October 13, 2021

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Subject: Testimonies

Golden text: I John 5:9*

We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.

Psalm 119:29-32, 36-37

Remove from me the way of lying,
And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.

36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.

21st Century Science and Health**

Unimproved opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an experience we have not made our own or try to reap the harvest we have not sown. Truth often goes unheeded until we suffer severely from error and seek a spiritual remedy for human troubles.

Leaving all for Christ includes forsaking popularity and gaining true Christianity. Any attempt to engage society’s friendship in order to gain dominion over humankind comes from worldly weakness.

Society is a foolish juror, listening only to one side of the case. Justice often comes too late to secure a verdict. People with mental work before them have no time for gossip about false law or testimony. To reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the falsehood, is the work of time.

The testimony of Spirit, Soul, maintains: I am Spirit. Individuals, whose perceptions are spiritual, are my likeness, reflecting the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the completion of being, and imperishable glory—all are Mine, for I am God. I give spirituality, for I am Truth. I include and impart all happiness, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme. I am an unlimited source of good ideas, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because “I AM WHO I AM.”[1]

The testimony of human perceptions is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore stand unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind.

John 5:24-37

[Jesus told those who persecuted him,] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

31 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.

21st Century Science and Health

We are inundated with feelings and the false consciousness that life exists in the material body, yet we remember that in reality God is our Life and consciousness. We look at human events and timidly realize the day will come when we say, “I find no pleasure in them.”[2] 

How does the heavenly conviction of spiritual existence come about? How is a conviction so antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses experienced?

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.

When the Science of Mind is understood, psychics, spiritualism, and channeling will be found lacking, having no scientific basis, no origin, no proof, and no power outside of human testimony. It is the human mind and physical sensation that gives temporal life to psychics and spiritualism. There is no physical sensation in divine Spirit

The basis and structure of psychics and spiritualism are material and physical. The spirits of psychics are many bodies; quantifiable and restricted in character and quality. Channeling therefore is presuming Spirit, which is ever infinite, to be divisible. The theory of a quantifiable being is contrary to Christian Science.

There is only one spiritual existence, the Life of which physical senses can’t grasp or manipulate. Divine Principle speaks through spiritual sense. If a material body—in other words, a mental embodiment of mortality and materialism—were permeated by Spirit, that body would disappear to fleshly sense, would be deathless. A condition precedent to communion with Spirit is the gain of spiritual life.

Psalms 19:7-12

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.

21st Century Science and Health

My medical researches and experiments prepared my thought for the metaphysics of divine Science.

I learned the following truths in divine Science:

1) All real being is in God, the divine Mind, and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present.
2) The opposite of Truth—called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, fleshly mind—is the false testimony of temporal perceptions or of mind in matter.
3) The temporal perceptions evolve in belief, a subjective state of human mind which this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting out the true perception of Spirit.

My discovery—that human misnamed mind produces all biological functions and actions of the human body—set my thoughts to work in a new direction that inspired my demonstration of the proposal that infinite Mind is All and human mortal mind is nothing in Mind-science.

Divine Science reveals that Mind is All-in-all and that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This great fact is not seen to be supported by sensible evidence until its divine Principle is demonstrated.

. We will never understand spiritual facts if we don’t metaphysically reverse the outward appearance. Individuals are not a dichotomy of non-intelligence and intelligence. We coexist with and reflect God, Soul, substance, unchangeable and intelligent.

Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses and mortals arrive at the fundamental facts of being. The question inevitably arises: is a person sick if the physical senses indicate good health? No! Matter can make no conditions for man and woman. In divine Science, we are well even if the physical senses say we are sick, however, this doesn’t discount our responsibility to keep our germs to our self and heal. In Science, health is normal and disease is abnormal.

Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind. The flesh cannot bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for anything other than Mind to honestly point to, or set forth, our health status. The divine Principle of Science reverses the testimony of the physical senses and reveals our harmonious existence in Truth. The only basis for health is through the Science that denies disease, overrules false evidence, and heals the sick.

Any conclusion pro or con, deduced from matter’s assumed consciousness leads to legitimizing the testimony of physical senses and disease. But we can reverse the testimony of physical senses.

Sputnik and NASA changed the world view when launching into outer space. Setbacks happened, but courage set the precedence. Consequently, outgrown philosophies, based on what physical senses say, have become extinct.

The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by Mind’s creation. When we subordinate the false testimony of the bodily senses to the facts of Science, we will see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

Love, fragrant with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!”[3] The modest lilac sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight flows into the church and prison cell, glides into the sick room, brightens the earth, beautifies the landscape and blesses the galaxy. Children of God, made in Soul’s likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion to bless the environment. We are coexistent and eternal with God and forever reflect in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

**21st Century Science and Health, copyright by Cheryl Petersen.


[1] Ex. 3:14

[2] Ec. 12:1

[3] Matt. 5:5 (Phillips NT)

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