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July 1,1900

Subject: 01

GOD.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 47:7

    7 For God is the King of all the
earth: sing ye praises with
understanding.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 47:1-3,7-9

    1 O clap your hands, all ye
people; shout unto God with the voice
of triumph.

    2 For the Lord most high is
terrible; he is a great King over all
the earth.

    3 He shall subdue the people under
us, and the nations under our feet.

    7 For God is the King of all the
earth: sing ye praises with
understanding.

    8 God reigneth over the heathen:
God sitteth upon the throne of his
holiness.

    9 The princes of the people are
gathered together, even the people of
the God of Abraham: for the shields
of the earth belong unto God: he is
greatly exalted.
Psalm 48:1-3,9-14

    1 Great is the Lord, and greatly
to be praised in the city of our God,
in the mountain of his holiness.

    2 Beautiful for situation, the joy
of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on
the sides of the north, the city of
the great King.

    3 God is known in her palaces for a
refuge.

    9 We have thought of thy
lovingkindness, O God, in the midst
of thy temple.

    10 According to thy name, O God, so
is thy praise unto the ends of the
earth: thy right hand is full of
righteousness.

    11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the
daughters of Judah be glad, because of
thy judgments.

    12 Walk about Zion, and go round
about her: tell the towers thereof.

    13 Mark ye well her bulwarks,
consider her palaces; that ye may
tell it to the generation following.

    14 For this God is our God for ever
and ever: he will be our guide even
unto death.


Section 1


Jeremiah 32:27

    27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God
of all flesh: is there any thing too
hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:17,19

    17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast
made the heaven and the earth by thy
great power and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing too hard for
thee:

    19 Great in counsel, and mighty in
work: for thine eyes are open upon all
the ways of the sons of men: to give
every one according to his ways, and
according to the fruit of his doings:

***
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.

587:17 Chapter 17: Glossary
(GODS)

    God is one God, infinite and perfect, and cannot become finite and imperfect.

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

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


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

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


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

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:18

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


    (Celestial evidence) God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation. "Let God be true, but every [material] man a liar."


Section 2


Romans 11:33,34

    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!

    34 For who hath known the mind of
the Lord? or who hath been his
counsellor?

***
Job 23:13

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

***
Isaiah 55:8,9

    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.

***
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.

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


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

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-27- True idea of man)
    Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:18-19


    (Geology a failure)
    Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind.

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.


Section 3


Psalm 33:18,19

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

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

***
I Kings 17:2-7,10-16

    2 And the word of the Lord came
unto him, saying,

    3 Get thee hence, and turn thee
eastward, and hide thyself by the
brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.


    4 And it shall be, that thou shalt
drink of the brook; and I have
commanded the ravens to feed thee
there.

    5 So he went and did according unto
the word of the Lord: for he went and
dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is
before Jordan.

    6 And the ravens brought him bread
and flesh in the morning, and bread
and flesh in the evening; and he
drank of the brook.

    7 And it came to pass after a
while, that the brook dried up,
because there had been no rain in the
land.

    10 So he arose and went to
Zarephath. And when he came to the
gate of the city, behold, the widow
woman was there gathering of sticks:
and he called to her, and said, Fetch
me, I pray thee, a little water in a
vessel, that I may drink.

    11 And as she was going to fetch
it, he called to her, and said, Bring
me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in
thine hand.

    12 And she said, As the Lord thy
God liveth, I have not a cake, but an
handful of meal in a barrel, and a
little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I
am gathering two sticks, that I may
go in and dress it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die.

    13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear
not; go and do as thou hast said: but
make me thereof a little cake first,
and bring it unto me, and after make
for thee and for thy son.

    14 For thus saith the Lord God of
Israel, The barrel of meal shall not
waste, neither shall the cruse of oil
fail, until the day that the Lord
sendeth rain upon the earth.

    15 And she went and did according
to the saying of Elijah: and she, and
he, and her house, did eat many days.


    16 And the barrel of meal wasted
not, neither did the cruse of oil
fail, according to the word of the
Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:13


    (Assistance in brotherhood)
    God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good. Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality - infinite Life, Truth, and Love.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:15


    (Will-power unrighteous)
    In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, - Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:5


    (Divine providence)
    In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being. The earth, at God's command, brings forth food for man's use. Knowing this, Jesus once said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink," - presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies.


Section 4


Psalm 46:10

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

***
Isaiah 33:5,22,24

    5 The Lord is exalted; for he
dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion
with judgment and righteousness.

    22 For the Lord is our judge, the
Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our
king; he will save us.

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:32-1


    (Godward gravitation)
    The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, and its government is divine Science.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:21


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:32-19


    (Ignorance of our rights)
    Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery. Be no more willing to suffer the illusion that you are sick or that some disease is developing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temptation on the ground that sin has its necessities.
    (No laws of matter)
    When infringing some supposed law, you say that there is danger. This fear is the danger and induces the physical effects. We cannot in reality suffer from breaking anything except a moral or spiritual law. The so-called laws of mortal belief are destroyed by the understanding that Soul is immortal, and that mortal mind cannot legislate the times, periods, and types of disease, with which mortals die. God is the lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes. In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 441:33

    (Charge of the Chief Justice)
    We have no trials for sickness before the tribunal of divine Spirit. There, Man is adjudged innocent of transgressing physical laws, because there are no such laws. Our statute is spiritual, our Government is divine. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"


Section 5


Psalm 89:14

    14 Justice and judgment are the
habitation of thy throne: mercy and
truth shall go before thy face.
Psalm 86:15

    15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full
of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy
and truth.

***
Matthew 9:10-13

    10 #And it came to pass, as Jesus
sat at meat in the house, behold,
many publicans and sinners came and
sat down with him and his disciples.

    11 And when the Pharisees saw it,
they said unto his disciples, Why
eateth your Master with publicans and
sinners?

    12 But when Jesus heard that, he
said unto them, They that be whole
need not a physician, but they that
are sick.

    13 But go ye and learn what that
meaneth, I will have mercy, and not
sacrifice: for I am not come to call
the righteous, but sinners to
repentance.

***
Proverbs 21:3

    3 To do justice and judgment is
more acceptable to the Lord than
sacrifice.

***
Luke 6:35,36

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:14


    (Jesus the way-shower)
    Rabbi and priest taught the Mosaic law, which said: "An eye for an eye," and "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Not so did Jesus, the new executor for God, present the divine law of Love, which blesses even those that curse it.

