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July 3,1898

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

I John 4:16

    16 And we have known and believed
the love that God hath to us. God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love
dwelleth in God, and God in him.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 103:1-5

    1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and
all that is within me, bless his holy
name.

    2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
forget not all his benefits:

    3 Who forgiveth all thine
iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases;

    4 Who redeemeth thy life from
destruction; who crowneth thee with
lovingkindness and tender mercies;

    5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with
good things; so that thy youth is
renewed like the eagle's.

***
I John 4:7-11

    7 Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God.

    8 He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.

    9 In this was manifested the love
of God toward us, because that God
sent his only begotten Son into the
world, that we might live through
him.

    10 Herein is love, not that we
loved God, but that he loved us, and
sent his Son to be the propitiation
for our sins.

    11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we
ought also to love one another.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

***
John 1:1-4

    1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

    4 In him was life; and the life was
the light of men.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:24


    (Ideas and identities)
    The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, - that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe. The creative Principle - Life, Truth, and Love - is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:20

    (Mind's idea faultless)
    Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God: first, in light; second, in reflection; third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness. But this Mind creates no element nor symbol of discord and decay. God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6-12


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.
    (Divine synonyms)
    To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is.


Section 2


Exodus 3:14

    14 And God said unto Moses, I AM
THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt
thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.

***
Revelation 1:8

    8 I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the ending, saith the
Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty.

588:20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(I AM)

    I AM. God; incorporeal and eternal Mind; divine Principle; the only Ego.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:13


    (No divine corporeality)
    The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?


Section 3


Deuteronomy 6:4

    4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God
is one Lord:

***
Isaiah 46:9

    9 Remember the former things of
old: for I am God, and there is none
else; I am God, and there is none
like me,

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:9


    (Tritheism impossible)
    The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM. "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:26

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)


    (-7- Divine trinity)
    VII. Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God, - that is, the triply divine Principle, Love. They represent a trinity in unity, three in one, - the same in essence, though multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter. These three express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite. They also indicate the divine Principle of scientific being, the intelligent relation of God to man and the universe.


Section 4


Psalm 100:5

    5 For the Lord is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth
endureth to all generations.

***
Mark 10:18

    18 And Jesus said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:21


    (God and nature)
    God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:25-26

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)


    (-3- Evil obsolete)
    III. The notion that both evil and good are real is a delusion of material sense, which Science annihilates.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:16-19

    (Goodness a portion of God)
    In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, - good in Principle and in idea.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 78:28


    (Spirit intangible)
    Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.


Section 5


Psalm 62:11

    11 God hath spoken once; twice have
I heard this; that power belongeth
unto God.

***
Revelation 19:6

    6 And I heard as it were the voice
of a great multitude, and as the voice
of many waters, and as the voice of
mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:
for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

***
Psalm 139:7-10

    7 Whither shall I go from thy
spirit? or whither shall I flee from
thy presence?

    8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou
art there: if I make my bed in hell,
behold, thou art there.

    9 If I take the wings of the
morning, and dwell in the uttermost
parts of the sea;

    10 Even there shall thy hand lead
me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 147:5

    5 Great is our Lord, and of great
power: his understanding is infinite.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:32


    (God's allness learned)
    The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, - Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science, - contradict forever the belief that matter can be actual. These eternal verities reveal primeval existence as the radiant reality of God's creation, in which all that He has made is pronounced by His wisdom good.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless. It should have humbled the pride of the priests, when they saw the demonstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:25


    (One supremacy)
    If what opposes God is real, there must be two powers, and God is not supreme and infinite. Can Deity be almighty, if another mighty and self-creative cause exists and sways mankind? Has the Father "Life in Himself," as the Scriptures say, and, if so, can Life, or God, dwell in evil and create it? Can matter drive Life, Spirit, hence, and so defeat omnipotence?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:2

(03) Question: Is there more than one God or Principle?
ADAM = Belief in "original sin," sickness, and death.
Topic: Life

Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. Hence
God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge,
all-presence. The varied manifestations of Christian Science
ndicate Mind, never matter, and have one Principle.


Section 6


Isaiah 63:16

    16 Doubtless thou art our father,
though Abraham be ignorant of us, and
Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O
Lord, art our father, our redeemer;
thy name is from everlasting.

***
Luke 11:11,13

    11 If a son shall ask bread of any
of you that is a father, will he give
him a stone? or if he ask a fish,
will he for a fish give him a
serpent?

    13 If ye then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to them that ask him?

***
Matthew 5:48

    48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

586:9 Chapter 17: Glossary
(FATHER)

    FATHER. Eternal Life; the one Mind; the divine Principle, commonly called God.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:3


    (Pardon and amendment)
    Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the sinner. God is not separate from the wisdom He bestows. The talents He gives we must improve. Calling on Him to forgive our work badly done or left undone, implies the vain supposition that we have nothing to do but to ask pardon, and that afterwards we shall be free to repeat the offence.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:7


    (Final purpose)
    Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:4

    (Fleshly ties temporal)
    Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Again he asked: "Who is my mother, and who are my brethren," implying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.


Section 7


Isaiah 66:13

    13 As one whom his mother
comforteth, so will I comfort you;
and ye shall be comforted in
Jerusalem.

***
Psalm 18:35

    35 Thou hast also given me the
shield of thy salvation: and thy
right hand hath holden me up, and thy
gentleness hath made me great.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:14-17


    (Vain ecstasies)
    People go into ecstasies over the sense of a corporeal Jehovah, though with scarcely a spark of love in their hearts; yet God is Love, and without Love, God, immortality cannot appear.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:10(begin In)


    (Ideal man and woman) In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:21

    (Mind's pure thought)
    The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation. The intelligent individual idea, be it male or female, rising from the lesser to the greater, unfolds the infinitude of Love.


Section 8


I John 4:7,8,16

    7 Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God.

    8 He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.

    16 And we have known and believed
the love that God hath to us. God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love
dwelleth in God, and God in him.

***
Ephesians 2:19-22

    19 Now therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and
of the household of God;

    20 And are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner stone;

    21 In whom all the building fitly
framed together groweth unto an holy
temple in the Lord:

    22 In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God
through the Spirit.

***
Revelation 21:3,4

    3 And I heard a great voice out of
heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle
of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with
them, and be their God.

    4 And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any
more pain: for the former things are
passed away.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


    (No material creation)
    Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:17-22


    (Love the incentive)
    Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:15


    (Love casteth out fear) The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle John says: "There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made perfect in Love." Here is a definite and inspired proclamation of Christian Science.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:19


    (Spiritual Eucharist)
    Our baptism is a purification from all error. Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are newborn of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, - casting out error and healing the sick. Our Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God. Our bread, "which cometh down from heaven," is Truth. Our cup is the cross. Our wine the inspiration of Love, the draught our Master drank and commended to his followers.

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - Ideas and identities
01 1 - Mind's idea faultless
01 1 - Spirit the starting-point
01 1 - Divine synonyms
01 2 - No divine corporeality
01 3 - Tritheism impossible
01 3 - -7- Divine trinity
01 4 - God and nature
01 4 - -3- Evil obsolete
01 4 - Goodness a portion of God
01 4 - Spirit intangible
01 5 - God's allness learned
01 5 - Priestly pride humbled
01 5 - One supremacy
01 6 - Pardon and amendment
01 6 - Final purpose
01 6 - Fleshly ties temporal
01 7 - Vain ecstasies
01 7 - Ideal man and woman
01 7 - Mind's pure thought
01 8 - No material creation
01 8 - Love the incentive
01 8 - Love casteth out fear
01 8 - Spiritual Eucharist


December 11,1898

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Hebrews 8:10

    10 For this is the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel
after those days, saith the Lord; I
will put my laws into their mind, and
write them in their hearts: and I
will be to them a God, and they shall
be to me a people:


Responsive Reading


Romans 12:1-3,9-12,14,19-21

    1 I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.

    2 And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


    3 For I say, through the grace
given unto me, to every man that is
among you, not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as
God hath dealt to every man the
measure of faith.

    9 Let love be without
dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good.

    10 Be kindly affectioned one to
another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another;

    11 Not slothful in business;
fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

    12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in
tribulation; continuing instant in
prayer;

    14 Bless them which persecute you:
bless, and curse not.

    19 Dearly beloved, avenge not
yourselves, but rather give place
unto wrath: for it is written,
Vengeance is mine; I will repay,
saith the Lord.

    20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger,
feed him; if he thirst, give him
drink: for in so doing thou shalt
heap coals of fire on his head.

    21 Be not overcome of evil, but
overcome evil with good.


Section 1


Exodus 6:2-7

    2 And God spake unto Moses, and
said unto him, I am the Lord:

    3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto
Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of
God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH
was I not known to them.

    4 And I have also established my
covenant with them, to give them the
land of Canaan, the land of their
pilgrimage, wherein they were
strangers.

    5 And I have also heard the
groaning of the children of Israel,
whom the Egyptians keep in bondage;
and I have remembered my covenant.

    6 Wherefore say unto the children
of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will
bring you out from under the burdens
of the Egyptians, and I will rid you
out of their bondage, and I will
redeem you with a stretched out arm,
and with great judgments:

    7 And I will take you to me for a
people, and I will be to you a God:
and ye shall know that I am the Lord
your God, which bringeth you out from
under the burdens of the Egyptians.
Exodus 19:3-5

    3 And Moses went up unto God, and
the Lord called unto him out of the
mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say
to the house of Jacob, and tell the
children of Israel;

    4 Ye have seen what I did unto the
Egyptians, and how I bare you on
eagles' wings, and brought you unto
myself.

    5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my
voice indeed, and keep my covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure
unto me above all people: for all the
earth is mine:
Exodus 20:2,3

    2 I am the Lord thy God, which have
brought thee out of the land of
Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:4-6


    (Scientific evidence)
    Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:10

    (Definition of mortal mind)
    In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and His thoughts.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 112:32-3

    (Principle and practice)
    God is the Principle of divine metaphysics. As there is but one God, there can be but one divine Principle of all Science; and there must be fixed rules for the demonstration of this divine Principle.


Section 2


I Chronicles 16:11-14

    11 Seek the Lord and his strength,
seek his face continually.

    12 Remember his marvellous works
that he hath done, his wonders, and
the judgments of his mouth;

    13 O ye seed of Israel his servant,
ye children of Jacob, his chosen
ones.

    14 He is the Lord our God; his
judgments are in all the earth.

***
Deuteronomy 4:7

    7 For what nation is there so
great, who hath God so nigh unto
them, as the Lord our God is in all
things that we call upon him for?

***
Psalm 99:5

    5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and
worship at his footstool; for he is
holy.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:15


    (Self-completeness)
    When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:10

    (Godward gravitation)
    This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:32


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    Whoever reaches the understanding of Christian Science in its proper signification will perform the sudden cures of which it is capable; but this can be done only by taking up the cross and following Christ in the daily life.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:16-19,32


    (Denials of divine power)
    In our age Christianity is again demonstrating the power of divine Principle, as it did over nineteen hundred years ago, by healing the sick and triumphing over death.
    (Profession and proof)
    There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.


Section 3


John 4:24

    24 God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.
John 1:17

    17 For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.

***
Hebrews 8:10,11

    10 For this is the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel
after those days, saith the Lord; I
will put my laws into their mind, and
write them in their hearts: and I
will be to them a God, and they shall
be to me a people:

    11 And they shall not teach every
man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for
all shall know me, from the least to
the greatest.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:23

(04) Question: What are spirits and souls?
ADAM = Evil.
Topic: Truth


    (Mankind redeemed)
    Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:6-10


    (Spiritual language)
    God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit must be, and is, spiritual. Christian Science attaches no physical nature and significance to the Supreme Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do this.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:25-28


    (Painful prospect)
    Referring to the materiality of the age, Jesus said: "The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:16-23

  (- MORTAL MIND - A belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter)


    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the reflection of God, - has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.


Section 4


John 7:14-17

    14 #Now about the midst of the
feast Jesus went up into the temple,
and taught.

    15 And the Jews marvelled, saying,
How knoweth this man letters, having
never learned?

    16 Jesus answered them, and said,
My doctrine is not mine, but his that
sent me.

    17 If any man will do his will, he
shall know of the doctrine, whether it
be of God, or whether I speak of
myself.
John 8:31,32

    31 Then said Jesus to those Jews
which believed on him, If ye continue
in my word, then are ye my disciples
indeed;

    32 And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.
John 12:46

    46 I am come a light into the
world, that whosoever believeth on me
should not abide in darkness.
John 13:17

    17 If ye know these things, happy
are ye if ye do them.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:13-19


    (Effective triumph)
    Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death. Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual. By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:28-32

    (Proof in practice)
    Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised. His proof of Christianity was no form or system of religion and worship, but Christian Science, working out the harmony of Life and Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 28:9

    (Help and hindrance)
    While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one's consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession. In conscience, we cannot hold to beliefs outgrown; and by understanding more of the divine Principle of the deathless Christ, we are enabled to heal the sick and to triumph over sin.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:25

    (Service and worship)
    Our heavenly Father, divine Love, demands that all men should follow the example of our Master and his apostles and not merely worship his personality. It is sad that the phrase divine service has come so generally to mean public worship instead of daily deeds.


Section 5


Matthew 26:17,19

    17 #Now the first day of the feast
of unleavened bread the disciples came
to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt
thou that we prepare for thee to eat
the passover?

    19 And the disciples did as Jesus
had appointed them; and they made
ready the passover.

***
Mark 14:22-25

    22 #And as they did eat, Jesus took
bread, and blessed, and brake it, and
gave to them, and said, Take, eat:
this is my body.

    23 And he took the cup, and when he
had given thanks, he gave it to them:
and they all drank of it.

    24 And he said unto them, This is
my blood of the new testament, which
is shed for many.

    25 Verily I say unto you, I will
drink no more of the fruit of the
vine, until that day that I drink it
new in the kingdom of God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:3,20-2


    (Sacred sacrament)
    In ancient Rome a soldier was required to swear allegiance to his general. The Latin word for this oath was sacramentum, and our English word sacrament is derived from it. Among the Jews it was an ancient custom for the master of a feast to pass each guest a cup of wine. But the Eucharist does not commemorate a Roman soldier's oath, nor was the wine, used on convivial occasions and in Jewish rites, the cup of our Lord. The cup shows forth his bitter experience, - the cup which he prayed might pass from him, though he bowed in holy submission to the divine decree.
    (Spiritual refreshment)
    The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine. The disciples had eaten, yet Jesus prayed and gave them bread. This would have been foolish in a literal sense; but in its spiritual signification, it was natural and beautiful. Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views.
    (Jesus' sad repast)
    The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.


Section 6


John 16:28,33

    28 I came forth from the Father,
and am come into the world: again, I
leave the world, and go to the
Father.

    33 These things I have spoken unto
you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I
have overcome the world.
John 17:11,21

    11 And now I am no more in the
world, but these are in the world,
and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep
through thine own name those whom
thou hast given me, that they may be
one, as we are.

    21 That they all may be one; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in
thee, that they also may be one in
us: that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:27


    (Incisive questions)
    Christians, are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the blood of the New Covenant, the persecutions which attend a new and higher understanding of God? If not, can you then say that you have commemorated Jesus in his cup? Are all who eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus willing truly to drink his cup, take his cross, and leave all for the Christ-principle? Then why ascribe this inspiration to a dead rite, instead of showing, by casting out error and making the body "holy, acceptable unto God," that Truth has come to the understanding? If Christ, Truth, has come to us in demonstration, no other commemoration is requisite, for demonstration is Immanuel, or God with us; and if a friend be with us, why need we memorials of that friend?

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:29-32

    (The last breakfast)
    What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea!

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:10-29

    This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love. They celebrate their Lord's victory over death, his probation in the flesh after death, its exemplification of human probation, and his spiritual and final ascension above matter, or the flesh, when he rose out of material sight.
    (Spiritual Eucharist)
    Our baptism is a purification from all error. Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are newborn of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, - casting out error and healing the sick. Our Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God. Our bread, "which cometh down from heaven," is Truth. Our cup is the cross. Our wine the inspiration of Love, the draught our Master drank and commended to his followers.

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - Scientific evidence
02 1 - Definition of mortal mind
02 1 - Principle and practice
02 2 - Self-completeness
02 2 - Godward gravitation
02 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
02 2 - Denials of divine power
02 2 - Profession and proof
02 3 - Mankind redeemed
02 3 - Spiritual language
02 3 - Painful prospect
02 3 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
02 4 - Effective triumph
02 4 - Proof in practice
02 4 - Help and hindrance
02 4 - Service and worship
02 5 - Sacred sacrament
02 5 - Spiritual refreshment
02 5 - Jesus' sad repast
02 6 - Incisive questions
02 6 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist


July 10, 1898

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 36:9

    9 For with thee is the fountain of
life: in thy light shall we see light.



Responsive Reading


Revelation 22:1-5,14-17

    1 And he shewed me a pure river of
water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God
and of the Lamb.

    2 In the midst of the street of it,
and on either side of the river, was
there the tree of life, which bare
twelve manner of fruits, and yielded
her fruit every month: and the leaves
of the tree were for the healing of
the nations.

    3 And there shall be no more curse:
but the throne of God and of the Lamb
shall be in it; and his servants
shall serve him:

    4 And they shall see his face; and
his name shall be in their foreheads.

    5 And there shall be no night
there; and they need no candle,
neither light of the sun; for the
Lord God giveth them light: and they
shall reign for ever and ever.

    14 Blessed are they that do his
commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the
city.

    15 For without are dogs, and
sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and
whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the
offspring of David, and the bright
and morning star.

    17 And the Spirit and the bride
say, Come. And let him that heareth
say, Come. And let him that is
athirst come. And whosoever will, let
him take the water of life freely.



Section 1


Psalm 66:8,9

    8 O bless our God, ye people, and
make the voice of his praise to be
heard:

    9 Which holdeth our soul in life,
and suffereth not our feet to be
moved.
Psalm 36:9

    9 For with thee is the fountain of
life: in thy light shall we see light.

***
Acts 17:24-28

    24 God that made the world and all
things therein, seeing that he is Lord
of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in
temples made with hands;

    25 Neither is worshipped with men's
hands, as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and
breath, and all things;

    26 And hath made of one blood all
nations of men for to dwell on all
the face of the earth, and hath
determined the times before
appointed, and the bounds of their
habitation;

    27 That they should seek the Lord,
if haply they might feel after him,
and find him, though he be not far
from every one of us:

    28 For in him we live, and move,
and have our being; as certain also
of your own poets have said, For we
are also his offspring.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:25-32


    (Biological inventions)
    Which institutes Life, - matter or Mind? Does Life begin with Mind or with matter? Is Life sustained by matter or by Spirit? Certainly not by both, since flesh wars against Spirit and the corporeal senses can take no cognizance of Spirit. The mythologic theory of material life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian record of man as created by Mind in the image and likeness of God and having dominion over all the earth.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 193:32-2


    (Mind cures hip-disease)
    It has been demonstrated to me that Life is God and that the might of omnipotent Spirit shares not its strength with matter or with human will.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:15


    (Discontent with life)
    Feeling so perpetually the false consciousness that life inheres in the body, yet remembering that in reality God is our Life, we may well tremble in the prospect of those days in which we must say, "I have no pleasure in them."


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:4


    (Ultimate harmony)
    We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:26-4

    (The present immortality)
    The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.
    (Careful guidance)
    The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life, and this Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit.



Section 2


John 5:26

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;

***
I John 4:9

    9 In this was manifested the love
of God toward us, because that God
sent his only begotten Son into the
world, that we might live through
him.

***
John 8:12

    12 #Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the
light of life.
John 14:19

    19 Yet a little while, and the
world seeth me no more; but ye see
me: because I live, ye shall live
also.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31


    (Life all-inclusive)
    Jesus said (John viii. 51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." That statement is not confined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of existence. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear. Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base by resting upon Spirit instead of matter. When man gives up his belief in death, he will advance more rapidly towards God, Life, and Love. Belief in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will mankind wake to this great fact in Science?


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:32-19


    (Abiding in Life)
    Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth in me shall not see death." That is, he who perceives the true idea of Life loses his belief in death. He who has the true idea of good loses all sense of evil, and by reason of this is being ushered into the undying realities of Spirit. Such a one abideth in Life, - life obtained not of the body incapable of supporting life, but of Truth, unfolding its own immortal idea. Jesus gave the true idea of being, which results in infinite blessings to mortals.
    (Indestructible being)
    In Colossians (iii. 4) Paul writes: "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear [be manifested], then shall ye also appear [be manifested] with him in glory." When spiritual being is understood in all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found in God's image. The absolute meaning of the apostolic words is this: Then shall man be found, in His likeness, perfect as the Father, indestructible in Life, "hid with Christ in God," - with Truth in divine Love, where human sense hath not seen man.



Section 3


John 3:5,6

    5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I
say unto thee, Except a man be born
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God.

    6 That which is born of the flesh
is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.
John 1:1,4,11-13

    1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.

    4 In him was life; and the life was
the light of men.

    11 He came unto his own, and his
own received him not.

    12 But as many as received him, to
them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on
his name:

    13 Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of
the will of man, but of God.

***
II Corinthians 5:17

    17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    The basis of all health, sinlessness, and immortality is the great fact that God is the only Mind; and this Mind must be not merely believed, but it must be understood. To get rid of sin through Science, is to divest sin of any supposed mind or reality, and never to admit that sin can have intelligence or power, pain or pleasure. You conquer error by denying its verity. Our various theories will never lose their imaginary power for good or evil, until we lose our faith in them and make life its own proof of harmony and God.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:3-5,28-1


    (The serpent of error)
    Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may be dead to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues?
    (Personal identity)
    When you say, "Man's body is material," I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:3-7


    (Standpoints changed)
    When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:31

    (Spiritual offspring)
    Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit, - of Life, not of matter. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.



Section 4


Proverbs 21:21

    21 He that followeth after
righteousness and mercy findeth life,
righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 12:28

    28 In the way of righteousness is
life: and in the pathway thereof
there is no death.

***
I John 2:25,29

    25 And this is the promise that he
hath promised us, even eternal life.

    29 If ye know that he is righteous,
ye know that every one that doeth
righteousness is born of him.

***
Romans 8:2,10

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.

    10 And if Christ be in you, the
body is dead because of sin; but the
Spirit is life because of
righteousness.


1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:5


    (Spiritual insight)
    Paul said, "To be spiritually minded is life." We approach God, or Life, in proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love; and in that ratio we know all human need and are able to discern the thought of the sick and the sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind cannot hide from the law of God.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:27


    (Death no benefactor)
    We have no right to say that life depends on matter now, but will not depend on it after death. We cannot spend our days here in ignorance of the Science of Life, and expect to find beyond the grave a reward for this ignorance. Death will not make us harmonious and immortal as a recompense for ignorance. If here we give no heed to Christian Science, which is spiritual and eternal, we shall not be ready for spiritual Life hereafter.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:3

(19) Question: Is materiality the concomitant of spirituality, and is material sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of Spirit?
ADAM = An inverted image of Spirit.
Topic: Adam and Fallen Man


    (Exercise of Mind faculties)
    Life is deathless. Life is the origin and ultimate of man, never attainable through death, but gained by walking in the pathway of Truth both before and after that which is called death. There is more Christianity in seeing and hearing spiritually than materially. There is more Science in the perpetual exercise of the Mind-faculties than in their loss. Lost they cannot be, while Mind remains. The apprehension of this gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf centuries ago, and it will repeat the wonder.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:3


    (Vision opening)
    Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality. Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."



Section 5


Ephesians 2:4,6

    4 But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith he loved
us,

    6 And hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus:

***
Colossians 3:1,3,4

    1 If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God.

    3 For ye are dead, and your life is
hid with Christ in God.

    4 When Christ, who is our life,
shall appear, then shall ye also
appear with him in glory.

***
I Corinthians 15:56,57

    56 The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law.

    57 But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.

***
I John 5:20

    20 And we know that the Son of God
is come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him
that is true, and we are in him that
is true, even in his Son Jesus
Christ. This is the true God, and
eternal life.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:24


    (Need and supply)
    The true idea of God gives the true understanding of Life and Love, robs the grave of victory, takes away all sin and the delusion that there are other minds, and destroys mortality.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:25


    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak "as one having authority."


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:9


    (A mortal not man)
    Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust. The Psalmist said: "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet."



Section 6


Hebrews 7:15,16

    15 And it is yet far more evident:
for that after the similitude of
Melchisedec there ariseth another
priest,

    16 Who is made, not after the law
of a carnal commandment, but after
the power of an endless life.

***
John 5:24

    24 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word, and believeth
on him that sent me, hath everlasting
life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life.
John 6:40

    40 And this is the will of him that
sent me, that every one which seeth
the Son, and believeth on him, may
have everlasting life: and I will
raise him up at the last day.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:18-20(to .)


    (Illusive dreams)
    Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." Organization and time have nothing to do with Life.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:25-6

(08) Question: What is Life?
ADAM = Dust to dust.
Topic: Mind


    (Eternity of Life)
    Question. - What is Life?
    Answer. - Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in proportion as the other is recognized. Time is finite; eternity is forever infinite. Life is neither in nor of matter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human concept. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited. Death and finiteness are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:4


    (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 practical.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 245:32-6


    (Man reflects God)
    The infinite never began nor will it ever end. Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. Man is not a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:27

    (True life eternal)
    Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:15

    (Eternal beauty)
    Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense.

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Biological inventions
03 1 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 1 - Discontent with life
03 1 - Ultimate harmony
03 1 - The present immortality
03 1 - Careful guidance
03 2 - Life all-inclusive
03 2 - Abiding in Life
03 2 - Indestructible being
03 3 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
03 3 - The serpent of error
03 3 - Personal identity
03 3 - Standpoints changed
03 3 - Spiritual offspring
03 4 - Spiritual insight
03 4 - Death no benefactor
03 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 4 - Vision opening
03 5 - Need and supply
03 5 - Spiritualized consciousness
03 5 - A mortal not man
03 6 - Illusive dreams
03 6 - Eternity of Life
03 6 - Life eternal and present
03 6 - Man reflects God
03 6 - True life eternal
03 6 - Eternal beauty


July 17,1898

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 8:32

    32 And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.


Responsive Reading


Zechariah 8:3,8-12,16,19-23

    3 Thus saith the Lord; I am
returned unto Zion, and will dwell in
the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem
shall be called a city of truth; and
the mountain of the Lord of hosts the
holy mountain.

    8 And I will bring them, and they
shall dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem: and they shall be my
people, and I will be their God, in
truth and in righteousness.

    9 #Thus saith the Lord of hosts;
Let your hands be strong, ye that
hear in these days these words by the
mouth of the prophets, which were in
the day that the foundation of the
house of the Lord of hosts was laid,
that the temple might be built.

    10 For before these days there was
no hire for man, nor any hire for
beast; neither was there any peace to
him that went out or came in because
of the affliction: for I set all men
every one against his neighbour.

    11 But now I will not be unto the
residue of this people as in the
former days, saith the Lord of hosts.


    12 For the seed shall be
prosperous; the vine shall give her
fruit, and the ground shall give her
increase, and the heavens shall give
their dew; and I will cause the
remnant of this people to possess all
these things.

    16 #These are the things that ye
shall do; speak ye every man the
truth to his neighbour; execute the
judgment of truth and peace in your
gates:

    19 Thus saith the Lord of hosts;
The fast of the fourth month, and the
fast of the fifth, and the fast of
the seventh, and the fast of the
tenth, shall be to the house of Judah
joy and gladness, and cheerful
feasts; therefore love the truth and
peace.

    20 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It
shall yet come to pass, that there
shall come people, and the
inhabitants of many cities:

    21 And the inhabitants of one city
shall go to another, saying, Let us go
speedily to pray before the Lord, and
to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go
also.

    22 Yea, many people and strong
nations shall come to seek the Lord
of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray
before the Lord.

    23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In
those days it shall come to pass,
that ten men shall take hold out of
all languages of the nations, even
shall take hold of the skirt of him
that is a Jew, saying, We will go
with you: for we have heard that God
is with you.


Section 1


Proverbs 3:3-5

    3 Let not mercy and truth forsake
thee: bind them about thy neck; write
them upon the table of thine heart:

    4 So shalt thou find favour and
good understanding in the sight of
God and man.

    5 #Trust in the Lord with all thine
heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding.

***
Psalm 25:1,5

    1 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up
my soul.

    5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach
me: for thou art the God of my
salvation; on thee do I wait all the
day.
Psalm 43:3,4

    3 O send out thy light and thy
truth: let them lead me; let them
bring me unto thy holy hill, and to
thy tabernacles.

    4 Then will I go unto the altar of
God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea,
upon the harp will I praise thee, O
God my God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 497:3,20

(24) Question: Have Christian Scientists any religious creed?
ADAM = That of which wisdom saith, "Thou shalt surely die."
Topic: Christian Science


    ( - Tenets -)
    1. As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
    5. We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:29-2

(21) Question: Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?
ADAM = Life's counterfeit, which ultimates in death.
Topic: Ancient and Modern Necromany, alies Mesmerism, and Hypnotism, Denounced


    (Victory for Truth)
    The conservative theory, long believed, is that there are two factors, matter and mind, uniting on some impossible basis. This theory would keep truth and error always at war. Victory would perch on neither banner. On the other hand, Christian Science speedily shows Truth to be triumphant.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:28


    (Question of precedence)
    God being All-in-all, He made medicine; but that medicine was Mind. It could not have been matter, which departs from the nature and character of Mind, God. Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-5


    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love.


Section 2


John 18:37,38

    37 Pilate therefore said unto him,
Art thou a king then? Jesus answered,
Thou sayest that I am a king. To this
end was I born, and for this cause
came I into the world, that I should
bear witness unto the truth. Every
one that is of the truth heareth my
voice.

    38 Pilate saith unto him, What is
truth? And when he had said this, he
went out again unto the Jews, and
saith unto them, I find in him no
fault at all.
John 8:38,40,44-47

    38 I speak that which I have seen
with my Father: and ye do that which
ye have seen with your father.

    40 But now ye seek to kill me, a
man that hath told you the truth,
which I have heard of God: this did
not Abraham.

    44 Ye are of your father the devil,
and the lusts of your father ye will
do. He was a murderer from the
beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in
him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it.

    45 And because I tell you the
truth, ye believe me not.

    46 Which of you convinceth me of
sin? And if I say the truth, why do
ye not believe me?

    47 He that is of God heareth God's
words: ye therefore hear them not,
because ye are not of God.

***
Daniel 9:13

    13 As it is written in the law of
Moses, all this evil is come upon us:
yet made we not our prayer before the
Lord our God, that we might turn from
our iniquities, and understand thy
truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:14-24,28-32


    (The question of the ages)
    The question, "What is Truth," convulses the world. Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance which comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and try to "give it pause." "If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
    The efforts of error to answer this question by some ology are vain. Spiritual rationality and free thought accompany approaching Science, and cannot be put down. They will emancipate humanity, and supplant unscientific means and so-called laws.
    (Heralds of Science)
    Marvels, calamities, and sin will much more abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted claims; but the awful daring of sin destroys sin, and foreshadows the triumph of truth. God will overturn, until "He come whose right it is."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:17


    (Mental tillage)
    Outside of Christian Science all is vague and hypothetical, the opposite of Truth; yet this opposite, in its false view of God and man, impudently demands a blessing.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:9


    (Irreconcilable differences)
    Jesus reasoned on this subject practically, and controlled sickness, sin, and death on the basis of his spirituality. Understanding the nothingness of material things, he spoke of flesh and Spirit as the two opposites, - as error and Truth, not contributing in any way to each other's happiness and existence. Jesus knew, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:5-8

    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.
    Jesus said of personified evil, that it was "a liar, and the father of it."


