September 8, 2021

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Subject: Knowledge

Golden text: Psalms 141: 8-10*

But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers! 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.

Isaiah 7:1-9

 In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” thus says the Lord God:

“‘It shall not stand,
    and it shall not come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus,
    and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
And within sixty-five years
    Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
    and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you are not firm in faith,
    you will not be firm at all.’”

21st Century Science and Health**

Human mind is the worst enemy of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.

Conditioned by mind-stultifying illusions, people let the hours slip away. Conventional views do not reveal the facts of existence, but immortal perceptions lift human consciousness into eternal Truth. Humanity advances slowly out of old thought patterns. The unwillingness to learn all things correctly, binds spiritual understanding in chains.

Humanity is fortunate when the terrors of human mortal mind are defeated through Science. We can escape from sin and mortality as we overcome the mythological and primitive suggestions of human mind. In the first-steps of mental liberation, however, the knowledge of good and evil isn’t scientifically seen because evil isn’t real.

Mind-science has nothing to do with sitting-on-the-fence of impertinent knowledge, because Mind-science is of God and demonstrates the divine Principle, working out the purposes of good only. The maximum of good is the infinite God and God’s idea, the All-in-all. Anything unlike the conscious infinite is a suggested lie.

Every step toward spirituality is a step away from materiality and is a tendency toward God, Spirit.

To stop eating, drinking, or being clothed materially before the spiritual facts of existence are gained step by step, is not legitimate. When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, Spirit directs our thought and action.

Scientists may call on one another for metaphysical treatment. However, if the callers don’t receive relief or help, they can be confident that God will guide them to use appropriately the temporary and eternal treatments. Step by step, as we trust Spirit, we will find that “God is our shelter, our strength, ever ready to help in time of trouble.”[1]

I advise students to be charitable and kind, not only toward differing forms of religion and medicine, but to the very people who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to “stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”[2] Never condemn rashly.

Do not judge the future advancement of divine Science by the steps already taken, unless you yourself will be condemned for failing to take the first step.

We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day. We want that day to be prospered by divine Science and Christ-like reality. Midnight foretells the dawn. In the midst of darkness, the Magi[3] detected the solitary star leading to the Messiahship of Truth. Is it true that Christ is always reappearing? Is the wise person of today believed when he or she reads the light which heralds Truth’s eternal dawn and describes it radiance?

Isaiah 7:10-25

 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17 The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”

18 In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.

20 In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.

21 In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22 and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.

23 In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns. 24 With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25 And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.

21st Century Science and Health

Does evil proceed from good? Does God create a human out of Spirit? Does divine Love commit fraud by making man and woman free to do wrong, and then stand on the sidelines to punish the wrongdoer? Would anyone call it wise and good for God to create people and then condemn them to remain His enemy, prisoner, or an orphan?

Subsequent follows its precedent. An intelligent sinless God precedes an intelligent sinless creation. God did not create sin, and sin can’t be self-creative because God is the only Creator. There is not a second creator making people who need to be corrected.

God’s “eyes are too pure to look on evil.”[4] Truth is sustained, not by accepting but by rejecting a lie.

Jesus was quoted to define anthropomorphic evil as, “a liar and the father of lies.”[5] Truth does not materialize a lie, a capacity to lie, or a liar. If humankind would stop believing that God makes sickness and destruction, or makes man and woman capable of suffering on account of malevolence, the games of error would no longer be played and error’s destruction would be guaranteed. Seriously, if we accept that disease and destruction are God’s will, why do we try to fight or avoid disease and destruction? God isn’t testing us, because God’s will is good and can only produce goodness.

Looking back at history, we can learn that the popular and misleading perceptions about the divine Being and character have originated in the human mind. Wrong notions about God do not originate in immortal Truth. As there is in reality but one God, one Mind, mistaken impressions of God eventually fade as did St. John’s vision in the book of Revelation.

If that which contradicts God is real, there must be two powers and God would not be powerful and infinite. Can the Higher Power be Almighty if another mighty and self-creative cause exists and influences humankind? If the divine Parent has “Life in himself,”[6] could Life, or God, live in evil and create it? Can matter control Life, Spirit, therefore, and so defeat omnipotence?

Is the chainsaw, which destroys a tree’s so-called life, superior to omnipotence? Can a bullet deprive consciousness of Life—that is, of God, who is the life of spiritual being? Clinically dead people have returned to life and said they still had a consciousness. God, Life, is not at the mercy of matter/energy. The doctrine that matter has power is, “confusion worse confounded.”[7] If two statements directly contradict each other and one is true, the other must be false. Is Science therefore contradictory?

Divine Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures and sustains logically and demonstratively every point it presents, otherwise it would not be Science and could not present results. Mind-science is not made up of paradoxical clichés or of the inventions of those who ridicule God. Science presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, voiced and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, and by his apostles, as recorded in Scriptures.

*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] Ps. 46:1 (JB)

[2] John 7:24

[3] Matt. 2:1–2

[4] Hab. 1:13

[5] John 8:44

[6] John 5:26

[7] Milton, John, (1608–1974) Paradise Lost. Book 2, line 996.

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