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December 31,1899

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

Exodus 20:2,3

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

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 46

PSALM 46 To the chief
Musician for the sons
of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth

    1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

    2 Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed, and
though the mountains be carried into
the midst of the sea;

    3 Though the waters thereof roar
and be troubled, though the mountains
shake with the swelling thereof.


    4 There is a river, the streams
whereof shall make glad the city of
God, the holy place of the
tabernacles of the most High.

    5 God is in the midst of her; she
shall not be moved: God shall help
her, and that right early.

    6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms
were moved: he uttered his voice, the
earth melted.

    7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the
God of Jacob is our refuge.

    8 Come, behold the works of the
Lord, what desolations he hath made
in the earth.

    9 He maketh wars to cease unto the
end of the earth; he breaketh the bow,
and cutteth the spear in sunder; he
burneth the chariot in the fire.

    10 Be still, and know that I am
God: I will be exalted among the
heathen, I will be exalted in the
earth.

    11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.


Section 1


II Samuel 7:22

    22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord
God: for there is none like thee,
neither is there any God beside thee,
according to all that we have heard
with our ears.

***
Psalm 77:13

    13 Thy way, O God, is in the
sanctuary: who is so great a God as
our God?

***
John 4:24

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

***
I John 4:13

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:11-15

  (- 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:31

    (The divine reflection)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:19

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)

    (-2- The deific definitions)
    II. God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be, - Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:3

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 4:39

    39 Know therefore this day, and
consider it in thine heart, that the
Lord he is God in heaven above, and
upon the earth beneath: there is none
else.
Deuteronomy 5:6,7

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

    7 Thou shalt have none other gods
before me.
Deuteronomy 6:4

    4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God
is one Lord:
Deuteronomy 10:12,13

    12 #And now, Israel, what doth the
Lord thy God require of thee, but to
fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all
his ways, and to love him, and to
serve the Lord thy God with all thy
heart and with all thy soul,

    13 To keep the commandments of the
Lord, and his statutes, which I
command thee this day for thy good?

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:5


    (The infinitude of God)
    God is one. The allness of Deity is His oneness. Generically man is one, and specifically man means all men.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 414:21-22(to .")


    (Cure of insanity)
    The Scripture declares, "The Lord He is God [good]; there is none else beside Him."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1,17-18


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


Section 3


Genesis 17:1

    1 And when Abram was ninety years
old and nine, the Lord appeared to
Abram, and said unto him, I am the
Almighty God; walk before me, and be
thou perfect.

***
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.

***
Psalm 91:1

    1 He that dwelleth in the secret
place of the most High shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty.

581:3 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ALMIGHTY)

    ALMIGHTY. All-power; infinity; omnipotence.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:1


    (Unescapable dilemma)
    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, - that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, - we disown the Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and consider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the creator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disasters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpetual misrule in the form and under the name of natural law.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:25


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:14


    (God-given dominion) 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.


Section 4


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.

***
Psalm 33:4,9

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

    9 For he spake, and it was done; he
commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalm 76:8,9

    8 Thou didst cause judgment to be
heard from heaven; the earth feared,
and was still,

    9 When God arose to judgment, to
save all the meek of the earth.

***
Isaiah 61:11

    11 For as the earth bringeth forth
her bud, and as the garden causeth the
things that are sown in it to spring
forth; so the Lord God will cause
righteousness and praise to spring
forth before all the nations.

***
Ezekiel 20:37

    37 And I will cause you to pass
under the rod, and I will bring you
into the bond of the covenant:

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.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:20

    (No new creation)
    There can be but one creator, who has created all. Whatever seems to be a new creation, is but the discovery of some distant idea of Truth; else it is a new multiplication or self-division of mortal thought, as when some finite sense peers from its cloister with amazement and attempts to pattern the infinite.

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 5


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.

    13 Thou shalt be perfect with the
Lord thy God.

***
II Timothy 3:16,17

    16 All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in
righteousness:

    17 That the man of God may be
perfect, throughly furnished unto all
good works.

***
Matthew 5:48

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

***
Luke 13:31,32

    31 #The same day there came certain
of the Pharisees, saying unto him,
Get thee out, and depart hence: for
Herod will kill thee.

    32 And he said unto them, Go ye,
and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out
devils, and I do cures to day and to
morrow, and the third day I shall be
perfected.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:11,15,22-12


    (God's man discerned)
    The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, - perfect God and perfect man, - as the basis of thought and demonstration.
    (The divine image not lost)
    If man was once perfect but has now lost his perfection, then mortals have never beheld in man the reflex image of God. The lost image is no image. The true likeness cannot be lost in divine reflection. Understanding this, Jesus said: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
    (Immortal models)
    Mortal thought transmits its own images, and forms its offspring after human illusions. God, Spirit, works spiritually, not materially. Brain or matter never formed a human concept. Vibration is not intelligence; hence it is not a creator. Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results.
    Deducing one's conclusions as to man from imperfection instead of perfection, one can no more arrive at the true conception or understanding of man, and make himself like it, than the sculptor can perfect his outlines from an imperfect model, or the painter can depict the form and face of Jesus, while holding in thought the character of Judas.
    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:22(begin In)


    (Immortal memory) 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:18-24

(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) Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal. 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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:19


    (Perfection requisite) When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, - towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:14

    (Man inseparable from Love)
    The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.


Section 6


Habakkuk 1:13

    13 Thou art of purer eyes than to
behold evil, and canst not look on
iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon
them that deal treacherously, and
holdest thy tongue when the wicked
devoureth the man that is more
righteous than he?

***
Job 35:13,14

    13 Surely God will not hear vanity,
neither will the Almighty regard it.

    14 Although thou sayest thou shalt
not see him, yet judgment is before
him; therefore trust thou in him.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:4


    (Mortality mythical) Spirit, God, never germinates, but is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:19,30


    (Copartnership impossible) God is as incapable of producing sin, sickness, and death as He is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Him to create man subject to this triad of errors, - man who is made in the divine likeness?
    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    Does subsequent follow its antecedent? It does. Was there original self-creative sin? Then there must have been more than one creator, more than one God. In common justice, we must admit that God will not punish man for doing what He created man capable of doing, and knew from the outset that man would do. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.


Section 7


Luke 20:37,38

    37 Now that the dead are raised,
even Moses shewed at the bush, when
he calleth the Lord the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob.

    38 For he is not a God of the dead,
but of the living: for all live unto
him.

***
Ephesians 1:3,22,23

    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:

    22 And hath put all things under
his feet, and gave him to be the head
over all things to the church,

    23 Which is his body, the fulness
of him that filleth all in all.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:2

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:11-16

  (- MORTAL MIND - Nothing claiming to be something, for Mind is immortal)


    (-5- Allness of Spirit)
    V. The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all. From this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence except the divine Mind and His ideas. The Scriptures also declare that God is Spirit. Therefore in Spirit all is harmony, and there can be no discord; all is Life, and there is no death.


Section 8


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.

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
01 1 - The divine reflection
01 1 - -2- The deific definitions
01 1 - Vapor and nothingness
01 2 - The infinitude of God
01 2 - Cure of insanity
01 2 - Universal brotherhood
01 2 - Perfection requisite
01 3 - Unescapable dilemma
01 3 - One supremacy
01 3 - God-given dominion
01 4 - Causation considered
01 4 - Mind the only cause
01 4 - No new creation
01 4 - Soul not confined in body
01 4 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
01 5 - God's man discerned
01 5 - The divine image not lost
01 5 - Immortal models
01 5 - Spiritual discovery
01 5 - Immortal memory
01 5 - Scientific translations
01 5 - Perfection requisite
01 5 - Man inseparable from Love
01 6 - Mortality mythical
01 6 - Copartnership impossible
01 6 - Two infinite creators absurd
01 7 - -5- Allness of Spirit
01 8 - Salvation is through reform
01 8 - Mortal mind dethroned
01 8 - Christ the ideal Truth
01 8 - Jesus not understood


June 10,1900

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

John 6:35

    35 And Jesus said unto them, I am
the bread of life: he that cometh to
me shall never hunger; and he that
believeth on me shall never thirst.


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 9:6-12,19,20,22-24,28

    6 Now when these things were thus
ordained, the priests went always
into the first tabernacle,
accomplishing the service of God.

    7 But into the second went the high
priest alone once every year, not
without blood, which he offered for
himself, and for the errors of the
people:

    8 The Holy Ghost this signifying,
that the way into the holiest of all
was not yet made manifest, while as
the first tabernacle was yet
standing:

    9 Which was a figure for the time
then present, in which were offered
both gifts and sacrifices, that could
not make him that did the service
perfect, as pertaining to the
conscience;

    10 Which stood only in meats and
drinks, and divers washings, and
carnal ordinances, imposed on them
until the time of reformation.

    11 But Christ being come an high
priest of good things to come, by a
greater and more perfect tabernacle,
not made with hands, that is to say,
not of this building;

    12 Neither by the blood of goats
and calves, but by his own blood he
entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption
for us.

    19 For when Moses had spoken every
precept to all the people according to
the law, he took the blood of calves
and of goats, with water, and scarlet
wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both
the book, and all the people,

    20 Saying, This is the blood of the
testament which God hath enjoined
unto you.

    22 And almost all things are by the
law purged with blood; and without
shedding of blood is no remission.

    23 It was therefore necessary that
the patterns of things in the heavens
should be purified with these; but
the heavenly things themselves with
better sacrifices than these.

    24 For Christ is not entered into
the holy places made with hands,
which are the figures of the true;
but into heaven itself, now to appear
in the presence of God for us:

    28 So Christ was once offered to
bear the sins of many; and unto them
that look for him shall he appear the
second time without sin unto
salvation.


Section 1


Exodus 12:1-3,8,12,13

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses
and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
saying,

    2 This month shall be unto you the
beginning of months: it shall be the
first month of the year to you.

    3 #Speak ye unto all the
congregation of Israel, saying, In
the tenth day of this month they
shall take to them every man a lamb,
according to the house of their
fathers, a lamb for an house:

    8 And they shall eat the flesh in
that night, roast with fire, and
unleavened bread; and with bitter
herbs they shall eat it.

    12 For I will pass through the land
of Egypt this night, and will smite
all the firstborn in the land of
Egypt, both man and beast; and
against all the gods of Egypt I will
execute judgment: I am the Lord.

    13 And the blood shall be to you
for a token upon the houses where ye
are: and when I see the blood, I will
pass over you, and the plague shall
not be upon you to destroy you, when
I smite the land of Egypt.

***
Hebrews 11:24,25,28

    24 By faith Moses, when he was come
to years, refused to be called the
son of Pharaoh's daughter;

    25 Choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God,
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin
for a season;

    28 Through faith he kept the
passover, and the sprinkling of
blood, lest he that destroyed the
firstborn should touch them.

***
Psalm 91:9,10

    9 Because thou hast made the Lord,
which is my refuge, even the most
High, thy habitation;

    10 There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh
thy dwelling.

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:31


    (Pangs caused by the press)
    The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and diseases among the human family. It does this by giving names to diseases and by printing long descriptions which mirror images of disease distinctly in thought. A new name for an ailment affects people like a Parisian name for a novel garment. Every one hastens to get it. A minutely described disease costs many a man his earthly days of comfort. What a price for human knowledge! But the price does not exceed the original cost. God said of the tree of knowledge, which bears the fruit of sin, disease, and death, "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:15,25-27


    (Arena of contest)
    The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.
    (Millennial glory)
    As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end.


Section 2


Exodus 19:9-11

    9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo,
I come unto thee in a thick cloud,
that the people may hear when I speak
with thee, and believe thee for ever.
And Moses told the words of the
people unto the Lord.

    10 #And the Lord said unto Moses,
Go unto the people, and sanctify them
to day and to morrow, and let them
wash their clothes,

    11 And be ready against the third
day: for the third day the Lord will
come down in the sight of all the
people upon mount Sinai.

***
Hosea 12:9,10,13

    9 And I that am the Lord thy God
from the land of Egypt will yet make
thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in
the days of the solemn feast.

    10 I have also spoken by the
prophets, and I have multiplied
visions, and used similitudes, by the
ministry of the prophets.

    13 And by a prophet the Lord
brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a
prophet was he preserved.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:23-26

  (- 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 139:4-9


    (Marvels and reformations)
    From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter. Moses proved the power of Mind by what men called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha. The Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:4-7


    (Spiritual foreshadowings)
    The prophet of to-day beholds in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of the Christianity which heals the sick and destroys error, and no other sign shall be given.


Section 3


Isaiah 25:1,6-8

    1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will
exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful things;
thy counsels of old are faithfulness
and truth.

    6 #And in this mountain shall the
Lord of hosts make unto all people a
feast of fat things, a feast of wines
on the lees, of fat things full of
marrow, of wines on the lees well
refined.

    7 And he will destroy in this
mountain the face of the covering
cast over all people, and the vail
that is spread over all nations.

    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.

***
Matthew 17:1-6,9

    1 And after six days Jesus taketh
Peter, James, and John his brother,
and bringeth them up into an high
mountain apart,

    2 And was transfigured before them:
and his face did shine as the sun,
and his raiment was white as the
light.

    3 And, behold, there appeared unto
them Moses and Elias talking with him.


    4 Then answered Peter, and said
unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us
to be here: if thou wilt, let us make
here three tabernacles; one for thee,
and one for Moses, and one for Elias.


    5 While he yet spake, behold, a
bright cloud overshadowed them: and
behold a voice out of the cloud,
which said, This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased; hear ye
him.

    6 And when the disciples heard it,
they fell on their face, and were sore
afraid.

    9 And as they came down from the
mountain, Jesus charged them, saying,
Tell the vision to no man, until the
Son of man be risen again from the
dead.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:20-22


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:22

    (Elohistic plurality)
    All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:11-12


    (Good indefinable) Every step towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:28


    (Rising to the light)
    The third stage in the order of Christian Science is an important one to the human thought, letting in the light of spiritual understanding. This period corresponds to the resurrection, when Spirit is discerned to be the Life of all, and the deathless Life, or Mind, dependent upon no material organization. Our Master reappeared to his students, - to their apprehension he rose from the grave, - on the third day of his ascending thought, and so presented to them the certain sense of eternal Life.


Section 4


Matthew 26:17-19,26

    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.

    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.

***
John 6:50,51

    50 This is the bread which cometh
down from heaven, that a man may eat
thereof, and not die.

    51 I am the living bread which came
down from heaven: if any man eat of
this bread, he shall live for ever:
and the bread that I will give is my
flesh, which I will give for the life
of the world.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:4


    (Life eternal and present)
    "This is life eternal," says Jesus, - is, not shall be; and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his Father and of himself, - the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." The Scriptures say, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical.

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


    (Spiritual refreshment)
    The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine. The disciples had eaten, yet Jesus prayed and gave them bread. This would have been foolish in a literal sense; but in its spiritual signification, it was natural and beautiful. Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views.
    (Jesus' sad repast)
    The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:10

    (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 26:27,28

    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.

***
John 6:53,54

    53 Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of
man, and drink his blood, ye have no
life in you.

    54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, hath eternal life;
and I will raise him up at the last
day.

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


    (True flesh and blood)
    The spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice. The efficacy of Jesus' spiritual offering is infinitely greater than can be expressed by our sense of human blood. The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon "the accursed tree," than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life.

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

    (Healing primary)
    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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:6


    (The cup of Jesus)
    Whosoever lives most the life of Jesus in this age and declares best the power of Christian Science, will drink of his Master's cup. Resistance to Truth will haunt his steps, and he will incur the hatred of sinners, till "wisdom is justified of her children." These blessed benedictions rest upon Jesus' followers: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you;" "Lo, I am with you alway," - that is, not only in all time, but in all ways and conditions.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:15-18


    (Sorrow and reformation)
    The followers of Christ drank his cup. Ingratitude and persecution filled it to the brim; but God pours the riches of His love into the understanding and affections, giving us strength according to our day.


Section 6


Psalm 22:4,11,16,18

    4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they
trusted, and thou didst deliver them.


    11 Be not far from me; for trouble
is near; for there is none to help.

    16 For dogs have compassed me: the
assembly of the wicked have inclosed
me: they pierced my hands and my
feet.

    18 They part my garments among
them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

***
Matthew 27:1,31,35

    1 When the morning was come, all
the chief priests and elders of the
people took counsel against Jesus to
put him to death:

    31 And after that they had mocked
him, they took the robe off from him,
and put his own raiment on him, and
led him away to crucify him.

    35 And they crucified him, and
parted his garments, casting lots:
that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by the prophet, They parted my
garments among them, and upon my
vesture did they cast lots.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:7


    (Two claims omitted)
    We must seek the undivided garment, the whole Christ, as our first proof of Christianity, for Christ, Truth, alone can furnish us with absolute evidence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:21


    (Divided vestments)
    The vesture of Life is Truth. According to the Bible, the facts of being are commonly misconstrued, for it is written: "They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots." The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly garment of righteousness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:28-32


    (True theory of the universe) Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.


Section 7


Matthew 28:1,2,5-7,16

    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.

    2 And, behold, there was a great
earthquake: for the angel of the Lord
descended from heaven, and came and
rolled back the stone from the door,
and sat upon it.

    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.

    7 And go quickly, and tell his
disciples that he is risen from the
dead; and, behold, he goeth before
you into Galilee; there shall ye see
him: lo, I have told you.

    16 #Then the eleven disciples went
away into Galilee, into a mountain
where Jesus had appointed them.

***
Luke 24:51

    51 And it came to pass, while he
blessed them, he was parted from
them, and carried up into heaven.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:30-32


    (The origin of divinity)
    Knowing that God was the Life of man, Jesus was able to present himself unchanged after the crucifixion.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:6


    (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. 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 - 35:10-29

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

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

    (Pentecost repeated)
    The magnitude of Jesus' work, his material disappearance before their eyes and his reappearance, all enabled the disciples to understand what Jesus had said. Heretofore they had only believed; now they understood. The advent of this understanding is what is meant by the descent of the Holy Ghost, - that influx of divine Science which so illuminated the Pentecostal Day and is now repeating its ancient history.

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - Faith according to works
02 1 - Pangs caused by the press
02 1 - Arena of contest
02 1 - Millennial glory
02 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
02 2 - Marvels and reformations
02 2 - Spiritual foreshadowings
02 3 - Mind's idea faultless
02 3 - Elohistic plurality
02 3 - Good indefinable
02 3 - Immaterial pleasure
02 3 - Rising to the light
02 4 - Life eternal and present
02 4 - Spiritual refreshment
02 4 - Jesus' sad repast
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 5 - True flesh and blood
02 5 - Healing primary
02 5 - The cup of Jesus
02 5 - Sorrow and reformation
02 6 - Two claims omitted
02 6 - Divided vestments
02 6 - True theory of the universe
02 6 - Scriptural perception
02 7 - The origin of divinity
02 7 - Victory over the grave
02 7 - The last breakfast
02 7 - Spiritual Eucharist
02 7 - Pentecost repeated


January 7,1900

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 8:6

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


Responsive Reading


Proverbs 3:1-7,9,10,13-18

    1 My son, forget not my law; but
let thine heart keep my commandments:


    2 For length of days, and long
life, and peace, shall they add to
thee.

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

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

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

    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.

    7 #Be not wise in thine own eyes:
fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

    9 Honour the Lord with thy
substance, and with the firstfruits
of all thine increase:

    10 So shall thy barns be filled
with plenty, and thy presses shall
burst out with new wine.

    13 #Happy is the man that findeth
wisdom, and the man that getteth
understanding.

    14 For the merchandise of it is
better than the merchandise of
silver, and the gain thereof than
fine gold.

    15 She is more precious than
rubies: and all the things thou canst
desire are not to be compared unto
her.

    16 Length of days is in her right
hand; and in her left hand riches and
honour.

    17 Her ways are ways of
pleasantness, and all her paths are
peace.

    18 She is a tree of life to them
that lay hold upon her: and happy is
every one that retaineth her.


Section 1


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.
Psalm 36:9

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

***
Revelation 21:6,7

    6 And he said unto me, It is done.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end. I will give unto him
that is athirst of the fountain of
the water of life freely.

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:25-6

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:18-20


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:6


    (Health from reliance on spirituality) We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it. Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, - our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.

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.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 8:1,3

    1 All the commandments which I
command thee this day shall ye
observe to do, that ye may live, and
multiply, and go in and possess the
land which the Lord sware unto your
fathers.

    3 And he humbled thee, and suffered
thee to hunger, and fed thee with
manna, which thou knewest not,
neither did thy fathers know; that he
might make thee know that man doth
not live by bread only, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of the Lord doth man live.

***
Matthew 6:24-26

    24 #No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold
to the one, and despise the other. Ye
cannot serve God and mammon.

    25 Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
nor yet for your body, what ye shall
put on. Is not the life more than
meat, and the body than raiment?

    26 Behold the fowls of the air: for
they sow not, neither do they reap,
nor gather into barns; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye
not much better than they?

***
John 6:47,51,57

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

    51 I am the living bread which came
down from heaven: if any man eat of
this bread, he shall live for ever:
and the bread that I will give is my
flesh, which I will give for the life
of the world.

    57 As the living Father hath sent
me, and I live by the Father: so he
that eateth me, even he shall live by
me.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:14


    (Physiology unscientific)
    The demands of Truth are spiritual, and reach the body through Mind. The best interpreter of man's needs said: "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink."

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:20-32


    (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. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:21


    (Thought-forms)
    The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent. Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, - is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.


Section 3


Job 7:1-4

    1 IS there not an appointed time
to man upon earth? are not his days
also like the days of an hireling?

    2 As a servant earnestly desireth
the shadow, and as an hireling
looketh for the reward of his work:

    3 So am I made to possess months of
vanity, and wearisome nights are
appointed to me.

    4 When I lie down, I say, When
shall I arise, and the night be gone?
and I am full of tossings to and fro
unto the dawning of the day.
Job 8:8-13,15

    8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the
former age, and prepare thyself to the
search of their fathers:

    9 (For we are but of yesterday, and
know nothing, because our days upon
earth are a shadow:)

    10 Shall not they teach thee, and
tell thee, and utter words out of
their heart?

    11 Can the rush grow up without
mire? can the flag grow without
water?

    12 Whilst it is yet in his
greenness, and not cut down, it
withereth before any other herb.

    13 So are the paths of all that
forget God; and the hypocrite's hope
shall perish:

    15 He shall lean upon his house,
but it shall not stand: he shall hold
it fast, but it shall not endure.

***
Romans 8:6

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:1-6


    (The infinite one Spirit)
    Mortal existence is an enigma. Every day is a mystery. The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth. Whatever is false or sinful can never enter the atmosphere of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:22


    (Inverted images)
    In the illusion of life that is here to-day and gone to-morrow, man would be wholly mortal, were it not that Love, the divine Principle that obtains in divine Science, destroys all error and brings immortality to light. Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not divine.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:3


    (No fleshly heredity)
    The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being were learned, - namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:4-6,10,27

    (Man reflects God) Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.
    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.
    (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.


Section 4


Proverbs 16:22

    22 Understanding is a wellspring of
life unto him that hath it: but the
instruction of fools is folly.
Proverbs 9:10

    10 The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is
understanding.

***
John 6:63

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

***
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 - 298:2-4


    (Faith higher than belief) Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:30


    (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. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:9-14

(23) Question: How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?
ADAM = Immortality's opposite, mortality.
Topic: Is the Universe, Including Man Evolved by Atomic Force?


    (Condition of progress)
    We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man.


Section 5


Exodus 15:24-26

    24 And the people murmured against
Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

    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.

***
Revelation 22:1,2

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

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

***
Proverbs 4:20-23

    20 #My son, attend to my words;
incline thine ear unto my sayings.

    21 Let them not depart from thine
eyes; keep them in the midst of thine
heart.

    22 For they are life unto those
that find them, and health to all
their flesh.

    23 #Keep thy heart with all
diligence; for out of it are the
issues of life.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 297:5


    (Belief an autocrat)
    Human belief says to mortals, "You are sick!" and this testimony manifests itself on the body as sickness. It is as necessary for a health-illusion, as for an illusion of sickness, to be instructed out of itself into the understanding of what constitutes health; for a change in either a health-belief or a belief in sickness affects the physical condition.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 456:10-20


    (Chicanery impossible)
    Whoever affirms that there is more than one Principle and method of demonstrating Christian Science greatly errs, ignorantly or intentionally, and separates himself from the true conception of Christian Science healing and from its possible demonstration.
    (No dishonest concessions)
    Any dishonesty in your theory and practice betrays a gross ignorance of the method of the Christ-cure. Science makes no concessions to persons or opinions. One must abide in the morale of truth or he cannot demonstrate the divine Principle.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:1-6


    (Disease far more docile than iniquity)
    If we are Christians on all moral questions, but are in darkness as to the physical exemption which Christianity includes, then we must have more faith in God on this subject and be more alive to His promises. It is easier to cure the most malignant disease than it is to cure sin.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:12-16,25


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


Section 6


Leviticus 20:7

    7 #Sanctify yourselves therefore,
and be ye holy: for I am the Lord
your God.

***
I Timothy 1:5

    5 Now the end of the commandment is
charity out of a pure heart, and of a
good conscience, and of faith
unfeigned:

***
Romans 12:1,2

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

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

***
Titus 2:11-14

    11 For the grace of God that
bringeth salvation hath appeared to
all men,

    12 Teaching us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and
godly, in this present world;

    13 Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ;

    14 Who gave himself for us, that he
might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar
people, zealous of good works.
Titus 3:7

    7 That being justified by his
grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal
life.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:16-18


    (The true worship)
    We worship spiritually, only as we cease to worship materially. Spiritual devoutness is the soul of Christianity.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:15


    (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. We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:1


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    Consecration to good does not lessen man's dependence on God, but heightens it. Neither does consecration diminish man's obligations to God, but shows the paramount necessity of meeting them. Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory. By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 568:30


    (Paean of jubilee)
    Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, - as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:17


    (Practical religion)
    Dost thou "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - Illusive dreams
03 1 - Health from reliance on spirituality
03 1 - Spiritual insight
03 2 - Physiology unscientific
03 2 - God-given dominion
03 2 - Life independent of matter
03 2 - Thought-forms
03 3 - The infinite one Spirit
03 3 - Inverted images
03 3 - No fleshly heredity
03 3 - Man reflects God
03 3 - True life eternal
03 4 - Faith higher than belief
03 4 - Divinity and humanity
03 4 - Careful guidance
03 4 - Life all-inclusive
03 4 - Condition of progress
03 5 - Health and the senses
03 5 - Belief an autocrat
03 5 - Chicanery impossible
03 5 - No dishonest concessions
03 5 - Disease far more docile than iniquity
03 5 - Spiritualized consciousness
03 6 - The true worship
03 6 - Intelligent consecration
03 6 - Forgetfulness of self
03 6 - Paean of jubilee
03 6 - Practical religion


January 14,1900

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 43:3

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


Responsive Reading


John 14:6-17

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

    7 If ye had known me, ye should
have known my Father also: and from
henceforth ye know him, and have seen
him.

    8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew
us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

    9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been
so long time with you, and yet hast
thou not known me, Philip? he that
hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and how sayest thou then, Shew us the
Father?

    10 Believest thou not that I am in
the Father, and the Father in me? the
words that I speak unto you I speak
not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

    11 Believe me that I am in the
Father, and the Father in me: or else
believe me for the very works' sake.

    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.

    13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in
my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son.

    14 If ye shall ask any thing in my
name, I will do it.

    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.


Section 1


Exodus 34:6

    6 And the Lord passed by before
him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The
Lord God, merciful and gracious,
longsuffering, and abundant in
goodness and truth,

***
Psalm 57:10,11

    10 For thy mercy is great unto the
heavens, and thy truth unto the
clouds.

    11 Be thou exalted, O God, above
the heavens: let thy glory be above
all the earth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:19-20

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)


    (-2- The deific definitions)
    II. God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be, - Life, Truth, Love.

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 - 275:10,31

    (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. 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. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.
    (The divine completeness)
    Truth, spiritually discerned, is scientifically understood. It casts out error and heals the sick.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:4-8


    (God invisible to the senses)
    That God is a corporeal being, nobody can truly affirm. The Bible represents Him as saying: "Thou canst not see My face; for there shall no man see Me, and live." Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love.


Section 2


II Timothy 3:16,17

    16 All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in
righteousness:

    17 That the man of God may be
perfect, throughly furnished unto all
good works.

***
John 7:14-17

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

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

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

    17 If any man will do his will, he
shall know of the doctrine, whether it
be of God, or whether I speak of
myself.
John 8:40

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

***
Matthew 16:6-8,12

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

    7 And they reasoned among
themselves, saying, It is because we
have taken no bread.

    8 Which when Jesus perceived, he
said unto them, O ye of little faith,
why reason ye among yourselves,
because ye have brought no bread?

    12 Then understood they how that he
bade them not beware of the leaven of
bread, but of the doctrine of the
Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:29-12


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:3-5


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:1

    (Salvation is through reform)
    To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite. We must not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for this is fatal to a knowledge of Science. The understanding of Truth gives full faith in Truth, and spiritual understanding is better than all burnt offerings.

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.


Section 3


Psalm 25:14

    14 The secret of the Lord is with
them that fear him; and he will shew
them his covenant.

***
Matthew 16:13-17

    13 #When Jesus came into the coasts
of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, saying, Whom do men say
that I the Son of man am?

    14 And they said, Some say that
thou art John the Baptist: some,
Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one
of the prophets.

    15 He saith unto them, But whom say
ye that I am?

    16 And Simon Peter answered and
said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of
the living God.

    17 And Jesus answered and said unto
him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona:
for flesh and blood hath not revealed
it unto thee, but my Father which is
in heaven.
Matthew 11:20,25-27

    20 #Then began he to upbraid the
cities wherein most of his mighty
works were done, because they
repented not:

    25 #At that time Jesus answered and
said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because thou hast
hid these things from the wise and
prudent, and hast revealed them unto
babes.

    26 Even so, Father: for so it
seemed good in thy sight.

    27 All things are delivered unto me
of my Father: and no man knoweth the
Son, but the Father; neither knoweth
any man the Father, save the Son, and
he to whomsoever the Son will reveal
him.

***
John 15:15

    15 Henceforth I call you not
servants; for the servant knoweth not
what his lord doeth: but I have
called you friends; for all things
that I have heard of my Father I have
made known unto you.

***
Ephesians 1:15-18

    15 Wherefore I also, after I heard
of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and
love unto all the saints,

    16 Cease not to give thanks for
you, making mention of you in my
prayers,

    17 That the God of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of glory, may give
unto you the spirit of wisdom and
revelation in the knowledge of him:

    18 The eyes of your understanding
being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and
what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints,

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:24


    (Opacity of the senses)
    Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relates solely to human reason; and because of opacity to the true light, human reason dimly reflects and feebly transmits Jesus' works and words. Truth is a revelation.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 108:19,30-27

    (Light shining in darkness)
    When apparently near the confines of mortal existence, standing already within the shadow of the death-valley, I learned these truths in divine Science: that all real being is in God, the divine Mind, and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present; that the opposite of Truth, - called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, - is the false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter; that this false sense evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit.
    (New lines of thought)
    My discovery, that erring, mortal, misnamed mind produces all the organism and action of the mortal body, set my thoughts to work in new channels, and led up to my demonstration of the proposition that Mind is All and matter is naught as the leading factor in Mind-science.
    (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.
    (Solitary research)
    For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration. The revelation of Truth in the understanding came to me gradually and apparently through divine power. When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: "Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful."