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.

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."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 365:7


    (Compassion requisite) The benign thought of Jesus, finding utterance in such words as "Take no thought for your life," would heal the sick, and so enable them to rise above the supposed necessity for physical thought-taking and doctoring; but if the unselfish affections be lacking, and common sense and common humanity are disregarded, what mental quality remains, with which to evoke healing from the outstretched arm of righteousness?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:3

    (Genuine healing)
    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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:12


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


Section 6


Psalm 103:2-5

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

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

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

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

***
Matthew 9:2-7

    2 And, behold, they brought to him
a man sick of the palsy, lying on a
bed: and Jesus seeing their faith
said unto the sick of the palsy; Son,
be of good cheer; thy sins be
forgiven thee.

    3 And, behold, certain of the
scribes said within themselves, This
man blasphemeth.

    4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts
said, Wherefore think ye evil in your
hearts?

    5 For whether is easier, to say,
Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say,
Arise, and walk?

    6 But that ye may know that the Son
of man hath power on earth to forgive
sins, (then saith he to the sick of
the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed,
and go unto thine house.

    7 And he arose, and departed to his
house.

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


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 412:13


    (Eloquent silence)
    The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:25

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


    (Scientific ultimatum)
    God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and immortality.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:17-24

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Mind must be found superior to all the beliefs of the five corporeal senses, and able to destroy all ills. Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind. Disease is an experience of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental inharmony.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
01 1 - God's allness learned
01 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
01 1 - Celestial evidence
01 2 - Definition of mortal mind
01 2 - -27- True idea of man
01 2 - God invisible to the senses
01 2 - Geology a failure
01 2 - Seraphic symbols
01 3 - Assistance in brotherhood
01 3 - Will-power unrighteous
01 3 - Spirit intangible
01 3 - Divine providence
01 4 - Godward gravitation
01 4 - Spiritual law the only law
01 4 - Ignorance of our rights
01 4 - No laws of matter
01 4 - Charge of the Chief Justice
01 5 - Jesus the way-shower
01 5 - Final purpose
01 5 - Asking amiss
01 5 - Compassion requisite
01 5 - Genuine healing
01 5 - The spiritual mathematics
01 6 - Mercy without partiality
01 6 - Eloquent silence
01 6 - Scientific ultimatum
01 6 - Mind destroys all ills
01 6 - Followers of Jesus


December 9,1900

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 20:23

    23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall
drink indeed of my cup, and be
baptized with the baptism that I am
baptized with: but to sit on my right
hand, and on my left, is not mine to
give, but it shall be given to them
for whom it is prepared of my Father.


Responsive Reading


Luke 22:7-20

    7 #Then came the day of unleavened
bread, when the passover must be
killed.

    8 And he sent Peter and John,
saying, Go and prepare us the
passover, that we may eat.

    9 And they said unto him, Where
wilt thou that we prepare?

    10 And he said unto them, Behold,
when ye are entered into the city,
there shall a man meet you, bearing a
pitcher of water; follow him into the
house where he entereth in.

    11 And ye shall say unto the
goodman of the house, The Master
saith unto thee, Where is the
guestchamber, where I shall eat the
passover with my disciples?

    12 And he shall shew you a large
upper room furnished: there make
ready.

    13 And they went, and found as he
had said unto them: and they made
ready the passover.

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

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

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

    17 And he took the cup, and gave
thanks, and said, Take this, and
divide it among yourselves:

    18 For I say unto you, I will not
drink of the fruit of the vine, until
the kingdom of God shall come.

    19 #And he took bread, and gave
thanks, and brake it, and gave unto
them, saying, This is my body which
is given for you: this do in
remembrance of me.

    20 Likewise also the cup after
supper, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood, which is shed
for you.


Section 1


Genesis 7:1-3,5,18,20

    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.

    2 Of every clean beast thou shalt
take to thee by sevens, the male and
his female: and of beasts that are
not clean by two, the male and his
female.

    3 Of fowls also of the air by
sevens, the male and the female; to
keep seed alive upon the face of all
the earth.

    5 And Noah did according unto all
that the Lord commanded him.

    18 And the waters prevailed, and
were increased greatly upon the
earth; and the ark went upon the face
of the waters.

    20 Fifteen cubits upward did the
waters prevail; and the mountains
were covered.
Genesis 8:1-4,15,16

    1 And God remembered Noah, and
every living thing, and all the
cattle that was with him in the ark:
and God made a wind to pass over the
earth, and the waters asswaged;

    2 The fountains also of the deep
and the windows of heaven were
stopped, and the rain from heaven was
restrained;

    3 And the waters returned from off
the earth continually: and after the
end of the hundred and fifty days the
waters were abated.

    4 And the ark rested in the seventh
month, on the seventeenth day of the
month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

    15 #And God spake unto Noah,
saying,

    16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and
thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons'
wives with thee.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:4(only),10,17-22


    (Fleshly ties temporal)
    Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh.
    He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.
    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:19


    (No divine corporeality)
    Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, "doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?"

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:21-24


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:29-2


    (Childlike receptivity)
    It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 308:14

    (The great question)
    The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.


Section 2


Psalm 17:1

    1 Hear the right, O Lord, attend
unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer,
that goeth not out of feigned lips.

***
Matthew 6:5-7

    5 #And when thou prayest, thou
shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the
synagogues and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have
their reward.

    6 But thou, when thou prayest,
enter into thy closet, and when thou
hast shut thy door, pray to thy
Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall
reward thee openly.

    7 But when ye pray, use not vain
repetitions, as the heathen do: for
they think that they shall be heard
for their much speaking.

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


    (Efficacious petitions)
    What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
    The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, - blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.
    (Watchfulness requisite)
    Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:32

    (The chalice sacrificial)
    Consistent prayer is the desire to do right. Prayer means that we desire to walk and will walk in the light so far as we receive it, even though with bleeding footsteps, and that waiting patiently on the Lord, we will leave our real desires to be rewarded by Him.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 15:9-24

    (Spiritual sanctuary)
    To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.
    (Effectual invocation)
    In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses. In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness. We must resolve to take up the cross, and go forth with honest hearts to work and watch for wisdom, Truth, and Love. We must "pray without ceasing." Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice. The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.


