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July 2,1899

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Acts 17:22-31

    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.

    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.

    29 Forasmuch then as we are the
offspring of God, we ought not to
think that the Godhead is like unto
gold, or silver, or stone, graven by
art and man's device.

    30 And the times of this ignorance
God winked at; but now commandeth all
men every where to repent:

    31 Because he hath appointed a day,
in the which he will judge the world
in righteousness by that man whom he
hath ordained; whereof he hath given
assurance unto all men, in that he
hath raised him from the dead.


Section 1


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.

***
Exodus 3:14,15

    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.

    15 And God said moreover unto
Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the
children of Israel, The Lord God of
your fathers, the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
hath sent me unto you: this is my
name for ever, and this is my
memorial unto all generations.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:8-10,16-1

(01) Question: What is God?
ADAM = Error.
Topic: God


    Question. - What is God?
    Answer. - God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
    Question. - Is there more than one God or Principle?
    Answer. - There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.

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.

588:20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(I AM)

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

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.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:15-19


    (Intelligent consecration)
    We should consecrate existence, not "to the unknown God" whom we "ignorantly worship," but to the eternal builder, the everlasting Father, to the Life which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy.


Section 2


Psalm 34:8

    8 O taste and see that the Lord is
good: blessed is the man that trusteth
in him.
Psalm 118:28,29

    28 Thou art my God, and I will
praise thee: thou art my God, I will
exalt thee.

    29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for
he is good: for his mercy endureth
for ever.
Psalm 119:65,68

    65 Thou hast dealt well with thy
servant, O Lord, according unto thy
word.

    68 Thou art good, and doest good;
teach me thy statutes.

***
Matthew 19:16,17

    16 #And, behold, one came and said
unto him, Good Master, what good thing
shall I do, that I may have eternal
life?

    17 And he said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God: but if
thou wilt enter into life, keep the
commandments.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:16


    (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. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 113:9-25


    (Reversible propositions)
    The fundamental propositions of divine metaphysics are summarized in the four following, to me, self-evident propositions. Even if reversed, these propositions will be found to agree in statement and proof, showing mathematically their exact relation to Truth. De Quincey says mathematics has not a foot to stand upon which is not purely metaphysical.
    1. God is All-in-all.
    2. God is good. Good is Mind.
    3. God, Spirit, being all, nothing is matter.
    4. Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death, evil, sin, disease. - Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipotent God, Life.
    Which of the denials in proposition four is true? Both are not, cannot be, true. According to the Scripture, I find that God is true, "but every [mortal] man a liar."

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 3


Psalm 36:7,8

    7 How excellent is thy
lovingkindness, O God! therefore the
children of men put their trust under
the shadow of thy wings.

    8 They shall be abundantly
satisfied with the fatness of thy
house; and thou shalt make them drink
of the river of thy pleasures.
Psalm 103:1,4,5

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

    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.

***
Jeremiah 9:23,24

    23 #Thus saith the Lord, Let not
the wise man glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty man glory in
his might, let not the rich man glory
in his riches:

    24 But let him that glorieth glory
in this, that he understandeth and
knoweth me, that I am the Lord which
exercise lovingkindness, judgment,
and righteousness, in the earth: for
in these things I delight, saith the
Lord.
Jeremiah 31:3

    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.

***
Hosea 2:19

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:14


    (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. Mortals try to believe without understanding Truth; yet God is Truth. Mortals claim that death is inevitable; but man's eternal Principle is ever-present Life. Mortals believe in a finite personal God; while God is infinite Love, which must be unlimited.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:23-27


    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7-18


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


    (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?

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.


Section 4


Hosea 13:4

    4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from
the land of Egypt, and thou shalt
know no god but me: for there is no
saviour beside me.

***
Isaiah 63:7-9

    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.

    9 In all their affliction he was
afflicted, and the angel of his
presence saved them: in his love and
in his pity he redeemed them; and he
bare them, and carried them all the
days of old.

***
Luke 1:46,47

    46 And Mary said, My soul doth
magnify the Lord,

    47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour.

***
I Timothy 4:10

    10 For therefore we both labour and
suffer reproach, because we trust in
the living God, who is the Saviour of
all men, specially of those that
believe.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:23


    (Salvation is through reform)
    By interpreting God as a corporeal Saviour but not as the saving Principle, or divine Love, we shall continue to seek salvation through pardon and not through reform, and resort to matter instead of Spirit for the cure of the sick. 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 152:8


    (Mortal mind dethroned)
    Truth has a healing effect, even when not fully understood.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:7-12,29

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


    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    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 not understood)
    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.


Section 5


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.
John 3:26,27,31-35

    26 And they came unto John, and
said unto him, Rabbi, he that was
with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou
barest witness, behold, the same
baptizeth, and all men come to him.

    27 John answered and said, A man
can receive nothing, except it be
given him from heaven.

    31 He that cometh from above is
above all: he that is of the earth is
earthly, and speaketh of the earth:
he that cometh from heaven is above
all.

    32 And what he hath seen and heard,
that he testifieth; and no man
receiveth his testimony.

    33 He that hath received his
testimony hath set to his seal that
God is true.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:9-11


    (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."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 141:13-23


    (No ecclesiastical monopoly)
    In healing the sick and sinning, Jesus elaborated the fact that the healing effect followed the understanding of the divine Principle and of the Christ-spirit which governed the corporeal Jesus. For this Principle there is no dynasty, no ecclesiastical monopoly. Its only crowned head is immortal sovereignty. Its only priest is the spiritualized man. The Bible declares that all believers are made "kings and priests unto God." The outsiders did not then, and do not now, understand this ruling of the Christ; therefore they cannot demonstrate God's healing power.

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


    (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. Jesus sent a message to John the Baptist, which was intended to prove beyond a question that the Christ had come: "Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached." In other words: Tell John what the demonstration of divine power is, and he will at once perceive that God is the power in the Messianic work.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:1


    (Deadness in sin)
    Jesus uttered things which had been "secret from the foundation of the world," - since material knowledge usurped the throne of the creative divine Principle, insisted on the might of matter, the force of falsity, the insignificance of spirit, and proclaimed an anthropomorphic God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 52:23


    (Saviour's prediction)
    The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;" and "These signs shall follow them that believe."


Section 6


Psalm 17:15

    15 As for me, I will behold thy
face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with thy
likeness.

***
Romans 6:3-5,8,9,23

    3 Know ye not, that so many of us
as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death?

    4 Therefore we are buried with him
by baptism into death: that like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by
the glory of the Father, even so we
also should walk in newness of life.

    5 For if we have been planted
together in the likeness of his
death, we shall be also in the
likeness of his resurrection:

    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we
believe that we shall also live with
him:

    9 Knowing that Christ being raised
from the dead dieth no more; death
hath no more dominion over him.

    23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-24- God the parent Mind)
    XXIV. God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal. The Science of being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light. God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man coexist and are eternal. God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual offspring.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:20-24

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)

    (-27- True idea of man)
    XXVII. The true idea of man, as the reflection of the invisible God, is as incomprehensible to the limited senses as is man's infinite Principle. The visible universe and material man are the poor counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:19-26

    (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.
    God is Love. He is therefore the divine, infinite Principle, called Person or God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 441:12-17


    (Charge of the Chief Justice)
    According to our statute, Material Law is a liar who cannot bear witness against Mortal Man, neither can Fear arrest Mortal Man nor can Disease cast him into prison. Our law refuses to recognize Man as sick or dying, but holds him to be forever in the image and likeness of his Maker.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - -7- Divine trinity
01 1 - God the Principle of all
01 1 - Intelligent consecration
01 2 - Goodness a portion of God
01 2 - Reversible propositions
01 2 - Spirit intangible
01 3 - Vain ecstasies
01 3 - Anthropomorphism
01 3 - No material creation
01 3 - Tritheism impossible
01 3 - No divine corporeality
01 3 - -Platform summation-
01 4 - Salvation is through reform
01 4 - Mortal mind dethroned
01 4 - Christ the ideal Truth
01 4 - Jesus not understood
01 5 - Salvation is through reform
01 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
01 5 - Proof in practice
01 5 - Deadness in sin
01 5 - Saviour's prediction
01 6 - Indestructible relationship
01 6 - -24- God the parent Mind
01 6 - -27- True idea of man
01 6 - Definition of man
01 6 - Charge of the Chief Justice
01 6 - Love imparts beauty


December 10,1899

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Revelation 7:16,17

    16 They shall hunger no more,
neither thirst any more; neither
shall the sun light on them, nor any
heat.

    17 For the Lamb which is in the
midst of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them unto living
fountains of waters: and God shall
wipe away all tears from their eyes.


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 11:20-28

    20 When ye come together therefore
into one place, this is not to eat the
Lord's supper.

    21 For in eating every one taketh
before other his own supper: and one
is hungry, and another is drunken.

    22 What? have ye not houses to eat
and to drink in? or despise ye the
church of God, and shame them that
have not? What shall I say to you?
shall I praise you in this? I praise
you not.

    23 For I have received of the Lord
that which also I delivered unto you,
That the Lord Jesus the same night in
which he was betrayed took bread:

    24 And when he had given thanks, he
brake it, and said, Take, eat: this
is my body, which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me.

    25 After the same manner also he
took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, This cup is the new testament
in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye
drink it, in remembrance of me.

    26 For as often as ye eat this
bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew
the Lord's death till he come.

    27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat
this bread, and drink this cup of the
Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of
the body and blood of the Lord.

    28 But let a man examine himself,
and so let him eat of that bread, and
drink of that cup.


Section 1


Genesis 12:1-3,7,8

    1 Now the Lord had said unto
Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
and from thy kindred, and from thy
father's house, unto a land that I
will shew thee:

    2 And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and
make thy name great; and thou shalt
be a blessing:

    3 And I will bless them that bless
thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed.

    7 And the Lord appeared unto Abram,
and said, Unto thy seed will I give
this land: and there builded he an
altar unto the Lord, who appeared
unto him.

    8 And he removed from thence unto a
mountain on the east of Bethel, and
pitched his tent, having Bethel on
the west, and Hai on the east: and
there he builded an altar unto the
Lord, and called upon the name of the
Lord.

***
I Kings 18:30-32,36-39

    30 And Elijah said unto all the
people, Come near unto me. And all
the people came near unto him. And he
repaired the altar of the Lord that
was broken down.

    31 And Elijah took twelve stones,
according to the number of the tribes
of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the
word of the Lord came, saying, Israel
shall be thy name:

    32 And with the stones he built an
altar in the name of the Lord: and he
made a trench about the altar, as
great as would contain two measures
of seed.

    36 And it came to pass at the time
of the offering of the evening
sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet
came near, and said, Lord God of
Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it
be known this day that thou art God
in Israel, and that I am thy servant,
and that I have done all these things
at thy word.

    37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that
this people may know that thou art
the Lord God, and that thou hast
turned their heart back again.

    38 Then the fire of the Lord fell,
and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and
the wood, and the stones, and the
dust, and licked up the water that
was in the trench.

    39 And when all the people saw it,
they fell on their faces: and they
said, The Lord, he is the God; the
Lord, he is the God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:20-25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in heaven."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:7-12


    (Good indefinable)
    Immortal and spiritual facts exist apart from this mortal and material conception. God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole. Every step towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit.

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 (PLATFORM) - 333:19-26

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


    (-13- The divine Principle and idea) 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.

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.

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 2


Exodus 12:21-27

    21 #Then Moses called for all the
elders of Israel, and said unto them,
Draw out and take you a lamb
according to your families, and kill
the passover.

    22 And ye shall take a bunch of
hyssop, and dip it in the blood that
is in the bason, and strike the
lintel and the two side posts with
the blood that is in the bason; and
none of you shall go out at the door
of his house until the morning.

    23 For the Lord will pass through
to smite the Egyptians; and when he
seeth the blood upon the lintel, and
on the two side posts, the Lord will
pass over the door, and will not
suffer the destroyer to come in unto
your houses to smite you.

    24 And ye shall observe this thing
for an ordinance to thee and to thy
sons for ever.

    25 And it shall come to pass, when
ye be come to the land which the Lord
will give you, according as he hath
promised, that ye shall keep this
service.

    26 And it shall come to pass, when
your children shall say unto you, What
mean ye by this service?

    27 That ye shall say, It is the
sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who
passed over the houses of the
children of Israel in Egypt, when he
smote the Egyptians, and delivered
our houses. And the people bowed the
head and worshipped.

***
Ezra 6:19,20

    19 And the children of the
captivity kept the passover upon the
fourteenth day of the first month.

    20 For the priests and the Levites
were purified together, all of them
were pure, and killed the passover
for all the children of the
captivity, and for their brethren the
priests, and for themselves.

***
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?

    18 And he said, Go into the city to
such a man, and say unto him, The
Master saith, My time is at hand; I
will keep the passover at thy house
with my disciples.

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

***
Luke 22:14-16

    14 And when the hour was come, he
sat down, and the twelve apostles
with him.

    15 And he said unto them, With
desire I have desired to eat this
passover with you before I suffer:

    16 For I say unto you, I will not
any more eat thereof, until it be
fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

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


    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:3-8

    (Heavenly supplies)
    His followers, sorrowful and silent, anticipating the hour of their Master's betrayal, partook of the heavenly manna, which of old had fed in the wilderness the persecuted followers of Truth. Their bread indeed came down from heaven. It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:31

    (Within the veil)
    The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.


Section 3


Matthew 26:26-29

    26 #And as they were eating, Jesus
took bread, and blessed it, and brake
it, and gave it to the disciples, and
said, Take, eat; this is my body.

    27 And he took the cup, and gave
thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of it;

    28 For this is my blood of the new
testament, which is shed for many for
the remission of sins.

    29 But I say unto you, I will not
drink henceforth of this fruit of the
vine, until that day when I drink it
new with you in my Father's kingdom.

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


    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:14

    (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. For what says Paul? "As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:5

    (Spiritual interpretation)
    In the walk to Emmaus, Jesus was known to his friends by the words, which made their hearts burn within them, and by the breaking of bread. The divine Spirit, which identified Jesus thus centuries ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every age and clime. It is revealed to the receptive heart, and is again seen casting out evil and healing the sick.


Section 4


John 21:4,9-14

    4 But when the morning was now
come, Jesus stood on the shore: but
the disciples knew not that it was
Jesus.

    9 As soon then as they were come to
land, they saw a fire of coals there,
and fish laid thereon, and bread.

    10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of
the fish which ye have now caught.

    11 Simon Peter went up, and drew
the net to land full of great fishes,
an hundred and fifty and three: and
for all there were so many, yet was
not the net broken.

    12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and
dine. And none of the disciples durst
ask him, Who art thou? knowing that
it was the Lord.

    13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh
bread, and giveth them, and fish
likewise.

    14 This is now the third time that
Jesus shewed himself to his disciples,
after that he was risen from the
dead.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:29-18


    (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! His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples' grief into repentance, - hearts chastened and pride rebuked. Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side. Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit.
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:31-17

    (Incisive questions)
    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?
    (Millennial glory)
    If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, - the receptive thought, - they will bring in the millennium.


Section 5


Matthew 24:23,27

    23 Then if any man shall say unto
you, Lo, here is Christ, or there;
believe it not.

    27 For as the lightning cometh out
of the east, and shineth even unto the
west; so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be.

***
Revelation 10:1-3,5-7

    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,

    3 And cried with a loud voice, as
when a lion roareth: and when he had
cried, seven thunders uttered their
voices.

    5 And the angel which I saw stand
upon the sea and upon the earth
lifted up his hand to heaven,

    6 And sware by him that liveth for
ever and ever, who created heaven, and
the things that therein are, and the
earth, and the things that therein
are, and the sea, and the things
which are therein, that there should
be time no longer:

    7 But in the days of the voice of
the seventh angel, when he shall
begin to sound, the mystery of God
should be finished, as he hath
declared to his servants the
prophets.

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

    (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. 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." Mortals, obey the heavenly evangel. Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it. It will be indeed sweet at its first taste, when it heals you; but murmur not over Truth, if you find its digestion bitter. When you approach nearer and nearer to this divine Principle, when you eat the divine body of this Principle, - thus partaking of the nature, or primal elements, of Truth and Love, - do not be surprised nor discontented because you must share the hemlock cup and eat the bitter herbs; for the Israelites of old at the Paschal meal thus prefigured this perilous passage out of bondage into the El Dorado of faith and hope.

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
02 1 - Good indefinable
02 1 - Spiritual translation
02 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
02 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
02 1 - Spirit intangible
02 2 - Sacred sacrament
02 2 - Heavenly supplies
02 2 - Within the veil
02 3 - Spiritual refreshment
02 3 - Healing primary
02 3 - Spiritual interpretation
02 4 - The last breakfast
02 4 - Incisive questions
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 5 - The new Evangel
02 5 - Truth's volume


July 9,1899

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 16:11

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 34:1,3,4,7-9,11-14,22

    1 I will bless the Lord at all
times: his praise shall continually
be in my mouth.

    3 O magnify the Lord with me, and
let us exalt his name together.

    4 I sought the Lord, and he heard
me, and delivered me from all my
fears.

    7 The angel of the Lord encampeth
round about them that fear him, and
delivereth them.

    8 O taste and see that the Lord is
good: blessed is the man that trusteth
in him.

    9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that
fear him.

    11 Come, ye children, hearken unto
me: I will teach you the fear of the
Lord.

    12 What man is he that desireth
life, and loveth many days, that he
may see good?

    13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and
thy lips from speaking guile.

    14 Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.

    22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of
his servants: and none of them that
trust in him shall be desolate.


Section 1


Job 36:26

    26 Behold, God is great, and we
know him not, neither can the number
of his years be searched out.

***
Colossians 3:2,3

    2 Set your affection on things
above, not on things on the earth.

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

***
Job 22:21,26

    21 Acquaint now thyself with him,
and be at peace: thereby good shall
come unto thee.

    26 For then shalt thou have thy
delight in the Almighty, and shalt
lift up thy face unto God.

***
John 5:26

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:1

  (- MORTAL MIND - A suppositional material sense, ^alias^ the belief that sensation is in matter, which is sensationless)


    (-4- Life the creator)
    IV. God is divine Life, and Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow. If life were in mortal man or material things, it would be subject to their limitations and would end in death. Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His creations. If He dwelt within what He creates, God would not be reflected but absorbed, and the Science of being would be forever lost through a mortal sense, which falsely testifies to a beginning and an end.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:1


    (Strong position)
    It is objected to Christian Science that it claims God as the only absolute Life and Soul, and man to be His idea, - that is, His image. It should be added that this is claimed to represent the normal, healthful, and sinless condition of man in divine Science, and that this claim is made because the Scriptures say that God has created man in His own image and after His likeness. Is it sacrilegious to assume that God's likeness is not found in matter, sin, sickness, and death?

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 348:14-16

    (Elimination of sickness)
    Are we irreverent towards sin, or imputing too much power to God, when we ascribe to Him almighty Life and Love?

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:5-10


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:27

(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.


Section 2


Luke 9:38-43(to .)

    38 And, behold, a man of the
company cried out, saying, Master, I
beseech thee, look upon my son: for
he is mine only child.

    39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him,
and he suddenly crieth out; and it
teareth him that he foameth again,
and bruising him hardly departeth
from him.

    40 And I besought thy disciples to
cast him out; and they could not.

    41 And Jesus answering said, O
faithless and perverse generation,
how long shall I be with you, and
suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

    42 And as he was yet a coming, the
devil threw him down, and tare him.
And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit,
and healed the child, and delivered
him again to his father.

    43 #And they were all amazed at the
mighty power of God.
Luke 5:17

    17 And it came to pass on a certain
day, as he was teaching, that there
were Pharisees and doctors of the law
sitting by, which were come out of
every town of Galilee, and Judaea,
and Jerusalem: and the power of the
Lord was present to heal them.

***
Colossians 1:3,10,11

    3 We give thanks to God and the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you,

    10 That ye might walk worthy of the
Lord unto all pleasing, being
fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God;

    11 Strengthened with all might,
according to his glorious power, unto
all patience and longsuffering with
joyfulness;

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.

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:17-22


    (Prayerful ingratitude)
    How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We plead for unmerited pardon and for a liberal outpouring of benefactions.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:25-5

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


    (The sole governor)
    We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil. This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 83:13-16


    (Natural wonders)
    The scientific manifestation of power is from the divine nature and is not supernatural, since Science is an explication of nature.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:15


    (Harmonious lifework)
    Outside of this Science all is mutable; but immortal man, in accord with the divine Principle of his being, God, neither sins, suffers, nor dies. The days of our pilgrimage will multiply instead of diminish, when God's kingdom comes on earth; for the true way leads to Life instead of to death, and earthly experience discloses the finity of error and the infinite capacities of Truth, in which God gives man dominion over all the earth.


Section 3


John 5:19,24

    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.

    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.

***
Hebrews 2:14,15

    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:9,23-12


    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one. If the belief in death were obliterated, and the understanding obtained that there is no death, this would be a "tree of life," known by its fruits. Man should renew his energies and endeavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy, while also learning the necessity of working out his own salvation. When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.
    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. 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.
    (Life not contingent on matter)
    If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that man dies. Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Man's individual being can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal. If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:32


    (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.


Section 4


Romans 6:8,10,11

    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we
believe that we shall also live with
him:

    10 For in that he died, he died
unto sin once: but in that he liveth,
he liveth unto God.

    11 Likewise reckon ye also
yourselves to be dead indeed unto
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus
Christ our Lord.

***
I Peter 4:1,2

    1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath
suffered for us in the flesh, arm
yourselves likewise with the same
mind: for he that hath suffered in
the flesh hath ceased from sin;

    2 That he no longer should live the
rest of his time in the flesh to the
lusts of men, but to the will of God.

***
I John 2:16,17

    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.

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."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:5

    (Physical science a blind belief)
    When this human belief lacks organizations to support it, its foundations are gone. Having neither moral might, spiritual basis, nor holy Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in matter, thus limiting Life and holding fast to discord and death. In a word, human belief is a blind conclusion from material reasoning. This is a mortal, finite sense of things, which immortal Spirit silences forever.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:25


    (Corporeal ignorance) Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God's image or reflection and of man's eternal incorporeal existence. The world of error is ignorant of the world of Truth, - blind to the reality of man's existence, - for the world of sensation is not cognizant of life in Soul, not in body.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:20-24


    (Life independent of matter)
    That Life is not contingent on bodily conditions is proved, when we learn that life and man survive this body. Neither evil, disease, nor death can be spiritual, and the material belief in them disappears in the ratio of one's spiritual growth.


Section 5


I Corinthians 15:19

    19 If in this life only we have
hope in Christ, we are of all men
most miserable.

***
Ephesians 2:4-6

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

    5 Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

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

***
I Timothy 6:17,19

    17 Charge them that are rich in
this world, that they be not
highminded, nor trust in uncertain
riches, but in the living God, who
giveth us richly all things to enjoy;


    19 Laying up in store for
themselves a good foundation against
the time to come, that they may lay
hold on eternal life.

***
II Timothy 1:7,9,10

    7 For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.

    9 Who hath saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to his own
purpose and grace, which was given us
in Christ Jesus before the world
began,

    10 But is now made manifest by the
appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath
brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel:

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:3-6

(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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 235:19


    (Physicians' privilege)
    Physicians, whom the sick employ in their helplessness, should be models of virtue. They should be wise spiritual guides to health and hope. To the tremblers on the brink of death, who understand not the divine Truth which is Life and perpetuates being, physicians should be able to teach it. Then when the soul is willing and the flesh weak, the patient's feet may be planted on the rock Christ Jesus, the true idea of spiritual power.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:22-28


    (A higher discovery)
    Many years ago the author made a spiritual discovery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to prove that the divine Mind produces in man health, harmony, and immortality. Gradually this evidence will gather momentum and clearness, until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and proof.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:6-9


    (Renewed selfhood) Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be."

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 1 - Strong position
03 1 - Elimination of sickness
03 1 - Spiritual insight
03 1 - Understanding versus belief
03 2 - God's allness learned
03 2 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 2 - Prayerful ingratitude
03 2 - The sole governor
03 2 - Natural wonders
03 2 - Harmonious lifework
03 3 - Our footsteps heavenward
03 3 - Christian standard
03 3 - Life not contingent on matter
03 3 - Abiding in Life
03 4 - Discontent with life
03 4 - Physical science a blind belief
03 4 - Corporeal ignorance
03 4 - Life independent of matter
03 5 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 5 - Physicians' privilege
03 5 - A higher discovery
03 5 - Renewed selfhood


July 16,1899

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Zechariah 8:16

    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:


Responsive Reading


Zechariah 8:3,6-9,16-19

    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.

    6 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If
it be marvellous in the eyes of the
remnant of this people in these days,
should it also be marvellous in mine
eyes? saith the Lord of hosts.

    7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts;
Behold, I will save my people from
the east country, and from the west
country;

    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.

    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:

    17 And let none of you imagine evil
in your hearts against his neighbour;
and love no false oath: for all these
are things that I hate, saith the
Lord.

    18 #And the word of the Lord of
hosts came unto me, saying,

    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.


Section 1


Psalm 31:5

    5 Into thine hand I commit my
spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord
God of truth.

***
John 4:23,24

    23 But the hour cometh, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in
truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him.

    24 God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.
John 8:32

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:14


    (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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:17-19


    (Vain ecstasies)
    Mortals try to believe without understanding Truth; yet God is Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:12-17

    (Divine synonyms)
    Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, - and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:9-11,32

    (Divine allness)
    We call the absence of Truth, error. Truth and error are unlike. 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.


Section 2


Daniel 1:1,3,4

    1 In the third year of the reign
of Jehoiakim king of Judah came
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto
Jerusalem, and besieged it.

    3 #And the king spake unto Ashpenaz
the master of his eunuchs, that he
should bring certain of the children
of Israel, and of the king's seed,
and of the princes;

    4 Children in whom was no blemish,
but well favoured, and skilful in all
wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and
understanding science, and such as
had ability in them to stand in the
king's palace, and whom they might
teach the learning and the tongue of
the Chaldeans.

***
Proverbs 25:2

    2 It is the glory of God to conceal
a thing: but the honour of kings is
to search out a matter.

***
Philipians 3:16

    16 Nevertheless, whereto we have
already attained, let us walk by the
same rule, let us mind the same
thing.

***
I Timothy 6:20

    20 O Timothy, keep that which is
committed to thy trust, avoiding
profane and vain babblings, and
oppositions of science falsely so
called:

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 123:30


    (Scientific basis)
    Christian Science differs from material science, but not on that account is it less scientific. On the contrary, Christian Science is pre-eminently scientific, being based on Truth, the Principle of all science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:23

    (No physical science)
    There is no physical science, inasmuch as all truth proceeds from the divine Mind. Therefore truth is not human, and is not a law of matter, for matter is not a lawgiver. Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, - the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 128:27

    (Mathematics and scientific logic)
    Science relates to Mind, not matter. It rests on fixed Principle and not upon the judgment of false sensation. The addition of two sums in mathematics must always bring the same result. So is it with logic. If both the major and the minor propositions of a syllogism are correct, the conclusion, if properly drawn, cannot be false. So in Christian Science there are no discords nor contradictions, because its logic is as harmonious as the reasoning of an accurately stated syllogism or of a properly computed sum in arithmetic. Truth is ever truthful, and can tolerate no error in premise or conclusion.

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 - 111:6


    (Optical illustration of Science)
    Christian Science is natural, but not physical. The Science of God and man is no more supernatural than is the science of numbers, though departing from the realm of the physical, as the Science of God, Spirit, must, some may deny its right to the name of Science. The Principle of divine metaphysics is God; the practice of divine metaphysics is the utilization of the power of Truth over error; its rules demonstrate its Science. Divine metaphysics reverses perverted and physical hypotheses as to Deity, even as the explanation of optics rejects the incidental or inverted image and shows what this inverted image is meant to represent.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:24

(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)
    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


John 1:17

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

    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.
John 15:26

    26 But when the Comforter is come,
whom I will send unto you from the
Father, even the Spirit of truth,
which proceedeth from the Father, he
shall testify of me:
John 16:7-11

    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.

588:7 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HOLY GHOST)

    HOLY GHOST. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.

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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:19

  (- MORTAL MIND - The opposite of Spirit, and therefore the opposite of God, or good)

    (-10- Holy Ghost or Comforter)
    X. Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that Christ is the divine idea of God - the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.


Section 4


I Corinthians 15:51-53

    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.

***
II Corinthians 3:18

    18 But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass the glory of
the Lord, are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.

***
Isaiah 65:16,17

    16 That he who blesseth himself in
the earth shall bless himself in the
God of truth; and he that sweareth in
the earth shall swear by the God of
truth; because the former troubles
are forgotten, and because they are
hid from mine eyes.

    17 #For, behold, I create new
heavens and a new earth: and the
former shall not be remembered, nor
come into mind.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 118:10


    (Leaven of Truth)
    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 162:4

    (Truth an alterative)
    Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:28-32


    (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."


Section 5


I John 5:5,6

    5 Who is he that overcometh the
world, but he that believeth that
Jesus is the Son of God?

    6 This is he that came by water and
blood, even Jesus Christ; not by
water only, but by water and blood.
And it is the Spirit that beareth
witness, because the Spirit is truth.

***
Hebrews 1:8

    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.

***
Jeremiah 4:2

    2 And thou shalt swear, The Lord
liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in
righteousness; and the nations shall
bless themselves in him, and in him
shall they glory.

***
Psalm 85:10,11

    10 Mercy and truth are met
together; righteousness and peace
have kissed each other.

    11 Truth shall spring out of the
earth; and righteousness shall look
down from heaven.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:9-12


    (Love imparts beauty)
    God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:4


    (Right motives)
    Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:3


    (Sure reward of righteousness)
    In the Science of Christianity, Mind - omnipotence - has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:32-9

    (Redemption from selfishness)
    When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, - no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.
    (Will-power unrighteous)
    The power of the human will should be exercised only in subordination to Truth; else it will misguide the judgment and free the lower propensities. It is the province of spiritual sense to govern man. Material, erring, human thought acts injuriously both upon the body and through it.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:6


    (A bright outlook)
    Through the wholesome chastisements of Love, we are helped onward in the march towards righteousness, peace, and purity, which are the landmarks of Science. Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, - wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.


Section 6


I John 3:18,19

    18 My little children, let us not
love in word, neither in tongue; but
in deed and in truth.

    19 And hereby we know that we are
of the truth, and shall assure our
hearts before him.

***
Romans 6:22

    22 But now being made free from
sin, and become servants to God, ye
have your fruit unto holiness, and
the end everlasting life.

***
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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:10


    (Physiology unscientific)
    The text, "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die," not only contradicts human systems, but points to the self-sustaining and eternal Truth.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:2

(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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:14


    (Death but an illusion)
    The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:15


    (Revelation of Science)
    Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. It is imperious throughout all ages as Christ's revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, which remains inviolate for every man to understand and to practise.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 99:9(begin Truth)-Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism

    (Key to the kingdom) Truth has furnished the key to the kingdom, and with this key Christian Science has opened the door of the human understanding. None may pick the lock nor enter by some other door.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - The question of the ages
04 1 - Vain ecstasies
04 1 - Divine synonyms
04 1 - Divine allness
04 1 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Scientific basis
04 2 - No physical science
04 2 - Mathematics and scientific logic
04 2 - Christianity scientific
04 2 - Optical illustration of Science
04 2 - Animal magnetism error
04 3 - New Testament basis
04 3 - -7- Divine trinity
04 3 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
04 4 - Inadequate theories of creation
04 4 - Leaven of Truth
04 4 - Truth an alterative
04 4 - Scientific corrective
04 4 - Heralds of Science
04 5 - Love imparts beauty
04 5 - Right motives
04 5 - Sure reward of righteousness
04 5 - Redemption from selfishness
04 5 - Will-power unrighteous
04 5 - A bright outlook
04 6 - Physiology unscientific
04 6 - The Christ-element
04 6 - Followers of Jesus
04 6 - Death but an illusion
04 6 - Revelation of Science
04 6 - Key to the kingdom


July 23,1899

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

Jeremiah 31:3

    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.