Section 4


Psalm 119:137,142,151,152

    137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and
upright are thy judgments.

    142 Thy righteousness is an
everlasting righteousness, and thy
law is the truth.

    151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all
thy commandments are truth.

    152 Concerning thy testimonies, I
have known of old that thou hast
founded them for ever.

***
John 14:6

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 146:23-5


    (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.
    (Reduction to system)
    Divine metaphysics is now reduced to a system, to a form comprehensible by and adapted to the thought of the age in which we live. This system enables the learner to demonstrate the divine Principle, upon which Jesus' healing was based, and the sacred rules for its present application to the cure of disease.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:26

    (No physical science)
    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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:10-17


    (True estimate of God's messenger)
    Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word.


Section 5


John 8:32

    32 And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.
John 17:14,17,19

    14 I have given them thy word; and
the world hath hated them, because
they are not of the world, even as I
am not of the world.

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

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

***
Psalm 107:20

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

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."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 126:24


    (Biblical basis) I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in "the straight and narrow way" of Truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 139:15

    (Science obscured)
    The decisions by vote of Church Councils as to what should and should not be considered Holy Writ; the manifest mistakes in the ancient versions; the thirty thousand different readings in the Old Testament, and the three hundred thousand in the New, - these facts show how a mortal and material sense stole into the divine record, with its own hue darkening to some extent the inspired pages. But mistakes could neither wholly obscure the divine Science of the Scriptures seen from Genesis to Revelation, mar the demonstration of Jesus, nor annul the healing by the prophets, who foresaw that "the stone which the builders rejected" would become "the head of the corner."

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."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:23


    (Mind the only healer)
    It is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never really healed except by means of the divine power. Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.


Section 6


Psalm 107:6

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

***
Luke 5:17-25

    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.

    18 #And, behold, men brought in a
bed a man which was taken with a
palsy: and they sought means to bring
him in, and to lay him before him.

    19 And when they could not find by
what way they might bring him in
because of the multitude, they went
upon the housetop, and let him down
through the tiling with his couch
into the midst before Jesus.

    20 And when he saw their faith, he
said unto him, Man, thy sins are
forgiven thee.

    21 And the scribes and the
Pharisees began to reason, saying,
Who is this which speaketh
blasphemies? Who can forgive sins,
but God alone?

    22 But when Jesus perceived their
thoughts, he answering said unto
them, What reason ye in your hearts?

    23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy
sins be forgiven thee; or to say,
Rise up and walk?

    24 But that ye may know that the
Son of man hath power upon earth to
forgive sins, (he said unto the sick
of the palsy,) I say unto thee,
Arise, and take up thy couch, and go
into thine house.

    25 And immediately he rose up
before them, and took up that whereon
he lay, and departed to his own
house, glorifying God.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 346:19-20


    (Truth antidotes error)
    We treat error through the understanding of Truth, because Truth is error's antidote.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:26-11


    (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. 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:30-5

    (No healing in sin)
    No man is physically healed in wilful error or by it, any more than he is morally saved in or by sin. It is error even to murmur or to be angry over 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:31-1


    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - -2- The deific definitions
04 1 - Vain ecstasies
04 1 - Divine synonyms
04 1 - The divine completeness
04 1 - God invisible to the senses
04 2 - Leaven of Truth
04 2 - Spirituality of Scripture
04 2 - Salvation is through reform
04 2 - The test of experience
04 3 - Opacity of the senses
04 3 - Light shining in darkness
04 3 - New lines of thought
04 3 - Scientific evidence
04 3 - Solitary research
04 4 - Christian Science as old as God
04 4 - Reduction to system
04 4 - No physical science
04 4 - True estimate of God's messenger
04 5 - The leaves of healing
04 5 - Biblical basis
04 5 - Science obscured
04 5 - The main purpose
04 5 - Mind the only healer
04 6 - Truth antidotes error
04 6 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
04 6 - Mental conspirators
04 6 - No healing in sin
04 6 - The Christ-element


January 21,1900

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

I John 4:8

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


Responsive Reading


John 15:1-14,17

    1 I am the true vine, and my
Father is the husbandman.

    2 Every branch in me that beareth
not fruit he taketh away: and every
branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth
it, that it may bring forth more
fruit.

    3 Now ye are clean through the word
which I have spoken unto you.

    4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine; no more
can ye, except ye abide in me.

    5 I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and
I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can do
nothing.

    6 If a man abide not in me, he is
cast forth as a branch, and is
withered; and men gather them, and
cast them into the fire, and they are
burned.

    7 If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.

    8 Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye
be my disciples.

    9 As the Father hath loved me, so
have I loved you: continue ye in my
love.

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

    11 These things have I spoken unto
you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full.

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


    13 Greater love hath no man than
this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends.

    14 Ye are my friends, if ye do
whatsoever I command you.

    17 These things I command you, that
ye love one another.


Section 1


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.

***
Isaiah 57:15

    15 For thus saith the high and
lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,
whose name is Holy; I dwell in the
high and holy place, with him also
that is of a contrite and humble
spirit, to revive the spirit of the
humble, and to revive the heart of
the contrite ones.

***
I John 4:11,12,16

    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.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:1,13


    (No material creation)
    Progress takes off human shackles. The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. 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.
    (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 - 312:14-17,20


    (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 believe in a finite personal God; while God is infinite Love, which must be unlimited.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:27-11


    (Perfection of creation)
    The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. 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?



    (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


Deuteronomy 32:1-4

    1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I
will speak; and hear, O earth, the
words of my mouth.

    2 My doctrine shall drop as the
rain, my speech shall distil as the
dew, as the small rain upon the
tender herb, and as the showers upon
the grass:

    3 Because I will publish the name
of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness
unto our God.

    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.

***
Revelation 15:2,3

    2 And I saw as it were a sea of
glass mingled with fire: and them
that had gotten the victory over the
beast, and over his image, and over
his mark, and over the number of his
name, stand on the sea of glass,
having the harps of God.

    3 And they sing the song of Moses
the servant of God, and the song of
the Lamb, saying, Great and
marvellous are thy works, Lord God
Almighty; just and true are thy ways,
thou King of saints.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:3(only)


    (Pardon and amendment)
    Divine Love corrects and governs man.

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 - 22:11-22

    (Wait for reward)
    "Work out your own salvation," is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. "Occupy till I come!" Wait for your reward, and "be not weary in well doing." If your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.
    When the smoke of battle clears away, you will discern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving. Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:26-30


    (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.


Section 3


James 2:8

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

***
Romans 13:8-10

    8 Owe no man any thing, but to love
one another: for he that loveth
another hath fulfilled the law.

    9 For this, Thou shalt not commit
adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear
false witness, Thou shalt not covet;
and if there be any other
commandment, it is briefly
comprehended in this saying, namely,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself.

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

***
Philipians 2:1,2

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

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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:12-17


    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 118:26


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:18


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

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 4


Leviticus 19:17,18,33,34

    17 #Thou shalt not hate thy brother
in thine heart: thou shalt in any
wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not
suffer sin upon him.

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

    33 #And if a stranger sojourn with
thee in your land, ye shall not vex
him.

    34 But the stranger that dwelleth
with you shall be unto you as one
born among you, and thou shalt love
him as thyself; for ye were strangers
in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord
your God.

***
Psalm 97:10

    10 Ye that love the Lord, hate
evil: he preserveth the souls of his
saints; he delivereth them out of the
hand of the wicked.

***
I John 4:17,18

    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.

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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:1-4

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


    (-30- Divine pardon)
    XXX. The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon. Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness.

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


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:31(begin In)


    (Love impartial and universal) 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."


Section 5


Matthew 20:30,32-34

    30 #And, behold, two blind men
sitting by the way side, when they
heard that Jesus passed by, cried
out, saying, Have mercy on us, O
Lord, thou Son of David.

    32 And Jesus stood still, and
called them, and said, What will ye
that I shall do unto you?

    33 They say unto him, Lord, that
our eyes may be opened.

    34 So Jesus had compassion on them,
and touched their eyes: and
immediately their eyes received
sight, and they followed him.

***
Luke 7:12-16

    12 Now when he came nigh to the
gate of the city, behold, there was a
dead man carried out, the only son of
his mother, and she was a widow: and
much people of the city was with her.


    13 And when the Lord saw her, he
had compassion on her, and said unto
her, Weep not.

    14 And he came and touched the
bier: and they that bare him stood
still. And he said, Young man, I say
unto thee, Arise.

    15 And he that was dead sat up, and
began to speak. And he delivered him
to his mother.

    16 And there came a fear on all:
and they glorified God, saying, That
a great prophet is risen up among us;
and, That God hath visited his
people.

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


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

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:1

    Many imagine that the phenomena of physical healing in Christian Science present only a phase of the action of the human mind, which action in some unexplained way results in the cure of disease. On the contrary, Christian Science rationally explains that all other pathological methods are the fruits of human faith in matter, - faith in the workings, not of Spirit, but of the fleshly mind which must yield to Science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 108:1


    (Discontent with life)
    Whence came to me this heavenly conviction, - a conviction antagonistic to the testimony of the physical senses? According to St. Paul, it was "the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power." It was the divine law of Life and Love, unfolding to me the demonstrable fact that matter possesses neither sensation nor life; that human experiences show the falsity of all material things; and that immortal cravings, "the price of learning love," establish the truism that the only sufferer is mortal mind, for the divine Mind cannot suffer.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 574:27


    (Spiritual wedlock)
    The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers: "Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb's wife, - Love wedded to its own spiritual idea." Then cometh the marriage feast, for this revelation will destroy forever the physical plagues imposed by material sense.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:10

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


    (Inexhaustible divine Love) Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:6-7


    (Angelic offices)
    The Gabriel of His presence has no contests.


Section 6


I Corinthians 13:1-10,13

    1 Though I speak with the tongues
of men and of angels, and have not
charity, I am become as sounding
brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

    2 And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I
could remove mountains, and have not
charity, I am nothing.

    3 And though I bestow all my goods
to feed the poor, and though I give my
body to be burned, and have not
charity, it profiteth me nothing.

    4 Charity suffereth long, and is
kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed
up,

    5 Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil;

    6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but
rejoiceth in the truth;

    7 Beareth all things, believeth all
things, hopeth all things, endureth
all things.

    8 Charity never faileth: but
whether there be prophecies, they
shall fail; whether there be tongues,
they shall cease; whether there be
knowledge, it shall vanish away.

    9 For we know in part, and we
prophesy in part.

    10 But when that which is perfect
is come, then that which is in part
shall be done away.

    13 And now abideth faith, hope,
charity, these three; but the
greatest of these is charity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:27-1


    (Scriptures misinterpreted)
    A misplaced word changes the sense and misstates the Science of the Scriptures, as, for instance, to name Love as merely an attribute of God; but we can by special and proper capitalization speak of the love of Love, meaning by that what the beloved disciple meant in one of his epistles, when he said, "God is love."

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


    (Principle and practice)
    God is the Principle of divine metaphysics. As there is but one God, there can be but one divine Principle of all Science; and there must be fixed rules for the demonstration of this divine Principle. The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit comes only in small degrees. The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, - pulseless, cold, inanimate.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:17-2


    (Human reconciliation) 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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:1-4

    (Bearing our sins)
    Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:32-5


    (Spiritual awakening)
    Humanity advances slowly out of sinning sense into spiritual understanding; unwillingness to learn all things rightly, binds Christendom with chains.
    (The darkest hours of all)
    Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit.

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - Spirit the starting-point
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - No divine corporeality
05 1 - Vain ecstasies
05 1 - Perfection of creation
05 1 - Infinity measureless
05 2 - Pardon and amendment
05 2 - Final purpose
05 2 - Righteous retribution
05 2 - Wait for reward
05 2 - Uses of suffering
05 3 - Fulfilment of the Law
05 3 - Certain contradictions
05 3 - Standpoint revealed
05 3 - Spirit transforms
05 4 - Love frees from fear
05 4 - -30- Divine pardon
05 4 - Divine victory
05 4 - Love impartial and universal
05 5 - The robe of Science
05 5 - Discontent with life
05 5 - Spiritual wedlock
05 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 5 - Angelic offices
05 6 - Scriptures misinterpreted
05 6 - Principle and practice
05 6 - Human reconciliation
05 6 - Bearing our sins
05 6 - Spiritual awakening
05 6 - The darkest hours of all


January 28,1900

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Galatians 5:25

    25 If we live in the Spirit, let us
also walk in the Spirit.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 143:1-11

    1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear
to my supplications: in thy
faithfulness answer me, and in thy
righteousness.

    2 And enter not into judgment with
thy servant: for in thy sight shall no
man living be justified.

    3 For the enemy hath persecuted my
soul; he hath smitten my life down to
the ground; he hath made me to dwell
in darkness, as those that have been
long dead.

    4 Therefore is my spirit
overwhelmed within me; my heart
within me is desolate.

    5 I remember the days of old; I
meditate on all thy works; I muse on
the work of thy hands.

    6 I stretch forth my hands unto
thee: my soul thirsteth after thee,
as a thirsty land.

    7 Hear me speedily, O Lord: my
spirit faileth: hide not thy face
from me, lest I be like unto them
that go down into the pit.

    8 Cause me to hear thy
lovingkindness in the morning; for in
thee do I trust: cause me to know the
way wherein I should walk; for I lift
up my soul unto thee.

    9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine
enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.


    10 Teach me to do thy will; for
thou art my God: thy spirit is good;
lead me into the land of uprightness.


    11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy
name's sake: for thy righteousness'
sake bring my soul out of trouble.


Section 1


John 4:24

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

***
Numbers 23:19,20

    19 God is not a man, that he should
lie; neither the son of man, that he
should repent: hath he said, and
shall he not do it? or hath he
spoken, and shall he not make it
good?

    20 Behold, I have received
commandment to bless: and he hath
blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

***
Psalm 144:9,10,15

    9 I will sing a new song unto thee,
O God: upon a psaltery and an
instrument of ten strings will I sing
praises unto thee.

    10 It is he that giveth salvation
unto kings: who delivereth David his
servant from the hurtful sword.

    15 Happy is that people, that is in
such a case: yea, happy is that
people, whose God is the Lord.

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.

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


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:32


    (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. As it is evident that the likeness of Spirit cannot be material, does it not follow that God cannot be in His unlikeness and work through drugs to heal the sick? When the omnipotence of God is preached and His absoluteness is set forth, Christian sermons will heal the sick.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:4


    (No physical affinity)
    We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the true. We are not Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ. Human opinions are not spiritual. They come from the hearing of the ear, from corporeality instead of from Principle, and from the mortal instead of from the immortal. Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.


Section 2


II Corinthians 3:4-6

    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.

***
Galatians 5:17,19-21

    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.

    19 Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness,

    20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,
variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies,

    21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the
which I tell you before, as I have
also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 173:11-14


    (Individualization)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:1-32


    (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.
    (One cause supreme)
    That matter is substantial or has life and sensation, is one of the false beliefs of mortals, and exists only in a supposititious mortal consciousness. Hence, as we approach Spirit and Truth, we lose the consciousness of matter. The admission that there can be material substance requires another admission, - namely, that Spirit is not infinite and that matter is self-creative, self-existent, and eternal. From this it would follow that there are two eternal causes, warring forever with each other; and yet we say that Spirit is supreme and all-presence.
    The belief of the eternity of matter contradicts the demonstration of life as Spirit, and leads to the conclusion that if man is material, he originated in matter and must return to dust, - logic which would prove his annihilation.
    (Substance is Spirit)
    All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:12

(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)
    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.


Section 3


Genesis 5:1

    1 This is the book of the
generations of Adam. In the day that
God created man, in the likeness of
God made he him;

***
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:

***
Galatians 3:26

    26 For ye are all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus.

***
I John 5:18

    18 We know that whosoever is born
of God sinneth not; but he that is
begotten of God keepeth himself, and
that wicked one toucheth him not.

***
I Thessalonians 5:5,6

    5 Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are
not of the night, nor of darkness.

    6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do
others; but let us watch and be
sober.

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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:19


    (Mythical pleasure)
    The lines of demarcation between immortal man, representing Spirit, and mortal man, representing the error that life and intelligence are in matter, show the pleasures and pains of matter to be myths, and human belief in them to be the father of mythology, in which matter is represented as divided into intelligent gods. 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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:26-4


    (Derivatives of spirit)
    Man is spiritual. He is not God, Spirit. If man were Spirit, then men would be spirits, gods. Finite spirit would be mortal, and this is the error embodied in the belief that the infinite can be contained in the finite. This belief tends to becloud our apprehension of the kingdom of heaven and of the reign of harmony in the Science of being.
    (Scientific man)
    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter. Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:27


    (Beatific presence)
    Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light. Man is deathless, spiritual. He is above sin or frailty. He does not cross the barriers of time into the vast forever of Life, but he coexists with God and the universe.


Section 4


Exodus 20:3

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

***
Zechariah 13:2

    2 #And it shall come to pass in
that day, saith the Lord of hosts,
that I will cut off the names of the
idols out of the land, and they shall
no more be remembered: and also I
will cause the prophets and the
unclean spirit to pass out of the
land.

***
Matthew 8:16

    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:

***
Ephesians 4:4-6

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

    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:32-4


    (No evil in Spirit)
    There are evil beliefs, often called evil spirits; but these evils are not Spirit, for there is no evil in Spirit. Because God is Spirit, evil becomes more apparent and obnoxious proportionately as we advance spiritually, until it disappears from our lives.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:6


    (The infinite one Spirit)
    There is but one Spirit. Man is never God, but spiritual man, made in God's likeness, reflects God. In this scientific reflection the Ego and the Father are inseparable. The supposition that corporeal beings are spirits, or that there are good and evil spirits, is a mistake.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:21-32

    (Found wanting)
    When the Science of Mind is understood, spiritualism will be found mainly erroneous, having no scientific basis nor origin, no proof nor power outside of human testimony. It is the offspring of the physical senses. There is no sensuality in Spirit. I never could believe in spiritualism.
    The basis and structure of spiritualism are alike material and physical. Its spirits are so many corporealities, limited and finite in character and quality. Spiritualism therefore presupposes Spirit, which is ever infinite, to be a corporeal being, a finite form, - a theory contrary to Christian Science.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 79:17

    (Fallacious hypotheses)
    Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs. The Apostle Paul bade men have the Mind that was in the Christ. Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." He never described disease, so far as can be learned from the Gospels, but he healed disease.


Section 5


Psalm 51:10,11

    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.

***
John 14:15-19,26

    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.

    18 I will not leave you
comfortless: I will come to you.

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

    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.
John 16:13

    13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of
truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not
speak of himself; but whatsoever he
shall hear, that shall he speak: and
he will shew you things to come.

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 (PLATFORM) - 331:26-27

  (- 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.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:24-26


    (Spiritual conception)
    The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recognition that being is Spirit.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:13-17

    (Corporeality and Spirit)
    The Master said plainly that physique was not Spirit, and after his resurrection he proved to the physical senses that his body was not changed until he himself ascended, - or, in other words, rose even higher in the understanding of Spirit, God.


Section 6


Isaiah 61:11

    11 For as the earth bringeth forth
her bud, and as the garden causeth the
things that are sown in it to spring
forth; so the Lord God will cause
righteousness and praise to spring
forth before all the nations.

***
John 3:1,2,5

    1 There was a man of the
Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler
of the Jews:

    2 The same came to Jesus by night,
and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that
thou art a teacher come from God: for
no man can do these miracles that
thou doest, except God be with him.

    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.

***
Galatians 6:8

    8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting.
Galatians 5:22,23

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,

    23 Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:31


    (Genuine healing)
    If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:9-12


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:22-26


    (No material law)
    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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 359:11


    (Personal confidence)
    Even though you aver that the material senses are indispensable to man's existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically. The evidence of the existence of Spirit, Soul, is palpable only to spiritual sense, and is not apparent to the material senses, which cognize only that which is the opposite of Spirit.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - Spiritual language
06 1 - Omnipotence set forth
06 1 - No physical affinity
06 2 - Individualization
06 2 - Substance versus supposition
06 2 - One cause supreme
06 2 - Substance is Spirit
06 2 - Man linked with Spirit
06 3 - Degrees of development
06 3 - Mythical pleasure
06 3 - Derivatives of spirit
06 3 - Scientific man
06 3 - Beatific presence
06 4 - No evil in Spirit
06 4 - The infinite one Spirit
06 4 - Found wanting
06 4 - Fallacious hypotheses
06 5 - -7- Divine trinity
06 5 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
06 5 - Spiritual conception
06 5 - Corporeality and Spirit
06 6 - Genuine healing
06 6 - Denials of divine power
06 6 - No material law
06 6 - Personal confidence
06 6 - Spirit intangible


February 4,1900

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 107:1,9

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

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 25:1,4-6,8-10,12-14,20

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

    4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach
me thy paths.

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

    6 Remember, O Lord, thy tender
mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for
they have been ever of old.

    8 Good and upright is the Lord:
therefore will he teach sinners in
the way.

    9 The meek will he guide in
judgment: and the meek will he teach
his way.

    10 All the paths of the Lord are
mercy and truth unto such as keep his
covenant and his testimonies.

    12 What man is he that feareth the
Lord? him shall he teach in the way
that he shall choose.

    13 His soul shall dwell at ease;
and his seed shall inherit the earth.


    14 The secret of the Lord is with
them that fear him; and he will shew
them his covenant.

    20 O keep my soul, and deliver me:
let me not be ashamed; for I put my
trust in thee.


Section 1


Revelation 1:8

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

***
Isaiah 46:9,10

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

    10 Declaring the end from the
beginning, and from ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying,
My counsel shall stand, and I will do
all my pleasure:

***
Job 23:13

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

***
I Chronicles 29:11

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:16-20

  (- 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:23-25

    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:3

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:19

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


    (Mankind redeemed)
    The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. 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.


Section 2


Genesis 1:1,3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26,31

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

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

    6 #And God said, Let there be a
firmament in the midst of the waters,
and let it divide the waters from the
waters.

    9 #And God said, Let the waters
under the heaven be gathered together
unto one place, and let the dry land
appear: and it was so.

    11 And God said, Let the earth
bring forth grass, the herb yielding
seed, and the fruit tree yielding
fruit after his kind, whose seed is
in itself, upon the earth: and it was
so.

    14 #And God said, Let there be
lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night; and
let them be for signs, and for
seasons, and for days, and years:

    20 And God said, Let the waters
bring forth abundantly the moving
creature that hath life, and fowl
that may fly above the earth in the
open firmament of heaven.

    24 #And God said, Let the earth
bring forth the living creature after
his kind, cattle, and creeping thing,
and beast of the earth after his
kind: and it was so.

    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.

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:27


    (Ideas and identities)
    The creative Principle - Life, Truth, and Love - is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:15-8

    (Divine propagation)
    The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. 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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:12


    (Real and unreal identity)
    The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal. The questions are: What are God's identities? What is Soul? Does life or soul exist in the thing formed?

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:5

    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.


Section 3


Matthew 12:18

    18 Behold my servant, whom I have
chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul
is well pleased: I will put my spirit
upon him, and he shall shew judgment
to the Gentiles.

***
Acts 2:25-27,30-32

    25 For David speaketh concerning
him, I foresaw the Lord always before
my face, for he is on my right hand,
that I should not be moved:

    26 Therefore did my heart rejoice,
and my tongue was glad; moreover also
my flesh shall rest in hope:

    27 Because thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell, neither wilt thou
suffer thine Holy One to see
corruption.

    30 Therefore being a prophet, and
knowing that God had sworn with an
oath to him, that of the fruit of his
loins, according to the flesh, he
would raise up Christ to sit on his
throne;

    31 He seeing this before spake of
the resurrection of Christ, that his
soul was not left in hell, neither
his flesh did see corruption.

    32 This Jesus hath God raised up,
whereof we all are witnesses.

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


    (Rebukes helpful)
    As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, - to point out the way of Truth and Life. This ideal was demonstrated throughout the whole earthly career of Jesus, showing the difference between the offspring of Soul and of material sense, of Truth and of error.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11


    (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. Jesus healed sickness and sin by one and the same metaphysical process.


Section 4


Mark 9:14,17,21-27

    14 #And when he came to his
disciples, he saw a great multitude
about them, and the scribes
questioning with them.

    17 And one of the multitude
answered and said, Master, I have
brought unto thee my son, which hath
a dumb spirit;

    21 And he asked his father, How
long is it ago since this came unto
him? And he said, Of a child.

    22 And ofttimes it hath cast him
into the fire, and into the waters,
to destroy him: but if thou canst do
any thing, have compassion on us, and
help us.

    23 Jesus said unto him, If thou
canst believe, all things are
possible to him that believeth.

    24 And straightway the father of
the child cried out, and said with
tears, Lord, I believe; help thou
mine unbelief.

    25 When Jesus saw that the people
came running together, he rebuked the
foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou
dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee,
come out of him, and enter no more
into him.

    26 And the spirit cried, and rent
him sore, and came out of him: and he
was as one dead; insomuch that many
said, He is dead.

    27 But Jesus took him by the hand,
and lifted him up; and he arose.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 398:1


    (Naming maladies)
    Sometimes Jesus called a disease by name, as when he said to the epileptic boy, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him." It is added that "the spirit [error] cried, and rent him sore and came out of him, and he was as one dead," - clear evidence that the malady was not material. These instances show the concessions which Jesus was willing to make to the popular ignorance of spiritual Life-laws. Often he gave no name to the distemper he cured. To the synagogue ruler's daughter, whom they called dead but of whom he said, "she is not dead, but sleepeth," he simply said, "Damsel, I say unto thee, arise!" To the sufferer with the withered hand he said, "Stretch forth thine hand," and it "was restored whole, like as the other."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:7

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (The kingdom within)
    Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 396:22


    (Healthful explanation)
    At the right time explain to the sick the power which their beliefs exercise over their bodies. Give them divine and wholesome understanding, with which to combat their erroneous sense, and so efface the images of sickness from mortal mind. Keep distinctly in thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man; that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit, outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life and sensation. It breaks the dream of disease to understand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by matter nor by the divine Mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 420:28-32

    (Awaken the patient)
    If it becomes necessary to startle mortal mind to break its dream of suffering, vehemently tell your patient that he must awake. Turn his gaze from the false evidence of the senses to the harmonious facts of Soul and immortal being.


Section 5


I Kings 8:22,23,57,58,60

    22 #And Solomon stood before the
altar of the Lord in the presence of
all the congregation of Israel, and
spread forth his hands toward heaven:


    23 And he said, Lord God of Israel,
there is no God like thee, in heaven
above, or on earth beneath, who
keepest covenant and mercy with thy
servants that walk before thee with
all their heart:

    57 The Lord our God be with us, as
he was with our fathers: let him not
leave us, nor forsake us:

    58 That he may incline our hearts
unto him, to walk in all his ways,
and to keep his commandments, and his
statutes, and his judgments, which he
commanded our fathers.

    60 That all the people of the earth
may know that the Lord is God, and
that there is none else.

***
Psalm 22:27-30

    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.

    28 For the kingdom is the Lord's:
and he is the governor among the
nations.

    29 All they that be fat upon earth
shall eat and worship: all they that
go down to the dust shall bow before
him: and none can keep alive his own
soul.

    30 A seed shall serve him; it shall
be accounted to the Lord for a
generation.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 374:18-21


    (Mind can destroy all ills)
    You confess to ignorance of the future and incapacity to preserve your own existence, and this belief helps rather than hinders disease.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:21-23


    (Laws of nature spiritual)
    Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:18


    (Science versus sense) Man is harmonious when governed by Soul. Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:1


    (Progress demanded)
    "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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:15

    (The one only way)
    Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, - self-will, self-justification, and self-love, - which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:3


    (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. This must be the climax before harmonious and immortal man is obtained and his capabilities revealed. It is highly important - in view of the immense work to be accomplished before this recognition of divine Science can come - to turn our thoughts towards divine Principle, that finite belief may be prepared to relinquish its error.


Section 6


Deuteronomy 12:9

    9 For ye are not as yet come to the
rest and to the inheritance, which
the Lord your God giveth you.

***
Exodus 33:14

    14 And he said, My presence shall
go with thee, and I will give thee
rest.

***
Isaiah 11:10

    10 #And in that day there shall be
a root of Jesse, which shall stand for
an ensign of the people; to it shall
the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall
be glorious.

***
Matthew 11:28-30

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

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

    30 For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light.

***
Hebrews 4:9

    9 There remaineth therefore a rest
to the people of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:25


    (Resting in holy work)
    God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind. No exhaustion follows the action of this Mind, according to the apprehension of divine Science. The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:5-11


    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 566:1-24


    (Spiritual guidance)
    As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, - as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, - so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God. Stately Science pauses not, but moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, leading to divine heights.
    If we remember the beautiful description which Sir Walter Scott puts into the mouth of Rebecca the Jewess in the story of Ivanhoe, -


When Israel, of the Lord beloved,
Out of the land of bondage came,
Her fathers' God before her moved,
An awful guide, in smoke and flame, -

e may also offer the prayer which concludes the same hymn, -


And oh, when stoops on Judah's path
In shade and storm the frequent night,
Be Thou, longsuffering, slow to wrath,
A burning and a shining light!


Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - The divine reflection
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 2 - Ideas and identities
07 2 - Divine propagation
07 2 - Ever-appearing creation
07 2 - Real and unreal identity
07 3 - Rebukes helpful
07 3 - -9- The Son of God
07 3 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 4 - Naming maladies
07 4 - The kingdom within
07 4 - Healthful explanation
07 4 - Awaken the patient
07 5 - Mind can destroy all ills
07 5 - Laws of nature spiritual
07 5 - Science versus sense
07 5 - Progress demanded
07 5 - The one only way
07 5 - Standpoints changed
07 6 - Resting in holy work
07 6 - Our footsteps heavenward
07 6 - The sun and Soul
07 6 - Spiritual guidance


February 11,1900

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 13:11

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


Responsive Reading


Philipians 2:1-11

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

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

    3 Let nothing be done through
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness
of mind let each esteem other better
than themselves.

    4 Look not every man on his own
things, but every man also on the
things of others.

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

    6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal
with God:

    7 But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the
form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men:

    8 And being found in fashion as a
man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death
of the cross.

    9 Wherefore God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name:

    10 That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under
the earth;

    11 And that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father.


Section 1


Romans 8:27

    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.

***
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.

***
Romans 11:33,36

    33 O the depth of the riches both
of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!

    36 For of him, and through him, and
to him, are all things: to whom be
glory for ever. Amen.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:10-12,20


    (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.
    (The divine completeness)
    Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, - that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:5


    (Rejected theories)
    Matter and Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence; hence both cannot be real. If one is real, the other must be unreal. Only by understanding that there is but one power, - not two powers, matter and Mind, - are scientific and logical conclusions reached. Few deny the hypothesis that intelligence, apart from man and matter, governs the universe; ;and it is generally admitted that this intelligence is the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:32-3

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

    (-21- The divine Ego)
    XXI. The Ego is deathless and limitless, for limits would imply and impose ignorance. Mind is the I AM, or infinity. Mind never enters the finite. Intelligence never passes into non-intelligence, or matter.


Section 2


Genesis 3:4,5,14,15

    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.

    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.