Section 3


Ezekiel 43:26,27

    26 Seven days shall they purge the
altar and purify it; and they shall
consecrate themselves.

    27 And when these days are expired,
it shall be, that upon the eighth
day, and so forward, the priests
shall make your burnt offerings upon
the altar, and your peace offerings;
and I will accept you, saith the Lord
God.

***
II Chronicles 31:6,9,10

    6 And concerning the children of
Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the
cities of Judah, they also brought in
the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the
tithe of holy things which were
consecrated unto the Lord their God,
and laid them by heaps.

    9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the
priests and the Levites concerning
the heaps.

    10 And Azariah the chief priest of
the house of Zadok answered him, and
said, Since the people began to bring
the offerings into the house of the
Lord, we have had enough to eat, and
have left plenty: for the Lord hath
blessed his people; and that which is
left is this great store.

***
Malachi 3:10

    10 Bring ye all the tithes into the
storehouse, that there may be meat in
mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if
I will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing,
that there shall not be room enough
to receive it.

***
John 10:11,15,17

    11 I am the good shepherd: the good
shepherd giveth his life for the
sheep.

    15 As the Father knoweth me, even
so know I the Father: and I lay down
my life for the sheep.

    17 Therefore doth my Father love
me, because I lay down my life, that
I might take it again.

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."

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 11:22-27


    (Desire for holiness)
    We know that a desire for holiness is requisite in order to gain holiness; but if we desire holiness above all else, we shall sacrifice everything for it. We must be willing to do this, that we may walk securely in the only practical road to holiness.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:9


    (Moral victory)
    If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:16


    (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.


Section 4


Psalm 24:3,4

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

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

***
I Peter 1:13,22,23

    13 Wherefore gird up the loins of
your mind, be sober, and hope to the
end for the grace that is to be
brought unto you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ;

    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.

***
I John 3:3

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

***
James 1:27

    27 Pure religion and undefiled
before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in
their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world.

***
Matthew 5:8

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

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."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 561:8-10


    (Espousals supernal)
    The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love.

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


    (Spirit transforms)
    One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; ;and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.
    (Spiritual baptism)
    It is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


    (-26- Purity the path to perfection)
    XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:25-28


    (Waymarks to eternal Truth)
    The robes of Spirit are "white and glistering," like the raiment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, "let thy garments be always white."


Section 5


Matthew 26:1,2

    1 And it came to pass, when Jesus
had finished all these sayings, he
said unto his disciples,

    2 Ye know that after two days is
the feast of the passover, and the
Son of man is betrayed to be
crucified.

***
Luke 22:8,14,15,17-20

    8 And he sent Peter and John,
saying, Go and prepare us the
passover, that we may eat.

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

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

    17 And he took the cup, and gave
thanks, and said, Take this, and
divide it among yourselves:

    18 For I say unto you, I will not
drink of the fruit of the vine, until
the kingdom of God shall come.

    19 #And he took bread, and gave
thanks, and brake it, and gave unto
them, saying, This is my body which
is given for you: this do in
remembrance of me.

    20 Likewise also the cup after
supper, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood, which is shed
for you.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:3,28-8


    (Sacred sacrament)
    In ancient Rome a soldier was required to swear allegiance to his general. The Latin word for this oath was sacramentum, and our English word sacrament is derived from it. Among the Jews it was an ancient custom for the master of a feast to pass each guest a cup of wine. But the Eucharist does not commemorate a Roman soldier's oath, nor was the wine, used on convivial occasions and in Jewish rites, the cup of our Lord. The cup shows forth his bitter experience, - the cup which he prayed might pass from him, though he bowed in holy submission to the divine decree.
    (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.
    (Heavenly supplies)
    His followers, sorrowful and silent, anticipating the hour of their Master's betrayal, partook of the heavenly manna, which of old had fed in the wilderness the persecuted followers of Truth. Their bread indeed came down from heaven. It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:13-26

    For this truth of spiritual being, their Master was about to suffer violence and drain to the dregs his cup of sorrow. He must leave them. With the great glory of an everlasting victory overshadowing him, he gave thanks and said, "Drink ye all of it."
    (The holy struggle)
    When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: "Not my will, but Thine, be done!" - that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.


Section 6


Matthew 16:24,25

    24 #Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself, and take up
his cross, and follow me.

    25 For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever will
lose his life for my sake shall find
it.
Matthew 10:38

    38 And he that taketh not his
cross, and followeth after me, is not
worthy of me.

***
Luke 14:33

    33 So likewise, whosoever he be of
you that forsaketh not all that he
hath, he cannot be my disciple.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:16-17,20-25


    (Complete emulation)
    When will Jesus' professed followers learn to emulate him in all his ways and to imitate his mighty works?
    May the Christians of to-day take up the more practical import of that career! It is possible, - yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, - to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.

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.

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

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

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - Fleshly ties temporal
02 1 - Healing primary
02 1 - No divine corporeality
02 1 - Laws of nature spiritual
02 1 - Childlike receptivity
02 1 - The great question
02 2 - Efficacious petitions
02 2 - Watchfulness requisite
02 2 - The chalice sacrificial
02 2 - Spiritual sanctuary
02 2 - Effectual invocation
02 3 - Intelligent consecration
02 3 - Forgetfulness of self
02 3 - Desire for holiness
02 3 - Moral victory
02 3 - Standpoint revealed
02 4 - Childlike receptivity
02 4 - Espousals supernal
02 4 - Spirit transforms
02 4 - Spiritual baptism
02 4 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
02 4 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
02 5 - Sacred sacrament
02 5 - Jesus' sad repast
02 5 - Heavenly supplies
02 5 - The holy struggle
02 6 - Complete emulation
02 6 - Millennial glory
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist


July 8,1900

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

John 5:24

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


Responsive Reading


John 5:2,5-9,16,17,24-26,30,39

    2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the
sheep market a pool, which is called
in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having
five porches.

    5 And a certain man was there,
which had an infirmity thirty and
eight years.

    6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew
that he had been now a long time in
that case, he saith unto him, Wilt
thou be made whole?

    7 The impotent man answered him,
Sir, I have no man, when the water is
troubled, to put me into the pool:
but while I am coming, another
steppeth down before me.

    8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take
up thy bed, and walk.

