September 1, 2021

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Subject: Shepherd

Golden text: Psalm 78:52

Then [The Lord] led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

John 10:1-16

[Jesus said]  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

21st Century Science and Health

To enter the realm of Spirit, our anchor of hope must be thrown past the veil of matter into the Shekinah that Jesus showed us. This advance beyond superficial thinking comes through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. We must leave mortal impressions of fleshly being and advance into immortal impressions of spiritual being.

The God-inspired walk calmly on though with aching feet. Pampered hypocrites may ride on easy street here, but they can’t forever break the Golden Rule[1] and escape the penalty due.

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.”[2]  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.

If from an injury or from any cause, a Christian Scientist were seized with pain so violent that the Scientist could not mentally treat their self—and other Scientists had failed to relieve them—the sufferer can get temporary help. Then, when the belief of pain is quieted, the Scientist can treat his or her own case mentally. In this way we “test everything; hold fast to what is good.”[3]

In founding a pathological system of spirituality, I have labored to expound divine Principle, and not to exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, idolatry, spiritual unawareness, and envy, will fall before an honest heart. The mindset that adulterates divine Science is the mindset trying to void out Science. Falsity has no foundation. “The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.”[4] Dishonesty and a lack of spiritual experience do not establish, and cannot overthrow, a scientific system of ethics.

Through spiritual understanding, we enter the universe of Truth on earth and learn that Spirit is infinite and supreme.

Spirit’s Ego is deathless and limitless, for limits would imply and impose ignorance. Mind is the I AM, or infinity. Mind never enters the measurable. Intelligence never passes into non-intelligence, or matter. Good never enters into evil.

Joel 1:14-19

Consecrate a fast;
    call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders
    and all the inhabitants of the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
    and cry out to the Lord.

15 Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is near,
    and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.
16 Is not the food cut off
    before our eyes,
joy and gladness
    from the house of our God?

17 The seed shrivels under the clods;
    the storehouses are desolate;
the granaries are torn down
    because the grain has dried up.
18 How the beasts groan!
    The herds of cattle are perplexed
because there is no pasture for them;
    even the flocks of sheep suffer.

19 To you, O Lord, I call.

21st Century Science and Health

As named in Christian Science, mesmerism or crowd thinking is the specific term for error, or human mortal mind. It comes from the false belief that mind is inside it’s thought (matter), and is both evil and good, or that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This penchant to live out a mortal life has not one quality of Truth and is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious forms of hypnotic suggestions end in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind annihilate the human mind’s weak and stupid tendencies, which wander in circles like blind bugs flying into artificial lights and getting burned.

In reality there is no human mortal mind and consequently no transfer of temporal thoughts and will-powers. Life and being are of God. No harm can occur in the realm of Science where scientific, eternal thoughts pass from God to us.

When Christian Science and impulsive crowd thinking are comprehended, as they will be at no distant date, it will be seen why honest, hardworking people are unfairly persecuted and undermined by wolves in sheep’s clothing.[5]

Arthur Schopenhauer[6] has been credited to say, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Or, in words attributed to George Bernard Shaw, [7] “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

Divine Science goes to the bottom of mental action. Spiritual knowledge reveals the theodicy which indicates the rightness of all divine action as the emanation of divine Mind and the consequent wrongness of opposite actions deemed supernatural, paranormal, magic, voodoo, evil, hypnotism.

We master matter when it loses to human sense all entity as person. Entering a more spiritual sense of the facts, we are able to comprehend the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave. Jesus’ actions were proof that he had control over the thinking that matter or the human mind is substance. Matter or mortal consciousness, is not the determiner of life or the constructor of any form of existence.

Make sure nothing enters thought that is unfit for development. Think less of temporal conditions and more of spiritual.

Hebrews 13:20-21

 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21st Century Science and Health

In this world, thought brings to light many useful wonders. The force of thought advances toward the spiritual cause of those things that give impulse to inquiry. Humanity slowly yields to the thoughts of divine Mind and looks away from physics to metaphysics as the cause of every effect. In this revolutionary period, physical hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat. Like the shepherd-boy with his sling; we go forth to battle with the Goliath[8] of the human mind and its material mysterious world.

When being is understood, Life will be recognized as not material or finite but as infinite—as God, universal good—and the belief that life or mind was ever in a finite form, or that good is in evil, will vanish. Then it will be understood that Spirit never entered matter and therefore never came from matter.

Rejoice, and enter into companionship with Christ through the triumphal arc of Truth and Love.


[1] Matt. 7:12 “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

[2] Matt. 6:25; Luke 12:22

[3] I Th. 5:21 (NRSV)

[4] John 10:13 (NRSV)

[5] Matt. 7:15

[6] Schopenhauer, Arthur, (1788–1860) German philosopher. 

[7] Shaw, George Bernard, (1856–1950) Irish Playwright.

[8]Referring to I Sam. 17

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