***
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.

***
Romans 15:5,6

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

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

***
Philipians 2:5

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:3


    (Confusion confounded)
    From first to last the supposed coexistence of Mind and matter and the mingling of good and evil have resulted from the philosophy of the serpent. Jesus' demonstrations sift the chaff from the wheat, and unfold the unity and the reality of good, the unreality, the nothingness, of evil.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:17

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


    (True sense of infinitude)
    There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the sense of infinitude, when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place, where all space is filled with God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:5

(23) Question: How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?
ADAM = Immortality's opposite, mortality.
Topic: Is the Universe, Including Man Evolved by Atomic Force?


    (Rudiments of growth)
    You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:9

(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) It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.


Section 3


I Corinthians 2:11,16

    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.

    16 For who hath known the mind of
the Lord, that he may instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 8:2,3

    2 And if any man think that he
knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing
yet as he ought to know.

    3 But if any man love God, the same
is known of him.

***
I John 3:18-20

    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.

    20 For if our heart condemn us, God
is greater than our heart, and
knoweth all things.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:7-11

(09) Question: What is intelligence?
ADAM = Red sandstone.
Topic: Christ Jesus


    Question. - What is intelligence?
    Answer. - Intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. It is the primal and eternal quality of infinite Mind, of the triune Principle, - Life, Truth, and Love, - named God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:31-5


    (Like evolving like)
    Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence. To all that is unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:3-22


    (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.
    (Unscientific theories)
    Such theories are evidently erroneous. They can never stand the test of Science. Judging them by their fruits, they are corrupt. When will the ages understand the Ego, and realize only one God, one Mind or intelligence?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:10

    (Allness of Truth)
    The world would collapse without Mind, without the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The immanent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.


Section 4


Psalm 104:24,30

    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.
Psalm 115:3

    3 But our God is in the heavens: he
hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

***
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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:5


    (Allness of Truth)
    Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind. The material and mortal body or mind is not the man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:3


    (Soul imperishable)
    What we term mortal mind or carnal mind, dependent on matter for manifestation, is not Mind. God is Mind: all that Mind, God, is, or hath made, is good, and He made all. Hence evil is not made and is not real.

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.


Section 5


Job 38:1-3,31-33

    1 Then the Lord answered Job out
of the whirlwind, and said,

    2 Who is this that darkeneth
counsel by words without knowledge?

    3 Gird up now thy loins like a man:
for I will demand of thee, and answer
thou me.

    31 Canst thou bind the sweet
influences of Pleiades, or loose the
bands of Orion?

    32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth
in his season? or canst thou guide
Arcturus with his sons?

    33 Knowest thou the ordinances of
heaven? canst thou set the dominion
thereof in the earth?

***
Jeremiah 23:35,36

    35 Thus shall ye say every one to
his neighbour, and every one to his
brother, What hath the Lord answered?
and, What hath the Lord spoken?

    36 And the burden of the Lord shall
ye mention no more: for every man's
word shall be his burden; for ye have
perverted the words of the living
God, of the Lord of hosts our God.

***
Romans 7:14,15,24,25

    14 For we know that the law is
spiritual: but I am carnal, sold
under sin.

    15 For that which I do I allow not:
for what I would, that do I not; but
what I hate, that do I.

    24 O wretched man that I am! who
shall deliver me from the body of
this death?

    25 I thank God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. So then with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with
the flesh the law of sin.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4-19


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.
    (Mortal man a mis-creator)
    When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven. Carnal beliefs defraud us. They make man an involuntary hypocrite, - producing evil when he would create good, forming deformity when he would outline grace and beauty, injuring those whom he would bless. He becomes a general mis-creator, who believes he is a semi-god. His "touch turns hope to dust, the dust we all have trod." He might say in Bible language: "The good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:12

    (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. The material senses and human conceptions would translate spiritual ideas into material beliefs, and would say that an anthropomorphic God, instead of infinite Principle, - in other words, divine Love, - is the father of the rain, "who hath begotten the drops of dew," who bringeth "forth Mazzaroth in his season," and guideth "Arcturus with his sons."

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:20-32


    (Superstition obsolete)
    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."
    The grave does not banish the ghost of materiality. So long as there are supposed limits to Mind, and those limits are human, so long will ghosts seem to continue. Mind is limitless. It never was material. The true idea of being is spiritual and immortal, and from this it follows that whatever is laid off is the ghost, some unreal belief. Mortal beliefs can neither demonstrate Christianity nor apprehend the reality of Life.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:18


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is animal magnetism; but this so-called mind, from which comes all evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the divine Mind, expressed in Science. In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.


Section 6


Philipians 2:1,2

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

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

***
Hebrews 8:10,11

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

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

***
John 8:32

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:4-10

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


    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified as effects of error. Christ came to destroy the belief of sin. The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:7


    (Ultimate harmony)
    It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:12


    (A closed question)
    Mind's control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science. Jesus illustrated the divine Principle and the power of immortal Mind by healing sickness and sin and destroying the foundations of death.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:17

(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)
    Discussing his campaign, General Grant said: "I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer." Science says: All is Mind and Mind's idea. You must fight it out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 512:8


    (Seraphic symbols)
    Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love. These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics. Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God's nature; and spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:24

    (Divine nature appearing)
    The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind's creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness - yea, the divine nature - appear in man and the universe never to disappear.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - Divine synonyms
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Mind the only cause
08 1 - Rejected theories
08 1 - -21- The divine Ego
08 2 - Confusion confounded
08 2 - True sense of infinitude
08 2 - Rudiments of growth
08 2 - Two chief commands
08 3 - Like evolving like
08 3 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
08 3 - Unscientific theories
08 3 - Allness of Truth
08 4 - Impossible coalescence
08 4 - Allness of Truth
08 4 - Soul imperishable
08 4 - Higher statutes
08 5 - Divine propagation
08 5 - Human egotism
08 5 - Mortal man a mis-creator
08 5 - Matter is not substance
08 5 - Superstition obsolete
08 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
08 6 - Christ the ideal Truth
08 6 - Ultimate harmony
08 6 - A closed question
08 6 - Mind one and all
08 6 - Seraphic symbols
08 6 - Divine nature appearing


February 18,1900

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 1:23,24

    23 But we preach Christ crucified,
unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and
unto the Greeks foolishness;

    24 But unto them which are called,
both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power
of God, and the wisdom of God.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 61:1-6,8-11

    1 The Spirit of the Lord God is
upon me; because the Lord hath
anointed me to preach good tidings
unto the meek; he hath sent me to
bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and
the opening of the prison to them
that are bound;

    2 To proclaim the acceptable year
of the Lord, and the day of vengeance
of our God; to comfort all that
mourn;

    3 To appoint unto them that mourn
in Zion, to give unto them beauty for
ashes, the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit
of heaviness; that they might be
called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the Lord, that he might
be glorified.

    4 #And they shall build the old
wastes, they shall raise up the
former desolations, and they shall
repair the waste cities, the
desolations of many generations.

    5 And strangers shall stand and
feed your flocks, and the sons of the
alien shall be your plowmen and your
vinedressers.

    6 But ye shall be named the Priests
of the Lord: men shall call you the
Ministers of our God: ye shall eat
the riches of the Gentiles, and in
their glory shall ye boast
yourselves.

    8 For I the Lord love judgment, I
hate robbery for burnt offering; and
I will direct their work in truth,
and I will make an everlasting
covenant with them.

    9 And their seed shall be known
among the Gentiles, and their
offspring among the people: all that
see them shall acknowledge them, that
they are the seed which the Lord hath
blessed.

    10 I will greatly rejoice in the
Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my
God; for he hath clothed me with the
garments of salvation, he hath
covered me with the robe of
righteousness, as a bridegroom
decketh himself with ornaments, and
as a bride adorneth herself with her
jewels.

    11 For as the earth bringeth forth
her bud, and as the garden causeth the
things that are sown in it to spring
forth; so the Lord God will cause
righteousness and praise to spring
forth before all the nations.


Section 1


Genesis 49:10

    10 The sceptre shall not depart
from Judah, nor a lawgiver from
between his feet, until Shiloh come;
and unto him shall the gathering of
the people be.

***
Isaiah 11:1-4

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

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

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

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:22


    (Christ's reappearance)
    Midnight foretells the dawn. Led by a solitary star amid the darkness, the Magi of old foretold the Messiahship of Truth. Is the wise man of to-day believed, when he beholds the light which heralds Christ's eternal dawn and describes its effulgence?

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:9

    The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or "God with us," - a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime,


Section 2


Isaiah 60:1-3

    1 Arise, shine; for thy light is
come, and the glory of the Lord is
risen upon thee.

    2 For, behold, the darkness shall
cover the earth, and gross darkness
the people: but the Lord shall arise
upon thee, and his glory shall be
seen upon thee.

    3 And the Gentiles shall come to
thy light, and kings to the
brightness of thy rising.

***
Luke 2:8-11

    8 And there were in the same
country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their flock
by night.

    9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord
came upon them, and the glory of the
Lord shone round about them: and they
were sore afraid.

    10 And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people.

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

***
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.

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

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


    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the reflection of God, - has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.

vii:1,22 Chapter PREFACE

    To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.
    A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood. It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite. Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 501:10


    (Spiritual interpretation)
    The incarnation of Truth, that amplification of wonder and glory which angels could only whisper and which God illustrated by light and harmony, is consonant with ever-present Love. So-called mystery and miracle, which subserve the end of natural good, are explained by that Love for whose rest the weary ones sigh when needing something more native to their immortal cravings than the history of perpetual evil.


Section 3


Luke 1:32,33

    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.

***
II Peter 1:17

    17 For he received from God the
Father honour and glory, when there
came such a voice to him from the
excellent glory, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 137:8-11


    (Doubting disciples)
    Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated, "But whom say ye that I am?" This renewed inquiry meant: Who or what is it that is able to do the work, so mysterious to the popular mind?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:16

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


    (Sonship of Jesus)
    Jesus called himself "the Son of man," but not the son of Joseph. As woman is but a species of the genera, he was literally the Son of Man. Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, - the divine idea of God outside the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his control over matter. Angels announced to the Wisemen of old this dual appearing, and angels whisper it, through faith, to the hungering heart in every age.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:3

    (Jesus as mediator)
    The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship. Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, - to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin.


Section 4


John 1:35,36,40,41

    35 #Again the next day after John
stood, and two of his disciples;

    36 And looking upon Jesus as he
walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of
God!

    40 One of the two which heard John
speak, and followed him, was Andrew,
Simon Peter's brother.

    41 He first findeth his own brother
Simon, and saith unto him, We have
found the Messias, which is, being
interpreted, the Christ.

***
I John 4:14

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

***
Hebrews 7:25

    25 Wherefore he is able also to
save them to the uttermost that come
unto God by him, seeing he ever
liveth to make intercession for them.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:26-30


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:6

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:27-29


    (The one real power)
    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics.


Section 5


Hebrews 7:14-16

    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.

***
Revelation 5:5

    5 And one of the elders saith unto
me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the
tribe of Juda, the Root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book, and
to loose the seven seals thereof.

***
Hebrews 4:14,15

    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.
Hebrews 6:17-20

    17 Wherein God, willing more
abundantly to shew unto the heirs of
promise the immutability of his
counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

    18 That by two immutable things, in
which it was impossible for God to
lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge
to lay hold upon the hope set before
us:

    19 Which hope we have as an anchor
of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within
the veil;

    20 Whither the forerunner is for us
entered, even Jesus, made an high
priest for ever after the order of
Melchisedec.

***
Revelation 1:6

    6 And hath made us kings and
priests unto God and his Father; to
him be glory and dominion for ever
and ever. Amen.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 141:10-21


    (No ecclesiastical monopoly)
    All revelation (such is the popular thought!) must come from the schools and along the line of scholarly and ecclesiastical descent, as kings are crowned from a royal dynasty. 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."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:26


    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, - the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.


Section 6


Hebrews 9:28

    28 So Christ was once offered to
bear the sins of many; and unto them
that look for him shall he appear the
second time without sin unto
salvation.

***
Revelation 22:12

    12 And, behold, I come quickly; and
my reward is with me, to give every
man according as his work shall be.

***
Isaiah 32:1-4,17,18

    1 Behold, a king shall reign in
righteousness, and princes shall rule
in judgment.

    2 And a man shall be as an hiding
place from the wind, and a covert
from the tempest; as rivers of water
in a dry place, as the shadow of a
great rock in a weary land.

    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.

    17 And the work of righteousness
shall be peace; and the effect of
righteousness quietness and assurance
for ever.

    18 And my people shall dwell in a
peaceable habitation, and in sure
dwellings, and in quiet resting
places;
Isaiah 33:24

    24 And the inhabitant shall not
say, I am sick: the people that dwell
therein shall be forgiven their
iniquity.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:13-22


    (Churchly neglect)
    Must Christian Science come through the Christian churches as some persons insist? This Science has come already, after the manner of God's appointing, but the churches seem not ready to receive it, according to the Scriptural saying, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." Jesus once said: "I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:19


    (Convincing evidence)
    Those who slew him to stay his influence perpetuated and extended it.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:17-29


    (The salt of the earth)
    A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: "Ye are the salt of the earth." "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory.
    The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a "still, small voice," through silent utterances and divine anointing which quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student's higher attainments in this line of light.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - Christ's reappearance
09 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 2 - Spiritual interpretation
09 3 - Doubting disciples
09 3 - Sonship of Jesus
09 3 - The true sonship
09 3 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 4 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 4 - The one real power
09 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
09 5 - Belief and understanding
09 6 - Churchly neglect
09 6 - Convincing evidence
09 6 - The salt of the earth


February 25,1900

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Ephesians 4:23,24

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 112

PSALM 112

    1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is
the man that feareth the Lord, that
delighteth greatly in his
commandments.

    2 His seed shall be mighty upon
earth: the generation of the upright
shall be blessed.

    3 Wealth and riches shall be in his
house: and his righteousness endureth
for ever.

    4 Unto the upright there ariseth
light in the darkness: he is
gracious, and full of compassion, and
righteous.

    5 A good man sheweth favour, and
lendeth: he will guide his affairs
with discretion.

    6 Surely he shall not be moved for
ever: the righteous shall be in
everlasting remembrance.

    7 He shall not be afraid of evil
tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting
in the Lord.

    8 His heart is established, he
shall not be afraid, until he see his
desire upon his enemies.

    9 He hath dispersed, he hath given
to the poor; his righteousness
endureth for ever; his horn shall be
exalted with honour.

    10 The wicked shall see it, and be
grieved; he shall gnash with his
teeth, and melt away: the desire of
the wicked shall perish.


Section 1


Genesis 1:27

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

***
Psalm 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.

***
I Kings 17:23,24

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:31-32


    (Philosophical blunders)
    Man is the reflection of Soul. He is the direct opposite of material sensation, and there is but one Ego.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:11

    (Spirit the one Ego)
    Spiritual man is the likeness of this Ego. Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:6


    (God's man discerned)
    In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, - thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, - perfect God and perfect man, - as the basis of thought and demonstration.


Section 2


Genesis 2:4-7

    4 #These are the generations of the
heavens and of the earth when they
were created, in the day that the
Lord God made the earth and the
heavens,

    5 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 had not caused it to
rain upon the earth, and there was
not a man to till the ground.

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.
Genesis 3:19

    19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:7-18


    (Godless evolution)
    Materialism grades the human species as rising from matter upward. How then is the material species maintained, if man passes through what we call death and death is the Rubicon of spirituality? Spirit can form no real link in this supposed chain of material being. But divine Science reveals the eternal chain of existence as uninterrupted and wholly spiritual; yet this can be realized only as the false sense of being disappears.
    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 148:7-21


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:18-23


    (The origin of divinity)
    Only impotent error would seek to unite Spirit with matter, good with evil, immortality with mortality, and call this sham unity man, as if man were the offspring of both Mind and matter, of both Deity and humanity. Creation rests on a spiritual basis.


Section 3


Genesis 2:9,15-17

    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.

Genesis 3:1-3,6,17

    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.

    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.

    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;

***
Psalm 12:2

    2 They speak vanity every one with
his neighbour: with flattering lips
and with a double heart do they
speak.

***
James 3:10-12

    10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth
blessing and cursing. My brethren,
these things ought not so to be.

    11 Doth a fountain send forth at
the same place sweet water and
bitter?

    12 Can the fig tree, my brethren,
bear olive berries? either a vine,
figs? so can no fountain both yield
salt water and fresh.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:12

(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


    (The fruit forbidden)
    The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling. 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." Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:9-13


    (Justice and recompense)
    A knowledge of evil was never the essence of divinity or manhood. In the first chapter of Genesis, evil has no local habitation nor name. Creation is there represented as spiritual, entire, and good.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:31


    (Matter versus Spirit)
    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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 455:28-30


    (Integrity assured)
    This strong point in Christian Science is not to be overlooked, - that the same fountain cannot send forth both sweet waters and bitter.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:11-29


    (Irreconcilable differences) Understanding the nothingness of material things, he spoke of flesh and Spirit as the two opposites, - as error and Truth, not contributing in any way to each other's happiness and existence. Jesus knew, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing."
    (Copartnership impossible)
    There is neither a present nor an eternal copartnership between error and Truth, between flesh and Spirit. God is as incapable of producing sin, sickness, and death as He is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Him to create man subject to this triad of errors, - man who is made in the divine likeness?
    Does God create a material man out of Himself, Spirit? Does evil proceed from good? Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it? Would any one call it wise and good to create the primitive, and then punish its derivative?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:1-8

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-28- Truth demonstrated)
    Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His likeness; ;whereas the opposite belief - that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material - terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth.


Section 4


Psalm 8:4,6

    4 What is man, that thou art
mindful of him? and the son of man,
that thou visitest him?

    6 Thou madest him to have dominion
over the works of thy hands: thou hast
put all things under his feet:

***
Matthew 28:18

    18 And Jesus came and spake unto
them, saying, All power is given unto
me in heaven and in earth.

***
John 1:10,12,13

    10 He was in the world, and the
world was made by him, and the world
knew him not.

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

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

***
Luke 10:19

    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.

***
Acts 28:3-6

    3 And when Paul had gathered a
bundle of sticks, and laid them on
the fire, there came a viper out of
the heat, and fastened on his hand.

    4 And when the barbarians saw the
venomous beast hang on his hand, they
said among themselves, No doubt this
man is a murderer, whom, though he
hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance
suffereth not to live.

    5 And he shook off the beast into
the fire, and felt no harm.

    6 Howbeit they looked when he
should have swollen, or fallen down
dead suddenly: but after they had
looked a great while, and saw no harm
come to him, they changed their
minds, and said that he was a god.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:3,13


    (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.
    (Our belief and understanding)
    Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught but God, and so makes man the image of his Maker in deed and in truth.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 106:6


    (Proper self-government)
    Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4


    (Ancient and modern miracles)
    The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed power and love. But the same "Mind . . . which was also in Christ Jesus" must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles. That those wonders are not more commonly repeated to-day, arises not so much from lack of desire as from lack of spiritual growth.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:30-2

(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)
    Our Master cast out devils (evils) and healed the sick. It should be said of his followers also, that they cast fear and all evil out of themselves and others and heal the sick. God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:1

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    How important, then, to choose good as the reality! Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.


Section 5


Psalm 2:7

    7 I will declare the decree: the
Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee.

***
Hebrews 1:1-4

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

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

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

    4 Being made so much better than
the angels, as he hath by inheritance
obtained a more excellent name than
they.

***
Revelation 21:7

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

***
John 17:1,2,22

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

    2 As thou hast given him power over
all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast
given him.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:31


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

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:31-32


    (Effective triumph)
    The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:16

    (Christ's demonstration)
    His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:7-19

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)


    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ. According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.
    (-26- Purity the path to perfection)
    XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Philosophical blunders
10 1 - Spirit the one Ego
10 1 - The divine reflection
10 1 - God's man discerned
10 2 - Godless evolution
10 2 - Degrees of development
10 2 - The man of anatomy and of theology
10 2 - The origin of divinity
10 3 - The fruit forbidden
10 3 - Justice and recompense
10 3 - Matter versus Spirit
10 3 - Integrity assured
10 3 - Irreconcilable differences
10 3 - Copartnership impossible
10 3 - -28- Truth demonstrated
10 4 - Sure reward of righteousness
10 4 - Our belief and understanding
10 4 - Proper self-government
10 4 - Ancient and modern miracles
10 4 - Followers of Jesus
10 4 - Vapor and nothingness
10 5 - The one anointed
10 5 - Spiritual government
10 5 - Effective triumph
10 5 - Christ's demonstration
10 5 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
10 5 - -26- Purity the path to perfection


March 4,1900

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Song 8:7

    7 Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it: if a
man would give all the substance of
his house for love, it would utterly
be contemned.


Responsive Reading


Luke 12:22-34

    22 #And he said unto his disciples,
Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall
eat; neither for the body, what ye
shall put on.

    23 The life is more than meat, and
the body is more than raiment.

    24 Consider the ravens: for they
neither sow nor reap; which neither
have storehouse nor barn; and God
feedeth them: how much more are ye
better than the fowls?

    25 And which of you with taking
thought can add to his stature one
cubit?

    26 If ye then be not able to do
that thing which is least, why take
ye thought for the rest?

    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.

    28 If then God so clothe the grass,
which is to day in the field, and to
morrow is cast into the oven; how
much more will he clothe you, O ye of
little faith?

    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.

    31 #But rather seek ye the kingdom
of God; and all these things shall be
added unto you.

    32 Fear not, little flock; for it
is your Father's good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.

    33 Sell that ye have, and give
alms; provide yourselves bags which
wax not old, a treasure in the
heavens that faileth not, where no
thief approacheth, neither moth
corrupteth.

    34 For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 4:39

    39 Know therefore this day, and
consider it in thine heart, that the
Lord he is God in heaven above, and
upon the earth beneath: there is none
else.

***
Isaiah 45:5,6,19,22

    5 I am the Lord, and there is none
else, there is no God beside me: I
girded thee, though thou hast not
known me:

    6 That they may know from the
rising of the sun, and from the west,
that there is none beside me. I am
the Lord, and there is none else.

    19 I have not spoken in secret, in
a dark place of the earth: I said not
unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in
vain: I the Lord speak righteousness,
I declare things that are right.

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

***
I Corinthians 8:5,6

    5 For though there be that are
called gods, whether in heaven or in
earth, (as there be gods many, and
lords many,)

    6 But to us there is but one God,
the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him.

***
I John 2:15-17

    15 Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him.

    16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the
world.

    17 And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth for ever.

***
John 4:24

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

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:31


    (Material skepticism)
    Nothing but a display of matter could make existence real to Thomas. For him to believe in matter was no task, but for him to conceive of the substantiality of Spirit - to know that nothing can efface Mind and immortality, in which Spirit reigns - was more difficult.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8-23

(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. 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?
    (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 - 124:25


    (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.


Section 2


Hosea 12:1,7,8

    1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and
followeth after the east wind: he
daily increaseth lies and desolation;
and they do make a covenant with the
Assyrians, and oil is carried into
Egypt.

    7 #He is a merchant, the balances
of deceit are in his hand: he loveth
to oppress.

    8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become
rich, I have found me out substance:
in all my labours they shall find
none iniquity in me that were sin.

***
Revelation 3:17,18

    17 Because thou sayest, I am rich,
and increased with goods, and have
need of nothing; and knowest not that
thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked:

    18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold
tried in the fire, that thou mayest
be rich; and white raiment, that thou
mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and
anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that
thou mayest see.

***
Proverbs 10:2,3

    2 Treasures of wickedness profit
nothing: but righteousness delivereth
from death.

    3 The Lord will not suffer the soul
of the righteous to famish: but he
casteth away the substance of the
wicked.

***
Luke 12:15

    15 And he said unto them, Take
heed, and beware of covetousness: for
a man's life consisteth not in the
abundance of the things which he
possesseth.

iii:9-12 Chapter PREFACE

    Theology and physics teach that both Spirit and matter are real and good, whereas the fact is that Spirit is good and real, and matter is Spirit's opposite.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:1-18


    (Unescapable dilemma)
    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, - that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, - we disown the Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit. To seize the first horn of this dilemma and consider matter as a power in and of itself, is to leave the creator out of His own universe; while to grasp the other horn of the dilemma and regard God as the creator of matter, is not only to make Him responsible for all disasters, physical and moral, but to announce Him as their source, thereby making Him guilty of maintaining perpetual misrule in the form and under the name of natural law.
    (God and nature)
    In one sense God is identical with nature, but this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:1-6


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    Matter has no life to lose, and Spirit never dies. A partnership of mind with matter would ignore omnipresent and omnipotent Mind. This shows that matter did not originate in God, Spirit, and is not eternal. Therefore matter is neither substantial, living, nor intelligent.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:32


    (Causation considered) 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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:2-5


    (The infinite one Spirit)
    The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth.


Section 3


Exodus 20:17

    17 Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour's house, thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his
manservant, nor his maidservant, nor
his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing
that is thy neighbour's.

***
Colossians 3:2,5

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

    5 Mortify therefore your members
which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:

***
Jeremiah 17:11

    11 As the partridge sitteth on
eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he
that getteth riches, and not by
right, shall leave them in the midst
of his days, and at his end shall be
a fool.

***
Habakkuk 2:6,9

    6 Shall not all these take up a
parable against him, and a taunting
proverb against him, and say, Woe to
him that increaseth that which is not
his! how long? and to him that ladeth
himself with thick clay!

    9 #Woe to him that coveteth an evil
covetousness to his house, that he
may set his nest on high, that he may
be delivered from the power of evil!

***
I Timothy 6:7-11

    7 For we brought nothing into this
world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out.

    8 And having food and raiment let
us be therewith content.

    9 But they that will be rich fall
into temptation and a snare, and into
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which
drown men in destruction and
perdition.

    10 For the love of money is the
root of all evil: which while some
coveted after, they have erred from
the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows.

    11 But thou, O man of God, flee
these things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, meekness.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:5,19


    (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!
    (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."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:5-22

    (Right views of humanity)
    Take away wealth, fame, and social organizations, which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we get clearer views of Principle. Break up cliques, level wealth with honesty, let worth be judged according to wisdom, and we get better views of humanity.
    The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."
    (Standpoint revealed)
    To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:14


    (Treasure in heaven)
    Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.


Section 4


Hebrews 11:1

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

***
Mark 10:46-52

    46 #And they came to Jericho: and
as he went out of Jericho with his
disciples and a great number of
people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of
Timaeus, sat by the highway side
begging.

    47 And when he heard that it was
Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry
out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of
David, have mercy on me.

    48 And many charged him that he
should hold his peace: but he cried
the more a great deal, Thou Son of
David, have mercy on me.

    49 And Jesus stood still, and
commanded him to be called. And they
call the blind man, saying unto him,
Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth
thee.

    50 And he, casting away his
garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

    51 And Jesus answered and said unto
him, What wilt thou that I should do
unto thee? The blind man said unto
him, Lord, that I might receive my
sight.

    52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy
way; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And immediately he received his
sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

***
Proverbs 8:1,18-21

    1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?

    18 Riches and honour are with me;
yea, durable riches and
righteousness.

    19 My fruit is better than gold,
yea, than fine gold; and my revenue
than choice silver.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:9,28


    (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).
    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:5-29

    Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.
    (Inverted images and ideas)
    As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:1

    (Sense-dreams)
    How true it is that whatever is learned through material sense must be lost because such so-called knowledge is reversed by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.


Section 5


Jeremiah 15:16

    16 Thy words were found, and I did
eat them; and thy word was unto me the
joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for
I am called by thy name, O Lord God
of hosts.

***
Hebrews 10:34

    34 For ye had compassion of me in
my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in
yourselves that ye have in heaven a
better and an enduring substance.
Hebrews 11:8,10

    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.

    10 For he looked for a city which
hath foundations, whose builder and
maker is God.

***
I John 4:16

    16 And we have known and believed
the love that God hath to us. God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love
dwelleth in God, and God in him.
I John 5:11-13

    11 And this is the record, that God
hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son.

    12 He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.

    13 These things have I written unto
you that believe on the name of the
Son of God; that ye may know that ye
have eternal life, and that ye may
believe on the name of the Son of
God.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 97:26


    (Dangerous resemblances)
    "He uttered His voice, the earth melted." This Scripture indicates that all matter will disappear before the supremacy of Spirit.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:29-2

(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)
    Paul says: "For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made." (Romans i. 20.) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - Substance spiritual
11 1 - Material skepticism
11 1 - Matter's supposed selfhood
11 1 - Chaos and darkness
11 1 - All force mental
11 2 - Unescapable dilemma
11 2 - God and nature
11 2 - Spirit the starting-point
11 2 - Causation considered
11 2 - The infinite one Spirit
11 3 - The doom of sin
11 3 - Spirit transforms
11 3 - Right views of humanity
11 3 - Standpoint revealed
11 3 - Treasure in heaven
11 4 - Old and new man
11 4 - The divine reflection
11 4 - Inverted images and ideas
11 4 - Sense-dreams
11 5 - Dangerous resemblances
11 5 - Spiritual synonyms
11 5 - Spiritual reflection


March 11,1900

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Deuteronomy 4:23

    23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest
ye forget the covenant of the Lord
your God, which he made with you, and
make you a graven image, or the
likeness of any thing, which the Lord
thy God hath forbidden thee.


Responsive Reading


Deuteronomy 4:5-19

    5 Behold, I have taught you
statutes and judgments, even as the
Lord my God commanded me, that ye
should do so in the land whither ye
go to possess it.

    6 Keep therefore and do them; for
this is your wisdom and your
understanding in the sight of the
nations, which shall hear all these
statutes, and say, Surely this great
nation is a wise and understanding
people.

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

    8 And what nation is there so
great, that hath statutes and
judgments so righteous as all this
law, which I set before you this day?


    9 Only take heed to thyself, and
keep thy soul diligently, lest thou
forget the things which thine eyes
have seen, and lest they depart from
thy heart all the days of thy life:
but teach them thy sons, and thy
sons' sons;

    10 Specially the day that thou
stoodest before the Lord thy God in
Horeb, when the Lord said unto me,
Gather me the people together, and I
will make them hear my words, that
they may learn to fear me all the
days that they shall live upon the
earth, and that they may teach their
children.

    11 And ye came near and stood under
the mountain; and the mountain burned
with fire unto the midst of heaven,
with darkness, clouds, and thick
darkness.

    12 And the Lord spake unto you out
of the midst of the fire: ye heard the
voice of the words, but saw no
similitude; only ye heard a voice.

    13 And he declared unto you his
covenant, which he commanded you to
perform, even ten commandments; and
he wrote them upon two tables of
stone.

    14 #And the Lord commanded me at
that time to teach you statutes and
judgments, that ye might do them in
the land whither ye go over to
possess it.

    15 Take ye therefore good heed unto
yourselves; for ye saw no manner of
similitude on the day that the Lord
spake unto you in Horeb out of the
midst of the fire:

    16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and
make you a graven image, the
similitude of any figure, the
likeness of male or female,

    17 The likeness of any beast that
is on the earth, the likeness of any
winged fowl that flieth in the air,

    18 The likeness of any thing that
creepeth on the ground, the likeness
of any fish that is in the waters
beneath the earth:

    19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes
unto heaven, and when thou seest the
sun, and the moon, and the stars,
even all the host of heaven,
shouldest be driven to worship them,
and serve them, which the Lord thy
God hath divided unto all nations
under the whole heaven.


Section 1


Ezekiel 8:1-3,12

    1 And it came to pass in the sixth
year, in the sixth month, in the fifth
day of the month, as I sat in mine
house, and the elders of Judah sat
before me, that the hand of the Lord
God fell there upon me.