Section 3


I John 1:5,6

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.

    6 If we say that we have fellowship
with him, and walk in darkness, we
lie, and do not the truth:
I John 4:4-6

    4 Ye are of God, little children,
and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world.

    5 They are of the world: therefore
speak they of the world, and the world
heareth them.

    6 We are of God: he that knoweth
God heareth us; he that is not of God
heareth not us. Hereby know we the
spirit of truth, and the spirit of
error.

***
John 1:17

    17 For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.
John 14:6,15-17,26

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

    16 And I will pray the Father, and
he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever;

    17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom
the world cannot receive, because it
seeth him not, neither knoweth him:
but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you.

    26 But the Comforter, which is the
Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send
in my name, he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 268:9-11


    (Materialistic challenge)
    Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:10-11,32

    (Divine allness)
    In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite God can have no unlikeness.
    (Error unveiled)
    Truth cannot be contaminated by error. The statement that Truth is real necessarily includes the correlated statement, that error, Truth's unlikeness, is unreal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:29-1

    (The Christ-element) The Christ-element in the Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:9


    (Life eternal and present)
    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 practical.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:20-5


    (New Testament basis)
    Our Master said, "But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things." When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth. The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this Science, and the eternal life, not the death of Jesus, is its outcome.
    (Modern evangel)
    Those, who are willing to leave their nets or to cast them on the right side for Truth, have the opportunity now, as aforetime, to learn and to practise Christian healing. The Scriptures contain it. The spiritual import of the Word imparts this power. But, as Paul says, "How shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?" If sent, how shall they preach, convert, and heal multitudes, except the people hear?


    (Spirituality of Scripture)
    The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek.


Section 4


I Kings 17:17,22-24

    17 #And it came to pass after these
things, that the son of the woman,
the mistress of the house, fell sick;
and his sickness was so sore, that
there was no breath left in him.

    22 And the Lord heard the voice of
Elijah; and the soul of the child came
into him again, and he revived.

    23 And Elijah took the child, and
brought him down out of the chamber
into the house, and delivered him
unto his mother: and Elijah said,
See, thy son liveth.

    24 #And the woman said to Elijah,
Now by this I know that thou art a
man of God, and that the word of the
Lord in thy mouth is truth.

***
John 8:32

    32 And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 227:19


    (Native freedom) Love and Truth make free, but evil and error lead into captivity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:1

    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true, it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs, or without, to destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick. This is the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:2-13

(22b) Question: ...and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
Topic: God the Preserver of Man


    (Followers of Jesus)
    Truth casts out error now as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago. All of Truth is not understood; hence its healing power is not fully demonstrated.
    (Destruction of all evil)
    If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:28-11


    (Mental emancipation)
    Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner is the Soul-inspired motto, "Slavery is abolished." The power of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love. What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.
    (Truth's ordeal)
    You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that the march of time bears onward freedom's banner. The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on.


Section 5


John 17:1,6,8,17-19

    1 These words spake Jesus, and
lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee:

    6 I have manifested thy name unto
the men which thou gavest me out of
the world: thine they were, and thou
gavest them me; and they have kept
thy word.

    8 For I have given unto them the
words which thou gavest me; and they
have received them, and have known
surely that I came out from thee, and
they have believed that thou didst
send me.

    17 Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth.

    18 As thou hast sent me into the
world, even so have I also sent them
into the world.

    19 And for their sakes I sanctify
myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:1-3


    (Practical preaching)
    The best sermon ever preached is Truth practised and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:1-6


    (Inadequate theories of creation)
    Eternal Truth is changing the universe. As mortals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought expands into expression. "Let there be light," is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:25


    (Annihilation of error)
    Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:7-10


    (Primitive error)
    Truth will be to us "the resurrection and the life" only as it destroys all error and the belief that Mind, the only immortality of man, can be fettered by the body, and Life be controlled by death.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:24-2

(13) Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Topic: Reality


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the destruction of error, must error still 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, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of Christ is to "destroy the works of the devil." Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is "no night there."


Section 6


Matthew 16:6

    6 #Then Jesus said unto them, Take
heed and beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Matthew 13:33

    33 #Another parable spake he unto
them; The kingdom of heaven is like
unto leaven, which a woman took, and
hid in three measures of meal, till
the whole was leavened.

***
I John 2:27

    27 But the anointing which ye have
received of him abideth in you, and ye
need not that any man teach you: but
as the same anointing teacheth you of
all things, and is truth, and is no
lie, and even as it hath taught you,
ye shall abide in him.

***
I Timothy 2:1,3,4

    1 I exhort therefore, that, first
of all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks,
be made for all men;

    3 For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour;

    4 Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:27-12


    (Opacity of the senses)
    Truth is a revelation.
    (Leaven of Truth)
    Jesus bade his disciples beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, which he defined as human doctrines. His parable of the "leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened," impels the inference that the spiritual leaven signifies the Science of Christ and its spiritual interpretation, - an inference far above the merely ecclesiastical and formal applications of the illustration.
    Did not this parable point a moral with a prophecy, foretelling the second appearing in the flesh of the Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the visible world?
    Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man's spiritual freedom.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:27-32


    (Erroneous standpoint)
    Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."
    (Mortality mythical)
    "As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive."

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - - Tenets -
04 1 - Victory for Truth
04 1 - Question of precedence
04 1 - Moral victory
04 2 - The question of the ages
04 2 - Heralds of Science
04 2 - Mental tillage
04 2 - Irreconcilable differences
04 2 - Two infinite creators absurd
04 3 - Materialistic challenge
04 3 - Divine allness
04 3 - Error unveiled
04 3 - The Christ-element
04 3 - Life eternal and present
04 3 - New Testament basis
04 3 - Modern evangel
04 3 - Spirituality of Scripture
04 4 - Native freedom
04 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
04 4 - Followers of Jesus
04 4 - Destruction of all evil
04 4 - Mental emancipation
04 4 - Truth's ordeal
04 5 - Practical preaching
04 5 - Inadequate theories of creation
04 5 - Annihilation of error
04 5 - Primitive error
04 5 - Truth destroys falsity
04 6 - Opacity of the senses
04 6 - Leaven of Truth
04 6 - Erroneous standpoint
04 6 - Mortality mythical


July 24,1898

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

I John 5:2

    2 By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God, and
keep his commandments.


Responsive Reading


I John 4:12-21

    12 No man hath seen God at any
time. If we love one another, God
dwelleth in us, and his love is
perfected in us.

    13 Hereby know we that we dwell in
him, and he in us, because he hath
given us of his Spirit.

    14 And we have seen and do testify
that the Father sent the Son to be the
Saviour of the world.

    15 Whosoever shall confess that
Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth
in him, and he in God.

    16 And we have known and believed
the love that God hath to us. God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love
dwelleth in God, and God in him.

    17 Herein is our love made perfect,
that we may have boldness in the day
of judgment: because as he is, so are
we in this world.

    18 There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that
feareth is not made perfect in love.

    19 We love him, because he first
loved us.

    20 If a man say, I love God, and
hateth his brother, he is a liar: for
he that loveth not his brother whom
he hath seen, how can he love God
whom he hath not seen?

    21 And this commandment have we
from him, That he who loveth God love
his brother also.


Section 1


I John 4:7,8,12,16,21

    7 Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God.

    8 He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.

    12 No man hath seen God at any
time. If we love one another, God
dwelleth in us, and his love is
perfected in us.

    16 And we have known and believed
the love that God hath to us. God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love
dwelleth in God, and God in him.

    21 And this commandment have we
from him, That he who loveth God love
his brother also.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


    (No material creation)
    Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:4,25-27


    (God invisible to the senses)
    That God is a corporeal being, nobody can truly affirm. The Bible represents Him as saying: "Thou canst not see My face; for there shall no man see Me, and live." Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God. Religion will then be of the heart and not of the head. Mankind will no longer be tyrannical and proscriptive from lack of love, - straining out gnats and swallowing camels.
    (Anthropomorphism) The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.


Section 2


John 14:15,23

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

    23 Jesus answered and said unto
him, If a man love me, he will keep
my words: and my Father will love
him, and we will come unto him, and
make our abode with him.
John 15:10,12

    10 If ye keep my commandments, ye
shall abide in my love; even as I
have kept my Father's commandments,
and abide in his love.

    12 This is my commandment, That ye
love one another, as I have loved you.

***
I John 5:2-4

    2 By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God, and
keep his commandments.

    3 For this is the love of God, that
we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous.

    4 For whatsoever is born of God
overcometh the world: and this is the
victory that overcometh the world,
even our faith.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:14


    (Sublime summary) The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built. His sublime summary points to the religion of Love.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:5


    (Efficacious petitions)
    To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:19


    (Spirit transforms)
    The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:24


    (Behest of the cross)
    Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies. The truth is the centre of all religion. It commands sure entrance into the realm of Love. St. Paul wrote, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us;" that is, let us put aside material self and sense, and seek the divine Principle and Science of all healing.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:11-14


    (The robe of Science)
    He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, - in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.


Section 3


James 1:12

    12 Blessed is the man that endureth
temptation: for when he is tried, he
shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them
that love him.

***
Romans 8:28

    28 And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.

***
I Corinthians 2:9

    9 But as it is written, Eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for
them that love him.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:17


    (Love the incentive)
    Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must "have her perfect work."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:18


    (Standpoint revealed)
    If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:24


    (Inexhaustible divine Love)
    Who hath found finite life or love sufficient to meet the demands of human want and woe, - to still the desires, to satisfy the aspirations? Infinite Mind cannot be limited to a finite form, or Mind would lose its infinite character as inexhaustible Love, eternal Life, omnipotent Truth.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:2


    (Love impartial and universal) Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."


Section 4


I John 4:20

    20 If a man say, I love God, and
hateth his brother, he is a liar: for
he that loveth not his brother whom
he hath seen, how can he love God
whom he hath not seen?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:12


    (The true physician)
    The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scientists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels of bigoted pedantry.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:12


    (The spiritual mathematics)
    The Divine Being must be reflected by man, - else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One "altogether lovely;" but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.


Section 5


Leviticus 19:18

    18 #Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear
any grudge against the children of
thy people, but thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

***
James 2:8,9

    8 If ye fulfil the royal law
according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,
ye do well:

    9 But if ye have respect to
persons, ye commit sin, and are
convinced of the law as
transgressors.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 88:18


    (Illusions not ideas)
    To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine idea; but this idea can never be seen, felt, nor understood through the physical senses. Excite the organ of veneration or religious faith, and the individual manifests profound adoration. Excite the opposite development, and he blasphemes. These effects, however, do not proceed from Christianity, nor are they spiritual phenomena, for both arise from mortal belief.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 340:23

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)

    (-Platform summation-) One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, "Love thy neighbor as thyself;" annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, - whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.


Section 6


Romans 8:35-39

    35 Who shall separate us from the
love of Christ? shall tribulation, or
distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    36 As it is written, For thy sake
we are killed all the day long; we
are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter.

    37 Nay, in all these things we are
more than conquerors through him that
loved us.

    38 For I am persuaded, that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come,

    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any
other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:3


    (Man inseparable from Love)
    It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God." This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-5


    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love.


Section 7


Matthew 5:43-48

    43 #Ye have heard that it hath been
said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour,
and hate thine enemy.

    44 But I say unto you, Love your
enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you;

    45 That ye may be the children of
your Father which is in heaven: for
he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sendeth rain on
the just and on the unjust.

    46 For if ye love them which love
you, what reward have ye? do not even
the publicans the same?

    47 And if ye salute your brethren
only, what do ye more than others? do
not even the publicans so?

    48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:18


    (The holy struggle)
    When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: "Not my will, but Thine, be done!" - that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:17-18


    (Mercy without partiality)
    "God is Love." More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 340:4

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-Platform summation-)
    This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the Christian Science thought, especially when the word duty, which is not in the original, is omitted: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." In other words: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: love God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole of man in His image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - Spirit the starting-point
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - God invisible to the senses
05 1 - Anthropomorphism
05 2 - Sublime summary
05 2 - Efficacious petitions
05 2 - Spirit transforms
05 2 - Behest of the cross
05 2 - The robe of Science
05 3 - Love the incentive
05 3 - Standpoint revealed
05 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 3 - Love impartial and universal
05 4 - The true physician
05 4 - The spiritual mathematics
05 5 - Illusions not ideas
05 5 - Universal brotherhood
05 5 - -Platform summation-
05 6 - Man inseparable from Love
05 6 - Moral victory
05 7 - The holy struggle
05 7 - Mercy without partiality
05 7 - -Platform summation-


July 31,1898

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

John 4:24

    24 God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 2:9-16

    9 But as it is written, Eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for
them that love him.

    10 But God hath revealed them unto
us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep
things of God.

    11 For what man knoweth the things
of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God
knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God.

    12 Now we have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God; that we might know
the things that are freely given to
us of God.

    13 Which things also we speak, not
in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost
teacheth; comparing spiritual things
with spiritual.

    14 But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.

    15 But he that is spiritual judgeth
all things, yet he himself is judged
of no man.

    16 For who hath known the mind of
the Lord, that he may instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1,2

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

    2 And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of
God moved upon the face of the
waters.

***
John 4:24

    24 God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.
John 3:5-8

    5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I
say unto thee, Except a man be born
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God.

    6 That which is born of the flesh
is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.

    7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again.

    8 The wind bloweth where it
listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it
cometh, and whither it goeth: so is
every one that is born of the Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 334:31

  (- MORTAL MIND - The belief that there can be more than one creator)


    (-17- Infinite Spirit)
    XVII. Spirit being God, there is but one Spirit, for there can be but one infinite and therefore one God. There are neither spirits many nor gods many. There is no evil in Spirit, because God is Spirit. The theory, that Spirit is distinct from matter but must pass through it, or into it, to be individualized, would reduce God to dependency on matter, and establish a basis for pantheism.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:21-3


    (Derivatives of spirit)
    The belief that Spirit is finite as well as infinite has darkened all history. In Christian Science, Spirit, as a proper noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and applies exclusively to God. The modifying derivatives of the word spirit refer only to quality, not to God. Man is spiritual. He is not God, Spirit. If man were Spirit, then men would be spirits, gods. Finite spirit would be mortal, and this is the error embodied in the belief that the infinite can be contained in the finite. This belief tends to becloud our apprehension of the kingdom of heaven and of the reign of harmony in the Science of being.
    (Scientific man)
    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17

(05) Question: What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
ADAM = The opposite of good,- of God and His creation.
Topic: Love


    (Soul not confined in body)
    Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter. We reason imperfectly from effect to cause, when we conclude that matter is the effect of Spirit; but a priori reasoning shows material existence to be enigmatical. Spirit gives the true mental idea. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through matter. Matter neither sees, hears, nor feels.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:32


    (Godward gravitation)
    The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, and its government is divine Science. Man is the offspring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of Mind. Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, - they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, - in order that sin and mortality may be put off.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:15

    (Self-completeness)
    When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.


Section 2


Genesis 1:3

    3 And God said, Let there be light:
and there was light.

***
John 1:1,4,5

    1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.

    4 In him was life; and the life was
the light of men.

    5 And the light shineth in
darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.
John 3:19

    19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.

***
I John 1:5

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:28


    (Mind's idea faultless)
    God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:9,27-31

    (Light preceding the sun)
    This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas. This also shows that there is no place where God's light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-present. Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?
    (Spirit versus darkness)
    Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light? Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light. Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit.

596:11-19 Chapter 17: Glossary
(URIM)

    URIM. Light.
    The rabbins believed that the stones in the breast-plate of the high-priest had supernatural illumination, but Christian Science reveals Spirit, not matter, as the illuminator of all. The illuminations of Science give us a sense of the nothingness of error, and they show the spiritual inspiration of Love and Truth to be the only fit preparation for admission to the presence and power of the Most High.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:17


    (Rarefaction of thought)
    The light of spiritual understanding gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:4,9

    (Spiritual ideas apprehended)
    To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.
    Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose "light shall we see light;" and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.


Section 3


Psalm 139:7-12

    7 Whither shall I go from thy
spirit? or whither shall I flee from
thy presence?

    8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou
art there: if I make my bed in hell,
behold, thou art there.

    9 If I take the wings of the
morning, and dwell in the uttermost
parts of the sea;

    10 Even there shall thy hand lead
me, and thy right hand shall hold me.


    11 If I say, Surely the darkness
shall cover me; even the night shall
be light about me.

    12 Yea, the darkness hideth not
from thee; but the night shineth as
the day: the darkness and the light
are both alike to thee.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:6-10


    (Spiritual language)
    God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit must be, and is, spiritual. Christian Science attaches no physical nature and significance to the Supreme Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do this.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:25

    (All force mental)
    Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:32

    (God's allness learned)
    The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, - Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science, - contradict forever the belief that matter can be actual. These eternal verities reveal primeval existence as the radiant reality of God's creation, in which all that He has made is pronounced by His wisdom good.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:2

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Spiritual reflection)
    Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit. If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.


Section 4


Job 36:5

    5 Behold, God is mighty, and
despiseth not any: he is mighty in
strength and wisdom.

***
John 3:34

    34 For he whom God hath sent
speaketh the words of God: for God
giveth not the Spirit by measure unto
him.
John 6:47,63

    47 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me hath
everlasting life.

    63 It is the spirit that
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto
you, they are spirit, and they are
life.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:17-21


    (The one real power)
    Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the "wind in His fists;" and this teaching accords with Science and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless. It should have humbled the pride of the priests, when they saw the demonstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 162:13


    (Practical success)
    The indestructible faculties of Spirit exist without the conditions of matter and also without the false beliefs of a so-called material existence. Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic. Christian Science heals organic disease as surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.


Section 5


Job 28:12,13,23,28

    12 But where shall wisdom be found?
and where is the place of
understanding?

    13 Man knoweth not the price
thereof; neither is it found in the
land of the living.

    23 God understandeth the way
thereof, and he knoweth the place
thereof.

    28 And unto man he said, Behold,
the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is
understanding.

***
Psalm 147:5

    5 Great is our Lord, and of great
power: his understanding is infinite.

***
I John 5:20

    20 And we know that the Son of God
is come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him
that is true, and we are in him that
is true, even in his Son Jesus
Christ. This is the true God, and
eternal life.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:3

(21) Question: Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?
ADAM = Life's counterfeit, which ultimates in death.
Topic: Ancient and Modern Necromany, alies Mesmerism, and Hypnotism, Denounced


    (Spiritual existence the one fact) For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there is no other existence, since Life cannot be united to its unlikeness, mortality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:27


    (One primal cause)
    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real. The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from suppositional error, which affords no proof of God, Spirit, or of the spiritual creation. Material sense defines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the infinite.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:31

    (Spiritual translation)
    Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God. It shows the superiority of faith by works over faith in words. Its ideas are expressed only in "new tongues;" and these are interpreted by the translation of the spiritual original into the language which human thought can comprehend.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:12


    (Five senses deceptive)
    The senses of Spirit abide in Love, and they demonstrate Truth and Life. Hence Christianity and the Science which expounds it are based on spiritual understanding, and they supersede the so-called laws of matter. Jesus demonstrated this great verity. When what we erroneously term the five physical senses are misdirected, they are simply the manifested beliefs of mortal mind, which affirm that life, substance, and intelligence are material, instead of spiritual. These false beliefs and their products constitute the flesh, and the flesh wars against Spirit.


Section 6


Ephesians 4:4-6

    4 There is one body, and one
Spirit, even as ye are called in one
hope of your calling;

    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


    6 One God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in
you all.

***
Romans 8:1,2,14

    1 THERE is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.

    14 For as many as are led by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God.

***
I Corinthians 2:9-11

    9 But as it is written, Eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for
them that love him.

    10 But God hath revealed them unto
us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep
things of God.

    11 For what man knoweth the things
of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God
knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God.

***
II Corinthians 3:17

    17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and
where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2-8

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.
    (The fruit forbidden)
    Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:6


    (Spiritual baptism) Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 78:28


    (Spirit intangible)
    Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:32


    (Divine victory)
    Love must triumph over hate. Truth and Life must seal the victory over error and death, before the thorns can be laid aside for a crown, the benediction follow, "Well done, good and faithful servant," and the supremacy of Spirit be demonstrated.

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - -17- Infinite Spirit
06 1 - Derivatives of spirit
06 1 - Scientific man
06 1 - Soul not confined in body
06 1 - Godward gravitation
06 1 - Self-completeness
06 2 - Mind's idea faultless
06 2 - Light preceding the sun
06 2 - Spirit versus darkness
06 2 - Rarefaction of thought
06 2 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
06 3 - Spiritual language
06 3 - All force mental
06 3 - God's allness learned
06 3 - Spiritual reflection
06 4 - The one real power
06 4 - Priestly pride humbled
06 4 - Practical success
06 5 - Spiritual existence the one fact
06 5 - One primal cause
06 5 - Spiritual translation
06 5 - Five senses deceptive
06 6 - Vapor and nothingness
06 6 - The fruit forbidden
06 6 - Spiritual baptism
06 6 - Spirit intangible
06 6 - Divine victory


August 7,1898

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 63:5

    5 My soul shall be satisfied as
with marrow and fatness; and my mouth
shall praise thee with joyful lips:


Responsive Reading


Psalm 63

PSALM 63
A Psalm of David, when he was in
the wilderness of Judah

    1 O God, thou art my God; early
will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth
for thee, my flesh longeth for thee
in a dry and thirsty land, where no
water is;

    2 To see thy power and thy glory,
so as I have seen thee in the
sanctuary.

    3 Because thy lovingkindness is
better than life, my lips shall
praise thee.

    4 Thus will I bless thee while I
live: I will lift up my hands in thy
name.

    5 My soul shall be satisfied as
with marrow and fatness; and my mouth
shall praise thee with joyful lips:

    6 When I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the night
watches.

    7 Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings
will I rejoice.

    8 My soul followeth hard after
thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

    9 But those that seek my soul, to
destroy it, shall go into the lower
parts of the earth.

    10 They shall fall by the sword:
they shall be a portion for foxes.

    11 But the king shall rejoice in
God; every one that sweareth by him
shall glory: but the mouth of them
that speak lies shall be stopped.


Section 1


Psalm 33:18-20

    18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is
upon them that fear him, upon them
that hope in his mercy;

    19 To deliver their soul from
death, and to keep them alive in
famine.

    20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord:
he is our help and our shield.

***
Job 33:18-20

    18 He keepeth back his soul from
the pit, and his life from perishing
by the sword.

    19 He is chastened also with pain
upon his bed, and the multitude of
his bones with strong pain:

    20 So that his life abhorreth
bread, and his soul dainty meat.

***
Matthew 11:28,29

    28 #Come unto me, all ye that
labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.

    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn
of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto
your souls.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:32-12

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Sense and pure Soul)
    When reading the Scriptures, the substitution of the word sense for soul gives the exact meaning in a majority of cases.


    (Soul defined)
    Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in matter. The proper use of the word soul can always be gained by substituting the word God, where the deific meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense, and you will have the scientific signification. As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with sense, with material sensation.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:11-15


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    "Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows that here the word soul means a false sense or material consciousness. The command was a warning to beware, not of Rome, Satan, nor of God, but of sin.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:23-26


    (Hypocrisy condemned)
    Both Jew and Gentile may have had acute corporeal senses, but mortals need spiritual sense. Jesus knew the generation to be wicked and adulterous, seeking the material more than the spiritual.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:4

    (Scientific foreknowing)
    This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:13

    (Spirits obsolete)
    Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated.


Section 2


Psalm 42:5,6

    5 Why art thou cast down, O my
soul? and why art thou disquieted in
me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet
praise him for the help of his
countenance.

    6 O my God, my soul is cast down
within me: therefore will I remember
thee from the land of Jordan, and of
the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

***
Genesis 2:7

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.

***
I Kings 17:21,22

    21 And he stretched himself upon
the child three times, and cried unto
the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I
pray thee, let this child's soul come
into him again.

    22 And the Lord heard the voice of
Elijah; and the soul of the child came
into him again, and he revived.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:13-4


    (Creation reversed)
    Genesis ii. 7. And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.



    Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite deity, that He should now be called Jehovah? With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female. How then could a material organization become the basis of man? How could the non-intelligent become the medium of Mind, and error be the enunciator of Truth? Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?
    It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground. Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence? Does Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of God? In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:29


    (Ptolemaic and psychical error)
    Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that soul is in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical science has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies, and Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as to our terrestrial bodies. The true idea and Principle of man will then appear. The Ptolemaic blunder could not affect the harmony of being as does the error relating to soul and body, which reverses the order of Science and assigns to matter the power and prerogative of Spirit, so that man becomes the most absolutely weak and inharmonious creature in the universe.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:3

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (A vacant domicile)
    What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural science, man has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering it. What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of the declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a certain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen to go into the house or to come out of it, nor were they even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul in the body?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 309:24-26


    (Life never structural)
    The Science of being shows it to be impossible for infinite Spirit or Soul to be in a finite body or for man to have an intelligence separate from his Maker.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:23-27

    (The divine reflection)
    Spirit is God, Soul; therefore Soul is not in matter. If Spirit were in matter, God would have no representative, and matter would be identical with God. The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence, inhabits matter is taught by the schools.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17

(05) Question: What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
ADAM = The opposite of good,- of God and His creation.
Topic: Love


    (Soul not confined in body)
    Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter. We reason imperfectly from effect to cause, when we conclude that matter is the effect of Spirit; but a priori reasoning shows material existence to be enigmatical. Spirit gives the true mental idea. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through matter. Matter neither sees, hears, nor feels.


Section 3


Genesis 46:26,27

    26 All the souls that came with
Jacob into Egypt, which came out of
his loins, besides Jacob's sons'
wives, all the souls were threescore
and six;

    27 And the sons of Joseph, which
were born him in Egypt, were two
souls: all the souls of the house of
Jacob, which came into Egypt, were
threescore and ten.

***
Acts 2:41

    41 #Then they that gladly received
his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about
three thousand souls.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:7-26

(04) Question: What are spirits and souls?
ADAM = Evil.
Topic: Truth


    (Real versus unreal)
    Question. - What are spirits and souls?
    Answer. - To human belief, they are personalities constituted of mind and matter, life and death, truth and error, good and evil; but these contrasting pairs of terms represent contraries, as Christian Science reveals, which neither dwell together nor assimilate. Truth is immortal; error is mortal. Truth is limitless; error is limited. Truth is intelligent; error is non-intelligent. Moreover, Truth is real, and error is unreal. This last statement contains the point you will most reluctantly admit, although first and last it is the most important to understand.
    (Mankind redeemed)
    The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:27


    (No new creation)
    The multiplication of a human and mortal sense of persons and things is not creation. A sensual thought, like an atom of dust thrown into the face of spiritual immensity, is dense blindness instead of a scientific eternal consciousness of creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:32


    (Sickness as discord)
    The body does not include soul, but manifests mortality, a false sense of soul. The delusion that there is life in matter has no kinship with the Life supernal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:16-18

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)

    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    XIX. Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a limited body.


Section 4


Leviticus 5:17

    17 #And if a soul sin, and commit
any of these things which are
forbidden to be done by the
commandments of the Lord; though he
wist it not, yet is he guilty, and
shall bear his iniquity.

***
Proverbs 13:2

    2 A man shall eat good by the fruit
of his mouth: but the soul of the
transgressors shall eat violence.

***
I John 3:4,6,8,10

    4 Whosoever committeth sin
transgresseth also the law: for sin
is the transgression of the law.

    6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth
not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen
him, neither known him.

    8 He that committeth sin is of the
devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son
of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil.

    10 In this the children of God are
manifest, and the children of the
devil: whosoever doeth not
righteousness is not of God, neither
he that loveth not his brother.

***
Ezekiel 18:20

    20 The soul that sinneth, it shall
die. The son shall not bear the
iniquity of the father, neither shall
the father bear the iniquity of the
son: the righteousness of the
righteous shall be upon him, and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be
upon him.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:18-23


    (Soul imperishable)
    Soul changeth not. We are commonly taught that there is a human soul which sins and is spiritually lost, - that soul may be lost, and yet be immortal. If Soul could sin, Spirit, Soul, would be flesh instead of Spirit. It is the belief of the flesh and of material sense which sins.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:7-25

    (Sin only of the flesh)
    Soul is immortal because it is Spirit, which has no element of self-destruction. Is man lost spiritually? No, he can only lose a sense material. All sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains. It is a sense of sin, and not a sinful soul, which is lost. Evil is destroyed by the sense of good.
    (Soul impeccable)
    Through false estimates of soul as dwelling in sense and of mind as dwelling in matter, belief strays into a sense of temporary loss or absence of soul, spiritual truth. This state of error is the mortal dream of life and substance as existent in matter, and is directly opposite to the immortal reality of being. So long as we believe that soul can sin or that immortal Soul is in mortal body, we can never understand the Science of being. When humanity does understand this Science, it will become the law of Life to man, - even the higher law of Soul, which prevails over material sense through harmony and immortality.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:24-32

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Sense and pure Soul)
    If Soul sins, it must be mortal. Sin has the elements of self-destruction. It cannot sustain itself. If sin is supported, God must uphold it, and this is impossible, since Truth cannot support error. Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins, - hence the immortality of Soul. In Science we learn that it is material sense, not Soul, which sins; and it will be found that it is the sense of sin which is lost, and not a sinful soul.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:3

(05) Question: What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
ADAM = The opposite of good,- of God and His creation.
Topic: Love


    (Sinlessness of Mind, Soul)
    If Soul sinned, it would be mortal, for sin is mortality's self, because it kills itself. If Truth is immortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for sin is not the eternal verity of being.


Section 5


Genesis 1:27

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

***
Matthew 23:9

    9 And call no man your father upon
the earth: for one is your Father,
which is in heaven.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:22-2

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (Reflection of Spirit)
    Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.
    (Man inseperable from Spirit)
    Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians caught some glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain beautiful lake "the smile of the Great Spirit." Separated from man, who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:19


    (Definition of man)
    The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:13

    (Divinity not childless)
    If Life or Soul and its representative, man, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, - and this is the general religious opinion of mankind, - we are left without a rational proof of immortality. But man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man's existence to be intact.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 120:4


    (The sun and Soul) Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.

Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - Sense and pure Soul
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Sin destroyed through suffering
07 1 - Hypocrisy condemned
07 1 - Scientific foreknowing
07 1 - Spirits obsolete
07 2 - Creation reversed
07 2 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 2 - A vacant domicile
07 2 - Life never structural
07 2 - The divine reflection
07 2 - Soul not confined in body
07 3 - Real versus unreal
07 3 - Mankind redeemed
07 3 - No new creation
07 3 - Sickness as discord
07 3 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 4 - Soul imperishable
07 4 - Sin only of the flesh
07 4 - Soul impeccable
07 4 - Sense and pure Soul
07 4 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
07 5 - Reflection of Spirit
07 5 - Man inseperable from Spirit
07 5 - Definition of man
07 5 - Divinity not childless
07 5 - The sun and Soul


August 14,1898

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Philipians 2:5

    5 Let this mind be in you, which
was also in Christ Jesus:


Responsive Reading


Psalm 107:1-9,20-22,43

    1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for
he is good: for his mercy endureth
for ever.

    2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say
so, whom he hath redeemed from the
hand of the enemy;

    3 And gathered them out of the
lands, from the east, and from the
west, from the north, and from the
south.

    4 They wandered in the wilderness
in a solitary way; they found no city
to dwell in.

    5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul
fainted in them.

    6 Then they cried unto the Lord in
their trouble, and he delivered them
out of their distresses.

    7 And he led them forth by the
right way, that they might go to a
city of habitation.

    8 Oh that men would praise the Lord
for his goodness, and for his
wonderful works to the children of
men!

    9 For he satisfieth the longing
soul, and filleth the hungry soul
with goodness.

    20 He sent his word, and healed
them, and delivered them from their
destructions.

    21 Oh that men would praise the
Lord for his goodness, and for his
wonderful works to the children of
men!

    22 And let them sacrifice the
sacrifices of thanksgiving, and
declare his works with rejoicing.

    43 Whoso is wise, and will observe
these things, even they shall
understand the lovingkindness of the
Lord.


Section 1


John 1:1,2

    1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

***
Colossians 1:16,17

    16 For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or
powers: all things were created by
him, and for him:

    17 And he is before all things, and
by him all things consist.

***
Psalm 33:4-9

    4 For the word of the Lord is
right; and all his works are done in
truth.

    5 He loveth righteousness and
judgment: the earth is full of the
goodness of the Lord.

    6 By the word of the Lord were the
heavens made; and all the host of them
by the breath of his mouth.

    7 He gathereth the waters of the
sea together as an heap: he layeth up
the depth in storehouses.

    8 Let all the earth fear the Lord:
let all the inhabitants of the world
stand in awe of him.

    9 For he spake, and it was done; he
commanded, and it stood fast.

***
Hebrews 4:12,13

    12 For the word of God is quick,
and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is
a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.

    13 Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked and opened
unto the eyes of him with whom we
have to do.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:13


    (No divine corporeality)
    The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:28


    (Spiritual subdivision)
    Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony. This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, "whose seed is in itself." Thus God's ideas "multiply and replenish the earth." The divine Mind supports the sublimity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation.

591:16 Chapter 17: Glossary
(MIND)

    MIND. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 143:26-31


    (Impossible coalescence)
    Mind is the grand creator, and there can be no power except that which is derived from Mind. If Mind was first chronologically, is first potentially, and must be first eternally, then give to Mind the glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:4-7


    (Source of all life and action)
    Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom "yesterday, and to-day, and forever."


Section 2


Romans 7:22,23

    22 For I delight in the law of God
after the inward man:

    23 But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.
Romans 8:5-9,14

    5 For they that are after the flesh
do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the
things of the Spirit.

    6 For to be carnally minded is
death; but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace.

    7 Because the carnal mind is enmity
against God: for it is not subject to
the law of God, neither indeed can
be.

    8 So then they that are in the
flesh cannot please God.

    9 But ye are not in the flesh, but
in the Spirit, if so be that the
Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if
any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his.

    14 For as many as are led by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:27


    (Mind the only cause)
    The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man's origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely. Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:1-6


    (Definition of mortal mind)
    Usage classes both evil and good together as mind; therefore, to be understood, the author calls sick and sinful humanity mortal mind, - meaning by this term the flesh opposed to Spirit, the human mind and evil in contradistinction to the divine Mind, or Truth and good.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 115:9

    (Philologocal inadequacy)
    The great difficulty is to give the right impression, when translating material terms back into the original spiritual tongue.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 115:12-10
SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND



    (Divine synonyms)
    GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind.



    (Divine image)
    MAN: God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal.



    (Divine reflection)
    IDEA: An image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding. - Webster.


SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND


First Degree: Depravity.



    (Unreality)
    PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.


Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.



    (Transitional qualities)
    MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.


Third Degree: Understanding.



    (Reality)
    SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.



    (Spiritual universe)
    In the third degree mortal mind disappears, and man as God's image appears. Science so reverses the evidence before the corporeal human senses, as to make this Scriptural testimony true in our hearts, "The last shall be first, and the first last," so that God and His idea may be to us what divinity really is and must of necessity be, - all-inclusive.


Section 3


James 1:8

    8 A double minded man is unstable
in all his ways.
James 4:8

    8 Draw nigh to God, and he will
draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands,
ye sinners; and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.

***
Mark 12:29,30

    29 And Jesus answered him, The
first of all the commandments is,
Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is
one Lord:

    30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind, and
with all thy strength: this is the
first commandment.

***
Hebrews 8:10,11

    10 For this is the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel
after those days, saith the Lord; I
will put my laws into their mind, and
write them in their hearts: and I
will be to them a God, and they shall
be to me a people:

    11 And they shall not teach every
man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for
all shall know me, from the least to
the greatest.

***
Isaiah 26:3

    3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect
peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:5-10


    (Rejected theories)
    Matter and Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence; hence both cannot be real. If one is real, the other must be unreal. Only by understanding that there is but one power, - not two powers, matter and Mind, - are scientific and logical conclusions reached.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 399:23


    (Mental strength)
    Scientifically speaking, there is no mortal mind out of which to make material beliefs, springing from illusion. This misnamed mind is not an entity. It is only a false sense of matter, since matter is not sensible. The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opinions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-20- The one divine Mind)
    XX. Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can produce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God. Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal. Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:11-16

(10) Question: What is Mind?
ADAM = Nothingness.
Topic: Man


    (The divine standard of perfection)
    Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal.


Section 4


Amos 4:13

    13 For, lo, he that formeth the
mountains, and createth the wind, and
declareth unto man what is his
thought, that maketh the morning
darkness, and treadeth upon the high
places of the earth, The Lord, The
God of hosts, is his name.

***
Psalm 107:20

    20 He sent his word, and healed
them, and delivered them from their
destructions.
Psalm 30:2

    2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee,
and thou hast healed me.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:4


    (Scientific evidence)
    Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:18-31


    (Mind the only healer)
    Science not only reveals the origin of all disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine Mind. There can be no healing except by this Mind, however much we trust a drug or any other means towards which human faith or endeavor is directed. It is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never really healed except by means of the divine power. Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.
    (Modes of matter)
    Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 62:22


    (The Mind creative)
    The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:8


    (Faith according to works)
    In Egypt, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from belief in the plagues. In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky. The Israelites looked upon the brazen serpent, and straightway believed that they were healed of the poisonous stings of vipers. In national prosperity, miracles attended the successes of the Hebrews; but when they departed from the true idea, their demoralization began. Even in captivity among foreign nations, the divine Principle wrought wonders for the people of God in the fiery furnace and in kings' palaces.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:27


    (Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty) The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it "every whit whole."


Section 5


Romans 15:5,6

    5 Now the God of patience and
consolation grant you to be
likeminded one toward another
according to Christ Jesus:

    6 That ye may with one mind and one
mouth glorify God, even the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ.

***
Philipians 2:1,2,5

    1 If there be therefore any
consolation in Christ, if any comfort
of love, if any fellowship of the
Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

    2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be
likeminded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind.

    5 Let this mind be in you, which
was also in Christ Jesus:

***
II Corinthians 13:11

    11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be
perfect, be of good comfort, be of one
mind, live in peace; and the God of
love and peace shall be with you.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1-16


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.
    The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal. Harmony in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:27

    (Salvation is through reform)
    As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 497:24

(24) Question: Have Christian Scientists any religious creed?
ADAM = That of which wisdom saith, "Thou shalt surely die."
Topic: Christian Science


    ( - Tenets -)
    6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - Spirit the starting-point
08 1 - No divine corporeality
08 1 - Spiritual subdivision
08 1 - Impossible coalescence
08 1 - Source of all life and action
08 2 - Mind the only cause
08 2 - Definition of mortal mind
08 2 - Philologocal inadequacy
08 2 - Divine synonyms
08 2 - Divine image
08 2 - Divine reflection
08 2 - Unreality
08 2 - Transitional qualities
08 2 - Reality
08 2 - Spiritual universe
08 3 - Rejected theories
08 3 - Mental strength
08 3 - -20- The one divine Mind
08 3 - The divine standard of perfection
08 4 - Scientific evidence
08 4 - Mind the only healer
08 4 - Modes of matter
08 4 - The Mind creative
08 4 - Faith according to works
08 4 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
08 5 - Universal brotherhood
08 5 - Salvation is through reform
08 5 - - Tenets -


August 21,1898

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Revelation 22:16

    16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the
offspring of David, and the bright
and morning star.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 11:1-9

    1 And there shall come forth a rod
out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch
shall grow out of his roots:

    2 And the spirit of the Lord shall
rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom
and understanding, the spirit of
counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the
Lord;

    3 And shall make him of quick
understanding in the fear of the
Lord: and he shall not judge after
the sight of his eyes, neither
reprove after the hearing of his
ears:

    4 But with righteousness shall he
judge the poor, and reprove with
equity for the meek of the earth: and
he shall smite the earth with the rod
of his mouth, and with the breath of
his lips shall he slay the wicked.

    5 And righteousness shall be the
girdle of his loins, and faithfulness
the girdle of his reins.

    6 The wolf also shall dwell with
the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
down with the kid; and the calf and
the young lion and the fatling
together; and a little child shall
lead them.

    7 And the cow and the bear shall
feed; their young ones shall lie down
together: and the lion shall eat
straw like the ox.

    8 And the sucking child shall play
on the hole of the asp, and the weaned
child shall put his hand on the
cockatrice' den.

    9 They shall not hurt nor destroy
in all my holy mountain: for the
earth shall be full of the knowledge
of the Lord, as the waters cover the
sea.
Isaiah 52:7

    7 #How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him that bringeth
good tidings, that publisheth peace;
that bringeth good tidings of good,
that publisheth salvation; that saith
unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!


Section 1


Acts 3:22

    22 For Moses truly said unto the
fathers, A prophet shall the Lord
your God raise up unto you of your
brethren, like unto me; him shall ye
hear in all things whatsoever he
shall say unto you.

***
Isaiah 9:6,7

    6 For unto us a child is born, unto
us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his
name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of
Peace.

    7 Of the increase of his government
and peace there shall be no end, upon
the throne of David, and upon his
kingdom, to order it, and to
establish it with judgment and with
justice from henceforth even for
ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts
will perform this.

***
Matthew 1:18-25

    18 #Now the birth of Jesus Christ
was on this wise: When as his mother
Mary was espoused to Joseph, before
they came together, she was found
with child of the Holy Ghost.

    19 Then Joseph her husband, being a
just man, and not willing to make her
a publick example, was minded to put
her away privily.

    20 But while he thought on these
things, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeared unto him in a dream, saying,
Joseph, thou son of David, fear not
to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for
that which is conceived in her is of
the Holy Ghost.

    21 And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from
their sins.

    22 Now all this was done, that it
might be fulfilled which was spoken
of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

    23 Behold, a virgin shall be with
child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
God with us.

    24 Then Joseph being raised from
sleep did as the angel of the Lord
had bidden him, and took unto him his
wife:

    25 And knew her not till she had
brought forth her firstborn son: and
he called his name JESUS.

***
John 1:14,18

    14 And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full of
grace and truth.

    18 No man hath seen God at any
time; the only begotten Son, which is
in the bosom of the Father, he hath
declared him.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:20


    (Spiritual conception)
    The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men. The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recognition that being is Spirit. The Christ dwelt forever an idea in the bosom of God, the divine Principle of the man Jesus, and woman perceived this spiritual idea, though at first faintly developed.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24


    (The divine life-link)
    "The Word was made flesh." Divine Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the mind, before the Science of being can be demonstrated. Hence its embodiment in the incarnate Jesus, - that life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal, Soul rebukes sense, and Truth destroys error.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:16-22

(17) Question: Is it important to understand these explanations in order to heal the sick?
ADAM = Unreality as opposed to the great reality of spiritual existence and creation.
Topic: Probation after Death


    (Sonship of Jesus)
    Jesus called himself "the Son of man," but not the son of Joseph. As woman is but a species of the genera, he was literally the Son of Man. Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, - the divine idea of God outside the flesh.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:23-26

  (- MORTAL MIND - The belief that life has a beginning and therefore an end)


    (-11- Christ Jesus)
    XI. Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive.


Section 2


Hebrews 1:1-3,5,8

    1 God, who at sundry times and in
divers manners spake in time past
unto the fathers by the prophets,

    2 Hath in these last days spoken
unto us by his Son, whom he hath
appointed heir of all things, by whom
also he made the worlds;

    3 Who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his
person, and upholding all things by
the word of his power, when he had by
himself purged our sins, sat down on
the right hand of the Majesty on
high;

    5 For unto which of the angels said
he at any time, Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee? And again,
I will be to him a Father, and he
shall be to me a Son?

    8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy
throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
a sceptre of righteousness is the
sceptre of thy kingdom.

***
John 3:34,35

    34 For he whom God hath sent
speaketh the words of God: for God
giveth not the Spirit by measure unto
him.

    35 The Father loveth the Son, and
hath given all things into his hand.
John 5:19,20

    19 Then answered Jesus and said
unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, The Son can do nothing of
himself, but what he seeth the Father
do: for what things soever he doeth,
these also doeth the Son likewise.

    20 For the Father loveth the Son,
and sheweth him all things that
himself doeth: and he will shew him
greater works than these, that ye may
marvel.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:31-22


    (The one anointed)
    Jesus' spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship in Science. He was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or Jesus the Christ (to give the full and proper translation of the Greek), may be rendered "Jesus the anointed," Jesus the God-crowned or the divinely royal man, as it is said of him in the first chapter of Hebrews: -


Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.



    With this agrees another passage in the same chapter, which refers to the Son as "the brightness of His [God's] glory, and the express [expressed] image of His person [infinite Mind]." It is noteworthy that the phrase "express image" in the Common Version is, in the Greek Testament, character. Using this word in its higher meaning, we may assume that the author of this remarkable epistle regarded Christ as the Son of God, the royal reflection of the infinite; and the cause given for the exaltation of Jesus, Mary's son, was that he "loved righteousness and hated iniquity." The passage is made even clearer in the translation of the late George R. Noyes, D.D.: "Who, being a brightness from His glory, and an image of His being."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:26-15

  (- MORTAL MIND - The belief that life has a beginning and therefore an end)

    (-11- Christ Jesus)
    Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age. Into the real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter. Thus it is that Christ illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement, between God and man in His image.
    (-12- Messiah or Christ)
    XII. The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. Jesus was a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus. Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature. The name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper name of our Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better signifies the Godlike.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:16-9

  (- MORTAL MIND - A belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter)

    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the reflection of God, - has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.
    (-14- Spiritual oneness)
    XIV. By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the human Jesus was or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is so and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was one with the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells forever in the bosom of the Father, God, from which it illumines heaven and earth; not that the Father is greater than Spirit, which is God, but greater, infinitely greater, than the fleshly Jesus, whose earthly career was brief.


Section 3


Luke 2:11

    11 For unto you is born this day in
the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord.

***
John 3:16,17

    16 #For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

    17 For God sent not his Son into
the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be
saved.

***
Luke 4:16-21

    16 #And he came to Nazareth, where
he had been brought up: and, as his
custom was, he went into the
synagogue on the sabbath day, and
stood up for to read.

    17 And there was delivered unto him
the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when he had opened the book, he found
the place where it was written,

    18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon
me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of
sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised,

    19 To preach the acceptable year of
the Lord.

    20 And he closed the book, and he
gave it again to the minister, and
sat down. And the eyes of all them
that were in the synagogue were
fastened on him.

    21 And he began to say unto them,
This day is this scripture fulfilled
in your ears.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:26


    (John the Baptist, and the Messiah)
    The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and explained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural demonstrations of the divine power, demonstrations which were not understood. Jesus' works established his claim to the Messiahship. In reply to John's inquiry, "Art thou he that should come," Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully answer the question. Hence his reply: "Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." In other words, he gave his benediction to any one who should not deny that such effects, coming from divine Mind, prove the unity of God, - the divine Principle which brings out all harmony.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:6

(13) Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Topic: Reality


    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    Christ came to destroy the belief of sin. The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God. Jesus is the name of the man who, more than all other men, has presented Christ, the true idea of God, healing the sick and the sinning and destroying the power of death. Jesus is the human man, and Christ is the divine idea; hence the duality of Jesus the Christ.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:14


    (Essential element of Christianity)
    Christ, as the spiritual or true idea of God, comes now as of old, preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the sick, and casting out evils. Is it error which is restoring an essential element of Christianity, - namely, apostolic, divine healing? No; it is the Science of Christianity which is restoring it, and is the light shining in darkness, which the darkness comprehends not.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:12


    (Loving God supremely)
    We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour. Not partially, but fully, the great healer of mortal mind is the healer of the body.


Section 4


John 14:6

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.

***
I Timothy 2:3-5

    3 For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour;

    4 Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth.

    5 For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus;

***
John 17:19-23

    19 And for their sakes I sanctify
myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.

    20 Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also which shall believe
on me through their word;

    21 That they all may be one; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in
thee, that they also may be one in
us: that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me.

    22 And the glory which thou gavest
me I have given them; that they may be
one, even as we are one:

    23 I in them, and thou in me, that
they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:5


    (Jesus the way-shower)
    Born of a woman, Jesus' advent in the flesh partook partly of Mary's earthly condition, although he was endowed with the Christ, the divine Spirit, without measure. This accounts for his struggles in Gethsemane and on Calvary, and this enabled him to be the mediator, or way-shower, between God and men. Had his origin and birth been wholly apart from mortal usage, Jesus would not have been appreciable to mortal mind as "the way."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:1-9,13

    (Divine oneness)
    Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, - to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility.
    (Human reconciliation)
    The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man; for the divine Principle of Christ is God, and how can God propitiate Himself? Christ is Truth, which reaches no higher than itself. The fountain can rise no higher than its source. Christ, Truth, could conciliate no nature above his own, derived from the eternal Love. It was therefore Christ's purpose to reconcile man to God, not God to man. Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - Spiritual conception
09 1 - The divine life-link
09 1 - Sonship of Jesus
09 1 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 2 - The one anointed
09 2 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 2 - -12- Messiah or Christ
09 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 2 - -14- Spiritual oneness
09 3 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 3 - Essential element of Christianity
09 3 - Loving God supremely
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Divine oneness
09 4 - Human reconciliation


August 28,1898

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Genesis 1:26

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.


Responsive Reading


Genesis 1:26-31

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.


    28 And God blessed them, and God
said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth,
and subdue it: and have dominion over
the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over every
living thing that moveth upon the
earth.

    29 #And God said, Behold, I have
given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all the
earth, and every tree, in the which
is the fruit of a tree yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.

    30 And to every beast of the earth,
and to every fowl of the air, and to
every thing that creepeth upon the
earth, wherein there is life, I have
given every green herb for meat: and
it was so.

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning
were the sixth day.


Section 1


Job 14:1,2,10

    1 Man that is born of a woman is
of few days, and full of trouble.

    2 He cometh forth like a flower,
and is cut down: he fleeth also as a
shadow, and continueth not.

    10 But man dieth, and wasteth away:
yea, man giveth up the ghost, and
where is he?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 320:17,24


    (Interior meaning)
    Here the original text declares plainly the spiritual fact of being, even man's eternal and harmonious existence as image, idea, instead of matter (however transcendental such a thought appears), and avers that this fact is not forever to be humbled by the belief that man is flesh and matter, for according to that error man is mortal.
    (Job, on the resurrection)
    The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual. For example, the text, "In my flesh shall I see God," gives a profound idea of the divine power to heal the ills of the flesh, and encourages mortals to hope in Him who healeth all our diseases; whereas this passage is continually quoted as if Job intended to declare that even if disease and worms destroyed his body, yet in the latter days he should stand in celestial perfection before Elohim, still clad in material flesh, - an interpretation which is just the opposite of the true, as may be seen by studying the book of Job. As Paul says, in his first epistle to the Corinthians, "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:23-32


    (True theory of the universe)
    The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:5

    In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.


Section 2


Job 5:6,7

    6 Although affliction cometh not
forth of the dust, neither doth
trouble spring out of the ground;

    7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as
the sparks fly upward.

***
Ecclesiastes 2:23

    23 For all his days are sorrows,
and his travail grief; yea, his heart
taketh not rest in the night. This is
also vanity.
Ecclesiastes 6:12

    12 For who knoweth what is good for
man in this life, all the days of his
vain life which he spendeth as a
shadow? for who can tell a man what
shall be after him under the sun?

***
Job 20:4,8,9

    4 Knowest thou not this of old,
since man was placed upon earth,

    8 He shall fly away as a dream, and
shall not be found: yea, he shall be
chased away as a vision of the night.


    9 The eye also which saw him shall
see him no more; neither shall his
place any more behold him.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:26


    (The divine reflection) The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence, inhabits matter is taught by the schools. This theory is unscientific. The universe reflects and expresses the divine substance or Mind; therefore God is seen only in the spiritual universe and spiritual man, as the sun is seen in the ray of light which goes out from it. God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, - yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action of the person in front of the mirror.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:16-20


    (Mortal birth and death)
    The senses represent birth as untimely and death as irresistible, as if man were a weed growing apace or a flower withered by the sun and nipped by untimely frosts; but this is true only of a mortal, not of a man in God's image and likeness.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:8-13


    (A mortal not man)
    Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul would be wise not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.


Section 3


Ephesians 4:17,22-24

    17 This I say therefore, and
testify in the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles
walk, in the vanity of their mind,

    22 That ye put off concerning the
former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the
deceitful lusts;

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind;

    24 And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 2:10

    10 For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them.

***
II Corinthians 4:16

    16 For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by
day.

***
Romans 8:2

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:7


    (Deformity and perfection)
    If we were to derive all our conceptions of man from what is seen between the cradle and the grave, happiness and goodness would have no abiding-place in man, and the worms would rob him of the flesh; but Paul writes: "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:15


    (Degrees of development)
    If man was first a material being, he must have passed through all the forms of matter in order to become man. If the material body is man, he is a portion of matter, or dust. On the contrary, man is the image and likeness of Spirit; and the belief that there is Soul in sense or Life in matter obtains in mortals, alias mortal mind, to which the apostle refers when he says that we must "put off the old man."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 190:21-31

    (Human frailty)
    The Hebrew bard, swayed by mortal thoughts, thus swept his lyre with saddening strains on human existence:


As for man, his days are as grass:
As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
And the place thereof shall know it no more.

When hope rose higher in the human heart, he sang:


As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness. . . .


For with Thee is the fountain of life;
In Thy light shall we see light.


Section 4


Leviticus 19:1-3

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    2 Speak unto all the congregation
of the children of Israel, and say
unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I
the Lord your God am holy.

    3 #Ye shall fear every man his
mother, and his father, and keep my
sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

***
Matthew 23:9

    9 And call no man your father upon
the earth: for one is your Father,
which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:48

    48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:30-32


    (Spiritual conception)
    Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:8(begin "Let),19


    (Universal brotherhood) "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.
    (Perfection requisite) When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, - towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:28

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (The kingdom within)
    When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:21

(10) Question: What is Mind?
ADAM = Nothingness.
Topic: Man


    (Indestructible relationship)
    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being. If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed - that - is, without entity. If man has lost perfection, then he has lost his perfect Principle, the divine Mind. If man ever existed without this perfect Principle or Mind, then man's existence was a myth.


Section 5


Genesis 1:27

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

***
Psalm 2:7

    7 I will declare the decree: the
Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:27-29


    (Ideal man and woman)
    To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:8

    The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth. The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love. In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:21

    (Elohistic plurality)
    Man is the family name for all ideas, - the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:4,12-16

    (Creation reversed)
    Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.
    (Definitions of man) The following translation is from the Icelandic:-



    (No baneful creation)
    And God said, Let us make man after our mind and our likeness; and God shaped man after His mind; after God's mind shaped He him; and He shaped them male and female.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:14-16

    (Infinity measureless)
    Mortals can never know the infinite, until they throw off the old man and reach the spiritual image and likeness.


Section 6


Psalm 8:3,4,6-8

    3 When I consider thy heavens, the
work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which thou hast ordained;

    4 What is man, that thou art
mindful of him? and the son of man,
that thou visitest him?

    6 Thou madest him to have dominion
over the works of thy hands: thou hast
put all things under his feet:

    7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the
beasts of the field;

    8 The fowl of the air, and the fish
of the sea, and whatsoever passeth
through the paths of the seas.
Psalm 72:1,7,8

    1 Give the king thy judgments, O
God, and thy righteousness unto the
king's son.

    7 In his days shall the righteous
flourish; and abundance of peace so
long as the moon endureth.

    8 He shall have dominion also from
sea to sea, and from the river unto
the ends of the earth.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:5-7

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Fleshly factors unreal)
    Question. - What is man?
    Answer. - Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31


    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.


Section 7


II Corinthians 5:16,17

    16 Wherefore henceforth know we no
man after the flesh: yea, though we
have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we him no
more.

    17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.

***
Ephesians 4:7,13

    7 But unto every one of us is given
grace according to the measure of the
gift of Christ.

    13 Till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 557:22


    (The curse removed)
    Popular theology takes up the history of man as if he began materially right, but immediately fell into mental sin; whereas revealed religion proclaims the Science of Mind and its formations as being in accordance with the first chapter of the Old Testament, when God, Mind, spake and it was done.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:27

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)


    (-29- Adam not ideal man) Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake." From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:10-19

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)

    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.
    (-26- Purity the path to perfection)
    XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:32

(10) Question: What is Mind?
ADAM = Nothingness.
Topic: Man


    (Indestructible relationship)
    The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Interior meaning
10 1 - Job, on the resurrection
10 1 - True theory of the universe
10 1 - Scriptural perception
10 2 - The divine reflection
10 2 - Mortal birth and death
10 2 - A mortal not man
10 3 - Deformity and perfection
10 3 - Degrees of development
10 3 - Human frailty
10 4 - Spiritual conception
10 4 - Universal brotherhood
10 4 - Perfection requisite
10 4 - The kingdom within
10 4 - Indestructible relationship
10 5 - Ideal man and woman
10 5 - Elohistic plurality
10 5 - Creation reversed
10 5 - Definitions of man
10 5 - No baneful creation
10 5 - Infinity measureless
10 6 - Fleshly factors unreal
10 6 - Birthright of man
10 7 - The curse removed
10 7 - -29- Adam not ideal man
10 7 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
10 7 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
10 7 - Indestructible relationship


September 4,1898

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Hebrews 11:1

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 43:1-11

    1 But now thus saith the Lord that
created thee, O Jacob, and he that
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for
I have redeemed thee, I have called
thee by thy name; thou art mine.

    2 When thou passest through the
waters, I will be with thee; and
through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be
burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.

    3 For I am the Lord thy God, the
Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I
gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia
and Seba for thee.

    4 Since thou wast precious in my
sight, thou hast been honourable, and
I have loved thee: therefore will I
give men for thee, and people for thy
life.

    5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I
will bring thy seed from the east,
and gather thee from the west;

    6 I will say to the north, Give up;
and to the south, Keep not back:
bring my sons from far, and my
daughters from the ends of the earth;


    7 Even every one that is called by
my name: for I have created him for my
glory, I have formed him; yea, I have
made him.

    8 #Bring forth the blind people
that have eyes, and the deaf that
have ears.

    9 Let all the nations be gathered
together, and let the people be
assembled: who among them can declare
this, and shew us former things? let
them bring forth their witnesses,
that they may be justified: or let
them hear, and say, It is truth.

    10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the
Lord, and my servant whom I have
chosen; that ye may know and believe
me, and understand that I am he:
before me there was no God formed,
neither shall there be after me.

    11 I, even I, am the Lord; and
beside me there is no saviour.


Section 1


Genesis 17:1-7

    1 And when Abram was ninety years
old and nine, the Lord appeared to
Abram, and said unto him, I am the
Almighty God; walk before me, and be
thou perfect.

    2 And I will make my covenant
between me and thee, and will
multiply thee exceedingly.

    3 And Abram fell on his face: and
God talked with him, saying,

    4 As for me, behold, my covenant is
with thee, and thou shalt be a father
of many nations.

    5 Neither shall thy name any more
be called Abram, but thy name shall
be Abraham; for a father of many
nations have I made thee.

    6 And I will make thee exceeding
fruitful, and I will make nations of
thee, and kings shall come out of
thee.

    7 And I will establish my covenant
between me and thee and thy seed after
thee in their generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be a God
unto thee, and to thy seed after
thee.

***
Hebrews 11:1,8-10

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    8 By faith Abraham, when he was
called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an
inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing whither he went.

    9 By faith he sojourned in the land
of promise, as in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac
and Jacob, the heirs with him of the
same promise:

    10 For he looked for a city which
hath foundations, whose builder and
maker is God.

579:10 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ABRAHAM)

    ABRAHAM. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:19-30


    (Spirit transforms)
    The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
    One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; ;and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:13


    (Spiritual tangibility) Spirit and matter can neither coexist nor cooperate, and one can no more create the other than Truth can create error, or vice versa.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:18

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)

    (-6- The universal cause)
    VI. God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence. He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.


Section 2


Genesis 26:1-6,12

    1 And there was a famine in the
land, beside the first famine that
was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac
went unto Abimelech king of the
Philistines unto Gerar.

    2 And the Lord appeared unto him,
and said, Go not down into Egypt;
dwell in the land which I shall tell
thee of:

    3 Sojourn in this land, and I will
be with thee, and will bless thee; for
unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will
give all these countries, and I will
perform the oath which I sware unto
Abraham thy father;

    4 And I will make thy seed to
multiply as the stars of heaven, and
will give unto thy seed all these
countries; and in thy seed shall all
the nations of the earth be blessed;

    5 Because that Abraham obeyed my
voice, and kept my charge, my
commandments, my statutes, and my
laws.

    6 #And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

    12 Then Isaac sowed in that land,
and received in the same year an
hundredfold: and the Lord blessed
him.

***
Proverbs 3:5,6,9,10

    5 #Trust in the Lord with all thine
heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding.

    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.

