Golden text: Proverbs 29:26*
Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.
I Samuel 12:1-13
And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you. 2 And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day. 3 Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.” 4 They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.” 5 And he said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”
6 And Samuel said to the people, “The Lord is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers. 8 When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your fathers cried out to the Lord and the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place. 9 But they forgot the Lord their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them. 10 And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’ 11 And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety. 12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king. 13 And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the Lord has set a king over you.
21st Century Science and Health**
We are susceptible to believe in more than one supreme ruler, or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be imbedded in a sensuous body. What happens when the material body takes a turn for the worse and gives out? What happens when the belief of life in matter overloads and crashes? Do you believe the deathless Soul escapes from matter and lives on? But, this is unworkable. Death is not a springboard to eternal Life and happiness. The person who neglects their spirituality is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill so long as sin is committed. The ranting and raving of illegitimate living and of fearful and pitiful dying should disappear on the shore of time where the waves of sin, sorrow, and ruin beat in vain.
The limited senses bear witness to the entrenched human belief that life, substance, and intelligence is a mixture of the temporal and the eternal. This thinking constantly campaigns for error and carries within itself the seeds of error.
The godly thought impels a more exalted worship and self-discipline. Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being and destroys reliance on anything accept God. Action and thought were made to image forth our Maker.
Science depicts disease as error, as matter versusMind. Reverse error, and the facts of health are witnessed. To forecast your future according to the world infringes on spiritual law and misguides hopes. We are sustained under all circumstances as we have faith in the divine Principle of health and as we spiritually understand God. The ordinary appeal to have faith in the world’s ways and means must yield to faith in the all-might of infinite Spirit.
For many years, God graciously prepared me to receive this conclusive revelation of the divine Principle of scientific mental healing.
This demonstrative Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, “God with us,” the sovereign ever-presence, delivering humanity from every ill “that flesh is heir to.” Through divine Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a more God-like nature and essence. Science gives new strength to faith and understanding, and thoughts intelligently acquaint themselves with God.
If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness and it would be absurd to try. So, classify sickness and error as Jesus did, when he spoke of the sick, “whom Satan has kept bound.” Find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief. Truth’s power opens the prison doors to those who are bound, and sets the captives free physically and morally.
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. The recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let divine Science instead of fleshly sense, support your understanding of being and this understanding will exchange error for Truth, replace physicality with spirituality, and silence complaint with harmony.
Question. How can I make consistent, rapid progress in my understanding of divine Science?
Answer. Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit. Adhere to the divine Principle of spiritual Science; and follow the directives of God, abiding steadfastly in wisdom, truth, and Love. In the Science of Mind, you will eventually figure out that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn that the transfer of negative suggestions from one human being to another is proven unreal, for there is but one Mind and this ever-present omnipotent Mind expresses the entire universe and is reflected by us. You will learn that the first responsibility in divine Science is to adapt to Soul, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that advances with supreme good? Am I manifesting the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the path will be “shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Your accomplishments will prove what the understanding of God brings to man and woman. Hold perpetually this thought—that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Spirit and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based on its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.
[Jesus said]5 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
21st Century Science and Health
The arrogance of being a church official is a ruler of this world. Arrogance has nothing in Christ. Humility, honesty, and charity have divine authority. Mortals think wrongly, consequently they seem to work against themselves and others.
The world’s master is material energy. Jesus served God. The world serves money. His inclinations were pure. The inclinations of mortals are to indulge the flesh and ego. Jesus’ senses drank in the spiritual evidence of health, holiness, and life. The world’s senses absorb the material evidence of sickness, sin, and death. Divine perception and worldly perception witness polar-opposite to one another.
Pharisee. Bodily and sensuous belief; self-righteousness; vanity; hypocrisy.
If we pray to God as though God is a measurable person, human doubts and fears rear their ugly heads and become obstacles. Because of the human mind’s unawareness of God as divine Spirit, there is an unawareness of true Love, to whom all things are possible. This spiritual unawareness sees Love as a gendered creator and ruler, thereby causing people to see themselves as merely physical and susceptible to mortality. God is immaterial Love and we can grasp the wonders brought by Love. We can see ourselves as images of God through spiritual consciousness.
The self-contradictory belief that Spirit is finite as well as infinite has darkened all history. In divine Science, Spirit, as a proper noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and applies exclusively to God. The modifying derivatives of the word spirit refer only to quality, not to God. We are not God, Spirit, but are spiritual. If spiritual being was Spirit, then people would be spirits, gods. The belief that the infinite can be contained in the finite embodies a mortal spirit, tends to darken our perception of the kingdom of heaven, and disturb the reign of harmony in the Science of being.
God did not institute physical laws to control us. We do not have to get sick because we broke a human-made health law. Jesus healed in direct opposition to, and in defiance of, physical laws and conditions.
Human belief attaches theories to the enormous subject of genetics; but if we learn that nothing is real but the good and right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances and fleshly ills will disappear. It would be impossible to transmit disease or negative human traits if this great fact of being was learned—namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God.
To be dependent on that which is constantly changing is not reasonable. False dependencies will cease as we recognize our God-given dominion over the temporal senses and acknowledge our heritage of freedom. Human beings will someday assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Dropping our present beliefs, we will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality, and disorder as the temporal unreality. We will control our own bodies through the understanding of divine Science.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life.” If we follow the direction of Jesus, we can depend less and less on bodily conditions, structure, or economy. We can be masters of the body, dictate its features, and form and control it with Truth.
There is no power apart from Mind. Omnipotence has all-power and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the assumption that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless and restored dignity to experience. It should have humbled the arrogance of the priests when they saw the demonstration of spirituality excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.
If Mind is not supreme over sin, sickness, and death, then those experiences are immortal, for it’s been proved that material particles/waves can’t destroy sin and disease, but is their basis and support.
God, without the image and likeness of Mind, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed; Spirit would be without a witness or proof of its own nature. We are the image or idea of God, an idea which can’t be lost or separated from its divine Principle. As the evidence before the mortal perceptions evaporate in the presence of spiritual perception, nothing can estrange us from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth.
*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.
 Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23
 Shakespeare, William, (1564–1616) Hamlet, Act III. Scene I.
 Luke 13:16
 Prov. 4:18
 Matt. 6:25; Luke 12:22