    2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness
as the appearance of fire: from the
appearance of his loins even
downward, fire; and from his loins
even upward, as the appearance of
brightness, as the colour of amber.

    3 And he put forth the form of an
hand, and took me by a lock of mine
head; and the spirit lifted me up
between the earth and the heaven, and
brought me in the visions of God to
Jerusalem, to the door of the inner
gate that looketh toward the north;
where was the seat of the image of
jealousy, which provoketh to
jealousy.

    12 Then said he unto me, Son of
man, hast thou seen what the ancients
of the house of Israel do in the
dark, every man in the chamber of his
imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth
us not; the Lord hath forsaken the
earth.

***
Romans 1:22,23

    22 Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image made
like to corruptible man, and to
birds, and fourfooted beasts, and
creeping things.

***
Ephesians 2:1-3

    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.
Ephesians 6:11,12

    11 Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil.

    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:10


    (Mental and physical oneness) 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:4-19


    (Matter and animate error)
    Mortal mind and body combine as one, and the nearer matter approaches its final statement, - animate error called nerves, brain, mind, - the more prolific it is likely to become in sin and disease-beliefs.
    (Dictation of error)
    Unconscious mortal mind - alias matter, brain - cannot dictate terms to consciousness nor say, "I am sick." The belief, that the unconscious substratum of mortal mind, termed the body, suffers and reports disease independently of this so-called conscious mind, is the error which prevents mortals from knowing how to govern their bodies.
    (So-called superiority)
    The so-called conscious mortal mind is believed to be superior to its unconscious substratum, matter, and the stronger never yields to the weaker, except through fear or choice.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 189:15


    (Ascending the scale)
    We call the body material; but it is as truly mortal mind, according to its degree, as is the material brain which is supposed to furnish the evidence of all mortal thought or things. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:20


    (Inverted images)
    The inverted images presented by the senses, the deflections of matter as opposed to the Science of spiritual reflection, are all unlike Spirit, God. In the illusion of life that is here to-day and gone to-morrow, man would be wholly mortal, were it not that Love, the divine Principle that obtains in divine Science, destroys all error and brings immortality to light. Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not divine.


Section 2


Genesis 6:12

    12 And God looked upon the earth,
and, behold, it was corrupt; for all
flesh had corrupted his way upon the
earth.

***
John 3:6,31

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

    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.

***
Galatians 5:17

    17 For the flesh lusteth against
the Spirit, and the Spirit against
the flesh: and these are contrary the
one to the other: so that ye cannot
do the things that ye would.

***
Romans 8:12,13

    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:20-22


    (Halfway success)
    The "flesh lusteth against the Spirit." The flesh and Spirit can no more unite in action, than good can coincide with evil.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 346:29


    (Serving two masters)
    Material beliefs must be expelled to make room for spiritual understanding. We cannot serve both God and mammon at the same time; but is not this what frail mortals are trying to do? Paul says: "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Who is ready to admit this?

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 - 282:23-31


    (Opposite symbols)
    There is no inherent power in matter; for all that is material is a material, human, mortal thought, always governing itself erroneously.
    Truth is the intelligence of immortal Mind. Error is the so-called intelligence of mortal mind.
    (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.


Section 3


Amos 3:1-3

    1 Hear this word that the Lord
hath spoken against you, O children
of Israel, against the whole family
which I brought up from the land of
Egypt, saying,

    2 You only have I known of all the
families of the earth: therefore I
will punish you for all your
iniquities.

    3 Can two walk together, except
they be agreed?

***
Lamentations 3:37,38

    37 #Who is he that saith, and it
cometh to pass, when the Lord
commandeth it not?

    38 Out of the mouth of the most
High proceedeth not evil and good?

***
James 3:11,12

    11 Doth a fountain send forth at
the same place sweet water and
bitter?

    12 Can the fig tree, my brethren,
bear olive berries? either a vine,
figs? so can no fountain both yield
salt water and fresh.

***
Matthew 12:25

    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:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:32


    (Instruments of error)
    The five physical senses are the avenues and instruments of human error, and they correspond with error. These senses indicate the common human belief, that life, substance, and intelligence are a unison of matter with Spirit. This is pantheism, and carries within itself the seeds of all error.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:11


    (Antagonistic theories)
    Pantheism may be defined as a belief in the intelligence of matter, - a belief which Science overthrows. In those days there will be "great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world;" and earth will echo the cry, "Art thou [Truth] come hither to torment us before the time?" Animal magnetism, hypnotism, spiritualism, theosophy, agnosticism, pantheism, and infidelity are antagonistic to true being and fatal to its demonstration; and so are some other systems.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:22-32


    (Pantheistic tendencies)
    Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic belief that there is mind in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning. A logical and scientific conclusion is reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, - Mind.
    Pantheism, starting from a material sense of God, seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and intelligence in matter.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:6


    (Matter is not substance)
    The theory that Spirit is not the only substance and creator is pantheistic heterodoxy, which ultimates in sickness, sin, and death; it is the belief in a bodily soul and a material mind, a soul governed by the body and a mind in matter. This belief is shallow pantheism.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 27:17


    (Living temple)
    Jesus' parables explain Life as never mingling with sin and death. He laid the axe of Science at the root of material knowledge, that it might be ready to cut down the false doctrine of pantheism, - that God, or Life, is in or of matter.


Section 4


Luke 12:22,23

    22 #And he said unto his disciples,
Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall
eat; neither for the body, what ye
shall put on.

    23 The life is more than meat, and
the body is more than raiment.

***
John 1:1,4

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

    4 In him was life; and the life was
the light of men.
John 6:63

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:1

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


    (Eternity of Life)
    Life is neither in nor of matter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human concept. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited. Death and finiteness are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:4


    (Life eternal and present)
    "This is life eternal," says Jesus, - is, not shall be; and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his Father and of himself, - the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." The Scriptures say, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:9-19


    (A mortal not man)
    Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust. The Psalmist said: "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet."
    The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.


Section 5


Job 15:20,21,29

    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.

    29 He shall not be rich, neither
shall his substance continue, neither
shall he prolong the perfection
thereof upon the earth.
Job 8:8,9

    8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the
former age, and prepare thyself to the
search of their fathers:

    9 (For we are but of yesterday, and
know nothing, because our days upon
earth are a shadow:)

***
Song 8:7

    7 Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it: if a
man would give all the substance of
his house for love, it would utterly
be contemned.

***
Romans 8:38,39

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:3-14


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:12

    (One cause supreme)
    That matter is substantial or has life and sensation, is one of the false beliefs of mortals, and exists only in a supposititious mortal consciousness. Hence, as we approach Spirit and Truth, we lose the consciousness of matter. The admission that there can be material substance requires another admission, - namely, that Spirit is not infinite and that matter is self-creative, self-existent, and eternal. From this it would follow that there are two eternal causes, warring forever with each other; and yet we say that Spirit is supreme and all-presence.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:4-6


    (Matter is not substance)
    If matter, so-called, is substance, then Spirit, matter's unlikeness, must be shadow; and shadow cannot produce substance.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:14


    (Results of faith in Truth)
    When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.


Section 6


II Peter 3:10,11,14

    10 But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.

    11 Seeing then that all these
things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in
all holy conversation and godliness,

    14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that
ye look for such things, be diligent
that ye may be found of him in peace,
without spot, and blameless.

***
Matthew 28:16-20

    16 #Then the eleven disciples went
away into Galilee, into a mountain
where Jesus had appointed them.

    17 And when they saw him, they
worshipped him: but some doubted.

    18 And Jesus came and spake unto
them, saying, All power is given unto
me in heaven and in earth.

    19 #Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost:

    20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:32-7


    (Mind's true camera)
    The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and material earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind. They have their day before the permanent facts and their perfection in Spirit appear. The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:26-31


    (Essential element of Christianity)
    The dream that matter and error are something must yield to reason and revelation. Then mortals will behold the nothingness of sickness and sin, and sin and sickness will disappear from consciousness. The harmonious will appear real, and the inharmonious unreal.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:24


    (Beatific presence)
    Mortals must follow Jesus' sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh. Perfect and infinite Mind enthroned is heaven. The evil beliefs which originate in mortals are hell. Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light. Man is deathless, spiritual. He is above sin or frailty. He does not cross the barriers of time into the vast forever of Life, but he coexists with God and the universe.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Mental and physical oneness
12 1 - Matter and animate error
12 1 - Dictation of error
12 1 - So-called superiority
12 1 - Ascending the scale
12 1 - Inverted images
12 2 - Halfway success
12 2 - Serving two masters
12 2 - Real being never lost
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Truth is not inverted
12 3 - Instruments of error
12 3 - Antagonistic theories
12 3 - Pantheistic tendencies
12 3 - Matter is not substance
12 3 - Living temple
12 4 - Eternity of Life
12 4 - Life eternal and present
12 4 - A mortal not man
12 5 - Man inseparable from Love
12 5 - One cause supreme
12 5 - Matter is not substance
12 5 - Results of faith in Truth
12 6 - Mind's true camera
12 6 - Essential element of Christianity
12 6 - Mortal mind's disappearance
12 6 - Beatific presence


March 18,1900

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Deuteronomy 18:13

    13 Thou shalt be perfect with the
Lord thy God.


Responsive Reading


Philipians 3:1,7,9-15

    1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in
the Lord. To write the same things to
you, to me indeed is not grievous,
but for you it is safe.

    7 But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ.

    9 And be found in him, not having
mine own righteousness, which is of
the law, but that which is through
the faith of Christ, the
righteousness which is of God by
faith:

    10 That I may know him, and the
power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, being
made conformable unto his death;

    11 If by any means I might attain
unto the resurrection of the dead.

    12 Not as though I had already
attained, either were already
perfect: but I follow after, if that
I may apprehend that for which also I
am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I
do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before,

    14 I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in
Christ Jesus.

    15 Let us therefore, as many as be
perfect, be thus minded: and if in any
thing ye be otherwise minded, God
shall reveal even this unto you.


Section 1


Psalm 25:8,9

    8 Good and upright is the Lord:
therefore will he teach sinners in
the way.

    9 The meek will he guide in
judgment: and the meek will he teach
his way.
Psalm 119:66,68

    66 Teach me good judgment and
knowledge: for I have believed thy
commandments.

    68 Thou art good, and doest good;
teach me thy statutes.
Psalm 86:5,17

    5 For thou, Lord, art good, and
ready to forgive; and plenteous in
mercy unto all them that call upon
thee.

    17 Shew me a token for good; that
they which hate me may see it, and be
ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast
holpen me, and comforted me.

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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:26-27


    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:24

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


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:29-2

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    If sin, sickness, and death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear. As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of good. One must hide the other. How important, then, to choose good as the reality!


Section 2


Psalm 143:10

    10 Teach me to do thy will; for
thou art my God: thy spirit is good;
lead me into the land of uprightness.

***
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 8:13

    13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live.

***
Galatians 6:8

    8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:20-24


    (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.

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.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:1-7


    (Real and unreal identity)
    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 73:26-30

    (No mediumship)
    It is a grave mistake to suppose that matter is any part of the reality of intelligent existence, or that Spirit and matter, intelligence and non-intelligence, can commune together. This error Science will destroy.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:2


    (Faith higher than belief) Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding. As a cloud hides the sun it cannot extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony, but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition.


Section 3


Psalm 85:11,12

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

    12 Yea, the Lord shall give that
which is good; and our land shall
yield her increase.
Psalm 119:137,142

    137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and
upright are thy judgments.

    142 Thy righteousness is an
everlasting righteousness, and thy
law is the truth.

***
John 8:42,44-47

    42 Jesus said unto them, If God
were your Father, ye would love me:
for I proceeded forth and came from
God; neither came I of myself, but he
sent me.

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

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

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

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

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:24


    (Deadness in sin)
    The spiritual idea of God, as presented by Jesus, was scourged in person, and its Principle was rejected. That man was accounted a criminal who could prove God's divine power by healing the sick, casting out evils, spiritualizing materialistic beliefs, and raising the dead, - those dead in trespasses and sins, satisfied with the flesh, resting on the basis of matter, blind to the possibilities of Spirit and its correlative truth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:2-19


    (Real and counterfeit)
    The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that time will prove all this. Both truth and error have come nearer than ever before to the apprehension of mortals, and truth will become still clearer as error is self-destroyed.
    (Results of faith in Truth)
    Against the fatal beliefs that error is as real as Truth, that evil is equal in power to good if not superior, and that discord is as normal as harmony, even the hope of freedom from the bondage of sickness and sin has little inspiration to nerve endeavor. When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.


Section 4


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.

***
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.

***
Matthew 8:5-13,16

    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.

    9 For I am a man under authority,
having soldiers under me: and I say
to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to
another, Come, and he cometh; and to
my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.


    10 When Jesus heard it, he
marvelled, and said to them that
followed, Verily I say unto you, I
have not found so great faith, no,
not in Israel.

    11 And I say unto you, That many
shall come from the east and west,
and shall sit down with Abraham, and
Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of
heaven.

    12 But the children of the kingdom
shall be cast out into outer darkness:
there shall be weeping and gnashing
of teeth.

    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.

    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:

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:13-17


    (Contrasted testimony)
    The "tree of life" is significant of eternal reality or being. The "tree of knowledge" typifies unreality. The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 309:27


    (Life never structural) It is a self-evident error to suppose that there can be such a reality as organic animal or vegetable life, when such so-called life always ends in death. Life is never for a moment extinct. Therefore it is never structural nor organic, and is never absorbed nor limited by its own formations.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:20


    (One primal cause)
    There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.


Section 5


Matthew 7:21

    21 #Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in
heaven.
Matthew 10:7,8

    7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    8 Heal the sick, cleanse the
lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils: freely ye have received,
freely give.
Matthew 18:1-4

    1 At the same time came the
disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is
the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven?

    2 And Jesus called a little child
unto him, and set him in the midst of
them,

    3 And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as
little children, ye shall not enter
into the kingdom of heaven.

    4 Whosoever therefore shall humble
himself as this little child, the same
is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

***
Romans 14:17

    17 For the kingdom of God is not
meat and drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

587:25 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HEAVEN)

    HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:14


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Harmony in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:22


    (Evil negative and self-destructive)
    If we concede the same reality to discord as to harmony, discord has as lasting a claim upon us as has harmony. If evil is as real as good, evil is also as immortal. If death is as real as Life, immortality is a myth. If pain is as real as the absence of pain, both must be immortal; and if so, harmony cannot be the law of being.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:27-28,31


    (Fruitless worship)
    The Israelites centred their thoughts on the material in their attempted worship of the spiritual.
    They might appeal to Jehovah, but their prayer brought down no proof that it was heard, because they did not sufficiently understand God to be able to demonstrate His power to heal, - to make harmony the reality and discord the unreality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:14


    (God-given dominion) 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.


Section 6


Psalm 50:2

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

***
I Kings 8:57,61

    57 The Lord our God be with us, as
he was with our fathers: let him not
leave us, nor forsake us:

    61 Let your heart therefore be
perfect with the Lord our God, to
walk in his statutes, and to keep his
commandments, as at this day.

***
Hebrews 6:1,3

    1 Therefore leaving the principles
of the doctrine of Christ, let us go
on unto perfection; not laying again
the foundation of repentance from
dead works, and of faith toward God,

    3 And this will we do, if God
permit.

***
II Corinthians 13:8,9,11

    8 For we can do nothing against the
truth, but for the truth.

    9 For we are glad, when we are
weak, and ye are strong: and this
also we wish, even your perfection.

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

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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 352:8-25


    (Spirit the tangible)
    To Jesus, not materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man's existence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangible and uncertain, if not the unreal.
    (Ghosts not realities)
    Would a mother say to her child, who is frightened at imaginary ghosts and sick in consequence of the fear: "I know that ghosts are real. They exist, and are to be feared; but you must not be afraid of them"?
    Children, like adults, ought to fear a reality which can harm them and which they do not understand, for at any moment they may become its helpless victims; but instead of increasing children's fears by declaring ghosts to be real, merciless, and powerful, thus watering the very roots of childish timidity, children should be assured that their fears are groundless, that ghosts are not realities, but traditional beliefs, erroneous and man-made.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:1,16-19

    (The real and the unreal)
    The Christianly scientific real is the sensuous unreal. Sin, disease, whatever seems real to material sense, is unreal in divine Science. The physical senses and Science have ever been antagonistic, and they will so continue, till the testimony of the physical senses yields entirely to Christian Science.
    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - Divine synonyms
13 1 - The one only way
13 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 1 - Unrealities that seem real
13 1 - Vapor and nothingness
13 2 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 2 - Spiritual offspring
13 2 - Permanent sensibility
13 2 - Real and unreal identity
13 2 - No mediumship
13 2 - Faith higher than belief
13 3 - Fatal premises
13 3 - Deadness in sin
13 3 - Real and counterfeit
13 3 - Results of faith in Truth
13 4 - Contrasted testimony
13 4 - Life never structural
13 4 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 4 - One primal cause
13 5 - Universal brotherhood
13 5 - Evil negative and self-destructive
13 5 - Fruitless worship
13 5 - God-given dominion
13 6 - So-called superiority
13 6 - Spirit the tangible
13 6 - Ghosts not realities
13 6 - The real and the unreal
13 6 - Superstition obsolete


March 25,1900

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 40:6,8

    6 The voice said, Cry. And he said,
What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as
the flower of the field:

    8 The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth: but the word of our God shall
stand for ever.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 39

PSALM 39
To the chief Musician, even to
Jeduthun, A Psalm of David

    1 I said, I will take heed to my
ways, that I sin not with my tongue:
I will keep my mouth with a bridle,
while the wicked is before me.

    2 I was dumb with silence, I held
my peace, even from good; and my
sorrow was stirred.

    3 My heart was hot within me, while
I was musing the fire burned: then
spake I with my tongue,

    4 Lord, make me to know mine end,
and the measure of my days, what it
is: that I may know how frail I am.

    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.

    6 Surely every man walketh in a
vain shew: surely they are disquieted
in vain: he heapeth up riches, and
knoweth not who shall gather them.

    7 And now, Lord, what wait I for?
my hope is in thee.

    8 Deliver me from all my
transgressions: make me not the
reproach of the foolish.

    9 I was dumb, I opened not my
mouth; because thou didst it.

    10 Remove thy stroke away from me:
I am consumed by the blow of thine
hand.

    11 When thou with rebukes dost
correct man for iniquity, thou makest
his beauty to consume away like a
moth: surely every man is vanity.


    12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give
ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace
at my tears: for I am a stranger with
thee, and a sojourner, as all my
fathers were.

    13 O spare me, that I may recover
strength, before I go hence, and be
no more.


Section 1


Genesis 5:3

    3 #And Adam lived an hundred and
thirty years, and begat a son in his
own likeness, after his image; and
called his name Seth:
Genesis 6:5-8

    5 #And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.

    6 And it repented the Lord that he
had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart.

    7 And the Lord said, I will destroy
man whom I have created from the face
of the earth; both man, and beast,
and the creeping thing, and the fowls
of the air; for it repenteth me that
I have made them.

    8 But Noah found grace in the eyes
of the Lord.
Genesis 7:1,21-23

    1 And the Lord said unto Noah,
Come thou and all thy house into the
ark; for thee have I seen righteous
before me in this generation.

    21 And all flesh died that moved
upon the earth, both of fowl, and of
cattle, and of beast, and of every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth, and every man:

    22 All in whose nostrils was the
breath of life, of all that was in
the dry land, died.

    23 And every living substance was
destroyed which was upon the face of
the ground, both man, and cattle, and
the creeping things, and the fowl of
the heaven; and they were destroyed
from the earth: and Noah only
remained alive, and they that were
with him in the ark.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:21,29-1


    (Erroneous representation)
    God's glowing denunciations of man when not found in His image, the likeness of Spirit, convince reason and coincide with revelation in declaring this material creation false.
    (Hypothetical reversal)
    Does Life, Truth, and Love produce death, error, and hatred? Does the creator condemn His own creation? Does the unerring Principle of divine law change or repent? It cannot be so.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:22

    (Creation reversed)
    Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:14-17

    (First evil suggestion)
    No mortal mind has the might or right or wisdom to create or to destroy. All is under the control of the one Mind, even God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:31

    (Stages of existence)
    As Christian Science repudiates self-evident impossibilities, the material senses must father these absurdities, for both the material senses and their reports are unnatural, impossible, and unreal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:27-6

    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    So-called mortal mind - being non-existent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence - could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all-inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator.


Section 2


Job 15:14,25,28-31,33,34

    14 What is man, that he should be
clean? and he which is born of a
woman, that he should be righteous?

    25 For he stretcheth out his hand
against God, and strengtheneth
himself against the Almighty.

    28 And he dwelleth in desolate
cities, and in houses which no man
inhabiteth, which are ready to become
heaps.

    29 He shall not be rich, neither
shall his substance continue, neither
shall he prolong the perfection
thereof upon the earth.

    30 He shall not depart out of
darkness; the flame shall dry up his
branches, and by the breath of his
mouth shall he go away.

    31 Let not him that is deceived
trust in vanity: for vanity shall be
his recompence.

    33 He shall shake off his unripe
grape as the vine, and shall cast off
his flower as the olive.

    34 For the congregation of
hypocrites shall be desolate, and
fire shall consume the tabernacles of
bribery.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:31

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Man unfallen)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:3-24


    (Identity not lost)
    The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his. The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.
    (Definition of man)
    Continuing our definition of man, let us remember that harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and is always beyond and above the mortal illusion of any life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter. This statement is based on fact, not fable. The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:13

    (The tares and wheat)
    The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.


Section 3


Ecclesiastes 2:1,3-8,11,13

    1 I said in mine heart, Go to now,
I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and,
behold, this also is vanity.

    3 I sought in mine heart to give
myself unto wine, yet acquainting
mine heart with wisdom; and to lay
hold on folly, till I might see what
was that good for the sons of men,
which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

    4 I made me great works; I builded
me houses; I planted me vineyards:

    5 I made me gardens and orchards,
and I planted trees in them of all
kind of fruits:

    6 I made me pools of water, to
water therewith the wood that
bringeth forth trees:

    7 I got me servants and maidens,
and had servants born in my house;
also I had great possessions of great
and small cattle above all that were
in Jerusalem before me:

    8 I gathered me also silver and
gold, and the peculiar treasure of
kings and of the provinces: I gat me
men singers and women singers, and
the delights of the sons of men, as
musical instruments, and that of all
sorts.

    11 Then I looked on all the works
that my hands had wrought, and on the
labour that I had laboured to do:
and, behold, all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no
profit under the sun.

    13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth
folly, as far as light excelleth
darkness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:14


    (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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 67:30


    (Basis of true religion)
    Systems of religion and medicine treat of physical pains and pleasures, but Jesus rebuked the suffering from any such cause or effect. The epoch approaches when the understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion. At present mortals progress slowly for fear of being thought ridiculous. They are slaves to fashion, pride, and sense. Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science. We ought to weary of the fleeting and false and to cherish nothing which hinders our highest selfhood.

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


    (Present salvation)
    Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science. To break this earthly spell, mortals must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists and governs the universe harmoniously. This thought is apprehended slowly, and the interval before its attainment is attended with doubts and defeats as well as triumphs.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:23


    (Blessings from pain)
    Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:26


    (Signs following)
    In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.


Section 4


Leviticus 19:1,2,16-18

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    2 Speak unto all the congregation
of the children of Israel, and say
unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I
the Lord your God am holy.

    16 #Thou shalt not go up and down
as a talebearer among thy people:
neither shalt thou stand against the
blood of thy neighbour: I am the
Lord.

    17 #Thou shalt not hate thy brother
in thine heart: thou shalt in any
wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not
suffer sin upon him.

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

***
Luke 6:27,28,31,35

    27 #But I say unto you which hear,
Love your enemies, do good to them
which hate you,

    28 Bless them that curse you, and
pray for them which despitefully use
you.

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

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:8


    (Image of the beast)
    What a pitiful sight is malice, finding pleasure in revenge! 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 143:13-16


    (Error not curative)
    Sometimes the human mind uses one error to medicine another. Driven to choose between two difficulties, the human mind takes the lesser to relieve the greater.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:31-3


    (Cleansing the mind)
    Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:9


    (Impotence of hate)
    Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:26


    (Scientific consistency)
    Sin should become unreal to every one. It is in itself inconsistent, a divided kingdom. Its supposed realism has no divine authority, and I rejoice in the apprehension of this grand verity.


Section 5


Mark 3:1,3,5,7,10,11

    1 And he entered again into the
synagogue; and there was a man there
which had a withered hand.

    3 And he saith unto the man which
had the withered hand, Stand forth.

    5 And when he had looked round
about on them with anger, being
grieved for the hardness of their
hearts, he saith unto the man,
Stretch forth thine hand. And he
stretched it out: and his hand was
restored whole as the other.

    7 But Jesus withdrew himself with
his disciples to the sea: and a great
multitude from Galilee followed him,
and from Judaea,

    10 For he had healed many; insomuch
that they pressed upon him for to
touch him, as many as had plagues.

    11 And unclean spirits, when they
saw him, fell down before him, and
cried, saying, Thou art the Son of
God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:10


    (Causation not in matter) Mortal theories make friends of sin, sickness, and death; whereas the spiritual scientific facts of existence include no member of this dolorous and fatal triad.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:29

    (Ailments of animals)
    It is the general belief that the lower animals are less sickly than those possessing higher organizations, especially those of the human form. This would indicate that there is less disease in proportion as the force of mortal mind is less pungent or sensitive, and that health attends the absence of mortal mind. A fair conclusion from this might be, that it is the human belief, and not the divine arbitrament, which brings the physical organism under the yoke of disease.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:13(begin Sin)-16


    (Sickness will abate) Sin and sickness will abate and seem less real as we approach the scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and all that is unlike the true likeness disappears.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 397:8-12

    (Remedy for accidents)
    Suffering is no less a mental condition than is enjoyment. You cause bodily sufferings and increase them by admitting their reality and continuance, as directly as you enhance your joys by believing them to be real and continuous.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 414:22(begin Even)

    (Cure of insanity) Even so, harmony is universal, and discord is unreal. 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.


Section 6


Matthew 9:23-25

    23 And when Jesus came into the
ruler's house, and saw the minstrels
and the people making a noise,

    24 He said unto them, Give place:
for the maid is not dead, but
sleepeth. And they laughed him to
scorn.

    25 But when the people were put
forth, he went in, and took her by
the hand, and the maid arose.

***
John 5:21,24,25

    21 For as the Father raiseth up the
dead, and quickeneth them; even so
the Son quickeneth whom he will.

    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.

584:9-10 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DEATH)

    DEATH. An illusion, the lie of life in matter; the unreal and untrue; the opposite of Life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 430:7


    (Life all-inclusive)
    When man gives up his belief in death, he will advance more rapidly towards God, Life, and Love. Belief in sickness and death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the true sense of Life and health. When will mankind wake to this great fact in Science?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:17


    (Contrasted testimony)
    Sin, sickness, and death have no record in the Elohistic introduction of Genesis, in which God creates the heavens, earth, and man. Until that which contradicts the truth of being enters into the arena, evil has no history, and evil is brought into view only as the unreal in contradistinction to the real and eternal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 355:32


    (Weakness of material theories)
    Strangely enough, we ask for material theories in support of spiritual and eternal truths, when the two are so antagonistic that the material thought must become spiritualized before the spiritual fact is attained. So-called material existence affords no evidence of spiritual existence and immortality. Sin, sickness, and death do not prove man's entity or immortality. Discord can never establish the facts of harmony. Matter is not the vestibule of Spirit.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - Erroneous representation
14 1 - Hypothetical reversal
14 1 - Creation reversed
14 1 - First evil suggestion
14 1 - Stages of existence
14 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
14 2 - Man unfallen
14 2 - Identity not lost
14 2 - Definition of man
14 2 - The tares and wheat
14 3 - Scientific purgation
14 3 - Basis of true religion
14 3 - Present salvation
14 3 - Blessings from pain
14 3 - Signs following
14 4 - Image of the beast
14 4 - Error not curative
14 4 - Cleansing the mind
14 4 - Impotence of hate
14 4 - Scientific consistency
14 5 - Causation not in matter
14 5 - Ailments of animals
14 5 - Sickness will abate
14 5 - Remedy for accidents
14 5 - Cure of insanity
14 6 - Life all-inclusive
14 6 - Contrasted testimony
14 6 - Weakness of material theories
14 6 - Understanding versus belief


April 1,1900

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Romans 6:1-3,5,6,9,12,20-23

    1 What shall we say then? Shall we
continue in sin, that grace may
abound?

    2 God forbid. How shall we, that
are dead to sin, live any longer
therein?

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

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

    6 Knowing this, that our old man is
crucified with him, that the body of
sin might be destroyed, that
henceforth we should not serve sin.

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

    12 Let not sin therefore reign in
your mortal body, that ye should obey
it in the lusts thereof.

    20 For when ye were the servants of
sin, ye were free from righteousness.


    21 What fruit had ye then in those
things whereof ye are now ashamed? for
the end of those things is death.

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

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


Section 1


Genesis 17:1

    1 And when Abram was ninety years
old and nine, the Lord appeared to
Abram, and said unto him, I am the
Almighty God; walk before me, and be
thou perfect.

***
Psalm 18:30,32

    30 As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the Lord is tried: he is a
buckler to all those that trust in
him.

    32 It is God that girdeth me with
strength, and maketh my way perfect.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:7-13,28-31

(14) Question: What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
Topic: Unreality


    (Fleshly factors unreal)
    The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.
    (Man unfallen)
    Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:13(begin If)

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


    (The divine standard of perfection) If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind. How can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man, never sins? The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:9

(11) Question: Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
ADAM = The first god of mythology.
Topic: Substance


    (God's law destroys evil) Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not originate in God nor belong to His government. His law, rightly understood, destroys them. Jesus furnished proofs of these statements.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:18

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


    (Divine fulfilment)
    Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?


Section 2


Psalm 4:2

    2 O ye sons of men, how long will
ye turn my glory into shame? how long
will ye love vanity, and seek after
leasing?
Psalm 12:4

    4 Who have said, With our tongue
will we prevail; our lips are our
own: who is lord over us?

***
Isaiah 59:2

    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.

***
I John 3:7-10

    7 Little children, let no man
deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as
he is righteous.

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

    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not
commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is
born of God.

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

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:9

    (Sin only of the flesh)
    All sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains. It is a sense of sin, and not a sinful soul, which is lost. Evil is destroyed by the sense of good.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 168:15


    (The divine authority)
    Because man-made systems insist that man becomes sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God's spiritual command relating to perfection, - an authority which Jesus proved to be false? He did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called material law, but in accordance with God's law, the law of Mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 418:12-15


    (Truthful arguments)
    It must be clear to you that sickness is no more the reality of being than is sin. This mortal dream of sickness, sin, and death should cease through Christian Science.


Section 3


Jonah 2:8

    8 They that observe lying vanities
forsake their own mercy.

***
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.

***
Luke 15:11-24

    11 #And he said, A certain man had
two sons:

    12 And the younger of them said to
his father, Father, give me the
portion of goods that falleth to me.
And he divided unto them his living.

    13 And not many days after the
younger son gathered all together,
and took his journey into a far
country, and there wasted his
substance with riotous living.