    9 Honour the Lord with thy
substance, and with the firstfruits
of all thine increase:

    10 So shall thy barns be filled
with plenty, and thy presses shall
burst out with new wine.

***
Hebrews 10:34

    34 For ye had compassion of me in
my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in
yourselves that ye have in heaven a
better and an enduring substance.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:11

  (- MORTAL MIND - Nothing claiming to be something, for Mind is immortal)


    (-1- The deific supremacy)
    I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man. Eye hath neither seen God nor His image and likeness. Neither God nor the perfect man can be discerned by the material senses. The individuality of Spirit, or the infinite, is unknown, and thus a knowledge of it is left either to human conjecture or to the revelation of divine Science.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:6-29

    (The divine reflection)
    To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.
    (Inverted images and ideas)
    As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:16-24

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    Question. - What is substance?
    Answer. - Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.


Section 3


Psalm 119:1-3

    1 Blessed are the undefiled in the
way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

    2 Blessed are they that keep his
testimonies, and that seek him with
the whole heart.

    3 They also do no iniquity: they
walk in his ways.

***
Proverbs 8:1,17,20,21

    1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?

    17 I love them that love me; and
those that seek me early shall find
me.

    20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the
paths of judgment:

    21 That I may cause those that love
me to inherit substance; and I will
fill their treasures.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:12-16


    (Corporeal changes)
    As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, - from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, - the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5-24


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them. Mortal mind would transform the spiritual into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error. Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.
    (Goodness transparent)
    The manifestation of God through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane. The light and the glass never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls. The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality - much error - in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:10-12

    (Divine synonyms)
    To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:13-19

(17) Question: Is it important to understand these explanations in order to heal the sick?
ADAM = Unreality as opposed to the great reality of spiritual existence and creation.
Topic: Probation after Death


    (Terms adopted by the author)
    After the author's sacred discovery, she affixed the name "Science" to Christianity, the name "error" to corporeal sense, and the name "substance" to Mind. Science has called the world to battle over this issue and its demonstration, which heals the sick, destroys error, and reveals the universal harmony.


Section 4


Isaiah 45:11-14,22

    11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy
One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me
of things to come concerning my sons,
and concerning the work of my hands
command ye me.

    12 I have made the earth, and
created man upon it: I, even my
hands, have stretched out the
heavens, and all their host have I
commanded.

    13 I have raised him up in
righteousness, and I will direct all
his ways: he shall build my city, and
he shall let go my captives, not for
price nor reward, saith the Lord of
hosts.

    14 Thus saith the Lord, The labour
of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia
and of the Sabeans, men of stature,
shall come over unto thee, and they
shall be thine: they shall come after
thee; in chains they shall come over,
and they shall fall down unto thee,
they shall make supplication unto
thee, saying, Surely God is in thee;
and there is none else, there is no
God.

    22 Look unto me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth: for I am
God, and there is none else.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:32-31


    (Mind's true camera)
    The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and material earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind. They have their day before the permanent facts and their perfection in Spirit appear. The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.
    (Self-completeness)
    As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.
    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.


Section 5


Isaiah 63:7,8

    7 I will mention the
lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the
praises of the Lord, according to all
that the Lord hath bestowed on us,
and the great goodness toward the
house of Israel, which he hath
bestowed on them according to his
mercies, and according to the
multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

    8 For he said, Surely they are my
people, children that will not lie:
so he was their Saviour.

***
Psalm 145:1-3,9,10,13

    1 I will extol thee, my God, O
king; and I will bless thy name for
ever and ever.

    2 Every day will I bless thee; and
I will praise thy name for ever and
ever.

    3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to
be praised; and his greatness is
unsearchable.

    9 The Lord is good to all: and his
tender mercies are over all his works.


    10 All thy works shall praise thee,
O Lord; and thy saints shall bless
thee.

    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom, and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


    (-18- The only substance)
    XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:29

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)

    (-28- Truth demonstrated)
    XXVIII. Subject sickness, sin, and death to the rule of health and holiness in Christian Science, and you ascertain that this Science is demonstrably true, for it heals the sick and sinning as no other system can. Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His likeness; ;whereas the opposite belief - that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material - terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth. The mortality of material man proves that error has been ingrafted into the premises and conclusions of material and mortal humanity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:1-19


    (Practical preaching)
    The best sermon ever preached is Truth practised and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death. Knowing this and knowing too that one affection would be supreme in us and take the lead in our lives, Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters."
    We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.
    (The uses of truth)
    We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied. Let us disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our tatters close about us.
    The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - Spirit transforms
11 1 - Spiritual tangibility
11 1 - -6- The universal cause
11 2 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 2 - The divine reflection
11 2 - Inverted images and ideas
11 2 - Spiritual synonyms
11 3 - Corporeal changes
11 3 - Mortals unlike immortals
11 3 - Goodness transparent
11 3 - Divine synonyms
11 3 - Terms adopted by the author
11 4 - Mind's true camera
11 4 - Self-completeness
11 4 - Spiritual proofs of existence
11 5 - -18- The only substance
11 5 - -28- Truth demonstrated
11 5 - Practical preaching
11 5 - The uses of truth


September 11,1898

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 4:18

    18 While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.


Responsive Reading


II Corinthians 4:1-9,16-18

    1 Therefore seeing we have this
ministry, as we have received mercy,
we faint not;

    2 But have renounced the hidden
things of dishonesty, not walking in
craftiness, nor handling the word of
God deceitfully; but by manifestation
of the truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight
of God.

    3 But if our gospel be hid, it is
hid to them that are lost:

    4 In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them.


    5 For we preach not ourselves, but
Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves
your servants for Jesus' sake.

    6 For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness, hath shined
in our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ.

    7 But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the excellency
of the power may be of God, and not
of us.

    8 We are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed; we are perplexed,
but not in despair;

    9 Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;

    16 For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by
day.

    17 For our light affliction, which
is but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight
of glory;

    18 While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.


Section 1


Genesis 1:31

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning
were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:1

    1 Thus the heavens and the earth
were finished, and all the host of
them.

***
John 1:1,3

    1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:9-11


    (Spiritual harmony)
    The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, - heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:17-24

    (No baneful creation)
    In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were made through the Word of God, "and without Him [the logos, or word] was not anything made that was made." Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, - hence its unreality. In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:21-4


    (Biblical foundations)
    The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems - systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the material senses - are reeds shaken by the wind, not houses built on the rock.
    (Rejected theories)
    The theories I combat are these: (1) that all is matter; (2) that matter originates in Mind, and is as real as Mind, possessing intelligence and life. The first theory, that matter is everything, is quite as reasonable as the second, that Mind and matter coexist and cooperate. One only of the following statements can be true: (1) that everything is matter; (2) that everything is Mind.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:29

(21) Question: Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?
ADAM = Life's counterfeit, which ultimates in death.
Topic: Ancient and Modern Necromany, alies Mesmerism, and Hypnotism, Denounced


    (Victory for Truth)
    The conservative theory, long believed, is that there are two factors, matter and mind, uniting on some impossible basis. This theory would keep truth and error always at war. Victory would perch on neither banner. On the other hand, Christian Science speedily shows Truth to be triumphant. To corporeal sense, the sun appears to rise and set, and the earth to stand still; but astronomical science contradicts this, and explains the solar system as working on a different plan. All the evidence of physical sense and all the knowledge obtained from physical sense must yield to Science, to the immortal truth of all things.


Section 2


Genesis 2:6,7

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.
Genesis 3:9,10

    9 And the Lord God called unto
Adam, and said unto him, Where art
thou?

    10 And he said, I heard thy voice
in the garden, and I was afraid,
because I was naked; and I hid
myself.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:21


    (Erroneous standpoint)
    The translators of this record of scientific creation entertained a false sense of being. They believed in the existence of matter, its propagation and power. From that standpoint of error, they could not apprehend the nature and operation of Spirit. Hence the seeming contradiction in that Scripture, which is so glorious in its spiritual signification. Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:12-14

    (The two records)
    This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:7-10

    (Mist, or false claim)
    The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:28-3

    (Creation reversed) Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence? Does Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of God?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:26

    (Scriptural allegory)
    The history of error is a dream-narrative. The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real. First, this narrative supposes that something springs from nothing, that matter precedes mind. Second, it supposes that mind enters matter, and matter becomes living, substantial, and intelligent. The order of this allegory - the belief that everything springs from dust instead of from Deity - has been maintained in all the subsequent forms of belief. This is the error, - that mortal man starts materially, that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are both right and wrong.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:26-28

    (Shame the effect of sin)
    Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense. Thus error began and will end the dream of matter.


Section 3


John 11:1,6,17,41,43,44

    1 Now a certain man was sick,
named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town
of Mary and her sister Martha.

    6 When he had heard therefore that
he was sick, he abode two days still
in the same place where he was.

    17 Then when Jesus came, he found
that he had lain in the grave four
days already.

    41 Then they took away the stone
from the place where the dead was
laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes,
and said, Father, I thank thee that
thou hast heard me.

    43 And when he thus had spoken, he
cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come
forth.

    44 And he that was dead came forth,
bound hand and foot with
graveclothes: and his face was bound
about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto
them, Loose him, and let him go.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:1


    (Unescapable dilemma)
    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, - that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, - we disown the Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and consider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the creator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disasters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpetual misrule in the form and under the name of natural law.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:26

    (Basis of miracles)
    Jesus said: "I knew that Thou hearest me always;" and he raised Lazarus from the dead, stilled the tempest, healed the sick, walked on the water. There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance.


Section 4


II Corinthians 5:6-8

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

    7 (For we walk by faith, not by
sight:)

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.

***
John 8:12,43,44

    12 #Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the
light of life.

    43 Why do ye not understand my
speech? even because ye cannot hear
my word.

    44 Ye are of your father the devil,
and the lusts of your father ye will
do. He was a murderer from the
beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in
him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:1


    (The things of God are beautiful)
    In the infinitude of Mind, matter must be unknown. Symbols and elements of discord and decay are not products of the infinite, perfect, and eternal All. From Love and from the light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can come. All things beautiful and harmless are ideas of Mind. Mind creates and multiplies them, and the product must be mental.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:21-23


    (Man springs from Mind)
    Minerals and vegetables are found, according to divine Science, to be the creations of erroneous thought, not of matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:28-1


    (Personal identity)
    When you say, "Man's body is material," I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:9


    (Bodily presence)
    To be "with the Lord" is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, - by Spirit, not by matter.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:20


    (Mendacity of error)
    Jesus defined this opposite of God and His creation better than we can, when he said, "He is a liar, and the father of it." Jesus also said, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" This he said of Judas, one of Adam's race. Jesus never intimated that God made a devil, but he did say, "Ye are of your father, the devil." All these sayings were to show that mind in matter is the author of itself, and is simply a falsity and illusion.


Section 5


Exodus 20:3

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

***
Galatians 5:17

    17 For the flesh lusteth against
the Spirit, and the Spirit against
the flesh: and these are contrary the
one to the other: so that ye cannot
do the things that ye would.

***
Colossians 3:9,10

    9 Lie not one to another, seeing
that ye have put off the old man with
his deeds;

    10 And have put on the new man,
which is renewed in knowledge after
the image of him that created him:

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:15


    (Degrees of development)
    If man was first a material being, he must have passed through all the forms of matter in order to become man. If the material body is man, he is a portion of matter, or dust. On the contrary, man is the image and likeness of Spirit; and the belief that there is Soul in sense or Life in matter obtains in mortals, alias mortal mind, to which the apostle refers when he says that we must "put off the old man."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 222:29


    (Life only in Spirit)
    In seeking a cure for dyspepsia consult matter not at all, and eat what is set before you, "asking no question for conscience sake." We must destroy the false belief that life and intelligence are in matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and perfect. Paul said, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:25


    (Divine origination)
    Matter is neither intelligent nor creative. The tree is not the author of itself. Sound is not the originator of music, and man is not the father of man. Cain very naturally concluded that if life was in the body, and man gave it, man had the right to take it away. This incident shows that the belief of life in matter was "a murderer from the beginning."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:29-1


    (Jesus' sinless career)
    Jesus urged the commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," which may be rendered: Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal; thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life, - even God, good.


Section 6


I John 1:5

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.

***
John 5:26

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;

***
Psalm 46:1,6

    1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

    6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms
were moved: he uttered his voice, the
earth melted.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:27-31


    (Spirit versus darkness)
    Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light? Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light. Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


    (-18- The only substance)
    XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:26


    (One supremacy)
    Can Deity be almighty, if another mighty and self-creative cause exists and sways mankind? Has the Father "Life in Himself," as the Scriptures say, and, if so, can Life, or God, dwell in evil and create it? Can matter drive Life, Spirit, hence, and so defeat omnipotence?

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 97:26


    (Dangerous resemblances)
    "He uttered His voice, the earth melted." This Scripture indicates that all matter will disappear before the supremacy of Spirit.


Section 7


Luke 17:20,21

    20 #And when he was demanded of the
Pharisees, when the kingdom of God
should come, he answered them and
said, The kingdom of God cometh not
with observation:

    21 Neither shall they say, Lo here!
or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.

***
Revelation 21:1

    1 And I saw a new heaven and a new
earth: for the first heaven and the
first earth were passed away; and
there was no more sea.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:3,23


    (Man's present possibilities) The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding what the eye cannot see, - that which is invisible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness, that consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This shows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and spirit indicates states and stages of consciousness.
    (Nearness of Deity)
    This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, - that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, "The kingdom of God is within you." This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Spiritual harmony
12 1 - No baneful creation
12 1 - Biblical foundations
12 1 - Rejected theories
12 1 - Victory for Truth
12 2 - Erroneous standpoint
12 2 - The two records
12 2 - Mist, or false claim
12 2 - Creation reversed
12 2 - Scriptural allegory
12 2 - Shame the effect of sin
12 3 - Unescapable dilemma
12 3 - Basis of miracles
12 4 - The things of God are beautiful
12 4 - Man springs from Mind
12 4 - Personal identity
12 4 - Bodily presence
12 4 - Mendacity of error
12 5 - Degrees of development
12 5 - Life only in Spirit
12 5 - Divine origination
12 5 - Jesus' sinless career
12 6 - Spirit versus darkness
12 6 - -18- The only substance
12 6 - One supremacy
12 6 - Dangerous resemblances
12 7 - Man's present possibilities
12 7 - Nearness of Deity


September 18,1898

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

John 17:3

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.


Responsive Reading


John 17:1-10,25,26

    1 These words spake Jesus, and
lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee:

    2 As thou hast given him power over
all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast
given him.

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.

    4 I have glorified thee on the
earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do.

    5 And now, O Father, glorify thou
me with thine own self with the glory
which I had with thee before the
world was.

    6 I have manifested thy name unto
the men which thou gavest me out of
the world: thine they were, and thou
gavest them me; and they have kept
thy word.

    7 Now they have known that all
things whatsoever thou hast given me
are of thee.

    8 For I have given unto them the
words which thou gavest me; and they
have received them, and have known
surely that I came out from thee, and
they have believed that thou didst
send me.

    9 I pray for them: I pray not for
the world, but for them which thou
hast given me; for they are thine.

    10 And all mine are thine, and
thine are mine; and I am glorified in
them.

    25 O righteous Father, the world
hath not known thee: but I have known
thee, and these have known that thou
hast sent me.

    26 And I have declared unto them
thy name, and will declare it: that
the love wherewith thou hast loved me
may be in them, and I in them.


Section 1


John 1:6-8,19,20,29,32,34,36

    6 #There was a man sent from God,
whose name was John.

    7 The same came for a witness, to
bear witness of the Light, that all
men through him might believe.

    8 He was not that Light, but was
sent to bear witness of that Light.

    19 #And this is the record of John,
when the Jews sent priests and
Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,
Who art thou?

    20 And he confessed, and denied
not; but confessed, I am not the
Christ.

    29 #The next day John seeth Jesus
coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world.

    32 And John bare record, saying, I
saw the Spirit descending from heaven
like a dove, and it abode upon him.

    34 And I saw, and bare record that
this is the Son of God.

    36 And looking upon Jesus as he
walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of
God!

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:15


    (Perceiving the divine image)
    Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear glimpses of God only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we perceive the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, - the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:1-2(to .)


    (Real and unreal identity)
    Nothing is real and eternal, - nothing is Spirit, - but God and His idea.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:31

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)


    (-29- Adam not ideal man)
    The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:16-27

  (- MORTAL MIND - A belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter)

    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the reflection of God, - has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:26


    (John the Baptist, and the Messiah)
    The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and explained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural demonstrations of the divine power, demonstrations which were not understood. Jesus' works established his claim to the Messiahship. In reply to John's inquiry, "Art thou he that should come," Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully answer the question. Hence his reply: "Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." In other words, he gave his benediction to any one who should not deny that such effects, coming from divine Mind, prove the unity of God, - the divine Principle which brings out all harmony.


Section 2


John 3:34,36

    34 For he whom God hath sent
speaketh the words of God: for God
giveth not the Spirit by measure unto
him.

    36 He that believeth on the Son
hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on
him.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:19


    (Rebukes helpful)
    As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, - to point out the way of Truth and Life. This ideal was demonstrated throughout the whole earthly career of Jesus, showing the difference between the offspring of Soul and of material sense, of Truth and of error.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:16


    (Fatal premises)
    We cannot bring out the practical proof of Christianity, which Jesus required, while error seems as potent and real to us as Truth, and while we make a personal devil and an anthropomorphic God our starting-points, - especially if we consider Satan as a being coequal in power with Deity, if not superior to Him. Because such starting-points are neither spiritual nor scientific, they cannot work out the Spirit-rule of Christian healing, which proves the nothingness of error, discord, by demonstrating the all-inclusiveness of harmonious Truth.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24

    (The divine life-link)
    "The Word was made flesh." Divine Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the mind, before the Science of being can be demonstrated. Hence its embodiment in the incarnate Jesus, - that life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal, Soul rebukes sense, and Truth destroys error.


Section 3


John 9:39

    39 #And Jesus said, For judgment I
am come into this world, that they
which see not might see; and that
they which see might be made blind.

***
Matthew 9:35-38

    35 And Jesus went about all the
cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing
every sickness and every disease
among the people.

    36 #But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them,
because they fainted, and were
scattered abroad, as sheep having no
shepherd.

    37 Then saith he unto his
disciples, The harvest truly is
plenteous, but the labourers are few;


    38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of
the harvest, that he will send forth
labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 10:1,5-8

    1 And when he had called unto him
his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner
of sickness and all manner of
disease.

    5 These twelve Jesus sent forth,
and commanded them, saying, Go not
into the way of the Gentiles, and
into any city of the Samaritans enter
ye not:

    6 But go rather to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel.

    7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    8 Heal the sick, cleanse the
lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils: freely ye have received,
freely give.

***
Mark 10:13-24

    13 #And they brought young children
to him, that he should touch them:
and his disciples rebuked those that
brought them.

    14 But when Jesus saw it, he was
much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not: for of
such is the kingdom of God.

    15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child, he shall not enter
therein.

    16 And he took them up in his arms,
put his hands upon them, and blessed
them.

    17 #And when he was gone forth into
the way, there came one running, and
kneeled to him, and asked him, Good
Master, what shall I do that I may
inherit eternal life?

    18 And Jesus said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God.

    19 Thou knowest the commandments,
Do not commit adultery, Do not kill,
Do not steal, Do not bear false
witness, Defraud not, Honour thy
father and mother.

    20 And he answered and said unto
him, Master, all these have I
observed from my youth.

    21 Then Jesus beholding him loved
him, and said unto him, One thing
thou lackest: go thy way, sell
whatsoever thou hast, and give to the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come, take up the cross,
and follow me.

    22 And he was sad at that saying,
and went away grieved: for he had
great possessions.

    23 #And Jesus looked round about,
and saith unto his disciples, How
hardly shall they that have riches
enter into the kingdom of God!

    24 And the disciples were
astonished at his words. But Jesus
answereth again, and saith unto them,
Children, how hard is it for them
that trust in riches to enter into
the kingdom of God!

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 486:23-26

(19) Question: Is materiality the concomitant of spirituality, and is material sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of Spirit?
ADAM = An inverted image of Spirit.
Topic: Adam and Fallen Man


    (Permanent sensibility)
    Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter, - hence their permanence.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:21-11


    (Immaculate conception)
    Jesus' spiritual origin and understanding enabled him to demonstrate the facts of being, - to prove irrefutably how spiritual Truth destroys material error, heals sickness, and overcomes death. The divine conception of Jesus pointed to this truth and presented an illustration of creation. The history of Jesus shows him to have been more spiritual than all other earthly personalities.
    (Jesus as mediator)
    Wearing in part a human form (that is, as it seemed to mortal view), being conceived by a human mother, Jesus was the mediator between Spirit and the flesh, between Truth and error. Explaining and demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil. The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship. Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, - to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:9

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)

    (-22- The real manhood)
    XXII. Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind. He has been forever in the eternal Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man. The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God. They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love. Immortal man is not and never was material, but always spiritual and eternal.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:20


    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:18-3

(13) Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Topic: Reality


    (Jesus not God)
    In an age of ecclesiastical despotism, Jesus introduced the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the proof of Christianity's truth and love; but to reach his example and to test its unerring Science according to his rule, healing sickness, sin, and death, a better understanding of God as divine Principle, Love, rather than personality or the man Jesus, is required.
    (Jesus not understood)
    Jesus established what he said by demonstration, thus making his acts of higher importance than his words. He proved what he taught. This is the Science of Christianity. Jesus proved the Principle, which heals the sick and casts out error, to be divine. Few, however, except his students understood in the least his teachings and their glorious proofs, - namely, that Life, Truth, and Love (the Principle of this unacknowledged Science) destroy all error, evil, disease, and death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:31-3


    (Spiritual baptism)
    It is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:9

    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.


Section 4


John 6:27,33-35,45,63

    27 Labour not for the meat which
perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which
the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed.

    33 For the bread of God is he which
cometh down from heaven, and giveth
life unto the world.

    34 Then said they unto him, Lord,
evermore give us this bread.

    35 And Jesus said unto them, I am
the bread of life: he that cometh to
me shall never hunger; and he that
believeth on me shall never thirst.

    45 It is written in the prophets,
And they shall be all taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned of the Father,
cometh unto me.

    63 It is the spirit that
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto
you, they are spirit, and they are
life.
John 17:1-3,19,23

    1 These words spake Jesus, and
lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee:

    2 As thou hast given him power over
all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast
given him.

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.

    19 And for their sakes I sanctify
myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.

    23 I in them, and thou in me, that
they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:5


    (Divine providence)
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:29

    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:15

(22b) Question: ...and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
Topic: God the Preserver of Man


    (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 scientific being.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:4


    (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 practical.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:20

    (So-called superiority)
    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:6-21


    (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 perfect."

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - Perceiving the divine image
13 1 - Real and unreal identity
13 1 - -29- Adam not ideal man
13 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
13 1 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
13 2 - Rebukes helpful
13 2 - Fatal premises
13 2 - The divine life-link
13 3 - Permanent sensibility
13 3 - Immaculate conception
13 3 - Jesus as mediator
13 3 - -22- The real manhood
13 3 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 3 - Jesus not God
13 3 - Jesus not understood
13 3 - Spiritual baptism
13 3 - The one only way
13 4 - Divine providence
13 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
13 4 - Reason and Science
13 4 - Life eternal and present
13 4 - So-called superiority
13 4 - God's man discerned
13 4 - The divine image not lost


September 25,1898

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 5:16,17

    16 Wherefore henceforth know we no
man after the flesh: yea, though we
have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we him no
more.

    17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.


Responsive Reading


II Corinthians 5:1-10

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

    5 Now he that hath wrought us for
the selfsame thing is God, who also
hath given unto us the earnest of the
Spirit.

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

    7 (For we walk by faith, not by
sight:)

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.

    9 Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be
accepted of him.

    10 For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done
in his body, according to that he
hath done, whether it be good or bad.


Section 1


Genesis 2:6,7,19

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.

    19 And out of the ground the Lord
God formed every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and
brought them unto Adam to see what he
would call them: and whatsoever Adam
called every living creature, that
was the name thereof.
Genesis 3:19

    19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:17


    (Contrasted testimony)
    Sin, sickness, and death have no record in the Elohistic introduction of Genesis, in which God creates the heavens, earth, and man. Until that which contradicts the truth of being enters into the arena, evil has no history, and evil is brought into view only as the unreal in contradistinction to the real and eternal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:26

    (The story of error)
    The second chapter of Genesis contains a statement of this material view of God and the universe, a statement which is the exact opposite of scientific truth as before recorded. The history of error or matter, if veritable, would set aside the omnipotence of Spirit; but it is the false history in contradistinction to the true.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:22-27

    (Creation reversed)
    Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?
    It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:16

    (Justice and recompense)
    Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:27-8

    (Erroneous standpoint)
    Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."
    (Mortality mythical)
    "As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive." The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal. The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, - this belief alone is mortal. Spirit, God, never germinates, but is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.


Section 2


Job 4:17-19

    17 Shall mortal man be more just
than God? shall a man be more pure
than his maker?

    18 Behold, he put no trust in his
servants; and his angels he charged
with folly:

    19 How much less in them that dwell
in houses of clay, whose foundation
is in the dust, which are crushed
before the moth?

***
Romans 8:6-8

    6 For to be carnally minded is
death; but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace.

    7 Because the carnal mind is enmity
against God: for it is not subject to
the law of God, neither indeed can
be.

    8 So then they that are in the
flesh cannot please God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:1-17,29


    (Definition of mortal mind)
    Usage classes both evil and good together as mind; therefore, to be understood, the author calls sick and sinful humanity mortal mind, - meaning by this term the flesh opposed to Spirit, the human mind and evil in contradistinction to the divine Mind, or Truth and good. The spiritually unscientific definition of mind is based on the evidence of the physical senses, which makes minds many and calls mind both human and divine.
    In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and His thoughts.
    (Imperfect terminology)
    Mortal mind is a solecism in language, and involves an improper use of the word mind. As Mind is immortal, the phrase mortal mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal; and as the phrase is used in teaching Christian Science, it is meant to designate that which has no real existence.
    (Causation mental)
    Science shows that what is termed matter is but the subjective state of what is termed by the author mortal mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:18


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is animal magnetism; but this so-called mind, from which comes all evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the divine Mind, expressed in Science. In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:18


    (The genus of error)
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they annihilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into dust.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:23

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Chaos and darkness)
    Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.


Section 3


Job 14:1,2

    1 Man that is born of a woman is
of few days, and full of trouble.

    2 He cometh forth like a flower,
and is cut down: he fleeth also as a
shadow, and continueth not.

***
Psalm 62:9

    9 Surely men of low degree are
vanity, and men of high degree are a
lie: to be laid in the balance, they
are altogether lighter than vanity.

***
Romans 8:20-22

    20 For the creature was made
subject to vanity, not willingly, but
by reason of him who hath subjected
the same in hope,

    21 Because the creature itself also
shall be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the children of God.

    22 For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:29


    (Antagonistic sources)
    The perfect Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imperfect mortal mind sends forth its own resemblances, of which the wise man said, "All is vanity."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 115:19-3


    (Divine reflection) SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND


First Degree: Depravity.



    (Unreality)
    PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.


Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.



    (Transitional qualities)
    MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.


Third Degree: Understanding.



    (Reality)
    SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:13-20


    (Truth's witness)
    Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality. Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief, alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death, never reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat.


Section 4


John 3:6

    6 That which is born of the flesh
is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.

***
Galatians 5:17,18

    17 For the flesh lusteth against
the Spirit, and the Spirit against
the flesh: and these are contrary the
one to the other: so that ye cannot
do the things that ye would.

    18 But if ye be led of the Spirit,
ye are not under the law.

***
Romans 8:13

    13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:23


    (Matter versus Spirit)
    No more sympathy exists between the flesh and Spirit than between Belial and Christ.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:9


    (Irreconcilable differences)
    Jesus reasoned on this subject practically, and controlled sickness, sin, and death on the basis of his spirituality. Understanding the nothingness of material things, he spoke of flesh and Spirit as the two opposites, - as error and Truth, not contributing in any way to each other's happiness and existence. Jesus knew, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:29-5


    (Like evolving like)
    Nature and revelation inform us that like produces like. Divine Science does not gather grapes from thorns nor figs from thistles. Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence. To all that is unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:7


    (Spiritual gateway) Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:29


    (No miracles in Mind-methods)
    The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action, are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived. Of a man it has been said, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;" hence as a man spiritually understandeth, so is he in truth.


Section 5


John 1:3

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

***
Romans 1:20,21

    20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that
they are without excuse:

    21 Because that, when they knew
God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became
vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-27- True idea of man)
    The visible universe and material man are the poor counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man. Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:24-29

(13) Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Topic: Reality


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise.


Section 6


Proverbs 23:5

    5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon
that which is not? for riches
certainly make themselves wings; they
fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

***
Matthew 6:19-21

    19 #Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves
break through and steal:

    20 But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where
thieves do not break through nor
steal:

    21 For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.

***
Hebrews 10:34,38

    34 For ye had compassion of me in
my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in
yourselves that ye have in heaven a
better and an enduring substance.

    38 Now the just shall live by
faith: but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Hebrews 11:1,3

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:26-7


    (Soul impeccable)
    The objects cognized by the physical senses have not the reality of substance. They are only what mortal belief calls them. Matter, sin, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence, as mortals lay off a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence. But the spiritual, eternal man is not touched by these phases of mortality.
    (Sense-dreams)
    How true it is that whatever is learned through material sense must be lost because such so-called knowledge is reversed by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:12-16,28

    (One cause supreme)
    That matter is substantial or has life and sensation, is one of the false beliefs of mortals, and exists only in a supposititious mortal consciousness. Hence, as we approach Spirit and Truth, we lose the consciousness of matter.
    (Substance is Spirit)
    All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes faith, a quality of mind, as "the substance of things hoped for."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:29

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Spiritual reflection)
    Paul says: "For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made." (Romans i. 20.) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized. Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit. If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:26-2

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement

    (Vapor and nothingness)
    The Bible declares: "All things were made by Him [the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything made that was made." This is the eternal verity of divine Science. If sin, sickness, and death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear. As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of good. One must hide the other. How important, then, to choose good as the reality!


Section 7


I Corinthians 15:48,50

    48 As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly.

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

***
I John 2:15-17

    15 Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him.

    16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the
world.