Responsive Reading


I John 4:7-9,11,21

    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.

    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.

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

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

***
II Thessalonians 2:16,17

    16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ
himself, and God, even our Father,
which hath loved us, and hath given
us everlasting consolation and good
hope through grace,

    17 Comfort your hearts, and
stablish you in every good word and
work.

***
Philipians 4:7-9

    7 And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ
Jesus.

    8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there
be any praise, think on these things.


    9 Those things, which ye have both
learned, and received, and heard, and
seen in me, do: and the God of peace
shall be with you.


Section 1


I John 4:16-19

    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.

***
Acts 17:28

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:25-28


    (Definition of man)
    God is Love. He is therefore the divine, infinite Principle, called Person or God. Man's true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:19


    (Assistance in brotherhood)
    Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality - infinite Life, Truth, and Love.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:7-11

    (Infinity measureless)
    Genesis ii. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.



    Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love.


Section 2


Psalm 50:1,2

    1 The mighty God, even the Lord,
hath spoken, and called the earth
from the rising of the sun unto the
going down thereof.

    2 Out of Zion, the perfection of
beauty, God hath shined.
Psalm 90:16,17

    16 Let thy work appear unto thy
servants, and thy glory unto their
children.

    17 And let the beauty of the Lord
our God be upon us: and establish
thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish
thou it.

***
Hosea 14:5-7

    5 I will be as the dew unto Israel:
he shall grow as the lily, and cast
forth his roots as Lebanon.

    6 His branches shall spread, and
his beauty shall be as the olive
tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

    7 They that dwell under his shadow
shall return; they shall revive as the
corn, and grow as the vine: the scent
thereof shall be as the wine of
Lebanon.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 63:5-6


    (Spiritual origin)
    In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:10,19-11


    (Eternal beauty)
    Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the beauty of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as mortal belief. Custom, education, and fashion form the transient standards of mortals. Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, - the radiance of Soul. 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.
    (The divine loveliness)
    Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.
    The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal over age and decay.
    The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.
    (Love's endowment)
    Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than beautiful. Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:12


    (Love imparts beauty)
    Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, "The meek shall inherit the earth." The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth. 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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:22-29


    (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.


Section 3


Psalm 24:3,4

    3 Who shall ascend into the hill of
the Lord? or who shall stand in his
holy place?

    4 He that hath clean hands, and a
pure heart; who hath not lifted up
his soul unto vanity, nor sworn
deceitfully.

***
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.

***
Matthew 5:8

    8 Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.

***
I John 3:1-3

    1 Behold, what manner of love the
Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.

    2 Beloved, now are we the sons of
God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when
he shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is.

    3 And every man that hath this hope
in him purifieth himself, even as he
is pure.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 147:29


    (A definite rule discovered)
    A pure affection takes form in goodness, but Science alone reveals the divine Principle of goodness and demonstrates its rules.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:14

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


    (-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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 57:22


    (Help and discipline)
    Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return. Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it. The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.


Section 4


Nahum 1:7

    7 The Lord is good, a strong hold
in the day of trouble; and he knoweth
them that trust in him.

***
Job 22:21

    21 Acquaint now thyself with him,
and be at peace: thereby good shall
come unto thee.

***
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.

***
III John 1:1-3

    1 The elder unto the wellbeloved
Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

    2 Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth.

    3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the
brethren came and testified of the
truth that is in thee, even as thou
walkest in the truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:25


    (Mythical pleasure) Man's genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true. Man is neither self-made nor made by mortals. God created man.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:9-12


    (Good indefinable)
    God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole. Every step towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit.

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.

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:3-5,12


    (Efficacious petitions)
    What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.
    The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, - blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.


Section 5


John 14:15

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

***
Romans 13:10

    10 Love worketh no ill to his
neighbour: therefore love is the
fulfilling of the law.

***
James 2:8

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

***
Luke 6:31-33,35,36

    31 And as ye would that men should
do to you, do ye also to them
likewise.

    32 For if ye love them which love
you, what thank have ye? for sinners
also love those that love them.

    33 And if ye do good to them which
do good to you, what thank have ye?
for sinners also do even the same.

    35 But love ye your enemies, and do
good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be
great, and ye shall be the children
of the Highest: for he is kind unto
the unthankful and to the evil.

    36 Be ye therefore merciful, as
your Father also is merciful.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:12


    (Fulfilment of the Law)
    Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death. Under the supremacy of Spirit, it will be seen and acknowledged that matter must disappear.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 88:18-20


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:22


    (Redemption from selfishness)
    When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:11


    (Summit of aspiration)
    If selfishness has given place to kindness, we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition of our hope and faith.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 64:2


    (Unfair discrimination)
    Our forefathers exercised their faith in the direction taught by the Apostle James, when he said: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."


Section 6


Ephesians 5:1,2

    1 Be ye therefore followers of
God, as dear children:

    2 And walk in love, as Christ also
hath loved us, and hath given himself
for us an offering and a sacrifice to
God for a sweetsmelling savour.

***
Luke 10:25-37

    25 #And, behold, a certain lawyer
stood up, and tempted him, saying,
Master, what shall I do to inherit
eternal life?

    26 He said unto him, What is
written in the law? how readest thou?


    27 And he answering said, Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy strength, and with all
thy mind; and thy neighbour as
thyself.

    28 And he said unto him, Thou hast
answered right: this do, and thou
shalt live.

    29 But he, willing to justify
himself, said unto Jesus, And who is
my neighbour?

    30 And Jesus answering said, A
certain man went down from Jerusalem
to Jericho, and fell among thieves,
which stripped him of his raiment,
and wounded him, and departed,
leaving him half dead.

    31 And by chance there came down a
certain priest that way: and when he
saw him, he passed by on the other
side.

    32 And likewise a Levite, when he
was at the place, came and looked on
him, and passed by on the other side.


    33 But a certain Samaritan, as he
journeyed, came where he was: and
when he saw him, he had compassion on
him,

    34 And went to him, and bound up
his wounds, pouring in oil and wine,
and set him on his own beast, and
brought him to an inn, and took care
of him.

    35 And on the morrow when he
departed, he took out two pence, and
gave them to the host, and said unto
him, Take care of him; and whatsoever
thou spendest more, when I come
again, I will repay thee.

    36 Which now of these three,
thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him
that fell among the thieves?

    37 And he said, He that shewed
mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto
him, Go, and do thou likewise.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:6


    (Native nothingness of sin)
    "Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer. In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 261:2


    (Thoughts are things) Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - Definition of man
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 1 - Infinity measureless
05 2 - Spiritual origin
05 2 - Eternal beauty
05 2 - The divine loveliness
05 2 - Love's endowment
05 2 - Love imparts beauty
05 2 - Immaterial pleasure
05 3 - A definite rule discovered
05 3 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
05 3 - Help and discipline
05 4 - Mythical pleasure
05 4 - Good indefinable
05 4 - Divine synonyms
05 4 - Human frailty
05 4 - Efficacious petitions
05 5 - Fulfilment of the Law
05 5 - Illusions not ideas
05 5 - Redemption from selfishness
05 5 - Summit of aspiration
05 5 - Unfair discrimination
05 6 - Native nothingness of sin
05 6 - Man inseparable from Love
05 6 - Thoughts are things
05 6 - The spiritual mathematics


July 30,1899

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 3:17

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



Responsive Reading


II Corinthians 3:3-8,12-18

    3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly
declared to be the epistle of Christ
ministered by us, written not with
ink, but with the Spirit of the
living God; not in tables of stone,
but in fleshy tables of the heart.

    4 And such trust have we through
Christ to God-ward:

    5 Not that we are sufficient of
ourselves to think any thing as of
ourselves; but our sufficiency is of
God;

    6 Who also hath made us able
ministers of the new testament; not
of the letter, but of the spirit: for
the letter killeth, but the spirit
giveth life.

    7 But if the ministration of death,
written and engraven in stones, was
glorious, so that the children of
Israel could not stedfastly behold
the face of Moses for the glory of
his countenance; which glory was to
be done away:

    8 How shall not the ministration of
the spirit be rather glorious?

    12 Seeing then that we have such
hope, we use great plainness of
speech:

    13 And not as Moses, which put a
vail over his face, that the children
of Israel could not stedfastly look
to the end of that which is
abolished:

    14 But their minds were blinded:
for until this day remaineth the same
vail untaken away in the reading of
the old testament; which vail is done
away in Christ.

    15 But even unto this day, when
Moses is read, the vail is upon their
heart.

    16 Nevertheless when it shall turn
to the Lord, the vail shall be taken
away.

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

    18 But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass the glory of
the Lord, are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.



Section 1


Isaiah 40:18,26,28,29

    18 #To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto
him?

    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.

    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.

***
John 4:24

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


594:19 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SPIRIT)

    SPIRIT. Divine substance; Mind; divine Principle; all that is good; God; that only which is perfect, everlasting, omnipresent, omnipotent, infinite.


oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:32-3


    (Omnipotence set forth)
    In the Bible the word Spirit is so commonly applied to Deity, that Spirit and God are often regarded as synonymous terms; and it is thus they are uniformly used and understood in Christian Science.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:14


    (God and His image)
    The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:23-28

    (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. This theory is unscientific.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:3-7

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


    (Two chief commands)
    Answer. - The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.



Section 2


Psalm 111:1,6-8

    1 Praise ye the Lord. I will
praise the Lord with my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright, and
in the congregation.

    6 He hath shewed his people the
power of his works, that he may give
them the heritage of the heathen.

    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.

***
I John 4:1,2

    1 Beloved, believe not every
spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are of God: because many false
prophets are gone out into the world.


    2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that confesseth that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is
of God:


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:17,26-27


    (Continuity of thoughts)
    Spirit diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof.
    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 512:20-25

    (Multiplication of pure ideas)
    Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and perfect ideas. From the infinite elements of the one Mind emanate all form, color, quality, and quantity, and these are mental, both primarily and secondarily. Their spiritual nature is discerned only through the spiritual senses.


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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:25


    (Spiritual offspring)
    The spiritual fact and the material belief of things are contradictions; but the spiritual is true, and therefore the material must be untrue. Life is not in matter. Therefore it cannot be said to pass out of matter. Matter and death are mortal illusions. Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:7-10


    (Good indefinable)
    Immortal and spiritual facts exist apart from this mortal and material conception. God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole.


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.



Section 3


Genesis 1:2,3,31

    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.

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

    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.

***
Psalm 148:1,4-6

    1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye
the Lord from the heavens: praise him
in the heights.

    4 Praise him, ye heavens of
heavens, and ye waters that be above
the heavens.

    5 Let them praise the name of the
Lord: for he commanded, and they were
created.

    6 He hath also stablished them for
ever and ever: he hath made a decree
which shall not pass.


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 - 278:4

    (Substance versus supposition) Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science. The material senses oppose this, but there are no material senses, for matter has no mind. In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil. It is a false supposition, the notion that there is real substance-matter, the opposite of Spirit. Spirit, God, is infinite, all. Spirit can have no opposite.

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.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 173:6-16


    (Individualization)
    When the supposition, that Spirit is within what it creates and the potter is subject to the clay, is individualized, Truth is reduced to the level of error, and the sensible is required to be made manifest through the insensible.
    What is termed matter manifests nothing but a material mentality. Neither the substance nor the manifestation of Spirit is obtainable through matter. Spirit is positive. Matter is Spirit's contrary, the absence of Spirit. For positive Spirit to pass through a negative condition would be Spirit's destruction.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8-10,21(begin In)-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


    (Matter's supposed selfhood)
    Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is all that the eye beholds.
    (Chaos and darkness) In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:1-2

(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) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized.



Section 4


Exodus 14:15,16,21,22

    15 #And the Lord said unto Moses,
Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak
unto the children of Israel, that
they go forward:

    16 But lift thou up thy rod, and
stretch out thine hand over the sea,
and divide it: and the children of
Israel shall go on dry ground through
the midst of the sea.

    21 And Moses stretched out his hand
over the sea; and the Lord caused the
sea to go back by a strong east wind
all that night, and made the sea dry
land, and the waters were divided.

    22 And the children of Israel went
into the midst of the sea upon the dry
ground: and the waters were a wall
unto them on their right hand, and on
their left.

***
Matthew 8:18,23-26

    18 #Now when Jesus saw great
multitudes about him, he gave
commandment to depart unto the other
side.

    23 #And when he was entered into a
ship, his disciples followed him.

    24 And, behold, there arose a great
tempest in the sea, insomuch that the
ship was covered with the waves: but
he was asleep.

    25 And his disciples came to him,
and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us:
we perish.

    26 And he saith unto them, Why are
ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then
he arose, and rebuked the winds and
the sea; and there was a great calm.
Matthew 14:22-25

    22 #And straightway Jesus
constrained his disciples to get into
a ship, and to go before him unto the
other side, while he sent the
multitudes away.

    23 And when he had sent the
multitudes away, he went up into a
mountain apart to pray: and when the
evening was come, he was there alone.


    24 But the ship was now in the
midst of the sea, tossed with waves:
for the wind was contrary.

    25 And in the fourth watch of the
night Jesus went unto them, walking
on the sea.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:21


    (Spiritual law the only law)
    God never ordained a material law to annul the spiritual law. If there were such a material law, it would oppose the supremacy of Spirit, God, and impugn the wisdom of the creator. Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:1-11


    (Benefit of philanthropy)
    It is proverbial that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists engaged in humane labors have been able to undergo without sinking fatigues and exposures which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 197:11


    (Higher standard for mortals)
    The less that is said of physical structure and laws, and the more that is thought and said about moral and spiritual law, the higher will be the standard of living and the farther mortals will be removed from imbecility or disease.


2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 67:18-28


    (Spiritual power)
    The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we remember that through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.
    The lack of spiritual power in the limited demonstration of popular Christianity does not put to silence the labor of centuries. Spiritual, not corporeal, consciousness is needed.



Section 5


Exodus 23:20,25

    20 #Behold, I send an Angel before
thee, to keep thee in the way, and to
bring thee into the place which I
have prepared.

    25 And ye shall serve the Lord your
God, and he shall bless thy bread,
and thy water; and I will take
sickness away from the midst of thee.

***
Psalm 103:2,3

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

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

***
Revelation 21:4

    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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:9


    (Denials of divine power)
    Scripture informs us that "with God all things are possible," - all good is possible to Spirit; but our prevalent theories practically deny this, and make healing possible only through matter. These theories must be untrue, for the Scripture is true. Christianity is not false, but religions which contradict its Principle are false.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:12

    (Seemingly independent authority) It is not in accordance with the goodness of God's character that He should make man sick, then leave man to heal himself; it is absurd to suppose that matter can both cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces disease and leaves the remedy to matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:20

    (Mental narcotics)
    Does a law of God produce sickness, and can man put that law under his feet by healing sickness? According to Holy Writ, the sick are never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any material method. These merely evade the question. They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy mortal belief, and quiet fear.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:20


    (Promise perpetual)
    Understanding spiritual law and knowing that there is no material law, Jesus said: "These signs shall follow them that believe, . . . they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." It were well had Christendom believed and obeyed this sacred saying.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:22-24


    (Life independent of matter)
    Neither evil, disease, nor death can be spiritual, and the material belief in them disappears in the ratio of one's spiritual growth.



Section 6


Genesis 49:18

    18 I have waited for thy salvation,
O Lord.

***
Psalm 3:8

    8 Salvation belongeth unto the
Lord: thy blessing is upon thy
people.

***
Isaiah 45:17,22

    17 But Israel shall be saved in the
Lord with an everlasting salvation:
ye shall not be ashamed nor
confounded world without end.

    22 Look unto me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth: for I am
God, and there is none else.

***
Hosea 13:4

    4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from
the land of Egypt, and thou shalt
know no god but me: for there is no
saviour beside me.

***
Psalm 51:10-12

    10 Create in me a clean heart, O
God; and renew a right spirit within
me.

    11 Cast me not away from thy
presence; and take not thy holy
spirit from me.

    12 Restore unto me the joy of thy
salvation; and uphold me with thy
free spirit.


593:20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SALVATION)

    SALVATION. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:12-13


    (Salvation and probation)
    Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:27-29


    (Progress demanded)
    In trying to undo the errors of sense one must pay fully and fairly the utmost farthing, until all error is finally brought into subjection to Truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:23-3

    (Spirit transforms)
    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.
    (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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-20,25-27


    (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.
    (Sin is punished)
    To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he becomes thus only when he reaches perfection.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:18-22


    (Present salvation)
    "Now," cried the apostle, "is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation," - meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life.

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - Omnipotence set forth
06 1 - God and His image
06 1 - The divine reflection
06 1 - Two chief commands
06 2 - Continuity of thoughts
06 2 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
06 2 - Multiplication of pure ideas
06 2 - Spiritual proofs of existence
06 2 - Spiritual offspring
06 2 - Good indefinable
06 2 - Permanent sensibility
06 3 - -18- The only substance
06 3 - Substance versus supposition
06 3 - Spiritual tangibility
06 3 - Individualization
06 3 - Matter's supposed selfhood
06 3 - Chaos and darkness
06 3 - Spiritual reflection
06 4 - Spiritual law the only law
06 4 - Benefit of philanthropy
06 4 - Higher standard for mortals
06 4 - Spiritual power
06 5 - Denials of divine power
06 5 - Seemingly independent authority
06 5 - Mental narcotics
06 5 - Promise perpetual
06 5 - Life independent of matter
06 6 - Salvation and probation
06 6 - Progress demanded
06 6 - Spirit transforms
06 6 - Spiritual baptism
06 6 - Future purification
06 6 - Sin is punished
06 6 - Present salvation


August 6,1899

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Job 23:13

    13 But he is in one mind, and who
can turn him? and what his soul
desireth, even that he doeth.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 34:7-22

    7 The angel of the Lord encampeth
round about them that fear him, and
delivereth them.

    8 O taste and see that the Lord is
good: blessed is the man that trusteth
in him.

    9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that
fear him.

    10 The young lions do lack, and
suffer hunger: but they that seek the
Lord shall not want any good thing.

    11 Come, ye children, hearken unto
me: I will teach you the fear of the
Lord.

    12 What man is he that desireth
life, and loveth many days, that he
may see good?

    13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and
thy lips from speaking guile.

    14 Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.

    15 The eyes of the Lord are upon
the righteous, and his ears are open
unto their cry.

    16 The face of the Lord is against
them that do evil, to cut off the
remembrance of them from the earth.

    17 The righteous cry, and the Lord
heareth, and delivereth them out of
all their troubles.

    18 The Lord is nigh unto them that
are of a broken heart; and saveth such
as be of a contrite spirit.

    19 Many are the afflictions of the
righteous: but the Lord delivereth him
out of them all.

    20 He keepeth all his bones: not
one of them is broken.

    21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and
they that hate the righteous shall be
desolate.

    22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of
his servants: and none of them that
trust in him shall be desolate.


Section 1


Genesis 21:33

    33 #And Abraham planted a grove in
Beersheba, and called there on the
name of the Lord, the everlasting
God.

***
Exodus 6:2,3

    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.
Exodus 3:13,14

    13 And Moses said unto God, Behold,
when I come unto the children of
Israel, and shall say unto them, The
God of your fathers hath sent me unto
you; and they shall say to me, What
is his name? what shall I say unto
them?

    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.

***
Deuteronomy 4:35,39

    35 Unto thee it was shewed, that
thou mightest know that the Lord he
is God; there is none else beside
him.

    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.

***
Isaiah 47:4

    4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of
hosts is his name, the Holy One of
Israel.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:9

(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


    (Soul defined)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:7-8(to .)


    (Sin only of the flesh)
    Soul is immortal because it is Spirit, which has no element of self-destruction.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:11-2

    (The central intelligence)
    Day may decline and shadows fall, but darkness flees when the earth has again turned upon its axis. The sun is not affected by the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin and death, - as the central Life and intelligence around which circle harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.
    (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. 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.
    Mind is God, and God is not seen by material sense, because Mind is Spirit, which material sense cannot discern. There is neither growth, maturity, nor decay in Soul. These changes are the mutations of material sense, the varying clouds of mortal belief, which hide the truth of being.


Section 2


Malachi 3:6

    6 For I am the Lord, I change not;
therefore ye sons of Jacob are not
consumed.

***
Exodus 29:45,46

    45 #And I will dwell among the
children of Israel, and will be their
God.

    46 And they shall know that I am
the Lord their God, that brought them
forth out of the land of Egypt, that
I may dwell among them: I am the Lord
their God.

***
Revelation 21:3

    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.

***
Zechariah 14:9

    9 And the Lord shall be king over
all the earth: in that day shall
there be one Lord, and his name one.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:3-17


    (Spirit the only intelligence and substance)
    All forms of error support the false conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real and living as spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and beings, two powers, - namely, Spirit and matter, - resulting in a third person (mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.
    The first power is admitted to be good, an intelligence or Mind called God. The so-called second power, evil, is the unlikeness of good. It cannot therefore be mind, though so called. The third power, mortal man, is a supposed mixture of the first and second antagonistic powers, intelligence and non-intelligence, of Spirit and matter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:7-20

(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.


Section 3


Numbers 14:20,21

    20 And the Lord said, I have
pardoned according to thy word:

    21 But as truly as I live, all the
earth shall be filled with the glory
of the Lord.

***
II Chronicles 6:18

    18 But will God in very deed dwell
with men on the earth? behold, heaven
and the heaven of heavens cannot
contain thee; how much less this
house which I have built!

***
Daniel 2:20,22

    20 Daniel answered and said,
Blessed be the name of God for ever
and ever: for wisdom and might are
his:

    22 He revealeth the deep and secret
things: he knoweth what is in the
darkness, and the light dwelleth with
him.

***
Psalm 50:2

    2 Out of Zion, the perfection of
beauty, God hath shined.

***
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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:30-12

    (Unscientific theories)
    The belief that God lives in matter is pantheistic. The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, - all because of their blindness, their false sense concerning God and man.
    (Creation perfect)
    When will the error of believing that there is life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering?

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17-3

(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.
    (Sinlessness of Mind, Soul)
    Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we arrive at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own unerring idea and never can be coordinate with human illusions.


Section 4


Genesis 32:24,28,30

    24 #And Jacob was left alone; and
there wrestled a man with him until
the breaking of the day.

    28 And he said, Thy name shall be
called no more Jacob, but Israel: for
as a prince hast thou power with God
and with men, and hast prevailed.

    30 And Jacob called the name of the
place Peniel: for I have seen God
face to face, and my life is
preserved.

***
Job 42:1,5,6

    1 Then Job answered the Lord, and
said,

    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.

***
I Corinthians 2:12,14,15

    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.

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:20-21


    (Scientific improvisation)
    Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:16,30


    (Good indefinable)
    Sound is a mental impression made on mortal belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as communicated through the senses of Soul - through spiritual understanding.
    (Music, rhythm of head and heart)
    Before human knowledge dipped to its depths into a false sense of things, - into belief in material origins which discard the one Mind and true source of being, - it is possible that the impressions from Truth were as distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the primitive prophets. If the medium of hearing is wholly spiritual, it is normal and indestructible.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:15-16,31-8

    (Eternal man recognized)
    The false evidence of material sense contrasts strikingly with the testimony of Spirit.
    (Testimony of sense)
    Spirit, bearing opposite testimony, saith:
    (Testimony of Soul)
    I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual, is my likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, imperishable glory, - all are Mine, for I am God. I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM.

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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:29-31


    (Spiritual concord)
    Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.


Section 5


Ezekiel 43:1,2,4,5

    1 Afterward he brought me to the
gate, even the gate that looketh
toward the east:

    2 And, behold, the glory of the God
of Israel came from the way of the
east: and his voice was like a noise
of many waters: and the earth shined
with his glory.

    4 And the glory of the Lord came
into the house by the way of the gate
whose prospect is toward the east.

    5 So the spirit took me up, and
brought me into the inner court; and,
behold, the glory of the Lord filled
the house.

***
Ephesians 5:1,8,13,14

    1 Be ye therefore followers of
God, as dear children:

    8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:

    13 But all things that are reproved
are made manifest by the light: for
whatsoever doth make manifest is
light.

    14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou
that sleepest, and arise from the
dead, and Christ shall give thee
light.

***
Colossians 3:9-11

    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:

    11 Where there is neither Greek nor
Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
but Christ is all, and in all.

***
I John 4:12,13,16

    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.

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:23

(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


    (True nature and origin)
    The scientifically Christian explanations of the nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with immortal testimony. This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of being, which can be obtained in no other way.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:19-32


    (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.
    If we have triumphed sufficiently over the errors of material sense to allow Soul to hold the control, we shall loathe sin and rebuke it under every mask. Only in this way can we bless our enemies, though they may not so construe our words. We cannot choose for ourselves, but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:32

(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)
    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.

Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Sin only of the flesh
07 1 - The central intelligence
07 1 - Soul imperishable
07 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
07 2 - Real versus unreal
07 2 - Mankind redeemed
07 3 - Real being never lost
07 3 - Unscientific theories
07 3 - Creation perfect
07 3 - Mankind redeemed
07 3 - Soul not confined in body
07 3 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
07 4 - Scientific improvisation
07 4 - Good indefinable
07 4 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
07 4 - Eternal man recognized
07 4 - Testimony of sense
07 4 - Testimony of Soul
07 4 - Standpoints changed
07 4 - Spiritual concord
07 5 - True nature and origin
07 5 - Real and unreal identity
07 5 - Rebukes helpful
07 5 - The kingdom within


August 13,1899

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Proverbs 4:1-13

    1 Hear, ye children, the
instruction of a father, and attend
to know understanding.

    2 For I give you good doctrine,
forsake ye not my law.

    3 For I was my father's son, tender
and only beloved in the sight of my
mother.

    4 He taught me also, and said unto
me, Let thine heart retain my words:
keep my commandments, and live.

    5 Get wisdom, get understanding:
forget it not; neither decline from
the words of my mouth.

    6 Forsake her not, and she shall
preserve thee: love her, and she
shall keep thee.

    7 Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom: and with all
thy getting get understanding.

    8 Exalt her, and she shall promote
thee: she shall bring thee to honour,
when thou dost embrace her.

    9 She shall give to thine head an
ornament of grace: a crown of glory
shall she deliver to thee.

    10 Hear, O my son, and receive my
sayings; and the years of thy life
shall be many.

    11 I have taught thee in the way of
wisdom; I have led thee in right
paths.

    12 When thou goest, thy steps shall
not be straitened; and when thou
runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

    13 Take fast hold of instruction;
let her not go: keep her; for she is
thy life.


Section 1


Psalm 89:8,12

    8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a
strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy
faithfulness round about thee?

    12 The north and the south thou
hast created them: Tabor and Hermon
shall rejoice in thy name.

***
Luke 12:27,29,30

    27 Consider the lilies how they
grow: they toil not, they spin not;
and yet I say unto you, that Solomon
in all his glory was not arrayed like
one of these.

    29 And seek not ye what ye shall
eat, or what ye shall drink, neither
be ye of doubtful mind.

    30 For all these things do the
nations of the world seek after: and
your Father knoweth that ye have need
of these things.

***
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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:16-30


    (Growth is from Mind)
    Genesis ii. 4, 5. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God [Jehovah] made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God [Jehovah] had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.



    Here is the emphatic declaration that God creates all through Mind, not through matter, - that the plant grows, not because of seed or soil, but because growth is the eternal mandate of Mind. Mortal thought drops into the ground, but the immortal creating thought is from above, not from beneath. Because Mind makes all, there is nothing left to be made by a lower power.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:22


    (Human falsities)
    God alone makes and clothes the lilies of the field, and this He does by means of Mind, not matter.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:32


    (Limitless Mind)
    Infinite Mind is the creator, and creation is the infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind. If Mind is within and without all things, then all is Mind; and this definition is scientific.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:12-15

    (Matter is not substance)
    Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter.

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.

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.


Section 2


I John 3:8

    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.

***
Revelation 17:12-14

    12 And the ten horns which thou
sawest are ten kings, which have
received no kingdom as yet; but
receive power as kings one hour with
the beast.

    13 These have one mind, and shall
give their power and strength unto
the beast.

    14 These shall make war with the
Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome
them: for he is Lord of lords, and
King of kings: and they that are with
him are called, and chosen, and
faithful.

***
Philemon 1:4,6

    4 I thank my God, making mention of
thee always in my prayers,

    6 That the communication of thy
faith may become effectual by the
acknowledging of every good thing
which is in you in Christ Jesus.

***
Proverbs 21:22,30

    22 A wise man scaleth the city of
the mighty, and casteth down the
strength of the confidence thereof.

    30 There is no wisdom nor
understanding nor counsel against the
Lord.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:15


    (Mortal mind's disappearance)
    We must learn how mankind govern the body, - whether through faith in hygiene, in drugs, or in willpower. We should learn whether they govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and death, sin and pardon, or govern it from the higher understanding that the divine Mind makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind through truth, leads the human mind to relinquish all error, to find the divine Mind to be the only Mind, and the healer of sin, disease, death. This process of higher spiritual understanding improves mankind until error disappears, and nothing is left which deserves to perish or to be punished.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:16


    (Spiritual freedom)
    The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage. It should no longer ask of the head, heart, or lungs: What are man's prospects for life? Mind is not helpless. Intelligence is not mute before non-intelligence.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:24-28


    (Man governed by Mind)
    The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:1-5(to .)


    (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. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.


Section 3


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:

***
Romans 8:1,2,27,31

    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.

    27 And he that searcheth the hearts
knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according
to the will of God.

    31 What shall we then say to these
things? If God be for us, who can be
against us?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:25


    (Impossible partnership)
    The conventional firm, called matter and mind, God never formed. Science and understanding, governed by the unerring and eternal Mind, destroy the imaginary copartnership, matter and mind, formed only to be destroyed in a manner and at a period as yet unknown. This suppositional partnership is already obsolete, for matter, examined in the light of divine metaphysics, disappears.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:2-5

    (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. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:25

    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:22

(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


    (Scientific ultimatum)
    The notion that mind and matter commingle in the human illusion as to sin, sickness, and death must eventually submit to the Science of Mind, which denies this notion. God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and immortality.


Section 4


Philipians 2:5

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

***
Colossians 1:21,22,27

    21 And you, that were sometime
alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now hath he
reconciled

    22 In the body of his flesh through
death, to present you holy and
unblameable and unreproveable in his
sight:

    27 To whom God would make known
what is the riches of the glory of
this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of
glory:

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:8-9


    (Mental and physical oneness)
    Mortal mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be destroyed by immortal Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:18-26

    (No material law)
    Mind's government of the body must supersede the so-called laws of matter. Obedience to material law prevents full obedience to spiritual law, - the law which overcomes material conditions and puts matter under the feet of Mind. Mortals entreat the divine Mind to heal the sick, and forthwith shut out the aid of Mind by using material means, thus working against themselves and their prayers and denying man's God-given ability to demonstrate Mind's sacred power.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:16


    (Fatigue is mental)
    When you have once conquered a diseased condition of the body through Mind, that condition never recurs, and you have won a point in Science. When mentality gives rest to the body, the next toil will fatigue you less, for you are working out the problem of being in divine metaphysics; and in proportion as you understand the control which Mind has over so-called matter, you will be able to demonstrate this control. The scientific and permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or any illusion of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary and heavy-laden.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 219:2

    (Sickness akin to sin)
    My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments, since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.


Section 5


II Chronicles 16:12,13

    12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth
year of his reign was diseased in his
feet, until his disease was exceeding
great: yet in his disease he sought
not to the Lord, but to the
physicians.

    13 #And Asa slept with his fathers,
and died in the one and fortieth year
of his reign.

***
Job 13:4,5

    4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye
are all physicians of no value.