    14 And when he had spent all, there
arose a mighty famine in that land;
and he began to be in want.

    15 And he went and joined himself
to a citizen of that country; and he
sent him into his fields to feed
swine.

    16 And he would fain have filled
his belly with the husks that the
swine did eat: and no man gave unto
him.

    17 And when he came to himself, he
said, How many hired servants of my
father's have bread enough and to
spare, and I perish with hunger!

    18 I will arise and go to my
father, and will say unto him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and before thee,

    19 And am no more worthy to be
called thy son: make me as one of thy
hired servants.

    20 And he arose, and came to his
father. But when he was yet a great
way off, his father saw him, and had
compassion, and ran, and fell on his
neck, and kissed him.

    21 And the son said unto him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and in thy sight, and am no more
worthy to be called thy son.

    22 But the father said to his
servants, Bring forth the best robe,
and put it on him; and put a ring on
his hand, and shoes on his feet:

    23 And bring hither the fatted
calf, and kill it; and let us eat,
and be merry:

    24 For this my son was dead, and is
alive again; he was lost, and is
found. And they began to be merry.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:16-23(to .)


    (Eternal man recognized)
    Material sense lifts its voice with the arrogance of reality and says:
    (Testimony of sense)
    I am wholly dishonest, and no man knoweth it. I can cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder, and I elude detection by smooth-tongued villainy. Animal in propensity, deceitful in sentiment, fraudulent in purpose, I mean to make my short span of life one gala day.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:26-9


    (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?" It is easier to desire Truth than to rid one's self of error. Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.
    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:6-8


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    Better the suffering which awakens mortal mind from its fleshly dream, than the false pleasures which tend to perpetuate this dream.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:30(only)


    (Final purpose)
    The design of Love is to reform the sinner.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:15


    (The one only way)
    Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, - self-will, self-justification, and self-love, - which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:25-32

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


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    Truth spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of Christ is to "destroy the works of the devil." Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together.


Section 4


Luke 7:19,21

    19 #And John calling unto him two
of his disciples sent them to Jesus,
saying, Art thou he that should come?
or look we for another?

    21 And in that same hour he cured
many of their infirmities and
plagues, and of evil spirits; and
unto many that were blind he gave
sight.

***
John 9:1-7

    1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a
man which was blind from his birth.

    2 And his disciples asked him,
saying, Master, who did sin, this
man, or his parents, that he was born
blind?

    3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this
man sinned, nor his parents: but that
the works of God should be made
manifest in him.

    4 I must work the works of him that
sent me, while it is day: the night
cometh, when no man can work.

    5 As long as I am in the world, I
am the light of the world.

    6 When he had thus spoken, he spat
on the ground, and made clay of the
spittle, and he anointed the eyes of
the blind man with the clay,

    7 And said unto him, Go, wash in
the pool of Siloam, (which is by
interpretation, Sent.) He went his
way therefore, and washed, and came
seeing.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 194:10


    (Change of belief)
    Destruction of the auditory nerve and paralysis of the optic nerve are not necessary to ensure deafness and blindness; for if mortal mind says, "I am deaf and blind," it will be so without an injured nerve. Every theory opposed to this fact (as I learned in metaphysics) would presuppose man, who is immortal in spiritual understanding, a mortal in material belief.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:31


    (Doubtful evidence)
    Any supposed information, coming from the body or from inert matter as if either were intelligent, is an illusion of mortal mind, - one of its dreams. Realize that the evidence of the senses is not to be accepted in the case of sickness, any more than it is in the case of sin.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 463:21


    (Unhesitating decision)
    To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of error - whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, or death - is the first step towards destroying error. Our Master treated error through Mind. He never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of matter, nor did he use drugs. There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they are. Such seeming medical effect or action is that of socalled mortal mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:20


    (Unnecessary prostration)
    Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11


    (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. Jesus healed sickness and sin by one and the same metaphysical process.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:19


    (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. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God's power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.


Section 5


Romans 5:12,14

    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:

    14 Nevertheless death reigned from
Adam to Moses, even over them that had
not sinned after the similitude of
Adam's transgression, who is the
figure of him that was to come.

***
II Corinthians 1:9,10

    9 But we had the sentence of death
in ourselves, that we should not trust
in ourselves, but in God which
raiseth the dead:

    10 Who delivered us from so great a
death, and doth deliver: in whom we
trust that he will yet deliver us;

***
I Corinthians 15:26

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

***
Proverbs 12:28

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 384:30-1


    (Benefit of philanthropy)
    Sickness, sin, and death must at length quail before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged.

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.

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 - 427:17-14

    (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. Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.
    (No death nor inaction)
    Called to the bed of death, what material remedy has man when all such remedies have failed? Spirit is his last resort, but it should have been his first and only resort. The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought will waken from its own material declaration, "I am dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction."
    (Vision opening)
    Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality. Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Fleshly factors unreal
15 1 - Man unfallen
15 1 - The divine standard of perfection
15 1 - God's law destroys evil
15 1 - Divine fulfilment
15 2 - Soul imperishable
15 2 - Sin only of the flesh
15 2 - The divine authority
15 2 - Truthful arguments
15 3 - Eternal man recognized
15 3 - Testimony of sense
15 3 - Uses of suffering
15 3 - A bright outlook
15 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
15 3 - Final purpose
15 3 - The one only way
15 3 - Truth destroys falsity
15 4 - Change of belief
15 4 - Doubtful evidence
15 4 - Unhesitating decision
15 4 - Unnecessary prostration
15 4 - Jesus' disregard of matter
15 4 - Touchstone of Science
15 5 - A belief in death
15 5 - Benefit of philanthropy
15 5 - Benefits of metaphysics
15 5 - Careful guidance
15 5 - Mortality vanquished
15 5 - No death nor inaction
15 5 - Vision opening


April 8,1900

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Ephesians 2:13,18

    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.


Responsive Reading


I Peter 1:3-5,15-23

    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.

    15 But as he which hath called you
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner
of conversation;

    16 Because it is written, Be ye
holy; for I am holy.

    17 And if ye call on the Father,
who without respect of persons
judgeth according to every man's
work, pass the time of your
sojourning here in fear:

    18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye
were not redeemed with corruptible
things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation received by
tradition from your fathers;

    19 But with the precious blood of
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:

    20 Who verily was foreordained
before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest in these last times
for you,

    21 Who by him do believe in God,
that raised him up from the dead, and
gave him glory; that your faith and
hope might be in God.

    22 Seeing ye have purified your
souls in obeying the truth through
the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one
another with a pure heart fervently:

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


Section 1


Leviticus 18:4,5

    4 Ye shall do my judgments, and
keep mine ordinances, to walk
therein; I am the Lord your God.

    5 Ye shall therefore keep my
statutes, and my judgments: which if
a man do, he shall live in them: I am
the Lord.

***
Psalm 19:7,11

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

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

***
Luke 10:25-28

    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.

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


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:25


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:9


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.


Section 2


Job 32:9,10

    9 Great men are not always wise:
neither do the aged understand
judgment.

    10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me;
I also will shew mine opinion.

***
I Corinthians 1:20-22,26,29

    20 Where is the wise? where is the
scribe? where is the disputer of this
world? hath not God made foolish the
wisdom of this world?

    21 For after that in the wisdom of
God the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of
preaching to save them that believe.

    22 For the Jews require a sign, and
the Greeks seek after wisdom:

    26 For ye see your calling,
brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called:

    29 That no flesh should glory in
his presence.

***
Colossians 2:8

    8 Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after
Christ.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:15


    (Radical changes)
    The time is not distant when the ordinary theological views of atonement will undergo a great change, - a change as radical as that which has come over popular opinions in regard to predestination and future punishment.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:11


    (Finite views of Deity)
    Mortal man has made a covenant with his eyes to belittle Deity with human conceptions. In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things. That God is corporeal or material, no man should affirm.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:14-23

(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


    (Theories helpless)
    Human theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love.
    (True nature and origin)
    "Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings." Human belief - or knowledge gained from the so-called material senses - would, by fair logic, annihilate man along with the dissolving elements of clay.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:8,26-5


    (Spiritual foreshadowings)
    The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a material age, for it is the healing influence of Spirit (not spirits) which the material senses cannot comprehend, - which can only be spiritually discerned. Creeds, doctrines, and human hypotheses do not express Christian Science; much less can they demonstrate it.
    (Science as foreign to all religion)
    Mystery does not enshroud Christ's teachings, and they are not theoretical and fragmentary, but practical and complete; and being practical and complete, they are not deprived of their essential vitality.
    (Key to the kingdom)
    The way through which immortality and life are learned is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual. Human philosophy, ethics, and superstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which mortals can escape from sin; yet to escape from sin, is what the Bible demands.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:14-17


    (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?


Section 3


Deuteronomy 32:1-3

    1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I
will speak; and hear, O earth, the
words of my mouth.

    2 My doctrine shall drop as the
rain, my speech shall distil as the
dew, as the small rain upon the
tender herb, and as the showers upon
the grass:

    3 Because I will publish the name
of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness
unto our God.

***
John 7:14-17

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

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

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

    17 If any man will do his will, he
shall know of the doctrine, whether it
be of God, or whether I speak of
myself.
John 14:10,24

    10 Believest thou not that I am in
the Father, and the Father in me? the
words that I speak unto you I speak
not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

    24 He that loveth me not keepeth
not my sayings: and the word which ye
hear is not mine, but the Father's
which sent me.
John 12:49,50

    49 For I have not spoken of myself;
but the Father which sent me, he gave
me a commandment, what I should say,
and what I should speak.

    50 And I know that his commandment
is life everlasting: whatsoever I
speak therefore, even as the Father
said unto me, so I speak.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:24


    (Judaism antipathetic) That he made "himself equal with God," was one of the Jewish accusations against him who planted Christianity on the foundation of Spirit, who taught as he was inspired by the Father and would recognize no life, intelligence, nor substance outside of God.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:23-8


    (True theory of the universe)
    The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith. "The Spirit and the bride say, Come! . . . and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.


Section 4


John 14:1-6

    1 Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in
me.

    2 In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you.

    3 And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I
am, there ye may be also.

    4 And whither I go ye know, and the
way ye know.

    5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we
know not whither thou goest; and how
can we know the way?

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 10:30

    30 I and my Father are one.
John 14:20

    20 At that day ye shall know that I
am in my Father, and ye in me, and I
in you.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:13


    (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.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:15


    (The miracles of Jesus)
    Our Master taught spirituality by similitudes and parables. As a divine student he unfolded God to man, illustrating and demonstrating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over the sick and sinning. Human theories are inadequate to interpret the divine Principle involved in the miracles (marvels) wrought by Jesus and especially in his mighty, crowning, unparalleled, and triumphant exit from the flesh.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 52:1


    (Master's business)
    From early boyhood he was about his "Father's business." His pursuits lay far apart from theirs. His master was Spirit; their master was matter. He served God; they served mammon. His affections were pure; theirs were carnal. His senses drank in the spiritual evidence of health, holiness, and life; their senses testified oppositely, and absorbed the material evidence of sin, sickness, and death.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 53:25-7

    (Bearing our sins)
    Jesus bore our sins in his body. He knew the mortal errors which constitute the material body, and could destroy those errors; but at the time when Jesus felt our infirmities, he had not conquered all the beliefs of the flesh or his sense of material life, nor had he risen to his final demonstration of spiritual power.
    Had he shared the sinful beliefs of others, he would have been less sensitive to those beliefs. Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error. The world acknowledged not his righteousness, seeing it not; but earth received the harmony his glorified example introduced.


Section 5


Romans 14:10-12

    10 But why dost thou judge thy
brother? or why dost thou set at
nought thy brother? for we shall all
stand before the judgment seat of
Christ.

    11 For it is written, As I live,
saith the Lord, every knee shall bow
to me, and every tongue shall confess
to God.

    12 So then every one of us shall
give account of himself to God.

***
Colossians 3:5-8

    5 Mortify therefore your members
which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:

    6 For which things' sake the wrath
of God cometh on the children of
disobedience:

    7 In the which ye also walked some
time, when ye lived in them.

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

***
Matthew 12:36,37

    36 But I say unto you, That every
idle word that men shall speak, they
shall give account thereof in the day
of judgment.

    37 For by thy words thou shalt be
justified, and by thy words thou
shalt be condemned.

***
I Corinthians 3:13,14

    13 Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare
it, because it shall be revealed by
fire; and the fire shall try every
man's work of what sort it is.

    14 If any man's work abide which he
hath built thereupon, he shall
receive a reward.

***
Galatians 6:3,4

    3 For if a man think himself to be
something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself.

    4 But let every man prove his own
work, and then shall he have
rejoicing in himself alone, and not
in another.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:27


    (Behest of the cross)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:6

    (Moral victory) 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.

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 - 25:26-9

    (Effective triumph)
    Implicit faith in the Teacher and all the emotional love we can bestow on him, will never alone make us imitators of him. We must go and do likewise, else we are not improving the great blessings which our Master worked and suffered to bestow upon us. The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.


    (Individual experience)
    While we adore Jesus, and the heart overflows with gratitude for what he did for mortals, - treading alone his loving pathway up to the throne of glory, in speechless agony exploring the way for us, - yet Jesus spares us not one individual experience, if we follow his commands faithfully; and all have the cup of sorrowful effort to drink in proportion to their demonstration of his love, till all are redeemed through divine Love.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 99:5-12


    (Key to the kingdom)
    "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," says the apostle, and he straightway adds: "for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians ii. 12, 13). 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

16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Vapor and nothingness
16 1 - Reflected likeness
16 1 - Universal brotherhood
16 2 - Radical changes
16 2 - Finite views of Deity
16 2 - Theories helpless
16 2 - True nature and origin
16 2 - Spiritual foreshadowings
16 2 - Science as foreign to all religion
16 2 - Key to the kingdom
16 2 - Absence of Christ-power
16 3 - Judaism antipathetic
16 3 - Deadness in sin
16 3 - True theory of the universe
16 3 - Scriptural perception
16 4 - Human reconciliation
16 4 - Salvation is through reform
16 4 - The miracles of Jesus
16 4 - Master's business
16 4 - Bearing our sins
16 5 - Behest of the cross
16 5 - Moral victory
16 5 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 5 - Effective triumph
16 5 - Individual experience
16 5 - Key to the kingdom


April 15,1900

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Ezekiel 18:32

    32 For I have no pleasure in the
death of him that dieth, saith the
Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves,
and live ye.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 55:1-9,12,13

    1 Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters, and he that
hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without
money and without price.

    2 Wherefore do ye spend money for
that which is not bread? and your
labour for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me, and eat
ye that which is good, and let your
soul delight itself in fatness.

    3 Incline your ear, and come unto
me: hear, and your soul shall live;
and I will make an everlasting
covenant with you, even the sure
mercies of David.

    4 Behold, I have given him for a
witness to the people, a leader and
commander to the people.

    5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation
that thou knowest not, and nations
that knew not thee shall run unto
thee because of the Lord thy God, and
for the Holy One of Israel; for he
hath glorified thee.

    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.

    12 For ye shall go out with joy,
and be led forth with peace: the
mountains and the hills shall break
forth before you into singing, and
all the trees of the field shall clap
their hands.

    13 Instead of the thorn shall come
up the fir tree, and instead of the
brier shall come up the myrtle tree:
and it shall be to the Lord for a
name, for an everlasting sign that
shall not be cut off.


Section 1


John 11:21,25,26

    21 Then said Martha unto Jesus,
Lord, if thou hadst been here, my
brother had not died.

    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?
John 21:4,6,10-14

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

    6 And he said unto them, Cast the
net on the right side of the ship,
and ye shall find. They cast
therefore, and now they were not able
to draw it for the multitude of
fishes.

    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 - 34:29-32


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

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

    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 - 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.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 497:20

(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.


Section 2


I Corinthians 15:19

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

***
Romans 8:35,37-39

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

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

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

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

***
II Peter 3:8,9

    8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of
this one thing, that one day is with
the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day.

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:17-18,28


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:18-19

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


    (Scientific translations) Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal.

598:21-30 Chapter 17: Glossary
(YEAR)

    "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years." (II Peter iii. 8.)
    One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown.

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.


Section 3


Psalm 50:2

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

***
II Corinthians 13:5,7-9

    5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be
in the faith; prove your own selves.
Know ye not your own selves, how that
Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be
reprobates?

    7 Now I pray to God that ye do no
evil; not that we should appear
approved, but that ye should do that
which is honest, though we be as
reprobates.

    8 For we can do nothing against the
truth, but for the truth.

    9 For we are glad, when we are
weak, and ye are strong: and this
also we wish, even your perfection.

***
I Peter 5:10,11

    10 But the God of all grace, who
hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus, after that ye have
suffered a while, make you perfect,
stablish, strengthen, settle you.

    11 To him be glory and dominion for
ever and ever. Amen.

***
Revelation 22:11,14

    11 He that is unjust, let him be
unjust still: and he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that
is righteous, let him be righteous
still: and he that is holy, let him
be holy still.

    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 - 290:16


    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:32-18


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes not suddenly here or hereafter. The pious Polycarp said: "I cannot turn at once from good to evil." Neither do other mortals accomplish the change from error to truth at a single bound.
    (Second death)
    Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the Science of being is reached. Error brings its own self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates its own physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."
    (A dream vanishing)
    The period required for this dream of material life, embracing its so-called pleasures and pains, to vanish from consciousness, "knoweth no man . . . neither the Son, but the Father." This period will be of longer or shorter duration according to the tenacity of error.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:20


    (Wait for reward)
    Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.


Section 4


Psalm 34:7

    7 The angel of the Lord encampeth
round about them that fear him, and
delivereth them.
Psalm 91:10-12

    10 There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh
thy dwelling.

    11 For he shall give his angels
charge over thee, to keep thee in all
thy ways.

    12 They shall bear thee up in their
hands, lest thou dash thy foot
against a stone.

***
Matthew 13:36-39

    36 Then Jesus sent the multitude
away, and went into the house: and
his disciples came unto him, saying,
Declare unto us the parable of the
tares of the field.

    37 He answered and said unto them,
He that soweth the good seed is the
Son of man;

    38 The field is the world; the good
seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the
wicked one;

    39 The enemy that sowed them is the
devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the
angels.

581:4 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ANGELS)

    ANGELS. God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 512:8


    (Seraphic symbols)
    Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love. These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics. Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God's nature; and spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:25-15


    (Thought-angels)
    Angels are not etherealized human beings, evolving animal qualities in their wings; but they are celestial visitants, flying on spiritual, not material, pinions. Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with Truth and Love, no matter what their individualism may be. Human conjecture confers upon angels its own forms of thought, marked with superstitious outlines, making them human creatures with suggestive feathers; but this is only fancy. It has behind it no more reality than has the sculptor's thought when he carves his "Statue of Liberty," which embodies his conception of an unseen quality or condition, but which has no physical antecedent reality save in the artist's own observation and "chambers of imagery."
    (Our angelic messengers)
    My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys. Angels are God's representatives. These upward-soaring beings never lead towards self, sin, or materiality, but guide to the divine Principle of all good, whither every real individuality, image, or likeness of God, gathers.


Section 5


Genesis 28:10,12,16,17

    10 #And Jacob went out from
Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

    12 And he dreamed, and behold a
ladder set up on the earth, and the
top of it reached to heaven: and
behold the angels of God ascending
and descending on it.

    16 #And Jacob awaked out of his
sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord
is in this place; and I knew it not.

    17 And he was afraid, and said, How
dreadful is this place! this is none
other but the house of God, and this
is the gate of heaven.

***
Matthew 5:16,19,20

    16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.

    19 Whosoever therefore shall break
one of these least commandments, and
shall teach men so, he shall be
called the least in the kingdom of
heaven: but whosoever shall do and
teach them, the same shall be called
great in the kingdom of heaven.

    20 For I say unto you, That except
your righteousness shall exceed the
righteousness of the scribes and
Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter
into the kingdom of heaven.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:13-25(to .)


    (Salvation and probation)
    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.
    "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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:10-15


    (True estimate of God's messenger)
    Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:14


    (Pardon and amendment)
    To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:9


    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.


Section 6


Psalm 22:27

    27 All the ends of the world shall
remember and turn unto the Lord: and
all the kindreds of the nations shall
worship before thee.

***
Isaiah 55:1

    1 Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters, and he that
hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without
money and without price.

***
Titus 2:11-14

    11 For the grace of God that
bringeth salvation hath appeared to
all men,

    12 Teaching us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and
godly, in this present world;

    13 Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ;

    14 Who gave himself for us, that he
might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar
people, zealous of good works.

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 - 202:3


    (The uses of truth)
    The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:2


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:31-5(to .")


    (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. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:1-9


    (Sin is punished)
    The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the growth of Christian character.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - The last breakfast
17 1 - Spiritual ascension
17 1 - Death outdone
17 1 - - Tenets -
17 2 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 2 - Scientific translations
17 2 - Man inseparable from Love
17 3 - Future purification
17 3 - Immaterial pleasure
17 3 - Second death
17 3 - A dream vanishing
17 3 - Wait for reward
17 4 - Seraphic symbols
17 4 - Thought-angels
17 4 - Our angelic messengers
17 5 - Salvation and probation
17 5 - True estimate of God's messenger
17 5 - Pardon and amendment
17 5 - The one only way
17 6 - Salvation and probation
17 6 - The uses of truth
17 6 - Love impartial and universal
17 6 - Spiritual baptism
17 6 - Sin is punished
17 6 - - Tenets -


April 22,1900

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 5:25,26

    25 Agree with thine adversary
quickly, whiles thou art in the way
with him; lest at any time the
adversary deliver thee to the judge,
and the judge deliver thee to the
officer, and thou be cast into
prison.

    26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou
shalt by no means come out thence,
till thou hast paid the uttermost
farthing.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 5:4,7,13-16,18-24

    4 What could have been done more to
my vineyard, that I have not done in
it? wherefore, when I looked that it
should bring forth grapes, brought it
forth wild grapes?

    7 For the vineyard of the Lord of
hosts is the house of Israel, and the
men of Judah his pleasant plant: and
he looked for judgment, but behold
oppression; for righteousness, but
behold a cry.

    13 #Therefore my people are gone
into captivity, because they have no
knowledge: and their honourable men
are famished, and their multitude
dried up with thirst.

    14 Therefore hell hath enlarged
herself, and opened her mouth without
measure: and their glory, and their
multitude, and their pomp, and he
that rejoiceth, shall descend into
it.

    15 And the mean man shall be
brought down, and the mighty man
shall be humbled, and the eyes of the
lofty shall be humbled:

    16 But the Lord of hosts shall be
exalted in judgment, and God that is
holy shall be sanctified in
righteousness.

    18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity
with cords of vanity, and sin as it
were with a cart rope:

    19 That say, Let him make speed,
and hasten his work, that we may see
it: and let the counsel of the Holy
One of Israel draw nigh and come,
that we may know it!

    20 #Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!

    21 Woe unto them that are wise in
their own eyes, and prudent in their
own sight!

    22 Woe unto them that are mighty to
drink wine, and men of strength to
mingle strong drink:

    23 Which justify the wicked for
reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from
him!

    24 Therefore as the fire devoureth
the stubble, and the flame consumeth
the chaff, so their root shall be as
rottenness, and their blossom shall
go up as dust: because they have cast
away the law of the Lord of hosts,
and despised the word of the Holy One
of Israel.


Section 1


Ezekiel 18:23,29-32

    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?

    29 Yet saith the house of Israel,
The way of the Lord is not equal. O
house of Israel, are not my ways
equal? are not your ways unequal?

    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.

***
Matthew 13:24-30

    24 #Another parable put he forth
unto them, saying, The kingdom of
heaven is likened unto a man which
sowed good seed in his field:

    25 But while men slept, his enemy
came and sowed tares among the wheat,
and went his way.

    26 But when the blade was sprung
up, and brought forth fruit, then
appeared the tares also.

    27 So the servants of the
householder came and said unto him,
Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in
thy field? from whence then hath it
tares?

    28 He said unto them, An enemy hath
done this. The servants said unto
him, Wilt thou then that we go and
gather them up?

    29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye
gather up the tares, ye root up also
the wheat with them.

    30 Let both grow together until the
harvest: and in the time of harvest I
will say to the reapers, Gather ye
together first the tares, and bind
them in bundles to burn them: but
gather the wheat into my barn.

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 - 37:32

    (Complete emulation)
    Why has this Christian demand so little inspiration to stir mankind to Christian effort? Because men are assured that this command was intended only for a particular period and for a select number of followers. This teaching is even more pernicious than the old doctrine of foreordination, - the election of a few to be saved, while the rest are damned; and so it will be considered, when the lethargy of mortals, produced by man-made doctrines, is broken by the demands of divine Science.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:11-15


    (God never inconsistent)
    It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition for doing what they could not avoid doing.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:32-2


    (Sickness akin to sin) When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:15


    (The tares and wheat)
    The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.


Section 2


Proverbs 16:25

    25 There is a way that seemeth
right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death.

***
Jude 1:14-21

    14 And Enoch also, the seventh from
Adam, prophesied of these, saying,
Behold, the Lord cometh with ten
thousands of his saints,

    15 To execute judgment upon all,
and to convince all that are ungodly
among them of all their ungodly deeds
which they have ungodly committed,
and of all their hard speeches which
ungodly sinners have spoken against
him.

    16 These are murmurers,
complainers, walking after their own
lusts; and their mouth speaketh great
swelling words, having men's persons
in admiration because of advantage.

    17 But, beloved, remember ye the
words which were spoken before of the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    18 How that they told you there
should be mockers in the last time,
who should walk after their own
ungodly lusts.

    19 These be they who separate
themselves, sensual, having not the
Spirit.

    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:24


    (Requisite change of our ideals)
    Selfishness and sensualism are educated in mortal mind by the thoughts ever recurring to one's self, by conversation about the body, and by the expectation of perpetual pleasure or pain from it; and this education is at the expense of spiritual growth. If we array thought in mortal vestures, it must lose its immortal nature.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:13(begin Sin)


    (Image of the beast) 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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:25-6


    (Copartnership impossible) Does evil proceed from good? Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it? Would any one call it wise and good to create the primitive, and then punish its derivative?
    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    Does subsequent follow its antecedent? It does. Was there original self-creative sin? Then there must have been more than one creator, more than one God. In common justice, we must admit that God will not punish man for doing what He created man capable of doing, and knew from the outset that man would do. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:19


    (Unspiritual contrasts)
    It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science. The triumphs of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.


Section 3


Romans 6:23

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

***
II Peter 2:9,10

    9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver
the godly out of temptations, and to
reserve the unjust unto the day of
judgment to be punished:

    10 But chiefly them that walk after
the flesh in the lust of uncleanness,
and despise government. Presumptuous
are they, selfwilled, they are not
afraid to speak evil of dignities.

***
I Timothy 5:24

    24 Some men's sins are open
beforehand, going before to judgment;
and some men they follow after.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:11


    (Pardon and amendment)
    To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means of destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin is destroyed. To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:8-15


    (Sin and penalty)
    Divine Science adjusts the balance as Jesus adjusted it. Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin which incurs the penalty. This is my sense of divine pardon, which I understand to mean God's method of destroying sin. If the saying is true, "While there's life there's hope," its opposite is also true, While there's sin there's doom. Another's suffering cannot lessen our own liability.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:4

    (Final purpose)
    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.

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."

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:23-5


    (Blessings from pain)
    Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.
    (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 4


Isaiah 33:14

    14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
fearfulness hath surprised the
hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell
with the devouring fire? who among us
shall dwell with everlasting
burnings?

***
Revelation 6:12,15-17

    12 And I beheld when he had opened
the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became
black as sackcloth of hair, and the
moon became as blood;

    15 And the kings of the earth, and
the great men, and the rich men, and
the chief captains, and the mighty
men, and every bondman, and every
free man, hid themselves in the dens
and in the rocks of the mountains;

    16 And said to the mountains and
rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from
the face of him that sitteth on the
throne, and from the wrath of the
Lamb:

    17 For the great day of his wrath
is come; and who shall be able to
stand?

***
Matthew 5:25,26

    25 Agree with thine adversary
quickly, whiles thou art in the way
with him; lest at any time the
adversary deliver thee to the judge,
and the judge deliver thee to the
officer, and thou be cast into
prison.

    26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou
shalt by no means come out thence,
till thou hast paid the uttermost
farthing.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:27


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:14


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:7


    (Heralds of Science)
    Every sensuous pleasure or pain is self-destroyed through suffering. There should be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of discord and death.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:24-27


    (Beatific presence)
    Mortals must follow Jesus' sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh. Perfect and infinite Mind enthroned is heaven. The evil beliefs which originate in mortals are hell.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:3


    (Sorrow and reformation)
    Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step. The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, - namely, reformation. To this end we are placed under the stress of circumstances. Temptation bids us repeat the offence, and woe comes in return for what is done. So it will ever be, till we learn that there is no discount in the law of justice and that we must pay "the uttermost farthing." The measure ye mete "shall be measured to you again," and it will be full "and running over."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:1


    (Day of judgment)
    When the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and mortality; "but of that day and hour, knoweth no man." Here prophecy pauses. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.


Section 5


Job 33:27-30

    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.

***
II Peter 3:13,14

    13 Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.

    14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that
ye look for such things, be diligent
that ye may be found of him in peace,
without spot, and blameless.

***
Matthew 13:40-43

    40 As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this world.


    41 The Son of man shall send forth
his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity;

    42 And shall cast them into a
furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    43 Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Who hath ears to hear,
let him hear.

***
Revelation 11:15,18

    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.

    18 And the nations were angry, and
thy wrath is come, and the time of the
dead, that they should be judged, and
that thou shouldest give reward unto
thy servants the prophets, and to the
saints, and them that fear thy name,
small and great; and shouldest
destroy them which destroy the earth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:1

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


    (-30- Divine pardon)
    XXX. The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon. Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness. Does not God's pardon, destroying any one sin, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all sin?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:14

    (Universal brotherhood)
    Harmony in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:4-23


    (The darkest hours of all)
    Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit. Before error is wholly destroyed, there will be interruptions of the general material routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms), will continue unto the end, - until the final spiritualization of all things. "The darkest hour precedes the dawn."
    (Arena of contest)
    This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.
    Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Help and hindrance
18 1 - Complete emulation
18 1 - God never inconsistent
18 1 - Moral courage
18 1 - Sickness akin to sin
18 1 - The tares and wheat
18 2 - Requisite change of our ideals
18 2 - Sin and penalty
18 2 - Image of the beast
18 2 - Copartnership impossible
18 2 - Two infinite creators absurd
18 2 - Unspiritual contrasts
18 3 - Pardon and amendment
18 3 - Sin and penalty
18 3 - Final purpose
18 3 - Asking amiss
18 3 - Blessings from pain
18 3 - Decapitation of error
18 4 - Progress demanded
18 4 - Scientific purgation
18 4 - Heralds of Science
18 4 - Beatific presence
18 4 - Sorrow and reformation
18 4 - Day of judgment
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 5 - Universal brotherhood
18 5 - The darkest hours of all
18 5 - Arena of contest


April 29,1900

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Genesis 3:9

    9 And the Lord God called unto
Adam, and said unto him, Where art
thou?


Responsive Reading


Job 13:3,6,11-14,19-27

    3 Surely I would speak to the
Almighty, and I desire to reason with
God.

    6 Hear now my reasoning, and
hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

    11 Shall not his excellency make
you afraid? and his dread fall upon
you?

    12 Your remembrances are like unto
ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

    13 Hold your peace, let me alone,
that I may speak, and let come on me
what will.

    14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in
my teeth, and put my life in mine
hand?

