April 27, 2022

Subject: Soul

Golden text: Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.   NIV copyright Biblica

John 20:26-29

 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 21:1, 15-25

 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

21st Century Science and Health, copyright Cheryl Petersen

The disciple Thomas looked for the ideal Savior in human mind instead of holy Mind. Thomas was a materialist and relied on the material senses for evidence, therefore he was dull and doubtful. Nothing but a display of matter could make existence real to Thomas. Jesus remained a fleshly reality, so long as the Teacher remained an inhabitant of the earth, even though Jesus furnished proof that he was unchanged by the crucifixion to show that Soul was his immortality. For Thomas to believe in matter was easy, but for him to conceive of the substantiality of spirit, was difficult.

The crucifixion was effective because of the practical tendencies and goodness it demonstrated for humanity. The truth had been lived among humankind, but until the disciples saw their Teacher triumph over the grave, they could not admit such an event to be possible. After the resurrection, even the unbelieving Thomas was forced to acknowledge the completeness of the great proof of Truth and Love.

Some worshipper’s center thought on the material in an attempt to worship the spiritual. To these worshippers, the human doctrines, physical books, rituals, and worldly ways and means are substance, and Spirit is insubstantial. But, it is impossible to worship Spirit from the incompatible standpoints of human reverences and references.

The brain is not wired to the reality of immortal existence. The world of life in matter is not cognizant of life in Soul.

Pay attention! Make sure that the motive for prayer doesn’t embrace the desire for human admiration and instead encourages pure sentiments.

It is physical emotionalism, and not Soul, that triggers a nervous passion for God. Allow spiritual sense to guide your higher experiences, because fanaticism and self-satisfied devotion do not promote spirituality.

Divine Science adjusts the circumstances as Jesus adjusted them. While there is sin, there is penalty. Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin that incurs the penalty.

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.

Jesus foresaw that the Science of Truth would be disregarded before it was understood. His foreknowing wasn’t an obstacle. He completed his God-mission and then sat down at the right hand of God.

Acts 4:1-11

 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.

21st Century Science and Health

Truth is received today as well as it was in the early Christian period. Whoever introduces the Science of Christianity will also be ridiculed and vindictively burdened. To the people unaware of spirituality, Science at first appears to be a mistake, and it is consequently misinterpreted and badly treated. Miracles are misunderstood and misused by many until the glorious Principle of these marvels is gained.

If sin and its morphing expressions, is as real as Life, Truth, and Love, then it must all be from the same source. But is God its author? Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death and we read in Scripture, “I did not come to abolish, but to complete.”[1] It isn’t possible to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real, or are the offspring of the divine will.

In his book, The Four Agreements: Wisdom Book, Don Miguel Ruiz[2]  presents a reasonable view of sinlessness based on the word “Impeccability.” Differing views of falsity help us grasp the fact that to infinite Spirit there is no sin, because all is sinless Spirit, all is divine Principle and its idea. The sacred influence of Truth is to abolish error and sin, so, can error be immortal? Truth spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so, but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal. The unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of the divine idea, called Christ, is to “destroy the works of the devil.”[3] Truth wipes out falsity and error, for light and darkness can’t dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness— there is “no night there.”[4] To Truth there is no error, all is Truth.

The cornerstone of all spiritual building is purity.

Now, as in earlier times, signs and wonders are meant to elucidate the divine origin and to substantiate the reality of Truth—to attest to the higher mission of Science to take away the sins of the world.

The way to escape the misery of sin is to stop sinning. There is no other way.

God is the lawmaker, but God is not the author of ruthless rules. In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, no twisted good, no fatality.

Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high places. The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves evil in the name of good.

The doctrine of absolute divine Science, which strips all disguise from error, is the great truth that evil or human imprints do not have intelligence, substance, or power.

I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony. I hope, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of human imprints which are not power) able to make you sick, troubled, or sinful. I also hope that you are conquering human-egocentric thinking. Knowing the illusiveness of limited perceptions, you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in a despotic or worthless self, you can heal disease, you can have a productive, sensible mind.

If you believe in and practice wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter can’t do anything on its own without mind. If you believe you have a disease, you can alter this wrong belief and action without hindrance from the body.

Do not believe in any supposed necessity for failure, adversity, or ruin, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a physical law because no such law exists. Wrong beliefs are destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life eternal instead of death, the law of harmony instead of disorder, the law of Spirit instead of the flesh.

The effort to accommodate beginnings and endings tries to break up Soul and substance.

The bedrocks in the temple of Christian Science are found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not found in the body; that Spirit is not, and cannot be, humanized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual individual of God has no birth, no temporal life, and no death.

Science reveals the glorious possibilities of our spirituality, forever unlimited by the mortal senses. The Christ-element in the Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.

[1] Matt. 5:17 (NEB)

[2] Ruiz, Don Miguel, The Four Agreements: Wisdom Book. California: Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997.

[3] I John 3:8 (NASB)

[4] Rev. 21:25, 22:5

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