    5 O that ye would altogether hold
your peace! and it should be your
wisdom.

***
Mark 5:25-27,29,34

    25 And a certain woman, which had
an issue of blood twelve years,

    26 And had suffered many things of
many physicians, and had spent all
that she had, and was nothing
bettered, but rather grew worse,

    27 When she had heard of Jesus,
came in the press behind, and touched
his garment.

    29 And straightway the fountain of
her blood was dried up; and she felt
in her body that she was healed of
that plague.

    34 And he said unto her, Daughter,
thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
peace, and be whole of thy plague.

***
Matthew 9:28-30,35

    28 And when he was come into the
house, the blind men came to him: and
Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye
that I am able to do this? They said
unto him, Yea, Lord.

    29 Then touched he their eyes,
saying, According to your faith be it
unto you.

    30 And their eyes were opened; and
Jesus straitly charged them, saying,
See that no man know it.

    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:18-25


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:12,25

    (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.
    (Matter versus Spirit)
    The so-called laws of matter are nothing but false beliefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind is not. These false beliefs are the procuring cause of all sin and disease. The opposite truth, that intelligence and life are spiritual, never material, destroys sin, sickness, and death.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 147:32


    (Jesus' own practice)
    Jesus never spoke of disease as dangerous or as difficult to heal. When his students brought to him a case they had failed to heal, he said to them, "O faithless generation," implying that the requisite power to heal was in Mind. He prescribed no drugs, urged no obedience to material laws, but acted in direct disobedience to them.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 176:13-20


    (Our modern Eves)
    When the mechanism of the human mind gives place to the divine Mind, selfishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their foothold.
    Human fear of miasma would load with disease the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:5

    (One basis for all sickness) The evidence of divine Mind's healing power and absolute control is to me as certain as the evidence of my own existence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:5-8

(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


    (True healing transcendent) We classify disease as error, which nothing but Truth or Mind can heal, and this Mind must be divine, not human. Mind transcends all other power, and will ultimately supersede all other means in healing.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:8


    (The strength of Spirit)
    Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.


Section 6


Jude 1:3,20,21

    3 Beloved, when I gave all
diligence to write unto you of the
common salvation, it was needful for
me to write unto you, and exhort you
that ye should earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints.

    20 But ye, beloved, building up
yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,

    21 Keep yourselves in the love of
God, looking for the mercy of our
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

***
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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 497:20-27

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


    ( - Tenets -)
    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.
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:6


    (Divine study)
    If men would bring to bear upon the study of the Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-called pains and pleasures of material sense, they would not go on from bad to worse, until disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but the whole human family would be redeemed through the merits of Christ, - through the perception and acceptance of Truth. For this glorious result Christian Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:17-20,28-2

(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)
    Mind must be found superior to all the beliefs of the five corporeal senses, and able to destroy all ills. Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind.
    If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man's entire action?

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - Growth is from Mind
08 1 - Human falsities
08 1 - Limitless Mind
08 1 - Matter is not substance
08 1 - Mind the only cause
08 1 - Impossible coalescence
08 2 - Mortal mind's disappearance
08 2 - Spiritual freedom
08 2 - Man governed by Mind
08 2 - The infinitude of God
08 3 - Impossible partnership
08 3 - Like evolving like
08 3 - Higher statutes
08 3 - Scientific ultimatum
08 4 - Mental and physical oneness
08 4 - No material law
08 4 - Fatigue is mental
08 4 - Sickness akin to sin
08 5 - Mind the only healer
08 5 - A closed question
08 5 - Matter versus Spirit
08 5 - Jesus' own practice
08 5 - Our modern Eves
08 5 - One basis for all sickness
08 5 - True healing transcendent
08 5 - The strength of Spirit
08 6 - - Tenets -
08 6 - Divine study
08 6 - Mind destroys all ills


August 20,1899

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Colossians 2:6,7

    6 As ye have therefore received
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in
him:

    7 Rooted and built up in him, and
stablished in the faith, as ye have
been taught, abounding therein with
thanksgiving.


Responsive Reading


Ephesians 1:1-6,10-14

    1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ
by the will of God, to the saints
which are at Ephesus, and to the
faithful in Christ Jesus:

    2 Grace be to you, and peace, from
God our Father, and from the Lord
Jesus Christ.

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in
Christ:

    4 According as he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:

    5 Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ
to himself, according to the good
pleasure of his will,

    6 To the praise of the glory of his
grace, wherein he hath made us
accepted in the beloved.

    10 That in the dispensation of the
fulness of times he might gather
together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven, and which
are on earth; even in him:

    11 In whom also we have obtained an
inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who
worketh all things after the counsel
of his own will:

    12 That we should be to the praise
of his glory, who first trusted in
Christ.

    13 In whom ye also trusted, after
that ye heard the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were
sealed with that holy Spirit of
promise,

    14 Which is the earnest of our
inheritance until the redemption of
the purchased possession, unto the
praise of his glory.


Section 1


Jeremiah 33:15,16

    15 In those days, and at that time,
will I cause the Branch of
righteousness to grow up unto David;
and he shall execute judgment and
righteousness in the land.

    16 In those days shall Judah be
saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell
safely: and this is the name
wherewith she shall be called, The
Lord our righteousness.

***
Micah 5:2,4

    2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah,
though thou be little among the
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee
shall he come forth unto me that is
to be ruler in Israel; whose goings
forth have been from of old, from
everlasting.

    4 #And he shall stand and feed in
the strength of the Lord, in the
majesty of the name of the Lord his
God; and they shall abide: for now
shall he be great unto the ends of
the earth.

***
John 1:1,14

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

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:26-27

  (- 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:3

  (- MORTAL MIND - The belief that man is the offspring of mortals)

    (-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 - 316:20

    (Spiritual government) Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs. Christ illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man dominion over all the earth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:9

    (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. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.


Section 2


Luke 1:26-33

    26 And in the sixth month the angel
Gabriel was sent from God unto a city
of Galilee, named Nazareth,

    27 To a virgin espoused to a man
whose name was Joseph, of the house
of David; and the virgin's name was
Mary.

    28 And the angel came in unto her,
and said, Hail, thou that art highly
favoured, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women.

    29 And when she saw him, she was
troubled at his saying, and cast in
her mind what manner of salutation
this should be.

    30 And the angel said unto her,
Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found
favour with God.

    31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive
in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name JESUS.

    32 He shall be great, and shall be
called the Son of the Highest: and the
Lord God shall give unto him the
throne of his father David:

    33 And he shall reign over the
house of Jacob for ever; and of his
kingdom there shall be no end.

***
Matthew 2:1,2,11

    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,

    2 Saying, Where is he that is born
King of the Jews? for we have seen his
star in the east, and are come to
worship him.

    11 #And when they were come into
the house, they saw the young child
with Mary his mother, and fell down,
and worshipped him: and when they had
opened their treasures, they
presented unto him gifts; gold, and
frankincense, and myrrh.

***
Luke 2:21,40

    21 And when eight days were
accomplished for the circumcising of
the child, his name was called JESUS,
which was so named of the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

    40 And the child grew, and waxed
strong in spirit, filled with wisdom:
and the grace of God was upon 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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:21

    (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.


Section 3


Matthew 4:23-25

    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.

    24 And his fame went throughout all
Syria: and they brought unto him all
sick people that were taken with
divers diseases and torments, and
those which were possessed with
devils, and those which were
lunatick, and those that had the
palsy; and he healed them.

    25 And there followed him great
multitudes of people from Galilee,
and from Decapolis, and from
Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from
beyond Jordan.
Matthew 21:12-16

    12 #And Jesus went into the temple
of God, and cast out all them that
sold and bought in the temple, and
overthrew the tables of the
moneychangers, and the seats of them
that sold doves,

    13 And said unto them, It is
written, My house shall be called the
house of prayer; but ye have made it
a den of thieves.

    14 And the blind and the lame came
to him in the temple; and he healed
them.

    15 And when the chief priests and
scribes saw the wonderful things that
he did, and the children crying in
the temple, and saying, Hosanna to
the Son of David; they were sore
displeased,

    16 And said unto him, Hearest thou
what these say? And Jesus saith unto
them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of
the mouth of babes and sucklings thou
hast perfected praise?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:10-31

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


    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    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.
    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:18


    (Temple cleansed)
    As in Jesus' time, so to-day, tyranny and pride need to be whipped out of the temple, and humility and divine Science to be welcomed in. The strong cords of scientific demonstration, as twisted and wielded by Jesus, are still needed to purge the temples of their vain traffic in worldly worship and to make them meet dwelling-places for the Most High.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:8-10


    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    Who is ready to follow his teaching and example? All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God.


Section 4


John 7:14-18

    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.

    18 He that speaketh of himself
seeketh his own glory: but he that
seeketh his glory that sent him, the
same is true, and no unrighteousness
is in him.

***
Luke 18:9-14

    9 And he spake this parable unto
certain which trusted in themselves
that they were righteous, and
despised others:

    10 Two men went up into the temple
to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the
other a publican.

    11 The Pharisee stood and prayed
thus with himself, God, I thank thee,
that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or
even as this publican.

    12 I fast twice in the week, I give
tithes of all that I possess.

    13 And the publican, standing afar
off, would not lift up so much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his
breast, saying, God be merciful to me
a sinner.

    14 I tell you, this man went down
to his house justified rather than
the other: for every one that
exalteth himself shall be abased; and
he that humbleth himself shall be
exalted.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:2-5


    (Wicked evasions)
    Blindness and self-righteousness cling fast to iniquity. When the Publican's wail went out to the great heart of Love, it won his humble desire.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 314:23-32


    (Opposition of materialists)
    Because of mortals' material and sinful belief, the spiritual Jesus was imperceptible to them. The higher his demonstration of divine Science carried the problem of being, and the more distinctly he uttered the demands of its divine Principle, Truth and Love, the more odious he became to sinners and to those who, depending on doctrines and material laws to save them from sin and sickness, were submissive to death as being in supposed accord with the inevitable law of life.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:14


    (Absence of Christ-power)
    Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power, how can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace? Denial of the possibility of Christian healing robs Christianity of the very element, which gave it divine force and its astonishing and unequalled success in the first century.

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.


Section 5


Hebrews 3:1,2

    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.
Hebrews 7:26,27

    26 For such an high priest became
us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled,
separate from sinners, and made
higher than the heavens;

    27 Who needeth not daily, as those
high priests, to offer up sacrifice,
first for his own sins, and then for
the people's: for this he did once,
when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 4:14-16

    14 Seeing then that we have a great
high priest, that is passed into the
heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us
hold fast our profession.

    15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was
in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.

    16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help
in time of need.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:11


    (The true sonship)
    The opposite and false views of the people hid from their sense Christ's sonship with God. They could not discern his spiritual existence. Their carnal minds were at enmity with it. Their thoughts were filled with mortal error, instead of with God's spiritual idea as presented by Christ Jesus. The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 38:21


    (Material pleasures)
    Jesus experienced few of the pleasures of the physical senses, but his sufferings were the fruits of other people's 'sins, not of his own. 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. To those buried in the belief of sin and self, living only for pleasure or the gratification of the senses, he said in substance: Having eyes ye see not, and having ears ye hear not; lest ye should understand and be converted, and I might heal you. He taught that the material senses shut out Truth and its healing power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 141:13


    (No ecclesiastical monopoly)
    In healing the sick and sinning, Jesus elaborated the fact that the healing effect followed the understanding of the divine Principle and of the Christ-spirit which governed the corporeal Jesus. For this Principle there is no dynasty, no ecclesiastical monopoly. Its only crowned head is immortal sovereignty. Its only priest is the spiritualized man. The Bible declares that all believers are made "kings and priests unto God." The outsiders did not then, and do not now, understand this ruling of the Christ; therefore they cannot demonstrate God's healing power. Neither can this manifestation of Christ be comprehended, until its divine Principle is scientifically understood.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:25


    (The divine completeness)
    Our material human theories are destitute of Science. The true understanding of God is spiritual. It robs the grave of victory. It destroys the false evidence that misleads thought and points to other gods, or other so-called powers, such as matter, disease, sin, and death, superior or contrary to the one Spirit.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 1 - -12- Messiah or Christ
09 1 - Spiritual government
09 1 - Salvation is through reform
09 2 - Spiritual conception
09 2 - -9- The Son of God
09 2 - Immaculate conception
09 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 3 - Jesus not God
09 3 - Jesus not understood
09 3 - Temple cleansed
09 3 - Fatal premises
09 3 - Inspiration of sacrifice
09 4 - Wicked evasions
09 4 - Proof in practice
09 4 - Opposition of materialists
09 4 - Absence of Christ-power
09 4 - Help and hindrance
09 5 - The true sonship
09 5 - Material pleasures
09 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
09 5 - The divine completeness


August 27,1899

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 37:37

    37 Mark the perfect man, and behold
the upright: for the end of that man
is peace.


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 1:26,27

    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.

***
Deuteronomy 32:4

    4 He is the Rock, his work is
perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without
iniquity, just and right is he.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:7-16


    (Definitions of man)
    The following are some of the equivalents of the term man in different languages. In the Saxon, mankind, a woman, any one; in the Welsh, that which rises up, - the primary sense being image, form; in the Hebrew, image, similitude; in the Icelandic, mind. 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.

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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 346:2


    (God's idea the ideal man)
    When man is spoken of as made in God's image, it is not sinful and sickly mortal man who is referred to, but the ideal man, reflecting God's likeness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:21(begin Man)


    (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 - 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 2


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.

***
Romans 7:18,21-24

    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.

    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?

***
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.

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 - 171:23,31

    (Matter versus Spirit)
    No more sympathy exists between the flesh and Spirit than between Belial and Christ.
    The fundamental error lies in the supposition that man is a material outgrowth and that the cognizance of good or evil, which he has through the bodily senses, constitutes his happiness or misery.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:1


    (Strong position)
    It is objected to Christian Science that it claims God as the only absolute Life and Soul, and man to be His idea, - that is, His image. It should be added that this is claimed to represent the normal, healthful, and sinless condition of man in divine Science, and that this claim is made because the Scriptures say that God has created man in His own image and after His likeness. Is it sacrilegious to assume that God's likeness is not found in matter, sin, sickness, and death?

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:4


    (Creation reversed)
    Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.


Section 3


Jeremiah 10:6-8

    6 Forasmuch as there is none like
unto thee, O Lord; thou art great,
and thy name is great in might.

    7 Who would not fear thee, O King
of nations? for to thee doth it
appertain: forasmuch as among all the
wise men of the nations, and in all
their kingdoms, there is none like
unto thee.

    8 But they are altogether brutish
and foolish: the stock is a doctrine
of vanities.

***
Matthew 15:7-9

    7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias
prophesy of you, saying,

    8 This people draweth nigh unto me
with their mouth, and honoureth me
with their lips; but their heart is
far from me.

    9 But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.

***
I Corinthians 14:21,23

    21 In the law it is written, With
men of other tongues and other lips
will I speak unto this people; and
yet for all that will they not hear
me, saith the Lord.

    23 If therefore the whole church be
come together into one place, and all
speak with tongues, and there come in
those that are unlearned, or
unbelievers, will they not say that
ye are mad?

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 148:7-2


    (The man of anatomy and of theology)
    Neither anatomy nor theology has ever described man as created by Spirit, - as God's man. The former explains the men of men, or the "children of men," as created corporeally instead of spiritually and as emerging from the lowest, instead of from the highest, conception of being. Both anatomy and theology define man as both physical and mental, and place mind at the mercy of matter for every function, formation, and manifestation. Anatomy takes up man at all points materially. It loses Spirit, drops the true tone, and accepts the discord. Anatomy and theology reject the divine Principle which produces harmonious man, and deal - the one wholly, the other primarily - with matter, calling that man which is not the counterpart, but the counterfeit, of God's man. Then theology tries to explain how to make this man a Christian, - how from this basis of division and discord to produce the concord and unity of Spirit and His likeness.
    (Physiology deficient)
    Physiology exalts matter, dethrones Mind, and claims to rule man by material law, instead of spiritual. When physiology fails to give health or life by this process, it ignores the divine Spirit as unable or unwilling to render help in time of physical need. When mortals sin, this ruling of the schools leaves them to the guidance of a theology which admits God to be the healer of sin but not of sickness, although our great Master demonstrated that Truth could save from sickness as well as from sin.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 173:17-25


    (Man not structural)
    Anatomy declares man to be structural. Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and sinews, and human life by material law. Man is spiritual, individual, and eternal; material structure is mortal.
    Phrenology makes man knavish or honest according to the development of the cranium; but anatomy, physiology, phrenology, do not define the image of God, the real immortal man.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:32


    (Priestly learning) Creeds and rituals have not cleansed their hands of rabbinical lore. To-day the cry of bygone ages is repeated, "Crucify him!" At every advancing step, truth is still opposed with sword and spear.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:27

    (Healthful theology)
    Our Master said to every follower: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature! . . . Heal the sick! . . . Love thy neighbor as thyself!" It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to "forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts." It was our Master's 'theology which the impious sought to destroy.


Section 4


Leviticus 19:15

    15 #Ye shall do no unrighteousness
in judgment: thou shalt not respect
the person of the poor, nor honour
the person of the mighty: but in
righteousness shalt thou judge thy
neighbour.

***
Proverbs 28:21

    21 To have respect of persons is
not good: for for a piece of bread
that man will transgress.

***
II Corinthians 2:10,14

    10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I
forgive also: for if I forgave any
thing, to whom I forgave it, for your
sakes forgave I it in the person of
Christ;

    14 Now thanks be unto God, which
always causeth us to triumph in
Christ, and maketh manifest the
savour of his knowledge by us in
every place.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:15


    (Divine personality)
    The world believes in many persons; but if God is personal, there is but one person, because there is but one God. His personality can only be reflected, not transmitted. God has countless ideas, and they all have one Principle and parentage. The only proper symbol of God as person is Mind's infinite ideal. What is this ideal? Who shall behold it? This ideal is God's own image, spiritual and infinite. Even eternity can never reveal the whole of God, since there is no limit to infinitude or to its reflections.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 94:1


    (Scientific man)
    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter. Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love. The nature of man, thus understood, includes all that is implied by the terms "image" and "likeness" as used in Scripture. The truly Christian and scientific statement of personality and of the relation of man to God, with the demonstration which accompanied it, incensed the rabbis, and they said: "Crucify him, crucify him . . . by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:29


    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    If that Godlike and glorified man were physically on earth to-day, would not some, who now profess to love him, reject him? Would they not deny him even the rights of humanity, if he entertained any other sense of being and religion than theirs? The advancing century, from a deadened sense of the invisible God, to-day subjects to unchristian comment and usage the idea of Christian healing enjoined by Jesus; but this does not affect the invincible facts.


Section 5


Job 25:4

    4 How then can man be justified
with God? or how can he be clean that
is born of a woman?

***
Romans 8:20,21,24

    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.

    24 For we are saved by hope: but
hope that is seen is not hope: for
what a man seeth, why doth he yet
hope for?

***
Job 19:25,26

    25 For I know that my redeemer
liveth, and that he shall stand at
the latter day upon the earth:

    26 And though after my skin worms
destroy this body, yet in my flesh
shall I see God:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 320:24


    (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."

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:18


    (Sickness as discord) Weary of their material beliefs, from which comes so much suffering, invalids grow more spiritual, as the error - or belief that life is in matter - yields to the reality of spiritual Life.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:7-18


    (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."
    (Man never less than man)
    Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the beasts and vegetables, - subject to laws of decay. If man were dust in his earliest stage of existence, we might admit the hypothesis that he returns eventually to his primitive condition; but man was never more nor less than man.


Section 6


II Corinthians 5:6-8,17

    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.

    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 4:17,22-24

    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.

***
Colossians 3:8-11

    8 But now ye also put off all
these; anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy, filthy communication out
of your mouth.

    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:

    11 Where there is neither Greek nor
Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
but Christ is all, and in all.

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."

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:6-22


    (Bodily presence) To be "present with the Lord" is to have, not mere emotional ecstasy or faith, but the actual demonstration and understanding of Life as revealed in Christian Science. 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.
    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, - neither in nor of matter, - and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love. Hence the hope of the promise Jesus bestows: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; . . . because I go unto my Father," - [because the Ego is absent from the body, and present with Truth and Love.]

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:28


    (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. 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.

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."

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Definitions of man
10 1 - No baneful creation
10 1 - -22- The real manhood
10 1 - God's idea the ideal man
10 1 - Elohistic plurality
10 1 - Love imparts beauty
10 2 - Spiritual freedom
10 2 - Matter versus Spirit
10 2 - Strong position
10 2 - Contradictions not found
10 2 - Creation reversed
10 3 - The curse removed
10 3 - The man of anatomy and of theology
10 3 - Physiology deficient
10 3 - Man not structural
10 3 - Priestly learning
10 3 - Healthful theology
10 4 - Divine personality
10 4 - Scientific man
10 4 - Injustice to the Saviour
10 5 - Job, on the resurrection
10 5 - Human frailty
10 5 - Sickness as discord
10 5 - Deformity and perfection
10 5 - Man never less than man
10 6 - Degrees of development
10 6 - Bodily presence
10 6 - Spiritualized consciousness
10 6 - Personal identity
10 6 - Vision opening


September 3,1899

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 2:9,10

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 19

PSALM 19
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of
David

    1 The heavens declare the glory of
God; and the firmament sheweth his
handywork.

    2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and
night unto night sheweth knowledge.

    3 There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.

    4 Their line is gone out through
all the earth, and their words to the
end of the world. In them hath he set
a tabernacle for the sun,

    5 Which is as a bridegroom coming
out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as
a strong man to run a race.

    6 His going forth is from the end
of the heaven, and his circuit unto
the ends of it: and there is nothing
hid from the heat thereof.

    7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul: the testimony of
the Lord is sure, making wise the
simple.

    8 The statutes of the Lord are
right, rejoicing the heart: the
commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes.

    9 The fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring for ever: the judgments of
the Lord are true and righteous
altogether.

    10 More to be desired are they than
gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the
honeycomb.

    11 Moreover by them is thy servant
warned: and in keeping of them there
is great reward.

    12 Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.

    13 Keep back thy servant also from
presumptuous sins; let them not have
dominion over me: then shall I be
upright, and I shall be innocent from
the great transgression.

    14 Let the words of my mouth, and
the meditation of my heart, be
acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my
strength, and my redeemer.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 10:14

    14 Behold, the heaven and the
heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy
God, the earth also, with all that
therein is.

***
Job 12:10

    10 In whose hand is the soul of
every living thing, and the breath of
all mankind.

***
Isaiah 48:12

    12 #Hearken unto me, O Jacob and
Israel, my called; I am he; I am the
first, I also am the last.
Isaiah 51:16

    16 And I have put my words in thy
mouth, and I have covered thee in the
shadow of mine hand, that I may plant
the heavens, and lay the foundations
of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou
art my people.

***
John 1:1-3

    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.

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) - 330:11-12

  (- 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:21-25

    (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.

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 2


I Chronicles 29:11,12

    11 Thine, O Lord, is the greatness,
and the power, and the glory, and the
victory, and the majesty: for all
that is in the heaven and in the
earth is thine; thine is the kingdom,
O Lord, and thou art exalted as head
above all.

    12 Both riches and honour come of
thee, and thou reignest over all; and
in thine hand is power and might; and
in thine hand it is to make great,
and to give strength unto all.

***
Psalm 145:3

    3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to
be praised; and his greatness is
unsearchable.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:3-9


    (Love and man coexistent)
    Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough! Human language can repeat only an infinitesimal part of what exists. The absolute ideal, man, is no more seen nor comprehended by mortals, than is his infinite Principle, Love.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:16

    (Infinity measureless)
    What can fathom infinity! How shall we declare Him, till, in the language of the apostle, "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"?


Section 3


Proverbs 8:20,21

    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.

***
Exodus 15:17

    17 Thou shalt bring them in, and
plant them in the mountain of thine
inheritance, in the place, O Lord,
which thou hast made for thee to
dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord,
which thy hands have established.

***
Isaiah 60:21

    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.

***
I Peter 1:3-5,23

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according
to his abundant mercy hath begotten
us again unto a lively hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead,

    4 To an inheritance incorruptible,
and undefiled, and that fadeth not
away, reserved in heaven for you,

    5 Who are kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation ready to
be revealed in the last time.

    23 Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:28-12


    (The divine reflection)
    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.
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:17

    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 535:12


    (Judgment on error) A belief in other gods, other creators, and other creations must go down before Christian Science. It unveils the results of sin as shown in sickness and death. When will man pass through the open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul, into the heritage of the first born among men? Truth is indeed "the way."


Section 4


Genesis 12:1-3

    1 Now the Lord had said unto
Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
and from thy kindred, and from thy
father's house, unto a land that I
will shew thee:

    2 And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and
make thy name great; and thou shalt
be a blessing:

    3 And I will bless them that bless
thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed.
Genesis 17:5

    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.

***
Hebrews 11:1,8

    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.

***
II Corinthians 6:17,18

    17 Wherefore come out from among
them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you,

    18 And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

***
Mark 10:28-30

    28 #Then Peter began to say unto
him, Lo, we have left all, and have
followed thee.

    29 And Jesus answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, There is no
man that hath left house, or
brethren, or sisters, or father, or
mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,


    30 But he shall receive an
hundredfold now in this time, houses,
and brethren, and sisters, and
mothers, and children, and lands,
with persecutions; and in the world
to come eternal life.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:31


    (Substance spiritual)
    In Christian Science, substance is understood to be Spirit, while the opponents of Christian Science believe substance to be matter. They think of matter as something and almost the only thing, and of the things which pertain to Spirit as next to nothing, or as very far removed from daily experience. Christian Science takes exactly the opposite view.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:2


    (False claims annihilated) Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:6


    (Uses of adversity)
    Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for "man's extremity is God's opportunity." The author has experienced the foregoing prophecy and its blessings. Thus He teaches mortals to lay down their fleshliness and gain spirituality. This is done through self-abnegation. Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 238:6


    (Patient waiting)
    To obey the Scriptural command, "Come out from among them, and be ye separate," is to incur society's frown; but this frown, more than flatteries, enables one to be Christian. Losing her crucifix, the Roman Catholic girl said, "I have nothing left but Christ." "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

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.


Section 5


Jeremiah 32:38-41

    38 And they shall be my people, and
I will be their God:

    39 And I will give them one heart,
and one way, that they may fear me for
ever, for the good of them, and of
their children after them:

    40 And I will make an everlasting
covenant with them, that I will not
turn away from them, to do them good;
but I will put my fear in their
hearts, that they shall not depart
from me.

    41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to
do them good, and I will plant them
in this land assuredly with my whole
heart and with my whole soul.
Jeremiah 33:6

    6 Behold, I will bring it health
and cure, and I will cure them, and
will reveal unto them the abundance
of peace and truth.

***
III John 1:2

    2 Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 120:15-29


    (Health and the senses)
    Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.
    Any conclusion pro or con, deduced from supposed sensation in matter or from matter's supposed consciousness of health or disease, instead of reversing the testimony of the physical senses, confirms that testimony as legitimate and so leads to disease.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 414:23


    (Cure of insanity)
    Christian Science declares that Mind is substance, also that matter neither feels, suffers, nor enjoys. Hold these points strongly in view. Keep in mind the verity of being, - that man is the image and likeness of God, in whom all being is painless and permanent. Remember that man's perfection is real and unimpeachable, whereas imperfection is blameworthy, unreal, and is not brought about by divine Love.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:32

    (No healing in sin)
    To be every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well as physically. To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind. The body improves under the same regimen which spiritualizes the thought; and if health is not made manifest under this regimen, this proves that fear is governing the body. This is the law of cause and effect, or like producing like.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:1

    (The leaves of healing)
    The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. "The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Sin and sickness are both healed by the same Principle. The tree is typical of man's divine Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. Sin will submit to Christian Science when, in place of modes and forms, the power of God is understood and demonstrated in the healing of mortals, both mind and body. "Perfect Love casteth out fear."

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."


Section 6


I John 3:1

    1 Behold, what manner of love the
Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.

***
Galatians 4:6

    6 And because ye are sons, God hath
sent forth the Spirit of his Son into
your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

***
Romans 8:14-17,19

    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.

    16 The Spirit itself beareth
witness with our spirit, that we are
the children of God:

    17 And if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with
him, that we may be also glorified
together.

    19 For the earnest expectation of
the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.

***
Revelation 21:7

    7 He that overcometh shall inherit
all things; and I will be his God, and
he shall be my son.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:1


    (God's man discerned)
    Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:4


    (Reflected likeness)
    The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1-4


    (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."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:23-27


    (Spirit transforms)
    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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:17-22


    (Watchfulness requisite)
    Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - -18- The only substance
11 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 1 - Spiritual thoughts
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 2 - -6- The universal cause
11 2 - Love and man coexistent
11 2 - Infinity measureless
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 3 - Judgment on error
11 4 - Substance spiritual
11 4 - False claims annihilated
11 4 - Uses of adversity
11 4 - Patient waiting
11 4 - Advancement by sacrifice
11 5 - Health and the senses
11 5 - Cure of insanity
11 5 - No healing in sin
11 5 - The leaves of healing
11 5 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - God's man discerned
11 6 - Reflected likeness
11 6 - Universal brotherhood
11 6 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - Watchfulness requisite


September 10,1899

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

I Peter 1:24,25

    24 For all flesh is as grass, and
all the glory of man as the flower of
grass. The grass withereth, and the
flower thereof falleth away:

    25 But the word of the Lord
endureth for ever. And this is the
word which by the gospel is preached
unto you.


Responsive Reading


Genesis 2:6-9,15-17,19

    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.

    8 #And the Lord God planted a
garden eastward in Eden; and there he
put the man whom he had formed.

    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.

    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.


    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.


Section 1


Psalm 104:1-3,24,30,31

    1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O
Lord my God, thou art very great;
thou art clothed with honour and
majesty.

    2 Who coverest thyself with light
as with a garment: who stretchest out
the heavens like a curtain:

    3 Who layeth the beams of his
chambers in the waters: who maketh
the clouds his chariot: who walketh
upon the wings of the wind:

    24 O Lord, how manifold are thy
works! in wisdom hast thou made them
all: the earth is full of thy riches.


    30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit,
they are created: and thou renewest
the face of the earth.

    31 The glory of the Lord shall
endure for ever: the Lord shall
rejoice in his works.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:1-5


    (Substance versus supposition)
    Is Spirit the source or creator of matter? Science reveals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter. Divine metaphysics explains away matter. Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:21-5


    (The story of error)
    Genesis ii. 6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.



    The Science and truth of the divine creation have been presented in the verses already considered, and now the opposite error, a material view of creation, is to be set forth. 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.
    (The two records)
    The Science of the first record proves the falsity of the second. If one is true, the other is false, for they are antagonistic.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:18-20

    (Erroneous representation)
    In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit. Matter is represented as the life-giving principle of the earth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:31-3

    (Material inception)
    The text, "In the day that the Lord God [Jehovah God] made the earth and the heavens," introduces the record of a material creation which followed the spiritual, - a creation so wholly apart from God's, that Spirit had no participation in it.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:11

    (Mist, or false claim) In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:12


    (Creation perfect)
    God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal. Where then is the necessity for recreation or procreation?


Section 2


Psalm 94:11

    11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of
man, that they are vanity.

***
Isaiah 55:6-9

    6 #Seek ye the Lord while he may be
found, call ye upon him while he is
near:

    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.

***
Jeremiah 6:18,19

    18 #Therefore hear, ye nations, and
know, O congregation, what is among
them.

    19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will
bring evil upon this people, even the
fruit of their thoughts, because they
have not hearkened unto my words, nor
to my law, but rejected it.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:13-14

(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)
    The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:21


    (Divine propagation)
    A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:2-8


    (Thought seen as substance)
    The human belief fancies that it delineates thought on matter, but what is matter? Did it exist prior to thought? Matter is made up of supposititious mortal mind-force; but all might is divine Mind. Thought will finally be understood and seen in all form, substance, and color, but without material accompaniments.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 282:23

    (Opposite symbols)
    There is no inherent power in matter; for all that is material is a material, human, mortal thought, always governing itself erroneously.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:9


    (Deflection of being)
    Spiritually followed, the book of Genesis is the history of the untrue image of God, named a sinful mortal. This deflection of being, rightly viewed, serves to suggest the proper reflection of God and the spiritual actuality of man, as given in the first chapter of Genesis. Even thus the crude forms of human thought take on higher symbols and significations, when scientifically Christian views of the universe appear, illuminating time with the glory of eternity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:3


    (Spirit the only intelligence and substance)
    All forms of error support the false conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real and living as spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and beings, two powers, - namely, Spirit and matter, - resulting in a third person (mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.