    9 And immediately the man was made
whole, and took up his bed, and
walked: and on the same day was the
sabbath.

    16 And therefore did the Jews
persecute Jesus, and sought to slay
him, because he had done these things
on the sabbath day.

    17 #But Jesus answered them, My
Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

    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.

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

    30 I can of mine own self do
nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my
judgment is just; because I seek not
mine own will, but the will of the
Father which hath sent me.

    39 #Search the scriptures; for in
them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of
me.


Section 1


John 1:1,2,4

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

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

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

***
Job 33:4

    4 The Spirit of God hath made me,
and the breath of the Almighty hath
given me life.

***
Colossians 3:3

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

***
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;

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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 193:32-2


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

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:16-19


    (Spiritual tangibility)
    In proportion as the belief disappears that life and intelligence are in or of matter, the immortal facts of being are seen, and their only idea or intelligence is in God.


Section 2


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:

    7 The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth: because the spirit of the
Lord bloweth upon it: surely the
people is grass.

    8 The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth: but the word of our God shall
stand for ever.

***
Job 14:1,2

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:29-32


    (Biological inventions)
    The mythologic theory of material life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian record of man as created by Mind in the image and likeness of God and having dominion over all the earth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:10-12,15

    (Deep-reaching interrogations)
    Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness?
    (Stages of existence)
    Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal - as beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages - hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to trail in the dust. If Life has any starting-point whatsoever, then the great I AM is a myth. If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite. An egg is an impossible enclosure for Deity.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:12


    (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.


Section 3


John 5:26,37,39

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

    37 And the Father himself, which
hath sent me, hath borne witness of
me. Ye have neither heard his voice
at any time, nor seen his shape.

    39 #Search the scriptures; for in
them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of
me.
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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:15-19


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:30-1


    (Promise perpetual)
    The purpose of his great life - work extends through time and includes universal humanity. Its Principle is infinite, reaching beyond the pale of a single period or of a limited following.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:32


    (Abiding in Life)
    Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth in me shall not see death." That is, he who perceives the true idea of Life loses his belief in death. He who has the true idea of good loses all sense of evil, and by reason of this is being ushered into the undying realities of Spirit. Such a one abideth in Life, - life obtained not of the body incapable of supporting life, but of Truth, unfolding its own immortal idea. Jesus gave the true idea of being, which results in infinite blessings to mortals.


Section 4


John 10:1,8-10

    1 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that entereth not by the door into
the sheepfold, but climbeth up some
other way, the same is a thief and a
robber.

    8 All that ever came before me are
thieves and robbers: but the sheep did
not hear them.

    9 I am the door: by me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and
shall go in and out, and find
pasture.

    10 The thief cometh not, but for to
steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I
am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more
abundantly.
John 4:14

    14 But whosoever drinketh of the
water that I shall give him shall
never thirst; but the water that I
shall give him shall be in him a well
of water springing up into
everlasting life.
John 5:24

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

***
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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:10-13


    (The Christian's privilege)
    Mortal belief infolds the conditions of sin. Mortal belief dies to live again in renewed forms, only to go out at last forever; for life everlasting is not to be gained by dying.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:3-6

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


    (Exercise of Mind faculties)
    Life is deathless. Life is the origin and ultimate of man, never attainable through death, but gained by walking in the pathway of Truth both before and after that which is called death.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:1-7


    (Opposing testimony)
    The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, - assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, - the actual reign of harmony on earth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:3-8


    (Vision opening)
    Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality. Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:12


    (Deep-reaching interrogations)
    The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.


Section 5


Proverbs 11:30

    30 The fruit of the righteous is a
tree of life; and he that winneth
souls is wise.

***
I Peter 3:8-11

    8 Finally, be ye all of one mind,
having compassion one of another,
love as brethren, be pitiful, be
courteous:

    9 Not rendering evil for evil, or
railing for railing: but contrariwise
blessing; knowing that ye are
thereunto called, that ye should
inherit a blessing.

    10 For he that will love life, and
see good days, let him refrain his
tongue from evil, and his lips that
they speak no guile:

    11 Let him eschew evil, and do
good; let him seek peace, and ensue
it.

***
Matthew 25:34-36

    34 Then shall the King say unto
them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world:

    35 For I was an hungred, and ye
gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and
ye took me in:

    36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was
sick, and ye visited me: I was in
prison, and ye came unto me.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:4


    (Final destruction of error)
    Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the result? Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors are not thus really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter, they gain the true understanding of God in the Science which destroys human delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:18-24


    (Right never punishable)
    That man does not pay the severest penalty who does the most good. By adhering to the realities of eternal existence, - instead of reading disquisitions on the inconsistent supposition that death comes in obedience to the law of life, and that God punishes man for doing good, - one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:20-25

    (Resist to the end)
    Error is opposed to Life. We can, and ultimately shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direction of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go on until we arrive at the fulness of God's idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 376:10

    (Insidious concepts) The pallid invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away with consumption of the blood, should be told that blood never gave life and can never take it away, - that Life is Spirit, and that there is more life and immortality in one good motive and act, than in all the blood which ever flowed through mortal veins and simulated a corporeal sense of life.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 446:15-20


    (Exclusion of malpractice)
    Good must dominate in the thoughts of the healer, or his demonstration is protracted, dangerous, and impossible in Science.
    A wrong motive involves defeat. In the Science of Mind-healing, it is imperative to be honest, for victory rests on the side of immutable right.


Section 6


John 6:63,67,68

    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.

    67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve,
Will ye also go away?

    68 Then Simon Peter answered him,
Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast
the words of eternal life.
John 12:44,49,50

    44 #Jesus cried and said, He that
believeth on me, believeth not on me,
but on him that sent me.

    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.
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:

***
Philipians 2:12,13,16

    12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye
have always obeyed, not as in my
presence only, but now much more in
my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.

    13 For it is God which worketh in
you both to will and to do of his
good pleasure.

    16 Holding forth the word of life;
that I may rejoice in the day of
Christ, that I have not run in vain,
neither laboured in vain.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 358:9-13


    (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.