    17 And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth for ever.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 352:5


    (Spirit the tangible)
    Our Master declared that his material body was not spirit, evidently considering it a mortal and material belief of flesh and bones, whereas the Jews took a diametrically opposite view. To Jesus, not materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man's existence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangible and uncertain, if not the unreal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:13-18

    (Superstition obsolete)
    The age has not wholly outlived the sense of ghostly beliefs. It still holds them more or less. Time has not yet reached eternity, immortality, complete reality. All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly real.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:1-4


    (The infinitude of God)
    Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - Contrasted testimony
14 1 - The story of error
14 1 - Creation reversed
14 1 - Justice and recompense
14 1 - Erroneous standpoint
14 1 - Mortality mythical
14 2 - Definition of mortal mind
14 2 - Imperfect terminology
14 2 - Causation mental
14 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
14 2 - The genus of error
14 2 - Chaos and darkness
14 3 - Antagonistic sources
14 3 - Divine reflection
14 3 - Unreality
14 3 - Transitional qualities
14 3 - Reality
14 3 - Truth's witness
14 4 - Matter versus Spirit
14 4 - Irreconcilable differences
14 4 - Like evolving like
14 4 - Spiritual gateway
14 4 - No miracles in Mind-methods
14 5 - -27- True idea of man
14 5 - Unrealities that seem real
14 6 - Soul impeccable
14 6 - Sense-dreams
14 6 - One cause supreme
14 6 - Substance is Spirit
14 6 - Spiritual reflection
14 6 - Vapor and nothingness
14 7 - Spirit the tangible
14 7 - Superstition obsolete
14 7 - The infinitude of God


October 2,1898

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 8:2

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 15:19-23,49-58

    19 If in this life only we have
hope in Christ, we are of all men
most miserable.

    20 But now is Christ risen from the
dead, and become the firstfruits of
them that slept.

    21 For since by man came death, by
man came also the resurrection of the
dead.

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

    23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

    49 And as we have borne the image
of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

    51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed,

    52 In a moment, in the twinkling of
an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed.

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.

    54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory.

    55 O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory?

    56 The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law.

    57 But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.

    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.


Section 1


James 1:13-15

    13 Let no man say when he is
tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither
tempteth he any man:

    14 But every man is tempted, when
he is drawn away of his own lust, and
enticed.

    15 Then when lust hath conceived,
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when
it is finished, bringeth forth death.

***
I John 3:4-8

    4 Whosoever committeth sin
transgresseth also the law: for sin
is the transgression of the law.

    5 And ye know that he was
manifested to take away our sins; and
in him is no sin.

    6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth
not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen
him, neither known him.

    7 Little children, let no man
deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as
he is righteous.

    8 He that committeth sin is of the
devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son
of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:22


    (Soul imperishable)
    It is the belief of the flesh and of material sense which sins. If Soul sinned, Soul would die. Sin is the element of self-destruction, and spiritual death is oblivion. If there was sin in Soul, the annihilation of Spirit would be inevitable. The only Life is Spirit, and if Spirit should lose Life as God, good, then Spirit, which has no other existence, would be annihilated.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:9

    (Sin only of the flesh)
    All sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains. It is a sense of sin, and not a sinful soul, which is lost. Evil is destroyed by the sense of good.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:4-8


    (Embryonic sinful thoughts)
    The belief of sin, which has grown terrible in strength and influence, is an unconscious error in the beginning, - an embryonic thought without motive; but afterwards it governs the so-called man.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:30


    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    Does subsequent follow its antecedent? It does. Was there original self-creative sin? Then there must have been more than one creator, more than one God. In common justice, we must admit that God will not punish man for doing what He created man capable of doing, and knew from the outset that man would do. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:20

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Evil nonexistent)
    It is the opposite of good - that is, evil - which seems to make men capable of wrong-doing. Hence, evil is but an illusion, and it has no real basis. Evil is a false belief. God is not its author. The supposititious parent of evil is a lie.


Section 2


I John 1:1-3,5

    1 That which was from the
beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we
have looked upon, and our hands have
handled, of the Word of life;

    2 (For the life was manifested, and
we have seen it, and bear witness,
and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us;)

    3 That which we have seen and heard
declare we unto you, that ye also may
have fellowship with us: and truly
our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son Jesus Christ.

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.

***
John 1:3

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

***
Genesis 1:31

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning
were the sixth day.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:28


    (No baneful creation)
    Sin, sickness, and death must be deemed as devoid of reality as they are of good, God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:23-3

(13) Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Topic: Reality


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Question. - Is there no sin?
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)


    (-3- Evil obsolete)
    III. The notion that both evil and good are real is a delusion of material sense, which Science annihilates. Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a lie, nothing claiming to be something, - for lust, dishonesty, selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, slander, hate, theft, adultery, murder, dementia, insanity, inanity, devil, hell, with all the etceteras that word includes.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:16-19

    (Goodness a portion of God)
    In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, - good in Principle and in idea.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:26


    (Scientific consistency)
    Sin should become unreal to every one. It is in itself inconsistent, a divided kingdom. Its supposed realism has no divine authority, and I rejoice in the apprehension of this grand verity.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 355:9

    (Practical arguments)
    As for sin and disease, Christian Science says, in the language of the Master, "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." Let discord of every name and nature be heard no more, and let the harmonious and true sense of Life and being take possession of human consciousness.


Section 3


John 5:1-3,5,8,9

    1 After this there was a feast of
the Jews; and Jesus went up to
Jerusalem.

    2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the
sheep market a pool, which is called
in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having
five porches.

    3 In these lay a great multitude of
impotent folk, of blind, halt,
withered, waiting for the moving of
the water.

    5 And a certain man was there,
which had an infirmity thirty and
eight years.

    8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take
up thy bed, and walk.

    9 And immediately the man was made
whole, and took up his bed, and
walked: and on the same day was the
sabbath.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 460:14-18


    (Mischievous imagination)
    Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal, - that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:20

(22b) Question: ...and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
Topic: God the Preserver of Man


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Disease is an experience of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental inharmony. That man is material, and that matter suffers, - these propositions can only seem real and natural in illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 400:20-28


    (Mortal mind controlled)
    When we remove disease by addressing the disturbed mind, giving no heed to the body, we prove that thought alone creates the suffering. Mortal mind rules all that is mortal. We see in the body the images of this mind, even as in optics we see painted on the retina the image which becomes visible to the senses. The action of so-called mortal mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being.


Section 4


Matthew 9:20-22,35

    20 #And, behold, a woman, which was
diseased with an issue of blood
twelve years, came behind him, and
touched the hem of his garment:

    21 For she said within herself, If
I may but touch his garment, I shall
be whole.

    22 But Jesus turned him about, and
when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be
of good comfort; thy faith hath made
thee whole. And the woman was made
whole from that hour.

    35 And Jesus went about all the
cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing
every sickness and every disease
among the people.

***
Luke 9:1,2,6

    1 Then he called his twelve
disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils,
and to cure diseases.

    2 And he sent them to preach the
kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.


    6 And they departed, and went
through the towns, preaching the
gospel, and healing every where.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 343:25-28


    (Example of the disciples)
    Anciently those apostles who were Jesus' students, as well as Paul who was not one of his students, healed the sick and reformed the sinner by their religion.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 348:3-13

    (Essential element of Christianity)
    Medical theories virtually admit the nothingness of hallucinations, even while treating them as disease; and who objects to this? Ought we not, then, to approve any cure, which is effected by making the disease appear to be - what it really is - an illusion?
    (All disease a delusion)
    Here is the difficulty: it is not generally understood how one disease can be just as much a delusion as another. It is a pity that the medical faculty and clergy have not learned this, for Jesus established this foundational fact, when devils, delusions, were cast out and the dumb spake.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 417:20


    (Disease to be made unreal)
    To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened. Disease should not appear real to the physician, since it is demonstrable that the way to cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To do this, the physician must understand the unreality of disease in Science.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:24-2

(13) Question: Is there no sin?
ADAM = The opposite of Spirit and His creations.
Topic: Reality


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the destruction of error, must error still 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, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of Christ is to "destroy the works of the devil." Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is "no night there."


Section 5


Hebrews 2:9,14,15

    9 But we see Jesus, who was made a
little lower than the angels for the
suffering of death, crowned with
glory and honour; that he by the
grace of God should taste death for
every man.

    14 Forasmuch then as the children
are partakers of flesh and blood, he
also himself likewise took part of
the same; that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of
death, that is, the devil;

    15 And deliver them who through
fear of death were all their lifetime
subject to bondage.

***
Romans 6:22,23

    22 But now being made free from
sin, and become servants to God, ye
have your fruit unto holiness, and
the end everlasting life.

    23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 8:2

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:28


    (Christian standard)
    Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:22


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.


Section 6


I Corinthians 15:26,53,54

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.

    54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory.

***
Proverbs 12:28

    28 In the way of righteousness is
life: and in the pathway thereof
there is no death.

***
Revelation 21:3,4

    3 And I heard a great voice out of
heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle
of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with
them, and be their God.

    4 And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any
more pain: for the former things are
passed away.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:17-21


    (Mortality vanquished)
    If man is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"? The tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory over death in proportion as we overcome sin.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31

    (Life all-inclusive)
    Jesus said (John viii. 51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." That statement is not confined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of existence. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear. Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base by resting upon Spirit instead of matter. When man gives up his belief in death, he will advance more rapidly towards God, Life, and Love. Belief in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will mankind wake to this great fact in Science?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:29-14

    (No death nor inaction)
    The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought will waken from its own material declaration, "I am dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction."
    (Vision opening)
    Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality. Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Soul imperishable
15 1 - Sin only of the flesh
15 1 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
15 1 - Two infinite creators absurd
15 1 - Evil nonexistent
15 2 - No baneful creation
15 2 - Unrealities that seem real
15 2 - -3- Evil obsolete
15 2 - Goodness a portion of God
15 2 - Scientific consistency
15 2 - Practical arguments
15 3 - Mischievous imagination
15 3 - Mind destroys all ills
15 3 - Mortal mind controlled
15 4 - Example of the disciples
15 4 - Essential element of Christianity
15 4 - All disease a delusion
15 4 - Disease to be made unreal
15 4 - Truth destroys falsity
15 5 - Christian standard
15 5 - Immaterial pleasure
15 5 - A belief in death
15 6 - Mortality vanquished
15 6 - Life all-inclusive
15 6 - No death nor inaction
15 6 - Vision opening


October 9,1898

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 5:10,11

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.

    11 And not only so, but we also joy
in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom we have now received the
atonement.


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 10:1-10

    1 For the law having a shadow of
good things to come, and not the very
image of the things, can never with
those sacrifices which they offered
year by year continually make the
comers thereunto perfect.

    2 For then would they not have
ceased to be offered? because that
the worshippers once purged should
have had no more conscience of sins.

    3 But in those sacrifices there is
a remembrance again made of sins every
year.

    4 For it is not possible that the
blood of bulls and of goats should
take away sins.

    5 Wherefore when he cometh into the
world, he saith, Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not, but a
body hast thou prepared me:

    6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices
for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

    7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the
volume of the book it is written of
me,) to do thy will, O God.

    8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and
offering and burnt offerings and
offering for sin thou wouldest not,
neither hadst pleasure therein; which
are offered by the law;

    9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do
thy will, O God. He taketh away the
first, that he may establish the
second.

    10 By the which will we are
sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for
all.


Section 1


Romans 2:11

    11 For there is no respect of
persons with God.
Romans 3:10-12

    10 As it is written, There is none
righteous, no, not one:

    11 There is none that
understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God.

    12 They are all gone out of the
way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that
doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 11:32

    32 For God hath concluded them all
in unbelief, that he might have mercy
upon all.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:15


    (Radical changes)
    The time is not distant when the ordinary theological views of atonement will undergo a great change, - a change as radical as that which has come over popular opinions in regard to predestination and future punishment.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:18-23


    (Soul imperishable)
    Soul changeth not. We are commonly taught that there is a human soul which sins and is spiritually lost, - that soul may be lost, and yet be immortal. If Soul could sin, Spirit, Soul, would be flesh instead of Spirit. It is the belief of the flesh and of material sense which sins.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:4


    (Embryonic sinful thoughts)
    The belief of sin, which has grown terrible in strength and influence, is an unconscious error in the beginning, - an embryonic thought without motive; but afterwards it governs the so-called man. Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:30


    (Justice and substitution)
    Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves. Revenge is inadmissible. Wrath which is only appeased is not destroyed, but partially indulged. Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin. One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner's part. That God's wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made. The atonement is a hard problem in theology, but its scientific explanation is, that suffering is an error of sinful sense which Truth destroys, and that eventually both sin and suffering will fall at the feet of everlasting Love.


Section 2


I John 2:1,2

    1 My little children, these things
write I unto you, that ye sin not. And
if any man sin, we have an advocate
with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous:

    2 And he is the propitiation for
our sins: and not for ours only, but
also for the sins of the whole world.

***
I Timothy 2:3-6

    3 For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Saviour;

    4 Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth.

    5 For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus;

    6 Who gave himself a ransom for
all, to be testified in due time.

***
Romans 5:8-11

    8 But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.

    9 Much more then, being now
justified by his blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through him.

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.

    11 And not only so, but we also joy
in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom we have now received the
atonement.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:1-9,13


    (Divine oneness)
    Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, - to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility.
    (Human reconciliation)
    The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man; for the divine Principle of Christ is God, and how can God propitiate Himself? Christ is Truth, which reaches no higher than itself. The fountain can rise no higher than its source. Christ, Truth, could conciliate no nature above his own, derived from the eternal Love. It was therefore Christ's purpose to reconcile man to God, not God to man. Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:3

    (True flesh and blood)
    The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice. The efficacy of Jesus' spiritual offering is infinitely greater than can be expressed by our sense of human blood. The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon "the accursed tree," than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:17-24

    (Efficacious repentance)
    Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus' atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, - in the at-one-ment with God, - for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom.


Section 3


John 10:17,18

    17 Therefore doth my Father love
me, because I lay down my life, that
I might take it again.

    18 No man taketh it from me, but I
lay it down of myself. I have power to
lay it down, and I have power to take
it again. This commandment have I
received of my Father.

***
Hebrews 9:11-14

    11 But Christ being come an high
priest of good things to come, by a
greater and more perfect tabernacle,
not made with hands, that is to say,
not of this building;

    12 Neither by the blood of goats
and calves, but by his own blood he
entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption
for us.

    13 For if the blood of bulls and of
goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth
to the purifying of the flesh:

    14 How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God?

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 11:18


    (Truth annihilates error)
    Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable suffering.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:6-21


    (Life-power indestructible)
    Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men to attempt the destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life. Nothing could kill this Life of man. Jesus could give his temporal life into his enemies' hands; but when his earth-mission was accomplished, his spiritual life, indestructible and eternal, was found forever the same. He knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished.
    (Example for our salvation)
    His consummate example was for the salvation of us all, but only through doing the works which he did and taught others to do.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:17

    (Suffering inevitable)
    Was it just for Jesus to suffer? No; but it was inevitable, for not otherwise could he show us the way and the power of Truth. If a career so great and good as that of Jesus could not avert a felon's fate, lesser apostles of Truth may endure human brutality without murmuring, rejoicing to enter into fellowship with him through the triumphal arch of Truth and Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 38:23-26

    (Material pleasures)
    The eternal Christ, his spiritual selfhood, never suffered. Jesus mapped out the path for others. He unveiled the Christ, the spiritual idea of divine Love.


Section 4


Titus 2:11-14

    11 For the grace of God that
bringeth salvation hath appeared to
all men,

    12 Teaching us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and
godly, in this present world;

    13 Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ;

    14 Who gave himself for us, that he
might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar
people, zealous of good works.

***
Romans 8:13-15,19-21

    13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live.

    14 For as many as are led by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God.

    15 For ye have not received the
spirit of bondage again to fear; but
ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
Father.

    19 For the earnest expectation of
the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.

    20 For the creature was made
subject to vanity, not willingly, but
by reason of him who hath subjected
the same in hope,

    21 Because the creature itself also
shall be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the children of God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:1


    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true, it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs, or without, to destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick. This is the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:5


    (Jesus the way-shower)
    Born of a woman, Jesus' advent in the flesh partook partly of Mary's earthly condition, although he was endowed with the Christ, the divine Spirit, without measure. This accounts for his struggles in Gethsemane and on Calvary, and this enabled him to be the mediator, or way-shower, between God and men. Had his origin and birth been wholly apart from mortal usage, Jesus would not have been appreciable to mortal mind as "the way."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:9

  (- MORTAL MIND - A belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter)


    (-9- The Son of God)
    IX. Jesus was born of Mary. Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, - yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death. As Paul says: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." The corporeal man Jesus was human.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:22-31


    (Effective triumph)
    Though demonstrating his control over sin and disease, the great Teacher by no means relieved others from giving the requisite proofs of their own piety. He worked for their guidance, that they might demonstrate this power as he did and understand its divine Principle. Implicit faith in the Teacher and all the emotional love we can bestow on him, will never alone make us imitators of him. We must go and do likewise, else we are not improving the great blessings which our Master worked and suffered to bestow upon us.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:11

    (Wait for reward)
    "Work out your own salvation," is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. "Occupy till I come!" Wait for your reward, and "be not weary in well doing." If your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.


Section 5


John 17:1,6,20,23

    1 These words spake Jesus, and
lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee:

    6 I have manifested thy name unto
the men which thou gavest me out of
the world: thine they were, and thou
gavest them me; and they have kept
thy word.

    20 Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also which shall believe
on me through their word;

    23 I in them, and thou in me, that
they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

***
Ephesians 4:1-6,13

    1 I therefore, the prisoner of the
Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are
called,

    2 With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love;

    3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of
the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    4 There is one body, and one
Spirit, even as ye are called in one
hope of your calling;

    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


    6 One God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in
you all.

    13 Till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:19


    (Spiritual Eucharist)
    Our baptism is a purification from all error. Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are newborn of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, - casting out error and healing the sick. Our Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God. Our bread, "which cometh down from heaven," is Truth. Our cup is the cross. Our wine the inspiration of Love, the draught our Master drank and commended to his followers.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:14-22

    (Healing primary)
    It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus "the resurrection and the life" to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, - following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, - we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-5

    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:16

    (The stone rolled away)
    Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Radical changes
16 1 - Soul imperishable
16 1 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
16 1 - Justice and substitution
16 2 - Divine oneness
16 2 - Human reconciliation
16 2 - True flesh and blood
16 2 - Efficacious repentance
16 3 - Truth annihilates error
16 3 - Life-power indestructible
16 3 - Example for our salvation
16 3 - Suffering inevitable
16 3 - Material pleasures
16 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
16 4 - Jesus the way-shower
16 4 - -9- The Son of God
16 4 - Effective triumph
16 4 - Wait for reward
16 5 - Spiritual Eucharist
16 5 - Healing primary
16 5 - Moral victory
16 5 - The stone rolled away


October 16,1898

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:53

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 130

PSALM 130
A Song of degrees

    1 Out of the depths have I cried
unto thee, O Lord.

    2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine
ears be attentive to the voice of my
supplications.

    3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark
iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

    4 But there is forgiveness with
thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth
wait, and in his word do I hope.

    6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more
than they that watch for the morning:
I say, more than they that watch for
the morning.

    7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for
with the Lord there is mercy, and with
him is plenteous redemption.

    8 And he shall redeem Israel from
all his iniquities.
Psalm 145:9-13

    9 The Lord is good to all: and his
tender mercies are over all his works.


    10 All thy works shall praise thee,
O Lord; and thy saints shall bless
thee.

    11 They shall speak of the glory of
thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

    12 To make known to the sons of men
his mighty acts, and the glorious
majesty of his kingdom.

    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom, and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations.


Section 1


Psalm 22:27

    27 All the ends of the world shall
remember and turn unto the Lord: and
all the kindreds of the nations shall
worship before thee.

***
Isaiah 45:22-24

    22 Look unto me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth: for I am
God, and there is none else.

    23 I have sworn by myself, the word
is gone out of my mouth in
righteousness, and shall not return,
That unto me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.

    24 Surely, shall one say, in the
Lord have I righteousness and
strength: even to him shall men come;
and all that are incensed against him
shall be ashamed.

***
Ephesians 5:5-9,14

    5 For this ye know, that no
whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor
covetous man, who is an idolater,
hath any inheritance in the kingdom
of Christ and of God.

    6 Let no man deceive you with vain
words: for because of these things
cometh the wrath of God upon the
children of disobedience.

    7 Be not ye therefore partakers
with them.

    8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:

    9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and righteousness and
truth;)

    14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou
that sleepest, and arise from the
dead, and Christ shall give thee
light.

***
I John 3:3

    3 And every man that hath this hope
in him purifieth himself, even as he
is pure.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:12


    (Salvation and probation)
    Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them. Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of his own, but in possession of "the mind of the Lord," as the Scripture says.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:6


    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:27


    (Divine victory) The divine must overcome the human at every point. The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelligence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs.


Section 2


Revelation 22:11

    11 He that is unjust, let him be
unjust still: and he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that
is righteous, let him be righteous
still: and he that is holy, let him
be holy still.

***
James 1:21,22

    21 Wherefore lay apart all
filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with
meekness the engrafted word, which is
able to save your souls.

    22 But be ye doers of the word, and
not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves.

***
Matthew 5:8

    8 Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:28


    (Death no benefactor)
    We cannot spend our days here in ignorance of the Science of Life, and expect to find beyond the grave a reward for this ignorance. Death will not make us harmonious and immortal as a recompense for ignorance. If here we give no heed to Christian Science, which is spiritual and eternal, we shall not be ready for spiritual Life hereafter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:1


    (Sin is punished)
    The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the growth of Christian character. Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:10


    (A belief suicidal)
    The educated belief that Soul is in the body causes mortals to regard death as a friend, as a stepping-stone out of mortality into immortality and bliss. The Bible calls death an enemy, and Jesus overcame death and the grave instead of yielding to them. He was "the way." To him, therefore, death was not the threshold over which he must pass into living glory.


Section 3


Romans 6:16

    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?

***
Psalm 9:15,16

    15 The heathen are sunk down in the
pit that they made: in the net which
they hid is their own foot taken.

    16 The Lord is known by the
judgment which he executeth: the
wicked is snared in the work of his
own hands.

***
Hebrews 12:14

    14 Follow peace with all men, and
holiness, without which no man shall
see the Lord:

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:12


    (Clay replying to the potter)
    Science declares that man is subject to Mind. Mortal mind affirms that mind is subordinate to the body, that the body is dying, that it must be buried and decomposed into dust; but mortal mind's affirmation is not true. Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies unseen by those who think that they bury the body.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 82:9-13,21-27


    (Impossible intercommunion)
    If spiritual life has been won by the departed, they cannot return to material existence, because different states of consciousness are involved, and one person cannot exist in two different states of consciousness at the same time.
    We are not in their state, nor are they in the mental realm in which we dwell. Communion between them and ourselves would be prevented by this difference. The mental states are so unlike, that intercommunion is as impossible as it would be between a mole and a human being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:3


    (Death no advantage)
    If the Principle, rule, and demonstration of man's being are not in the least understood before what is termed death overtakes mortals, they will rise no higher spiritually in the scale of existence on account of that single experience, but will remain as material as before the transition, still seeking happiness through a material, instead of through a spiritual sense of life, and from selfish and inferior motives. That Life or Mind is finite and physical or is manifested through brain and nerves, is false. Hence Truth comes to destroy this error and its effects, - sickness, sin, and death. To the spiritual class, relates the Scripture: "On such the second death hath no power."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:19-23

    (Salvation and probation)
    "In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be." So we read in Ecclesiastes. This text has been transformed into the popular proverb, "As the tree falls, so it must lie." As man falleth asleep, so shall he awake.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:6

    (Scientific purgation)
    Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.


Section 4


Matthew 13:40-42

    40 As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this world.


    41 The Son of man shall send forth
his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity;

    42 And shall cast them into a
furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.

***
Revelation 21:8

    8 But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have
their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the
second death.

***
Isaiah 4:3,4

    3 And it shall come to pass, that
he that is left in Zion, and he that
remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be
called holy, even every one that is
written among the living in
Jerusalem:

    4 When the Lord shall have washed
away the filth of the daughters of
Zion, and shall have purged the blood
of Jerusalem from the midst thereof
by the spirit of judgment, and by the
spirit of burning.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:32-12


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes not suddenly here or hereafter. The pious Polycarp said: "I cannot turn at once from good to evil." Neither do other mortals accomplish the change from error to truth at a single bound.
    (Second death)
    Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the Science of being is reached. Error brings its own self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates its own physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-32


    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these errors. To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he becomes thus only when he reaches perfection. The murderer, though slain in the act, does not thereby forsake sin. He is no more spiritual for believing that his body died and learning that his cruel mind died not. His thoughts are no purer until evil is disarmed by good. His body is as material as his mind, and vice versa.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 430:3


    (Life all-inclusive)
    Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear. Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base by resting upon Spirit instead of matter. When man gives up his belief in death, he will advance more rapidly towards God, Life, and Love. Belief in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will mankind wake to this great fact in Science?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:13-22

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
    (Imperishable identity)
    Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood.


Section 5


I Corinthians 15:19,20

    19 If in this life only we have
hope in Christ, we are of all men
most miserable.

    20 But now is Christ risen from the
dead, and become the firstfruits of
them that slept.

***
Isaiah 52:1

    1 Awake, awake; put on thy
strength, O Zion; put on thy
beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the
holy city: for henceforth there shall
no more come into thee the
uncircumcised and the unclean.
Isaiah 60:18-21

    18 Violence shall no more be heard
in thy land, wasting nor destruction
within thy borders; but thou shalt
call thy walls Salvation, and thy
gates Praise.

    19 The sun shall be no more thy
light by day; neither for brightness
shall the moon give light unto thee:
but the Lord shall be unto thee an
everlasting light, and thy God thy
glory.

    20 Thy sun shall no more go down;
neither shall thy moon withdraw
itself: for the Lord shall be thine
everlasting light, and the days of
thy mourning shall be ended.

    21 Thy people also shall be all
righteous: they shall inherit the
land for ever, the branch of my
planting, the work of my hands, that
I may be glorified.

***
Revelation 22:3,4

    3 And there shall be no more curse:
but the throne of God and of the Lamb
shall be in it; and his servants
shall serve him:

    4 And they shall see his face; and
his name shall be in their foreheads.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:5


    (Jesus' disregard of matter)
    The Principle and proof of Christianity are discerned by spiritual sense. They are set forth in Jesus' demonstrations, which show - by his healing the sick, casting out evils, and destroying death, "the last enemy that shall be destroyed," - his disregard of matter and its so-called laws.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:20-26


    (Spiritual ascension)
    Jesus' unchanged physical condition after what seemed to be death was followed by his exaltation above all material conditions; and this exaltation explained his ascension, and revealed unmistakably a probationary and progressive state beyond the grave. Jesus was "the way;" that is, he marked the way for all men.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:18-21

    (Fellowship with Christ)
    Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:10

    (The last breakfast)
    This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love. They celebrate their Lord's victory over death, his probation in the flesh after death, its exemplification of human probation, and his spiritual and final ascension above matter, or the flesh, when he rose out of material sight.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:22


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 562:11-16


    (Spiritual idea crowned)
    The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars. The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, - separated by belief from man's divine origin and the true idea, - will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man in the harmony of Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Salvation and probation
17 1 - God's man discerned
17 1 - Divine victory
17 2 - Death no benefactor
17 2 - Sin is punished
17 2 - A belief suicidal
17 3 - Clay replying to the potter
17 3 - Impossible intercommunion
17 3 - Death no advantage
17 3 - Salvation and probation
17 3 - Scientific purgation
17 4 - Immaterial pleasure
17 4 - Second death
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Sin is punished
17 4 - Life all-inclusive
17 4 - Mortals are not immortals
17 4 - Imperishable identity
17 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
17 5 - Fellowship with Christ
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Immaterial pleasure
17 5 - Spiritual idea crowned


October 23,1898

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Romans 6:23

    23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Responsive Reading


Galatians 6:1-9

    1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken
in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one in the spirit of
meekness; considering thyself, lest
thou also be tempted.

    2 Bear ye one another's burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.

    3 For if a man think himself to be
something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself.

    4 But let every man prove his own
work, and then shall he have
rejoicing in himself alone, and not
in another.

    5 For every man shall bear his own
burden.

    6 Let him that is taught in the
word communicate unto him that
teacheth in all good things.

    7 Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.

    8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting.

    9 And let us not be weary in well
doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.


Section 1


Galatians 6:7,8

    7 Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.

    8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting.

***
Matthew 7:1,2

    1 Judge not, that ye be not
judged.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge,
ye shall be judged: and with what
measure ye mete, it shall be measured
to you again.
Matthew 10:28

    28 And fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in
hell.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:21-22


    (Retribution and remorse)
    Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:14(begin Sin)

    (Justice and recompense) Sin is its own punishment. Truth guards the gateway to harmony. Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:31-32


    (Asking amiss)
    Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin?

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 11:8

    (Remission of penalty)
    The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before mortals can "go up higher." Broken law brings penalty in order to compel this progress.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:6-19


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    Better the suffering which awakens mortal mind from its fleshly dream, than the false pleasures which tend to perpetuate this dream. Sin alone brings death, for sin is the only element of destruction.
    "Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows that here the word soul means a false sense or material consciousness. The command was a warning to beware, not of Rome, Satan, nor of God, but of sin. Sickness, sin, and death are not concomitants of Life or Truth. No law supports them. They have no relation to God wherewith to establish their power. Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:17


    (Mental conspirators)
    "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, - to destroy itself. Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:1


    (Vicarious suffering)
    Does not Science show that sin brings suffering as much to-day as yesterday? They who sin must suffer. "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."


Section 2


Genesis 3:19

    19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

***
I Corinthians 15:22

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

***
Hebrews 12:29

    29 For our God is a consuming fire.

***
I John 4:7,8

    7 Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God.

    8 He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:30


    (Final purpose)
    The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:19

    (Righteous retribution)
    A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:3-5,11-14


    (Pardon and amendment)
    Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.
    To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means of destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin is destroyed.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:8


    (Embryonic sinful thoughts)
    Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:27-32


    (Erroneous standpoint)
    Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."
    (Mortality mythical)
    "As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive."


Section 3


Psalm 90:1,3,7

    1 Lord, thou hast been our
dwelling place in all generations.

    3 Thou turnest man to destruction;
and sayest, Return, ye children of
men.

    7 For we are consumed by thine
anger, and by thy wrath are we
troubled.

***
Matthew 13:40-43

    40 As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this world.


    41 The Son of man shall send forth
his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity;

    42 And shall cast them into a
furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    43 Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Who hath ears to hear,
let him hear.

***
Revelation 22:11

    11 He that is unjust, let him be
unjust still: and he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that
is righteous, let him be righteous
still: and he that is holy, let him
be holy still.

***
Matthew 25:41,46

    41 Then shall he say also unto them
on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his
angels:

    46 And these shall go away into
everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:29


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness) Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:21


    (The counterfeit forces)
    There is no vapid fury of mortal mind-expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity - and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, "The anger of the Lord." In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:13


    (Spirits obsolete)
    Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:10-22


    (Death no advantage)
    That Life or Mind is finite and physical or is manifested through brain and nerves, is false. Hence Truth comes to destroy this error and its effects, - sickness, sin, and death. To the spiritual class, relates the Scripture: "On such the second death hath no power."
    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.


Section 4


Genesis 1:26,27

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

***
Psalm 145:9,13

    9 The Lord is good to all: and his
tender mercies are over all his works.


    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom, and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations.