Section 3


Joshua 22:1,2,5

    1 Then Joshua called the
Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the
half tribe of Manasseh,

    2 And said unto them, Ye have kept
all that Moses the servant of the Lord
commanded you, and have obeyed my
voice in all that I commanded you:

    5 But take diligent heed to do the
commandment and the law, which Moses
the servant of the Lord charged you,
to love the Lord your God, and to
walk in all his ways, and to keep his
commandments, and to cleave unto him,
and to serve him with all your heart
and with all your soul.

***
Isaiah 2:2,3

    2 And it shall come to pass in the
last days, that the mountain of the
Lord's house shall be established in
the top of the mountains, and shall
be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it.

    3 And many people shall go and say,
Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, to the house of
the God of Jacob; and he will teach
us of his ways, and we will walk in
his paths: for out of Zion shall go
forth the law, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 42:1,4

    1 Behold my servant, whom I
uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul
delighteth; I have put my spirit upon
him: he shall bring forth judgment to
the Gentiles.

    4 He shall not fail nor be
discouraged, till he have set
judgment in the earth: and the isles
shall wait for his law.

***
Psalm 119:142,165

    142 Thy righteousness is an
everlasting righteousness, and thy
law is the truth.

    165 Great peace have they which
love thy law: and nothing shall
offend them.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:27(only)


    (One primal cause)
    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 118:20-32


    (The divine and human contrasted)
    In all mortal forms of thought, dust is dignified as the natural status of men and things, and modes of material motion are honored with the name of laws. This continues until the leaven of Spirit changes the whole of mortal thought, as yeast changes the chemical properties of meal.
    (Certain contradictions)
    The definitions of material law, as given by natural science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against itself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they contradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:25


    (Matter versus Spirit)
    The so-called laws of matter are nothing but false beliefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind is not. These false beliefs are the procuring cause of all sin and disease. The opposite truth, that intelligence and life are spiritual, never material, destroys sin, sickness, and death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:21


    (Spiritual law the only law)
    God never ordained a material law to annul the spiritual law. If there were such a material law, it would oppose the supremacy of Spirit, God, and impugn the wisdom of the creator. Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 384:1-6


    (Beliefs illusive)
    Can matter, or what is termed matter, either feel or act without mind?
    (Corporeal penalties)
    We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of necessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love.


Section 4


Ecclesiastes 1:14,16-18

    14 I have seen all the works that
are done under the sun; and, behold,
all is vanity and vexation of spirit.


    16 I communed with mine own heart,
saying, Lo, I am come to great estate,
and have gotten more wisdom than all
they that have been before me in
Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great
experience of wisdom and knowledge.

    17 And I gave my heart to know
wisdom, and to know madness and
folly: I perceived that this also is
vexation of spirit.

    18 For in much wisdom is much
grief: and he that increaseth
knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Ecclesiastes 2:15-18,21

    15 Then said I in my heart, As it
happeneth to the fool, so it
happeneth even to me; and why was I
then more wise? Then I said in my
heart, that this also is vanity.

    16 For there is no remembrance of
the wise more than of the fool for
ever; seeing that which now is in the
days to come shall all be forgotten.
And how dieth the wise man? as the
fool.

    17 Therefore I hated life; because
the work that is wrought under the sun
is grievous unto me: for all is
vanity and vexation of spirit.

    18 #Yea, I hated all my labour
which I had taken under the sun:
because I should leave it unto the
man that shall be after me.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:22-28


    (Mixed testimony)
    The knowledge obtained from the corporeal senses leads to sin and death. When the evidence of Spirit and matter, Truth and error, seems to commingle, it rests upon foundations which time is wearing away. Mortal mind judges by the testimony of the material senses, until Science obliterates this false testimony.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:3-9

    (Material knowledge illusive) Unnecessary knowledge gained from the five senses is only temporal, - the conception of mortal mind, the offspring of sense, not of Soul, Spirit, - and symbolizes all that is evil and perishable. Natural science, as it is commonly called, is not really natural nor scientific, because it is deduced from the evidence of the material senses.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:2(begin Man)-4


    (Useful knowledge) Man has "sought out many inventions," but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can save him from the dire effects of knowledge.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:5


    (Progeny cursed)
    All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death? "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," was the prediction in the story under consideration. Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:21


    (Idolatrous illusions)
    All material knowledge, like the original "tree of knowledge," multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, slay man, and meanwhile would spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:19-22


    (Christ's reappearance)
    We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality.


Section 5


Ezekiel 14:6-8

    6 #Therefore say unto the house of
Israel, Thus saith the Lord God;
Repent, and turn yourselves from your
idols; and turn away your faces from
all your abominations.

    7 For every one of the house of
Israel, or of the stranger that
sojourneth in Israel, which
separateth himself from me, and
setteth up his idols in his heart,
and putteth the stumblingblock of his
iniquity before his face, and cometh
to a prophet to inquire of him
concerning me; I the Lord will answer
him by myself:

    8 And I will set my face against
that man, and will make him a sign
and a proverb, and I will cut him off
from the midst of my people; and ye
shall know that I am the Lord.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:10

(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


    (Matter's supposed selfhood)
    Matter cannot see, feel, hear, taste, nor smell. It is not self-cognizant, - cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand itself. Take away so-called mortal mind, which constitutes matter's supposed selfhood, and matter can take no cognizance of matter. Does that which we call dead ever see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical senses?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:28-31


    (Material personality)
    Material, erroneous belief reverses understanding and truth. It declares mind to be in and of matter, so-called mortal life to be Life, infinity to enter man's nostrils so that matter becomes spiritual.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:18-20


    (God and His image)
    The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:1


    (No physical affinity)
    The belief that a pulpy substance under the skull is mind is a mockery of intelligence, a mimicry of Mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:8


    (Brain not intelligent)
    The Science of being, in which all is divine Mind, or God and His idea, would be clearer in this age, but for the belief that matter is the medium of man, or that man can enter his own embodied thought, bind himself with his own beliefs, and then call his bonds material and name them divine law.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:24-26

    (God-given dominion)
    The harmony and immortality of man will never be reached without the understanding that Mind is not in matter.


Section 6


Jeremiah 8:22

    22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is
there no physician there? why then is
not the health of the daughter of my
people recovered?
Jeremiah 30:12,13

    12 For thus saith the Lord, Thy
bruise is incurable, and thy wound is
grievous.

    13 There is none to plead thy
cause, that thou mayest be bound up:
thou hast no healing medicines.
Jeremiah 46:11

    11 Go up into Gilead, and take
balm, O virgin, the daughter of
Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many
medicines; for thou shalt not be
cured.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:22


    (Mental narcotics)
    According to Holy Writ, the sick are never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any material method. These merely evade the question. They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy mortal belief, and quiet fear.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 146:13-18(to .)


    (Drugs and divinity)
    Material medicine substitutes drugs for the power of God - even the might of Mind - to heal the body. Scholasticism clings for salvation to the person, instead of to the divine Principle, of the man Jesus; and his Science, the curative agent of God, is silenced.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:29-4


    (Modes of matter)
    Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian. The good that a poisonous drug seems to do is evil, for it robs man of reliance on God, omnipotent Mind, and according to belief, poisons the human system. Truth is not the basis of theogony. Modes of matter form neither a moral nor a spiritual system.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 370:23


    (Transient potency of drugs)
    According to both medical testimony and individual experience, a drug may eventually lose its supposed power and do no more for the patient. Hygienic treatment also loses its efficacy. Quackery likewise fails at length to inspire the credulity of the sick, and then they cease to improve. These lessons are useful. They should naturally and genuinely change our basis from sensation to Christian Science, from error to Truth, from matter to Spirit.


Section 7


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.

***
I Peter 1:24

    24 For all flesh is as grass, and
all the glory of man as the flower of
grass. The grass withereth, and the
flower thereof falleth away:

***
I John 2:16,17

    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.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:24-32


    (Life independent of matter)
    Because matter has no consciousness or Ego, it cannot act; its conditions are illusions, and these false conditions are the source of all seeming sickness. Admit the existence of matter, and you admit that mortality (and therefore disease) has a foundation in fact. Deny the existence of matter, and you can destroy the belief in material conditions. When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:21(only)


    (Spiritual proofs of existence) Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Substance versus supposition
12 1 - The story of error
12 1 - The two records
12 1 - Erroneous representation
12 1 - Material inception
12 1 - Mist, or false claim
12 1 - Creation perfect
12 2 - Mindless methods
12 2 - Divine propagation
12 2 - Thought seen as substance
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Deflection of being
12 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
12 3 - One primal cause
12 3 - The divine and human contrasted
12 3 - Certain contradictions
12 3 - Matter versus Spirit
12 3 - Spiritual law the only law
12 3 - Beliefs illusive
12 3 - Corporeal penalties
12 4 - Mixed testimony
12 4 - Material knowledge illusive
12 4 - Useful knowledge
12 4 - Progeny cursed
12 4 - Idolatrous illusions
12 4 - Christ's reappearance
12 5 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 5 - Material personality
12 5 - God and His image
12 5 - No physical affinity
12 5 - Brain not intelligent
12 5 - God-given dominion
12 6 - Mental narcotics
12 6 - Drugs and divinity
12 6 - Modes of matter
12 6 - Transient potency of drugs
12 7 - God's allness learned
12 7 - Life independent of matter
12 7 - Spiritual proofs of existence


September 17,1899

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

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.



Responsive Reading


Psalm 102:11-18,25-28

    11 My days are like a shadow that
declineth; and I am withered like
grass.

    12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure
for ever; and thy remembrance unto
all generations.

    13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy
upon Zion: for the time to favour
her, yea, the set time, is come.

    14 For thy servants take pleasure
in her stones, and favour the dust
thereof.

    15 So the heathen shall fear the
name of the Lord, and all the kings
of the earth thy glory.

    16 When the Lord shall build up
Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

    17 He will regard the prayer of the
destitute, and not despise their
prayer.

    18 This shall be written for the
generation to come: and the people
which shall be created shall praise
the Lord.

    25 Of old hast thou laid the
foundation of the earth: and the
heavens are the work of thy hands.

    26 They shall perish, but thou
shalt endure: yea, all of them shall
wax old like a garment; as a vesture
shalt thou change them, and they
shall be changed:

    27 But thou art the same, and thy
years shall have no end.

    28 The children of thy servants
shall continue, and their seed shall
be established before thee.



Section 1


Deuteronomy 33:27

    27 The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting
arms: and he shall thrust out the
enemy from before thee; and shall
say, Destroy them.

***
Psalm 90:1,2

    1 Lord, thou hast been our
dwelling place in all generations.

    2 Before the mountains were brought
forth, or ever thou hadst formed the
earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:25-26

  (- 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:7-10

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)

    (-31- Evil not produced by God)
    XXXI. Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God.


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


    (Anthropomorphism) The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 143:26-5

    (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. Inferior and unspiritual methods of healing may try to make Mind and drugs coalesce, but the two will not mingle scientifically. Why should we wish to make them do so, since no good can come of it?
    If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind, which needs no cooperation from lower powers, even if these so-called powers are real.



Section 2


James 1:17

    17 Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of
lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.

***
Psalm 146:5-8

    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:

    7 Which executeth judgment for the
oppressed: which giveth food to the
hungry. The Lord looseth the
prisoners:

    8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the
blind: the Lord raiseth them that are
bowed down: the Lord loveth the
righteous:

***
Genesis 1:6,7

    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.


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 - 479:18-23

(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)
    "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.


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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:29-1


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:32-3

    (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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:2-9


    (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. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality. 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.



Section 3


Psalm 119:89-93

    89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is
settled in heaven.

    90 Thy faithfulness is unto all
generations: thou hast established
the earth, and it abideth.

    91 They continue this day according
to thine ordinances: for all are thy
servants.

    92 Unless thy law had been my
delights, I should then have perished
in mine affliction.

    93 I will never forget thy
precepts: for with them thou hast
quickened me.

***
Matthew 5:17,18

    17 #Think not that I am come to
destroy the law, or the prophets: I
am not come to destroy, but to
fulfil.

    18 For verily I say unto you, Till
heaven and earth pass, one jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the
law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 24:35

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass
away.

***
Isaiah 51:6-8

    6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath: for
the heavens shall vanish away like
smoke, and the earth shall wax old
like a garment, and they that dwell
therein shall die in like manner: but
my salvation shall be for ever, and
my righteousness shall not be
abolished.

    7 #Hearken unto me, ye that know
righteousness, the people in whose
heart is my law; fear ye not the
reproach of men, neither be ye afraid
of their revilings.

    8 For the moth shall eat them up
like a garment, and the worm shall
eat them like wool: but my
righteousness shall be for ever, and
my salvation from generation to
generation.


oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:16


    (Superstition obsolete)
    All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly real. All things will continue to disappear, until perfection appears and reality is reached. We must give up the spectral at all points. We must not continue to admit the somethingness of superstition, but we must yield up all belief in it and be wise. When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, "forgetting those things which are behind."


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:21-26


    (Basis of miracles)
    The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, - not because this Science is supernatural or preternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 112:16-26

    (Unchanging Principle)
    From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude come spiritual rules, laws, and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver, are "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;" for thus are the divine Principle of healing and the Christ-idea characterized in the epistle to the Hebrews.
    (On sandy foundations)
    Any theory of Christian Science, which departs from what has already been stated and proved to be true, affords no foundation upon which to establish a genuine school of this Science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 141:30

    (A change demanded)
    Give to it the place in our institutions of learning now occupied by scholastic theology and physiology, and it will eradicate sickness and sin in less time than the old systems, devised for subduing them, have required for self-establishment and propagation.



Section 4


Job 28:3

    3 He setteth an end to darkness,
and searcheth out all perfection: the
stones of darkness, and the shadow of
death.

***
II Samuel 23:2-4

    2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by
me, and his word was in my tongue.

    3 The God of Israel said, the Rock
of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth
over men must be just, ruling in the
fear of God.

    4 And he shall be as the light of
the morning, when the sun riseth,
even a morning without clouds; as the
tender grass springing out of the
earth by clear shining after rain.

***
Psalm 84:11

    11 For the Lord God is a sun and
shield: the Lord will give grace and
glory: no good thing will he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:15


    (Light and darkness)
    We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:27-1


    (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. No solar rays nor planetary revolutions form the day of Spirit.


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.



Section 5


Mark 5:25-29,32-34

    25 And a certain woman, which had
an issue of blood twelve years,

    26 And had suffered many things of
many physicians, and had spent all
that she had, and was nothing
bettered, but rather grew worse,

    27 When she had heard of Jesus,
came in the press behind, and touched
his garment.

    28 For she said, If I may touch but
his clothes, I shall be whole.

    29 And straightway the fountain of
her blood was dried up; and she felt
in her body that she was healed of
that plague.

    32 And he looked round about to see
her that had done this thing.

    33 But the woman fearing and
trembling, knowing what was done in
her, came and fell down before him,
and told him all the truth.

    34 And he said unto her, Daughter,
thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
peace, and be whole of thy plague.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 158:1-8


    (Mythology and materia medica)
    It is recorded that the profession of medicine originated in idolatry with pagan priests, who besought the gods to heal the sick and designated Apollo as "the god of medicine." He was supposed to have dictated the first prescription, according to the "History of Four Thousand Years of Medicine." It is here noticeable that Apollo was also regarded as the sender of disease, "the god of pestilence."

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 150:4-8

    (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."


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:27

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-20- The one divine Mind) 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.



Section 6


Galatians 3:7,23-26

    7 Know ye therefore that they which
are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham.

    23 But before faith came, we were
kept under the law, shut up unto the
faith which should afterwards be
revealed.

    24 Wherefore the law was our
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.

    25 But after that faith is come, we
are no longer under a schoolmaster.

    26 For ye are all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 4:6,7

    6 And because ye are sons, God hath
sent forth the Spirit of his Son into
your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

    7 Wherefore thou art no more a
servant, but a son; and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:7


    (Eternal man recognized)
    When false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.


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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:9


    (Old and new man)
    So far as the scientific statement as to man is understood, it can be proved and will bring to light the true reflection of God - the real man, or the new man (as St. Paul has it).


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 245:32-16


    (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. 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.
    The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories.



Section 7


Isaiah 24:23

    23 Then the moon shall be
confounded, and the sun ashamed, when
the Lord of hosts shall reign in
mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and
before his ancients gloriously.
Isaiah 25:8,9

    8 He will swallow up death in
victory; and the Lord God will wipe
away tears from off all faces; and
the rebuke of his people shall he
take away from off all the earth: for
the Lord hath spoken it.

    9 #And it shall be said in that
day, Lo, this is our God; we have
waited for him, and he will save us:
this is the Lord; we have waited for
him, we will be glad and rejoice in
his salvation.

***
II Peter 3:13

    13 Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.


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.


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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:20

    (Seemingly independent authority)
    Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, - the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 1 - -31- Evil not produced by God
13 1 - Anthropomorphism
13 1 - Scientific evidence
13 1 - Impossible coalescence
13 2 - Spiritual firmament
13 2 - Chaos and darkness
13 2 - Right interpretation
13 2 - No miracles in Mind-methods
13 2 - Deformity and perfection
13 2 - Like evolving like
13 3 - Superstition obsolete
13 3 - Basis of miracles
13 3 - Unchanging Principle
13 3 - On sandy foundations
13 3 - A change demanded
13 4 - Light and darkness
13 4 - Spirit versus darkness
13 4 - Perceiving the divine image
13 5 - Mythology and materia medica
13 5 - Christian Science as old as God
13 5 - The main purpose
13 5 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 6 - Eternal man recognized
13 6 - So-called superiority
13 6 - Old and new man
13 6 - Man reflects God
13 7 - Truth's witness
13 7 - The one only way
13 7 - Annihilation of error
13 7 - Seemingly independent authority


September 24,1899

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

I John 2:17

    17 And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth for ever.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 1

THE BOOK OF PSALMS
PSALM 1

    1 Blessed is the man that walketh
not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the
scornful.

    2 But his delight is in the law of
the Lord; and in his law doth he
meditate day and night.

    3 And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth his fruit in his
season; his leaf also shall not
wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall
prosper.

    4 The ungodly are not so: but are
like the chaff which the wind driveth
away.

    5 Therefore the ungodly shall not
stand in the judgment, nor sinners in
the congregation of the righteous.

    6 For the Lord knoweth the way of
the righteous: but the way of the
ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 24:1-5,9,10

    1 The earth is the Lord's, and the
fulness thereof; the world, and they
that dwell therein.

    2 For he hath founded it upon the
seas, and established it upon the
floods.

    3 Who shall ascend into the hill of
the Lord? or who shall stand in his
holy place?

    4 He that hath clean hands, and a
pure heart; who hath not lifted up
his soul unto vanity, nor sworn
deceitfully.

    5 He shall receive the blessing
from the Lord, and righteousness from
the God of his salvation.

    9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
even lift them up, ye everlasting
doors; and the King of glory shall
come in.

    10 Who is this King of glory? The
Lord of hosts, he is the King of
glory.


Section 1


II Corinthians 10:1,3-5

    1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by
the meekness and gentleness of Christ,
who in presence am base among you,
but being absent am bold toward you:

    3 For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh:

    4 (For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strong
holds;)

    5 Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

***
Proverbs 21:30

    30 There is no wisdom nor
understanding nor counsel against the
Lord.

***
I John 2:15

    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.

***
I Corinthians 15:48,49

    48 As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly.

    49 And as we have borne the image
of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:13-17


    (Imperfect terminology)
    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:24-3

    (Man governed by Mind)
    The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.
    (Mortal mind dethroned)
    That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but it is powerless.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:3


    (Elementary electricity)
    Electricity is not a vital fluid, but the least material form of illusive consciousness, - the material mindlessness, which forms no link between matter and Mind, and which destroys itself. Matter and mortal mind are but different strata of human belief. The grosser substratum is named matter or body; the more ethereal is called mind. This so-called mind and body is the illusion called a mortal, a mind in matter. In reality and in Science, both strata, mortal mind and mortal body, are false representatives of man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:11

    (The human counterfeit)
    The unreality of the claim that a mortal is the true image of God is illustrated by the opposite natures of Spirit and matter, Mind and body, for one is intelligence while the other is non-intelligence.


Section 2


Genesis 2:8,9,16,17

    8 #And the Lord God planted a
garden eastward in Eden; and there he
put the man whom he had formed.

    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.

    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.

***
Micah 4:1,2,5

    1 But in the last days it shall
come to pass, that the mountain of
the house of the Lord shall be
established in the top of the
mountains, and it shall be exalted
above the hills; and people shall
flow unto it.

    2 And many nations shall come, and
say, Come, and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, and to the
house of the God of Jacob; and he
will teach us of his ways, and we
will walk in his paths: for the law
shall go forth of Zion, and the word
of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    5 For all people will walk every
one in the name of his god, and we
will walk in the name of the Lord our
God for ever and ever.

***
Revelation 12:10

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:12

(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


    (Harmony from Spirit)
    Material sense has its realm apart from Science in the unreal. Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus attempting to separate Mind from God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:7-19

(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)
    Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity. The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever intact. 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. This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," - this growth of material belief, of which it is said: "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:8-15


    (Dwelling in dreamland)
    In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dream-land, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination.


Section 3


Job 4:17-20

    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?

    20 They are destroyed from morning
to evening: they perish for ever
without any regarding it.

***
I John 5:4

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

***
Revelation 11:15

    15 And the seventh angel sounded;
and there were great voices in
heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this
world are become the kingdoms of our
Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall
reign for ever and ever.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:24


    (Material error)
    The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness of Spirit is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, - it is a human concept. Matter is an error of statement. This error in the premise leads to errors in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters. 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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 359:18-12


    (Author's parentage)
    True Christianity is to be honored wherever found, but when shall we arrive at the goal which that word implies? From Puritan parents, the discoverer of Christian Science early received her religious education. In childhood, she often listened with joy to these words, falling from the lips of her saintly mother, "God is able to raise you up from sickness;" ;"and she pondered the meaning of that Scripture she so often quotes: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
    (Two different artists)
    A Christian Scientist and an opponent are like two artists. One says: "I have spiritual ideals, indestructible and glorious. When others see them as I do, in their true light and loveliness, - and know that these ideals are real and eternal because drawn from Truth, - they will find that nothing is lost, and all is won, by a right estimate of what is real."
    The other artist replies: "You wrong my experience. I have no mind-ideals except those which are both mental and material. It is true that materiality renders these ideals imperfect and destructible; yet I would not exchange mine for thine, for mine give me such personal pleasure, and they are not so shockingly transcendental. They require less self-abnegation, and keep Soul well out of sight. Moreover, I have no notion of losing my old doctrines or human opinions."

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 360:17

    (Choose ye today)
    Either Spirit or matter is your model. If you try to have two models, then you practically have none. Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back and forth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the real and the unreal.


Section 4


Proverbs 24:19,20

    19 Fret not thyself because of evil
men, neither be thou envious at the
wicked:

    20 For there shall be no reward to
the evil man; the candle of the wicked
shall be put out.
Proverbs 25:4,5

    4 Take away the dross from the
silver, and there shall come forth a
vessel for the finer.

    5 Take away the wicked from before
the king, and his throne shall be
established in righteousness.

***
Psalm 37:35,36

    35 I have seen the wicked in great
power, and spreading himself like a
green bay tree.

    36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he
was not: yea, I sought him, but he
could not be found.

***
Jonah 2:8,9

    8 They that observe lying vanities
forsake their own mercy.

    9 But I will sacrifice unto thee
with the voice of thanksgiving; I
will pay that that I have vowed.
Salvation is of the Lord.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:11-22


    (Evil negative and self-destructive)
    Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.
    Evil is self-assertive. It says: "I am a real entity, overmastering good." This falsehood should strip evil of all pretensions. The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good. Every attempt of evil to destroy good is a failure, and only aids in peremptorily punishing the evil-doer.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 446:24-25


    (Iniquity overcome)
    Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:20-32

(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


    (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.
    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:26

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


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    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." To Truth there is no error, - all is Truth. To infinite Spirit there is no matter, - all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.


Section 5


Exodus 15:22,25,26

    22 So Moses brought Israel from the
Red sea, and they went out into the
wilderness of Shur; and they went
three days in the wilderness, and
found no water.

    25 And he cried unto the Lord; and
the Lord shewed him a tree, which when
he had cast into the waters, the
waters were made sweet: there he made
for them a statute and an ordinance,
and there he proved them,

    26 And said, If thou wilt
diligently hearken to the voice of
the Lord thy God, and wilt do that
which is right in his sight, and wilt
give ear to his commandments, and
keep all his statutes, I will put
none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have brought upon the
Egyptians: for I am the Lord that
healeth thee.

***
Isaiah 33:22,24

    22 For the Lord is our judge, the
Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our
king; he will save us.

    24 And the inhabitant shall not
say, I am sick: the people that dwell
therein shall be forgiven their
iniquity.

***
Matthew 12:10,13-15

    10 #And, behold, there was a man
which had his hand withered. And they
asked him, saying, Is it lawful to
heal on the sabbath days? that they
might accuse him.

    13 Then saith he to the man,
Stretch forth thine hand. And he
stretched it forth; and it was
restored whole, like as the other.

    14 #Then the Pharisees went out,
and held a council against him, how
they might destroy him.

    15 But when Jesus knew it, he
withdrew himself from thence: and
great multitudes followed him, and he
healed them all;

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:1-6


    (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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 348:3


    (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?

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 460:14


    (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. If Christian healing is abused by mere smatterers in Science, it becomes a tedious mischief-maker. Instead of scientifically effecting a cure, it starts a petty crossfire over every cripple and invalid, buffeting them with the superficial and cold assertion, "Nothing ails you."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:14

(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


    (Steadfast and calm trust)
    When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious - as Life eternally is - can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.


Section 6


Proverbs 21:16

    16 The man that wandereth out of
the way of understanding shall remain
in the congregation of the dead.
Proverbs 22:4

    4 By humility and the fear of the
Lord are riches, and honour, and
life.

***
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.
Psalm 56:11,13

    11 In God have I put my trust: I
will not be afraid what man can do
unto me.

    13 For thou hast delivered my soul
from death: wilt not thou deliver my
feet from falling, that I may walk
before God in the light of the
living?

***
John 5:24,25

    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.

    25 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
The hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead shall hear the voice of the
Son of God: and they that hear shall
live.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:14,29


    (Death but an illusion)
    The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.
    (Spiritual offspring) Matter and death are mortal illusions. Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:7-16


    (Life not contingent on matter)
    If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.
    (Mortality vanquished)
    Death is but another phase of the dream that existence can be material. Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:3-8

    (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."

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - Imperfect terminology
14 1 - Man governed by Mind
14 1 - Mortal mind dethroned
14 1 - Elementary electricity
14 1 - The human counterfeit
14 2 - Harmony from Spirit
14 2 - The fruit forbidden
14 2 - Dwelling in dreamland
14 3 - Material error
14 3 - Author's parentage
14 3 - Two different artists
14 3 - Choose ye today
14 4 - Evil negative and self-destructive
14 4 - Iniquity overcome
14 4 - Evil nonexistent
14 4 - Vapor and nothingness
14 4 - Truth destroys falsity
14 5 - Sickness from mortal mind
14 5 - Essential element of Christianity
14 5 - Disease to be made unreal
14 5 - Mischievous imagination
14 5 - Steadfast and calm trust
14 6 - Death but an illusion
14 6 - Spiritual offspring
14 6 - Life not contingent on matter
14 6 - Mortality vanquished
14 6 - Vision opening


October 1,1899

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 5:12,21

    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by
sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal
life by Jesus Christ our Lord.


Responsive Reading


Job 33:14,16-18,23-30

    14 For God speaketh once, yea
twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

    16 Then he openeth the ears of men,
and sealeth their instruction,

    17 That he may withdraw man from
his purpose, and hide pride from man.


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

    23 If there be a messenger with
him, an interpreter, one among a
thousand, to shew unto man his
uprightness:

    24 Then he is gracious unto him,
and saith, Deliver him from going
down to the pit: I have found a
ransom.

    25 His flesh shall be fresher than
a child's: he shall return to the days
of his youth:

    26 He shall pray unto God, and he
will be favourable unto him: and he
shall see his face with joy: for he
will render unto man his
righteousness.

    27 He looketh upon men, and if any
say, I have sinned, and perverted that
which was right, and it profited me
not;

    28 He will deliver his soul from
going into the pit, and his life
shall see the light.

    29 Lo, all these things worketh God
oftentimes with man,

    30 To bring back his soul from the
pit, to be enlightened with the light
of the living.


Section 1


Micah 6:8

    8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what
is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly,
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with thy God?

***
Romans 2:4

    4 Or despisest thou the riches of
his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance?

***
Isaiah 30:18,19

    18 #And therefore will the Lord
wait, that he may be gracious unto
you, and therefore will he be
exalted, that he may have mercy upon
you: for the Lord is a God of
judgment: blessed are all they that
wait for him.

    19 For the people shall dwell in
Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no
more: he will be very gracious unto
thee at the voice of thy cry; when he
shall hear it, he will answer thee.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:31-4


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which simulates the creations of Truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:12-29


    (Destruction of all evil)
    If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or material, creating and governing man through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
    (Superiority to sickness and sin)
    To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's relation to God, - to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:20


    (God and His image)
    When we put off the false sense for the true, and see that sin and mortality have neither Principle nor permanency, we shall learn that sin and mortality are without actual origin or rightful existence. They are native nothingness, out of which error would simulate creation through a man formed from dust.


Section 2


Mark 2:15-17

    15 And it came to pass, that, as
Jesus sat at meat in his house, many
publicans and sinners sat also
together with Jesus and his
disciples: for there were many, and
they followed him.

    16 And when the scribes and
Pharisees saw him eat with publicans
and sinners, they said unto his
disciples, How is it that he eateth
and drinketh with publicans and
sinners?

    17 When Jesus heard it, he saith
unto them, They that are whole have
no need of the physician, but they
that are sick: I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.

***
Luke 7:36-43,47,48

    36 #And one of the Pharisees
desired him that he would eat with
him. And he went into the Pharisee's
house, and sat down to meat.

    37 And, behold, a woman in the
city, which was a sinner, when she
knew that Jesus sat at meat in the
Pharisee's house, brought an
alabaster box of ointment,

    38 And stood at his feet behind him
weeping, and began to wash his feet
with tears, and did wipe them with
the hairs of her head, and kissed his
feet, and anointed them with the
ointment.

    39 Now when the Pharisee which had
bidden him saw it, he spake within
himself, saying, This man, if he were
a prophet, would have known who and
what manner of woman this is that
toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

    40 And Jesus answering said unto
him, Simon, I have somewhat to say
unto thee. And he saith, Master, say
on.

    41 There was a certain creditor
which had two debtors: the one owed
five hundred pence, and the other
fifty.

    42 And when they had nothing to
pay, he frankly forgave them both.
Tell me therefore, which of them will
love him most?

    43 Simon answered and said, I
suppose that he, to whom he forgave
most. And he said unto him, Thou hast
rightly judged.

    47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her
sins, which are many, are forgiven;
for she loved much: but to whom
little is forgiven, the same loveth
little.

