Subject: Win with God
Golden text: Matthew 5:25
Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.
I Kings 20:1-14
Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together. Thirty-two kings were with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and closed in on Samaria and fought against it. 2 And he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, “Thus says Ben-hadad: 3 ‘Your silver and your gold are mine; your best wives and children also are mine.’” 4 And the king of Israel answered, “As you say, my lord, O king, I am yours, and all that I have.” 5 The messengers came again and said, “Thus says Ben-hadad: ‘I sent to you, saying, “Deliver to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children.” 6 Nevertheless I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants and lay hands on whatever pleases you and take it away.’”
7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said, “Mark, now, and see how this man is seeking trouble, for he sent to me for my wives and my children, and for my silver and my gold, and I did not refuse him.” 8 And all the elders and all the people said to him, “Do not listen or consent.” 9 So he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, “Tell my lord the king, ‘All that you first demanded of your servant I will do, but this thing I cannot do.’” And the messengers departed and brought him word again. 10 Ben-hadad sent to him and said, “The gods do so to me and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me.” 11 And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’” 12 When Ben-hadad heard this message as he was drinking with the kings in the booths, he said to his men, “Take your positions.” And they took their positions against the city.
13 And behold, a prophet came near to Ahab king of Israel and said, “Thus says the Lord, Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will give it into your hand this day, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” 14 And Ahab said, “By whom?” He said, “Thus says the Lord, By the servants of the governors of the districts.” Then he said, “Who shall begin the battle?” He answered, “You.”
21st Century Science and Health
Human mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore, make your own terms with sickness and be just to yourself and to others.
Mentally contradict every complaint from the body. Evolve into the spiritual consciousness of Life as Love—as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit. Fear is the source of sickness. You offset fear and negative desires through divine Mind; consequently, it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease. Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death. To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be driven out so you can focus better on God. With less fearful and ignorant thinking, you are able to see truth. The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of our spirituality, of God’s image.
John 18: 33-37
Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
21st Century Science and 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.
Is it skillful or scientific surgery not to consider the patient’s mental condition? The patient is more than mindless matter. The patient is more than a weak and manipulative human mind. Divine Mind needs to be consulted.
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.
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?
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.”
The ordinary doctor examines the body, tells the patient they are sick, and treats the case according to the physical diagnosis. This naturally induces the very disease imposed by human mind. Such unconscious mistakes would not occur if this old class of philanthropists looked as deeply for cause and effect in mind as they do in matter. The physician agrees with the “adversary quickly,” but on different terms than the metaphysician. The matter-physician agrees with the disease, while the metaphysician agrees with health and challenges disease.
Divine Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as a medicinal, neutralizing error with Truth. It balances the hormonal reactions, expels harmful fluids, dissolves tumors, rehabilitates degenerated or injured muscles, and restores bones to wellness. The effect of this Science is to adapt the human mind to an improved attitude from which it may yield to the peace and order of divine Mind.
Experiments support the fact that mind governs the body, not in one instance but in every instance. The indestructible faculties of Spirit exist without the conditions of matter and without the false beliefs of a mortal existence. Working out the rules of Science in practice, I have restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, stiff joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored diseased lungs and organs. Christian Science heals every kind of disease or malfunction, for it requires only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of divine Science to demonstrate the higher rule.
With due respect, here are some statements to consider:
“The materials we need to reach a new level of discourse are in our grasp; we have only to abandon outmoded approaches/disciplines to achieve an enlightening beginning for a new science.” From The Anthropology of Medicine: From Culture to Method, Third Edition.
“The Starting Point of Biblical Theology: We have already observed that every scholarly endeavor inevitably is based upon presuppositions.” HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.
“We physicians often pay lip service to the importance of the mind in health and illness, yet in practice we equate it with the brain. This is obvious in our reliance on drugs when mental problems arise…A refreshing contrast is alternative or complementary medicine, which has emerged as a major social force shaping medical care in the United States.” From Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind/Body to a New Era of Healing.
“We know from history that much of what doctors do at any particular time is ineffective or even dangerous when viewed in retrospect. Years ago a famous professor warned his graduating medical students that half of what he’d taught them was wrong, but the trouble was he didn’t know which half. Medical practice has evolved significantly since then, but the principle still applies: we don’t know which of the well-intentioned therapies of the present will end up looking like the leeches and bloodletting of ancient time or like the thalidomide, Dalkon shields, and routine tonsillectomies of a more recent era gone by. Accordingly, the pronouncements of doctors should be viewed with healthy skepticism.” —Timothy B. McCall, M.D. a practicing physician in Boston.
“We physicians do not fully understand the relationship between mind, body, and that intangible element known as spirit…Medical educators have often taught that religion is an irrelevant or even detrimental factor in physical and emotional well-being. But a growing body of research has established that religious people, both young and old, often enjoy the psychological and physical benefits of a positive emotional outlook.” —Harold G. Koenig, M D., Director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health.
“We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is a science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.”— Atul Gawande, American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher.
 Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1994, 1995
 Matt. 5:25 (NKJV)
 The Anthropology of Medicine: From Culture to Method, Third Edition. Edited by Lola Romanucci-Ross, Daniel E. Moerman, Laurence R. Tancredi. Copyright © 1997 by Lola Romanucci-Ross, Daniel E. Moerman, and Laurence R. Tancredi. Reproduced with permission of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., Westport, CT.
 HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Paul J. Achtemeier, General Editor, With the Society of Biblical Literature (HaperCollins Publishes, New York: 1996)
 Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind/Body To a New Era of Healing, by Larry Dossey, M.D. (HarperCollins, NY:1999)
 McCall, Timothy B., Examining Your Doctor, A Patient’s Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care. New York: Carol Publishing, 1995
 Koenig, Harold G. The Healing Power of Faith: Science Explores Medicine’s Last Great Frontier. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1999.
 Quotation from the “Introduction” from the book COMPLICATIONS: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande. Copyright © 2002 by Atul Gawande. Reprinted by permission of Henry Holt and Company. All rights reserved.