    19 Who is he that will plead with
me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I
shall give up the ghost.

    20 Only do not two things unto me:
then will I not hide myself from thee.


    21 Withdraw thine hand far from me:
and let not thy dread make me afraid.


    22 Then call thou, and I will
answer: or let me speak, and answer
thou me.

    23 How many are mine iniquities and
sins? make me to know my
transgression and my sin.

    24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face,
and holdest me for thine enemy?

    25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to
and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry
stubble?

    26 For thou writest bitter things
against me, and makest me to possess
the iniquities of my youth.

    27 Thou puttest my feet also in the
stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all
my paths; thou settest a print upon
the heels of my feet.


Section 1


Genesis 2:7,21-23

    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.

    21 And the Lord God caused a deep
sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs,
and closed up the flesh instead
thereof;

    22 And the rib, which the Lord God
had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.

    23 And Adam said, This is now bone
of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:
she shall be called Woman, because
she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 3:20

    20 And Adam called his wife's name
Eve; because she was the mother of all
living.

585:23 Chapter 17: Glossary
(EVE)

    EVE. A beginning; mortality; that which does not last forever; a finite belief concerning life, substance, and intelligence in matter; error; the belief that the human race originated materially instead of spiritually, - that man started first from dust, second from a rib, and third from an egg.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 553:17


    (All nativity in thought)
    Adam was created before Eve. In this instance, it is seen that the maternal egg never brought forth Adam. Eve was formed from Adam's rib, not from a foetal ovum. Whatever theory may be adopted by general mortal thought to account for human origin, that theory is sure to become the signal for the appearance of its method in finite forms and operations. If consentaneous human belief agrees upon an ovum as the point of emergence for the human race, this potent belief will immediately supersede the more ancient superstition about the creation from dust or from the rib of our primeval father.

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.

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 - 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.

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.


Section 2


Genesis 2:8,9

    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.
Genesis 3:22-24

    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.

***
Hebrews 1:6-9

    6 And again, when he bringeth in
the firstbegotten into the world, he
saith, And let all the angels of God
worship him.

    7 And of the angels he saith, Who
maketh his angels spirits, and his
ministers a flame of fire.

    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.

    9 Thou hast loved righteousness,
and hated iniquity; therefore God,
even thy God, hath anointed thee with
the oil of gladness above thy
fellows.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:12-13,27

  (- 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. Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake." From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:14,29


    (Record of error)
    The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural text in the second chapter of Genesis. God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all. The "tree of life" stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science. The "tree of knowledge" stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good. Was evil instituted through God, Love? Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contradiction of the first creation? This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.
    (Garden of Eden)
    The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight. In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body. God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it, - to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow. Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:31-6

    (Material personality)
    Error begins with corporeality as the producer instead of divine Principle, and explains Deity through mortal and finite conceptions.
    "Behold, the man is become as one of us." This could not be the utterance of Truth or Science, for according to the record, material man was fast degenerating and never had been divinely conceived.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:3

    (Spiritual gateway)
    Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests. Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.


Section 3


Genesis 4:1,2,8

    1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and
she conceived, and bare Cain, and
said, I have gotten a man from the
Lord.

    2 And she again bare his brother
Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep,
but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

    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.

***
I John 3:7-12

    7 Little children, let no man
deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as
he is righteous.

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

    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not
commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is
born of God.

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

    11 For this is the message that ye
heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another.

    12 Not as Cain, who was of that
wicked one, and slew his brother. And
wherefore slew he him? Because his
own works were evil, and his
brother's righteous.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:30-3


    (Erroneous conception)
    Eve's declaration, "I have gotten a man from the Lord," supposes God to be the author of sin and sin's progeny. This false sense of existence is fratricidal. In the words of Jesus, it (evil, devil) is "a murderer from the beginning."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:16(begin The)

    (Our conscious development) The first effort of error has been and is to impute to God the creation of whatever is sinful and mortal; but infinite Mind sets at naught such a mistaken belief.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 540:28

    (Spiritual and material)
    Cain is the type of mortal and material man, conceived in sin and "shapen in iniquity;" he is not the type of Truth and Love. Material in origin and sense, he brings a material offering to God. Abel takes his offering from the firstlings of the flock. A lamb is a more animate form of existence, and more nearly resembles a mind-offering than does Cain's fruit. Jealous of his brother's gift, Cain seeks Abel's life, instead of making his own gift a higher tribute to the Most High.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 541:9,16

    Had God more respect for the homage bestowed through a gentle animal than for the worship expressed by Cain's fruit? No; but the lamb was a more spiritual type of even the human concept of Love than the herbs of the ground could be.
    The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset.


Section 4


Genesis 5:5

    5 And all the days that Adam lived
were nine hundred and thirty years:
and he died.

***
I Corinthians 15:22,23

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

    23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

***
Ezekiel 36:24,35

    24 For I will take you from among
the heathen, and gather you out of
all countries, and will bring you
into your own land.

    35 And they shall say, This land
that was desolate is become like the
garden of Eden; and the waste and
desolate and ruined cities are become
fenced, and are inhabited.

***
Isaiah 51:3

    3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like
Eden, and her desert like the garden
of the Lord; joy and gladness shall
be found therein, thanksgiving, and
the voice of melody.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:7-10,31


    (Mental tillage)
    The condemnation of mortals to till the ground means this, - that mortals should so improve material belief by thought tending spiritually upward as to destroy materiality.
    (Mortality mythical)
    "As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive." The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal. The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, - this belief alone is mortal. Spirit, God, never germinates, but is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:9


    (No union of opposites) Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which unites such opposites as sickness and health, holiness and unholiness, calls both the offspring of spirit, and at the same time admits that Spirit is God, - virtually declaring Him good in one instance and evil in another.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:28-32


    (True theory of the universe) Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:17


    (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. Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.


Section 5


Deuteronomy 1:5-7

    5 On this side Jordan, in the land
of Moab, began Moses to declare this
law, saying,

    6 The Lord our God spake unto us in
Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long
enough in this mount:

    7 Turn you, and take your journey,
and go to the mount of the Amorites,
and unto all the places nigh
thereunto, in the plain, in the
hills, and in the vale, and in the
south, and by the sea side, to the
land of the Canaanites, and unto
Lebanon, unto the great river, the
river Euphrates.

***
I Chronicles 18:3,14

    3 #And David smote Hadarezer king
of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to
stablish his dominion by the river
Euphrates.

    14 #So David reigned over all
Israel, and executed judgment and
justice among all his people.

***
Revelation 9:13,14

    13 And the sixth angel sounded, and
I heard a voice from the four horns
of the golden altar which is before
God,

    14 Saying to the sixth angel which
had the trumpet, Loose the four angels
which are bound in the great river
Euphrates.
Revelation 16:12

    12 And the sixth angel poured out
his vial upon the great river
Euphrates; and the water thereof was
dried up, that the way of the kings
of the east might be prepared.

***
Isaiah 41:2-4

    2 Who raised up the righteous man
from the east, called him to his
foot, gave the nations before him,
and made him rule over kings? he gave
them as the dust to his sword, and as
driven stubble to his bow.

    3 He pursued them, and passed
safely; even by the way that he had
not gone with his feet.

    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.

593:14-17 Chapter 17: Glossary
(RIVER)

    RIVER. Channel of thought.
    When smooth and unobstructed, it typifies the course of Truth; but muddy, foaming, and dashing, it is a type of error.

585:16 Chapter 17: Glossary

    (EUPHRATES - river)
    EUPHRATES (river). Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:3

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Like the archpriests of yore, man is free "to enter into the holiest," - the realm of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:30-5

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


    (The sole governor)
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:30


    (Scientific offspring)
    The Science of creation, so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus, inspired his wisest and least-understood sayings, and was the basis of his marvellous demonstrations. Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit creates neither a wicked nor a mortal man, lapsing into sin, sickness, and death.


Section 6


Colossians 2:6,7,9

    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.

    9 For in him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily.

***
II Corinthians 12:3,4

    3 And I knew such a man, (whether
in the body, or out of the body, I
cannot tell: God knoweth;)

    4 How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable
words, which it is not lawful for a
man to utter.

***
Revelation 2:7

    7 He that hath an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; To him that overcometh will
I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise
of God.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:4


    (Paradise regained)
    Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:3


    (Our physical insensibility to Spirit)
    This Science of being obtains not alone hereafter in what men call Paradise, but here and now; it is the great fact of being for time and eternity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:1


    (Perfect models)
    Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


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

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - All nativity in thought
19 1 - The curse removed
19 1 - Stages of existence
19 1 - Adam
19 2 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 2 - Record of error
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - Material personality
19 2 - Spiritual gateway
19 3 - Erroneous conception
19 3 - Our conscious development
19 3 - Spiritual and material
19 4 - Mental tillage
19 4 - Mortality mythical
19 4 - No union of opposites
19 4 - True theory of the universe
19 4 - Scriptural perception
19 4 - Mortality vanquished
19 5 - EUPHRATES - river
19 5 - Vapor and nothingness
19 5 - The sole governor
19 5 - Scientific offspring
19 6 - Paradise regained
19 6 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
19 6 - Perfect models
19 6 - -Platform summation-


May 6,1900

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 8:11,14

    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.

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


Responsive Reading


Galatians 4:1-7,22,23,28-31

    1 Now I say, That the heir, as
long as he is a child, differeth
nothing from a servant, though he be
lord of all;

    2 But is under tutors and governors
until the time appointed of the
father.

    3 Even so we, when we were
children, were in bondage under the
elements of the world:

    4 But when the fulness of the time
was come, God sent forth his Son, made
of a woman, made under the law,

    5 To redeem them that were under
the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.

    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.

    22 For it is written, that Abraham
had two sons, the one by a bondmaid,
the other by a freewoman.

    23 But he who was of the bondwoman
was born after the flesh; but he of
the freewoman was by promise.

    28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was,
are the children of promise.

    29 But as then he that was born
after the flesh persecuted him that
was born after the Spirit, even so it
is now.

    30 Nevertheless what saith the
scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and
her son: for the son of the bondwoman
shall not be heir with the son of the
freewoman.

    31 So then, brethren, we are not
children of the bondwoman, but of the
free.


Section 1


Ezekiel 21:2,7

    2 Son of man, set thy face toward
Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward
the holy places, and prophesy against
the land of Israel,

    7 And it shall be, when they say
unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou?
that thou shalt answer, For the
tidings; because it cometh: and every
heart shall melt, and all hands shall
be feeble, and every spirit shall
faint, and all knees shall be weak as
water: behold, it cometh, and shall
be brought to pass, saith the Lord
God.
Ezekiel 20:39

    39 As for you, O house of Israel,
thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve
ye every one his idols, and hereafter
also, if ye will not hearken unto me:
but pollute ye my holy name no more
with your gifts, and with your idols.

Ezekiel 22:14,19-21

    14 Can thine heart endure, or can
thine hands be strong, in the days
that I shall deal with thee? I the
Lord have spoken it, and will do it.

    19 Therefore thus saith the Lord
God; Because ye are all become dross,
behold, therefore I will gather you
into the midst of Jerusalem.

    20 As they gather silver, and
brass, and iron, and lead, and tin,
into the midst of the furnace, to
blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so
will I gather you in mine anger and
in my fury, and I will leave you
there, and melt you.

    21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow
upon you in the fire of my wrath, and
ye shall be melted in the midst
thereof.

***
Hebrews 12:11-13

    11 Now no chastening for the
present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous: nevertheless afterward it
yieldeth the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby.

    12 Wherefore lift up the hands
which hang down, and the feeble
knees;

    13 And make straight paths for your
feet, lest that which is lame be
turned out of the way; but let it
rather be healed.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:13-27

(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."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:4,12-28


    (Being is immortal)
    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.
    (Our conscious development)
    The mortal is unconscious of his foetal and infantile existence; but as he grows up into another false claim, that of self-conscious matter, he learns to say, "I am somebody; but who made me?" Error replies, "God made you." The first effort of error has been and is to impute to God the creation of whatever is sinful and mortal; but infinite Mind sets at naught such a mistaken belief.
    (Mendacity of error)
    Jesus defined this opposite of God and His creation better than we can, when he said, "He is a liar, and the father of it." Jesus also said, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" This he said of Judas, one of Adam's race. Jesus never intimated that God made a devil, but he did say, "Ye are of your father, the devil." All these sayings were to show that mind in matter is the author of itself, and is simply a falsity and illusion.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:12

(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


    (Theories helpless)
    The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Truth. Human theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love.


Section 2


Job 6:11,12

    11 What is my strength, that I
should hope? and what is mine end,
that I should prolong my life?

    12 Is my strength the strength of
stones? or is my flesh of brass?
Job 7:20

    20 I have sinned; what shall I do
unto thee, O thou preserver of men?
why hast thou set me as a mark
against thee, so that I am a burden
to myself?

***
Psalm 85:4,7,8

    4 Turn us, O God of our salvation,
and cause thine anger toward us to
cease.

    7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and
grant us thy salvation.

    8 I will hear what God the Lord
will speak: for he will speak peace
unto his people, and to his saints:
but let them not turn again to folly.

***
II Corinthians 5:4

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:16


    (Sickness as discord)
    Is the sick man sinful above all others? No! but so far as he is discordant, he is not the image of God. 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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:16-5


    (Laws of human belief)
    Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal. Whatever is governed by a false belief is discordant and mortal. We say man suffers from the effects of cold, heat, fatigue. This is human belief, not the truth of being, for matter cannot suffer. Mortal mind alone suffers, - not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed. I have demonstrated this as a rule of divine Science by destroying the delusion of suffering from what is termed a fatally broken physical law.
    A woman, whom I cured of consumption, always breathed with great difficulty when the wind was from the east. I sat silently by her side a few moments. Her breath came gently. The inspirations were deep and natural. I then requested her to look at the weather-vane. She looked and saw that it pointed due east. The wind had not changed, but her thought of it had and so her difficulty in breathing had gone. The wind had not produced the difficulty. My metaphysical treatment changed the action of her belief on the lungs, and she never suffered again from east winds, but was restored to health.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 459:12-14


    (Dangerous knowledge)
    Any attempt to heal mortals with erring mortal mind, instead of resting on the omnipotence of the divine Mind, must prove abortive.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 457:7-12

    (Purity of science)
    Since the divine light of Christian Science first dawned upon the author, she has never used this newly discovered power in any direction which she fears to have fairly understood. Her prime object, since entering this field of labor, has been to prevent suffering, not to produce it.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:25(begin The)

    (The panoply of wisdom) The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ's way is the only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.


Section 3


Job 34:31,32

    31 Surely it is meet to be said
unto God, I have borne chastisement,
I will not offend any more:

    32 That which I see not teach thou
me: if I have done iniquity, I will do
no more.

***
Psalm 57:1,2

    1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be
merciful unto me: for my soul
trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow
of thy wings will I make my refuge,
until these calamities be overpast.

    2 I will cry unto God most high;
unto God that performeth all things
for me.
Psalm 18:27,28

    27 For thou wilt save the afflicted
people; but wilt bring down high
looks.

    28 For thou wilt light my candle:
the Lord my God will enlighten my
darkness.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:14-17

(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)
    Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:6


    (Liberation of mental powers)
    The destruction of the claims of mortal mind through Science, by which man can escape from sin and mortality, blesses the whole human family. As in the beginning, however, this liberation does not scientifically show itself in a knowledge of both good and evil, for the latter is unreal.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 562:11(after .)-16


    (Spiritual idea crowned) The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, - separated by belief from man's divine origin and the true idea, - will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man in the harmony of Science.

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.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:14


    (Perfect example)
    Jesus bore our infirmities; he knew the error of mortal belief, and "with his stripes [the rejection of error] we are healed." "Despised and rejected of men," returning blessing for cursing, he taught mortals the opposite of themselves, even the nature of God; and when error felt the power of Truth, the scourge and the cross awaited the great Teacher. Yet he swerved not, well knowing that to obey the divine order and trust God, saves retracing and traversing anew the path from sin to holiness.


Section 4


Matthew 12:46-50

    46 #While he yet talked to the
people, behold, his mother and his
brethren stood without, desiring to
speak with him.

    47 Then one said unto him, Behold,
thy mother and thy brethren stand
without, desiring to speak with thee.


    48 But he answered and said unto
him that told him, Who is my mother?
and who are my brethren?

    49 And he stretched forth his hand
toward his disciples, and said, Behold
my mother and my brethren!

    50 For whosoever shall do the will
of my Father which is in heaven, the
same is my brother, and sister, and
mother.

***
Galatians 3:26

    26 For ye are all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:27


    (Charity to those opposed)
    Immortals, or God's children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the "children of men" in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:6


    (The divine reflection)
    To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:6

    (Like evolving like)
    The immortal never produces the mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be immortal. Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator. If goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot be the outcome of an infinite God, good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:11

    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.


Section 5


Titus 1:15

    15 Unto the pure all things are
pure: but unto them that are defiled
and unbelieving is nothing pure; but
even their mind and conscience is
defiled.
Titus 2:1,7,8

    1 But speak thou the things which
become sound doctrine:

    7 In all things shewing thyself a
pattern of good works: in doctrine
shewing uncorruptness, gravity,
sincerity,

    8 Sound speech, that cannot be
condemned; that he that is of the
contrary part may be ashamed, having
no evil thing to say of you.
Titus 3:3-7

    3 For we ourselves also were
sometimes foolish, disobedient,
deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, and hating one another.

    4 But after that the kindness and
love of God our Saviour toward man
appeared,

    5 Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to
his mercy he saved us, by the washing
of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

    7 That being justified by his
grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal
life.

***
I John 3:3

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:4


    (Childlike receptivity)
    The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:6


    (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. Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, - strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, - and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:15-17

    (Love casteth out fear) The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 99:23


    (Key to the kingdom)
    The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.


Section 6


Galatians 3:16,27,29

    16 Now to Abraham and his seed were
the promises made. He saith not, And
to seeds, as of many; but as of one,
And to thy seed, which is Christ.

    27 For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on
Christ.

    29 And if ye be Christ's, then are
ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according
to the promise.

***
II Timothy 4:8

    8 Henceforth there is laid up for
me a crown of righteousness, which
the Lord, the righteous judge, shall
give me at that day: and not to me
only, but unto all them also that
love his appearing.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:31-2


    (Key to the kingdom)
    The way through which immortality and life are learned is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 388:24


    (God sustains man)
    Because sin and sickness are not qualities of Soul, or Life, we have hope in immortality; but it would be foolish to venture beyond our present understanding, foolish to stop eating until we gain perfection and a clear comprehension of the living Spirit. In that perfect day of understanding, we shall neither eat to live nor live to eat.

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


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:15,25

    (No proof of immortality)
    Life, Love, Truth, is the only proof of immortality.
    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    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.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - Being is immortal
20 1 - Our conscious development
20 1 - Mendacity of error
20 1 - Theories helpless
20 2 - Sickness as discord
20 2 - Laws of human belief
20 2 - Dangerous knowledge
20 2 - Purity of science
20 2 - The panoply of wisdom
20 3 - Scientific translations
20 3 - Liberation of mental powers
20 3 - Spiritual idea crowned
20 3 - Human frailty
20 3 - Man linked with Spirit
20 3 - Perfect example
20 4 - Charity to those opposed
20 4 - The divine reflection
20 4 - Like evolving like
20 4 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 5 - Childlike receptivity
20 5 - Universal panacea
20 5 - Love casteth out fear
20 5 - A definite rule discovered
20 5 - Key to the kingdom
20 6 - Key to the kingdom
20 6 - God sustains man
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure
20 6 - No proof of immortality
20 6 - Mind's manifestations immortal


May 13,1900

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 42:1-5,7,8

    1 As the hart panteth after the
water brooks, so panteth my soul
after thee, O God.

    2 My soul thirsteth for God, for
the living God: when shall I come and
appear before God?

    3 My tears have been my meat day
and night, while they continually say
unto me, Where is thy God?

    4 When I remember these things, I
pour out my soul in me: for I had
gone with the multitude, I went with
them to the house of God, with the
voice of joy and praise, with a
multitude that kept holyday.

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

    7 Deep calleth unto deep at the
noise of thy waterspouts: all thy
waves and thy billows are gone over
me.

    8 Yet the Lord will command his
lovingkindness in the daytime, and in
the night his song shall be with me,
and my prayer unto the God of my
life.
Psalm 43

PSALM 43

    1 Judge me, O God, and plead my
cause against an ungodly nation: O
deliver me from the deceitful and
unjust man.

    2 For thou art the God of my
strength: why dost thou cast me off?
why go I mourning because of the
oppression of the enemy?

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

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

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


Section 1


Isaiah 45:5,6

    5 I am the Lord, and there is none
else, there is no God beside me: I
girded thee, though thou hast not
known me:

    6 That they may know from the
rising of the sun, and from the west,
that there is none beside me. I am
the Lord, and there is none else.

***
Revelation 1:8

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

***
Acts 17:24,25,28,29

    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;

    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.

***
John 4:21,24

    21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman,
believe me, the hour cometh, when ye
shall neither in this mountain, nor
yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.


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

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:20

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


    (Mankind redeemed)
    Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.

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


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

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.

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.


Section 2


II Corinthians 5:1-8

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

    5 Now he that hath wrought us for
the selfsame thing is God, who also
hath given unto us the earnest of the
Spirit.

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

    7 (For we walk by faith, not by
sight:)

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 189:15-13


    (Ascending the scale)
    We call the body material; but it is as truly mortal mind, according to its degree, as is the material brain which is supposed to furnish the evidence of all mortal thought or things. 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.
    (Human reproduction)
    From mortal mind comes the reproduction of the species, - first the belief of inanimate, and then of animate matter. According to mortal thought, the development of embryonic mortal mind commences in the lower, basal portion of the brain, and goes on in an ascending scale by evolution, keeping always in the direct line of matter, for matter is the subjective condition of mortal mind.
    Next we have the formation of so-called embryonic mortal mind, afterwards mortal men or mortals, - all this while matter is a belief, ignorant of itself, ignorant of what it is supposed to produce. The mortal says that an inanimate unconscious seedling is producing mortals, both body and mind; and yet neither a mortal mind nor the immortal Mind is found in brain or elsewhere in matter or in mortals.
    (Human stature)
    This embryonic and materialistic human belief called mortal man in turn fills itself with thoughts of pain and pleasure, of life and death, and arranges itself into five so-called senses, which presently measure mind by the size of a brain and the bulk of a body, called man.

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.

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."


Section 3


II Corinthians 12:1-4

    1 It is not expedient for me
doubtless to glory. I will come to
visions and revelations of the Lord.

    2 I knew a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago, (whether in the
body, I cannot tell; or whether out
of the body, I cannot tell: God
knoweth;) such an one caught up to
the third heaven.

    3 And I knew such a man, (whether
in the body, or out of the body, I
cannot tell: God knoweth;)

    4 How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable
words, which it is not lawful for a
man to utter.

***
I Thessalonians 5:23

    23 And the very God of peace
sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body
be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 222:31


    (Life only in Spirit)
    We must destroy the false belief that life and intelligence are in matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and perfect. Paul said, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:11

    (Soul greater than body)
    Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater than body. If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit would be finite, and therefore could not be Spirit.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:3

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


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


Section 4


Ezekiel 18:1,4,31,32

    1 The word of the Lord came unto
me again, saying,

    4 Behold, all souls are mine; as
the soul of the father, so also the
soul of the son is mine: the soul
that sinneth, it shall die.

    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.

***
II Corinthians 4:1,2

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:32-5

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


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


    (Soul defined)
    Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:18


    (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.


Section 5


Psalm 88:1-3

    1 O Lord God of my salvation, I
have cried day and night before thee:


    2 Let my prayer come before thee:
incline thine ear unto my cry;

    3 For my soul is full of troubles:
and my life draweth nigh unto the
grave.
Psalm 62:5

    5 My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.

***
Mark 5:25-29,34

    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.

    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.

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

***
Romans 6:22,23

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:16


    (Science versus sense)
    The so-called laws of matter and of medical science have never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal. Man is harmonious when governed by Soul. Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:15-19

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


    (Reason and Science)
    The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 396:22


    (Healthful explanation)
    At the right time explain to the sick the power which their beliefs exercise over their bodies. Give them divine and wholesome understanding, with which to combat their erroneous sense, and so efface the images of sickness from mortal mind. Keep distinctly in thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man; that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit, outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life and sensation. It breaks the dream of disease to understand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by matter nor by the divine Mind.

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 6


Acts 3:19

    19 #Repent ye therefore, and be
converted, that your sins may be
blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the
presence of the Lord;

***
Philipians 3:3,4,7,10

    3 For we are the circumcision,
which worship God in the spirit, and
rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no
confidence in the flesh.

    4 Though I might also have
confidence in the flesh. If any other
man thinketh that he hath whereof he
might trust in the flesh, I more:

    7 But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ.

    10 That I may know him, and the
power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, being
made conformable unto his death;

***
Romans 7:5,6

    5 For when we were in the flesh,
the motions of sins, which were by
the law, did work in our members to
bring forth fruit unto death.

    6 But now we are delivered from the
law, that being dead wherein we were
held; that we should serve in newness
of spirit, and not in the oldness of
the letter.

***
II Corinthians 5:17

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:13,23-8


    (Spirit transforms)
    The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit. Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river of ice. The error of the ages is preaching without practice.
    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. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
21 1 - Mankind redeemed
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 1 - Eternal man recognized
21 1 - Testimony of sense
21 1 - Testimony of Soul
21 1 - Soul defined
21 2 - Ascending the scale
21 2 - Human reproduction
21 2 - Human stature
21 2 - Mental and physical oneness
21 2 - Discontent with life
21 3 - Life only in Spirit
21 3 - Soul greater than body
21 3 - A vacant domicile
21 4 - Sense and pure Soul
21 4 - Soul defined
21 4 - Soul imperishable
21 5 - Science versus sense
21 5 - Reason and Science
21 5 - Healthful explanation
21 5 - Destruction of all evil
21 6 - Spirit transforms
21 6 - Spiritual baptism
21 6 - The Christ-element
21 6 - Mythical pleasure


May 20,1900

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Jude 1:17-19

    17 But, beloved, remember ye the
words which were spoken before of the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    18 How that they told you there
should be mockers in the last time,
who should walk after their own
ungodly lusts.

    19 These be they who separate
themselves, sensual, having not the
Spirit.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 7:15-27

    15 #Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    16 Ye shall know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?

    17 Even so every good tree bringeth
forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit.

    18 A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
tree bring forth good fruit.

    19 Every tree that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye
shall know them.

    21 #Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in
heaven.

    22 Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast
out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?

    23 And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.

    24 #Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise
man, which built his house upon a
rock:

    25 And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell
not: for it was founded upon a rock.

    26 And every one that heareth these
sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man,
which built his house upon the sand:

    27 And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell:
and great was the fall of it.


Section 1


I Samuel 16:13

    13 Then Samuel took the horn of
oil, and anointed him in the midst of
his brethren: and the Spirit of the
Lord came upon David from that day
forward. So Samuel rose up, and went
to Ramah.
I Samuel 17:4,8,10,32,36,43,45,47-50

    4 #And there went out a champion
out of the camp of the Philistines,
named Goliath, of Gath, whose height
was six cubits and a span.

    8 And he stood and cried unto the
armies of Israel, and said unto them,
Why are ye come out to set your
battle in array? am not I a
Philistine, and ye servants to Saul?
choose you a man for you, and let him
come down to me.

    10 And the Philistine said, I defy
the armies of Israel this day; give me
a man, that we may fight together.

    32 #And David said to Saul, Let no
man's heart fail because of him; thy
servant will go and fight with this
Philistine.

    36 Thy servant slew both the lion
and the bear: and this uncircumcised
Philistine shall be as one of them,
seeing he hath defied the armies of
the living God.

    43 And the Philistine said unto
David, Am I a dog, that thou comest
to me with staves? And the Philistine
cursed David by his gods.

    45 Then said David to the
Philistine, Thou comest to me with a
sword, and with a spear, and with a
shield: but I come to thee in the
name of the Lord of hosts, the God of
the armies of Israel, whom thou hast
defied.

    47 And all this assembly shall know
that the Lord saveth not with sword
and spear: for the battle is the
Lord's, and he will give you into our
hands.

    48 And it came to pass, when the
Philistine arose, and came and drew
nigh to meet David, that David
hasted, and ran toward the army to
meet the Philistine.

    49 And David put his hand in his
bag, and took thence a stone, and
slang it, and smote the Philistine in
his forehead, that the stone sunk
into his forehead; and he fell upon
his face to the earth.

    50 So David prevailed over the
Philistine with a sling and with a
stone, and smote the Philistine, and
slew him; but there was no sword in
the hand of David.

***
Romans 8:6,7

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 268:9-2


    (Materialistic challenge)
    Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat. In this revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy - with his sling, woman goes forth to battle with Goliath.
    (Confusion confounded)
    In this final struggle for supremacy, semi-metaphysical systems afford no substantial aid to scientific metaphysics, for their arguments are based on the false testimony of the material senses as well as on the facts of Mind. These semi-metaphysical systems are one and all pantheistic, and savor of Pandemonium, a house divided against itself.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:3

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


    (Will-power an animal propensity)
    Will-power is but a product of belief, and this belief commits depredations on harmony. Human will is an animal propensity, not a faculty of Soul. Hence it cannot govern man aright. Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man. Will-blind, stubborn, and headlong - cooperates with appetite and passion. From this cooperation arises its evil. From this also comes its powerlessness, since all power belongs to 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.


Section 2


Isaiah 42:8

    8 I am the Lord: that is my name:
and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven
images.
Isaiah 47:10,12-14

    10 #For thou hast trusted in thy
wickedness: thou hast said, None
seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy
knowledge, it hath perverted thee;
and thou hast said in thine heart, I
am, and none else beside me.

    12 Stand now with thine
enchantments, and with the multitude
of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast
laboured from thy youth; if so be
thou shalt be able to profit, if so
be thou mayest prevail.

    13 Thou art wearied in the
multitude of thy counsels. Let now
the astrologers, the stargazers, the
monthly prognosticators, stand up,
and save thee from these things that
shall come upon thee.

    14 Behold, they shall be as
stubble; the fire shall burn them;
they shall not deliver themselves
from the power of the flame: there
shall not be a coal to warm at, nor
fire to sit before it.

***
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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:16


    (Antagonistic theories)
    Animal magnetism, hypnotism, spiritualism, theosophy, agnosticism, pantheism, and infidelity are antagonistic to true being and fatal to its demonstration; and so are some other systems.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 185:7


    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 82:31


    (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.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:1


    (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 3


Ezekiel 8:12

    12 Then said he unto me, Son of
man, hast thou seen what the ancients
of the house of Israel do in the
dark, every man in the chamber of his
imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth
us not; the Lord hath forsaken the
earth.

***
Leviticus 19:31

    31 #Regard not them that have
familiar spirits, neither seek after
wizards, to be defiled by them: I am
the Lord your God.

***
Acts 13:6-12

    6 And when they had gone through
the isle unto Paphos, they found a
certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a
Jew, whose name was Barjesus:

    7 Which was with the deputy of the
country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent
man; who called for Barnabas and
Saul, and desired to hear the word of
God.

    8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so
is his name by interpretation)
withstood them, seeking to turn away
the deputy from the faith.

    9 Then Saul, (who also is called
Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost,
set his eyes on him,

    10 And said, O full of all subtilty
and all mischief, thou child of the
devil, thou enemy of all
righteousness, wilt thou not cease to
pervert the right ways of the Lord?