    48 And he said unto her, Thy sins
are forgiven.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 363:8-7


    (Parable of the creditor)
    Did Jesus spurn the woman? Did he repel her adoration? No! He regarded her compassionately. Nor was this all. Knowing what those around him were saying in their hearts, especially his host, - that they were wondering why, being a prophet, the exalted guest did not at once detect the woman's immoral status and bid her depart, - knowing this, Jesus rebuked them with a short story or parable. He described two debtors, one for a large sum and one for a smaller, who were released from their obligations by their common creditor. "Which of them will love him most?" was the Master's question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon replied, "He to whom he forgave most." Jesus approved the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, following it with that remarkable declaration to the woman, "Thy sins are forgiven."
    (Divine insight)
    Why did he thus summarize her debt to divine Love? Had she repented and reformed, and did his insight detect this unspoken moral uprising? She bathed his feet with her tears before she anointed them with the oil. In the absence of other proofs, was her grief sufficient evidence to warrant the expectation of her repentance, reformation, and growth in wisdom? Certainly there was encouragement in the mere fact that she was showing her affection for a man of undoubted goodness and purity, who has since been rightfully regarded as the best man that ever trod this planet. Her reverence was unfeigned, and it was manifested towards one who was soon, though they knew it not, to lay down his mortal existence in behalf of all sinners, that through his word and works they might be redeemed from sensuality and sin.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:1


    (Christian warfare)
    Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.


Section 3


Ezekiel 34:12,16

    12 As a shepherd seeketh out his
flock in the day that he is among his
sheep that are scattered; so will I
seek out my sheep, and will deliver
them out of all places where they
have been scattered in the cloudy and
dark day.

    16 I will seek that which was lost,
and bring again that which was driven
away, and will bind up that which was
broken, and will strengthen that
which was sick: but I will destroy
the fat and the strong; I will feed
them with judgment.

***
Malachi 4:2

    2 #But unto you that fear my name
shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings; and ye
shall go forth, and grow up as calves
of the stall.

***
John 5:5,6,8,14

    5 And a certain man was there,
which had an infirmity thirty and
eight years.

    6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew
that he had been now a long time in
that case, he saith unto him, Wilt
thou be made whole?

    8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take
up thy bed, and walk.

    14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in
the temple, and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto
thee.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 374:5


    (Mind can destroy all ills)
    Hatred and its effects on the body are removed by Love. Because mortal mind seems to be conscious, the sick say: "How can my mind cause a disease I never thought of and knew nothing about, until it appeared on my body?" The author has answered this question in her explanation of disease as originating in human belief before it is consciously apparent on the body, which is in fact the objective state of mortal mind, though it is called matter. This mortal blindness and its sharp consequences show our need of divine metaphysics. Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:18


    (Knowledge and Truth)
    Knowledge gained from material sense is figuratively represented in Scripture as a tree, bearing the fruits of sin, sickness, and death. Ought we not then to judge the knowledge thus obtained to be untrue and dangerous, since "the tree is known by his fruit"?

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 - 495:6

(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


    (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.


Section 4


Mark 1:14,15,23-28

    14 Now after that John was put in
prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of God,

    15 And saying, The time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is
at hand: repent ye, and believe the
gospel.

    23 And there was in their synagogue
a man with an unclean spirit; and he
cried out,

    24 Saying, Let us alone; what have
we to do with thee, thou Jesus of
Nazareth? art thou come to destroy
us? I know thee who thou art, the
Holy One of God.

    25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying,
Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

    26 And when the unclean spirit had
torn him, and cried with a loud voice,
he came out of him.

    27 And they were all amazed,
insomuch that they questioned among
themselves, saying, What thing is
this? what new doctrine is this? for
with authority commandeth he even the
unclean spirits, and they do obey
him.

    28 And immediately his fame spread
abroad throughout all the region round
about Galilee.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:17


    (New era in Jesus)
    Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning. It is easier for Christianity to cast out sickness than sin, for the sick are more willing to part with pain than are sinners to give up the sinful, so-called pleasure of the senses. The Christian can prove this to-day as readily as it was proved centuries ago.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:3


    (Law and gospel)
    As Paul asked of the unfaithful in ancient days, so the rabbis of the present day ask concerning our healing and teaching, "Through breaking the law, dishonorest thou God?" We have the gospel, however, and our Master annulled material law by healing contrary to it. We propose to follow the Master's example. We should subordinate material law to spiritual law. Two essential points of Christian Science are, that neither Life nor man dies, and that God is not the author of sickness.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:16


    (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. Jesus never taught that drugs, food, air, and exercise could make a man healthy, or that they could destroy human life; nor did he illustrate these errors by his practice. He referred man's harmony to Mind, not to matter, and never tried to make of none effect the sentence of God, which sealed God's condemnation of sin, sickness, and death.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:7


    (The real and the unreal)
    How can a Christian, having the stronger evidence of Truth which contradicts the evidence of error, think of the latter as real or true, either in the form of sickness or of sin? All must admit that Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life," and that omnipotent Truth certainly does destroy error.


Section 5


Psalm 30:2,3

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

    3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my
soul from the grave: thou hast kept
me alive, that I should not go down
to the pit.

***
Isaiah 38:18-20

    18 For the grave cannot praise
thee, death can not celebrate thee:
they that go down into the pit cannot
hope for thy truth.

    19 The living, the living, he shall
praise thee, as I do this day: the
father to the children shall make
known thy truth.

    20 The Lord was ready to save me:
therefore we will sing my songs to
the stringed instruments all the days
of our life in the house of the Lord.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:17


    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal. Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing, governing, divine Principle lives on, - in the case of man as truly as in the case of numbers and of music, - despite the so-called laws of matter, which define man as mortal. Though the inharmony resulting from material sense hides the harmony of Science, inharmony cannot destroy the divine Principle of Science. In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:25


    (Right endeavor possible)
    Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:1-6


    (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.


Section 6


Isaiah 49:13

    13 #Sing, O heavens; and be joyful,
O earth; and break forth into
singing, O mountains: for the Lord
hath comforted his people, and will
have mercy upon his afflicted.
Isaiah 51:11

    11 Therefore the redeemed of the
Lord shall return, and come with
singing unto Zion; and everlasting
joy shall be upon their head: they
shall obtain gladness and joy; and
sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

***
Hosea 13:14

    14 I will ransom them from the
power of the grave; I will redeem
them from death: O death, I will be
thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy
destruction: repentance shall be hid
from mine eyes.

***
Ezekiel 37:13,14,27

    13 And ye shall know that I am the
Lord, when I have opened your graves,
O my people, and brought you up out
of your graves,

    14 And shall put my spirit in you,
and ye shall live, and I shall place
you in your own land: then shall ye
know that I the Lord have spoken it,
and performed it, saith the Lord.

    27 My tabernacle also shall be with
them: yea, I will be their God, and
they shall be my people.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:20-24


    (Life independent of matter)
    That Life is not contingent on bodily conditions is proved, when we learn that life and man survive this body. Neither evil, disease, nor death can be spiritual, and the material belief in them disappears in the ratio of one's spiritual growth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:30-7

    (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. We must begin, however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:19

    (Benefits of metaphysics)
    Nothing but the power of Truth can prevent the fear of error, and prove man's dominion over error.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:11

(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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Spiritual thoughts
15 1 - Destruction of all evil
15 1 - Superiority to sickness and sin
15 1 - God and His image
15 2 - Parable of the creditor
15 2 - Divine insight
15 2 - Christian warfare
15 3 - Mind can destroy all ills
15 3 - Knowledge and Truth
15 3 - Scientific corrective
15 3 - Destruction of all evil
15 4 - New era in Jesus
15 4 - Law and gospel
15 4 - Denials of divine power
15 4 - The real and the unreal
15 5 - Mind's manifestations immortal
15 5 - Right endeavor possible
15 5 - The things of God are beautiful
15 6 - Life independent of matter
15 6 - Careful guidance
15 6 - Benefits of metaphysics
15 6 - Man linked with Spirit


October 8,1899

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

II John 1:9

    9 Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of
Christ, hath not God. He that abideth
in the doctrine of Christ, he hath
both the Father and the Son.


Responsive Reading


Romans 5:1-11

    1 Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:

    2 By whom also we have access by
faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the
glory of God.

    3 And not only so, but we glory in
tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;

    4 And patience, experience; and
experience, hope:

    5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us.

    6 For when we were yet without
strength, in due time Christ died for
the ungodly.

    7 For scarcely for a righteous man
will one die: yet peradventure for a
good man some would even dare to die.


    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.


Section 1


Leviticus 16:2,3,5-10,21,22,29,30

    2 And the Lord said unto Moses,
Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he
come not at all times into the holy
place within the vail before the
mercy seat, which is upon the ark;
that he die not: for I will appear in
the cloud upon the mercy seat.

    3 Thus shall Aaron come into the
holy place: with a young bullock for
a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt
offering.

    5 And he shall take of the
congregation of the children of
Israel two kids of the goats for a
sin offering, and one ram for a burnt
offering.

    6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock
of the sin offering, which is for
himself, and make an atonement for
himself, and for his house.

    7 And he shall take the two goats,
and present them before the Lord at
the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation.

    8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon
the two goats; one lot for the Lord,
and the other lot for the scapegoat.

    9 And Aaron shall bring the goat
upon which the Lord's lot fell, and
offer him for a sin offering.

    10 But the goat, on which the lot
fell to be the scapegoat, shall be
presented alive before the Lord, to
make an atonement with him, and to
let him go for a scapegoat into the
wilderness.

    21 And Aaron shall lay both his
hands upon the head of the live goat,
and confess over him all the
iniquities of the children of Israel,
and all their transgressions in all
their sins, putting them upon the
head of the goat, and shall send him
away by the hand of a fit man into
the wilderness:

    22 And the goat shall bear upon him
all their iniquities unto a land not
inhabited: and he shall let go the
goat in the wilderness.

    29 #And this shall be a statute for
ever unto you: that in the seventh
month, on the tenth day of the month,
ye shall afflict your souls, and do
no work at all, whether it be one of
your own country, or a stranger that
sojourneth among you:

    30 For on that day shall the priest
make an atonement for you, to cleanse
you, that ye may be clean from all
your sins before the Lord.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:4


    (Disease mental)
    Infinite Mind could not possibly create a remedy outside of itself, but erring, finite, human mind has an absolute need of something beyond itself for its redemption and healing.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 166:8


    (Delusions pagan and medical)
    The Mohammedan believes in a pilgrimage to Mecca for the salvation of his soul. The popular doctor believes in his prescription, and the pharmacist believes in the power of his drugs to save a man's life. The Mohammedan's belief is a religious delusion; the doctor's and pharmacist's is a medical mistake.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:9-14


    (The great conflict)
    Superstition and understanding can never combine. When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:21


    (Ontology needed)
    We must abandon pharmaceutics, and take up ontology, - "the science of real being." We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things. Can we gather peaches from a pine-tree, or learn from discord the concord of being? Yet quite as rational are some of the leading illusions along the path which Science must tread in its reformatory mission among mortals. The very name, illusion, points to nothingness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:20

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in heaven." 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.


Section 2


Hebrews 7:11,12,14-16,19

    11 If therefore perfection were by
the Levitical priesthood, (for under
it the people received the law,) what
further need was there that another
priest should rise after the order of
Melchisedec, and not be called after
the order of Aaron?

    12 For the priesthood being
changed, there is made of necessity a
change also of the law.

    14 For it is evident that our Lord
sprang out of Juda; of which tribe
Moses spake nothing concerning
priesthood.

    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.

    19 For the law made nothing
perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by the which we draw
nigh unto God.
Hebrews 2:17

    17 Wherefore in all things it
behoved him to be made like unto his
brethren, that he might be a merciful
and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God, to make
reconciliation for the sins of the
people.

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


    (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. Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.
    (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.


Section 3


Matthew 2:1,2

    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,

    2 Saying, Where is he that is born
King of the Jews? for we have seen his
star in the east, and are come to
worship him.
Matthew 3:1,2,11

    1 In those days came John the
Baptist, preaching in the wilderness
of Judaea,

    2 And saying, Repent ye: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    11 I indeed baptize you with water
unto repentance: but he that cometh
after me is mightier than I, whose
shoes I am not worthy to bear: he
shall baptize you with the Holy
Ghost, and with fire:

***
Acts 2:38,39

    38 Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    39 For the promise is unto you, and
to your children, and to all that are
afar off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call.

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

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


    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:6


    (Jesus' sinless career)
    To the ritualistic priest and hypocritical Pharisee Jesus said, "The publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you." Jesus' history made a new calendar, which we call the Christian era; but he established no ritualistic worship. He knew that men can be baptized, partake of the Eucharist, support the clergy, observe the Sabbath, make long prayers, and yet be sensual and sinful.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:27


    (Spirit transforms)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:4-19


    (Life's healing currents)
    Acquaintance with the original texts, and willingness to give up human beliefs (established by hierarchies, and instigated sometimes by the worst passions of men), open the way for Christian Science to be understood, and make the Bible the chart of life, where the buoys and healing currents of Truth are pointed out.
    (Radical changes)
    He to whom "the arm of the Lord" is revealed will believe our report, and rise into newness of life with regeneration. This is having part in the atonement; this is the understanding, in which Jesus suffered and triumphed. 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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:21

    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.


Section 4


Leviticus 14:1,2,19,20

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    2 This shall be the law of the
leper in the day of his cleansing: He
shall be brought unto the priest:

    19 And the priest shall offer the
sin offering, and make an atonement
for him that is to be cleansed from
his uncleanness; and afterward he
shall kill the burnt offering:

    20 And the priest shall offer the
burnt offering and the meat offering
upon the altar: and the priest shall
make an atonement for him, and he
shall be clean.

***
Mark 1:40-44

    40 And there came a leper to him,
beseeching him, and kneeling down to
him, and saying unto him, If thou
wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    41 And Jesus, moved with
compassion, put forth his hand, and
touched him, and saith unto him, I
will; be thou clean.

    42 And as soon as he had spoken,
immediately the leprosy departed from
him, and he was cleansed.

    43 And he straitly charged him, and
forthwith sent him away;

    44 And saith unto him, See thou say
nothing to any man: but go thy way,
shew thyself to the priest, and offer
for thy cleansing those things which
Moses commanded, for a testimony unto
them.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:17


    (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. Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:26-28


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness)
    Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require the same method and are inseparable in Truth.


Section 5


Ephesians 2:13-16

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh
by the blood of Christ.

    14 For he is our peace, who hath
made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between
us;

    15 Having abolished in his flesh
the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one
new man, so making peace;

    16 And that he might reconcile both
unto God in one body by the cross,
having slain the enmity thereby:

***
II Corinthians 5:17,18

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

    18 And all things are of God, who
hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;

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 - 22:23

    (Deliverance not vicarious)
    Final deliverance from error, whereby we rejoice in immortality, boundless freedom, and sinless sense, is not reached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one's faith without works to another's vicarious effort. Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 23:1

    (Justice and substitution)
    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 6


Matthew 4:23,24

    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.

    24 And his fame went throughout all
Syria: and they brought unto him all
sick people that were taken with
divers diseases and torments, and
those which were possessed with
devils, and those which were
lunatick, and those that had the
palsy; and he healed them.

***
John 7:15-17

    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.

***
II John 1:9

    9 Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of
Christ, hath not God. He that abideth
in the doctrine of Christ, he hath
both the Father and the Son.

***
Romans 5:1,10,11

    1 Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:

    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:14


    (Absence of Christ-power)
    Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power, how can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace? Denial of the possibility of Christian healing robs Christianity of the very element, which gave it divine force and its astonishing and unequalled success in the first century.

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


    (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. Jesus sent a message to John the Baptist, which was intended to prove beyond a question that the Christ had come: "Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached." In other words: Tell John what the demonstration of divine power is, and he will at once perceive that God is the power in the Messianic work.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:1

    (Jesus' sinless career)
    He rendered "unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." He at last paid no homage to forms of doctrine or to theories of man, but acted and spake as he was moved, not by spirits but by Spirit.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-14

    (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. Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.
    If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Disease mental
16 1 - Delusions pagan and medical
16 1 - The great conflict
16 1 - Ontology needed
16 1 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
16 2 - Divine oneness
16 2 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
16 3 - Jesus' sinless career
16 3 - Spirit transforms
16 3 - Life's healing currents
16 3 - Radical changes
16 3 - Injustice to the Saviour
16 4 - Efficacious repentance
16 4 - Behest of the cross
16 4 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
16 5 - Help and hindrance
16 5 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 5 - Justice and substitution
16 6 - Absence of Christ-power
16 6 - Proof in practice
16 6 - Jesus' sinless career
16 6 - Moral victory


October 15,1899

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:19

    19 If in this life only we have
hope in Christ, we are of all men
most miserable.



Responsive Reading


Psalm 145:1-4,7-9,13,14,17-21

    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.

    4 One generation shall praise thy
works to another, and shall declare
thy mighty acts.

    7 They shall abundantly utter the
memory of thy great goodness, and
shall sing of thy righteousness.

    8 The Lord is gracious, and full of
compassion; slow to anger, and of
great mercy.

    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.

    14 The Lord upholdeth all that
fall, and raiseth up all those that
be bowed down.

    17 The Lord is righteous in all his
ways, and holy in all his works.

    18 The Lord is nigh unto all them
that call upon him, to all that call
upon him in truth.

    19 He will fulfil the desire of
them that fear him: he also will hear
their cry, and will save them.

    20 The Lord preserveth all them
that love him: but all the wicked
will he destroy.

    21 My mouth shall speak the praise
of the Lord: and let all flesh bless
his holy name for ever and ever.



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.

***
James 1:18

    18 Of his own will begat he us with
the word of truth, that we should be
a kind of firstfruits of his
creatures.

***
I John 5:11

    11 And this is the record, that God
hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son.

***
John 8:51

    51 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
If a man keep my saying, he shall
never see death.

***
Hebrews 11:5

    5 By faith Enoch was translated
that he should not see death; and was
not found, because God had translated
him: for before his translation he
had this testimony, that he pleased
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.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:7(only)

(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


    (Mind one and all)
    Being is holiness, harmony, immortality.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22-23


    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal.


1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:11-18,28


    (No proof of immortality)
    A man's assertion that he is immortal no more proves him to be so, than the opposite assertion, that he is mortal, would prove immortality a lie. Nor is the case improved when alleged spirits teach immortality. Life, Love, Truth, is the only proof of immortality.
    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal.
    In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:5


    (Music, rhythm of head and heart)
    If Enoch's perception had been confined to the evidence before his material senses, he could never have "walked with God," nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal.



Section 2


Job 14:14

    14 If a man die, shall he live
again? all the days of my appointed
time will I wait, till my change
come.

***
Acts 26:8

    8 Why should it be thought a thing
incredible with you, that God should
raise the dead?

***
John 11:25,26,41-44

    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the
resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live:

    26 And whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?

    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.

    42 And I knew that thou hearest me
always: but because of the people
which stand by I said it, that they
may believe that thou hast sent 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.

***
Matthew 28:1,5,6,9

    1 In the end of the sabbath, as it
began to dawn toward the first day of
the week, came Mary Magdalene and the
other Mary to see the sepulchre.

    5 And the angel answered and said
unto the women, Fear not ye: for I
know that ye seek Jesus, which was
crucified.

    6 He is not here: for he is risen,
as he said. Come, see the place where
the Lord lay.

    9 #And as they went to tell his
disciples, behold, Jesus met them,
saying, All hail. And they came and
held him by the feet, and worshipped
him.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:19


    (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. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change. Mind never becomes dust. No resurrection from the grave awaits Mind or Life, for the grave has no power over either.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:15-28


    (Death outdone)
    The resurrection of the great demonstrator of God's power was the proof of his final triumph over body and matter, and gave full evidence of divine Science, - evidence so important to mortals. The belief that man has existence or mind separate from God is a dying error. This error Jesus met with divine Science and proved its nothingness. Because of the wondrous glory which God bestowed on His anointed, temptation, sin, sickness, and death had no terror for Jesus. Let men think they had killed the body! Afterwards he would show it to them unchanged. This demonstrates that in Christian Science the true man is governed by God - by good, not evil - and is therefore not a mortal but an immortal.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:7

    (Victory over the grave)
    Jesus' deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death. Paul writes: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the [seeming] death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." Three days after his bodily burial he talked with his disciples. The persecutors had failed to hide immortal Truth and Love in a sepulchre.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:20-24

    (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.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:19-24,31-3


    (Continuity of existence)
    If man did not exist before the material organization began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. If we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even according to the calculations of natural science.
    (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.



Section 3


Psalm 62:5

    5 My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.

***
I Corinthians 15:19

    19 If in this life only we have
hope in Christ, we are of all men
most miserable.

***
Psalm 130:7

    7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for
with the Lord there is mercy, and with
him is plenteous redemption.

***
I Peter 3:13-15

    13 And who is he that will harm
you, if ye be followers of that which
is good?

    14 But and if ye suffer for
righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror,
neither be troubled;

    15 But sanctify the Lord God in
your hearts: and be ready always to
give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope that
is in you with meekness and fear:


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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:26-31

    (Uses of suffering)
    The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science. Without this process of weaning, "Canst thou by searching find out God?"

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:19

    (Need and supply) When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin. 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.



Section 4


Psalm 103:6,8,9

    6 The Lord executeth righteousness
and judgment for all that are
oppressed.

    8 The Lord is merciful and
gracious, slow to anger, and
plenteous in mercy.

    9 He will not always chide: neither
will he keep his anger for ever.

***
II Peter 3:9

    9 The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to
repentance.

***
Job 8:3-6,20,22

    3 Doth God pervert judgment? or
doth the Almighty pervert justice?

    4 If thy children have sinned
against him, and he have cast them
away for their transgression;

    5 If thou wouldest seek unto God
betimes, and make thy supplication to
the Almighty;

    6 If thou wert pure and upright;
surely now he would awake for thee,
and make the habitation of thy
righteousness prosperous.

    20 Behold, God will not cast away a
perfect man, neither will he help the
evil doers:

    22 They that hate thee shall be
clothed with shame; and the dwelling
place of the wicked shall come to
nought.

***
Ezekiel 33:10,11

    10 Therefore, O thou son of man,
speak unto the house of Israel; Thus
ye speak, saying, If our
transgressions and our sins be upon
us, and we pine away in them, how
should we then live?

    11 Say unto them, As I live, saith
the Lord God, I have no pleasure in
the death of the wicked; but that the
wicked turn from his way and live:
turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways;
for why will ye die, O house of
Israel?
Ezekiel 18:30-32

    30 Therefore I will judge you, O
house of Israel, every one according
to his ways, saith the Lord God.
Repent, and turn yourselves from all
your transgressions; so iniquity
shall not be your ruin.

    31 #Cast away from you all your
transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new
heart and a new spirit: for why will
ye die, O house of Israel?

    32 For I have no pleasure in the
death of him that dieth, saith the
Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves,
and live ye.

***
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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:3-22


    (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."
    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:14-21

    (Scientific purgation)
    The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them.
    Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later, and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the tenacity of error.


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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:30-31

    (Justice and substitution)
    Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.


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


Jeremiah 31:34

    34 And they shall teach no more
every man his neighbour, and every
man his brother, saying, Know the
Lord: for they shall all know me,
from the least of them unto the
greatest of them, saith the Lord: for
I will forgive their iniquity, and I
will remember their sin no more.

***
Mark 1:14,15

    14 Now after that John was put in
prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of God,

    15 And saying, The time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is
at hand: repent ye, and believe the
gospel.

***
I John 4:9,10

    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.

***
I Timothy 2:4

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


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.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:27


    (Love impartial and universal)
    Does Deity interpose in behalf of one worshipper, and not help another who offers the same measure of prayer? If the sick recover because they pray or are prayed for audibly, only petitioners (per se or by proxy) should get well. In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble." 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."


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.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Suicide and sin
17 1 - Mind one and all
17 1 - The present immortality
17 1 - No proof of immortality
17 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 1 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
17 2 - Salvation and probation
17 2 - Death outdone
17 2 - Victory over the grave
17 2 - Spiritual ascension
17 2 - Continuity of existence
17 2 - Life all-inclusive
17 3 - Truth's witness
17 3 - Uses of suffering
17 3 - Need and supply
17 4 - Death no advantage
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Scientific purgation
17 4 - Final purpose
17 4 - Righteous retribution
17 4 - Justice and substitution
17 4 - - Tenets -
17 5 - Loving God supremely
17 5 - Love impartial and universal
17 5 - Salvation and probation


October 22,1899

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Ezekiel 18:21,23

    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.

    23 Have I any pleasure at all that
the wicked should die? saith the Lord
God: and not that he should return
from his ways, and live?


Responsive Reading


Leviticus 26:3,4,14,15,18,40-43

    3 If ye walk in my statutes, and
keep my commandments, and do them;

    4 Then I will give you rain in due
season, and the land shall yield her
increase, and the trees of the field
shall yield their fruit.

    14 #But if ye will not hearken unto
me, and will not do all these
commandments;

    15 And if ye shall despise my
statutes, or if your soul abhor my
judgments, so that ye will not do all
my commandments, but that ye break my
covenant:

    18 And if ye will not yet for all
this hearken unto me, then I will
punish you seven times more for your
sins.

    40 If they shall confess their
iniquity, and the iniquity of their
fathers, with their trespass which
they trespassed against me, and that
also they have walked contrary unto
me;

    41 And that I also have walked
contrary unto them, and have brought
them into the land of their enemies;
if then their uncircumcised hearts be
humbled, and they then accept of the
punishment of their iniquity:

    42 Then will I remember my covenant
with Jacob, and also my covenant with
Isaac, and also my covenant with
Abraham will I remember; and I will
remember the land.

    43 The land also shall be left of
them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths,
while she lieth desolate without
them: and they shall accept of the
punishment of their iniquity:
because, even because they despised
my judgments, and because their soul
abhorred my statutes.

***
Ezekiel 18:21-23

    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.

    22 All his transgressions that he
hath committed, they shall not be
mentioned unto him: in his
righteousness that he hath done he
shall live.

    23 Have I any pleasure at all that
the wicked should die? saith the Lord
God: and not that he should return
from his ways, and live?


Section 1


Genesis 3:9-11,18,19

    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.

    11 And he said, Who told thee that
thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of
the tree, whereof I commanded thee
that thou shouldest not eat?

    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.

***
Proverbs 1:30,31

    30 They would none of my counsel:
they despised all my reproof.

    31 Therefore shall they eat of the
fruit of their own way, and be filled
with their own devices.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:22


    (Cumulative repentance)
    It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty conscience. The abiding consciousness of wrongdoing tends to destroy the ability to do right. If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are conquered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:6-11

    (Universal panacea)
    Man's enslavement to the most relentless masters - passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge - is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood.

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


Isaiah 13:11

    11 And I will punish the world for
their evil, and the wicked for their
iniquity; and I will cause the
arrogancy of the proud to cease, and
will lay low the haughtiness of the
terrible.
Isaiah 2:17

    17 And the loftiness of man shall
be bowed down, and the haughtiness of
men shall be made low: and the Lord
alone shall be exalted in that day.

***
Obadiah 1:3,4

    3 #The pride of thine heart hath
deceived thee, thou that dwellest in
the clefts of the rock, whose
habitation is high; that saith in his
heart, Who shall bring me down to the
ground?

    4 Though thou exalt thyself as the
eagle, and though thou set thy nest
among the stars, thence will I bring
thee down, saith the Lord.

***
Amos 9:2,3

    2 Though they dig into hell, thence
shall mine hand take them; though
they climb up to heaven, thence will
I bring them down:

    3 And though they hide themselves
in the top of Carmel, I will search
and take them out thence; and though
they be hid from my sight in the
bottom of the sea, thence will I
command the serpent, and he shall
bite them:

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:11


    (Spiritual insight) Error of any kind cannot hide from the law of God.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:1(begin The)


    (Diabolism destroyed) The Scriptures say, that if we deny Christ, "he also will deny us."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:5


    (Murder brings its curse)
    Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast. Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished. The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:10

    (The fall of error)
    The way of error is awful to contemplate. The illusion of sin is without hope or God. If man's spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we "live, and move, and have our being," should be lost, and if man should be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated. Created by flesh instead of by Spirit, starting from matter instead of from God, mortal man would be governed by himself. The blind leading the blind, both would fall.


Section 3


Job 15:20-24

    20 The wicked man travaileth with
pain all his days, and the number of
years is hidden to the oppressor.

    21 A dreadful sound is in his ears:
in prosperity the destroyer shall
come upon him.

    22 He believeth not that he shall
return out of darkness, and he is
waited for of the sword.

    23 He wandereth abroad for bread,
saying, Where is it? he knoweth that
the day of darkness is ready at his
hand.

    24 Trouble and anguish shall make
him afraid; they shall prevail
against him, as a king ready to the
battle.

***
Genesis 4:8-13

    8 And Cain talked with Abel his
brother: and it came to pass, when
they were in the field, that Cain
rose up against Abel his brother, and
slew him.

    9 #And the Lord said unto Cain,
Where is Abel thy brother? And he
said, I know not: Am I my brother's
keeper?

    10 And he said, What hast thou
done? the voice of thy brother's
blood crieth unto me from the ground.


    11 And now art thou cursed from the
earth, which hath opened her mouth to
receive thy brother's blood from thy
hand;

    12 When thou tillest the ground, it
shall not henceforth yield unto thee
her strength; a fugitive and a
vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

    13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My
punishment is greater than I can bear.

***
Galatians 6:7

    7 Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:18


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:29-21


    (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.
    (Mental conspirators)
    Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, - until you have balanced your account with God. "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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:3-12

    (Appetites to be abandoned)
    If a man is an inebriate, a slave to tobacco, or the special servant of any one of the myriad forms of sin, meet and destroy these errors with the truth of being, - by exhibiting to the wrong-doer the suffering which his submission to such habits brings, and by convincing him that there is no real pleasure in false appetites. A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them.


Section 4


Micah 7:9

    9 I will bear the indignation of
the Lord, because I have sinned
against him, until he plead my cause,
and execute judgment for me: he will
bring me forth to the light, and I
shall behold his righteousness.

***
Jeremiah 31:18,19

    18 I have surely heard Ephraim
bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast
chastised me, and I was chastised, as
a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke:
turn thou me, and I shall be turned;
for thou art the Lord my God.

    19 Surely after that I was turned,
I repented; and after that I was
instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I
was ashamed, yea, even confounded,
because I did bear the reproach of my
youth.

***
Psalm 25:11,17,18

    11 For thy name's sake, O Lord,
pardon mine iniquity; for it is
great.

    17 The troubles of my heart are
enlarged: O bring thou me out of my
distresses.

    18 Look upon mine affliction and my
pain; and forgive all my sins.

***
II Corinthians 7:1,10

    1 Having therefore these promises,
dearly beloved, let us cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness
in the fear of God.

    10 For godly sorrow worketh
repentance to salvation not to be
repented of: but the sorrow of the
world worketh death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:27-12


    (Progress demanded)
    In trying to undo the errors of sense one must pay fully and fairly the utmost farthing, until all error is finally brought into subjection to Truth. The divine method of paying sin's wages involves unwinding one's snarls, and learning from experience how to divide between sense and Soul.
    "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth." He, who knows God's will or the demands of divine Science and obeys them, incurs the hostility of envy; and he who refuses obedience to God, is chastened by Love.
    (The doom of sin)
    Sensual treasures are laid up "where moth and rust doth corrupt." Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in upon them, and carries off their fleeting joys. The sensualist's affections are as imaginary, whimsical, and unreal as his pleasures. Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth. Stripped of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:6,30-31


    (Moral retrogression)
    Waking to Christ's demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and through Christ's precious love these efforts are crowned with success.
    (Justice and substitution)
    Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:9-21


    (Image of the beast) Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger. Then he loses pleasure in wickedness, and it becomes his torment. The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning. There is no other way. Sin is the image of the beast to be effaced by the sweat of agony. It is a moral madness which rushes forth to clamor with midnight and tempest.
    (Peremptory demands)
    To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:31-1


    (Sin and penalty)
    Who will stop the practice of sin so long as he believes in the pleasures of sin? When mortals once admit that evil confers no pleasure, they turn from it.