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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 355:9


    (Practical arguments)
    As for sin and disease, Christian Science says, in the language of the Master, "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." Let discord of every name and nature be heard no more, and let the harmonious and true sense of Life and being take possession of human consciousness.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:4


    (Life's healing currents)
    Acquaintance with the original texts, and willingness to give up human beliefs (established by hierarchies, and instigated sometimes by the worst passions of men), open the way for Christian Science to be understood, and make the Bible the chart of life, where the buoys and healing currents of Truth are pointed out.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:3,13-23


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

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 1 - Illusive dreams
03 1 - Spiritual tangibility
03 2 - Biological inventions
03 2 - Deep-reaching interrogations
03 2 - Stages of existence
03 2 - Life never structural
03 2 - Arena of contest
03 3 - Effective triumph
03 3 - The miracles of Jesus
03 3 - Promise perpetual
03 3 - The divine life-link
03 3 - Abiding in Life
03 4 - The Christian's privilege
03 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 4 - Opposing testimony
03 4 - Vision opening
03 4 - Scientific translations
03 4 - Deep-reaching interrogations
03 5 - Final destruction of error
03 5 - Right never punishable
03 5 - Resist to the end
03 5 - Insidious concepts
03 5 - Exclusion of malpractice
03 6 - Scientific and Biblical facts
03 6 - Scriptural perception
03 6 - Practical arguments
03 6 - Life's healing currents
03 6 - The uses of truth
03 6 - Divine study
03 6 - Harmonious lifework


July 15,1900

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 25:5

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 40:1-5,8,10,11,13,16,17

    1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my
cry.

    2 He brought me up also out of an
horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock, and
established my goings.

    3 And he hath put a new song in my
mouth, even praise unto our God: many
shall see it, and fear, and shall
trust in the Lord.

    4 Blessed is that man that maketh
the Lord his trust, and respecteth
not the proud, nor such as turn aside
to lies.

    5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy
wonderful works which thou hast done,
and thy thoughts which are to
us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up
in order unto thee: if I would
declare and speak of them, they are
more than can be numbered.

    8 I delight to do thy will, O my
God: yea, thy law is within my heart.


    10 I have not hid thy righteousness
within my heart; I have declared thy
faithfulness and thy salvation: I
have not concealed thy lovingkindness
and thy truth from the great
congregation.

    11 Withhold not thou thy tender
mercies from me, O Lord: let thy
lovingkindness and thy truth
continually preserve me.

    13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver
me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

    16 Let all those that seek thee
rejoice and be glad in thee: let such
as love thy salvation say
continually, The Lord be magnified.

    17 But I am poor and needy; yet the
Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my
help and my deliverer; make no
tarrying, O my God.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 32:1,3,4

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

    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.

***
Zechariah 8:3,7,8

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

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

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

***
Isaiah 25:1

    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.

***
Micah 7:20

    20 Thou wilt perform the truth to
Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham,
which thou hast sworn unto our
fathers from the days of old.

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


    (Divine allness)
    In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite God can have no unlikeness.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:29


    (Priestly learning)
    The Jewish conception of God, as Yawah, Jehovah, or only a mighty hero and king, has not quite given place to the true knowledge of God. Creeds and rituals have not cleansed their hands of rabbinical lore. To-day the cry of bygone ages is repeated, "Crucify him!" At every advancing step, truth is still opposed with sword and spear.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:14-18


    (The question of the ages)
    The question, "What is Truth," convulses the world. Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance which comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and try to "give it pause."

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:24

    (Knowledge and Truth)
    Truth never destroys God's idea. Truth is spiritual, eternal substance, which cannot destroy the right reflection. Corporeal sense, or error, may seem to hide Truth, health, harmony, and Science, as the mist obscures the sun or the mountain; but Science, the sunshine of Truth, will melt away the shadow and reveal the celestial peaks.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:3-7

    (God the Principle of all)
    The physical senses can take no cognizance of God and spiritual Truth. Human belief has sought out many inventions, but not one of them can solve the problem of being without the divine Principle of divine Science.


Section 2


Job 8:20

    20 Behold, God will not cast away a
perfect man, neither will he help the
evil doers:
Job 9:1,2

    1 Then Job answered and said,

    2 I know it is so of a truth: but
how should man be just with God?

***
Psalm 57:2,3

    2 I will cry unto God most high;
unto God that performeth all things
for me.

    3 He shall send from heaven, and
save me from the reproach of him that
would swallow me up. God shall
send forth his mercy and his truth.

***
Proverbs 12:17,19

    17 He that speaketh truth sheweth
forth righteousness: but a false
witness deceit.

    19 The lip of truth shall be
established for ever: but a lying
tongue is but for a moment.

***
Ephesians 4:14,15

    14 That we henceforth be no more
children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie
in wait to deceive;

    15 But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:26-32

    (Scientific phenomena)
    A sinning, earthly mortal is not the reality of Life nor the medium through which truth passes to earth. The joy of intercourse becomes the jest of sin, when evil and suffering are communicable. Not personal intercommunion but divine law is the communicator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:27-2


    (Error unveiled)
    The five material senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally yield to Truth, - to the recognition of Spirit and of the spiritual creation.
    Truth cannot be contaminated by error. The statement that Truth is real necessarily includes the correlated statement, that error, Truth's unlikeness, is unreal.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:30


    (Real and counterfeit)
    Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth's opposite, has no might. Evil is but the counterpoise of nothingness. The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:4

    (Fevers the effect of fear)
    Truth is always the victor. Sickness and sin fall by their own weight. Truth is the rock of ages, the headstone of the corner, "but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 418:20

    (Truthful arguments)
    Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.


Section 3


Matthew 15:21,22,24-28

    21 #Then Jesus went thence, and
departed into the coasts of Tyre and
Sidon.

    22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan
came out of the same coasts, and
cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on
me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my
daughter is grievously vexed with a
devil.

    24 But he answered and said, I am
not sent but unto the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.

    25 Then came she and worshipped
him, saying, Lord, help me.

    26 But he answered and said, It is
not meet to take the children's bread,
and to cast it to dogs.

    27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet
the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall
from their masters' table.

    28 Then Jesus answered and said
unto her, O woman, great is thy
faith: be it unto thee even as thou
wilt. And her daughter was made whole
from that very hour.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 297:20


    (Faith higher than belief)
    Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood. Human thoughts have their degrees of comparison. Some thoughts are better than others. A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal testimony is founded on the divine rock. Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 23:12


    (Doctrines and faith)
    Rabbinical lore said: "He that taketh one doctrine, firm in faith, has the Holy Ghost dwelling in him." This preaching receives a strong rebuke in the Scripture, "Faith without works is dead." Faith, if it be mere belief, is as a pendulum swinging between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:25-26,30

(20b) Question: Who or what is it that believes?
ADAM = The opposer of Truth, termed error.
Topic: Soul and Body


    (Understanding versus belief)
    The Apostle James said, "Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works."
    (Confirmation by healing)
    This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the enduring and harmonious phases of things. The result of our teachings is their sufficient confirmation. When, on the strength of these instructions, you are able to banish a severe malady, the cure shows that you understand this teaching, and therefore you receive the blessing of Truth.