***
John 12:32

    32 And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men unto me.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:1


    (Personal identity)
    The loss of man's identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:3


    (Identity not lost)
    The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his. The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:29


    (Climax of suffering)
    The sinful misconception of Life as something less than God, having no truth to support it, falls back upon itself. This error, after reaching the climax of suffering, yields to Truth and returns to dust; but it is only mortal man and not the real man, who dies. The image of Spirit cannot be effaced, since it is the idea of Truth and changes not, but becomes more beautifully apparent at error's demise.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:1-13


    (Sin is punished)
    The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the growth of Christian character. Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.
    (Salvation and probation)
    Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 497:9

(24) Question: Have Christian Scientists any religious creed?
ADAM = That of which wisdom saith, "Thou shalt surely die."
Topic: Christian Science


    ( - Tenets -)
    3. We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.


Section 5


Hosea 2:19,20

    19 And I will betroth thee unto me
for ever; yea, I will betroth thee
unto me in righteousness, and in
judgment, and in lovingkindness, and
in mercies.

    20 I will even betroth thee unto me
in faithfulness: and thou shalt know
the Lord.

***
Romans 8:1,2

    1 THERE is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.

***
I Corinthians 15:58

    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:15


    (Radical changes)
    The time is not distant when the ordinary theological views of atonement will undergo a great change, - a change as radical as that which has come over popular opinions in regard to predestination and future punishment.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:1-5(to .)


    (Spiritual baptism)
    Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:1

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


    (-30- Divine pardon)
    XXX. The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon. Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness. Does not God's pardon, destroying any one sin, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all sin?

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:21


    (Expiation by suffering)
    The sin, which one has made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to remove all sin, must depend upon sin's obduracy.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:8-22


    (Perfection gained slowly)
    In the midst of imperfection, perfection is seen and acknowledged only by degrees. The ages must slowly work up to perfection. How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of scientific being, no man knoweth, - not even "the Son but the Father;" but the false claim of error continues its delusions until the goal of goodness is assiduously earned and won.
    (Christ's mission)
    Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, - the sign material, - how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:31-2


    (The Christ-element)
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Retribution and remorse
18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 1 - Asking amiss
18 1 - Remission of penalty
18 1 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 1 - Mental conspirators
18 1 - Vicarious suffering
18 2 - Final purpose
18 2 - Righteous retribution
18 2 - Pardon and amendment
18 2 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 2 - Erroneous standpoint
18 2 - Mortality mythical
18 3 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 3 - The counterfeit forces
18 3 - Spirits obsolete
18 3 - Death no advantage
18 3 - Future purification
18 4 - Personal identity
18 4 - Identity not lost
18 4 - Climax of suffering
18 4 - Sin is punished
18 4 - Salvation and probation
18 4 - - Tenets -
18 5 - Radical changes
18 5 - Spiritual baptism
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 5 - Expiation by suffering
18 5 - Perfection gained slowly
18 5 - Christ's mission
18 5 - The Christ-element


October 30,1898

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:22

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.


Responsive Reading


Romans 7:1,5,6,18-25

    1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I
speak to them that know the law,) how
that the law hath dominion over a man
as long as he liveth?

    5 For when we were in the flesh,
the motions of sins, which were by
the law, did work in our members to
bring forth fruit unto death.

    6 But now we are delivered from the
law, that being dead wherein we were
held; that we should serve in newness
of spirit, and not in the oldness of
the letter.

    18 For I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
for to will is present with me; but
how to perform that which is good I
find not.

    19 For the good that I would I do
not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.

    20 Now if I do that I would not, it
is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.

    21 I find then a law, that, when I
would do good, evil is present with
me.

    22 For I delight in the law of God
after the inward man:

    23 But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.

    24 O wretched man that I am! who
shall deliver me from the body of
this death?

    25 I thank God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. So then with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with
the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 8:1,2

    1 THERE is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.


Section 1


Genesis 2:6,7,9

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.

    9 And out of the ground made the
Lord God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for
food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:22-27


    (Jehovah or Elohim)
    Throughout the first chapter of Genesis and in three verses of the second, - in what we understand to be the spiritually scientific account of creation, - it is Elohim (God) who creates. From the fourth verse of chapter two to chapter five, the creator is called Jehovah, or the Lord.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:8-6

    (Jehovah a tribal deity)
    In that name of Jehovah, the true idea of God seems almost lost. God becomes "a man of war," a tribal god to be worshipped, rather than Love, the divine Principle to be lived and loved.



    (Creation reversed)
    Genesis ii. 7. And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.



    Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite deity, that He should now be called Jehovah? With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female. How then could a material organization become the basis of man? How could the non-intelligent become the medium of Mind, and error be the enunciator of Truth? Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?
    It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground. Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence? Does Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of God? In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations. Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:9


    (Adam and the senses)
    Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed from dust, is an object-lesson for the human mind. The material senses, like Adam, originate in matter and return to dust, - are proved non-intelligent. They go out as they came in, for they are still the error, not the truth of being. When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found to be harmonious.


Section 2


Genesis 2:15-17

    15 And the Lord God took the man,
and put him into the garden of Eden
to dress it and to keep it.

    16 And the Lord God commanded the
man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:17,29


    (Record of error)
    The "tree of life" stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science. The "tree of knowledge" stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good. Was evil instituted through God, Love? Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contradiction of the first creation? This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.
    (Garden of Eden)
    The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight. In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body. God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it, - to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow. Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:25-13


    (Higher statutes)
    Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of Mind.
    (The great question)
    Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?" Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind governing man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and will hide from the demand, "Where art thou?" This awful demand, "Adam, where art thou?" is met by the admission from the head, heart, stomach, blood, nerves, etc.: "Lo, here I am, looking for happiness and life in the body, but finding only an illusion, a blending of false claims, false pleasure, pain, sin, sickness, and death."

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:16-17


    (Finite views of Deity)
    The human form, or physical finiteness, cannot be made the basis of any true idea of the infinite Godhead.


Section 3


Genesis 5:3

    3 #And Adam lived an hundred and
thirty years, and begat a son in his
own likeness, after his image; and
called his name Seth:
Genesis 6:1,2,3,5,11

    1 And it came to pass, when men
began to multiply on the face of the
earth, and daughters were born unto
them,

    2 That the sons of God saw the
daughters of men that they were fair;
and they took them wives of all which
they chose.

    3 And the Lord said, My spirit
shall not always strive with man, for
that he also is flesh: yet his days
shall be an hundred and twenty years.


    5 #And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.

    11 The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled
with violence.

***
Psalm 53:2,3

    2 God looked down from heaven upon
the children of men, to see if there
were any that did understand, that
did seek God.

    3 Every one of them is gone back:
they are altogether become filthy;
there is none that doeth good, no,
not one.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:20(only),27


    (No new creation)
    There can be but one creator, who has created all.
    The multiplication of a human and mortal sense of persons and things is not creation. A sensual thought, like an atom of dust thrown into the face of spiritual immensity, is dense blindness instead of a scientific eternal consciousness of creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 320:8


    (Interior meaning)
    In Smith's Bible Dictionary it is said: "The spiritual interpretation of Scripture must rest upon both the literal and moral;" and in the learned article on Noah in the same work, the familiar text, Genesis vi. 3, "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh," is quoted as follows, from the original Hebrew: "And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not forever rule [or be humbled] in men, seeing that they are [or, in their error they are] but flesh." Here the original text declares plainly the spiritual fact of being, even man's eternal and harmonious existence as image, idea, instead of matter (however transcendental such a thought appears), and avers that this fact is not forever to be humbled by the belief that man is flesh and matter, for according to that error man is mortal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:32

    (The serpent's whisper)
    The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter. This pantheistic error, or so-called serpent, insists still upon the opposite of Truth, saying, "Ye shall be as gods;" that is, I will make error as real and eternal as Truth.


Section 4


Job 3:2-4

    2 And Job spake, and said,

    3 Let the day perish wherein I was
born, and the night in which it was
said, There is a man child conceived.


    4 Let that day be darkness; let not
God regard it from above, neither let
the light shine upon it.

***
Psalm 51:5,6,11

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.


    6 Behold, thou desirest truth in
the inward parts: and in the hidden
part thou shalt make me to know
wisdom.

    11 Cast me not away from thy
presence; and take not thy holy
spirit from me.

***
Job 8:20

    20 Behold, God will not cast away a
perfect man, neither will he help the
evil doers:

***
Proverbs 14:26,27

    26 In the fear of the Lord is
strong confidence: and his children
shall have a place of refuge.

    27 The fear of the Lord is a
fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:13

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:15


    (Stages of existence)
    Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal - as beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages - hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to trail in the dust. If Life has any starting-point whatsoever, then the great I AM is a myth. If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite. An egg is an impossible enclosure for Deity.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:12-18

    (The two records)
    This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter. It records pantheism, opposed to the supremacy of divine Spirit; but this state of things is declared to be temporary and this man to be mortal, - dust returning to dust.
    (Erroneous representation)
    In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:16-27

    (The origin of divinity)
    Searching for the origin of man, who is the reflection of God, is like inquiring into the origin of God, the self-existent and eternal. Only impotent error would seek to unite Spirit with matter, good with evil, immortality with mortality, and call this sham unity man, as if man were the offspring of both Mind and matter, of both Deity and humanity. Creation rests on a spiritual basis. We lose our standard of perfection and set aside the proper conception of Deity, when we admit that the perfect is the author of aught that can become imperfect, that God bestows the power to sin, or that Truth confers the ability to err.


Section 5


Genesis 1:1,26,27

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

***
Matthew 2:1,6

    1 Now when Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of
Herod the king, behold, there came
wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

    6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land
of Juda, art not the least among the
princes of Juda: for out of thee
shall come a Governor, that shall
rule my people Israel.

***
Isaiah 9:6

    6 For unto us a child is born, unto
us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his
name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of
Peace.

***
Luke 1:68,69,79

    68 Blessed be the Lord God of
Israel; for he hath visited and
redeemed his people,

    69 And hath raised up an horn of
salvation for us in the house of his
servant David;

    79 To give light to them that sit
in darkness and in the shadow of
death, to guide our feet into the way
of peace.

***
Hebrews 3:1,2,14

    1 Wherefore, holy brethren,
partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest
of our profession, Christ Jesus;

    2 Who was faithful to him that
appointed him, as also Moses was
faithful in all his house.

    14 For we are made partakers of
Christ, if we hold the beginning of
our confidence stedfast unto the end;

***
I Peter 1:23

    23 Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:24


    (Ideas and identities)
    The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, - that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe. The creative Principle - Life, Truth, and Love - is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 559:10-19


    (Truth's volume)
    The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, "as when a lion roareth." It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the "seven thunders" of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, - made manifest in the destruction of error. Then will a voice from harmony cry: "Go and take the little book. . . . Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:2


    (Scriptural perception)
    Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Jehovah or Elohim
19 1 - Jehovah a tribal deity
19 1 - Creation reversed
19 1 - Adam and the senses
19 2 - Record of error
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - Higher statutes
19 2 - The great question
19 2 - Finite views of Deity
19 3 - No new creation
19 3 - Interior meaning
19 3 - The serpent's whisper
19 4 - Mortals are not immortals
19 4 - Stages of existence
19 4 - The two records
19 4 - Erroneous representation
19 4 - The origin of divinity
19 5 - Ideas and identities
19 5 - Truth's volume
19 5 - Scriptural perception


November 6,1898

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:53

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 15:22-26

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

    23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

    24 Then cometh the end, when he
shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power.

    25 For he must reign, till he hath
put all enemies under his feet.

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

***
II Corinthians 5:1-4

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.


Section 1


Job 14:1,2

    1 Man that is born of a woman is
of few days, and full of trouble.

    2 He cometh forth like a flower,
and is cut down: he fleeth also as a
shadow, and continueth not.

***
Psalm 103:15-18

    15 As for man, his days are as
grass: as a flower of the field, so
he flourisheth.

    16 For the wind passeth over it,
and it is gone; and the place thereof
shall know it no more.

    17 But the mercy of the Lord is
from everlasting to everlasting upon
them that fear him, and his
righteousness unto children's
children;

    18 To such as keep his covenant,
and to those that remember his
commandments to do them.

***
Ecclesiastes 2:21

    21 For there is a man whose labour
is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in
equity; yet to a man that hath not
laboured therein shall he leave it
for his portion. This also is vanity
and a great evil.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:24


    (Spiritual freedom)
    The Science of being reveals man and immortality as based on Spirit. Physical sense defines mortal man as based on matter, and from this premise infers the mortality of the body.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 190:14

    (Human frailty)
    Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterwards to wither and return to its native nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal; it never merges into immortal being, but finally disappears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:13-17


    (Emergence of mortals)
    Human experience in mortal life, which starts from an egg, corresponds with that of Job, when he says, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." Mortals must emerge from this notion of material life as all-in-all.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:22


    (Immortal models)
    Mortal thought transmits its own images, and forms its offspring after human illusions. God, Spirit, works spiritually, not materially. Brain or matter never formed a human concept. Vibration is not intelligence; hence it is not a creator. Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results.


Section 2


John 3:6

    6 That which is born of the flesh
is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.

***
Romans 8:5,8,9

    5 For they that are after the flesh
do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the
things of the Spirit.

    8 So then they that are in the
flesh cannot please God.

    9 But ye are not in the flesh, but
in the Spirit, if so be that the
Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if
any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 9:8

    8 That is, They which are the
children of the flesh, these are not
the children of God: but the children
of the promise are counted for the
seed.

***
I Corinthians 2:11

    11 For what man knoweth the things
of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God
knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:5


    (Like evolving like)
    Matter never produces mind. The immortal never produces the mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be immortal. Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator. If goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot be the outcome of an infinite God, good.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:9

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:31


    (The Christ-element)
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.


Section 3


Genesis 1:27,31

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.


    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning
were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:6,7

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.
Genesis 3:19

    19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:4


    (Creation reversed)
    Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:26

    (The story of error)
    The second chapter of Genesis contains a statement of this material view of God and the universe, a statement which is the exact opposite of scientific truth as before recorded. The history of error or matter, if veritable, would set aside the omnipotence of Spirit; but it is the false history in contradistinction to the true.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:29

    (Original reflected)
    The mortal, erring, and finite are human beliefs, which apportion to themselves a task impossible for them, that of distinguishing between the false and the true. Objects utterly unlike the original do not reflect that original. Therefore matter, not being the reflection of Spirit, has no real entity. Understanding is a quality of God, a quality which separates Christian Science from supposition and makes Truth final.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:8-15

    (Contradicting first creation)
    Belief is less than understanding. Belief involves theories of material hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell, termed the five senses. The appetites and passions, sin, sickness, and death, follow in the train of this error of a belief in intelligent matter.
    (Record of error)
    The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural text in the second chapter of Genesis.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:6


    (Material mortality)
    The doom of matter establishes the conclusion that matter, slime, or protoplasm never originated in the immortal Mind, and is therefore not eternal. Matter is neither created by Mind nor for the manifestation and support of Mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:27

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)

    (-29- Adam not ideal man) Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake." From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.


Section 4


Galatians 4:4,5

    4 But when the fulness of the time
was come, God sent forth his Son, made
of a woman, made under the law,

    5 To redeem them that were under
the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.

***
II Corinthians 4:6,7,16,18

    6 For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness, hath shined
in our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ.

    7 But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the excellency
of the power may be of God, and not
of us.

    16 For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by
day.

    18 While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:9-27

(23) Question: How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?
ADAM = Immortality's opposite, mortality.
Topic: Is the Universe, Including Man Evolved by Atomic Force?


    (Condition of progress)
    We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, - that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.
    (Triumph over death)
    "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law," - the law of mortal belief, at war with the facts of immortal Life, even with the spiritual law which says to the grave, "Where is thy victory?" But "when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:22


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22


    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.


Section 5


II Corinthians 5:1-4

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:11-21


    (God's man discerned)
    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 perfect."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:5


    (Man reflects God)
    The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a material germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above his origin. The stream rises no higher than its source.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:7


    (Spiritual discovery)
    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:11


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.


Section 6


II Corinthians 5:16,17

    16 Wherefore henceforth know we no
man after the flesh: yea, though we
have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we him no
more.

    17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.

***
I Corinthians 15:53,54

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.

    54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:9-27

(23) Question: How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?
ADAM = Immortality's opposite, mortality.
Topic: Is the Universe, Including Man Evolved by Atomic Force?


    (Condition of progress)
    We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, - that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.
    (Triumph over death)
    "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law," - the law of mortal belief, at war with the facts of immortal Life, even with the spiritual law which says to the grave, "Where is thy victory?" But "when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:22


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22


    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.


Section 7


II Samuel 22:31-33

    31 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried: he is a
buckler to all them that trust in
him.

    32 For who is God, save the Lord?
and who is a rock, save our God?

    33 God is my strength and power:
and he maketh my way perfect.

***
Matthew 5:48

    48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:11-21


    (God's man discerned)
    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 perfect."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:5


    (Man reflects God)
    The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a material germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above his origin. The stream rises no higher than its source.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:7


    (Spiritual discovery)
    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:11


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Spiritual freedom
20 1 - Human frailty
20 1 - Emergence of mortals
20 1 - Immortal models
20 2 - Like evolving like
20 2 - Mortals are not immortals
20 2 - The Christ-element
20 3 - Creation reversed
20 3 - The story of error
20 3 - Original reflected
20 3 - Contradicting first creation
20 3 - Record of error
20 3 - Material mortality
20 3 - -29- Adam not ideal man
20 4 - Condition of progress
20 4 - Triumph over death
20 4 - Immaterial pleasure
20 4 - The present immortality
20 5 - God's man discerned
20 5 - The divine image not lost
20 5 - Man reflects God
20 5 - Spiritual discovery
20 5 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 6 - Condition of progress
20 6 - Triumph over death
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure
20 6 - The present immortality
20 7 - God's man discerned
20 7 - The divine image not lost
20 7 - Man reflects God
20 7 - Spiritual discovery
20 7 - Mortals unlike immortals


November 13,1898

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 3:6

    6 That which is born of the flesh
is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.


Responsive Reading


Ephesians 4:4-8,11-16

    4 There is one body, and one
Spirit, even as ye are called in one
hope of your calling;

    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


    6 One God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in
you all.

    7 But unto every one of us is given
grace according to the measure of the
gift of Christ.

    8 Wherefore he saith, When he
ascended up on high, he led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men.

    11 And he gave some, apostles; and
some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers;

    12 For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of
Christ:

    13 Till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:

    14 That we henceforth be no more
children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie
in wait to deceive;

    15 But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:

    16 From whom the whole body fitly
joined together and compacted by that
which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in
the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the
edifying of itself in love.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1,2,26,27

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

    2 And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of
God moved upon the face of the
waters.

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

***
Job 33:4

    4 The Spirit of God hath made me,
and the breath of the Almighty hath
given me life.

***
Acts 17:24-28

    24 God that made the world and all
things therein, seeing that he is Lord
of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in
temples made with hands;

    25 Neither is worshipped with men's
hands, as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and
breath, and all things;

    26 And hath made of one blood all
nations of men for to dwell on all
the face of the earth, and hath
determined the times before
appointed, and the bounds of their
habitation;

    27 That they should seek the Lord,
if haply they might feel after him,
and find him, though he be not far
from every one of us:

    28 For in him we live, and move,
and have our being; as certain also
of your own poets have said, For we
are also his offspring.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:15-9


    (Real and unreal identity) What is Soul? Does life or soul exist in the thing formed?
    Nothing is real and eternal, - nothing is Spirit, - but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.
    The identity, or idea, of all reality continues forever; but Spirit, or the divine Principle of all, is not in Spirit's formations. Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:19-2

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (Reflection of Spirit)
    Question. - What are body and Soul?
    Answer. - Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.
    (Man inseperable from Spirit)
    Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians caught some glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain beautiful lake "the smile of the Great Spirit." Separated from man, who expresses Soul, Spirit would be a nonentity; man, divorced from Spirit, would lose his entity. But there is, there can be, no such division, for man is coexistent with God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:25


    (The sun and Soul)
    In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.


Section 2


Genesis 2:7,9

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.

    9 And out of the ground made the
Lord God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for
food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:16-6


    (Creation reversed)
    Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite deity, that He should now be called Jehovah? With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female. How then could a material organization become the basis of man? How could the non-intelligent become the medium of Mind, and error be the enunciator of Truth? Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?
    It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground. Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence? Does Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of God? In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations. Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:26-28


    (The divine reflection) The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence, inhabits matter is taught by the schools. This theory is unscientific.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:3

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (A vacant domicile)
    What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural science, man has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering it. What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of the declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a certain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen to go into the house or to come out of it, nor were they even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul in the body?


Section 3


Psalm 42:11

    11 Why art thou cast down, O my
soul? and why art thou disquieted
within me? hope thou in God: for I
shall yet praise him, who is the
health of my countenance, and my God.

***
Matthew 10:28

    28 And fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in
hell.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:11-14


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    "Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows that here the word soul means a false sense or material consciousness.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:32-12

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Sense and pure Soul)
    When reading the Scriptures, the substitution of the word sense for soul gives the exact meaning in a majority of cases.


    (Soul defined)
    Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in matter. The proper use of the word soul can always be gained by substituting the word God, where the deific meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense, and you will have the scientific signification. As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with sense, with material sensation.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:4


    (Real being never lost)
    If Spirit, Soul, could sin or be lost, then being and immortality would be lost, together with all the faculties of Mind; but being cannot be lost while God exists. Soul and matter are at variance from the very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:15


    (Material misconceptions)
    Is God a physical personality? Spirit is not physical. The belief that a material body is man is a false conception of man. The time has come for a finite conception of the infinite and of a material body as the seat of Mind to give place to a diviner sense of intelligence and its manifestations, - to the better understanding that Science gives of the Supreme Being, or divine Principle, and idea.


Section 4


Genesis 3:17-19

    17 And unto Adam he said, Because
thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree,
of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life;

    18 Thorns also and thistles shall
it bring forth to thee; and thou
shalt eat the herb of the field;

    19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

***
Ezekiel 18:20,21

    20 The soul that sinneth, it shall
die. The son shall not bear the
iniquity of the father, neither shall
the father bear the iniquity of the
son: the righteousness of the
righteous shall be upon him, and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be
upon him.

    21 But if the wicked will turn from
all his sins that he hath committed,
and keep all my statutes, and do that
which is lawful and right, he shall
surely live, he shall not die.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 345:21


    (Contradictions not found)
    Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:2-4


    (Like evolving like)
    To all that is unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:18-22

    (Soul imperishable)
    Soul changeth not. We are commonly taught that there is a human soul which sins and is spiritually lost, - that soul may be lost, and yet be immortal. If Soul could sin, Spirit, Soul, would be flesh instead of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:3

    (Identity not lost)
    The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his. The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.


Section 5


Psalm 91:1,2

    1 He that dwelleth in the secret
place of the most High shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty.

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him
will I trust.
Psalm 23:3

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.

***
Jeremiah 31:3,11,12

    3 The Lord hath appeared of old
unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved
thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I
drawn thee.

    11 For the Lord hath redeemed
Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand
of him that was stronger than he.

    12 Therefore they shall come and
sing in the height of Zion, and shall
flow together to the goodness of the
Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and
for oil, and for the young of the
flock and of the herd: and their soul
shall be as a watered garden; and
they shall not sorrow any more at
all.

***
Matthew 11:29

    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn
of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto
your souls.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:32-8


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard." Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling's affections, motives, and aims.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:2


    (Scriptural perception)
    Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.


Section 6


Revelation 21:7,10,22

    7 He that overcometh shall inherit
all things; and I will be his God, and
he shall be my son.

    10 And he carried me away in the
spirit to a great and high mountain,
and shewed me that great city, the
holy Jerusalem, descending out of
heaven from God,

    22 And I saw no temple therein: for
the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb
are the temple of it.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 576:3,12


    (Revelation's pure zenith)
    This heavenly city, lighted by the Sun of Righteousness, - this New Jerusalem, this infinite All, which to us seems hidden in the mist of remoteness, - reached St. John's vision while yet he tabernacled with mortals.
    (The shrine celestial)
    There was no temple, - that is, no material structure in which to worship God, for He must be worshipped in spirit and in love. The word temple also means body. The Revelator was familiar with Jesus' use of this word, as when Jesus spoke of his material body as the temple to be temporarily rebuilt (John ii. 21). What further indication need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw heaven and earth with "no temple [body] therein"? This kingdom of God "is within you," - is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it. In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - Real and unreal identity
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Creation reversed
21 2 - The divine reflection
21 2 - A vacant domicile
21 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
21 3 - Sense and pure Soul
21 3 - Soul defined
21 3 - Real being never lost
21 3 - Material misconceptions
21 4 - Contradictions not found
21 4 - Like evolving like
21 4 - Soul imperishable
21 4 - Identity not lost
21 5 - Advancement by sacrifice
21 5 - Scriptural perception
21 5 - Vapor and nothingness
21 6 - Revelation's pure zenith
21 6 - The shrine celestial


November 20,1898

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

II Thessalonians 2:7,9

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of
the way.

    9 Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders,


Responsive Reading


II Thessalonians 2:1-13

    1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and by our gathering together unto
him,

    2 That ye be not soon shaken in
mind, or be troubled, neither by
spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is
at hand.

    3 Let no man deceive you by any
means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away
first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition;

    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that
is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing
himself that he is God.

    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was
yet with you, I told you these
things?

    6 And now ye know what withholdeth
that he might be revealed in his time.


    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of
the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of
his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved.

    11 And for this cause God shall
send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.

    13 But we are bound to give thanks
alway to God for you, brethren beloved
of the Lord, because God hath from
the beginning chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the Spirit
and belief of the truth:


Section 1


Isaiah 47:1,10,12-14

    1 Come down, and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on
the ground: there is no throne, O
daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou
shalt no more be called tender and
delicate.

    10 #For thou hast trusted in thy
wickedness: thou hast said, None
seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy
knowledge, it hath perverted thee;
and thou hast said in thine heart, I
am, and none else beside me.

    12 Stand now with thine
enchantments, and with the multitude
of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast
laboured from thy youth; if so be
thou shalt be able to profit, if so
be thou mayest prevail.

    13 Thou art wearied in the
multitude of thy counsels. Let now
the astrologers, the stargazers, the
monthly prognosticators, stand up,
and save thee from these things that
shall come upon thee.

    14 Behold, they shall be as
stubble; the fire shall burn them;
they shall not deliver themselves
from the power of the flame: there
shall not be a coal to warm at, nor
fire to sit before it.

***
Exodus 7:8-12

    8 #And the Lord spake unto Moses
and unto Aaron, saying,

    9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto
you, saying, Shew a miracle for you:
then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take
thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh,
and it shall become a serpent.

    10 #And Moses and Aaron went in
unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the
Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast
down his rod before Pharaoh, and
before his servants, and it became a
serpent.

    11 Then Pharaoh also called the
wise men and the sorcerers: now the
magicians of Egypt, they also did in
like manner with their enchantments.

    12 For they cast down every man his
rod, and they became serpents: but
Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 121:7


    (Perennial beauty)
    The Chaldean Wisemen read in the stars the fate of empires and the fortunes of men. Though no higher revelation than the horoscope was to them displayed upon the empyrean, earth and heaven were bright, and bird and blossom were glad in God's perennial and happy sunshine, golden with Truth. So we have goodness and beauty to gladden the heart; but man, left to the hypotheses of material sense unexplained by Science, is as the wandering comet or the desolate star - "a weary searcher for a viewless home."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 185:6


    (A so-called mind-cure)
    No system of hygiene but Christian Science is purely mental. Before this book was published, other books were in circulation, which discussed "mental medicine" and "mind-cure," operating through the power of the earth's magnetic currents to regulate life and health. Such theories and such systems of so-called mind-cure, which have sprung up, are as material as the prevailing systems of medicine. They have their birth in mortal mind, which puts forth a human conception in the name of Science to match the divine Science of immortal Mind, even as the necromancers of Egypt strove to emulate the wonders wrought by Moses. Such theories have no relationship to Christian Science, which rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and intelligence, and excludes the human mind as a spiritual factor in the healing work.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 82:31-9


    (Impossible intercommunion)
    In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one. What the prophets of Jehovah did, the worshippers of Baal failed to do; yet artifice and delusion claimed that they could equal the work of wisdom.
    Science only can explain the incredible good and evil elements now coming to the surface. Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 18:9-12

    9 #When thou art come into the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the
abominations of those nations.

    10 There shall not be found among
you any one that maketh his son or
his daughter to pass through the
fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter,
or a witch,

    11 Or a charmer, or a consulter
with familiar spirits, or a wizard,
or a necromancer.

    12 For all that do these things are
an abomination unto the Lord: and
because of these abominations the
Lord thy God doth drive them out from
before thee.

***
Acts 8:5-11

    5 Then Philip went down to the city
of Samaria, and preached Christ unto
them.

    6 And the people with one accord
gave heed unto those things which
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the
miracles which he did.

    7 For unclean spirits, crying with
loud voice, came out of many that were
possessed with them: and many taken
with palsies, and that were lame,
were healed.

    8 And there was great joy in that
city.

    9 But there was a certain man,
called Simon, which beforetime in the
same city used sorcery, and bewitched
the people of Samaria, giving out
that himself was some great one:

    10 To whom they all gave heed, from
the least to the greatest, saying,
This man is the great power of God.

    11 And to him they had regard,
because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 105:16-29


    (Important decision)
    When our laws eventually take cognizance of mental crime and no longer apply legal rulings wholly to physical offences, these words of Judge Parmenter of Boston will become historic: "I see no reason why metaphysics is not as important to medicine as to mechanics or mathematics."
    (Evil let loose)
    Whoever uses his developed mental powers like an escaped felon to commit fresh atrocities as opportunity occurs is never safe. God will arrest him. Divine justice will manacle him. His sins will be millstones about his neck, weighing him down to the depths of ignominy and death. The aggravation of error foretells its doom, and confirms the ancient axiom: "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:21

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Animal magnetism error)
    Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal magnetism is the voluntary or involuntary action of error in all its forms; it is the human antipode of divine Science. Science must triumph over material sense, and Truth over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in all false theories and practices.


Section 3


II Thessalonians 2:3-10

    3 Let no man deceive you by any
means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away
first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition;

    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that
is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing
himself that he is God.

    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was
yet with you, I told you these
things?

    6 And now ye know what withholdeth
that he might be revealed in his time.


    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of
the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of
his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:23-29


    (Hidden agents)
    The following is an extract from the Boston Herald:
    "Mesmerism is a problem not lending itself to an easy explanation and development. It implies the exercise of despotic control, and is much more likely to be abused by its possessor, than otherwise employed, for the individual or society."