Section 5


Jeremiah 3:12

    12 #Go and proclaim these words
toward the north, and say, Return,
thou backsliding Israel, saith the
Lord; and I will not cause mine anger
to fall upon you: for I am merciful,
saith the Lord, and I will not keep
anger for ever.

***
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.

***
Psalm 130:3,4,7,8

    3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark
iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

    4 But there is forgiveness with
thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:13,32


    (Righteous rebellion) No law of God hinders this result. It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins. Christ, or Truth, will destroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases.
    (Sin to be overcome)
    Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease. Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death. To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:9-12


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:14-15,19-21


    (Love frees from fear)
    The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources of man's enslavement.
    The fear occasioned by ignorance can be cured; but to remove the effects of fear produced by sin, you must rise above both fear and sin.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:22


    (Moral courage)
    Fear of punishment never made man truly honest. Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right. But how shall we reform the man who has more animal than moral courage, and who has not the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal. Then he not only will be saved, but is saved.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:21-26

    (Error destroyed, not pardoned)
    There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is imperative. You cannot mock it by human will. Science is a divine demand, not a human. Always right, its divine Principle never repents, but maintains the claim of Truth by quenching error. The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error.


Section 6


Isaiah 44:22

    22 I have blotted out, as a thick
cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a
cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for
I have redeemed thee.
Isaiah 1:18

    18 Come now, and let us reason
together, saith the Lord: though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as
white as snow; though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool.

***
Psalm 68:13

    13 Though ye have lien among the
pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of
a dove covered with silver, and her
feathers with yellow gold.

***
Revelation 7:4,13,14

    4 And I heard the number of them
which were sealed: and there were
sealed an hundred and forty and four
thousand of all the tribes of the
children of Israel.

    13 And one of the elders answered,
saying unto me, What are these which
are arrayed in white robes? and
whence came they?

    14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou
knowest. And he said to me, These are
they which came out of great
tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:26


    (True attainment)
    Through toil, struggle, and sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is reached.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:11


    (God-given dominion)
    The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:25-28


    (Waymarks to eternal Truth)
    The robes of Spirit are "white and glistering," like the raiment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, "let thy garments be always white."

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Cumulative repentance
18 1 - Universal panacea
18 1 - Vicarious suffering
18 2 - Spiritual insight
18 2 - Diabolism destroyed
18 2 - Murder brings its curse
18 2 - The fall of error
18 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 3 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 3 - Mental conspirators
18 3 - Appetites to be abandoned
18 4 - Progress demanded
18 4 - The doom of sin
18 4 - Moral retrogression
18 4 - Justice and substitution
18 4 - Image of the beast
18 4 - Peremptory demands
18 4 - Sin and penalty
18 5 - Righteous rebellion
18 5 - Sin to be overcome
18 5 - Sin only of the flesh
18 5 - Love frees from fear
18 5 - Moral courage
18 5 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
18 6 - True attainment
18 6 - God-given dominion
18 6 - Waymarks to eternal Truth


October 29,1899

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:45,47

    45 And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening
spirit.

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 14

PSALM 14
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of
David

    1 The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God. They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.

    2 The Lord looked down from heaven
upon the children of men, to see if
there were any that did understand,
and seek God.

    3 They are all gone aside, they are
all together become filthy: there is
none that doeth good, no, not one.

    4 Have all the workers of iniquity
no knowledge? who eat up my people as
they eat bread, and call not upon the
Lord.

    5 There were they in great fear:
for God is in the generation of the
righteous.

    6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the
poor, because the Lord is his refuge.


    7 Oh that the salvation of Israel
were come out of Zion! when the Lord
bringeth back the captivity of his
people, Jacob shall rejoice, and
Israel shall be glad.
Psalm 15

PSALM 15
A Psalm of David

    1 Lord, who shall abide in thy
tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy
holy hill?

    2 He that walketh uprightly, and
worketh righteousness, and speaketh
the truth in his heart.

    3 He that backbiteth not with his
tongue, nor doeth evil to his
neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach
against his neighbour.

    4 In whose eyes a vile person is
contemned; but he honoureth them that
fear the Lord. He that sweareth to
his own hurt, and changeth not.

    5 He that putteth not out his money
to usury, nor taketh reward against
the innocent. He that doeth these
things shall never be moved.


Section 1


Genesis 2:6,7,15-17,19

    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.

    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.


    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.

***
I Corinthians 15:45

    45 And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening
spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 527:30


    (Creation's counterfeit)
    Was it requisite for the formation of man that dust should become sentient, when all being is the reflection of the eternal Mind, and the record declares that God has already created man, both male and female? That Adam gave the name and nature of animals, is solely mythological and material. It cannot be true that man was ordered to create man anew in partnership with God; this supposition was a dream, a myth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:15


    (The effect of names)
    In the Scriptural allegory of the material creation, Adam or error, which represents the erroneous theory of life and intelligence in matter, had the naming of all that was material. These names indicated matter's properties, qualities, and forms. But a lie, the opposite of Truth, cannot name the qualities and effects of what is termed matter, and create the so-called laws of the flesh, nor can a lie hold the preponderance of power in any direction against God, Spirit and Truth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:20


    (Stages of existence)
    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 - 551:9-26

    (The ascent of species)
    One distinguished naturalist argues that mortals spring from eggs and in races. Mr. Darwin admits this, but he adds that mankind has ascended through all the lower grades of existence. 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.
    (Transmitted peculiarities)
    Naturalists ask: "What can there be, of a material nature, transmitted through these bodies called eggs, - themselves composed of the simplest material elements, - by which all peculiarities of ancestry, belonging to either sex, are brought down from generation to generation?" The question of the naturalist amounts to this: How can matter originate or transmit mind? We answer that it cannot. Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:32

    (Better basis than embryology)
    Naturalists describe the origin of mortal and material existence in the various forms of embryology, and accompany their descriptions with important observations, which should awaken thought to a higher and purer contemplation of man's origin. This clearer consciousness must precede an understanding of the harmony of being. Mortal thought must obtain a better basis, get nearer the truth of being, or health will never be universal, and harmony will never become the standard of man.


Section 2


Job 14:1,2,4

    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.

    4 Who can bring a clean thing out
of an unclean? not one.
Job 25:4-6

    4 How then can man be justified
with God? or how can he be clean that
is born of a woman?

    5 Behold even to the moon, and it
shineth not; yea, the stars are not
pure in his sight.

    6 How much less man, that is a
worm? and the son of man, which is a
worm?

***
John 3:5-7

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:12-13

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)


    (-29- Adam not ideal man)
    XXIX. The word Adam is from the Hebrew adamah, signifying the red color of the ground, dust, nothingness.

580:21 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ADAM)

    The name Adam represents the false supposition that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end; that the infinite enters the finite, that intelligence passes into non-intelligence, and that Soul dwells in material sense; that immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind; that the one God and creator entered what He created, and then disappeared in the atheism of matter.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:28


    (Causation considered)
    The description of man as purely physical, or as both material and spiritual, - but in either case dependent upon his physical organization, - is the Pandora box, from which all ills have gone forth, especially despair. Matter, which takes divine power into its own hands and claims to be a creator, is a fiction, in which paganism and lust are so sanctioned by society that mankind has caught their moral contagion.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:32

    (When man is man)
    When we admit that matter (heart, blood, brain, acting through the five physical senses) constitutes man, we fail to see how anatomy can distinguish between humanity and the brute, or determine when man is really man and has progressed farther than his animal progenitors.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 173:17

    (Man not structural)
    Anatomy declares man to be structural. Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and sinews, and human life by material law. Man is spiritual, individual, and eternal; material structure is mortal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:4


    (Creation reversed)
    Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.


Section 3


Genesis 3:1-6,13,17-19,22-24

    1 Now the serpent was more subtil
than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said unto
the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the
garden?

    2 And the woman said unto the
serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden:

    3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest
ye die.

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    6 And when the woman saw that the
tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree
to be desired to make one wise, she
took of the fruit thereof, and did
eat, and gave also unto her husband
with her; and he did eat.

    13 And the Lord God said unto the
woman, What is this that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The serpent
beguiled me, and I did eat.

    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.

    22 #And the Lord God said, Behold,
the man is become as one of us, to
know good and evil: and now, lest he
put forth his hand, and take also of
the tree of life, and eat, and live
for ever:

    23 Therefore the Lord God sent him
forth from the garden of Eden, to till
the ground from whence he was taken.

    24 So he drove out the man; and he
placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to keep the
way of the tree of life.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:19


    (Inspired interpretation)
    No one can reasonably doubt that the purpose of this allegory - this second account in Genesis - is to depict the falsity of error and the effects of error. Subsequent Bible revelation is coordinate with the Science of creation recorded in the first chapter of Genesis. Inspired writers interpret the Word spiritually, while the ordinary historian interprets it literally. Literally taken, the text is made to appear contradictory in some places, and divine Love, which blessed the earth and gave it to man for a possession, is represented as changeable. The literal meaning would imply that God withheld from man the opportunity to reform, lest man should improve it and become better; but this is not the nature of God, who is Love always, - Love infinitely wise and altogether lovely, who "seeketh not her own."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:5

    (Progeny cursed)
    All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death? "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," was the prediction in the story under consideration. Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:30-6


    (Thought-forms)
    God's man, spiritually created, is not material and mortal.
    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:19-22


    (Record of error)
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:17-24,28-29

    (First evil suggestion)
    The first statement about evil, - the first suggestion of more than the one Mind, - is in the fable of the serpent. The facts of creation, as previously recorded, include nothing of the kind.
    (Material personality)
    The serpent is supposed to say, "Ye shall be as gods," but these gods must be evolved from materiality and be the very antipodes of immortal and spiritual being.
    Material, erroneous belief reverses understanding and truth.

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.


Section 4


Ecclesiastes 5:2,7

    2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and
let not thine heart be hasty to utter
any thing before God: for God is in
heaven, and thou upon earth:
therefore let thy words be few.

    7 For in the multitude of dreams
and many words there are also divers
vanities: but fear thou God.

***
I Corinthians 6:9,10

    9 Know ye not that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
with mankind,

    10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God.
I Corinthians 15:47-49

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.

    48 As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly.

    49 And as we have borne the image
of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:30


    (Adam)
    Adam, the synonym for error, stands for a belief of material mind. He begins his reign over man somewhat mildly, but he increases in falsehood and his days become shorter. In this development, the immortal, spiritual law of Truth is made manifest as forever opposed to mortal, material sense.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:25


    (Corporeal ignorance) Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God's image or reflection and of man's eternal incorporeal existence. The world of error is ignorant of the world of Truth, - blind to the reality of man's existence, - for the world of sensation is not cognizant of life in Soul, not in body.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:17


    (The Christian's privilege) Did the origin and the enlightenment of the race come from the deep sleep which fell upon Adam? Sleep is darkness, but God's creative mandate was, "Let there be light." In sleep, cause and effect are mere illusions. They seem to be something, but are not. Oblivion and dreams, not realities, come with sleep. Even so goes on the Adam-belief, of which mortal and material life is the dream.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:16


    (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. The truth of being is perennial, and the error is unreal and obsolete.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 189:18


    (Ascending the scale)
    The human mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all things start from the lowest instead of from the highest mortal thought. The reverse is the case with all the formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we constantly ascend in infinite being.


Section 5


Romans 5:17,20,21

    17 For if by one man's offence
death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    20 Moreover the law entered, that
the offence might abound. But where
sin abounded, grace did much more
abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal
life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

***
Colossians 3:9-11

    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:

    11 Where there is neither Greek nor
Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
but Christ is all, and in all.

***
Revelation 22:14

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:4


    (The Christ-element)
    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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:12(begin The)


    (Spirit and flesh) The Son of the Virgin-mother unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error; and the Apostle Paul explains this warfare between the idea of divine power, which Jesus presented, and mythological material intelligence called energy and opposed to Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:31-5

    (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."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:19-24

(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) The belief that life can be in matter or soul in body, and that man springs from dust or from an egg, is the result of the mortal error which Christ, or Truth, destroys by fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which man is perfect, even as the "Father which is in heaven is perfect."

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Creation's counterfeit
19 1 - The effect of names
19 1 - Stages of existence
19 1 - The ascent of species
19 1 - Transmitted peculiarities
19 1 - Better basis than embryology
19 2 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 2 - Causation considered
19 2 - When man is man
19 2 - Man not structural
19 2 - Creation reversed
19 3 - Inspired interpretation
19 3 - Progeny cursed
19 3 - Thought-forms
19 3 - The serpent's whisper
19 3 - Record of error
19 3 - First evil suggestion
19 3 - Material personality
19 3 - Mental tillage
19 4 - Adam
19 4 - Corporeal ignorance
19 4 - The Christian's privilege
19 4 - Mortal birth and death
19 4 - Ascending the scale
19 5 - The Christ-element
19 5 - Contradictions not found
19 5 - Spirit and flesh
19 5 - Mortality mythical
19 5 - Scientific translations


November 5,1899

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

II Timothy 1:7,9,10

    7 For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.

    9 Who hath saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to his own
purpose and grace, which was given us
in Christ Jesus before the world
began,

    10 But is now made manifest by the
appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath
brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel:


Responsive Reading


Psalm 51:1-7,9-13

    1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy
tender mercies blot out my
transgressions.

    2 Wash me throughly from mine
iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.


    3 For I acknowledge my
transgressions: and my sin is ever
before me.

    4 Against thee, thee only, have I
sinned, and done this evil in thy
sight: that thou mightest be
justified when thou speakest, and be
clear when thou judgest.

    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.

    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall
be clean: wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow.

    9 Hide thy face from my sins, and
blot out all mine iniquities.

    10 Create in me a clean heart, O
God; and renew a right spirit within
me.

    11 Cast me not away from thy
presence; and take not thy holy
spirit from me.

    12 Restore unto me the joy of thy
salvation; and uphold me with thy
free spirit.

    13 Then will I teach transgressors
thy ways; and sinners shall be
converted unto thee.


Section 1


Psalm 51:5,10

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.


    10 Create in me a clean heart, O
God; and renew a right spirit within
me.

***
I Corinthians 2:9-14

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:13-32

(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. Remember that the Scriptures say of mortal man: "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."
    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:18-21


    (Prediction of a naturalist)
    Speaking of the origin of mortals, a famous naturalist says: "It is very possible that many general statements now current, about birth and generation, will be changed with the progress of information."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:8


    (Native nothingness of sin)
    In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.

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.


Section 2


Psalm 39:5

    5 Behold, thou hast made my days as
an handbreadth; and mine age is as
nothing before thee: verily every man
at his best state is altogether
vanity.

***
Ecclesiastes 3:10,12

    10 I have seen the travail, which
God hath given to the sons of men to
be exercised in it.

    12 I know that there is no good in
them, but for a man to rejoice, and to
do good in his life.

***
Matthew 5:8,14,16

    8 Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.

    14 Ye are the light of the world. A
city that is set on an hill cannot be
hid.

    16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:14-27


    (Mortal existence a dream)
    Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is called man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A mortal may be weary or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in sleep. When that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself experiencing none of these dream-sensations. To the observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed, and sensationless, and the mind seems to be absent.
    Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream? There cannot be, since whatever appears to be a mortal man is a mortal dream. Take away the mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:28


    (Soul impeccable)
    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:28

(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


    (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. A mortal sinner is not God's man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.


Section 3


John 2:19-22

    19 Jesus answered and said unto
them, Destroy this temple, and in
three days I will raise it up.

    20 Then said the Jews, Forty and
six years was this temple in
building, and wilt thou rear it up in
three days?

    21 But he spake of the temple of
his body.

    22 When therefore he was risen from
the dead, his disciples remembered
that he had said this unto them; and
they believed the scripture, and the
word which Jesus had said.
John 20:19,20

    19 #Then the same day at evening,
being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the
disciples were assembled for fear of
the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them, Peace be
unto you.

    20 And when he had so said, he
shewed unto them his hands and his
side. Then were the disciples glad,
when they saw the Lord.

***
Romans 8:11-13

    11 But if the Spirit of him that
raised up Jesus from the dead dwell
in you, he that raised up Christ from
the dead shall also quicken your
mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are
debtors, not to the flesh, to live
after the flesh.

    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 416:16


    (The so-called physical ego)
    The material body, which you call me, is mortal mind, and this mind is material in sensation, even as the body, which has originated from this material sense and been developed according to it, is material. This materialism of parent and child is only in mortal mind, as the dead body proves; for when the mortal has resigned his body to dust, the body is no longer the parent, even in appearance.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:13

    (Clay replying to the potter)
    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:8


    (Mental and physical oneness)
    Mortal mind and body are one. Neither exists without the other, and both must be destroyed by immortal Mind. Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mortal mind. This so-called mind builds its own superstructure, of which the material body is the grosser portion; but from first to last, the body is a sensuous, human concept.


Section 4


Amos 5:14,15

    14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye
may live: and so the Lord, the God of
hosts, shall be with you, as ye have
spoken.

    15 Hate the evil, and love the
good, and establish judgment in the
gate: it may be that the Lord God of
hosts will be gracious unto the
remnant of Joseph.

***
Malachi 3:1,3,4

    1 Behold, I will send my
messenger, and he shall prepare the
way before me: and the Lord, whom ye
seek, shall suddenly come to his
temple, even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in: behold,
he shall come, saith the Lord of
hosts.

    3 And he shall sit as a refiner and
purifier of silver: and he shall
purify the sons of Levi, and purge
them as gold and silver, that they
may offer unto the Lord an offering
in righteousness.

    4 Then shall the offering of Judah
and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the
Lord, as in the days of old, and as
in former years.

***
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 - 491:11

(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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

590:11 Chapter 17: Glossary
(LEVI - Jacob's son)

    LEVI (Jacob's son). A corporeal and sensual belief; mortal man; denial of the fulness of God's creation; ecclesiastical despotism.

589:23 Chapter 17: Glossary

    (JUDAH)
    JUDAH. A corporeal material belief progressing and disappearing; the spiritual understanding of God and man appearing.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 486:18-26

(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


    (Death an error)
    Alas for the blindness of belief, which makes harmony conditional upon death and matter, and yet supposes Mind unable to produce harmony! So long as this error of belief remains, mortals will continue mortal in belief and subject to chance and change.
    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:9-17

(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


    (Material body never God's idea)
    Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter's highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, - the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal.


Section 5


III John 1:2

    2 Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth.

***
Jeremiah 33:4,6

    4 For thus saith the Lord, the God
of Israel, concerning the houses of
this city, and concerning the houses
of the kings of Judah, which are
thrown down by the mounts, and by the
sword;

    6 Behold, I will bring it health
and cure, and I will cure them, and
will reveal unto them the abundance
of peace and truth.

***
Luke 13:11-17

    11 #And, behold, there was a woman
which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift
up herself.

    12 And when Jesus saw her, he
called her to him, and said unto her,
Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity.

    13 And he laid his hands on her:
and immediately she was made
straight, and glorified God.

    14 And the ruler of the synagogue
answered with indignation, because
that Jesus had healed on the sabbath
day, and said unto the people, There
are six days in which men ought to
work: in them therefore come and be
healed, and not on the sabbath day.

    15 The Lord then answered him, and
said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each
one of you on the sabbath loose his
ox or his ass from the stall, and
lead him away to watering?

    16 And ought not this woman, being
a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath
bound, lo, these eighteen years, be
loosed from this bond on the sabbath
day?

    17 And when he had said these
things, all his adversaries were
ashamed: and all the people rejoiced
for all the glorious things that were
done by him.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 400:9-23


    (Eradicate error from thought)
    Mortals obtain the harmony of health, only as they forsake discord, acknowledge the supremacy of divine Mind, and abandon their material beliefs. Eradicate the image of disease from the perturbed thought before it has taken tangible shape in conscious thought, alias the body, and you prevent the development of disease. This task becomes easy, if you understand that every disease is an error, and has no character nor type, except what mortal mind assigns to it. By lifting thought above error, or disease, and contending persistently for truth, you destroy error.


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:8

    (The strength of Spirit)
    Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

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.


Section 6


Psalm 17:15

    15 As for me, I will behold thy
face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with thy
likeness.

***
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.

***
II Timothy 1:8-10

    8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of
the testimony of our Lord, nor of me
his prisoner: but be thou partaker of
the afflictions of the gospel
according to the power of God;

    9 Who hath saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to his own
purpose and grace, which was given us
in Christ Jesus before the world
began,

    10 But is now made manifest by the
appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath
brought life and immortality to light
through the gospel:

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:13-19


    (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. They must peck open their shells with Christian Science, and look outward and upward.

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 - 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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:8-15


    (Dwelling in dreamland)
    In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dream-land, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:6-13

(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)
    Error, urged to its final limits, is self-destroyed. Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. 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.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - The kingdom within
20 1 - Prediction of a naturalist
20 1 - Native nothingness of sin
20 1 - Being is immortal
20 2 - Mortal existence a dream
20 2 - Soul impeccable
20 2 - Man unfallen
20 3 - The so-called physical ego
20 3 - Clay replying to the potter
20 3 - Mental and physical oneness
20 4 - Man linked with Spirit
20 4 - JUDAH
20 4 - Death an error
20 4 - Permanent sensibility
20 4 - Material body never God's idea
20 5 - Eradicate error from thought
20 5 - Mortal mind controlled
20 5 - The strength of Spirit
20 5 - Spiritual discovery
20 6 - Emergence of mortals
20 6 - Human frailty
20 6 - The Christ-element
20 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 6 - Dwelling in dreamland
20 6 - Mortals are not immortals


November 12,1899

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

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-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 9:26,27

    26 I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one
that beateth the air:

    27 But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a
castaway.


Responsive Reading


Ephesians 2:1-5,10,13,18-22

    1 And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins;

    2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of
disobedience:

    3 Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind;
and were by nature the children of
wrath, even as others.

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

    5 Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

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

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh
by the blood of Christ.

    18 For through him we both have
access by one Spirit unto the Father.


    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.


Section 1


Isaiah 44:1,3

    1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my
servant; and Israel, whom I have
chosen:

    3 For I will pour water upon him
that is thirsty, and floods upon the
dry ground: I will pour my spirit
upon thy seed, and my blessing upon
thine offspring:
Isaiah 32:3,4,15

    3 And the eyes of them that see
shall not be dim, and the ears of
them that hear shall hearken.

    4 The heart also of the rash shall
understand knowledge, and the tongue
of the stammerers shall be ready to
speak plainly.

    15 Until the spirit be poured upon
us from on high, and the wilderness be
a fruitful field, and the fruitful
field be counted for a forest.

***
Ezekiel 39:7,29

    7 So will I make my holy name known
in the midst of my people Israel; and
I will not let them pollute my holy
name any more: and the heathen shall
know that I am the Lord, the Holy One
in Israel.

    29 Neither will I hide my face any
more from them: for I have poured out
my spirit upon the house of Israel,
saith the Lord God.

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

  (- 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. Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in mortality. Soul must be incorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:23-28

    (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. This theory is unscientific.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:29

    (Soul imperishable)
    Mind is God, and God is not seen by material sense, because Mind is Spirit, which material sense cannot discern. There is neither growth, maturity, nor decay in Soul. These changes are the mutations of material sense, the varying clouds of mortal belief, which hide the truth of being.

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


Psalm 24:3-5

    3 Who shall ascend into the hill of
the Lord? or who shall stand in his
holy place?

    4 He that hath clean hands, and a
pure heart; who hath not lifted up
his soul unto vanity, nor sworn
deceitfully.

    5 He shall receive the blessing
from the Lord, and righteousness from
the God of his salvation.

***
I John 3:21-24

    21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us
not, then have we confidence toward
God.

    22 And whatsoever we ask, we
receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things
that are pleasing in his sight.

    23 And this is his commandment,
That we should believe on the name of
his Son Jesus Christ, and love one
another, as he gave us commandment.

    24 And he that keepeth his
commandments dwelleth in him, and he
in him. And hereby we know that he
abideth in us, by the Spirit which he
hath given us.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17-23

(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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:7


    (Real being never lost) 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 - 282:28


    (Truth is not inverted)
    Whatever indicates the fall of man or the opposite of God or God's absence, is the Adam-dream, which is neither Mind nor man, for it is not begotten of the Father. The rule of inversion infers from error its opposite, Truth; but Truth is the light which dispels error. As mortals begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any true existence apart from God.


Section 3


Psalm 11:1

    1 In the Lord put I my trust: how
say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain?

***
I Corinthians 9:24-27

    24 Know ye not that they which run
in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? So run, that ye may
obtain.

    25 And every man that striveth for
the mastery is temperate in all
things. Now they do it to obtain a
corruptible crown; but we an
incorruptible.

    26 I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one
that beateth the air:

    27 But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a
castaway.

***
II Corinthians 5:6

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:
II Corinthians 10:17,18

    17 But he that glorieth, let him
glory in the Lord.

    18 For not he that commendeth
himself is approved, but whom the
Lord commendeth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:22-28


    (Halfway success)
    It is not wise to take a halting and half-way position or to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is but one way - namely, God and His idea - which leads to spiritual being. The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:10-14


    (Perpetual motion)
    In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this statement, suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the keynote of being, and there is continual discord.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:11

    (Servants and masters)
    The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God's image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good and evil.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:24-28


    (God-given dominion)
    The harmony and immortality of man will never be reached without the understanding that Mind is not in matter. Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, - God's law.


Section 4


Lamentations 3:1,18-20

    1 I am the man that hath seen
affliction by the rod of his wrath.

    18 And I said, My strength and my
hope is perished from the Lord.

    19 Remembering mine affliction and
my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

    20 My soul hath them still in
remembrance, and is humbled in me.

***
Romans 7:24

    24 O wretched man that I am! who
shall deliver me from the body of
this death?

***
Jeremiah 10:23

    23 #O Lord, I know that the way of
man is not in himself: it is not in
man that walketh to direct his steps.

Jeremiah 17:13,14

    13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all
that forsake thee shall be ashamed,
and they that depart from me shall be
written in the earth, because they
have forsaken the Lord, the fountain
of living waters.

    14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be
healed; save me, and I shall be saved:
for thou art my praise.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 199:15-19


    (Latent fear subdued)
    Mortals develop their own bodies or make them sick, according as they influence them through mortal mind. To know whether this development is produced consciously or unconsciously, is of less importance than a knowledge of the fact.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:9


    (Hospitality to health and good)
    We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:3


    (Unscientific introspection)
    Science depicts disease as error, as matter versus Mind, and error reversed as subserving the facts of health. To calculate one's life-prospects from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and misguide human hope. Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 382:24-2


    (Blissful ignorance)
    One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion, in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: "I should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach, - supporting the power of Mind over the body and showing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains of sense. The treatises I had read and the medicines I had taken only abandoned me to more hopeless suffering and despair. Adherence to hygiene was useless. Mortal mind needed to be set right. The ailment was not bodily, but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in Christian Science."


Section 5


Matthew 15:21,22,24-28,30,31

    21 #Then Jesus went thence, and
departed into the coasts of Tyre and
Sidon.

    22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan
came out of the same coasts, and
cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on
me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my
daughter is grievously vexed with a
devil.

    24 But he answered and said, I am
not sent but unto the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.

    25 Then came she and worshipped
him, saying, Lord, help me.

    26 But he answered and said, It is
not meet to take the children's bread,
and to cast it to dogs.

    27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet
the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall
from their masters' table.

    28 Then Jesus answered and said
unto her, O woman, great is thy
faith: be it unto thee even as thou
wilt. And her daughter was made whole
from that very hour.

    30 And great multitudes came unto
him, having with them those that were
lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many
others, and cast them down at Jesus'
feet; and he healed them:

    31 Insomuch that the multitude
wondered, when they saw the dumb to
speak, the maimed to be whole, the
lame to walk, and the blind to see:
and they glorified the God of Israel.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:14


    (The Christ treatment)
    We never read that Luke or Paul made a reality of disease in order to discover some means of healing it. Jesus never asked if disease were acute or chronic, and he never recommended attention to laws of health, never gave drugs, never prayed to know if God were willing that a man should live. He understood man, whose Life is God, to be immortal, and knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 399:29

    (Confirmation in a parable)
    Our Master asked: "How can one enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?" In other words: How can I heal the body, without beginning with so-called mortal mind, which directly controls the body? When disease is once destroyed in this so-called mind, the fear of disease is gone, and therefore the disease is thoroughly cured. Mortal mind is "the strong man," which must be held in subjection before its influence upon health and morals can be removed. This error conquered, we can despoil "the strong man" of his goods, - namely, of sin and disease.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11-16


    (Jesus' disregard of matter)
    Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.


Section 6


II Corinthians 4:1,2,10,11

    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.

    10 Always bearing about in the body
the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the
life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our body.

    11 For we which live are alway
delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,
that the life also of Jesus might be
made manifest in our mortal flesh.

***
Galatians 5:24,25

    24 And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.

    25 If we live in the Spirit, let us
also walk in the Spirit.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:15


    (Evident impossibilities)
    Body is not first and Soul last, nor is evil mightier than good. The Science of being repudiates self-evident impossibilities, such as the amalgamation of Truth and error in cause or effect. Science separates the tares and wheat in time of harvest.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 383:3


    (A clean mind and body)
    We need a clean body and a clean mind, - a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water. One says: "I take good care of my body." To do this, the pure and exalting influence of the divine Mind on the body is requisite, and the Christian Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:20


    (God-given dominion)
    If we follow the command of our Master, "Take no thought for your life," we shall never depend on bodily conditions, structure, or economy, but we shall be masters of the body, dictate its terms, and form and control it with Truth.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
21 1 - The divine reflection
21 1 - Soul imperishable
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Reflection of Spirit
21 2 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 2 - Soul not confined in body
21 2 - Real being never lost
21 2 - Truth is not inverted
21 3 - Halfway success
21 3 - Perpetual motion
21 3 - Servants and masters
21 3 - God-given dominion
21 4 - Latent fear subdued
21 4 - Hospitality to health and good
21 4 - Unscientific introspection
21 4 - Blissful ignorance
21 5 - The Christ treatment
21 5 - Confirmation in a parable
21 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 6 - Evident impossibilities
21 6 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
21 6 - A clean mind and body
21 6 - God-given dominion


November 19,1899

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

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-- Golden Text --

II Peter 3:17,18

    17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye
know these things before, beware lest
ye also, being led away with the
error of the wicked, fall from your
own stedfastness.

    18 But grow in grace, and in the
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both
now and for ever. Amen.


Responsive Reading


Revelation 12:3-12

    3 And there appeared another wonder
in heaven; and behold a great red
dragon, having seven heads and ten
horns, and seven crowns upon his
heads.

    4 And his tail drew the third part
of the stars of heaven, and did cast
them to the earth: and the dragon
stood before the woman which was
ready to be delivered, for to devour
her child as soon as it was born.

    5 And she brought forth a man
child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was
caught up unto God, and to his
throne.

    6 And the woman fled into the
wilderness, where she hath a place
prepared of God, that they should
feed her there a thousand two hundred
and threescore days.

    7 And there was war in heaven:
Michael and his angels fought against
the dragon; and the dragon fought and
his angels,

    8 And prevailed not; neither was
their place found any more in heaven.


    9 And the great dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out
with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

    11 And they overcame him by the
blood of the Lamb, and by the word of
their testimony; and they loved not
their lives unto the death.

    12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens,
and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the
inhabiters of the earth and of the
sea! for the devil is come down unto
you, having great wrath, because he
knoweth that he hath but a short
time.


Section 1


Genesis 3:1-5,13-15

    1 Now the serpent was more subtil
than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said unto
the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the
garden?

    2 And the woman said unto the
serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden:

    3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest
ye die.

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    13 And the Lord God said unto the
woman, What is this that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The serpent
beguiled me, and I did eat.

    14 And the Lord God said unto the
serpent, Because thou hast done this,
thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust
shalt thou eat all the days of thy
life:

    15 And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy
seed and her seed; it shall bruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his
heel.