    11 And now, behold, the hand of the
Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be
blind, not seeing the sun for a
season. And immediately there fell on
him a mist and a darkness; and he
went about seeking some to lead him
by the hand.

    12 Then the deputy, when he saw
what was done, believed, being
astonished at the doctrine of the
Lord.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 449:7-11


    (Right adjusts the balance)
    The wrong done another reacts most heavily against one's self. Right adjusts the balance sooner or later. Think it "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for you to benefit yourself by injuring others.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 106:6-14


    (Proper self-government)
    Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.
    Man's rights are invaded when the divine order is interfered with, and the mental trespasser incurs the divine penalty due this crime.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:16-23

    (Hidden agents)
    The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22-31(to .)


    (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.


Section 4


Isaiah 8:19,20

    19 #And when they shall say unto
you, Seek unto them that have
familiar spirits, and unto wizards
that peep, and that mutter: should
not a people seek unto their God? for
the living to the dead?

    20 To the law and to the testimony:
if they speak not according to this
word, it is because there is no light
in them.

***
John 8:12

    12 #Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the
light of life.
John 2:24,25

    24 But Jesus did not commit himself
unto them, because he knew all men,

    25 And needed not that any should
testify of man: for he knew what was
in man.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:15


    (Value of intuition)
    It is recorded that Jesus, as he once journeyed with his students, "knew their thoughts," - read them scientifically. In like manner he discerned disease and healed the sick. After the same method, events of great moment were foretold by the Hebrew prophets. Our Master rebuked the lack of this power when he said: "O ye hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 87:15

    (Second sight)
    Science enables one to read the human mind, but not as a clairvoyant. It enables one to heal through Mind, but not as a mesmerist.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 83:22

    (Conflicting standpoints)
    Between Christian Science and all forms of superstition a great gulf is fixed, as impassable as that between Dives and Lazarus. There is mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading. The latter is a revelation of divine purpose through spiritual understanding, by which man gains the divine Principle and explanation of all things. Mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading are distinctly opposite standpoints, from which cause and effect are interpreted. The act of reading mortal mind investigates and touches only human beliefs. Science is immortal and coordinate neither with the premises nor with the conclusions of mortal beliefs.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:28

    (Scientific foreknowing)
    All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science. If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read the stars or calculate an eclipse. This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.


Section 5


II Timothy 2:15-18

    15 Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.

    16 But shun profane and vain
babblings: for they will increase
unto more ungodliness.

    17 And their word will eat as doth
a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and
Philetus;

    18 Who concerning the truth have
erred, saying that the resurrection
is past already; and overthrow the
faith of some.

***
Isaiah 1:4,5

    4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden
with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they
have forsaken the Lord, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto
anger, they are gone away backward.

    5 Why should ye be stricken any
more? ye will revolt more and more:
the whole head is sick, and the whole
heart faint.

***
Jeremiah 3:22

    22 Return, ye backsliding children,
and I will heal your backslidings.
Behold, we come unto thee; for thou
art the Lord our God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 297:12(only)


    (Self-improvement)
    Erroneous belief is destroyed by truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 219:11


    (Affirmation and result) Not muscles, nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the whole heart faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:19


    (Adulteration of Truth)
    The medicine of Science is divine Mind; and dishonesty, sensuality, falsehood, revenge, malice, are animal propensities and by no means the mental qualities which heal the sick. The hypnotizer employs one error to destroy another. If he heals sickness through a belief, and a belief originally caused the sickness, it is a case of the greater error overcoming the lesser. This greater error thereafter occupies the ground, leaving the case worse than before it was grasped by the stronger error.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 101:21-32

    (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.


Section 6


Luke 11:14,15,19,20

    14 #And he was casting out a devil,
and it was dumb. And it came to pass,
when the devil was gone out, the dumb
spake; and the people wondered.

    15 But some of them said, He
casteth out devils through Beelzebub
the chief of the devils.

    19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out
devils, by whom do your sons cast
them out? therefore shall they be
your judges.

    20 But if I with the finger of God
cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom
of God is come upon you.

***
Matthew 7:15,20-23

    15 #Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye
shall know them.

    21 #Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in
heaven.

    22 Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast
out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?

    23 And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:6-9,21

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Mindless methods)
    Question. - Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
    Answer.
    (Animal magnetism error)
    Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal magnetism is the voluntary or involuntary action of error in all its forms; it is the human antipode of divine Science. Science must triumph over material sense, and Truth over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in all false theories and practices.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 185:22


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:5

    (False stimulus)
    Christian Science destroys material beliefs through the understanding of Spirit, and the thoroughness of this work determines health. Erring human mind-forces can work only evil under whatever name or pretence they are employed; for Spirit and matter, good and evil, light and darkness, cannot mingle.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:14


    (Willpower detrimental)
    Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned. Willing the sick to recover is not the metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but is sheer animal magnetism. Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, and not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to disease, "Peace, be still."

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Materialistic challenge
22 1 - Confusion confounded
22 1 - Will-power an animal propensity
22 1 - The genus of error
22 2 - Antagonistic theories
22 2 - A so-called mind-cure
22 2 - Impossible intercommunion
22 2 - Mere negation
22 3 - Right adjusts the balance
22 3 - Proper self-government
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - Pure religion enthroned
22 4 - Value of intuition
22 4 - Second sight
22 4 - Conflicting standpoints
22 4 - Scientific foreknowing
22 5 - Self-improvement
22 5 - Affirmation and result
22 5 - Adulteration of Truth
22 5 - Personal conclusions
22 6 - Mindless methods
22 6 - Animal magnetism error
22 6 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 6 - False stimulus
22 6 - Willpower detrimental


May 27,1900

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Genesis 1:1

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


Responsive Reading


John 1:1-5,9-14

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

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

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

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

    5 And the light shineth in
darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.

    9 That was the true Light, which
lighteth every man that cometh into
the world.

    10 He was in the world, and the
world was made by him, and the world
knew him not.

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

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

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

    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.


Section 1


Psalm 104:24,30,31

    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.

***
Revelation 4:11

    11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to
receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and
for thy pleasure they are and were
created.
Revelation 21:3,4

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

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

583:20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(CREATOR)

    CREATOR. Spirit; Mind; intelligence; the animating divine Principle of all that is real and good; self-existent Life, Truth, and Love; that which is perfect and eternal; the opposite of matter and evil, which have no Principle; God, who made all that was made and could not create an atom or an element the opposite of Himself.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7-12

  (- 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."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:12


    (Renewed selfhood)
    Mind is not the author of matter, and the creator of ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no omnipotence, or omnipotence is the only power. God is the infinite, and infinity never began, will never end, and includes nothing unlike God. Whence then is soulless matter?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:1-8


    (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.


Section 2


Isaiah 45:7,12

    7 I form the light, and create
darkness: I make peace, and create
evil: I the Lord do all these things.


    12 I have made the earth, and
created man upon it: I, even my
hands, have stretched out the
heavens, and all their host have I
commanded.
Isaiah 57:19-21

    19 I create the fruit of the lips;
Peace, peace to him that is far off,
and to him that is near, saith the
Lord; and I will heal him.

    20 But the wicked are like the
troubled sea, when it cannot rest,
whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

    21 There is no peace, saith my God,
to the wicked.

***
Malachi 2:10,12

    10 Have we not all one father? hath
not one God created us? why do we
deal treacherously every man against
his brother, by profaning the
covenant of our fathers?

    12 The Lord will cut off the man
that doeth this, the master and the
scholar, out of the tabernacles of
Jacob, and him that offereth an
offering unto the Lord of hosts.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:8,20-23


    (Subordination of evil)
    God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed, evil is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.
    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:14


    (Record of error)
    The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural text in the second chapter of Genesis. God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all. The "tree of life" stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science. The "tree of knowledge" stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good. Was evil instituted through God, Love? Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contradiction of the first creation? This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 540:5

    (Cleansing upheaval)
    In Isaiah we read: "I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things;" but the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness. The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream. In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.


Section 3


Luke 9:1,2

    1 Then he called his twelve
disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils,
and to cure diseases.

    2 And he sent them to preach the
kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

***
Isaiah 25:1,8

    1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will
exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful things;
thy counsels of old are faithfulness
and truth.

    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.
Isaiah 41:10,18,20

    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.

    18 I will open rivers in high
places, and fountains in the midst of
the valleys: I will make the
wilderness a pool of water, and the
dry land springs of water.

    20 That they may see, and know, and
consider, and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord hath done
this, and the Holy One of Israel hath
created it.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:5,23


    (No union of opposites)
    We should hesitate to say that Jehovah sins or suffers; but if sin and suffering are realities of being, whence did they emanate? God made all that was made, and Mind signifies God, - infinity, not finity. Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which unites such opposites as sickness and health, holiness and unholiness, calls both the offspring of spirit, and at the same time admits that Spirit is God, - virtually declaring Him good in one instance and evil in another.
    (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 - 231:20

    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:26-32

(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


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 284:11-20


    (Material recognition impossible)
    Is God's image or likeness matter, or a mortal, sin, sickness, and death? Can matter recognize Mind? Can infinite Mind recognize matter? Can the infinite dwell in the finite or know aught unlike the infinite? Can Deity be known through the material senses? Can the material senses, which receive no direct evidence of Spirit, give correct testimony as to spiritual life, truth, and love?
    The answer to all these questions must forever be in the negative.


Section 4


Psalm 139:17,18

    17 How precious also are thy
thoughts unto me, O God! how great is
the sum of them!

    18 If I should count them, they are
more in number than the sand: when I
awake, I am still with thee.

***
Isaiah 61:10

    10 I will greatly rejoice in the
Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my
God; for he hath clothed me with the
garments of salvation, he hath
covered me with the robe of
righteousness, as a bridegroom
decketh himself with ornaments, and
as a bride adorneth herself with her
jewels.
Isaiah 62:5

    5 #For as a young man marrieth a
virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee:
and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over
the bride, so shall thy God rejoice
over thee.
Isaiah 65:17,18,24

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

    18 But be ye glad and rejoice for
ever in that which I create: for,
behold, I create Jerusalem a
rejoicing, and her people a joy.

    24 And it shall come to pass, that
before they call, I will answer; and
while they are yet speaking, I will
hear.
Isaiah 66:22

    22 For as the new heavens and the
new earth, which I will make, shall
remain before me, saith the Lord, so
shall your seed and your name remain.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:29


    (Ideas and identities) There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

582:14-20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(BRIDE)

    BRIDE. Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer.



    (BRIDEGROOM)
    BRIDEGROOM. Spiritual understanding; the pure consciousness that God, the divine Principle, creates man as His own spiritual idea, and that God is the only creative power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:11-18,28-5


    (Divine propagation)
    Genesis i. 11. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.



    The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man.
    (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.

592:18 Chapter 17: Glossary
(NEW JERUSALEM)

    NEW JERUSALEM. Divine Science; the spiritual facts and harmony of the universe; the kingdom of heaven, or reign of harmony.


Section 5


Isaiah 42:5,8

    5 #Thus saith God the Lord, he that
created the heavens, and stretched
them out; he that spread forth the
earth, and that which cometh out of
it; he that giveth breath unto the
people upon it, and spirit to them
that walk therein:

    8 I am the Lord: that is my name:
and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven
images.

***
Romans 1:18,20,21

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness;

    20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that
they are without excuse:

    21 Because that, when they knew
God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became
vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened.

***
Ephesians 3:8-11

    8 Unto me, who am less than the
least of all saints, is this grace
given, that I should preach among the
Gentiles the unsearchable riches of
Christ;

    9 And to make all men see what is
the fellowship of the mystery, which
from the beginning of the world hath
been hid in God, who created all
things by Jesus Christ:

    10 To the intent that now unto the
principalities and powers in heavenly
places might be known by the church
the manifold wisdom of God,

    11 According to the eternal purpose
which he purposed in Christ Jesus our
Lord:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5-11


    (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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:12-20


    (Salvation is through reform) 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.
    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:17-24


    (No baneful creation)
    In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were made through the Word of God, "and without Him [the logos, or word] was not anything made that was made." Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, - hence its unreality. In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:5-17

    (Spiritual narrative)
    All that is made is the work of God, and all is good. We leave this brief, glorious history of spiritual creation (as stated in the first chapter of Genesis) in the hands of God, not of man, in the keeping of Spirit, not matter, - joyfully acknowledging now and forever God's supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.
    The harmony and immortality of man are intact. We should look away from the opposite supposition that man is created materially, and turn our gaze to the spiritual record of creation, to that which should be engraved on the understanding and heart "with the point of a diamond" and the pen of an angel.


Section 6


Job 32:21,22

    21 Let me not, I pray you, accept
any man's person, neither let me give
flattering titles unto man.

    22 For I know not to give
flattering titles; in so doing my
maker would soon take me away.

***
Psalm 51:10,12

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

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

***
Ephesians 2:8-10,22

    8 For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God:

    9 Not of works, lest any man should
boast.

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:24-2


    (Ideal man and woman)
    Genesis i. 27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.



    To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit. It follows that man is a generic term. Masculine, feminine, and neuter genders are human concepts. In one of the ancient languages the word for man is used also as the synonym of mind.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 148:7-21


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:32


    (Biological inventions)
    Did God at first create one man unaided, - that is, Adam, - but afterwards require the union of the two sexes in order to create the rest of the human family? No! God makes and governs all.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - -18- The only substance
23 1 - Renewed selfhood
23 1 - Substance versus supposition
23 2 - Subordination of evil
23 2 - One primal cause
23 2 - Record of error
23 2 - Cleansing upheaval
23 3 - No union of opposites
23 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
23 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
23 3 - Vapor and nothingness
23 3 - Material recognition impossible
23 4 - Ideas and identities
23 4 - BRIDEGROOM
23 4 - Divine propagation
23 4 - Ever-appearing creation
23 5 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 5 - No material creation
23 5 - Salvation is through reform
23 5 - Goodness a portion of God
23 5 - No baneful creation
23 5 - Spiritual narrative
23 6 - Ideal man and woman
23 6 - The man of anatomy and of theology
23 6 - Biological inventions


June 3,1900

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 121:5-7

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 31:1-5,13-24

    1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my
trust; let me never be ashamed:
deliver me in thy righteousness.

    2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver
me speedily: be thou my strong rock,
for an house of defence to save me.

    3 For thou art my rock and my
fortress; therefore for thy name's
sake lead me, and guide me.

    4 Pull me out of the net that they
have laid privily for me: for thou art
my strength.

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

    13 For I have heard the slander of
many: fear was on every side: while
they took counsel together against
me, they devised to take away my
life.

    14 But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I
said, Thou art my God.

    15 My times are in thy hand:
deliver me from the hand of mine
enemies, and from them that persecute
me.

    16 Make thy face to shine upon thy
servant: save me for thy mercies'
sake.

    17 Let me not be ashamed, O Lord;
for I have called upon thee: let the
wicked be ashamed, and let them be
silent in the grave.

    18 Let the lying lips be put to
silence; which speak grievous things
proudly and contemptuously against
the righteous.

    19 Oh how great is thy goodness,
which thou hast laid up for them that
fear thee; which thou hast wrought
for them that trust in thee before
the sons of men!

    20 Thou shalt hide them in the
secret of thy presence from the pride
of man: thou shalt keep them secretly
in a pavilion from the strife of
tongues.

    21 Blessed be the Lord: for he hath
shewed me his marvellous kindness in
a strong city.

    22 For I said in my haste, I am cut
off from before thine eyes:
nevertheless thou heardest the voice
of my supplications when I cried unto
thee.

    23 O love the Lord, all ye his
saints: for the Lord preserveth the
faithful, and plentifully rewardeth
the proud doer.

    24 Be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen your heart, all ye that
hope in the Lord.


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.

***
Ezekiel 18:1-4,8,9,19-21

    1 The word of the Lord came unto
me again, saying,

    2 What mean ye, that ye use this
proverb concerning the land of
Israel, saying, The fathers have
eaten sour grapes, and the children's
teeth are set on edge?

    3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye
shall not have occasion any more to
use this proverb in Israel.

    4 Behold, all souls are mine; as
the soul of the father, so also the
soul of the son is mine: the soul
that sinneth, it shall die.

    8 He that hath not given forth upon
usury, neither hath taken any
increase, that hath withdrawn his
hand from iniquity, hath executed
true judgment between man and man,

    9 Hath walked in my statutes, and
hath kept my judgments, to deal
truly; he is just, he shall surely
live, saith the Lord God.

    19 #Yet say ye, Why? doth not the
son bear the iniquity of the father?
When the son hath done that which is
lawful and right, and hath kept all
my statutes, and hath done them, he
shall surely live.

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

    21 But if the wicked will turn from
all his sins that he hath committed,
and keep all my statutes, and do that
which is lawful and right, he shall
surely live, he shall not die.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 211:19


    (Matter sensationless)
    It should no longer be said in Israel that "the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge." Sympathy with error should disappear. The transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 424:28-3


    (Mind removes scrofula)
    To prevent or to cure scrofula and other so-called hereditary diseases, you must destroy the belief in these ills and the faith in the possibility of their transmission. The patient may tell you that he has a humor in the blood, a scrofulous diathesis. His parents or some of his progenitors farther back have so believed. Mortal mind, not matter, induces this conclusion and its results.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:3-19


    (No fleshly heredity)
    The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being were learned, - namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.
    (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.


Section 2


I Samuel 17:33-37

    33 And Saul said to David, Thou art
not able to go against this
Philistine to fight with him: for
thou art but a youth, and he a man of
war from his youth.

    34 And David said unto Saul, Thy
servant kept his father's sheep, and
there came a lion, and a bear, and
took a lamb out of the flock:

    35 And I went out after him, and
smote him, and delivered it out of
his mouth: and when he arose against
me, I caught him by his beard, and
smote him, and slew him.

    36 Thy servant slew both the lion
and the bear: and this uncircumcised
Philistine shall be as one of them,
seeing he hath defied the armies of
the living God.

    37 David said moreover, The Lord
that delivered me out of the paw of
the lion, and out of the paw of the
bear, he will deliver me out of the
hand of this Philistine. And Saul
said unto David, Go, and the Lord be
with thee.

***
II Samuel 22:1-3

    1 And David spake unto the Lord
the words of this song in the day
that the Lord had delivered him out
of the hand of all his enemies, and
out of the hand of Saul:

    2 And he said, The Lord is my rock,
and my fortress, and my deliverer;

    3 The God of my rock; in him will I
trust: he is my shield, and the horn
of my salvation, my high tower, and
my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me
from violence.

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 - 444:10


    (Refuge and strength)
    Step by step will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."


Section 3


Matthew 8:18,23-27

    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.

    27 But the men marvelled, saying,
What manner of man is this, that even
the winds and the sea obey him!

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 424:5-11


    (Accidents unknown to God)
    Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.
    Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:6


    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.


Section 4


Psalm 91:2,3,5,6,10

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him
will I trust.

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from
the snare of the fowler, and from the
noisome pestilence.

    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the
terror by night; nor for the arrow
that flieth by day;

    6 Nor for the pestilence that
walketh in darkness; nor for the
destruction that wasteth at noonday.

    10 There shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh
thy dwelling.

***
Exodus 23:25

    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:8-12


    (Faith according to works)
    In Egypt, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from belief in the plagues. In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky. The Israelites looked upon the brazen serpent, and straightway believed that they were healed of the poisonous stings of vipers.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 154:3-23

    (Source of contagion)
    Disease arises, like other mental conditions, from association.
    Since it is a law of mortal mind that certain diseases should be regarded as contagious, this law obtains credit through association, - calling up the fear that creates the image of disease and its consequent manifestation in the body.
    (Imaginary cholera)
    This fact in metaphysics is illustrated by the following incident: A man was made to believe that he occupied a bed where a cholera patient had died. Immediately the symptoms of this disease appeared, and the man died. The fact was, that he had not caught the cholera by material contact, because no cholera patient had been in that bed.
    (Children's ailments)
    If a child is exposed to contagion or infection, the mother is frightened and says, "My child will be sick." The law of mortal mind and her own fears govern her child more than the child's mind governs itself, and they produce the very results which might have been prevented through the opposite understanding. Then it is believed that exposure to the contagion wrought the mischief.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 378:22


    (Disease powerless)
    Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into its own hands. Sickness is not a God-given, nor a self-constituted material power, which copes astutely with Mind and finally conquers it. God never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord. Such a power, without the divine permission, is inconceivable; ;and if such a power could be divinely directed, it would manifest less wisdom than we usually find displayed in human governments.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:4-9

    (Ultimate harmony)
    We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.


Section 5


Daniel 3:16-19,23,26-29

    16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
answered and said to the king, O
Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to
answer thee in this matter.

    17 If it be so, our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and he will
deliver us out of thine hand, O king.


    18 But if not, be it known unto
thee, O king, that we will not serve
thy gods, nor worship the golden
image which thou hast set up.

    19 #Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of
fury, and the form of his visage was
changed against Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego: therefore he spake, and
commanded that they should heat the
furnace one seven times more than it
was wont to be heated.

    23 And these three men, Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, fell down
bound into the midst of the burning
fiery furnace.

    26 #Then Nebuchadnezzar came near
to the mouth of the burning fiery
furnace, and spake, and said,
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye
servants of the most high God, come
forth, and come hither. Then
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came
forth of the midst of the fire.

    27 And the princes, governors, and
captains, and the king's counsellors,
being gathered together, saw these
men, upon whose bodies the fire had
no power, nor was an hair of their
head singed, neither were their coats
changed, nor the smell of fire had
passed on them.

    28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and
said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent
his angel, and delivered his servants
that trusted in him, and have changed
the king's word, and yielded their
bodies, that they might not serve nor
worship any god, except their own God.


    29 Therefore I make a decree, That
every people, nation, and language,
which speak any thing amiss against
the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and
their houses shall be made a
dunghill: because there is no other
God that can deliver after this sort.

***
Isaiah 43:1,2

    1 But now thus saith the Lord that
created thee, O Jacob, and he that
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for
I have redeemed thee, I have called
thee by thy name; thou art mine.

    2 When thou passest through the
waters, I will be with thee; and
through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be
burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:6-12


    (Martyrs inevitable)
    Mortals try in vain to slay Truth with the steel or the stake, but error falls only before the sword of Spirit. Martyrs are the human links which connect one stage with another in the history of religion. They are earth's luminaries, which serve to cleanse and rarefy the atmosphere of material sense and to permeate humanity with purer ideals.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4


    (Ancient and modern miracles)
    The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed power and love. But the same "Mind . . . which was also in Christ Jesus" must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles. That those wonders are not more commonly repeated to-day, arises not so much from lack of desire as from lack of spiritual growth.


Section 6


I Peter 3:13

    13 And who is he that will harm
you, if ye be followers of that which
is good?

***
Proverbs 12:21

    21 There shall no evil happen to
the just: but the wicked shall be
filled with mischief.

***
Revelation 12:10,11

    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.
Revelation 3:21

    21 To him that overcometh will I
grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set
down with my Father in his throne.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:10-14


    (Only one standard)
    God could never impart an element of evil, and man possesses nothing which he has not derived from God. How then has man a basis for wrong-doing? Whence does he obtain the propensity or power to do evil?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:20

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


    (Evil nonexistent)
    It is the opposite of good - that is, evil - which seems to make men capable of wrong-doing. Hence, evil is but an illusion, and it has no real basis. Evil is a false belief. God is not its author. The supposititious parent of evil is a lie.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 130:15-19


    (Children and adults)
    Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:3

    (All evil unnatural)
    There is no error in Science, and our lives must be governed by reality in order to be in harmony with God, the divine Principle of all being.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:16-19

    (Scientific terms)
    Christian Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil.


Section 7


Acts 17:24,25

    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;

***
John 5:25,26

    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.

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;
John 6:57,58

    57 As the living Father hath sent
me, and I live by the Father: so he
that eateth me, even he shall live by
me.

    58 This is that bread which came
down from heaven: not as your fathers
did eat manna, and are dead: he that
eateth of this bread shall live for
ever.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:24


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:5


    (Deep-reaching interrogations) God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men. God cannot become finite, and be limited within material bounds. Spirit cannot become matter, nor can Spirit be developed through its opposite. Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness? The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:32

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


    (Indestructible relationship)
    The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Matter sensationless
24 1 - Mind removes scrofula
24 1 - No fleshly heredity
24 1 - God-given dominion
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Refuge and strength
24 3 - Accidents unknown to God
24 3 - Ever-appearing creation
24 4 - Faith according to works
24 4 - Source of contagion
24 4 - Imaginary cholera
24 4 - Children's ailments
24 4 - Disease powerless
24 4 - Ultimate harmony
24 5 - Martyrs inevitable
24 5 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 6 - Only one standard
24 6 - Evil nonexistent
24 6 - Children and adults
24 6 - All evil unnatural
24 6 - Scientific terms
24 7 - Need and supply
24 7 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 7 - Indestructible relationship


June 17,1900

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 33:6-16,18,21

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

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

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

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

    10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of
the heathen to nought: he maketh the
devices of the people of none effect.


    11 The counsel of the Lord standeth
for ever, the thoughts of his heart
to all generations.

    12 Blessed is the nation whose God
is the Lord: and the people whom he
hath chosen for his own inheritance.

    13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he
beholdeth all the sons of men.

    14 From the place of his habitation
he looketh upon all the inhabitants
of the earth.

    15 He fashioneth their hearts
alike; he considereth all their
works.

    16 There is no king saved by the
multitude of an host: a mighty man is
not delivered by much strength.

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

    21 For our heart shall rejoice in
him, because we have trusted in his
holy name.


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.

***
Psalm 95:3-5

    3 For the Lord is a great God, and
a great King above all gods.

    4 In his hand are the deep places
of the earth: the strength of the
hills is his also.

    5 The sea is his, and he made it:
and his hands formed the dry land.

***
Revelation 4:11

    11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to
receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and
for thy pleasure they are and were
created.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:22-5


    (Ideas and identities)
    Genesis i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.



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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:15-2

    (Divine propagation)
    The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:14

    (Deflection of being)
    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.


Section 2


Genesis 11:1,3,4,6,8,9

    1 And the whole earth was of one
language, and of one speech.

    3 And they said one to another, Go
to, let us make brick, and burn them
throughly. And they had brick for
stone, and slime had they for morter.


    4 And they said, Go to, let us
build us a city and a tower, whose
top may reach unto heaven; and let us
make us a name, lest we be scattered
abroad upon the face of the whole
earth.

    6 And the Lord said, Behold, the
people is one, and they have all one
language; and this they begin to do:
and now nothing will be restrained
from them, which they have imagined
to do.

    8 So the Lord scattered them abroad
from thence upon the face of all the
earth: and they left off to build the
city.

    9 Therefore is the name of it
called Babel; because the Lord did
there confound the language of all
the earth: and from thence did the
Lord scatter them abroad upon the
face of all the earth.

***
Amos 2:14-16

    14 Therefore the flight shall
perish from the swift, and the strong
shall not strengthen his force,
neither shall the mighty deliver
himself:

    15 Neither shall he stand that
handleth the bow; and he that is
swift of foot shall not deliver
himself: neither shall he that rideth
the horse deliver himself.

    16 And he that is courageous among
the mighty shall flee away naked in
that day, saith the Lord.
Amos 4:13

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

***
Isaiah 42:8

    8 I am the Lord: that is my name:
and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven
images.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:6


    (Inadequate theories of creation)
    The mythical human theories of creation, anciently classified as the higher criticism, sprang from cultured scholars in Rome and in Greece, but they afforded no foundation for accurate views of creation by the divine Mind.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:14-2


    (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.
    (All force mental)
    Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support the equipoise of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the proud wave, "Thus far and no farther."
    Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.
    (Corporeal changes)
    The elements and functions of the physical body and of the physical world will change as mortal mind changes its beliefs.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:18-20

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


    (Celestial evidence) God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation.


Section 3


Isaiah 45:11,12

    11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy
One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me
of things to come concerning my sons,
and concerning the work of my hands
command ye me.

    12 I have made the earth, and
created man upon it: I, even my
hands, have stretched out the
heavens, and all their host have I
commanded.
Isaiah 43:6,7

    6 I will say to the north, Give up;
and to the south, Keep not back:
bring my sons from far, and my
daughters from the ends of the earth;


    7 Even every one that is called by
my name: for I have created him for my
glory, I have formed him; yea, I have
made him.

***
Psalm 2:7

    7 I will declare the decree: the
Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee.

***
Proverbs 8:1,4,22,26-31

    1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?

    4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my
voice is to the sons of man.

    22 The Lord possessed me in the
beginning of his way, before his
works of old.

    26 While as yet he had not made the
earth, nor the fields, nor the
highest part of the dust of the
world.

    27 When he prepared the heavens, I
was there: when he set a compass upon
the face of the depth:

    28 When he established the clouds
above: when he strengthened the
fountains of the deep:

    29 When he gave to the sea his
decree, that the waters should not
pass his commandment: when he
appointed the foundations of the
earth:

    30 Then I was by him, as one
brought up with him: and I was daily
his delight, rejoicing always before
him;

    31 Rejoicing in the habitable part
of his earth; and my delights were
with the sons of men.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:9


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings - our efforts to find life and truth in matter - and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:7-10

    (Mortal man a mis-creator)
    When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:32

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:16


    (Elohistic plurality)
    The eternal Elohim includes the forever universe. The name Elohim is in the plural, but this plurality of Spirit does not imply more than one God, nor does it imply three persons in one. It relates to the oneness, the tri-unity of Life, Truth, and Love. "Let them have dominion." 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 4


Romans 13:1

    1 Let every soul be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be
are ordained of God.

***
Jeremiah 14:22

    22 Are there any among the vanities
of the Gentiles that can cause rain?
or can the heavens give showers? art
not thou he, O Lord our God?
therefore we will wait upon thee: for
thou hast made all these things.

***
Habakkuk 2:18-20

    18 #What profiteth the graven image
that the maker thereof hath graven
it; the molten image, and a teacher
of lies, that the maker of his work
trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?


    19 Woe unto him that saith to the
wood, Awake; to the dumb stone,
Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is
laid over with gold and silver, and
there is no breath at all in the
midst of it.

    20 But the Lord is in his holy
temple: let all the earth keep
silence before him.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:11


    (Mental tillage)
    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. Error tills the whole ground in this material theory, which is entirely a false view, destructive to existence and happiness. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:1

    (Mortality mythical)
    The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, - this belief alone is mortal. Spirit, God, never germinates, but is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:16-30


    (Spiritual translation)
    The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.
    Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:27

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


Section 5


Jeremiah 10:10-12

    10 But the Lord is the true God, he
is the living God, and an everlasting
king: at his wrath the earth shall
tremble, and the nations shall not be
able to abide his indignation.

    11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The
gods that have not made the heavens
and the earth, even they shall perish
from the earth, and from under these
heavens.

    12 He hath made the earth by his
power, he hath established the world
by his wisdom, and hath stretched out
the heavens by his discretion.

***
Ephesians 1:3,4

    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:
Ephesians 2:10,19-22

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

    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:24-11


    (Perfection of creation)
    Genesis i. 31. And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.



    The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. 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?



