Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 4 -
In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle
of being. The earth, at God's command, brings forth food for
man's use. Knowing this, Jesus once said, "Take no thought for
your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink," - presuming
not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the
Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He
doth the lilies.
509:29 Chapter 15: Genesis
(Spiritual ideas apprehended)
Knowing the Science of creation, in which all is Mind and its
ideas, Jesus rebuked the material thought of his
fellow-countrymen: "Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye
not discern the signs of the times?" How much more should we seek
to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the
objects of sense! To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy,
thought must be purely spiritual.
494:15 Chapter 14: Recapitulation
br> Question 22. - Will you explain sickness
and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The opposite of Love, called hate.
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
(Reason and Science)
The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated
the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of
Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own
convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly
directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin,
sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the
sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal
harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of
410:4 Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice
(Life eternal and present)
"This is life eternal," says Jesus, - is, not shall be; and
then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his
Father and of himself, - the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life.
"This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." The Scriptures say,
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God," showing that Truth is the
actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching
409:20 Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice
The real man is spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and
imperfect so-called "children of men" are counterfeits from the
beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. This mortal is
put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as
mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.
259:6-21 Chapter 9: Creation
(God's man discerned)
In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine
nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals
the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than
their poor thought-models would allow, - thoughts which presented
man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike
understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a
perfect Principle and idea, - perfect God and perfect man, - as
the basis of thought and demonstration.
(The divine image not lost)
If man was once perfect but has now lost his perfection, then
mortals have never beheld in man the reflex image of God. The
lost image is no image. The true likeness cannot be lost in
divine reflection. Understanding this, Jesus said: "Be ye
therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is