Section 4


Deuteronomy 31:8

    8 And the Lord, he it is that doth
go before thee; he will be with thee,
he will not fail thee, neither
forsake thee: fear not, neither be
dismayed.

***
Psalm 32:8

    8 I will instruct thee and teach
thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 25:9,10

    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.

***
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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:20-22


    (New Testament basis)
    Our Master said, "But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things." When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:9


    (Rise of thought)
    The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence - the spiritual intuitions that tell us when "the night is far spent, the day is at hand" - are our guardians in the gloom. Whoever opens the way in Christian Science is a pilgrim and stranger, marking out the path for generations yet unborn.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 225:5


    (Truth's ordeal)
    You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that the march of time bears onward freedom's banner. The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 226:29

    (House of bondage)
    I saw before me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; ;but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known and acknowledged.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 566:1


    (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.


Section 5


II Kings 20:19

    19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah,
Good is the word of the Lord which
thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it
not good, if peace and truth be in my
days?

***
Isaiah 38:16-20

    16 O Lord, by these things men
live, and in all these things is the
life of my spirit: so wilt thou
recover me, and make me to live.

    17 Behold, for peace I had great
bitterness: but thou hast in love to
my soul delivered it from the pit of
corruption: for thou hast cast all my
sins behind thy back.

    18 For the grave cannot praise
thee, death can not celebrate thee:
they that go down into the pit cannot
hope for thy truth.

    19 The living, the living, he shall
praise thee, as I do this day: the
father to the children shall make
known thy truth.

    20 The Lord was ready to save me:
therefore we will sing my songs to
the stringed instruments all the days
of our life in the house of the Lord.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:26

(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


    (Sickness erroneous)
    Sickness is part of the error which Truth casts out. Error will not expel error. Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:10


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:32-11


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    Whoever reaches the understanding of Christian Science in its proper signification will perform the sudden cures of which it is capable; but this can be done only by taking up the cross and following Christ in the daily life.
    (Absent patients)
    Science can heal the sick, who are absent from their healers, as well as those present, since space is no obstacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye hath not seen; but the spiritual capacity to apprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power, is won only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but reflecting the divine nature.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:18-22


    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    Hence the hope of the promise Jesus bestows: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; . . . because I go unto my Father," - [because the Ego is absent from the body, and present with Truth and Love.]


Section 6


Mark 16:9-11,14,15,17,18,20

    9 #Now when Jesus was risen early
the first day of the week, he
appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out
of whom he had cast seven devils.

    10 And she went and told them that
had been with him, as they mourned and
wept.

    11 And they, when they had heard
that he was alive, and had been seen
of her, believed not.

    14 #Afterward he appeared unto the
eleven as they sat at meat, and
upbraided them with their unbelief
and hardness of heart, because they
believed not them which had seen him
after he was risen.

    15 And he said unto them, Go ye
into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature.

    17 And these signs shall follow
them that believe; In my name shall
they cast out devils; they shall
speak with new tongues;

    18 They shall take up serpents; and
if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall
recover.

    20 And they went forth, and
preached every where, the Lord
working with them, and confirming the
word with signs following. Amen.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:28


    (Purpose of crucifixion)
    The truth had been lived among men; but until they saw that it enabled their Master to triumph over the grave, his own disciples could not admit such an event to be possible. After the resurrection, even the unbelieving Thomas was forced to acknowledge how complete was the great proof of Truth and Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:16


    (The cup of Jesus)
    The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death. Our Lord and Master presented himself to his disciples after his resurrection from the grave, as the self-same Jesus whom they had loved before the tragedy on Calvary.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:32


    (After the resurrection)
    Jesus' students, not sufficiently advanced fully to understand their Master's triumph, did not perform many wonderful works, until they saw him after his crucifixion and learned that he had not died. This convinced them of the truthfulness of all that he had taught.

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


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

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 - Divine allness
04 1 - Priestly learning
04 1 - The question of the ages
04 1 - Salvation is through reform
04 1 - Knowledge and Truth
04 1 - God the Principle of all
04 2 - The infinite one Spirit
04 2 - Scientific phenomena
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Real and counterfeit
04 2 - Fevers the effect of fear
04 2 - Truthful arguments
04 3 - Faith higher than belief
04 3 - Doctrines and faith
04 3 - Understanding versus belief
04 3 - Confirmation by healing
04 4 - New Testament basis
04 4 - Rise of thought
04 4 - Truth's ordeal
04 4 - House of bondage
04 4 - Spiritual guidance
04 5 - Sickness erroneous
04 5 - Results of faith in Truth
04 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
04 5 - Absent patients
04 5 - Spiritualized consciousness
04 6 - Purpose of crucifixion
04 6 - The cup of Jesus
04 6 - After the resurrection
04 6 - Primitive error
04 6 - The Christ-element


July 22,1900

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

Luke 10:27

    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.



Responsive Reading


I John 2:1,5-11,15-17

    1 My little children, these things
write I unto you, that ye sin not. And
if any man sin, we have an advocate
with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous:

    5 But whoso keepeth his word, in
him verily is the love of God
perfected: hereby know we that we are
in him.

    6 He that saith he abideth in him
ought himself also so to walk, even
as he walked.

    7 Brethren, I write no new
commandment unto you, but an old
commandment which ye had from the
beginning. The old commandment is the
word which ye have heard from the
beginning.

    8 Again, a new commandment I write
unto you, which thing is true in him
and in you: because the darkness is
past, and the true light now shineth.


    9 He that saith he is in the light,
and hateth his brother, is in
darkness even until now.

    10 He that loveth his brother
abideth in the light, and there is
none occasion of stumbling in him.

    11 But he that hateth his brother
is in darkness, and walketh in
darkness, and knoweth not whither he
goeth, because that darkness hath
blinded his eyes.

    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.