    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:5

    (Spiritual narrative)
    All that is made is the work of God, and all is good. We leave this brief, glorious history of spiritual creation (as stated in the first chapter of Genesis) in the hands of God, not of man, in the keeping of Spirit, not matter, - joyfully acknowledging now and forever God's supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Ideas and identities
25 1 - Divine propagation
25 1 - Ever-appearing creation
25 1 - Deflection of being
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
25 2 - Right interpretation
25 2 - All force mental
25 2 - Corporeal changes
25 2 - Celestial evidence
25 3 - Forgetfulness of self
25 3 - Mortal man a mis-creator
25 3 - Godward gravitation
25 3 - Elohistic plurality
25 3 - Love imparts beauty
25 4 - Mental tillage
25 4 - Mortality mythical
25 4 - Spiritual translation
25 4 - One primal cause
25 5 - Perfection of creation
25 5 - Infinity measureless
25 5 - Spiritual narrative


June 24,1900

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 1:1,4

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

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 60:1-5,9,11,18-21

    1 Arise, shine; for thy light is
come, and the glory of the Lord is
risen upon thee.

    2 For, behold, the darkness shall
cover the earth, and gross darkness
the people: but the Lord shall arise
upon thee, and his glory shall be
seen upon thee.

    3 And the Gentiles shall come to
thy light, and kings to the
brightness of thy rising.

    4 Lift up thine eyes round about,
and see: all they gather themselves
together, they come to thee: thy sons
shall come from far, and thy
daughters shall be nursed at thy
side.

    5 Then thou shalt see, and flow
together, and thine heart shall fear,
and be enlarged; because the
abundance of the sea shall be
converted unto thee, the forces of
the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

    9 Surely the isles shall wait for
me, and the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring thy sons from far, their
silver and their gold with them, unto
the name of the Lord thy God, and to
the Holy One of Israel, because he
hath glorified thee.

    11 Therefore thy gates shall be
open continually: they shall not be
shut day nor night; that men may
bring unto thee the forces of the
Gentiles, and that their kings may be
brought.

    18 Violence shall no more be heard
in thy land, wasting nor destruction
within thy borders; but thou shalt
call thy walls Salvation, and thy
gates Praise.

    19 The sun shall be no more thy
light by day; neither for brightness
shall the moon give light unto thee:
but the Lord shall be unto thee an
everlasting light, and thy God thy
glory.

    20 Thy sun shall no more go down;
neither shall thy moon withdraw
itself: for the Lord shall be thine
everlasting light, and the days of
thy mourning shall be ended.

    21 Thy people also shall be all
righteous: they shall inherit the
land for ever, the branch of my
planting, the work of my hands, that
I may be glorified.


Section 1


Isaiah 59:21

    21 As for me, this is my covenant
with them, saith the Lord; My spirit
that is upon thee, and my words which
I have put in thy mouth, shall not
depart out of thy mouth, nor out of
the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the
mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the
Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

***
Psalm 119:89,100-103,105

    89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is
settled in heaven.

    100 I understand more than the
ancients, because I keep thy
precepts.

    101 I have refrained my feet from
every evil way, that I might keep thy
word.

    102 I have not departed from thy
judgments: for thou hast taught me.

    103 How sweet are thy words unto my
taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my
mouth!

    105 Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:12


    (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. Hence the eternal wonder, - that infinite space is peopled with God's ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:21-4

    (Geology a failure) There is no Scriptural allusion to solar light until time has been already divided into evening and morning; and the allusion to fluids (Genesis i. 2) indicates a supposed formation of matter by the resolving of fluids into solids, analogous to the suppositional resolving of thoughts into material things.
    (Spiritual subdivision)
    Light is a symbol of Mind, of Life, Truth, and Love, and not a vitalizing property of matter. Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony. This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, "whose seed is in itself."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:2-5

    (Scriptural perception)
    Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 111:11


    (Optical illustration 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:26

    (No physical science)
    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.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 18:17,18

    17 And the Lord said unto me, They
have well spoken that which they have
spoken.

    18 I will raise them up a Prophet
from among their brethren, like unto
thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them
all that I shall command him.

***
Isaiah 55:10,11

    10 For as the rain cometh down, and
the snow from heaven, and returneth
not thither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater:

    11 So shall my word be that goeth
forth out of my mouth: it shall not
return unto me void, but it shall
accomplish that which I please, and
it shall prosper in the thing whereto
I sent it.

***
John 14:10,12,13

    10 Believest thou not that I am in
the Father, and the Father in me? the
words that I speak unto you I speak
not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

    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.

    13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in
my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son.

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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 358:9


    (Scientific and Biblical facts)
    Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively every point it presents. Otherwise it would not be Science, and could not present its proofs. Christian Science is neither made up of contradictory aphorisms nor of the inventions of those who scoff at God. It presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, uttered and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, by his apostles, as is recorded throughout the Scriptures.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 146:31-13


    (Reduction to system)
    Divine metaphysics is now reduced to a system, to a form comprehensible by and adapted to the thought of the age in which we live. This system enables the learner to demonstrate the divine Principle, upon which Jesus' healing was based, and the sacred rules for its present application to the cure of disease.
    Late in the nineteenth century I demonstrated the divine rules of Christian Science. They were submitted to the broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly applied under circumstances where demonstration was humanly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though centuries had passed away since Jesus practised these rules on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 355:3


    (Practical arguments)
    The charge of inconsistency in Christianly scientific methods of dealing with sin and disease is met by something practical, - namely, the proof of the utility of these methods; and proofs are better than mere verbal arguments or prayers which evince no spiritual power to heal.


Section 3


Romans 1:1-3

    1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle, separated
unto the gospel of God,

    2 (Which he had promised afore by
his prophets in the holy scriptures,)


    3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ
our Lord, which was made of the seed
of David according to the flesh;
Romans 15:4

    4 For whatsoever things were
written aforetime were written for
our learning, that we through
patience and comfort of the
scriptures might have hope.

***
II Timothy 3:16,17

    16 All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in
righteousness:

    17 That the man of God may be
perfect, throughly furnished unto all
good works.

***
II Peter 1:20,21

    20 Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation.

    21 For the prophecy came not in old
time by the will of man: but holy men
of God spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost.

***
John 5:19,20,39

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

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

    39 #Search the scriptures; for in
them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of
me.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:23-25


    (True theory of the universe)
    The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:21-27


    (Scriptures misinterpreted)
    The divine Science taught in the original language of the Bible came through inspiration, and needs inspiration to be understood. Hence the misapprehension of the spiritual meaning of the Bible, and the misinterpretation of the Word in some instances by uninspired writers, who only wrote down what an inspired teacher had said.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 320:24-25

    (Job, on the resurrection)
    The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:31-32


    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:18

    (No truth from a material basis)
    Genesis and the Apocalypse seem more obscure than other portions of the Scripture, because they cannot possibly be interpreted from a material standpoint. To the author, they are transparent, for they contain the deep divinity of the Bible.


Section 4


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.

***
I Corinthians 8:6

    6 But to us there is but one God,
the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him.

***
Ephesians 4:4,6

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:1-8

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-28- Truth demonstrated)
    Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His likeness; ;whereas the opposite belief - that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material - terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:14


    (The Fatherhood of God)
    Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man. The Virgin-mother conceived this idea of God, and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus - that is, Joshua, or Saviour.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 535:15


    (Judgment on error)
    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."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:3


    (The uses of truth)
    The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.


Section 5


Matthew 10:1,5-8

    1 And when he had called unto him
his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner
of sickness and all manner of
disease.

    5 These twelve Jesus sent forth,
and commanded them, saying, Go not
into the way of the Gentiles, and
into any city of the Samaritans enter
ye not:

    6 But go rather to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel.

    7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    8 Heal the sick, cleanse the
lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils: freely ye have received,
freely give.
Matthew 28:19,20

    19 #Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost:

    20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.

***
John 15:7,8

    7 If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.

    8 Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye
be my disciples.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:17-18


    (Veritable success)
    Christian Science and Christianity are one.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 342:16-28


    (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?
    (Argument of good works)
    Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless invalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see. Who would be the first to disown the Christliness of good works, when our Master says, "By their fruits ye shall know them"?

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 343:10-15

    (Personal experience)
    The sick, the halt, and the blind look up to Christian Science with blessings, and Truth will not be forever hidden by unjust parody from the quickened sense of the people.
    (Proof from miracles)
    Jesus strips all disguise from error, when his teachings are fully understood.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 97:29-32


    (Christianity still rejected)
    Christianity is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life, by the apostolic work of casting out error and healing the sick.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:13-16


    (The Christian's privilege)
    Christian Science may absorb the attention of sage and philosopher, but the Christian alone can fathom it. It is made known most fully to him who understands best the divine Life.


Section 6


Psalm 68:19,20

    19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily
loadeth us with benefits, even the
God of our salvation.

    20 He that is our God is the God of
salvation; and unto God the Lord
belong the issues from death.

***
I Peter 1:8,9

    8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in
whom, though now ye see him not, yet
believing, ye rejoice with joy
unspeakable and full of glory:

    9 Receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls.

***
II Corinthians 6:2

    2 (For he saith, I have heard thee
in a time accepted, and in the day of
salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.)

***
Revelation 7:9,10

    9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a
great multitude, which no man could
number, of all nations, and kindreds,
and people, and tongues, stood before
the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms
in their hands;

    10 And cried with a loud voice,
saying, Salvation to our God which
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the
Lamb.
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.

593:20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SALVATION)

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:32


    (The age's privilege)
    Do you say the time has not yet come in which to recognize Soul as substantial and able to control the body? Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," and who also said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth." "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation," said Paul.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:18-25


    (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. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:19-22


    (Man's present possibilities)
    In Revelation xxi. 1 we read: -



    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:3,23-28
The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding
hat the eye cannot see, - that which is invisible to the
ninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact
n Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness,
hat consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to
another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This
hows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and
pirit indicates states and stages of consciousness.

    (Nearness of Deity)
    This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, - that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Spiritual harmony
26 1 - Geology a failure
26 1 - Spiritual subdivision
26 1 - Scriptural perception
26 1 - Optical illustration of Science
26 1 - No physical science
26 2 - Basis of miracles
26 2 - Scientific and Biblical facts
26 2 - Reduction to system
26 2 - Practical arguments
26 3 - True theory of the universe
26 3 - Scriptures misinterpreted
26 3 - Job, on the resurrection
26 3 - Scriptural perception
26 3 - No truth from a material basis
26 4 - -28- Truth demonstrated
26 4 - -24- God the parent Mind
26 4 - The Fatherhood of God
26 4 - Judgment on error
26 4 - The uses of truth
26 5 - Veritable success
26 5 - Christianity scientific
26 5 - Argument of good works
26 5 - Personal experience
26 5 - Proof from miracles
26 5 - Christianity still rejected
26 5 - The Christian's privilege
26 6 - The age's privilege
26 6 - Present salvation
26 6 - Man's present possibilities
26 6 - Nearness of Deity

List of all subheadings



01 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
01 1 - The divine reflection
01 1 - -2- The deific definitions
01 1 - Vapor and nothingness
01 2 - The infinitude of God
01 2 - Cure of insanity
01 2 - Universal brotherhood
01 2 - Perfection requisite
01 3 - Unescapable dilemma
01 3 - One supremacy
01 3 - God-given dominion
01 4 - Causation considered
01 4 - Mind the only cause
01 4 - No new creation
01 4 - Soul not confined in body
01 4 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
01 5 - God's man discerned
01 5 - The divine image not lost
01 5 - Immortal models
01 5 - Spiritual discovery
01 5 - Immortal memory
01 5 - Scientific translations
01 5 - Perfection requisite
01 5 - Man inseparable from Love
01 6 - Mortality mythical
01 6 - Copartnership impossible
01 6 - Two infinite creators absurd
01 7 - -5- Allness of Spirit
01 8 - Salvation is through reform
01 8 - Mortal mind dethroned
01 8 - Christ the ideal Truth
01 8 - Jesus not understood
02 1 - Faith according to works
02 1 - Pangs caused by the press
02 1 - Arena of contest
02 1 - Millennial glory
02 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
02 2 - Marvels and reformations
02 2 - Spiritual foreshadowings
02 3 - Mind's idea faultless
02 3 - Elohistic plurality
02 3 - Good indefinable
02 3 - Immaterial pleasure
02 3 - Rising to the light
02 4 - Life eternal and present
02 4 - Spiritual refreshment
02 4 - Jesus' sad repast
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 5 - True flesh and blood
02 5 - Healing primary
02 5 - The cup of Jesus
02 5 - Sorrow and reformation
02 6 - Two claims omitted
02 6 - Divided vestments
02 6 - True theory of the universe
02 6 - Scriptural perception
02 7 - The origin of divinity
02 7 - Victory over the grave
02 7 - The last breakfast
02 7 - Spiritual Eucharist
02 7 - Pentecost repeated
03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - Illusive dreams
03 1 - Health from reliance on spirituality
03 1 - Spiritual insight
03 2 - Physiology unscientific
03 2 - God-given dominion
03 2 - Life independent of matter
03 2 - Thought-forms
03 3 - The infinite one Spirit
03 3 - Inverted images
03 3 - No fleshly heredity
03 3 - Man reflects God
03 3 - True life eternal
03 4 - Faith higher than belief
03 4 - Divinity and humanity
03 4 - Careful guidance
03 4 - Life all-inclusive
03 4 - Condition of progress
03 5 - Health and the senses
03 5 - Belief an autocrat
03 5 - Chicanery impossible
03 5 - No dishonest concessions
03 5 - Disease far more docile than iniquity
03 5 - Spiritualized consciousness
03 6 - The true worship
03 6 - Intelligent consecration
03 6 - Forgetfulness of self
03 6 - Paean of jubilee
03 6 - Practical religion
04 1 - -2- The deific definitions
04 1 - Vain ecstasies
04 1 - Divine synonyms
04 1 - The divine completeness
04 1 - God invisible to the senses
04 2 - Leaven of Truth
04 2 - Spirituality of Scripture
04 2 - Salvation is through reform
04 2 - The test of experience
04 3 - Opacity of the senses
04 3 - Light shining in darkness
04 3 - New lines of thought
04 3 - Scientific evidence
04 3 - Solitary research
04 4 - Christian Science as old as God
04 4 - Reduction to system
04 4 - No physical science
04 4 - True estimate of God's messenger
04 5 - The leaves of healing
04 5 - Biblical basis
04 5 - Science obscured
04 5 - The main purpose
04 5 - Mind the only healer
04 6 - Truth antidotes error
04 6 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
04 6 - Mental conspirators
04 6 - No healing in sin
04 6 - The Christ-element
05 1 - Spirit the starting-point
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - No divine corporeality
05 1 - Vain ecstasies
05 1 - Perfection of creation
05 1 - Infinity measureless
05 2 - Pardon and amendment
05 2 - Final purpose
05 2 - Righteous retribution
05 2 - Wait for reward
05 2 - Uses of suffering
05 3 - Fulfilment of the Law
05 3 - Certain contradictions
05 3 - Standpoint revealed
05 3 - Spirit transforms
05 4 - Love frees from fear
05 4 - -30- Divine pardon
05 4 - Divine victory
05 4 - Love impartial and universal
05 5 - The robe of Science
05 5 - Discontent with life
05 5 - Spiritual wedlock
05 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 5 - Angelic offices
05 6 - Scriptures misinterpreted
05 6 - Principle and practice
05 6 - Human reconciliation
05 6 - Bearing our sins
05 6 - Spiritual awakening
05 6 - The darkest hours of all
06 1 - Spiritual language
06 1 - Omnipotence set forth
06 1 - No physical affinity
06 2 - Individualization
06 2 - Substance versus supposition
06 2 - One cause supreme
06 2 - Substance is Spirit
06 2 - Man linked with Spirit
06 3 - Degrees of development
06 3 - Mythical pleasure
06 3 - Derivatives of spirit
06 3 - Scientific man
06 3 - Beatific presence
06 4 - No evil in Spirit
06 4 - The infinite one Spirit
06 4 - Found wanting
06 4 - Fallacious hypotheses
06 5 - -7- Divine trinity
06 5 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
06 5 - Spiritual conception
06 5 - Corporeality and Spirit
06 6 - Genuine healing
06 6 - Denials of divine power
06 6 - No material law
06 6 - Personal confidence
06 6 - Spirit intangible
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - The divine reflection
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 2 - Ideas and identities
07 2 - Divine propagation
07 2 - Ever-appearing creation
07 2 - Real and unreal identity
07 3 - Rebukes helpful
07 3 - -9- The Son of God
07 3 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 4 - Naming maladies
07 4 - The kingdom within
07 4 - Healthful explanation
07 4 - Awaken the patient
07 5 - Mind can destroy all ills
07 5 - Laws of nature spiritual
07 5 - Science versus sense
07 5 - Progress demanded
07 5 - The one only way
07 5 - Standpoints changed
07 6 - Resting in holy work
07 6 - Our footsteps heavenward
07 6 - The sun and Soul
07 6 - Spiritual guidance
08 1 - Divine synonyms
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Mind the only cause
08 1 - Rejected theories
08 1 - -21- The divine Ego
08 2 - Confusion confounded
08 2 - True sense of infinitude
08 2 - Rudiments of growth
08 2 - Two chief commands
08 3 - Like evolving like
08 3 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
08 3 - Unscientific theories
08 3 - Allness of Truth
08 4 - Impossible coalescence
08 4 - Allness of Truth
08 4 - Soul imperishable
08 4 - Higher statutes
08 5 - Divine propagation
08 5 - Human egotism
08 5 - Mortal man a mis-creator
08 5 - Matter is not substance
08 5 - Superstition obsolete
08 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
08 6 - Christ the ideal Truth
08 6 - Ultimate harmony
08 6 - A closed question
08 6 - Mind one and all
08 6 - Seraphic symbols
08 6 - Divine nature appearing
09 1 - Christ's reappearance
09 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 2 - Spiritual interpretation
09 3 - Doubting disciples
09 3 - Sonship of Jesus
09 3 - The true sonship
09 3 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 4 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 4 - The one real power
09 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
09 5 - Belief and understanding
09 6 - Churchly neglect
09 6 - Convincing evidence
09 6 - The salt of the earth
10 1 - Philosophical blunders
10 1 - Spirit the one Ego
10 1 - The divine reflection
10 1 - God's man discerned
10 2 - Godless evolution
10 2 - Degrees of development
10 2 - The man of anatomy and of theology
10 2 - The origin of divinity
10 3 - The fruit forbidden
10 3 - Justice and recompense
10 3 - Matter versus Spirit
10 3 - Integrity assured
10 3 - Irreconcilable differences
10 3 - Copartnership impossible
10 3 - -28- Truth demonstrated
10 4 - Sure reward of righteousness
10 4 - Our belief and understanding
10 4 - Proper self-government
10 4 - Ancient and modern miracles
10 4 - Followers of Jesus
10 4 - Vapor and nothingness
10 5 - The one anointed
10 5 - Spiritual government
10 5 - Effective triumph
10 5 - Christ's demonstration
10 5 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
10 5 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
11 1 - Substance spiritual
11 1 - Material skepticism
11 1 - Matter's supposed selfhood
11 1 - Chaos and darkness
11 1 - All force mental
11 2 - Unescapable dilemma
11 2 - God and nature
11 2 - Spirit the starting-point
11 2 - Causation considered
11 2 - The infinite one Spirit
11 3 - The doom of sin
11 3 - Spirit transforms
11 3 - Right views of humanity
11 3 - Standpoint revealed
11 3 - Treasure in heaven
11 4 - Old and new man
11 4 - The divine reflection
11 4 - Inverted images and ideas
11 4 - Sense-dreams
11 5 - Dangerous resemblances
11 5 - Spiritual synonyms
11 5 - Spiritual reflection
12 1 - Mental and physical oneness
12 1 - Matter and animate error
12 1 - Dictation of error
12 1 - So-called superiority
12 1 - Ascending the scale
12 1 - Inverted images
12 2 - Halfway success
12 2 - Serving two masters
12 2 - Real being never lost
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Truth is not inverted
12 3 - Instruments of error
12 3 - Antagonistic theories
12 3 - Pantheistic tendencies
12 3 - Matter is not substance
12 3 - Living temple
12 4 - Eternity of Life
12 4 - Life eternal and present
12 4 - A mortal not man
12 5 - Man inseparable from Love
12 5 - One cause supreme
12 5 - Matter is not substance
12 5 - Results of faith in Truth
12 6 - Mind's true camera
12 6 - Essential element of Christianity
12 6 - Mortal mind's disappearance
12 6 - Beatific presence
13 1 - Divine synonyms
13 1 - The one only way
13 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 1 - Unrealities that seem real
13 1 - Vapor and nothingness
13 2 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 2 - Spiritual offspring
13 2 - Permanent sensibility
13 2 - Real and unreal identity
13 2 - No mediumship
13 2 - Faith higher than belief
13 3 - Fatal premises
13 3 - Deadness in sin
13 3 - Real and counterfeit
13 3 - Results of faith in Truth
13 4 - Contrasted testimony
13 4 - Life never structural
13 4 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 4 - One primal cause
13 5 - Universal brotherhood
13 5 - Evil negative and self-destructive
13 5 - Fruitless worship
13 5 - God-given dominion
13 6 - So-called superiority
13 6 - Spirit the tangible
13 6 - Ghosts not realities
13 6 - The real and the unreal
13 6 - Superstition obsolete
14 1 - Erroneous representation
14 1 - Hypothetical reversal
14 1 - Creation reversed
14 1 - First evil suggestion
14 1 - Stages of existence
14 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
14 2 - Man unfallen
14 2 - Identity not lost
14 2 - Definition of man
14 2 - The tares and wheat
14 3 - Scientific purgation
14 3 - Basis of true religion
14 3 - Present salvation
14 3 - Blessings from pain
14 3 - Signs following
14 4 - Image of the beast
14 4 - Error not curative
14 4 - Cleansing the mind
14 4 - Impotence of hate
14 4 - Scientific consistency
14 5 - Causation not in matter
14 5 - Ailments of animals
14 5 - Sickness will abate
14 5 - Remedy for accidents
14 5 - Cure of insanity
14 6 - Life all-inclusive
14 6 - Contrasted testimony
14 6 - Weakness of material theories
14 6 - Understanding versus belief
15 1 - Fleshly factors unreal
15 1 - Man unfallen
15 1 - The divine standard of perfection
15 1 - God's law destroys evil
15 1 - Divine fulfilment
15 2 - Soul imperishable
15 2 - Sin only of the flesh
15 2 - The divine authority
15 2 - Truthful arguments
15 3 - Eternal man recognized
15 3 - Testimony of sense
15 3 - Uses of suffering
15 3 - A bright outlook
15 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
15 3 - Final purpose
15 3 - The one only way
15 3 - Truth destroys falsity
15 4 - Change of belief
15 4 - Doubtful evidence
15 4 - Unhesitating decision
15 4 - Unnecessary prostration
15 4 - Jesus' disregard of matter
15 4 - Touchstone of Science
15 5 - A belief in death
15 5 - Benefit of philanthropy
15 5 - Benefits of metaphysics
15 5 - Careful guidance
15 5 - Mortality vanquished
15 5 - No death nor inaction
15 5 - Vision opening
16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Vapor and nothingness
16 1 - Reflected likeness
16 1 - Universal brotherhood
16 2 - Radical changes
16 2 - Finite views of Deity
16 2 - Theories helpless
16 2 - True nature and origin
16 2 - Spiritual foreshadowings
16 2 - Science as foreign to all religion
16 2 - Key to the kingdom
16 2 - Absence of Christ-power
16 3 - Judaism antipathetic
16 3 - Deadness in sin
16 3 - True theory of the universe
16 3 - Scriptural perception
16 4 - Human reconciliation
16 4 - Salvation is through reform
16 4 - The miracles of Jesus
16 4 - Master's business
16 4 - Bearing our sins
16 5 - Behest of the cross
16 5 - Moral victory
16 5 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 5 - Effective triumph
16 5 - Individual experience
16 5 - Key to the kingdom
17 1 - The last breakfast
17 1 - Spiritual ascension
17 1 - Death outdone
17 1 - - Tenets -
17 2 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 2 - Scientific translations
17 2 - Man inseparable from Love
17 3 - Future purification
17 3 - Immaterial pleasure
17 3 - Second death
17 3 - A dream vanishing
17 3 - Wait for reward
17 4 - Seraphic symbols
17 4 - Thought-angels
17 4 - Our angelic messengers
17 5 - Salvation and probation
17 5 - True estimate of God's messenger
17 5 - Pardon and amendment
17 5 - The one only way
17 6 - Salvation and probation
17 6 - The uses of truth
17 6 - Love impartial and universal
17 6 - Spiritual baptism
17 6 - Sin is punished
17 6 - - Tenets -
18 1 - Help and hindrance
18 1 - Complete emulation
18 1 - God never inconsistent
18 1 - Moral courage
18 1 - Sickness akin to sin
18 1 - The tares and wheat
18 2 - Requisite change of our ideals
18 2 - Sin and penalty
18 2 - Image of the beast
18 2 - Copartnership impossible
18 2 - Two infinite creators absurd
18 2 - Unspiritual contrasts
18 3 - Pardon and amendment
18 3 - Sin and penalty
18 3 - Final purpose
18 3 - Asking amiss
18 3 - Blessings from pain
18 3 - Decapitation of error
18 4 - Progress demanded
18 4 - Scientific purgation
18 4 - Heralds of Science
18 4 - Beatific presence
18 4 - Sorrow and reformation
18 4 - Day of judgment
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 5 - Universal brotherhood
18 5 - The darkest hours of all
18 5 - Arena of contest
19 1 - All nativity in thought
19 1 - The curse removed
19 1 - Stages of existence
19 1 - Adam
19 2 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 2 - Record of error
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - Material personality
19 2 - Spiritual gateway
19 3 - Erroneous conception
19 3 - Our conscious development
19 3 - Spiritual and material
19 4 - Mental tillage
19 4 - Mortality mythical
19 4 - No union of opposites
19 4 - True theory of the universe
19 4 - Scriptural perception
19 4 - Mortality vanquished
19 5 - EUPHRATES - river
19 5 - Vapor and nothingness
19 5 - The sole governor
19 5 - Scientific offspring
19 6 - Paradise regained
19 6 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
19 6 - Perfect models
19 6 - -Platform summation-
20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - Being is immortal
20 1 - Our conscious development
20 1 - Mendacity of error
20 1 - Theories helpless
20 2 - Sickness as discord
20 2 - Laws of human belief
20 2 - Dangerous knowledge
20 2 - Purity of science
20 2 - The panoply of wisdom
20 3 - Scientific translations
20 3 - Liberation of mental powers
20 3 - Spiritual idea crowned
20 3 - Human frailty
20 3 - Man linked with Spirit
20 3 - Perfect example
20 4 - Charity to those opposed
20 4 - The divine reflection
20 4 - Like evolving like
20 4 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 5 - Childlike receptivity
20 5 - Universal panacea
20 5 - Love casteth out fear
20 5 - A definite rule discovered
20 5 - Key to the kingdom
20 6 - Key to the kingdom
20 6 - God sustains man
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure
20 6 - No proof of immortality
20 6 - Mind's manifestations immortal
21 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
21 1 - Mankind redeemed
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 1 - Eternal man recognized
21 1 - Testimony of sense
21 1 - Testimony of Soul
21 1 - Soul defined
21 2 - Ascending the scale
21 2 - Human reproduction
21 2 - Human stature
21 2 - Mental and physical oneness
21 2 - Discontent with life
21 3 - Life only in Spirit
21 3 - Soul greater than body
21 3 - A vacant domicile
21 4 - Sense and pure Soul
21 4 - Soul defined
21 4 - Soul imperishable
21 5 - Science versus sense
21 5 - Reason and Science
21 5 - Healthful explanation
21 5 - Destruction of all evil
21 6 - Spirit transforms
21 6 - Spiritual baptism
21 6 - The Christ-element
21 6 - Mythical pleasure
22 1 - Materialistic challenge
22 1 - Confusion confounded
22 1 - Will-power an animal propensity
22 1 - The genus of error
22 2 - Antagonistic theories
22 2 - A so-called mind-cure
22 2 - Impossible intercommunion
22 2 - Mere negation
22 3 - Right adjusts the balance
22 3 - Proper self-government
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - Pure religion enthroned
22 4 - Value of intuition
22 4 - Second sight
22 4 - Conflicting standpoints
22 4 - Scientific foreknowing
22 5 - Self-improvement
22 5 - Affirmation and result
22 5 - Adulteration of Truth
22 5 - Personal conclusions
22 6 - Mindless methods
22 6 - Animal magnetism error
22 6 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 6 - False stimulus
22 6 - Willpower detrimental
23 1 - -18- The only substance
23 1 - Renewed selfhood
23 1 - Substance versus supposition
23 2 - Subordination of evil
23 2 - One primal cause
23 2 - Record of error
23 2 - Cleansing upheaval
23 3 - No union of opposites
23 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
23 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
23 3 - Vapor and nothingness
23 3 - Material recognition impossible
23 4 - Ideas and identities
23 4 - BRIDEGROOM
23 4 - Divine propagation
23 4 - Ever-appearing creation
23 5 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 5 - No material creation
23 5 - Salvation is through reform
23 5 - Goodness a portion of God
23 5 - No baneful creation
23 5 - Spiritual narrative
23 6 - Ideal man and woman
23 6 - The man of anatomy and of theology
23 6 - Biological inventions
24 1 - Matter sensationless
24 1 - Mind removes scrofula
24 1 - No fleshly heredity
24 1 - God-given dominion
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Refuge and strength
24 3 - Accidents unknown to God
24 3 - Ever-appearing creation
24 4 - Faith according to works
24 4 - Source of contagion
24 4 - Imaginary cholera
24 4 - Children's ailments
24 4 - Disease powerless
24 4 - Ultimate harmony
24 5 - Martyrs inevitable
24 5 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 6 - Only one standard
24 6 - Evil nonexistent
24 6 - Children and adults
24 6 - All evil unnatural
24 6 - Scientific terms
24 7 - Need and supply
24 7 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 7 - Indestructible relationship
25 1 - Ideas and identities
25 1 - Divine propagation
25 1 - Ever-appearing creation
25 1 - Deflection of being
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
25 2 - Right interpretation
25 2 - All force mental
25 2 - Corporeal changes
25 2 - Celestial evidence
25 3 - Forgetfulness of self
25 3 - Mortal man a mis-creator
25 3 - Godward gravitation
25 3 - Elohistic plurality
25 3 - Love imparts beauty
25 4 - Mental tillage
25 4 - Mortality mythical
25 4 - Spiritual translation
25 4 - One primal cause
25 5 - Perfection of creation
25 5 - Infinity measureless
25 5 - Spiritual narrative
26 1 - Spiritual harmony
26 1 - Geology a failure
26 1 - Spiritual subdivision
26 1 - Scriptural perception
26 1 - Optical illustration of Science
26 1 - No physical science
26 2 - Basis of miracles
26 2 - Scientific and Biblical facts
26 2 - Reduction to system
26 2 - Practical arguments
26 3 - True theory of the universe
26 3 - Scriptures misinterpreted
26 3 - Job, on the resurrection
26 3 - Scriptural perception
26 3 - No truth from a material basis
26 4 - -28- Truth demonstrated
26 4 - -24- God the parent Mind
26 4 - The Fatherhood of God
26 4 - Judgment on error
26 4 - The uses of truth
26 5 - Veritable success
26 5 - Christianity scientific
26 5 - Argument of good works
26 5 - Personal experience
26 5 - Proof from miracles
26 5 - Christianity still rejected
26 5 - The Christian's privilege
26 6 - The age's privilege
26 6 - Present salvation
26 6 - Man's present possibilities
26 6 - Nearness of Deity

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