

Knowing the limitations of human thinking, Jesus tolerated humanity’s weaknesses, and “by his wounds [the rejection of error] we are healed.”[5] “Despised and rejected by men,”[6] yet returning good-will for cursing, Jesus taught spirituality, even the nature of God. When mistaken human minds felt the power of Truth, betrayal and terror were ready to attack the great Teacher. Yet Jesus did not change direction, knowing very well that obeying the divine order and trusting God saves from backtracking and re-healing the same problems again.

Christ Jesus brought to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies. He gave a better understanding of Soul and salvation. The Teacher healed sickness and sin by one and the same metaphysical process.

The expression human mind is really a grammatical error because Mind is immortal. Truth pierces the ambiguous error of intelligent matter as a sunbeam penetrates the cloud. Error will always “sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”[7] The human mind is mortal and self-destructive because it can’t obey or disobey the spiritual law of Life, Truth.

Jesus showed us a whip[8] is needed to drive tyranny and arrogant self-deception out of church. The strong cords of scientific demonstration, as twisted and wielded by Jesus, are still needed to purge churches of their vain traffic in worldly worship. Church should be made “a house of prayer for all nations,”[9] where humility and divine Science are welcome.

A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of human beings in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitor? Will you welcome the angel who comes quietly and unpretentiously?

Romans 15:1-11

 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
    and sing to your name.”

10 And again it is said,

“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
    and let all the peoples extol him.”

21st Century Science and Health

Isn’t it a species of unbelief to believe that so great a work as the Messiah’s was done for himself or for God? God did not need Jesus’ example to preserve the eternal harmony, however human beings did and Jesus pointed the way. Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. Do not imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number of people or for a particular period in time, since to all humankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

Human belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies. Paul wrote, “Let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”[10] In other words, let us put aside the materialist self and its imperfect perceptions. Let us pursue the divine Principle and Science of all healing. Truth compels sure entrance into the realm of Love.

The recognition of Spirit and of infinity does not come all at once, but throughout eternity. Haba na haba, a Swahili phrase for little by little, or step by step, has relevance. Human beings do not change from error to truth in an instant.

In the medical field, objections would be raised if one doctor administered a drug to counteract the working of another doctor’s prescription. It is equally important in metaphysical practice that the minds which surround your patient should not act against your influence by continually expressing such opinions as may alarm or discourage—either by giving antagonistic advice or through unspoken thoughts resting on your patient. While it is certain that the divine Mind can remove any obstacle, still you need the ear of your auditor. It is not more difficult to make yourself heard mentally while others are thinking about your patients or conversing with them, if you understand divine Science—the oneness and the allness of divine Love; but it is well to be alone with God and the sick when treating disease.

Advance naturally from what we call matter into Spirit. Don’t try to frustrate the spiritual ultimate of all things by ignoring, or forcing, spirituality, but emerge gently into Spirit through better health and improved morals.

We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day.

Truth and error seem to be in conflict. The contention of truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual perceptions and the testimony of the human imprints. Through faith in, and the understanding of divine Love, the battle between Spirit and flesh will settle all questions.

Superstition and understanding can never unite. When the final physical and moral effects of divine Science are fully understood, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, spiritual sense and physical sense, will cease and lasting harmony will prevail, as was predicted by the prophets and introduced by Jesus.

*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] MacGregor Ministries online. Examining Christian Science. http://mmoutreachinc.com/cult_groups/christian_science.html  Accessed 4/12/2014

[2] Matt. 11:25–26; Luke 10:21

[3] Exodus 20:3

[4] Matt. 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25

[5] Isa. 53:5 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[6] Isa. 53:3

[7] Hosea 8:7

[8] John 2:15

[9] Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46

[10] Heb. 12:1 (NRSV)

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