Section 1


Psalm 119:97,127,165

    97 O how love I thy law! it is my
meditation all the day.

    127 Therefore I love thy
commandments above gold; yea, above
fine gold.

    165 Great peace have they which
love thy law: and nothing shall
offend them.

***
Romans 8:28,35,37-39

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

    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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:17


    (The uses of truth)
    The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:26-31


    (Uses of suffering)
    The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science. Without this process of weaning, "Canst thou by searching find out God?"

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:6

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


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.


2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 57:22


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


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:19


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



Section 2


Joshua 23:11-13

    11 Take good heed therefore unto
yourselves, that ye love the Lord
your God.

    12 Else if ye do in any wise go
back, and cleave unto the remnant of
these nations, even these that remain
among you, and shall make marriages
with them, and go in unto them, and
they to you:

    13 Know for a certainty that the
Lord your God will no more drive out
any of these nations from before you;
but they shall be snares and traps
unto you, and scourges in your sides,
and thorns in your eyes, until ye
perish from off this good land which
the Lord your God hath given you.

***
I Kings 11:1,2,11

    1 But king Solomon loved many
strange women, together with the
daughter of Pharaoh, women of the
Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites,
Zidonians, and Hittites;

    2 Of the nations concerning which
the Lord said unto the children of
Israel, Ye shall not go in to them,
neither shall they come in unto you:
for surely they will turn away your
heart after their gods: Solomon clave
unto these in love.

    11 Wherefore the Lord said unto
Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of
thee, and thou hast not kept my
covenant and my statutes, which I
have commanded thee, I will surely
rend the kingdom from thee, and will
give it to thy servant.

***
Psalm 52:3-5

    3 Thou lovest evil more than good;
and lying rather than to speak
righteousness.

    4 Thou lovest all devouring words,
O thou deceitful tongue.

    5 God shall likewise destroy thee
for ever, he shall take thee away,
and pluck thee out of thy dwelling
place, and root thee out of the land
of the living.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 227:19


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


2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 61:4-6


    (Ascendency of good)
    The good in human affections must have ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal, or happiness will never be won.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:5


    (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!


oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:22-28


    (Requisite change of our ideals)
    Sensualism evolves bad physical and moral conditions.
    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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:6

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)


    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    Sensualism is not bliss, but bondage. 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.



Section 3


Luke 10:25-37

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:28-4


    (Immortal achieval)
    The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.
    Jesus' life proved, divinely and scientifically, that God is Love, whereas priest and rabbi affirmed God to be a mighty potentate, who loves and hates. The Jewish theology gave no hint of the unchanging love of God.

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

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


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.



Section 4


I John 3:14

    14 We know that we have passed from
death unto life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his
brother abideth in death.

***
Hebrews 2:9,14,15

    9 But we see Jesus, who was made a
little lower than the angels for the
suffering of death, crowned with
glory and honour; that he by the
grace of God should taste death for
every man.

    14 Forasmuch then as the children
are partakers of flesh and blood, he
also himself likewise took part of
the same; that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of
death, that is, the devil;

    15 And deliver them who through
fear of death were all their lifetime
subject to bondage.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:21


    (Death outdone)
    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. Jesus had taught his disciples the Science of this proof. He was here to enable them to test his still uncomprehended saying, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." They must understand more fully his Life-principle by casting out error, healing the sick, and raising the dead, even as they did understand it after his bodily departure.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:21

    (Proof in practice)
    Jesus' teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love. This was the precious import of our Master's sinless career and of his demonstration of power over death. He proved by his deeds that Christian Science destroys sickness, sin, and death.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:18

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


    (Jesus not God)
    In an age of ecclesiastical despotism, Jesus introduced the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the proof of Christianity's truth and love; but to reach his example and to test its unerring Science according to his rule, healing sickness, sin, and death, a better understanding of God as divine Principle, Love, rather than personality or the man Jesus, is required.


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?


596:23 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VALLEY)

    Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.



Section 5


Deuteronomy 30:6,20

    6 And the Lord thy God will
circumcise thine heart, and the heart
of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God
with all thine heart, and with all
thy soul, that thou mayest live.

    20 That thou mayest love the Lord
thy God, and that thou mayest obey
his voice, and that thou mayest
cleave unto him: for he is thy life,
and the length of thy days: that thou
mayest dwell in the land which the
Lord sware unto thy fathers, to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to
give them.

***
Psalm 5:11,12

    11 But let all those that put their
trust in thee rejoice: let them ever
shout for joy, because thou defendest
them: let them also that love thy
name be joyful in thee.

    12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the
righteous; with favour wilt thou
compass him as with a shield.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 137:8-9,16


    (Doubting disciples)
    Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated, "But whom say ye that I am?"
    (A divine response)
    With his usual impetuosity, Simon replied for his brethren, and his reply set forth a great fact: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!" That is: The Messiah is what thou hast declared, - Christ, - the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and Love, which heals mentally. This assertion elicited from Jesus the benediction, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven;" that is, Love hath shown thee the way of Life!


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.


597:10 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VEIL)

    The martyrdom of Jesus was the culminating sin of Pharisaism. It rent the veil of the temple. It revealed the false foundations and superstructures of superficial religion, tore from bigotry and superstition their coverings, and opened the sepulchre with divine Science, - immortality and Love.



Section 6


John 13:31,34,35

    31 #Therefore, when he was gone
out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of
man glorified, and God is glorified
in him.

    34 A new commandment I give unto
you, That ye love one another; as I
have loved you, that ye also love one
another.

    35 By this shall all men know that
ye are my disciples, if ye have love
one to another.

***
Jude 1:17-21

    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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:10


    (Indestructible being)
    In Colossians (iii. 4) Paul writes: "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear [be manifested], then shall ye also appear [be manifested] with him in glory." When spiritual being is understood in all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found in God's image. The absolute meaning of the apostolic words is this: Then shall man be found, in His likeness, perfect as the Father, indestructible in Life, "hid with Christ in God," - with Truth in divine Love, where human sense hath not seen man.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 49:14


    (Heaven's sentinel)
    The meek demonstrator of good, the highest instructor and friend of man, met his earthly fate alone with God. No human eye was there to pity, no arm to save. Forsaken by all whom he had blessed, this faithful sentinel of God at the highest post of power, charged with the grandest trust of heaven, was ready to be transformed by the renewing of the infinite Spirit. He was to prove that the Christ is not subject to material conditions, but is above the reach of human wrath, and is able, through Truth, Life, and Love, to triumph over sin, sickness, death, and the grave.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 44:5-10