594:1 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SERPENT)

    SERPENT (ophis, in Greek; nacash, in Hebrew). Subtlety; a lie; the opposite of Truth, named error; the first statement of mythology and idolatry; the belief in more than one God; animal magnetism; the first lie of limitation; finity; the first claim that there is an opposite of Spirit, or good, termed matter, or evil; the first delusion that error exists as fact; the first claim that sin, sickness, and death are the realities of life. The first audible claim that God was not omnipotent and that there was another power, named evil, which was as real and eternal as God, good.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:11


    (Knowledge of good and evil)
    In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve. This represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit. The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common conception of mortal man - a burlesque of God's man - is an outgrowth of human knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense.


Section 2


Exodus 4:1-5

    1 And Moses answered and said,
But, behold, they will not believe
me, nor hearken unto my voice: for
they will say, The Lord hath not
appeared unto thee.

    2 And the Lord said unto him, What
is that in thine hand? And he said, A
rod.

    3 And he said, Cast it on the
ground. And he cast it on the ground,
and it became a serpent; and Moses
fled from before it.

    4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Put
forth thine hand, and take it by the
tail. And he put forth his hand, and
caught it, and it became a rod in his
hand:

    5 That they may believe that the
Lord God of their fathers, the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob, hath appeared unto
thee.
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.

***
Mark 16:17,18

    17 And these signs shall follow
them that believe; In my name shall
they cast out devils; they shall
speak with new tongues;

    18 They shall take up serpents; and
if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall
recover.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 321:6,29


    (Fear of the serpent overcome)
    The Hebrew Lawgiver, slow of speech, despaired of making the people understand what should be revealed to him. When, led by wisdom to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses' fear departed. In this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a belief only. The serpent, evil, under wisdom's bidding, was destroyed through understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief.
    (Leprosy healed)
    And so it was in the coming centuries, when the Science of being was demonstrated by Jesus, who showed his students the power of Mind by changing water into wine, and taught them how to handle serpents unharmed, to heal the sick and cast out evils in proof of the supremacy of Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 185:7-25


    (A so-called mind-cure)
    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.
    (Jesus and hypnotism)
    Jesus cast out evil and healed the sick, not only without drugs, but without hypnotism, which is the reverse of ethical and pathological Truth-power.


Section 3


Exodus 11:6,7

    6 And there shall be a great cry
throughout all the land of Egypt,
such as there was none like it, nor
shall be like it any more.

    7 But against any of the children
of Israel shall not a dog move his
tongue, against man or beast: that ye
may know how that the Lord doth put a
difference between the Egyptians and
Israel.

***
Deuteronomy 18:9-13

    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.

    13 Thou shalt be perfect with the
Lord thy God.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19-3


    (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.
    (Indispensable defence)
    Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct him how to bar the door of his thought against this seeming power, - a task not difficult, when one understands that evil has in reality no power.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 82:31-11


    (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. Nothing is more antagonistic to Christian Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such a belief hides Truth and builds on error.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:18-31


    (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.
    Ignorant of the methods and the basis of metaphysical healing, you may attempt to unite with it hypnotism, spiritualism, electricity; but none of these methods can be mingled with metaphysical healing.


Section 4


Luke 10:17-19

    17 #And the seventy returned again
with joy, saying, Lord, even the
devils are subject unto us through
thy name.

    18 And he said unto them, I beheld
Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

    19 Behold, I give unto you power to
tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and
nothing shall by any means hurt you.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:17


    (Logic and revelation)
    Destructive electricity is not the offspring of infinite good. Whatever contradicts the real nature of the divine Esse, though human faith may clothe it with angelic vestments, is without foundation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:3


    (Elementary electricity)
    Electricity is not a vital fluid, but the least material form of illusive consciousness, - the material mindlessness, which forms no link between matter and Mind, and which destroys itself. Matter and mortal mind are but different strata of human belief. The grosser substratum is named matter or body; the more ethereal is called mind. This so-called mind and body is the illusion called a mortal, a mind in matter. In reality and in Science, both strata, mortal mind and mortal body, are false representatives of man.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:29-2


    (False claims annihilated)
    Knowing the claim of animal magnetism, that all evil combines in the belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, electricity, animal nature, and organic life, who will deny that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate?

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 181:9


    (Manipulation unscientific)
    When you manipulate patients, you trust in electricity and magnetism more than in Truth; and for that reason, you employ matter rather than Mind. You weaken or destroy your power when you resort to any except spiritual means.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 101:21-8


    (Personal conclusions)
    The author's own observations of the workings of animal magnetism convince her that it is not a remedial agent, and that its effects upon those who practise it, and upon their subjects who do not resist it, lead to moral and to physical death.
    If animal magnetism seems to alleviate or to cure disease, this appearance is deceptive, since error cannot remove the effects of error. Discomfort under error is preferable to comfort. In no instance is the effect of animal magnetism, recently called hypnotism, other than the effect of illusion. Any seeming benefit derived from it is proportional to one's faith in esoteric magic.
    (Mere negation)
    Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human. Its basis being a belief and this belief animal, in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind.


Section 5


Matthew 12:22,24-28

    22 #Then was brought unto him one
possessed with a devil, blind, and
dumb: and he healed him, insomuch
that the blind and dumb both spake
and saw.

    24 But when the Pharisees heard it,
they said, This fellow doth not cast
out devils, but by Beelzebub the
prince of the devils.

    25 And Jesus knew their thoughts,
and said unto them, Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to
desolation; and every city or house
divided against itself shall not
stand:

    26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he
is divided against himself; how shall
then his kingdom stand?

    27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out
devils, by whom do your children cast
them out? therefore they shall be
your judges.

    28 But if I cast out devils by the
Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God
is come unto you.

***
Ephesians 6:12

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh
and blood, but against
principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:27-9


    (Animal tendency)
    The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good. Its sting is spoken of by Paul, when he refers to "spiritual wickedness in high places." It is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel them to devour each other and cast out devils through Beelzebub.
    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.


Section 6


Isaiah 47:8,9,11

    8 Therefore hear now this, thou
that art given to pleasures, that
dwellest carelessly, that sayest in
thine heart, I am, and none else
beside me; I shall not sit as a
widow, neither shall I know the loss
of children:

    9 But these two things shall come
to thee in a moment in one day, the
loss of children, and widowhood: they
shall come upon thee in their
perfection for the multitude of thy
sorceries, and for the great
abundance of thine enchantments.

    11 #Therefore shall evil come upon
thee; thou shalt not know from whence
it riseth: and mischief shall fall
upon thee; thou shalt not be able to
put it off: and desolation shall come
upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt
not know.

***
Revelation 18:23,24

    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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 564:24


    (Doom of the dragon)
    From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge, - all evil, - are typified by a serpent, or animal subtlety. Jesus said, quoting a line from the Psalms, "They hated me without a cause." The serpent is perpetually close upon the heel of harmony. From the beginning to the end, the serpent pursues with hatred the spiritual idea. In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typifies mortal mind, "more subtle than any beast of the field." In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality, and ripe for destruction. It is full of lust and hate, loathing the brightness of divine glory.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:15

    (The sting of the serpent)
    The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God. The Revelator sees that old serpent, whose name is devil or evil, holding untiring watch, that he may bite the heel of truth and seemingly impede the offspring of the spiritual idea, which is prolific in health, holiness, and immortality.


Section 7


II Thessalonians 2:7-10

    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.

***
Revelation 12:9,10

    9 And the great dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out
with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:18


    (Dragon cast down to earth)
    That false claim - that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men - is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless. The words "cast unto the earth" show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels, or messages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep's clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22

    (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. He takes away mitre and sceptre. He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on high only those who have washed their robes white in obedience and suffering.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - The genus of error
22 1 - Knowledge of good and evil
22 2 - Fear of the serpent overcome
22 2 - Leprosy healed
22 2 - A so-called mind-cure
22 2 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 3 - Obligations of teachers
22 3 - Indispensable defence
22 3 - Impossible intercommunion
22 3 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 4 - Logic and revelation
22 4 - Elementary electricity
22 4 - False claims annihilated
22 4 - Manipulation unscientific
22 4 - Personal conclusions
22 4 - Mere negation
22 5 - Animal tendency
22 6 - Doom of the dragon
22 6 - The sting of the serpent
22 7 - Dragon cast down to earth
22 7 - Pure religion enthroned


November 26,1899

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 41:4

    4 Who hath wrought and done it,
calling the generations from the
beginning? I the Lord, the first, and
with the last; I am he.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 104:1-6,14,16,24,27,28,30-34

    1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O
Lord my God, thou art very great;
thou art clothed with honour and
majesty.

    2 Who coverest thyself with light
as with a garment: who stretchest out
the heavens like a curtain:

    3 Who layeth the beams of his
chambers in the waters: who maketh
the clouds his chariot: who walketh
upon the wings of the wind:

    4 Who maketh his angels spirits;
his ministers a flaming fire:

    5 Who laid the foundations of the
earth, that it should not be removed
for ever.

    6 Thou coveredst it with the deep
as with a garment: the waters stood
above the mountains.

    14 He causeth the grass to grow for
the cattle, and herb for the service
of man: that he may bring forth food
out of the earth;

    16 The trees of the Lord are full
of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which
he hath planted;

    24 O Lord, how manifold are thy
works! in wisdom hast thou made them
all: the earth is full of thy riches.


    27 These wait all upon thee; that
thou mayest give them their meat in
due season.

    28 That thou givest them they
gather: thou openest thine hand, they
are filled with good.

    30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit,
they are created: and thou renewest
the face of the earth.

    31 The glory of the Lord shall
endure for ever: the Lord shall
rejoice in his works.

    32 He looketh on the earth, and it
trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and
they smoke.

    33 I will sing unto the Lord as
long as I live: I will sing praise to
my God while I have my being.

    34 My meditation of him shall be
sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.


Section 1


Isaiah 40:12-14

    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?

    14 With whom took he counsel, and
who instructed him, and taught him in
the path of judgment, and taught him
knowledge, and shewed to him the way
of understanding?

***
Proverbs 30:4

    4 Who hath ascended up into heaven,
or descended? who hath gathered the
wind in his fists? who hath bound the
waters in a garment? who hath
established all the ends of the
earth? what is his name, and what is
his son's name, if thou canst tell?

***
Isaiah 41:4

    4 Who hath wrought and done it,
calling the generations from the
beginning? I the Lord, the first, and
with the last; I am he.

***
Psalm 87:1

    1 His foundation is in the holy
mountains.

***
Proverbs 22:20,21

    20 Have not I written to thee
excellent things in counsels and
knowledge,

    21 That I might make thee know the
certainty of the words of truth; that
thou mightest answer the words of
truth to them that send unto thee?

***
Job 23:13

    13 But he is in one mind, and who
can turn him? and what his soul
desireth, even that he doeth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:22


    (Causation considered)
    Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress. The age seems ready to approach this subject, to ponder somewhat the supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem of Truth's garment.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:20-23


    (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.

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 - 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:23-3

(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)
    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.
    (Sinlessness of Mind, Soul)
    Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we arrive at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own unerring idea and never can be coordinate with human illusions.


Section 2


Genesis 1:1,31

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

    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.

***
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.

***
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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:24-28


    (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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:29


    (Perfection of creation)
    Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:14


    (God and His image)
    The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.

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.


Section 3


Isaiah 2:22

    22 Cease ye from man, whose breath
is in his nostrils: for wherein is he
to be accounted of?

***
Ecclesiastes 7:29

    29 Lo, this only have I found, that
God hath made man upright; but they
have sought out many inventions.

***
Job 14:1

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

***
John 3:6,7

    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.

***
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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:20(only)


    (No new creation)
    There can be but one creator, who has created all.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:30-6

    (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.
    (Human egotism)
    Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create. The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:13-15


    (Human reflection)
    The verity that God's image is not a creator, though he reflects the creation of Mind, God, constitutes the underlying reality of reflection.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:14-16


    (The Fatherhood of God)
    Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man.


Section 4


Leviticus 26:13

    13 I am the Lord your God, which
brought you forth out of the land of
Egypt, that ye should not be their
bondmen; and I have broken the bands
of your yoke, and made you go
upright.

***
Luke 4:14,16-19

    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.
Luke 13:10-14

    10 And he was teaching in one of
the synagogues on the sabbath.

    11 #And, behold, there was a woman
which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift
up herself.

    12 And when Jesus saw her, he
called her to him, and said unto her,
Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity.

    13 And he laid his hands on her:
and immediately she was made
straight, and glorified God.

    14 And the ruler of the synagogue
answered with indignation, because
that Jesus had healed on the sabbath
day, and said unto the people, There
are six days in which men ought to
work: in them therefore come and be
healed, and not on the sabbath day.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 110:25


    (The demonstration lost and found)
    Jesus demonstrated the power of Christian Science to heal mortal minds and bodies. But this power was lost sight of, and must again be spiritually discerned, taught, and demonstrated according to Christ's command, with "signs following." Its Science must be apprehended by as many as believe on Christ and spiritually understand Truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:30

    (Healthful theology)
    It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to "forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts." It was our Master's 'theology which the impious sought to destroy.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:23


    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be good, and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He makes is good and will stand forever. If the transgression of God's law produces sickness, it is right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should not if we could, annul the decrees of wisdom. It is the transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness. The remedy is Truth, not matter, - the truth that disease is unreal.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 227:21

    (Standard of liberty)
    Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: "Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!" Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the "glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your divine right. The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and defaced the tablet of your being.


Section 5


Psalm 68:20

    20 He that is our God is the God of
salvation; and unto God the Lord
belong the issues from death.

***
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 5:26

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:15-18


    (No proof of immortality)
    Life, Love, Truth, is the only proof of immortality.
    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:1

  (- MORTAL MIND - A suppositional material sense, ^alias^ the belief that sensation is in matter, which is sensationless)


    (-4- Life the creator)
    IV. God is divine Life, and Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow. If life were in mortal man or material things, it would be subject to their limitations and would end in death. Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His creations. If He dwelt within what He creates, God would not be reflected but absorbed, and the Science of being would be forever lost through a mortal sense, which falsely testifies to a beginning and an end.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:31

(11) Question: Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
ADAM = The first god of mythology.
Topic: Substance


    (The test of experience)
    This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out suppositional error and heals the sick.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 561:16


    (Divinity and humanity)
    John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration, - reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.


Section 6


I John 4:7,8,10-12

    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.

    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.

    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:1


    (Immortal achieval)
    Jesus' life proved, divinely and scientifically, that God is Love, whereas priest and rabbi affirmed God to be a mighty potentate, who loves and hates. The Jewish theology gave no hint of the unchanging love of God.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:6


    (Native nothingness of sin)
    "Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer. In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:4


    (Reflected likeness)
    The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - Causation considered
23 1 - One primal cause
23 1 - Spirit the starting-point
23 1 - All force mental
23 1 - Soul not confined in body
23 1 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
23 2 - Ideas and identities
23 2 - -6- The universal cause
23 2 - Perfection of creation
23 2 - God and His image
23 2 - -22- The real manhood
23 3 - No new creation
23 3 - Mind the only cause
23 3 - Human egotism
23 3 - Human reflection
23 3 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 3 - The Fatherhood of God
23 4 - The demonstration lost and found
23 4 - Healthful theology
23 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
23 4 - Standard of liberty
23 5 - No proof of immortality
23 5 - Mind's manifestations immortal
23 5 - -4- Life the creator
23 5 - The test of experience
23 5 - Divinity and humanity
23 6 - No material creation
23 6 - Immortal achieval
23 6 - Native nothingness of sin
23 6 - Reflected likeness


December 3,1899

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 121:8

    8 The Lord shall preserve thy going
out and thy coming in from this time
forth, and even for evermore.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 16:1-3,5-11

    1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee
do I put my trust.

    2 O my soul, thou hast said unto
the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my
goodness extendeth not to thee;

    3 But to the saints that are in the
earth, and to the excellent, in whom
is all my delight.

    5 The Lord is the portion of mine
inheritance and of my cup: thou
maintainest my lot.

    6 The lines are fallen unto me in
pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly
heritage.

    7 I will bless the Lord, who hath
given me counsel: my reins also
instruct me in the night seasons.

    8 I have set the Lord always before
me: because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved.

    9 Therefore my heart is glad, and
my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also
shall rest in hope.

    10 For thou wilt not leave my soul
in hell; neither wilt thou suffer
thine Holy One to see corruption.

    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.


Section 1


Daniel 6:16-23,26,27

    16 Then the king commanded, and
they brought Daniel, and cast him
into the den of lions. Now the king
spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God
whom thou servest continually, he
will deliver thee.

    17 And a stone was brought, and
laid upon the mouth of the den; and
the king sealed it with his own
signet, and with the signet of his
lords; that the purpose might not be
changed concerning Daniel.

    18 #Then the king went to his
palace, and passed the night fasting:
neither were instruments of musick
brought before him: and his sleep
went from him.

    19 Then the king arose very early
in the morning, and went in haste
unto the den of lions.

    20 And when he came to the den, he
cried with a lamentable voice unto
Daniel: and the king spake and said
to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the
living God, is thy God, whom thou
servest continually, able to deliver
thee from the lions?

    21 Then said Daniel unto the king,
O king, live for ever.

    22 My God hath sent his angel, and
hath shut the lions' mouths, that they
have not hurt me: forasmuch as before
him innocency was found in me; and
also before thee, O king, have I done
no hurt.

    23 Then was the king exceeding glad
for him, and commanded that they
should take Daniel up out of the den.
So Daniel was taken up out of the
den, and no manner of hurt was found
upon him, because he believed in his
God.

    26 I make a decree, That in every
dominion of my kingdom men tremble
and fear before the God of Daniel:
for he is the living God, and
stedfast for ever, and his kingdom
that which shall not be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be even unto
the end.

    27 He delivereth and rescueth, and
he worketh signs and wonders in heaven
and in earth, who hath delivered
Daniel from the power of the lions.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:26-2


    (Creatures of God useful)
    Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:16-18


    (The armor of divinity)
    Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25-27


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:20-2

    (Superiority to sickness and sin)
    To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's relation to God, - to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.
    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, - planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," - can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:10(begin The)


    (Higher hope) The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness. Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.


Section 2


Isaiah 41:10-13

    10 #Fear thou not; for I am with
thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I
will help thee; yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of my
righteousness.

    11 Behold, all they that were
incensed against thee shall be
ashamed and confounded: they shall be
as nothing; and they that strive with
thee shall perish.

    12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt
not find them, even them that
contended with thee: they that war
against thee shall be as nothing, and
as a thing of nought.

    13 For I the Lord thy God will hold
thy right hand, saying unto thee,
Fear not; I will help thee.

***
Psalm 27:1-3,5

    1 The Lord is my light and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? the
Lord is the strength of my life; of
whom shall I be afraid?

    2 When the wicked, even mine
enemies and my foes, came upon me to
eat up my flesh, they stumbled and
fell.

    3 Though an host should encamp
against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in
this will I be confident.

    5 For in the time of trouble he
shall hide me in his pavilion: in the
secret of his tabernacle shall he
hide me; he shall set me up upon a
rock.
Psalm 23:4

    4 Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me.
Psalm 34:4

    4 I sought the Lord, and he heard
me, and delivered me from all my
fears.

586:11 Chapter 17: Glossary
(FEAR)

    FEAR. Heat; inflammation; anxiety; ignorance; error; desire; caution.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:8-10


    (No laws of matter)
    When infringing some supposed law, you say that there is danger. This fear is the danger and induces the physical effects.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:14

    (Ghost-stories inducing fear)
    Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bondage to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive sufferings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine Science is the only way out of this condition.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 411:27-1

    (Unspoken pleading)
    Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger. Watch the result of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 176:17


    (Our modern Eves)
    Human fear of miasma would load with disease the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:14


    (Love frees from fear)
    The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources of man's enslavement. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," but the Scriptures also declare, through the exalted thought of John, that "perfect Love casteth out fear."


Section 3


II Thessalonians 3:3

    3 But the Lord is faithful, who
shall stablish you, and keep you from
evil.

***
Job 5:19,20

    19 He shall deliver thee in six
troubles: yea, in seven there shall
no evil touch thee.

    20 In famine he shall redeem thee
from death: and in war from the power
of the sword.

***
Psalm 91:10,11

    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.
Psalm 121:5-8

    5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord
is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    6 The sun shall not smite thee by
day, nor the moon by night.

    7 The Lord shall preserve thee from
all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.


    8 The Lord shall preserve thy going
out and thy coming in from this time
forth, and even for evermore.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:30-5(to .)


    (Mental despotism)
    Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness. Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community. The Apostle Paul refers to the personification of evil as "the god of this world," and further defines it as dishonesty and craftiness.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:21


    (The one real power)
    Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:21


    (Mythical serpent)
    Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love? The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil. We have nothing in the animal kingdom which represents the species described, - a talking serpent, - and should rejoice that evil, by whatever figure presented, contradicts itself and has neither origin nor support in Truth and good. Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:19-22


    (Touchstone of Science)
    The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:12


    (The strength of Spirit) Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.


Section 4


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.

Psalm 67:1,2

    1 God be merciful unto us, and
bless us; and cause his face to shine
upon us;

    2 That thy way may be known upon
earth, thy saving health among all
nations.

***
Jeremiah 30:17

    17 For I will restore health unto
thee, and I will heal thee of thy
wounds, saith the Lord; because they
called thee an Outcast, saying, This
is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jeremiah 33:6

    6 Behold, I will bring it health
and cure, and I will cure them, and
will reveal unto them the abundance
of peace and truth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:1


    (Belief and understanding)
    The so-called laws of health are simply laws of mortal belief. The premises being erroneous, the conclusions are wrong. Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:9


    (Hospitality to health and good)
    We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 166:15-32


    (Health from reliance on spirituality)
    The erring human mind is inharmonious in itself. From it arises the inharmonious body. To ignore God as of little use in sickness is a mistake. Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of bodily trouble, and waiting for the hour of strength in which to acknowledge Him, we should learn that He can do all things for us in sickness as in health.
    Failing to recover health through adherence to physiology and hygiene, the despairing invalid often drops them, and in his extremity and only as a last resort, turns to God. The invalid's faith in the divine Mind is less than in drugs, air, and exercise, or he would have resorted to Mind first. The balance of power is conceded to be with matter by most of the medical systems; but when Mind at last asserts its mastery over sin, disease, and death, then is man found to be harmonious and immortal.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 120:15


    (Health and the senses)
    Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.


Section 5


Mark 5:1,2,6,8,12-15

    1 And they came over unto the
other side of the sea, into the
country of the Gadarenes.

    2 And when he was come out of the
ship, immediately there met him out
of the tombs a man with an unclean
spirit,

    6 But when he saw Jesus afar off,
he ran and worshipped him,

    8 For he said unto him, Come out of
the man, thou unclean spirit.

    12 And all the devils besought him,
saying, Send us into the swine, that
we may enter into them.

    13 And forthwith Jesus gave them
leave. And the unclean spirits went
out, and entered into the swine: and
the herd ran violently down a steep
place into the sea, (they were about
two thousand;) and were choked in the
sea.

    14 And they that fed the swine
fled, and told it in the city, and in
the country. And they went out to see
what it was that was done.

    15 And they come to Jesus, and see
him that was possessed with the devil,
and had the legion, sitting, and
clothed, and in his right mind: and
they were afraid.

***
II Timothy 1:7

    7 For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 414:4


    (Cure of insanity)
    The treatment of insanity is especially interesting. However obstinate the case, it yields more readily than do most diseases to the salutary action of truth, which counteracts error. The arguments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter, brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:3

    (Mind heals brain-disease)
    Because mortal mind is kept active, must it pay the penalty in a softened brain? Who dares to say that actual Mind can be overworked? When we reach our limits of mental endurance, we conclude that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far; but when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:21

    (Immortal memory)
    If delusion says, "I have lost my memory," contradict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 400:26

    (Mortal mind controlled)
    The action of so-called mortal mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being. Without divine control there is discord, manifest as sin, sickness, and death.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:8

(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)
    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.


Section 6


Jeremiah 10:23

    23 #O Lord, I know that the way of
man is not in himself: it is not in
man that walketh to direct his steps.

***
Psalm 16:11

    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.
Psalm 36:9

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

Psalm 91:14-16

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:20-31


    (Undesirable records)
    Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.
    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31-2


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:19

    (Intelligent consecration)
    We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:32


    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Creatures of God useful
24 1 - The armor of divinity
24 1 - Priestly pride humbled
24 1 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 1 - Higher hope
24 2 - No laws of matter
24 2 - Ghost-stories inducing fear
24 2 - Unspoken pleading
24 2 - Our modern Eves
24 2 - Love frees from fear
24 3 - Mental despotism
24 3 - The one real power
24 3 - Mythical serpent
24 3 - Touchstone of Science
24 3 - The strength of Spirit
24 4 - Belief and understanding
24 4 - Hospitality to health and good
24 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
24 4 - Health and the senses
24 5 - Cure of insanity
24 5 - Mind heals brain-disease
24 5 - Immortal memory
24 5 - Mortal mind controlled
24 5 - Exercise of Mind faculties
24 6 - Undesirable records
24 6 - True life eternal
24 6 - Life all-inclusive
24 6 - Intelligent consecration
24 6 - Abiding in Life


December 17,1899

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 102:16-22,25-28

    16 When the Lord shall build up
Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

    17 He will regard the prayer of the
destitute, and not despise their
prayer.

    18 This shall be written for the
generation to come: and the people
which shall be created shall praise
the Lord.

    19 For he hath looked down from the
height of his sanctuary; from heaven
did the Lord behold the earth;

    20 To hear the groaning of the
prisoner; to loose those that are
appointed to death;

    21 To declare the name of the Lord
in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

    22 When the people are gathered
together, and the kingdoms, to serve
the Lord.

    25 Of old hast thou laid the
foundation of the earth: and the
heavens are the work of thy hands.

    26 They shall perish, but thou
shalt endure: yea, all of them shall
wax old like a garment; as a vesture
shalt thou change them, and they
shall be changed:

    27 But thou art the same, and thy
years shall have no end.

    28 The children of thy servants
shall continue, and their seed shall
be established before thee.


Section 1


Nehemiah 9:6

    6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone;
thou hast made heaven, the heaven of
heavens, with all their host, the
earth, and all things that are
therein, the seas, and all that is
therein, and thou preservest them
all; and the host of heaven
worshippeth thee.

***
Jeremiah 51:10,15

    10 The Lord hath brought forth our
righteousness: come, and let us
declare in Zion the work of the Lord
our God.

    15 He hath made the earth by his
power, he hath established the world
by his wisdom, and hath stretched out
the heaven by his understanding.

***
Proverbs 3:19

    19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded
the earth; by understanding hath he
established the heavens.

***
Isaiah 40:26,28

    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.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5-8


    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:5


    (No material creation)
    All things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:25


    (True theory of the universe)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:28-9


    (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. Christian Science, as demonstrated by Jesus, alone reveals the natural, divine Principle of Science.
    Matter and its claims of sin, sickness, and death are contrary to God, and cannot emanate from Him. There is no material truth. The physical senses can take no cognizance of God and spiritual Truth. Human belief has sought out many inventions, but not one of them can solve the problem of being without the divine Principle of divine Science. Deductions from material hypotheses are not scientific. They differ from real Science because they are not based on the divine law.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:28


    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material. Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to the level of a human or material belief, called mortal man. But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all - as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind's infinite idea, man and the universe, is the product. 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.


Section 2


Isaiah 41:21,24,29

    21 Produce your cause, saith the
Lord; bring forth your strong
reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

    24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and
your work of nought: an abomination
is he that chooseth you.

    29 Behold, they are all vanity;
their works are nothing: their molten
images are wind and confusion.

***
Matthew 15:9,11-13

    9 But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.

    11 Not that which goeth into the
mouth defileth a man; but that which
cometh out of the mouth, this
defileth a man.

    12 Then came his disciples, and
said unto him, Knowest thou that the
Pharisees were offended, after they
heard this saying?

    13 But he answered and said, Every
plant, which my heavenly Father hath
not planted, shall be rooted up.

***
Zechariah 4:6

    6 Then he answered and spake unto
me, saying, This is the word of the
Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by
might, nor by power, but by my
spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

***
II Corinthians 10:3-5

    3 For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh:

    4 (For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strong
holds;)

    5 Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

***
Revelation 21:1,5

    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.

    5 And he that sat upon the throne
said, Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me, Write: for these
words are true and faithful.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:15


    (Embryonic evolution)
    In its history of mortality, Darwin's theory of evolution from a material basis is more consistent than most theories. Briefly, this is Darwin's theory, - that Mind produces its opposite, matter, and endues matter with power to recreate the universe, including man. Material evolution implies that the great First Cause must become material, and afterwards must either return to Mind or go down into dust and nothingness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:32-10

    (Causation not in matter)
    The ancient and hypothetical question, Which is first, the egg or the bird? is answered, if the egg produces the parent. But we cannot stop here. Another question follows: Who or what produces the parent of the egg? That the earth was hatched from the "egg of night" was once an accepted theory. Heathen philosophy, modern geology, and all other material hypotheses deal with causation as contingent on matter and as necessarily apparent to the corporeal senses, even where the proof requisite to sustain this assumption is undiscovered.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 549:20

    (The three processes)
    Here these material researches culminate in such vague hypotheses as must necessarily attend false systems, which rely upon physics and are devoid of metaphysics.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:3


    (Genera classified)
    Vertebrata, articulata, mollusca, and radiata are mortal and material concepts classified, and are supposed to possess life and mind. These false beliefs will disappear, when the radiation of Spirit destroys forever all belief in intelligent matter. Then will the new heaven and new earth appear, for the former things will have passed away.


Section 3


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.

***
Matthew 14:22-27

    22 #And straightway Jesus
constrained his disciples to get into
a ship, and to go before him unto the
other side, while he sent the
multitudes away.

    23 And when he had sent the
multitudes away, he went up into a
mountain apart to pray: and when the
evening was come, he was there alone.


    24 But the ship was now in the
midst of the sea, tossed with waves:
for the wind was contrary.

    25 And in the fourth watch of the
night Jesus went unto them, walking
on the sea.

    26 And when the disciples saw him
walking on the sea, they were
troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and
they cried out for fear.

    27 But straightway Jesus spake unto
them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is
I; be not afraid.

***
John 20:26

    26 #And after eight days again his
disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors
being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, Peace be unto you.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:21-29


    (The story of error)
    Genesis ii. 6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.



    The Science and truth of the divine creation have been presented in the verses already considered, and now the opposite error, a material view of creation, is to be set forth. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:12

    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:1


    (Substance versus supposition)
    Is Spirit the source or creator of matter? Science reveals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter. Divine metaphysics explains away matter. Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science. The material senses oppose this, but there are no material senses, for matter has no mind. In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil. It is a false supposition, the notion that there is real substance-matter, the opposite of Spirit. Spirit, God, is infinite, all. Spirit can have no opposite.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:20-31

    (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 4


Proverbs 8:22-25

    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:

***
Psalm 100:3

    3 Know ye that the Lord he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we
ourselves; we are his people, and the
sheep of his pasture.

***
Matthew 23:9

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:10-15


    (Mental tillage)
    Man, created by God, was given dominion over the whole earth. The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind. Such fundamental errors send falsity into all human doctrines and conclusions, and do not accord infinity to Deity.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:24-28

    (Man springs from Mind) Did man, whom God created with a word, originate in an egg? When Spirit made all, did it leave aught for matter to create? Ideas of Truth alone are reflected in the myriad manifestations of Life, and thus it is seen that man springs solely from Mind.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:16-22

    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:13


    (Infinity's reflection)
    God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:26

(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?


    (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.


Section 5


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.

***
II Corinthians 3:18

    18 But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass the glory of
the Lord, are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.
II Corinthians 4:6

    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.