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19


    (Obligations of teachers)
    Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 402:24


    (The evil of mesmerism)
    The operator would make his subjects believe that they cannot act voluntarily and handle themselves as they should do. If they yield to this influence, it is because their belief is not better instructed by spiritual understanding. Hence the proof that hypnotism is not scientific; Science cannot produce both disorder and order. The involuntary pleasure or pain of the person under hypnotic control is proved to be a belief without a real cause.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:22


    (Adulteration of Truth)
    The hypnotizer employs one error to destroy another. If he heals sickness through a belief, and a belief originally caused the sickness, it is a case of the greater error overcoming the lesser. This greater error thereafter occupies the ground, leaving the case worse than before it was grasped by the stronger error.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 375:11


    (Science versus hypnotism)
    The Christian Scientist demonstrates that divine Mind heals, while the hypnotist dispossesses the patient of his individuality in order to control him. No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be understood and so rendered fruitless. The genuine Christian Scientist is adding to his patient's mental and moral power, and is increasing his patient's spirituality while restoring him physically through divine Love.


Section 4


Matthew 24:24

    24 For there shall arise false
Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect.

***
I John 2:18,19

    18 Little children, it is the last
time: and as ye have heard that
antichrist shall come, even now are
there many antichrists; whereby we
know that it is the last time.

    19 They went out from us, but they
were not of us: for if they had been
of us, they would no doubt have
continued with us: but they went out,
that they might be made manifest that
they were not all of us.

***
Titus 1:16

    16 They profess that they know God;
but in works they deny him, being
abominable, and disobedient, and unto
every good work reprobate.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:16-23


    (Hidden agents)
    The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:18-24

    (The genus of error)
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 564:3-23


    (Animal tendency)
    As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error's own nature and methods. This malicious animal instinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime. This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a star.
    (Malicious barbarity)
    The author is convinced that the accusations against Jesus of Nazareth and even his crucifixion were instigated by the criminal instinct here described. The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God and of the dragon as warring against innocence. Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form. The brutal barbarity of his foes could emanate from no source except the highest degree of human depravity. Jesus "opened not his mouth." Until the majesty of Truth should be demonstrated in divine Science, the spiritual idea was arraigned before the tribunal of so-called mortal mind, which was unloosed in order that the false claim of mind in matter might uncover its own crime of defying immortal Mind.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 570:1

    (Apathy to occultism)
    The march of mind and of honest investigation will bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of some sort, the growing occultism of this period. The present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet unseen mental agencies will finally be shocked into another extreme mortal mood, - into human indignation; for one extreme follows another.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:3


    (Thought-transference)
    When Christian Science and animal magnetism are both comprehended, as they will be at no distant date, it will be seen why the author of this book has been so unjustly persecuted and belied by wolves in sheep's clothing.


Section 5


Revelation 18:1,2,21,23,24

    1 And after these things I saw
another angel come down from heaven,
having great power; and the earth was
lightened with his glory.

    2 And he cried mightily with a
strong voice, saying, Babylon the
great is fallen, is fallen, and is
become the habitation of devils, and
the hold of every foul spirit, and a
cage of every unclean and hateful
bird.

    21 And a mighty angel took up a
stone like a great millstone, and
cast it into the sea, saying, Thus
with violence shall that great city
Babylon be thrown down, and shall be
found no more at all.

    23 And the light of a candle shall
shine no more at all in thee; and the
voice of the bridegroom and of the
bride shall be heard no more at all
in thee: for thy merchants were the
great men of the earth; for by thy
sorceries were all nations deceived.

    24 And in her was found the blood
of prophets, and of saints, and of
all that were slain upon the earth.
Revelation 19:19,20

    19 And I saw the beast, and the
kings of the earth, and their armies,
gathered together to make war against
him that sat on the horse, and
against his army.

    20 And the beast was taken, and
with him the false prophet that
wrought miracles before him, with
which he deceived them that had
received the mark of the beast, and
them that worshipped his image. These
both were cast alive into a lake of
fire burning with brimstone.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:22


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:14-28


    (The robe of Science)
    Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness! They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.
    (Expiation by suffering)
    What must the end be? They must eventually expiate their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to remove all sin, must depend upon sin's obduracy.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22-31

    (Pure religion enthroned)
    Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism, furnishes the mirror in which mortals may see their own image. In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom. With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery, lust, and hypocrisy.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:3-6

    (Native nothingness of sin)
    Thus we see, in both the first and last books of the Bible, - in Genesis and in the Apocalypse, - that sin is to be Christianly and scientifically reduced to its native nothingness. END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END ts of the

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Perennial beauty
22 1 - A so-called mind-cure
22 1 - Impossible intercommunion
22 2 - Important decision
22 2 - Evil let loose
22 2 - Animal magnetism error
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - Obligations of teachers
22 3 - The evil of mesmerism
22 3 - Adulteration of Truth
22 3 - Science versus hypnotism
22 4 - Hidden agents
22 4 - The genus of error
22 4 - Animal tendency
22 4 - Malicious barbarity
22 4 - Apathy to occultism
22 4 - Thought-transference
22 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 5 - The robe of Science
22 5 - Expiation by suffering
22 5 - Pure religion enthroned
22 5 - Native nothingness of sin


November 27,1898

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 121:2

    2 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 40:12,13,21-23,25-31

    12 #Who hath measured the waters in
the hollow of his hand, and meted out
heaven with the span, and
comprehended the dust of the earth in
a measure, and weighed the mountains
in scales, and the hills in a
balance?

    13 Who hath directed the Spirit of
the Lord, or being his counsellor hath
taught him?

    21 Have ye not known? have ye not
heard? hath it not been told you from
the beginning? have ye not understood
from the foundations of the earth?

    22 It is he that sitteth upon the
circle of the earth, and the
inhabitants thereof are as
grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the
heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth
them out as a tent to dwell in:

    23 That bringeth the princes to
nothing; he maketh the judges of the
earth as vanity.

    25 To whom then will ye liken me,
or shall I be equal? saith the Holy
One.

    26 Lift up your eyes on high, and
behold who hath created these things,
that bringeth out their host by
number: he calleth them all by names
by the greatness of his might, for
that he is strong in power; not one
faileth.

    27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and
speakest, O Israel, My way is hid
from the Lord, and my judgment is
passed over from my God?

    28 #Hast thou not known? hast thou
not heard, that the everlasting God,
the Lord, the Creator of the ends of
the earth, fainteth not, neither is
weary? there is no searching of his
understanding.

    29 He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he
increaseth strength.

    30 Even the youths shall faint and
be weary, and the young men shall
utterly fall:

    31 But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 4:39

    39 Know therefore this day, and
consider it in thine heart, that the
Lord he is God in heaven above, and
upon the earth beneath: there is none
else.

***
I Corinthians 8:6

    6 But to us there is but one God,
the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:3,12


    (The real producer)
    Either Mind produces, or it is produced. If Mind is first, it cannot produce its opposite in quality and quantity, called matter. If matter is first, it cannot produce Mind. Like produces like. In natural history, the bird is not the product of a beast. In spiritual history, matter is not the progenitor of Mind.
    (The ascent of species)
    Evolution describes the gradations of human belief, but it does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind, nor see that material methods are impossible in divine Science and that all Science is of God, not of man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:25

    (Ontology versus physiology)
    Ontology receives less attention than physiology. Why? Because mortal mind must waken to spiritual life before it cares to solve the problem of being, hence the author's experience; but when that awakening comes, existence will be on a new standpoint.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:14


    (Sublime summary) The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built. His sublime summary points to the religion of Love.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:30


    (Hypocrisy condemned)
    The great Teacher knew both cause and effect, knew that truth communicates itself but never imparts error.


Section 2


Psalm 50:16,21

    16 But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my
statutes, or that thou shouldest take
my covenant in thy mouth?

    21 These things hast thou done, and
I kept silence; thou thoughtest that
I was altogether such an one as
thyself: but I will reprove thee, and
set them in order before thine eyes.
Psalm 146:3,4

    3 Put not your trust in princes,
nor in the son of man, in whom there
is no help.

    4 His breath goeth forth, he
returneth to his earth; in that very
day his thoughts perish.

***
I Corinthians 2:14

    14 But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:23-3


    (Anthropomorphism)
    The Jewish tribal Jehovah was a man-projected God, liable to wrath, repentance, and human changeableness. The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death. It is indeed mournfully true that the older Scripture is reversed. In the beginning God created man in His, God's, image; but mortals would procreate man, and make God in their own human image. What is the god of a mortal, but a mortal magnified?
    (More than profession required)
    This indicates the distance between the theological and ritualistic religion of the ages and the truth preached by Jesus.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:16


    (Finite views of Deity)
    The human form, or physical finiteness, cannot be made the basis of any true idea of the infinite Godhead. Eye hath not seen Spirit, nor hath ear heard His voice.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:24

    (No divine corporeality)
    No form nor physical combination is adequate to represent infinite Love. A finite and material sense of God leads to formalism and narrowness; it chills the spirit of Christianity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:21-26


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal.


Section 3


Job 36:5,6

    5 Behold, God is mighty, and
despiseth not any: he is mighty in
strength and wisdom.

    6 He preserveth not the life of the
wicked: but giveth right to the poor.

***
Isaiah 55:7-9

    7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the Lord, and
he will have mercy upon him; and to
our God, for he will abundantly
pardon.

    8 #For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, saith the Lord.

    9 For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher
than your ways, and my thoughts than
your thoughts.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:5


    (No union of opposites)
    We should hesitate to say that Jehovah sins or suffers; but if sin and suffering are realities of being, whence did they emanate? God made all that was made, and Mind signifies God, - infinity, not finity. Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which unites such opposites as sickness and health, holiness and unholiness, calls both the offspring of spirit, and at the same time admits that Spirit is God, - virtually declaring Him good in one instance and evil in another.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:11

    (God never inconsistent)
    It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins. God, good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can cause evil and health occasion disease.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:20

    (One primal cause)
    There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:30


    (Mind the only cause)
    Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:32


    (Deformity and perfection)
    Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any form.


Section 4


Isaiah 40:12,21,22

    12 #Who hath measured the waters in
the hollow of his hand, and meted out
heaven with the span, and
comprehended the dust of the earth in
a measure, and weighed the mountains
in scales, and the hills in a
balance?

    21 Have ye not known? have ye not
heard? hath it not been told you from
the beginning? have ye not understood
from the foundations of the earth?

    22 It is he that sitteth upon the
circle of the earth, and the
inhabitants thereof are as
grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the
heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth
them out as a tent to dwell in:

***
Psalm 146:5,6,8

    5 Happy is he that hath the God of
Jacob for his help, whose hope is in
the Lord his God:

    6 Which made heaven, and earth, the
sea, and all that therein is: which
keepeth truth for ever:

    8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the
blind: the Lord raiseth them that are
bowed down: the Lord loveth the
righteous:

***
Matthew 6:26

    26 Behold the fowls of the air: for
they sow not, neither do they reap,
nor gather into barns; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye
not much better than they?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:17


    (God and nature)
    In one sense God is identical with nature, but this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in matter. The lawgiver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal of omnipresent Love. God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:30-6

    (No physical science)
    Christian Science eschews what is called natural science, in so far as this is built on the false hypotheses that matter is its own lawgiver, that law is founded on material conditions, and that these are final and overrule the might of divine Mind. Good is natural and primitive. It is not miraculous to itself.
    (Practical Science)
    The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:15


    (Matter is not substance)
    The material senses and human conceptions would translate spiritual ideas into material beliefs, and would say that an anthropomorphic God, instead of infinite Principle, - in other words, divine Love, - is the father of the rain, "who hath begotten the drops of dew," who bringeth "forth Mazzaroth in his season," and guideth "Arcturus with his sons."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:5


    (Ever-appearing creation)
    The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 62:22


    (The Mind creative)
    The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:5


    (Deep-reaching interrogations) God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men. God cannot become finite, and be limited within material bounds. Spirit cannot become matter, nor can Spirit be developed through its opposite. Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness? The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.


Section 5


Isaiah 45:18

    18 For thus saith the Lord that
created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in
vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I
am the Lord; and there is none else.

***
Hebrews 11:3

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:11

  (- MORTAL MIND - Nothing claiming to be something, for Mind is immortal)


    (-5- Allness of Spirit)
    V. The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all. From this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence except the divine Mind and His ideas. The Scriptures also declare that God is Spirit. Therefore in Spirit all is harmony, and there can be no discord; all is Life, and there is no death. Everything in God's universe expresses Him.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:21


    (Thought-forms)
    The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent. Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, - is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.


Section 6


Psalm 111:2,3,7,8

    2 The works of the Lord are great,
sought out of all them that have
pleasure therein.

    3 His work is honourable and
glorious: and his righteousness
endureth for ever.

    7 The works of his hands are verity
and judgment; all his commandments
are sure.

    8 They stand fast for ever and
ever, and are done in truth and
uprightness.

***
Job 38:4,7

    4 Where wast thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth? declare, if
thou hast understanding.

    7 When the morning stars sang
together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy?

***
Psalm 8:4,6-9

    4 What is man, that thou art
mindful of him? and the son of man,
that thou visitest him?

    6 Thou madest him to have dominion
over the works of thy hands: thou hast
put all things under his feet:

    7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the
beasts of the field;

    8 The fowl of the air, and the fish
of the sea, and whatsoever passeth
through the paths of the seas.

    9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is
thy name in all the earth!

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:28-30


    (God the Principle of all)
    The divine Principle of the universe must interpret the universe. God is the divine Principle of all that represents Him and of all that really exists.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:27


    (Ideas and identities)
    The creative Principle - Life, Truth, and Love - is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:19


    (Definition of man)
    The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:9


    (Infinity's reflection)
    Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal. Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:31


    (Suicide and sin)
    God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life. God is at once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:12


    (Mere negation)
    The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God governs the universe; but man, reflecting God's power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:9-11


    (Infinity measureless)
    Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - The real producer
23 1 - The ascent of species
23 1 - Ontology versus physiology
23 1 - Spirit the starting-point
23 1 - Sublime summary
23 1 - Hypocrisy condemned
23 2 - Anthropomorphism
23 2 - More than profession required
23 2 - Finite views of Deity
23 2 - No divine corporeality
23 2 - Spiritual thoughts
23 3 - No union of opposites
23 3 - God never inconsistent
23 3 - One primal cause
23 3 - Mind the only cause
23 3 - Deformity and perfection
23 4 - God and nature
23 4 - No physical science
23 4 - Practical Science
23 4 - Matter is not substance
23 4 - Ever-appearing creation
23 4 - The Mind creative
23 4 - Deep-reaching interrogations
23 5 - -5- Allness of Spirit
23 5 - Human egotism
23 5 - Thought-forms
23 6 - God the Principle of all
23 6 - Ideas and identities
23 6 - Definition of man
23 6 - Infinity's reflection
23 6 - Suicide and sin
23 6 - Mere negation
23 6 - Infinity measureless


December 4,1898

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Philipians 2:12,13

    12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye
have always obeyed, not as in my
presence only, but now much more in
my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.

    13 For it is God which worketh in
you both to will and to do of his
good pleasure.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 91

PSALM 91

    1 He that dwelleth in the secret
place of the most High shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty.

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him
will I trust.

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from
the snare of the fowler, and from the
noisome pestilence.

    4 He shall cover thee with his
feathers, and under his wings shalt
thou trust: his truth shall be thy
shield and buckler.

    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the
terror by night; nor for the arrow
that flieth by day;

    6 Nor for the pestilence that
walketh in darkness; nor for the
destruction that wasteth at noonday.

    7 A thousand shall fall at thy
side, and ten thousand at thy right
hand; but it shall not come nigh
thee.

    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou
behold and see the reward of the
wicked.

    9 Because thou hast made the Lord,
which is my refuge, even the most
High, thy habitation;

    10 There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh
thy dwelling.

    11 For he shall give his angels
charge over thee, to keep thee in all
thy ways.

    12 They shall bear thee up in their
hands, lest thou dash thy foot
against a stone.

    13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion
and adder: the young lion and the
dragon shalt thou trample under feet.


    14 Because he hath set his love
upon me, therefore will I deliver
him: I will set him on high, because
he hath known my name.

    15 He shall call upon me, and I
will answer him: I will be with him
in trouble; I will deliver him, and
honour him.

    16 With long life will I satisfy
him, and shew him my salvation.


Section 1


Psalm 16:1,11

    1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee
do I put my trust.

    11 Thou wilt shew me the path of
life: in thy presence is fulness of
joy; at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore.

***
Acts 17:22,23

    22 #Then Paul stood in the midst of
Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of
Athens, I perceive that in all things
ye are too superstitious.

    23 For as I passed by, and beheld
your devotions, I found an altar with
this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship,
him declare I unto you.

***
Daniel 3:27,28

    27 And the princes, governors, and
captains, and the king's counsellors,
being gathered together, saw these
men, upon whose bodies the fire had
no power, nor was an hair of their
head singed, neither were their coats
changed, nor the smell of fire had
passed on them.

    28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and
said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent
his angel, and delivered his servants
that trusted in him, and have changed
the king's word, and yielded their
bodies, that they might not serve nor
worship any god, except their own God.

***
Matthew 1:23

    23 Behold, a virgin shall be with
child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
God with us.
Matthew 4:23

    23 #And Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel
of the kingdom, and healing all
manner of sickness and all manner of
disease among the people.

vii:1-2 Chapter PREFACE

    To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:5-7


    (Deep-reaching interrogations) God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:26

(04) Question: What are spirits and souls?
ADAM = Evil.
Topic: Truth


    (Mankind redeemed)
    The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:8


    (Faith according to works)
    In Egypt, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from belief in the plagues. In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky. The Israelites looked upon the brazen serpent, and straightway believed that they were healed of the poisonous stings of vipers. In national prosperity, miracles attended the successes of the Hebrews; but when they departed from the true idea, their demoralization began. Even in captivity among foreign nations, the divine Principle wrought wonders for the people of God in the fiery furnace and in kings' palaces.

596:3 Chapter 17: Glossary
(UNKNOWN)

    Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as "the great unknowable;" but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as the All-in-all, forever near.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:7-10


    (Mission of Christian Science)
    This apodictical Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, "God with us," - the sovereign ever-presence, delivering the children of men from every ill "that flesh is heir to."


Section 2


Genesis 1:26,27

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.

***
John 10:25,30

    25 Jesus answered them, I told you,
and ye believed not: the works that I
do in my Father's name, they bear
witness of me.

    30 I and my Father are one.

***
Matthew 5:48

    48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in heaven is
perfect.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:19


    (Definition of man)
    The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:14

    (Man inseparable from Love)
    The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:21-23

(10) Question: What is Mind?
ADAM = Nothingness.
Topic: Man


    (Indestructible relationship)
    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:28-31

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Man unfallen)
    Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:19


    (Love imparts beauty)
    Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.


Section 3


Genesis 2:16,17

    16 And the Lord God commanded the
man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

***
Psalm 78:9,19,42

    9 The children of Ephraim, being
armed, and carrying bows, turned back
in the day of battle.

    19 Yea, they spake against God;
they said, Can God furnish a table in
the wilderness?

    42 They remembered not his hand,
nor the day when he delivered them
from the enemy.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:17


    (Fear and sickness identical)
    There is to-day danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: "Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" What cannot God do?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:12-15

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (The fruit forbidden)
    The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 425:14-17,24


    (The lungs reformed)
    If the body is diseased, this is but one of the beliefs of mortal mind. Mortal man will be less mortal, when he learns that matter never sustained existence and can never destroy God, who is man's Life.
    Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that heart or any portion of the body can destroy you.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 388:12-16,22-24

    (Sustenance spiritual)
    Admit the common hypothesis that food is the nutriment of life, and there follows the necessity for another admission in the opposite direction, - that food has power to destroy Life, God, through a deficiency or an excess, a quality or a quantity.
    (God sustains man)
    The fact is, food does not affect the absolute Life of man, and this becomes self-evident, when we learn that God is our Life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 376:10

    (Insidious concepts) The pallid invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away with consumption of the blood, should be told that blood never gave life and can never take it away, - that Life is Spirit, and that there is more life and immortality in one good motive and act, than in all the blood which ever flowed through mortal veins and simulated a corporeal sense of life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:7

    (Ultimate harmony)
    It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.


Section 4


Matthew 6:25,28,30

    25 Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
nor yet for your body, what ye shall
put on. Is not the life more than
meat, and the body than raiment?

    28 And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin:

    30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the
grass of the field, which to day is,
and to morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more clothe you, O
ye of little faith?

***
Psalm 32:6,7

    6 For this shall every one that is
godly pray unto thee in a time when
thou mayest be found: surely in the
floods of great waters they shall not
come nigh unto him.

    7 Thou art my hiding place; thou
shalt preserve me from trouble; thou
shalt compass me about with songs of
deliverance.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:5


    (Divine providence)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 423:8


    (Scientific corrective)
    The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the error. This corrective is an alterative, reaching to every part of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches "the joints and marrow," and it restores the harmony of man.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:1-3

(22b) Question: ...and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
Topic: God the Preserver of Man


    (Followers of Jesus) God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God. Truth casts out error now as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:10-11

(22b) Question: ...and show how it is to be healed?
ADAM = The usurper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter.
Topic: God the Preserver of Man

    (Inexhaustible divine Love) Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.


Section 5


Philipians 2:5,12,13

    5 Let this mind be in you, which
was also in Christ Jesus:

    12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye
have always obeyed, not as in my
presence only, but now much more in
my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.

    13 For it is God which worketh in
you both to will and to do of his
good pleasure.

***
Hebrews 11:6

    6 But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he
is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:17(only)


    (Prayerful ingratitude)
    How empty are our conceptions of Deity!

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:4

    (The spiritual mathematics)
    Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:27-1

(20b) Question: Who or what is it that believes?
ADAM = The opposer of Truth, termed error.
Topic: Soul and Body


    (Understanding versus belief) The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
    (Confirmation by healing)
    This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the enduring and harmonious phases of things.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:24


    (Spiritual structure)
    The divine Principle, or Life, cannot be practically demonstrated in length of days, as it was by the patriarchs, unless its Science be accurately stated. We must receive the divine Principle in the understanding, and live it in daily life; and unless we so do, we can no more demonstrate Science, than we can teach and illustrate geometry by calling a curve a straight line or a straight line a sphere.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:7-12


    (Righteous rebellion)
    Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them. Banish the belief that you can possibly entertain a single intruding pain which cannot be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way you can prevent the development of pain in the body.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:18-19

(19) Question: Is materiality the concomitant of spirituality, and is material sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of Spirit?
ADAM = An inverted image of Spirit.
Topic: Adam and Fallen Man


    (Scientific translations) Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal.


Section 6


Psalm 78:70-72

    70 He chose David also his servant,
and took him from the sheepfolds:

    71 From following the ewes great
with young he brought him to feed
Jacob his people, and Israel his
inheritance.

    72 So he fed them according to the
integrity of his heart; and guided
them by the skilfulness of his hands.

***
John 14:2,5,6

    2 In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you.

    5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we
know not whither thou goest; and how
can we know the way?

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 136:32-1


    (Doubting disciples)
    Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 137:8-11,16

    Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated, "But whom say ye that I am?" This renewed inquiry meant: Who or what is it that is able to do the work, so mysterious to the popular mind?
    (A divine response)
    With his usual impetuosity, Simon replied for his brethren, and his reply set forth a great fact: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!" That is: The Messiah is what thou hast declared, - Christ, - the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and Love, which heals mentally. This assertion elicited from Jesus the benediction, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven;" that is, Love hath shown thee the way of Life!

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:6

    (Sublime summary)
    It was now evident to Peter that divine Life, Truth, and Love, and not a human personality, was the healer of the sick and a rock, a firm foundation in the realm of harmony. On this spiritually scientific basis Jesus explained his cures, which appeared miraculous to outsiders. He showed that diseases were cast out neither by corporeality, by materia medica, nor by hygiene, but by the divine Spirit, casting out the errors of mortal mind. The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built. His sublime summary points to the religion of Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:9-13


    (Salvation is through reform)
    The Master said, "No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, "I am the way." Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus.


Section 7


Acts 28:3-5

    3 And when Paul had gathered a
bundle of sticks, and laid them on
the fire, there came a viper out of
the heat, and fastened on his hand.

    4 And when the barbarians saw the
venomous beast hang on his hand, they
said among themselves, No doubt this
man is a murderer, whom, though he
hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance
suffereth not to live.

    5 And he shook off the beast into
the fire, and felt no harm.

***
Psalm 103:2-5

    2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
forget not all his benefits:

    3 Who forgiveth all thine
iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases;

    4 Who redeemeth thy life from
destruction; who crowneth thee with
lovingkindness and tender mercies;

    5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with
good things; so that thy youth is
renewed like the eagle's.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4


    (Ancient and modern miracles)
    The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed power and love. But the same "Mind . . . which was also in Christ Jesus" must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles. That those wonders are not more commonly repeated to-day, arises not so much from lack of desire as from lack of spiritual growth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them. Mortal mind would transform the spiritual into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error. Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - Mankind redeemed
24 1 - Faith according to works
24 1 - Mission of Christian Science
24 2 - Definition of man
24 2 - Man inseparable from Love
24 2 - Indestructible relationship
24 2 - Man unfallen
24 2 - Vapor and nothingness
24 2 - Love imparts beauty
24 3 - Fear and sickness identical
24 3 - The fruit forbidden
24 3 - The lungs reformed
24 3 - Sustenance spiritual
24 3 - God sustains man
24 3 - Insidious concepts
24 3 - Ultimate harmony
24 4 - Divine providence
24 4 - Scientific corrective
24 4 - Followers of Jesus
24 4 - Inexhaustible divine Love
24 5 - Prayerful ingratitude
24 5 - The spiritual mathematics
24 5 - Understanding versus belief
24 5 - Confirmation by healing
24 5 - Spiritual structure
24 5 - Righteous rebellion
24 5 - Scientific translations
24 6 - Doubting disciples
24 6 - A divine response
24 6 - Sublime summary
24 6 - Salvation is through reform
24 7 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 7 - Mortals unlike immortals


December 18,1898

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 1:20

    20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that
they are without excuse:


Responsive Reading


Job 38:2-7

    2 Who is this that darkeneth
counsel by words without knowledge?

    3 Gird up now thy loins like a man:
for I will demand of thee, and answer
thou me.

    4 Where wast thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth? declare, if
thou hast understanding.

    5 Who hath laid the measures
thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath
stretched the line upon it?

    6 Whereupon are the foundations
thereof fastened? or who laid the
corner stone thereof;

    7 When the morning stars sang
together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy?
Job 42:1-6

    1 Then Job answered the Lord, and
said,

    2 I know that thou canst do every
thing, and that no thought can be
withholden from thee.

    3 Who is he that hideth counsel
without knowledge? therefore have I
uttered that I understood not; things
too wonderful for me, which I knew
not.

    4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will
speak: I will demand of thee, and
declare thou unto me.

    5 I have heard of thee by the
hearing of the ear: but now mine eye
seeth thee.

    6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and
repent in dust and ashes.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1,2,6,7

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

    2 And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of
God moved upon the face of the
waters.

    6 #And God said, Let there be a
firmament in the midst of the waters,
and let it divide the waters from the
waters.

    7 And 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.

***
Psalm 19:1

    1 The heavens declare the glory of
God; and the firmament sheweth his
handywork.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:14


    (Right interpretation)
    The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be understood; but when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as subject to growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is, and must continue to be, an enigma.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:7


    (Spiritual firmament)
    Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament. The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:18

(16) Question: Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
ADAM = A product of nothing as the mimicry of something.
Topic: Doctrine of Atonement


    (Chaos and darkness)
    "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." (Genesis i. 1, 2.) In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations. Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:7


    (Mist, or false claim)
    The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false. In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.


Section 2


Proverbs 8:1,4,20-25

    1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?

    4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my
voice is to the sons of man.

    20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the
paths of judgment:

    21 That I may cause those that love
me to inherit substance; and I will
fill their treasures.

    22 The Lord possessed me in the
beginning of his way, before his
works of old.

    23 I was set up from everlasting,
from the beginning, or ever the earth
was.

    24 When there were no depths, I was
brought forth; when there were no
fountains abounding with water.

    25 Before the mountains were
settled, before the hills was I
brought forth:

***
John 8:56-58

    56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to
see my day: and he saw it, and was
glad.

    57 Then said the Jews unto him,
Thou art not yet fifty years old, and
hast thou seen Abraham?

    58 Jesus said unto them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before
Abraham was, I am.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:26-9

  (- MORTAL MIND - A belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter)


    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.
    (-14- Spiritual oneness)
    XIV. By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the human Jesus was or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is so and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was one with the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells forever in the bosom of the Father, God, from which it illumines heaven and earth; not that the Father is greater than Spirit, which is God, but greater, infinitely greater, than the fleshly Jesus, whose earthly career was brief.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:12-19


    (Renewed selfhood)
    Mind is not the author of matter, and the creator of ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no omnipotence, or omnipotence is the only power. God is the infinite, and infinity never began, will never end, and includes nothing unlike God. Whence then is soulless matter?
    (Illusive dreams)
    Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:4


    (Science and Christianity)
    If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.


Section 3


Lamentations 3:37

    37 #Who is he that saith, and it
cometh to pass, when the Lord
commandeth it not?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:32


    (Mental emancipation) What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:21


    (Spiritual freedom)
    By its own volition, not a blade of grass springs up, not a spray buds within the vale, not a leaf unfolds its fair outlines, not a flower starts from its cloistered cell.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 553:29


    (Being is immortal)
    You may say that mortals are formed before they think or know aught of their origin, and you may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can only be replied, that Christian Science reveals what "eye hath not seen," - even the cause of all that exists, - for the universe, inclusive of man, is as eternal as God, who is its divine immortal Principle. There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, like Deity, - or, rather, being and Deity are inseparable.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:15


    (Biological inventions)
    If, in the beginning, man's body originated in nonintelligent dust, and mind was afterwards put into body by the creator, why is not this divine order still maintained by God in perpetuating the species? Who will say that minerals, vegetables, and animals have a propagating property of their own? Who dares to say either that God is in matter or that matter exists without God? Has man sought out other creative inventions, and so changed the method of his Maker?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:16-22


    (Spiritual translation)
    The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit.


Section 4


Job 36:5,19,22,23

    5 Behold, God is mighty, and
despiseth not any: he is mighty in
strength and wisdom.

    19 Will he esteem thy riches? no,
not gold, nor all the forces of
strength.

    22 Behold, God exalteth by his
power: who teacheth like him?

    23 Who hath enjoined him his way?
or who can say, Thou hast wrought
iniquity?
Job 23:13

    13 But he is in one mind, and who
can turn him? and what his soul
desireth, even that he doeth.

***
Romans 13:1,2

    1 Let every soul be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be
are ordained of God.

    2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the
power, resisteth the ordinance of
God: and they that resist shall
receive to themselves damnation.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:1


    (Unescapable dilemma)
    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, - that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, - we disown the Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and consider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the creator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disasters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpetual misrule in the form and under the name of natural law.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:11-15

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Mindless methods)
    What are termed natural science and material laws are the objective states of mortal mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals. Physical force and mortal mind are one.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:20-31


    (All force mental)
    Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support the equipoise of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the proud wave, "Thus far and no farther."
    Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:18

(10) Question: What is Mind?
ADAM = Nothingness.
Topic: Man


    (Celestial evidence) God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation. "Let God be true, but every [material] man a liar."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:29


    (Material error) Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immortal, for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.


