October 19, 2022

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Subject: Doctoring

Golden text: Genesis 1:6-8 NKJV copyright Thomas Nelson

 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.

Romans 12

 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, givento hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

21st Century Science and Health copyright by Cheryl Petersen

Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make human beings sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help them permanently, even in body, unless it makes them better mentally and so delivers them from their destroyers.

We say that one human mind can influence another and even affect the body. The power of suggestion or hypnotism illustrates the fact. Unfortunately, because we aren’t better instructed by spiritual understanding, we rarely remember we control our own bodies and we believe we can’t act voluntarily to control ourselves better. But this is unscientific since Science can’t produce both order and disorder. The involuntary pleasure or pain of someone under hypnotic control is proved to be blind faith without a real cause.

Basically, we induce our own conditions. But there is a great difference between voluntary and involuntary processes. Voluntary mesmerism is induced consciously and should and does cause the perpetrator to suffer, while self-mesmerism is induced unconsciously and by our own mistake, we are often instructed. In the first instance, it is understood that the difficulty is a mental illusion, while in the second it is believed that the misfortune is a physical effect. The human mind is employed to remove the illusion in one case, but matter is appealed to in the other case. In reality, both results originate in the human mind and can be healed only by the divine Mind.

You command the situation if you understand that temporal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being. Fleshly mind is constantly producing on temporal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until human error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of illusions. The most Christian state is one of integrity and spiritual understanding, and this is best adapted for healing the sick. Never conjure up some new discovery from dark premonitions regarding disease and then acquaint your patient with it.

God is more to an individual than the individual’s belief, and the less we acknowledge human mind and its laws, the more spirituality we possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in limited perceptions is conquered. Correct human mortal convictions by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that hormones, cells, the heart, central nervous system, or any portion of the body can destroy you.

Luke 11:14-28

 And [Jesus] was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

27 And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”

28 But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

21st Century Science and Health

Doctors, therapists, self-taught experts, though humane, are artists who outline their thoughts relative to disease. They then fill in their delineations with sketches from textbooks or the internet. The thought of disease is formed before visiting a doctor, even before the doctor undertakes to dispel it with an antibiotic, a blood thinner, or a surgical operation. It is better to prevent disease from forming in human mind afterward to appear on the body; but to do this requires attention.

A patient’s belief is molded more or less by the doctor’s belief in the case, even if the doctor says nothing. Giving belief another direction to faith, the physician prescribes drugs until the flexibility of human thought, by chance, causes a vigorous reaction upon itself and reproduces a picture of health and harmony. The physician’s and patient’s thoughts commingle, and the stronger thoughts rule the weaker. This is why it is important for doctors to study and practice the universal law of Truth and Love.

Scientists of reality must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the indefinite world and be dedicated. We must renounce aggression, oppression, and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love on her brow, must be our queen of life.

Genesis 1:7. So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.

Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the expanse. The divine Mind, not human mind, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind. The ideas of Spirit are apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter, never as the so-called material physical senses.

Soul imparts the understanding which uplifts and de-materializes consciousness and leads into all truth. The Psalmist said: “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea—the LORD on high is mighty.”[1] Spiritual perception is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of separation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind—Life, Truth, and Love—and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in divine Science.

Spiritual understanding is not academic or only intellectual. It is not the result of scholarly book learning, but is the reality of all things brought to light. God’s ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite.

If it becomes necessary to startle human mind to break its dream of suffering, urgently and forcefully tell your patient that they must wake up. Turn the patient’s gaze from the false evidence of physical sense to the harmonious facts of Soul and spirituality. Tell them that they suffer only as the mentally ill suffer, from false beliefs. The only difference is believing the brain is the problem rather than the body, but they both are disorders. Disorder is a word which conveys the true definition of all human beliefs in ill-health or disturbed harmony. Should you thus startle and awaken human mind in order to remove its erroneous belief, afterwards make known to the patient your motive for this shock. Show the patient that the mental jolt was to facilitate recovery.

If a crisis occurs in your treatment, you must treat the patient less for the disease and more for the mental disturbance. The patient’s thoughts are reacting and the mental reaction can be turbulent. Therefore, subdue the conviction that reactions cause pain or disease. Insist fervently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is one cause. There is no disease. When the supposed suffering is gone from human mind, there can be no pain; and when the fear is destroyed, the inflammation will subside. Calm the excitement sometimes induced by mental reactions, which is the restorative method of Truth upon error, and sometimes explain the symptoms and their cause to the patient.

It is no more spiritually scientific to see disease than it is to experience it. If you would destroy the sense of disease, you should not build it up by wishing to see the forms it assumes or by employing a single material application for its relief. The perversion of Mind-science is like asserting that the products of eight multiplied by five, and of seven by ten, are both forty, and that their combined sum is fifty, and then calling the process mathematics. Wiser than his persecutors, Jesus said: “If I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out?”[2]

Expanse (firmament). Spiritual understanding; the scientific line of demarcation between Truth and error, between Spirit and so-called matter.

One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity.


[1] Ps. 93:4

[2] Matt. 12:27; Luke 11:19

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