***
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:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:5-16


    (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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:20,28


    (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.
    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 - 515:22-8

    (Elohistic plurality)
    All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
    (Reflected likeness)
    Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 1 - No material creation
25 1 - True theory of the universe
25 1 - God the Principle of all
25 1 - Ever-appearing creation
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - Causation not in matter
25 2 - The three processes
25 2 - Mindless methods
25 2 - Genera classified
25 3 - The story of error
25 3 - The two records
25 3 - Substance versus supposition
25 3 - Human egotism
25 3 - Spiritual proofs of existence
25 4 - Mental tillage
25 4 - Man springs from Mind
25 4 - The origin of divinity
25 4 - Infinity's reflection
25 4 - Man inseperable from Spirit
25 5 - The divine reflection
25 5 - -6- The universal cause
25 5 - Mind's idea faultless
25 5 - Elohistic plurality
25 5 - Reflected likeness
25 5 - Love imparts beauty


December 24,1899

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 6:28,29

    28 Then said they unto him, What
shall we do, that we might work the
works of God?

    29 Jesus answered and said unto
them, This is the work of God, that
ye believe on him whom he hath sent.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 96

PSALM 96

    1 O sing unto the Lord a new song:
sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

    2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his
name; shew forth his salvation from
day to day.

    3 Declare his glory among the
heathen, his wonders among all
people.

    4 For the Lord is great, and
greatly to be praised: he is to be
feared above all gods.

    5 For all the gods of the nations
are idols: but the Lord made the
heavens.

    6 Honour and majesty are before
him: strength and beauty are in his
sanctuary.

    7 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds
of the people, give unto the Lord
glory and strength.

    8 Give unto the Lord the glory due
unto his name: bring an offering, and
come into his courts.

    9 O worship the Lord in the beauty
of holiness: fear before him, all the
earth.

    10 Say among the heathen that the
Lord reigneth: the world also shall
be established that it shall not be
moved: he shall judge the people
righteously.

    11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let
the earth be glad; let the sea roar,
and the fulness thereof.

    12 Let the field be joyful, and all
that is therein: then shall all the
trees of the wood rejoice

    13 Before the Lord: for he cometh,
for he cometh to judge the earth: he
shall judge the world with
righteousness, and the people with
his truth.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 4:35

    35 Unto thee it was shewed, that
thou mightest know that the Lord he
is God; there is none else beside
him.

***
I Samuel 2:2

    2 There is none holy as the Lord:
for there is none beside thee:
neither is there any rock like our
God.

***
Mark 12:29,32

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

    32 And the scribe said unto him,
Well, Master, thou hast said the
truth: for there is one God; and
there is none other but he:

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:12-15


    (Spiritual harmony)
    Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, "God is All-in-all," and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:21

    (Understanding imparted)
    Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, - Life, Truth, and Love, - and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:23

(11) Question: Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
ADAM = The first god of mythology.
Topic: Substance


    (The test of experience)
    Answer. - The author subscribed to an orthodox creed in early youth, and tried to adhere to it until she caught the first gleam of that which interprets God as above mortal sense. This view rebuked human beliefs, and gave the spiritual import, expressed through Science, of all that proceeds from the divine Mind. Since then her highest creed has been divine Science, which, reduced to human apprehension, she has named Christian Science. This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out suppositional error and heals the sick.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 511:11-13


    (Darkness scattered)
    In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has the impress of heaven, God is revealed as infinite light.


Section 2


John 14:12,16,17,26,27

    12 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto my Father.

    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.

    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace
I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:19

  (- MORTAL MIND - The opposite of Spirit, and therefore the opposite of God, or good)

    (-10- Holy Ghost or Comforter)
    X. Jesus demonstrated Christ; he proved that Christ is the divine idea of God - the Holy Ghost, or Comforter, revealing the divine Principle, Love, and leading into all truth.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:20-22,26


    (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.
    (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?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:27-4


    (Christian history)
    The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.
    The Christian martyrs were prophets of Christian Science. Through the uplifting and consecrating power of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corporeal senses, a victory which Science alone can explain.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 446:20


    (Exclusion of malpractice)
    To understand God strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus' word: "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."


Section 3


II Chronicles 6:19

    19 Have respect therefore to the
prayer of thy servant, and to his
supplication, O Lord my God, to
hearken unto the cry and the prayer
which thy servant prayeth before
thee:

***
Mark 11:24

    24 Therefore I say unto you, What
things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.

***
Acts 9:38-42

    38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh
to Joppa, and the disciples had heard
that Peter was there, they sent unto
him two men, desiring him that he
would not delay to come to them.

    39 Then Peter arose and went with
them. When he was come, they brought
him into the upper chamber: and all
the widows stood by him weeping, and
shewing the coats and garments which
Dorcas made, while she was with them.


    40 But Peter put them all forth,
and kneeled down, and prayed; and
turning him to the body said,
Tabitha, arise. And she opened her
eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat
up.

    41 And he gave her his hand, and
lifted her up, and when he had called
the saints and widows, presented her
alive.

    42 And it was known throughout all
Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:1


    (Prayer for the sick)
    "The prayer of faith shall save the sick," says the Scripture. What is this healing prayer? A mere request that God will heal the sick has no power to gain more of the divine presence than is always at hand. The beneficial effect of such prayer for the sick is on the human mind, making it act more powerfully on the body through a blind faith in God. This, however, is one belief casting out another, - a belief in the unknown casting out a belief in sickness. It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, - of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:31-13

    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
    (Spiritual sanctuary)
    So spake Jesus. The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love. Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa. The Father in secret is unseen to the physical senses, but He knows all things and rewards according to motives, not according to speech. To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:5

    (The chalice sacrificial)
    The world must grow to the spiritual understanding of prayer. If good enough to profit by Jesus' cup of earthly sorrows, God will sustain us under these sorrows. Until we are thus divinely qualified and are willing to drink his cup, millions of vain repetitions will never pour into prayer the unction of Spirit in demonstration of power and "with signs following." Christian Science reveals a necessity for overcoming the world, the flesh, and evil, and thus destroying all error.


Section 4


Isaiah 59:1,2,15-17

    1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot
hear:

    2 But your iniquities have
separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from
you, that he will not hear.

    15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that
departeth from evil maketh himself a
prey: and the Lord saw it, and it
displeased him that there was no
judgment.

    16 #And he saw that there was no
man, and wondered that there was no
intercessor: therefore his arm
brought salvation unto him; and his
righteousness, it sustained him.

    17 For he put on righteousness as a
breastplate, and an helmet of
salvation upon his head; and he put
on the garments of vengeance for
clothing, and was clad with zeal as a
cloak.
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!

***
Matthew 8:5-8,13-16

    5 #And when Jesus was entered into
Capernaum, there came unto him a
centurion, beseeching him,

    6 And saying, Lord, my servant
lieth at home sick of the palsy,
grievously tormented.

    7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will
come and heal him.

    8 The centurion answered and said,
Lord, I am not worthy that thou
shouldest come under my roof: but
speak the word only, and my servant
shall be healed.

    13 And Jesus said unto the
centurion, Go thy way; and as thou
hast believed, so be it done unto
thee. And his servant was healed in
the selfsame hour.

    14 #And when Jesus was come into
Peter's house, he saw his wife's
mother laid, and sick of a fever.

    15 And he touched her hand, and the
fever left her: and she arose, and
ministered unto them.

    16 #When the even was come, they
brought unto him many that were
possessed with devils: and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and
healed all that were sick:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:29-1

  (- 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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:7


    (Prophetic ignorance)
    Jesus instructed his disciples whereby to heal the sick through Mind instead of matter. He knew that the philosophy, Science, and proof of Christianity were in Truth, casting out all inharmony.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 457:28


    (Backsliders and mistakes)
    The Scientist's demonstration rests on one Principle, and there must and can be no opposite rule. Let this Principle be applied to the cure of disease without exploiting other means.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 462:13

    (Divided loyalty) Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 382:5-8


    (Hygiene excessive)
    If half the attention given to hygiene were given to the study of Christian Science and to the spiritualization of thought, this alone would usher in the millennium.


Section 5


John 8:1-7,9-11

    1 Jesus went unto the mount of
Olives.

    2 And early in the morning he came
again into the temple, and all the
people came unto him; and he sat
down, and taught them.

    3 And the scribes and Pharisees
brought unto him a woman taken in
adultery; and when they had set her
in the midst,

    4 They say unto him, Master, this
woman was taken in adultery, in the
very act.

    5 Now Moses in the law commanded
us, that such should be stoned: but
what sayest thou?

    6 This they said, tempting him,
that they might have to accuse him.
But Jesus stooped down, and with his
finger wrote on the ground, as though
he heard them not.

    7 So when they continued asking
him, he lifted up himself, and said
unto them, He that is without sin
among you, let him first cast a stone
at her.

    9 And they which heard it, being
convicted by their own conscience,
went out one by one, beginning at the
eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus
was left alone, and the woman
standing in the midst.

    10 When Jesus had lifted up
himself, and saw none but the woman,
he said unto her, Woman, where are
those thine accusers? hath no man
condemned thee?

    11 She said, No man, Lord. And
Jesus said unto her, Neither do I
condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:31


    (Asking amiss)
    Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin? Then "ye ask amiss." Without punishment, sin would multiply. Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 447:22


    (Expose sin without believing in it)
    A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:19-28


    (Temperance reform)
    This conviction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and increases his ability to master evil and to love good.


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness)
    Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require the same method and are inseparable in Truth.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:23(begin Sin)-25


    (Cancellation of human sin) Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ, - Truth and Life.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:31


    (Decapitation of error)
    The pains of sense are salutary, if they wrench away false pleasurable beliefs and transplant the affections from sense to Soul, where the creations of God are good, "rejoicing the heart." Such is the sword of Science, with which Truth decapitates error, materiality giving place to man's higher individuality and destiny.


Section 6


Isaiah 28:5,6

    5 In that day shall the Lord of
hosts be for a crown of glory, and
for a diadem of beauty, unto the
residue of his people,

    6 And for a spirit of judgment to
him that sitteth in judgment, and for
strength to them that turn the battle
to the gate.
Isaiah 25:8

    8 He will swallow up death in
victory; and the Lord God will wipe
away tears from off all faces; and
the rebuke of his people shall he
take away from off all the earth: for
the Lord hath spoken it.

***
I Corinthians 15:54,57,58

    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.

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:6-10


    (Victory over the grave)
    Our Master fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave. Jesus' deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:17-23


    (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. The great difficulty lies in ignorance of what God is. God, Life, Truth, and Love make man undying.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:23

    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. 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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Spiritual harmony
26 1 - Understanding imparted
26 1 - The test of experience
26 1 - Darkness scattered
26 2 - -7- Divine trinity
26 2 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
26 2 - Seeming and being
26 2 - New Testament basis
26 2 - Modern evangel
26 2 - Christian history
26 2 - Exclusion of malpractice
26 3 - Prayer for the sick
26 3 - Spiritualized consciousness
26 3 - Spiritual sanctuary
26 3 - The chalice sacrificial
26 4 - -28- Truth demonstrated
26 4 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
26 4 - Prophetic ignorance
26 4 - Backsliders and mistakes
26 4 - Divided loyalty
26 4 - Hygiene excessive
26 5 - Asking amiss
26 5 - Expose sin without believing in it
26 5 - Temperance reform
26 5 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
26 5 - Cancellation of human sin
26 5 - Decapitation of error
26 6 - Victory over the grave
26 6 - Mortality vanquished
26 6 - Christian standard
26 6 - A belief suicidal

List of all subheadings



01 1 - -7- Divine trinity
01 1 - God the Principle of all
01 1 - Intelligent consecration
01 2 - Goodness a portion of God
01 2 - Reversible propositions
01 2 - Spirit intangible
01 3 - Vain ecstasies
01 3 - Anthropomorphism
01 3 - No material creation
01 3 - Tritheism impossible
01 3 - No divine corporeality
01 3 - -Platform summation-
01 4 - Salvation is through reform
01 4 - Mortal mind dethroned
01 4 - Christ the ideal Truth
01 4 - Jesus not understood
01 5 - Salvation is through reform
01 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
01 5 - Proof in practice
01 5 - Deadness in sin
01 5 - Saviour's prediction
01 6 - Indestructible relationship
01 6 - -24- God the parent Mind
01 6 - -27- True idea of man
01 6 - Definition of man
01 6 - Charge of the Chief Justice
01 6 - Love imparts beauty
02 1 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
02 1 - Good indefinable
02 1 - Spiritual translation
02 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
02 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
02 1 - Spirit intangible
02 2 - Sacred sacrament
02 2 - Heavenly supplies
02 2 - Within the veil
02 3 - Spiritual refreshment
02 3 - Healing primary
02 3 - Spiritual interpretation
02 4 - The last breakfast
02 4 - Incisive questions
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 5 - The new Evangel
02 5 - Truth's volume
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 1 - Strong position
03 1 - Elimination of sickness
03 1 - Spiritual insight
03 1 - Understanding versus belief
03 2 - God's allness learned
03 2 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 2 - Prayerful ingratitude
03 2 - The sole governor
03 2 - Natural wonders
03 2 - Harmonious lifework
03 3 - Our footsteps heavenward
03 3 - Christian standard
03 3 - Life not contingent on matter
03 3 - Abiding in Life
03 4 - Discontent with life
03 4 - Physical science a blind belief
03 4 - Corporeal ignorance
03 4 - Life independent of matter
03 5 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 5 - Physicians' privilege
03 5 - A higher discovery
03 5 - Renewed selfhood
04 1 - The question of the ages
04 1 - Vain ecstasies
04 1 - Divine synonyms
04 1 - Divine allness
04 1 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Scientific basis
04 2 - No physical science
04 2 - Mathematics and scientific logic
04 2 - Christianity scientific
04 2 - Optical illustration of Science
04 2 - Animal magnetism error
04 3 - New Testament basis
04 3 - -7- Divine trinity
04 3 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
04 4 - Inadequate theories of creation
04 4 - Leaven of Truth
04 4 - Truth an alterative
04 4 - Scientific corrective
04 4 - Heralds of Science
04 5 - Love imparts beauty
04 5 - Right motives
04 5 - Sure reward of righteousness
04 5 - Redemption from selfishness
04 5 - Will-power unrighteous
04 5 - A bright outlook
04 6 - Physiology unscientific
04 6 - The Christ-element
04 6 - Followers of Jesus
04 6 - Death but an illusion
04 6 - Revelation of Science
04 6 - Key to the kingdom
05 1 - Definition of man
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 1 - Infinity measureless
05 2 - Spiritual origin
05 2 - Eternal beauty
05 2 - The divine loveliness
05 2 - Love's endowment
05 2 - Love imparts beauty
05 2 - Immaterial pleasure
05 3 - A definite rule discovered
05 3 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
05 3 - Help and discipline
05 4 - Mythical pleasure
05 4 - Good indefinable
05 4 - Divine synonyms
05 4 - Human frailty
05 4 - Efficacious petitions
05 5 - Fulfilment of the Law
05 5 - Illusions not ideas
05 5 - Redemption from selfishness
05 5 - Summit of aspiration
05 5 - Unfair discrimination
05 6 - Native nothingness of sin
05 6 - Man inseparable from Love
05 6 - Thoughts are things
05 6 - The spiritual mathematics
06 1 - Omnipotence set forth
06 1 - God and His image
06 1 - The divine reflection
06 1 - Two chief commands
06 2 - Continuity of thoughts
06 2 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
06 2 - Multiplication of pure ideas
06 2 - Spiritual proofs of existence
06 2 - Spiritual offspring
06 2 - Good indefinable
06 2 - Permanent sensibility
06 3 - -18- The only substance
06 3 - Substance versus supposition
06 3 - Spiritual tangibility
06 3 - Individualization
06 3 - Matter's supposed selfhood
06 3 - Chaos and darkness
06 3 - Spiritual reflection
06 4 - Spiritual law the only law
06 4 - Benefit of philanthropy
06 4 - Higher standard for mortals
06 4 - Spiritual power
06 5 - Denials of divine power
06 5 - Seemingly independent authority
06 5 - Mental narcotics
06 5 - Promise perpetual
06 5 - Life independent of matter
06 6 - Salvation and probation
06 6 - Progress demanded
06 6 - Spirit transforms
06 6 - Spiritual baptism
06 6 - Future purification
06 6 - Sin is punished
06 6 - Present salvation
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Sin only of the flesh
07 1 - The central intelligence
07 1 - Soul imperishable
07 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
07 2 - Real versus unreal
07 2 - Mankind redeemed
07 3 - Real being never lost
07 3 - Unscientific theories
07 3 - Creation perfect
07 3 - Mankind redeemed
07 3 - Soul not confined in body
07 3 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
07 4 - Scientific improvisation
07 4 - Good indefinable
07 4 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
07 4 - Eternal man recognized
07 4 - Testimony of sense
07 4 - Testimony of Soul
07 4 - Standpoints changed
07 4 - Spiritual concord
07 5 - True nature and origin
07 5 - Real and unreal identity
07 5 - Rebukes helpful
07 5 - The kingdom within
08 1 - Growth is from Mind
08 1 - Human falsities
08 1 - Limitless Mind
08 1 - Matter is not substance
08 1 - Mind the only cause
08 1 - Impossible coalescence
08 2 - Mortal mind's disappearance
08 2 - Spiritual freedom
08 2 - Man governed by Mind
08 2 - The infinitude of God
08 3 - Impossible partnership
08 3 - Like evolving like
08 3 - Higher statutes
08 3 - Scientific ultimatum
08 4 - Mental and physical oneness
08 4 - No material law
08 4 - Fatigue is mental
08 4 - Sickness akin to sin
08 5 - Mind the only healer
08 5 - A closed question
08 5 - Matter versus Spirit
08 5 - Jesus' own practice
08 5 - Our modern Eves
08 5 - One basis for all sickness
08 5 - True healing transcendent
08 5 - The strength of Spirit
08 6 - - Tenets -
08 6 - Divine study
08 6 - Mind destroys all ills
09 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 1 - -12- Messiah or Christ
09 1 - Spiritual government
09 1 - Salvation is through reform
09 2 - Spiritual conception
09 2 - -9- The Son of God
09 2 - Immaculate conception
09 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 3 - Jesus not God
09 3 - Jesus not understood
09 3 - Temple cleansed
09 3 - Fatal premises
09 3 - Inspiration of sacrifice
09 4 - Wicked evasions
09 4 - Proof in practice
09 4 - Opposition of materialists
09 4 - Absence of Christ-power
09 4 - Help and hindrance
09 5 - The true sonship
09 5 - Material pleasures
09 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
09 5 - The divine completeness
10 1 - Definitions of man
10 1 - No baneful creation
10 1 - -22- The real manhood
10 1 - God's idea the ideal man
10 1 - Elohistic plurality
10 1 - Love imparts beauty
10 2 - Spiritual freedom
10 2 - Matter versus Spirit
10 2 - Strong position
10 2 - Contradictions not found
10 2 - Creation reversed
10 3 - The curse removed
10 3 - The man of anatomy and of theology
10 3 - Physiology deficient
10 3 - Man not structural
10 3 - Priestly learning
10 3 - Healthful theology
10 4 - Divine personality
10 4 - Scientific man
10 4 - Injustice to the Saviour
10 5 - Job, on the resurrection
10 5 - Human frailty
10 5 - Sickness as discord
10 5 - Deformity and perfection
10 5 - Man never less than man
10 6 - Degrees of development
10 6 - Bodily presence
10 6 - Spiritualized consciousness
10 6 - Personal identity
10 6 - Vision opening
11 1 - -18- The only substance
11 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 1 - Spiritual thoughts
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 2 - -6- The universal cause
11 2 - Love and man coexistent
11 2 - Infinity measureless
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 3 - Judgment on error
11 4 - Substance spiritual
11 4 - False claims annihilated
11 4 - Uses of adversity
11 4 - Patient waiting
11 4 - Advancement by sacrifice
11 5 - Health and the senses
11 5 - Cure of insanity
11 5 - No healing in sin
11 5 - The leaves of healing
11 5 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - God's man discerned
11 6 - Reflected likeness
11 6 - Universal brotherhood
11 6 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - Watchfulness requisite
12 1 - Substance versus supposition
12 1 - The story of error
12 1 - The two records
12 1 - Erroneous representation
12 1 - Material inception
12 1 - Mist, or false claim
12 1 - Creation perfect
12 2 - Mindless methods
12 2 - Divine propagation
12 2 - Thought seen as substance
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Deflection of being
12 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
12 3 - One primal cause
12 3 - The divine and human contrasted
12 3 - Certain contradictions
12 3 - Matter versus Spirit
12 3 - Spiritual law the only law
12 3 - Beliefs illusive
12 3 - Corporeal penalties
12 4 - Mixed testimony
12 4 - Material knowledge illusive
12 4 - Useful knowledge
12 4 - Progeny cursed
12 4 - Idolatrous illusions
12 4 - Christ's reappearance
12 5 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 5 - Material personality
12 5 - God and His image
12 5 - No physical affinity
12 5 - Brain not intelligent
12 5 - God-given dominion
12 6 - Mental narcotics
12 6 - Drugs and divinity
12 6 - Modes of matter
12 6 - Transient potency of drugs
12 7 - God's allness learned
12 7 - Life independent of matter
12 7 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 1 - -31- Evil not produced by God
13 1 - Anthropomorphism
13 1 - Scientific evidence
13 1 - Impossible coalescence
13 2 - Spiritual firmament
13 2 - Chaos and darkness
13 2 - Right interpretation
13 2 - No miracles in Mind-methods
13 2 - Deformity and perfection
13 2 - Like evolving like
13 3 - Superstition obsolete
13 3 - Basis of miracles
13 3 - Unchanging Principle
13 3 - On sandy foundations
13 3 - A change demanded
13 4 - Light and darkness
13 4 - Spirit versus darkness
13 4 - Perceiving the divine image
13 5 - Mythology and materia medica
13 5 - Christian Science as old as God
13 5 - The main purpose
13 5 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 6 - Eternal man recognized
13 6 - So-called superiority
13 6 - Old and new man
13 6 - Man reflects God
13 7 - Truth's witness
13 7 - The one only way
13 7 - Annihilation of error
13 7 - Seemingly independent authority
14 1 - Imperfect terminology
14 1 - Man governed by Mind
14 1 - Mortal mind dethroned
14 1 - Elementary electricity
14 1 - The human counterfeit
14 2 - Harmony from Spirit
14 2 - The fruit forbidden
14 2 - Dwelling in dreamland
14 3 - Material error
14 3 - Author's parentage
14 3 - Two different artists
14 3 - Choose ye today
14 4 - Evil negative and self-destructive
14 4 - Iniquity overcome
14 4 - Evil nonexistent
14 4 - Vapor and nothingness
14 4 - Truth destroys falsity
14 5 - Sickness from mortal mind
14 5 - Essential element of Christianity
14 5 - Disease to be made unreal
14 5 - Mischievous imagination
14 5 - Steadfast and calm trust
14 6 - Death but an illusion
14 6 - Spiritual offspring
14 6 - Life not contingent on matter
14 6 - Mortality vanquished
14 6 - Vision opening
15 1 - Spiritual thoughts
15 1 - Destruction of all evil
15 1 - Superiority to sickness and sin
15 1 - God and His image
15 2 - Parable of the creditor
15 2 - Divine insight
15 2 - Christian warfare
15 3 - Mind can destroy all ills
15 3 - Knowledge and Truth
15 3 - Scientific corrective
15 3 - Destruction of all evil
15 4 - New era in Jesus
15 4 - Law and gospel
15 4 - Denials of divine power
15 4 - The real and the unreal
15 5 - Mind's manifestations immortal
15 5 - Right endeavor possible
15 5 - The things of God are beautiful
15 6 - Life independent of matter
15 6 - Careful guidance
15 6 - Benefits of metaphysics
15 6 - Man linked with Spirit
16 1 - Disease mental
16 1 - Delusions pagan and medical
16 1 - The great conflict
16 1 - Ontology needed
16 1 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
16 2 - Divine oneness
16 2 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
16 3 - Jesus' sinless career
16 3 - Spirit transforms
16 3 - Life's healing currents
16 3 - Radical changes
16 3 - Injustice to the Saviour
16 4 - Efficacious repentance
16 4 - Behest of the cross
16 4 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
16 5 - Help and hindrance
16 5 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 5 - Justice and substitution
16 6 - Absence of Christ-power
16 6 - Proof in practice
16 6 - Jesus' sinless career
16 6 - Moral victory
17 1 - Suicide and sin
17 1 - Mind one and all
17 1 - The present immortality
17 1 - No proof of immortality
17 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 1 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
17 2 - Salvation and probation
17 2 - Death outdone
17 2 - Victory over the grave
17 2 - Spiritual ascension
17 2 - Continuity of existence
17 2 - Life all-inclusive
17 3 - Truth's witness
17 3 - Uses of suffering
17 3 - Need and supply
17 4 - Death no advantage
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Scientific purgation
17 4 - Final purpose
17 4 - Righteous retribution
17 4 - Justice and substitution
17 4 - - Tenets -
17 5 - Loving God supremely
17 5 - Love impartial and universal
17 5 - Salvation and probation
18 1 - Cumulative repentance
18 1 - Universal panacea
18 1 - Vicarious suffering
18 2 - Spiritual insight
18 2 - Diabolism destroyed
18 2 - Murder brings its curse
18 2 - The fall of error
18 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 3 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 3 - Mental conspirators
18 3 - Appetites to be abandoned
18 4 - Progress demanded
18 4 - The doom of sin
18 4 - Moral retrogression
18 4 - Justice and substitution
18 4 - Image of the beast
18 4 - Peremptory demands
18 4 - Sin and penalty
18 5 - Righteous rebellion
18 5 - Sin to be overcome
18 5 - Sin only of the flesh
18 5 - Love frees from fear
18 5 - Moral courage
18 5 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
18 6 - True attainment
18 6 - God-given dominion
18 6 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
19 1 - Creation's counterfeit
19 1 - The effect of names
19 1 - Stages of existence
19 1 - The ascent of species
19 1 - Transmitted peculiarities
19 1 - Better basis than embryology
19 2 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 2 - Causation considered
19 2 - When man is man
19 2 - Man not structural
19 2 - Creation reversed
19 3 - Inspired interpretation
19 3 - Progeny cursed
19 3 - Thought-forms
19 3 - The serpent's whisper
19 3 - Record of error
19 3 - First evil suggestion
19 3 - Material personality
19 3 - Mental tillage
19 4 - Adam
19 4 - Corporeal ignorance
19 4 - The Christian's privilege
19 4 - Mortal birth and death
19 4 - Ascending the scale
19 5 - The Christ-element
19 5 - Contradictions not found
19 5 - Spirit and flesh
19 5 - Mortality mythical
19 5 - Scientific translations
20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - The kingdom within
20 1 - Prediction of a naturalist
20 1 - Native nothingness of sin
20 1 - Being is immortal
20 2 - Mortal existence a dream
20 2 - Soul impeccable
20 2 - Man unfallen
20 3 - The so-called physical ego
20 3 - Clay replying to the potter
20 3 - Mental and physical oneness
20 4 - Man linked with Spirit
20 4 - JUDAH
20 4 - Death an error
20 4 - Permanent sensibility
20 4 - Material body never God's idea
20 5 - Eradicate error from thought
20 5 - Mortal mind controlled
20 5 - The strength of Spirit
20 5 - Spiritual discovery
20 6 - Emergence of mortals
20 6 - Human frailty
20 6 - The Christ-element
20 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 6 - Dwelling in dreamland
20 6 - Mortals are not immortals
21 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
21 1 - The divine reflection
21 1 - Soul imperishable
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Reflection of Spirit
21 2 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 2 - Soul not confined in body
21 2 - Real being never lost
21 2 - Truth is not inverted
21 3 - Halfway success
21 3 - Perpetual motion
21 3 - Servants and masters
21 3 - God-given dominion
21 4 - Latent fear subdued
21 4 - Hospitality to health and good
21 4 - Unscientific introspection
21 4 - Blissful ignorance
21 5 - The Christ treatment
21 5 - Confirmation in a parable
21 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 6 - Evident impossibilities
21 6 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
21 6 - A clean mind and body
21 6 - God-given dominion
22 1 - The genus of error
22 1 - Knowledge of good and evil
22 2 - Fear of the serpent overcome
22 2 - Leprosy healed
22 2 - A so-called mind-cure
22 2 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 3 - Obligations of teachers
22 3 - Indispensable defence
22 3 - Impossible intercommunion
22 3 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 4 - Logic and revelation
22 4 - Elementary electricity
22 4 - False claims annihilated
22 4 - Manipulation unscientific
22 4 - Personal conclusions
22 4 - Mere negation
22 5 - Animal tendency
22 6 - Doom of the dragon
22 6 - The sting of the serpent
22 7 - Dragon cast down to earth
22 7 - Pure religion enthroned
23 1 - Causation considered
23 1 - One primal cause
23 1 - Spirit the starting-point
23 1 - All force mental
23 1 - Soul not confined in body
23 1 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
23 2 - Ideas and identities
23 2 - -6- The universal cause
23 2 - Perfection of creation
23 2 - God and His image
23 2 - -22- The real manhood
23 3 - No new creation
23 3 - Mind the only cause
23 3 - Human egotism
23 3 - Human reflection
23 3 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 3 - The Fatherhood of God
23 4 - The demonstration lost and found
23 4 - Healthful theology
23 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
23 4 - Standard of liberty
23 5 - No proof of immortality
23 5 - Mind's manifestations immortal
23 5 - -4- Life the creator
23 5 - The test of experience
23 5 - Divinity and humanity
23 6 - No material creation
23 6 - Immortal achieval
23 6 - Native nothingness of sin
23 6 - Reflected likeness
24 1 - Creatures of God useful
24 1 - The armor of divinity
24 1 - Priestly pride humbled
24 1 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 1 - Higher hope
24 2 - No laws of matter
24 2 - Ghost-stories inducing fear
24 2 - Unspoken pleading
24 2 - Our modern Eves
24 2 - Love frees from fear
24 3 - Mental despotism
24 3 - The one real power
24 3 - Mythical serpent
24 3 - Touchstone of Science
24 3 - The strength of Spirit
24 4 - Belief and understanding
24 4 - Hospitality to health and good
24 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
24 4 - Health and the senses
24 5 - Cure of insanity
24 5 - Mind heals brain-disease
24 5 - Immortal memory
24 5 - Mortal mind controlled
24 5 - Exercise of Mind faculties
24 6 - Undesirable records
24 6 - True life eternal
24 6 - Life all-inclusive
24 6 - Intelligent consecration
24 6 - Abiding in Life
25 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 1 - No material creation
25 1 - True theory of the universe
25 1 - God the Principle of all
25 1 - Ever-appearing creation
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - Causation not in matter
25 2 - The three processes
25 2 - Mindless methods
25 2 - Genera classified
25 3 - The story of error
25 3 - The two records
25 3 - Substance versus supposition
25 3 - Human egotism
25 3 - Spiritual proofs of existence
25 4 - Mental tillage
25 4 - Man springs from Mind
25 4 - The origin of divinity
25 4 - Infinity's reflection
25 4 - Man inseperable from Spirit
25 5 - The divine reflection
25 5 - -6- The universal cause
25 5 - Mind's idea faultless
25 5 - Elohistic plurality
25 5 - Reflected likeness
25 5 - Love imparts beauty
26 1 - Spiritual harmony
26 1 - Understanding imparted
26 1 - The test of experience
26 1 - Darkness scattered
26 2 - -7- Divine trinity
26 2 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
26 2 - Seeming and being
26 2 - New Testament basis
26 2 - Modern evangel
26 2 - Christian history
26 2 - Exclusion of malpractice
26 3 - Prayer for the sick
26 3 - Spiritualized consciousness
26 3 - Spiritual sanctuary
26 3 - The chalice sacrificial
26 4 - -28- Truth demonstrated
26 4 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
26 4 - Prophetic ignorance
26 4 - Backsliders and mistakes
26 4 - Divided loyalty
26 4 - Hygiene excessive
26 5 - Asking amiss
26 5 - Expose sin without believing in it
26 5 - Temperance reform
26 5 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
26 5 - Cancellation of human sin
26 5 - Decapitation of error
26 6 - Victory over the grave
26 6 - Mortality vanquished
26 6 - Christian standard
26 6 - A belief suicidal

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