December 30, 2020

Subject: Newness

Golden text: Psalms 40:3*

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Exodus 34:1-7

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.” So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Jeremiah 31:27-30

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the Lord. 29 In those days they shall no longer say:

“‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

30 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

21st Century Science and Health**

God, good, being ever-present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never present. Sin, sickness, and death are not transferable or scientific. In Science, individual good derived from God, the infinite All-in-all, may flow to human beings from other people or from those who are no longer on this earth, but evil is neither communicable nor scientific. A sinning earthly mortal is neither the reality of Life nor the channel through which truth passes to earth. The joys of interaction and socializing become the farce of sin when bad influences and suffering become contagious. Not clairvoyant reading or interpersonal communication, but divine law is the communicator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity.

Why say spirit is stuck inside a human being? Why call one person living in this world, physical, but then call the person a spirit after they die? The fact is that neither are infinite Spirit, for Spirit is God and we are God’s likeness.

The belief that one person, as spirit, can control another person, as matter, upsets the individuality and Science of God’s child, image. Mind controls all images, and God is the only Spirit. Any other control or attraction of so-called spirit is a mortal belief, which ought to be known by its fruit—the repetition of evil.

If Spirit, God, communed with human beings or controlled them through channelers—or any other form of matter/energy—the divine order and the Science of omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit would be destroyed.

The belief that material bodies return to dust hereafter to rise up as spiritual bodies with fleshly sensations and desires is incorrect. Equally incorrect is the belief that spiritual beings are squeezed into a human body and then freed by death. If freed from a fleshly body, how are flesh sensations retained?

Science corrects the grave mistakes that suppose unintelligent matter to be any part of the reality of intelligent existence, or that Spirit and matter can commune together. The sensual can’t be made the mouthpiece of the spiritual, nor can the finite become the channel for the infinite. There is no communication between that which is subject to death and that which is not.

It’s impossible to return to physical or mental conditions after having left them because they are always changing. An acorn, after having dropped to the ground and sprouted, will never return to its pervious condition. The germinated seed has a new form and a different state of existence. When here or hereafter the belief of temporality is extinct, the error which has held the belief dissolves with the belief and never returns to the old condition. The dream of having died is dramatically different from the dream of still being alive in a biological body.

The caterpillar transformed into a beautiful butterfly is no longer a worm. The butterfly doesn’t return to fraternize with or control the worm. Such a retrograde transformation is impossible in Science. Darkness and light, infancy and adulthood, sickness and health, are opposites—different beliefs which never blend. Who will say that infancy can articulate the ideas of adulthood or that darkness can represent light? There is no bridge across the gap which divides such opposite conditions as the spiritual and the physical.

In divine knowledge, there is never a backward step, never a return to positions outgrown.

Spirituality is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life by the apostolic work of defeating error and healing the sick. Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a new step in Christianity. The spiritual recompense of the persecuted is assured in the elevation of existence above the disorder and in the gift of divine Love.

The prophet of today sees in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of Christianity’s essence which heals the sick and destroys error. No other sign will be given. Body can’t be saved except through Mind. The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a material age, because brain imprints and physical sense can’t comprehend Spirit. The healing influence of Spirit is discerned by spiritual sense. Creeds, doctrines, and human hypotheses do not express Christian Science; much less can they demonstrate it.

Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening clutches of human policies, the demonstration of spiritual Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. Throughout all time and space, scientific demonstration is imperative as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, remaining inviolate for humanity to understand and to practice.

For centuries—yes, always—natural science has not really been considered a part of religion. Even now many people consider the conventional sciences to have no proper connection with faith and spirituality. However, mystery does not obscure Christ’s teachings. Truth’s instructions are not theoretical and fragmentary, but are practical and open to new discoveries that reveal ongoing completion and law. And being practical and comprehensive, God’s laws are not deprived of their essential vitality.

Who will say whether Truth or error is greater? Are brains, nerves, and stomachs intelligent? If they talk to us, tell us their condition and report how they feel—then Spirit and matter, Truth and error commingle and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and death.

The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of human mind or of material flesh. Nerves are not mind. It is provable that Mind, God is not mortal. Is it not equally true that human mind and its material nerves do not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin come by the human mind. Without human mind a tear could not drop; and this action shows the nature of all material cause and effect.

Do not fall back on the saying that “the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”[1] Sympathy with error should disappear. Science renders impossible the transfer of mistaken thoughts from one mind to another.

Matthew 9:14-17

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

21st Century Science and Health

Admitting to our self that person is God’s own likeness sets us free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death and opens it wide toward spirituality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an understanding of divine Principle. At this moment, we do not know our true individuality, but we certainly will know this when we reflect God.

The Revelator tells us of “a new heaven and new earth.”[2] Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?

Let us rid our self of the belief that we are separate from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the launching pad to all true spiritual growth.

In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and Mind’s thoughts.

Human mind is a grammatical error in language, and involves an improper use of the word mind. As Mind is spiritual, the phrase human mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal. In this teaching of divine Science, the phrases human mind, human energy, chemically based mind, mortal or materialistic mind are meant to designate that which has no real existence. Certainly, if better words or phrases existed today, they would be used. In expressing the new tongue, we must sometimes resort to the old and imperfect, and the new wine of Spirit is poured into the old wineskins[3] of the letter.

Divine Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. Science shows the scientific relation of person to God and unravels the interwoven ambiguities of being, setting free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including individuals, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.

From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over mortality. Moses proved the power of Mind by what people called miracles; as did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha. What was eventually tagged the Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders, yet the reformations were accompanied by bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace. The present new, yet old, reform in religious faith will patiently and wisely teach us not to give in to sectarian bitterness when it flows inward.

Does God create anew what Life already created? Nothing is new to God. The Scriptures are definite on this point, declaring that God’s work was finished,[4] and that it was good.[5]

*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] Jer. 31:29; Ez. 18:2

[2] Rev. 21:1

[3] Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37

[4] Gen. 2:2

[5] Gen. 1:31

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