Section 5


Job 40:2-5

    2 Shall he that contendeth with the
Almighty instruct him? he that
reproveth God, let him answer it.

    3 #Then Job answered the Lord, and
said,

    4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I
answer thee? I will lay mine hand
upon my mouth.

    5 Once have I spoken; but I will
not answer: yea, twice; but I will
proceed no further.

***
Isaiah 40:18

    18 #To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto
him?

***
Hebrews 11:1,3

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:4


    (Human frailty)
    As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:5-29


    (The divine reflection)
    Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.
    (Inverted images and ideas)
    As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:22

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.


Section 6


I John 2:15-17

    15 Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him.

    16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the
world.

    17 And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth for ever.

***
Romans 12:1,2

    1 I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.

    2 And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:12


    (A closed question)
    Mind's control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science. Jesus illustrated the divine Principle and the power of immortal Mind by healing sickness and sin and destroying the foundations of death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:1


    (Perfect models)
    Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:8


    (Vision opening)
    To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God." END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END END is

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Right interpretation
25 1 - Spiritual firmament
25 1 - Chaos and darkness
25 1 - Mist, or false claim
25 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
25 2 - -14- Spiritual oneness
25 2 - Renewed selfhood
25 2 - Illusive dreams
25 2 - Science and Christianity
25 3 - Mental emancipation
25 3 - Spiritual freedom
25 3 - Being is immortal
25 3 - Human egotism
25 3 - Biological inventions
25 3 - Spiritual translation
25 4 - Unescapable dilemma
25 4 - Mindless methods
25 4 - All force mental
25 4 - Celestial evidence
25 4 - Material error
25 5 - Human frailty
25 5 - The divine reflection
25 5 - Inverted images and ideas
25 5 - Spiritual synonyms
25 6 - A closed question
25 6 - Perfect models
25 6 - Vision opening


December 25,1898

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 12:46

    46 I am come a light into the
world, that whosoever believeth on me
should not abide in darkness.


Responsive Reading


John 16:7-15

    7 Nevertheless I tell you the
truth; It is expedient for you that I
go away: for if I go not away, the
Comforter will not come unto you; but
if I depart, I will send him unto
you.

    8 And when he is come, he will
reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:

    9 Of sin, because they believe not
on me;

    10 Of righteousness, because I go
to my Father, and ye see me no more;

    11 Of judgment, because the prince
of this world is judged.

    12 I have yet many things to say
unto you, but ye cannot bear them
now.

    13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of
truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not
speak of himself; but whatsoever he
shall hear, that shall he speak: and
he will shew you things to come.

    14 He shall glorify me: for he
shall receive of mine, and shall shew
it unto you.

    15 All things that the Father hath
are mine: therefore said I, that he
shall take of mine, and shall shew it
unto you.


Section 1


Revelation 1:8

    8 I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the ending, saith the
Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:17-18


    (Veritable success)
    Christian Science and Christianity are one.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 112:32


    (Principle and practice)
    God is the Principle of divine metaphysics. As there is but one God, there can be but one divine Principle of all Science; and there must be fixed rules for the demonstration of this divine Principle. The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit comes only in small degrees. The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, - pulseless, cold, inanimate.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 342:16


    (Christianity scientific)
    If Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not of God, then there is no invariable law, and truth becomes an accident. Shall it be denied that a system which works according to the Scriptures has Scriptural authority?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 146:23


    (Christian Science as old as God)
    Divine Science derives its sanction from the Bible, and the divine origin of Science is demonstrated through the holy influence of Truth in healing sickness and sin. This healing power of Truth must have been far anterior to the period in which Jesus lived. It is as ancient as "the Ancient of days." It lives through all Life, and extends throughout all space.


Section 2


John 1:17

    17 For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.

***
Matthew 11:13

    13 For all the prophets and the law
prophesied until John.
Matthew 22:37-40

    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind.

    38 This is the first and great
commandment.

    39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself.

    40 On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 5:17

    17 #Think not that I am come to
destroy the law, or the prophets: I
am not come to destroy, but to
fulfil.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:19-30

(17) Question: Is it important to understand these explanations in order to heal the sick?
ADAM = Unreality as opposed to the great reality of spiritual existence and creation.
Topic: Probation after Death


    (Terms adopted by the author)
    To those natural Christian Scientists, the ancient worthies, and to Christ Jesus, God certainly revealed the spirit of Christian Science, if not the absolute letter.
    (Science the way)
    Because the Science of Mind seems to bring into dishonor the ordinary scientific schools, which wrestle with material observations alone, this Science has met with opposition; but if any system honors God, it ought to receive aid, not opposition, from all thinking persons. And Christian Science does honor God as no other theory honors Him, and it does this in the way of His appointing, by doing many wonderful works through the divine name and nature.


Section 3


John 14:2,3,16,17,26

    2 In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you.

    3 And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I
am, there ye may be also.

    16 And I will pray the Father, and
he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever;

    17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom
the world cannot receive, because it
seeth him not, neither knoweth him:
but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you.

    26 But the Comforter, which is the
Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send
in my name, he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 147:24-29


    (A definite rule discovered)
    Our Master healed the sick, practised Christian healing, and taught the generalities of its divine Principle to his students; but he left no definite rule for demonstrating this Principle of healing and preventing disease. This rule remained to be discovered in Christian Science.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:20


    (New Testament basis)
    Our Master said, "But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things." When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth. The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this Science, and the eternal life, not the death of Jesus, is its outcome.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:1-10


    (Christian Science discovered)
    In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.
    (Mission of Christian Science)
    This apodictical Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, "God with us," - the sovereign ever-presence, delivering the children of men from every ill "that flesh is heir to."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 123:16-29

    (Seeming and being)
    The term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE was introduced by the author to designate the scientific system of divine healing.
    The revelation consists of two parts:
    1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and through the teachings of the Comforter, as promised by the Master.
    2. The proof, by present demonstration, that the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle. The operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 150:4

    (The main purpose)
    To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." This coming, as was promised by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin, - to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.


Section 4


John 14:6

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.

***
Revelation 12:1

    1 And there appeared a great
wonder in heaven; a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her
feet, and upon her head a crown of
twelve stars:

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:10


    (Christ's demonstration)
    The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: "I am the way, the truth, and the life;" I and my Father are one." This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which 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 He does for man.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:10-19


    (True estimate of God's messenger)
    Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word. Again, without a correct sense of its highest visible idea, we can never understand the divine Principle.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 126:22


    (Biblical basis)
    I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in "the straight and narrow way" of Truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:9

    (Scientific terms)
    The terms Divine Science, Spiritual Science, Christ Science or Christian Science, or Science alone, she employs interchangeably, according to the requirements of the context. These synonymous terms stand for everything relating to God, the infinite, supreme, eternal Mind. It may be said, however, that the term Christian Science relates especially to Science as applied to humanity. Christian Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil. It teaches that matter is the falsity, not the fact, of existence; that nerves, brain, stomach, lungs, and so forth, have - as matter - no intelligence, life, nor sensation.


Section 5


Revelation 10:1,2

    1 And I saw another mighty angel
come down from heaven, clothed with a
cloud: and a rainbow was upon his
head, and his face was as it were the
sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:


    2 And he had in his hand a little
book open: and he set his right foot
upon the sea, and his left foot on
the earth,

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 558:9


    (The new Evangel)
    This angel or message which comes from God, clothed with a cloud, prefigures divine Science. To mortal sense Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. When understood, it is Truth's prism and praise. When you look it fairly in the face, you can heal by its means, and it has for you a light above the sun, for God "is the light thereof." Its feet are pillars of fire, foundations of Truth and Love. It brings the baptism of the Holy Ghost, whose flames of Truth were prophetically described by John the Baptist as consuming error.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 559:1-10

    (Truth's volume)
    This angel had in his hand "a little book," open for all to read and understand. Did this same book contain the revelation of divine Science, the "right foot" or dominant power of which was upon the sea, - upon elementary, latent error, the source of all error's visible forms? The angel's left foot was upon the earth; that is, a secondary power was exercised upon visible error and audible sin. The "still, small voice" of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe's remotest bound.


Section 6


Zechariah 4:1-3,11,12,14

    1 And the angel that talked with
me came again, and waked me, as a man
that is wakened out of his sleep,

    2 And said unto me, What seest
thou? And I said, I have looked, and
behold a candlestick all of gold,
with a bowl upon the top of it, and
his seven lamps thereon, and seven
pipes to the seven lamps, which are
upon the top thereof:

    3 And two olive trees by it, one
upon the right side of the bowl, and
the other upon the left side thereof.


    11 #Then answered I, and said unto
him, What are these two olive trees
upon the right side of the
candlestick and upon the left side
thereof?

    12 And I answered again, and said
unto him, What be these two olive
branches which through the two golden
pipes empty the golden oil out of
themselves?

    14 Then said he, These are the two
anointed ones, that stand by the Lord
of the whole earth.

***
Revelation 11:3,4

    3 And I will give power unto my two
witnesses, and they shall prophesy a
thousand two hundred and threescore
days, clothed in sackcloth.

    4 These are the two olive trees,
and the two candlesticks standing
before the God of the earth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 562:3-7(to .)


    (Spiritual idea revealed)
    As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God's motherhood.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 565:13-22

    (The conflict with purity)
    The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but "of his kingdom there shall be no end," for Christ, God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples - imperatively, absolutely, finally - with divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character.


Section 7


Luke 4:14,16-21

    14 #And Jesus returned in the power
of the Spirit into Galilee: and there
went out a fame of him through all
the region round about.

    16 #And he came to Nazareth, where
he had been brought up: and, as his
custom was, he went into the
synagogue on the sabbath day, and
stood up for to read.

    17 And there was delivered unto him
the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when he had opened the book, he found
the place where it was written,

    18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon
me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of
sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised,

    19 To preach the acceptable year of
the Lord.

    20 And he closed the book, and he
gave it again to the minister, and
sat down. And the eyes of all them
that were in the synagogue were
fastened on him.

    21 And he began to say unto them,
This day is this scripture fulfilled
in your ears.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 342:21


    (Argument of good works)
    Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless invalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see. Who would be the first to disown the Christliness of good works, when our Master says, "By their fruits ye shall know them"?

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:9-21

    The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or "God with us," - a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime,


To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are bruised.


Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Veritable success
26 1 - Principle and practice
26 1 - Christianity scientific
26 1 - Christian Science as old as God
26 2 - Terms adopted by the author
26 2 - Science the way
26 3 - A definite rule discovered
26 3 - New Testament basis
26 3 - Christian Science discovered
26 3 - Mission of Christian Science
26 3 - Seeming and being
26 3 - The main purpose
26 4 - Christ's demonstration
26 4 - True estimate of God's messenger
26 4 - Biblical basis
26 4 - Scientific terms
26 5 - The new Evangel
26 5 - Truth's volume
26 6 - Spiritual idea revealed
26 6 - The conflict with purity
26 7 - Argument of good works

List of all subheadings



01 1 - Ideas and identities
01 1 - Mind's idea faultless
01 1 - Spirit the starting-point
01 1 - Divine synonyms
01 2 - No divine corporeality
01 3 - Tritheism impossible
01 3 - -7- Divine trinity
01 4 - God and nature
01 4 - -3- Evil obsolete
01 4 - Goodness a portion of God
01 4 - Spirit intangible
01 5 - God's allness learned
01 5 - Priestly pride humbled
01 5 - One supremacy
01 6 - Pardon and amendment
01 6 - Final purpose
01 6 - Fleshly ties temporal
01 7 - Vain ecstasies
01 7 - Ideal man and woman
01 7 - Mind's pure thought
01 8 - No material creation
01 8 - Love the incentive
01 8 - Love casteth out fear
01 8 - Spiritual Eucharist
02 1 - Scientific evidence
02 1 - Definition of mortal mind
02 1 - Principle and practice
02 2 - Self-completeness
02 2 - Godward gravitation
02 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
02 2 - Denials of divine power
02 2 - Profession and proof
02 3 - Mankind redeemed
02 3 - Spiritual language
02 3 - Painful prospect
02 3 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
02 4 - Effective triumph
02 4 - Proof in practice
02 4 - Help and hindrance
02 4 - Service and worship
02 5 - Sacred sacrament
02 5 - Spiritual refreshment
02 5 - Jesus' sad repast
02 6 - Incisive questions
02 6 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
03 1 - Biological inventions
03 1 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 1 - Discontent with life
03 1 - Ultimate harmony
03 1 - The present immortality
03 1 - Careful guidance
03 2 - Life all-inclusive
03 2 - Abiding in Life
03 2 - Indestructible being
03 3 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
03 3 - The serpent of error
03 3 - Personal identity
03 3 - Standpoints changed
03 3 - Spiritual offspring
03 4 - Spiritual insight
03 4 - Death no benefactor
03 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 4 - Vision opening
03 5 - Need and supply
03 5 - Spiritualized consciousness
03 5 - A mortal not man
03 6 - Illusive dreams
03 6 - Eternity of Life
03 6 - Life eternal and present
03 6 - Man reflects God
03 6 - True life eternal
03 6 - Eternal beauty
04 1 - - Tenets -
04 1 - Victory for Truth
04 1 - Question of precedence
04 1 - Moral victory
04 2 - The question of the ages
04 2 - Heralds of Science
04 2 - Mental tillage
04 2 - Irreconcilable differences
04 2 - Two infinite creators absurd
04 3 - Materialistic challenge
04 3 - Divine allness
04 3 - Error unveiled
04 3 - The Christ-element
04 3 - Life eternal and present
04 3 - New Testament basis
04 3 - Modern evangel
04 3 - Spirituality of Scripture
04 4 - Native freedom
04 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
04 4 - Followers of Jesus
04 4 - Destruction of all evil
04 4 - Mental emancipation
04 4 - Truth's ordeal
04 5 - Practical preaching
04 5 - Inadequate theories of creation
04 5 - Annihilation of error
04 5 - Primitive error
04 5 - Truth destroys falsity
04 6 - Opacity of the senses
04 6 - Leaven of Truth
04 6 - Erroneous standpoint
04 6 - Mortality mythical
05 1 - Spirit the starting-point
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - God invisible to the senses
05 1 - Anthropomorphism
05 2 - Sublime summary
05 2 - Efficacious petitions
05 2 - Spirit transforms
05 2 - Behest of the cross
05 2 - The robe of Science
05 3 - Love the incentive
05 3 - Standpoint revealed
05 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 3 - Love impartial and universal
05 4 - The true physician
05 4 - The spiritual mathematics
05 5 - Illusions not ideas
05 5 - Universal brotherhood
05 5 - -Platform summation-
05 6 - Man inseparable from Love
05 6 - Moral victory
05 7 - The holy struggle
05 7 - Mercy without partiality
05 7 - -Platform summation-
06 1 - -17- Infinite Spirit
06 1 - Derivatives of spirit
06 1 - Scientific man
06 1 - Soul not confined in body
06 1 - Godward gravitation
06 1 - Self-completeness
06 2 - Mind's idea faultless
06 2 - Light preceding the sun
06 2 - Spirit versus darkness
06 2 - Rarefaction of thought
06 2 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
06 3 - Spiritual language
06 3 - All force mental
06 3 - God's allness learned
06 3 - Spiritual reflection
06 4 - The one real power
06 4 - Priestly pride humbled
06 4 - Practical success
06 5 - Spiritual existence the one fact
06 5 - One primal cause
06 5 - Spiritual translation
06 5 - Five senses deceptive
06 6 - Vapor and nothingness
06 6 - The fruit forbidden
06 6 - Spiritual baptism
06 6 - Spirit intangible
06 6 - Divine victory
07 1 - Sense and pure Soul
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Sin destroyed through suffering
07 1 - Hypocrisy condemned
07 1 - Scientific foreknowing
07 1 - Spirits obsolete
07 2 - Creation reversed
07 2 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 2 - A vacant domicile
07 2 - Life never structural
07 2 - The divine reflection
07 2 - Soul not confined in body
07 3 - Real versus unreal
07 3 - Mankind redeemed
07 3 - No new creation
07 3 - Sickness as discord
07 3 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 4 - Soul imperishable
07 4 - Sin only of the flesh
07 4 - Soul impeccable
07 4 - Sense and pure Soul
07 4 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
07 5 - Reflection of Spirit
07 5 - Man inseperable from Spirit
07 5 - Definition of man
07 5 - Divinity not childless
07 5 - The sun and Soul
08 1 - Spirit the starting-point
08 1 - No divine corporeality
08 1 - Spiritual subdivision
08 1 - Impossible coalescence
08 1 - Source of all life and action
08 2 - Mind the only cause
08 2 - Definition of mortal mind
08 2 - Philologocal inadequacy
08 2 - Divine synonyms
08 2 - Divine image
08 2 - Divine reflection
08 2 - Unreality
08 2 - Transitional qualities
08 2 - Reality
08 2 - Spiritual universe
08 3 - Rejected theories
08 3 - Mental strength
08 3 - -20- The one divine Mind
08 3 - The divine standard of perfection
08 4 - Scientific evidence
08 4 - Mind the only healer
08 4 - Modes of matter
08 4 - The Mind creative
08 4 - Faith according to works
08 4 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
08 5 - Universal brotherhood
08 5 - Salvation is through reform
08 5 - - Tenets -
09 1 - Spiritual conception
09 1 - The divine life-link
09 1 - Sonship of Jesus
09 1 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 2 - The one anointed
09 2 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 2 - -12- Messiah or Christ
09 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 2 - -14- Spiritual oneness
09 3 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 3 - Essential element of Christianity
09 3 - Loving God supremely
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Divine oneness
09 4 - Human reconciliation
10 1 - Interior meaning
10 1 - Job, on the resurrection
10 1 - True theory of the universe
10 1 - Scriptural perception
10 2 - The divine reflection
10 2 - Mortal birth and death
10 2 - A mortal not man
10 3 - Deformity and perfection
10 3 - Degrees of development
10 3 - Human frailty
10 4 - Spiritual conception
10 4 - Universal brotherhood
10 4 - Perfection requisite
10 4 - The kingdom within
10 4 - Indestructible relationship
10 5 - Ideal man and woman
10 5 - Elohistic plurality
10 5 - Creation reversed
10 5 - Definitions of man
10 5 - No baneful creation
10 5 - Infinity measureless
10 6 - Fleshly factors unreal
10 6 - Birthright of man
10 7 - The curse removed
10 7 - -29- Adam not ideal man
10 7 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
10 7 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
10 7 - Indestructible relationship
11 1 - Spirit transforms
11 1 - Spiritual tangibility
11 1 - -6- The universal cause
11 2 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 2 - The divine reflection
11 2 - Inverted images and ideas
11 2 - Spiritual synonyms
11 3 - Corporeal changes
11 3 - Mortals unlike immortals
11 3 - Goodness transparent
11 3 - Divine synonyms
11 3 - Terms adopted by the author
11 4 - Mind's true camera
11 4 - Self-completeness
11 4 - Spiritual proofs of existence
11 5 - -18- The only substance
11 5 - -28- Truth demonstrated
11 5 - Practical preaching
11 5 - The uses of truth
12 1 - Spiritual harmony
12 1 - No baneful creation
12 1 - Biblical foundations
12 1 - Rejected theories
12 1 - Victory for Truth
12 2 - Erroneous standpoint
12 2 - The two records
12 2 - Mist, or false claim
12 2 - Creation reversed
12 2 - Scriptural allegory
12 2 - Shame the effect of sin
12 3 - Unescapable dilemma
12 3 - Basis of miracles
12 4 - The things of God are beautiful
12 4 - Man springs from Mind
12 4 - Personal identity
12 4 - Bodily presence
12 4 - Mendacity of error
12 5 - Degrees of development
12 5 - Life only in Spirit
12 5 - Divine origination
12 5 - Jesus' sinless career
12 6 - Spirit versus darkness
12 6 - -18- The only substance
12 6 - One supremacy
12 6 - Dangerous resemblances
12 7 - Man's present possibilities
12 7 - Nearness of Deity
13 1 - Perceiving the divine image
13 1 - Real and unreal identity
13 1 - -29- Adam not ideal man
13 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
13 1 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
13 2 - Rebukes helpful
13 2 - Fatal premises
13 2 - The divine life-link
13 3 - Permanent sensibility
13 3 - Immaculate conception
13 3 - Jesus as mediator
13 3 - -22- The real manhood
13 3 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 3 - Jesus not God
13 3 - Jesus not understood
13 3 - Spiritual baptism
13 3 - The one only way
13 4 - Divine providence
13 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
13 4 - Reason and Science
13 4 - Life eternal and present
13 4 - So-called superiority
13 4 - God's man discerned
13 4 - The divine image not lost
14 1 - Contrasted testimony
14 1 - The story of error
14 1 - Creation reversed
14 1 - Justice and recompense
14 1 - Erroneous standpoint
14 1 - Mortality mythical
14 2 - Definition of mortal mind
14 2 - Imperfect terminology
14 2 - Causation mental
14 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
14 2 - The genus of error
14 2 - Chaos and darkness
14 3 - Antagonistic sources
14 3 - Divine reflection
14 3 - Unreality
14 3 - Transitional qualities
14 3 - Reality
14 3 - Truth's witness
14 4 - Matter versus Spirit
14 4 - Irreconcilable differences
14 4 - Like evolving like
14 4 - Spiritual gateway
14 4 - No miracles in Mind-methods
14 5 - -27- True idea of man
14 5 - Unrealities that seem real
14 6 - Soul impeccable
14 6 - Sense-dreams
14 6 - One cause supreme
14 6 - Substance is Spirit
14 6 - Spiritual reflection
14 6 - Vapor and nothingness
14 7 - Spirit the tangible
14 7 - Superstition obsolete
14 7 - The infinitude of God
15 1 - Soul imperishable
15 1 - Sin only of the flesh
15 1 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
15 1 - Two infinite creators absurd
15 1 - Evil nonexistent
15 2 - No baneful creation
15 2 - Unrealities that seem real
15 2 - -3- Evil obsolete
15 2 - Goodness a portion of God
15 2 - Scientific consistency
15 2 - Practical arguments
15 3 - Mischievous imagination
15 3 - Mind destroys all ills
15 3 - Mortal mind controlled
15 4 - Example of the disciples
15 4 - Essential element of Christianity
15 4 - All disease a delusion
15 4 - Disease to be made unreal
15 4 - Truth destroys falsity
15 5 - Christian standard
15 5 - Immaterial pleasure
15 5 - A belief in death
15 6 - Mortality vanquished
15 6 - Life all-inclusive
15 6 - No death nor inaction
15 6 - Vision opening
16 1 - Radical changes
16 1 - Soul imperishable
16 1 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
16 1 - Justice and substitution
16 2 - Divine oneness
16 2 - Human reconciliation
16 2 - True flesh and blood
16 2 - Efficacious repentance
16 3 - Truth annihilates error
16 3 - Life-power indestructible
16 3 - Example for our salvation
16 3 - Suffering inevitable
16 3 - Material pleasures
16 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
16 4 - Jesus the way-shower
16 4 - -9- The Son of God
16 4 - Effective triumph
16 4 - Wait for reward
16 5 - Spiritual Eucharist
16 5 - Healing primary
16 5 - Moral victory
16 5 - The stone rolled away
17 1 - Salvation and probation
17 1 - God's man discerned
17 1 - Divine victory
17 2 - Death no benefactor
17 2 - Sin is punished
17 2 - A belief suicidal
17 3 - Clay replying to the potter
17 3 - Impossible intercommunion
17 3 - Death no advantage
17 3 - Salvation and probation
17 3 - Scientific purgation
17 4 - Immaterial pleasure
17 4 - Second death
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Sin is punished
17 4 - Life all-inclusive
17 4 - Mortals are not immortals
17 4 - Imperishable identity
17 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
17 5 - Fellowship with Christ
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Immaterial pleasure
17 5 - Spiritual idea crowned
18 1 - Retribution and remorse
18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 1 - Asking amiss
18 1 - Remission of penalty
18 1 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 1 - Mental conspirators
18 1 - Vicarious suffering
18 2 - Final purpose
18 2 - Righteous retribution
18 2 - Pardon and amendment
18 2 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 2 - Erroneous standpoint
18 2 - Mortality mythical
18 3 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 3 - The counterfeit forces
18 3 - Spirits obsolete
18 3 - Death no advantage
18 3 - Future purification
18 4 - Personal identity
18 4 - Identity not lost
18 4 - Climax of suffering
18 4 - Sin is punished
18 4 - Salvation and probation
18 4 - - Tenets -
18 5 - Radical changes
18 5 - Spiritual baptism
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 5 - Expiation by suffering
18 5 - Perfection gained slowly
18 5 - Christ's mission
18 5 - The Christ-element
19 1 - Jehovah or Elohim
19 1 - Jehovah a tribal deity
19 1 - Creation reversed
19 1 - Adam and the senses
19 2 - Record of error
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - Higher statutes
19 2 - The great question
19 2 - Finite views of Deity
19 3 - No new creation
19 3 - Interior meaning
19 3 - The serpent's whisper
19 4 - Mortals are not immortals
19 4 - Stages of existence
19 4 - The two records
19 4 - Erroneous representation
19 4 - The origin of divinity
19 5 - Ideas and identities
19 5 - Truth's volume
19 5 - Scriptural perception
20 1 - Spiritual freedom
20 1 - Human frailty
20 1 - Emergence of mortals
20 1 - Immortal models
20 2 - Like evolving like
20 2 - Mortals are not immortals
20 2 - The Christ-element
20 3 - Creation reversed
20 3 - The story of error
20 3 - Original reflected
20 3 - Contradicting first creation
20 3 - Record of error
20 3 - Material mortality
20 3 - -29- Adam not ideal man
20 4 - Condition of progress
20 4 - Triumph over death
20 4 - Immaterial pleasure
20 4 - The present immortality
20 5 - God's man discerned
20 5 - The divine image not lost
20 5 - Man reflects God
20 5 - Spiritual discovery
20 5 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 6 - Condition of progress
20 6 - Triumph over death
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure
20 6 - The present immortality
20 7 - God's man discerned
20 7 - The divine image not lost
20 7 - Man reflects God
20 7 - Spiritual discovery
20 7 - Mortals unlike immortals
21 1 - Real and unreal identity
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Creation reversed
21 2 - The divine reflection
21 2 - A vacant domicile
21 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
21 3 - Sense and pure Soul
21 3 - Soul defined
21 3 - Real being never lost
21 3 - Material misconceptions
21 4 - Contradictions not found
21 4 - Like evolving like
21 4 - Soul imperishable
21 4 - Identity not lost
21 5 - Advancement by sacrifice
21 5 - Scriptural perception
21 5 - Vapor and nothingness
21 6 - Revelation's pure zenith
21 6 - The shrine celestial
22 1 - Perennial beauty
22 1 - A so-called mind-cure
22 1 - Impossible intercommunion
22 2 - Important decision
22 2 - Evil let loose
22 2 - Animal magnetism error
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - Obligations of teachers
22 3 - The evil of mesmerism
22 3 - Adulteration of Truth
22 3 - Science versus hypnotism
22 4 - Hidden agents
22 4 - The genus of error
22 4 - Animal tendency
22 4 - Malicious barbarity
22 4 - Apathy to occultism
22 4 - Thought-transference
22 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 5 - The robe of Science
22 5 - Expiation by suffering
22 5 - Pure religion enthroned
22 5 - Native nothingness of sin
23 1 - The real producer
23 1 - The ascent of species
23 1 - Ontology versus physiology
23 1 - Spirit the starting-point
23 1 - Sublime summary
23 1 - Hypocrisy condemned
23 2 - Anthropomorphism
23 2 - More than profession required
23 2 - Finite views of Deity
23 2 - No divine corporeality
23 2 - Spiritual thoughts
23 3 - No union of opposites
23 3 - God never inconsistent
23 3 - One primal cause
23 3 - Mind the only cause
23 3 - Deformity and perfection
23 4 - God and nature
23 4 - No physical science
23 4 - Practical Science
23 4 - Matter is not substance
23 4 - Ever-appearing creation
23 4 - The Mind creative
23 4 - Deep-reaching interrogations
23 5 - -5- Allness of Spirit
23 5 - Human egotism
23 5 - Thought-forms
23 6 - God the Principle of all
23 6 - Ideas and identities
23 6 - Definition of man
23 6 - Infinity's reflection
23 6 - Suicide and sin
23 6 - Mere negation
23 6 - Infinity measureless
24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - Mankind redeemed
24 1 - Faith according to works
24 1 - Mission of Christian Science
24 2 - Definition of man
24 2 - Man inseparable from Love
24 2 - Indestructible relationship
24 2 - Man unfallen
24 2 - Vapor and nothingness
24 2 - Love imparts beauty
24 3 - Fear and sickness identical
24 3 - The fruit forbidden
24 3 - The lungs reformed
24 3 - Sustenance spiritual
24 3 - God sustains man
24 3 - Insidious concepts
24 3 - Ultimate harmony
24 4 - Divine providence
24 4 - Scientific corrective
24 4 - Followers of Jesus
24 4 - Inexhaustible divine Love
24 5 - Prayerful ingratitude
24 5 - The spiritual mathematics
24 5 - Understanding versus belief
24 5 - Confirmation by healing
24 5 - Spiritual structure
24 5 - Righteous rebellion
24 5 - Scientific translations
24 6 - Doubting disciples
24 6 - A divine response
24 6 - Sublime summary
24 6 - Salvation is through reform
24 7 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 7 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 1 - Right interpretation
25 1 - Spiritual firmament
25 1 - Chaos and darkness
25 1 - Mist, or false claim
25 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
25 2 - -14- Spiritual oneness
25 2 - Renewed selfhood
25 2 - Illusive dreams
25 2 - Science and Christianity
25 3 - Mental emancipation
25 3 - Spiritual freedom
25 3 - Being is immortal
25 3 - Human egotism
25 3 - Biological inventions
25 3 - Spiritual translation
25 4 - Unescapable dilemma
25 4 - Mindless methods
25 4 - All force mental
25 4 - Celestial evidence
25 4 - Material error
25 5 - Human frailty
25 5 - The divine reflection
25 5 - Inverted images and ideas
25 5 - Spiritual synonyms
25 6 - A closed question
25 6 - Perfect models
25 6 - Vision opening
26 1 - Veritable success
26 1 - Principle and practice
26 1 - Christianity scientific
26 1 - Christian Science as old as God
26 2 - Terms adopted by the author
26 2 - Science the way
26 3 - A definite rule discovered
26 3 - New Testament basis
26 3 - Christian Science discovered
26 3 - Mission of Christian Science
26 3 - Seeming and being
26 3 - The main purpose
26 4 - Christ's demonstration
26 4 - True estimate of God's messenger
26 4 - Biblical basis
26 4 - Scientific terms
26 5 - The new Evangel
26 5 - Truth's volume
26 6 - Spiritual idea revealed
26 6 - The conflict with purity
26 7 - Argument of good works

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