Golden text: Proverbs 12:17-19, The Message, copyright Eugene Peterson
Truthful witness by a good person clears the air, but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit. 18 Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise. 19 Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow.
God’s Message came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
I said, “A walking stick—that’s all.”
And God said, “Good eyes! I’m sticking with you.
I’ll make every word I give you come true.”
13-15 God’s Message came again: “So what do you see now?”
I said, “I see a boiling pot, tipped down toward us.”
Then God told me, “Disaster will pour out of the north
on everyone living in this land.
Watch for this: I’m calling all the kings out of the north.”
15-16 “They’ll come and set up headquarters
facing Jerusalem’s gates,
Facing all the city walls,
facing all the villages of Judah.
I’ll pronounce my judgment on the people of Judah
for walking out on me—what a terrible thing to do!—
And courting other gods with their offerings,
worshiping as gods sticks they’d carved, stones they’d painted.
17 “But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work!
Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say.
Don’t pull your punches
or I’ll pull you out of the lineup.
18-19 “Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work.
I’m making you as impregnable as a castle,
Immovable as a steel post,
solid as a concrete block wall.
You’re a one-man defense system
against this culture,
Against Judah’s kings and princes,
against the priests and local leaders.
They’ll fight you, but they won’t
even scratch you.
I’ll back you up every inch of the way.”
21st Century Science and Health, copyright Cheryl Petersen
Metaphors are plentiful in the Bible. Names are often expressive of spiritual ideas. It is reasonably agreed upon that Scriptures have both a spiritual and literal meaning. Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary says: “Interpreting the Bible correctly demands that we listen to what the text itself is saying, and then draw the meaning out of the passage.”
Prophets looked for something higher than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation of Truth, but they lacked a systematic teaching of God in Truth’s more infinite meanings. The demonstration that overcomes sin, sickness, and failure establishes the definition of omnipotence and maintains the Science of Spirit.
The systems of human philosophies, doctrines, and medicines are more or less infected with the thinking that matter has a life-code of its own, but this thinking contradicts both revelation and progressive reasoning. Logical and scientific conclusions are reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone—Mind.
We must hold forever the consciousness of existence and sooner or later, through Truth and Christian Science, we must break out of limited perceptions, out of sin and death. The evidence of our spirituality will become more apparent, as habituated thinking is given up, and the unending facts of being are admitted.
Since God is All, there is no dimension for something unlike Spirit. God alone designed all and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal and can’t be the product of God. A limited, contradictory mindset can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of limitation and sin, for the contradictor would make a reality of that which opposes Life, Truth, and Love; would make that real which is unreal, and store up “wrath and indignation.” Do not join in a conspiracy against yourself. Continue to recognize the awful unreality by which the human mind is deceived. Repent, think differently, abandon the unnatural and you can fully understand the unreality of that which argues against the infinite.
The arrogance of being a church official is a ruler of this world. Arrogance has nothing in Christ. Humility, honesty, and charity have divine authority. Mortals think wrongly, consequently they seem to work against themselves and others. They think sickly thoughts, and so become sick. If sin makes sinners, Truth and Love alone can unmake them. If a sense of disease produces suffering and a sense of ease antidotes suffering, disease is mental. Logic has it that the human mind suffers and is sick, and the divine Mind alone heals.
The path of divine Science is less difficult to follow when the high goal is always before the thoughts. It’s bothersome to count every single little footstep while endeavoring to reach the better goal. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, restful instead of weary. If the belief in the cycle of mortal life and death was obliterated, and the understanding obtained that existence is ongoing, this would be a “tree of life,” known by its fruits. Human beings should renew their energies and endeavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy while also learning the necessity of working out their own salvation. When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life and that human beings are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. This enlightenment will overcome the desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that burdens mortal existence.
I have healed hopeless physiological disease and advanced the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is backwards to believe that anything can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life. This Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit. We must begin however, with more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.
Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit. News that he was back spread through the countryside. He taught in their meeting places to everyone’s acclaim and pleasure.
16-21 He came to Nazareth where he had been raised. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is on me;
he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
to announce, “This is God’s time to shine!”
He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”
22 All who were there, watching and listening, were surprised at how well he spoke. But they also said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son, the one we’ve known since he was just a kid?”
23-27 He answered, “I suppose you’re going to quote the proverb, ‘Doctor, go heal yourself. Do here in your hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ Well, let me tell you something: No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown. Isn’t it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian.”
28-30 That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.
31-32 He went down to Capernaum, a village in Galilee. He was teaching the people on the Sabbath. They were surprised and impressed—his teaching was so forthright, so confident, so authoritative, not the quibbling and quoting they were used to.
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. Whatever holds human thought in line with selfless love, receives directly the divine power.
Every step toward spirituality is a step away from materiality and is a tendency toward God, Spirit. Material theories partially paralyze this attraction toward infinite and eternal good by a distraction to the measurable, flamboyant, and chaotic.
Denying the claims of power in matter/energy is an important step to take toward the joys of Spirit, toward human freedom and the final triumph over the body.
We may revere Jesus and our heart may overflow with gratitude for what he did; however, our demonstration of love must be comparable to Jesus’ until all are redeemed through divine Love. Jesus reached his glory alone, in speechless agony. He explored the way and we all have the same cup of poignant effort to drink. We are not spared a single experience if we follow faithfully.
The Christ was the Spirit that Jesus referred to in his own statements: “I am the way and the truth and the life;” “I and the Father are one.” This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness that animated him. Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what spiritual intelligence does for us.
Your true course is to destroy the foe and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and God’s ideas alone are real and harmonious.
If your patient suffers a relapse, mentally and courageously treat its cause. Know that there can be no reaction in Truth. Disease itself, sin, and fear have no power to cause disease or a relapse. Disease has no intelligence with which to move itself around or to change itself from one form to another. If disease moves, it is mind not matter that moves it; therefore, be sure that you move it out. Meet every adverse circumstance as its conqueror. Observe mind instead of body. Make sure nothing enters thought that is unfit for development. Think less of temporal conditions and more of spiritual.
God is what the Scriptures declare—Life, Truth, Love.
Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God—that is, the threefold divine Principle, Love. Representing a trinity in unity, we can conceptualize three in one—the same in essence though versatile in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of person; and divine Science or the Holy Spirit (Counselor).
These three express in divine Science the essential nature of the infinite. The expression also indicates the divine Principle of scientific being and the intelligent relationship between God, child, and the universe.
 Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Ronald F. Youngblood, General Editor, Copyright 1995, 1986. Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.
 Gen. 1:31
 Rom. 2:5 (Amplified)
 Gen. 2:9; Rev. 22:2
 John 14:6
 John 10:30