May 11, 2022

Subject: God Consciousness

Golden text: Isaiah 11:12, NKJV, copyright Thomas Nelson

[The Lord] will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel,
And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.

Acts 9:6-22

Then the Lord said to [Saul], “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”

And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”

11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.

20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”

22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

21st Century Science and Health, copyright Cheryl Petersen

Moral and spiritual power belongs to Spirit, who gathers the “wind in the hollow of the hands.”[1] This metaphysical teaching agrees with Science and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God and the physical senses must give up their false testimony. Your influence for good depends on the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power, but a mockery of strength, which ultimately betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

The healing Truth and spiritual idea of being are often disregarded at the pulpit, over the air, or through the internet. The curative mission (presenting the Savior in a clearer light than mere words), can’t be omitted from our spiritual education, even if it is ruled out of the church or temple.

No one is physically healed in a willful lack of mindfulness, any more than she or he is morally saved in or by sin. It is a mistake even to complain or to be angry over sin. To be whole, people must be better spiritually as well as physically. To be spiritual, we must forsake the temporal sense of things, turn away from the lies of false beliefs, look to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind. The body improves under the same plan which perfects the thought. If health is not made evident under this plan, it proves that fear is controlling the body.

Ignorant that the human mind governs its phenomenon the body, the sufferer may unconsciously add more fear to the mental reservoir already overflowing with that emotion. Tolerant sufferers try to be satisfied when they see their would-be healer busy. Faith in the healer’s efforts is somewhat helpful to everyone involved; however, in Science, people must understand the resuscitating law of Life. Understanding the self-sustaining Life is in accord with the “plants bearing seed according to their kinds.”[2]

It is constructive for physicians, therapists, and practitioners to know and act on the truth that Mind is existent. Healers should not take the position that matter is the only cause.

Doctors can take note that it is better not to implant disease in the thoughts of your patients by declaring disease to be a fixed fact, even before you go to work to eradicate the disease through the material faith inspired. Instead of furnishing thought with fear, try to correct the turbulent emotion by the influence of divine Love, which removes fear.

Every law of physics or the body supposed to govern people, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God.

Acts 9:26-31

And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. 30 When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.

31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

21st Century Science and Health

Insisting on the evidence or indulging the demands of wrongdoing, disease, or loss, we virtually work against the control of Mind over body and deny the power of Mind to heal. This misdirected method is as though the defendant should argue for the plaintiff in favor of a decision which the defendant knows will be turned against them.

The physical effects of fear illustrate its illusion. A person should not be terrified when looking at a confined lion even if the lion is in the position to pounce. A person should not be terrified when looking at disease, chained by truth. Nothing but the power of Truth can prevent the fear of disorder and prove our dominion over it.

Many years ago, I made a spiritual discovery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to prove that the divine Mind produces in us health, harmony, and spirituality. Gradually this evidence will gather momentum and clearness until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and proof. Nothing is more depressing than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good. God never allows or gives strength to an opposing power used against divine self, against Life, health, harmony.

The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague speculations don’t emit that kind of brilliance.

We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of Jesus in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Spirituality is the basis of true healing.

Psalms 102:18-22

This will be written for the generation to come,
That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
19 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the Lord viewed the earth,
20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion,
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22 When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus was put to death for the truth he spoke and demonstrated, while today, we have interfaith dialogue. Divine Science can explain differing doctrinal points, cancel disagreements, and settle questions. The aim is not to bring together doctrines and denominations. We can unite on the doctrine that God is One and is present now and forever. We can use Jesus’ words and works to recognize that Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God, just as we are the child of God. This fact understood, doesn’t conflict with another statement: “I and the Father are one”[3]—because Christ and God are one in quality, not in quantity. As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and spiritual being, Parent and child, are one in being.

God is Spirit; therefore, the language of Spirit must be and is spiritual. Divine Science attaches no physical characters and significance to the Supreme Being and manifestation. Only human beings attach physicality to Spirit.

Science corrects the grave mistakes that suppose unintelligent matter to be any part of the reality of intelligent existence, or that Spirit and matter can commune together. The sensual can’t be made the mouthpiece of the spiritual, nor can the finite become the channel for the infinite.

The human mind has an absolute need of something beyond itself for redemption and healing, but we are spiritual.

It is Christ’s purpose to bring us to God. In other words, Christ isn’t trying to bring God to human beings.

The human body and consciousness are temporal, but the real substance and consciousness are spiritual and eternal. Spiritual consciousness is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged.

Human energy is mortal and claims separate spirits, whereas divine energy unites consciousness to God, the one immortal Spirit.

[1] Prov. 30:4

[2] Gen. 1:12

[3] John 10:30

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