    (Jesus in the tomb)
    The lonely precincts of the tomb gave Jesus a refuge from his foes, a place in which to solve the great problem of being. His three days' work in the sepulchre set the seal of eternity on time. He proved Life to be deathless and Love to be the master of hate.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:29

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


    (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

05 1 - The uses of truth
05 1 - Uses of suffering
05 1 - A bright outlook
05 1 - True estimate of God's messenger
05 1 - Help and discipline
05 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 2 - Native freedom
05 2 - Ascendency of good
05 2 - The doom of sin
05 2 - Requisite change of our ideals
05 2 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
05 3 - Love the incentive
05 3 - Immortal achieval
05 3 - The holy struggle
05 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 4 - Death outdone
05 4 - Proof in practice
05 4 - Jesus not God
05 4 - Life all-inclusive
05 5 - Doubting disciples
05 5 - A divine response
05 5 - Need and supply
05 6 - Indestructible being
05 6 - Heaven's sentinel
05 6 - Jesus in the tomb
05 6 - Jesus not understood


July 29,1900

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Romans 8:14,16

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

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


Responsive Reading


Ephesians 6:10-18,23,24

    10 Finally, my brethren, be strong
in the Lord, and in the power of his
might.

    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.

    13 Wherefore take unto you the
whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.

    14 Stand therefore, having your
loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of
righteousness;

    15 And your feet shod with the
preparation of the gospel of peace;

    16 Above all, taking the shield of
faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the
wicked.

    17 And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18 Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and
watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all
saints;

    23 Peace be to the brethren, and
love with faith, from God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    24 Grace be with all them that love
our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
Amen.


Section 1


Genesis 1:2,3

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

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

***
Ephesians 5:9

    9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and righteousness and
truth;)

***
Psalm 143:7,8,10

    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.

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

***
I John 3:21,24

    21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us
not, then have we confidence toward
God.

    24 And he that keepeth his
commandments dwelleth in him, and he
in him. And hereby we know that he
abideth in us, by the Spirit which he
hath given us.

***
I Timothy 1:17

    17 Now unto the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only wise
God, be honour and glory for ever and
ever. Amen.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)


    (-2- The deific definitions)
    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:9,17


    (No physical affinity)
    Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.
    (The one real power)
    Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the "wind in His fists;" and this teaching accords with Science and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony. Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:28


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

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


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


Section 2


James 4:8

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

***
Matthew 13:13-15

    13 Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see
not; and hearing they hear not,
neither do they understand.

    14 And in them is fulfilled the
prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not
understand; and seeing ye shall see,
and shall not perceive:

    15 For this people's heart is waxed
gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes they have
closed; lest at any time they should
see with their eyes, and hear with
their ears, and should understand
with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them.

***
I John 4:4-6

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

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

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

***
Galatians 5:16-18

    16 This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the
lust of the flesh.

    17 For the flesh lusteth against
the Spirit, and the Spirit against
the flesh: and these are contrary the
one to the other: so that ye cannot
do the things that ye would.

    18 But if ye be led of the Spirit,
ye are not under the law.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:7-14


    (The serpent's whisper)
    Evil still affirms itself to be mind, and declares that there is more than one intelligence or God. It says: "There shall be lords and gods many. I declare that God makes evil minds and evil spirits, and that I aid Him. Truth shall change sides and be unlike Spirit. I will put spirit into what I call matter, and matter shall seem to have life as much as God, Spirit, who is the only Life."
    (Bad results from error)
    This error has proved itself to be error.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:27-31


    (Spirit versus darkness)
    Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light? Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light. Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:6-15


    (Real Life is God)
    When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, - as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed. Then it will be understood that Spirit never entered matter and was therefore never raised from matter. When advanced to spiritual being and the understanding of God, man can no longer commune with matter; neither can he return to it, any more than a tree can return to its seed.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:13-21


    (Spiritual tangibility) Spirit and matter can neither coexist nor cooperate, and one can no more create the other than Truth can create error, or vice versa.
    In proportion as the belief disappears that life and intelligence are in or of matter, the immortal facts of being are seen, and their only idea or intelligence is in God. Spirit is reached only through the understanding and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and Love.


Section 3


Psalm 51:10-12

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

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

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

***
II Corinthians 3:17,18

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

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

***
John 3:34

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 162:13-16


    (Practical success)
    The indestructible faculties of Spirit exist without the conditions of matter and also without the false beliefs of a so-called material existence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:14,28


    (Adam and the senses)
    When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found to be harmonious.
    (The senses of Soul)
    Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of Soul, and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its faculties. Spirit's senses are without pain, and they are forever at peace. Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and permanence of Truth.

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 - 118:10

    (Leaven of Truth)
    Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man's spiritual freedom.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:12-17


    (Five senses deceptive)
    The senses of Spirit abide in Love, and they demonstrate Truth and Life. Hence Christianity and the Science which expounds it are based on spiritual understanding, and they supersede the so-called laws of matter. Jesus demonstrated this great verity.


Section 4


Psalm 97:10,11

    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.

    11 Light is sown for the righteous,
and gladness for the upright in
heart.

***
John 3:3,5-8

    3 Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God.

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

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

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:9


    (Good indefinable)
    God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole. Every step towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit. Material theories partially paralyze this attraction towards infinite and eternal good by an opposite attraction towards the finite, temporary, and discordant.

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.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:25-28


    (Waymarks to eternal Truth)
    The robes of Spirit are "white and glistering," like the raiment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, "let thy garments be always white."


Section 5


Luke 4:14,16-19

    14 #And Jesus returned in the power
of the Spirit into Galilee: and there
went out a fame of him through all
the region round about.

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

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

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

    19 To preach the acceptable year of
the Lord.

***
John 14:10

    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.

***
Matthew 10:18-20

    18 And ye shall be brought before
governors and kings for my sake, for
a testimony against them and the
Gentiles.

    19 But when they deliver you up,
take no thought how or what ye shall
speak: for it shall be given you in
that same hour what ye shall speak.

    20 For it is not ye that speak, but
the Spirit of your Father which
speaketh in you.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:7-13

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


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:3-7,13-18

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


    (Two chief commands)
    Answer. - The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.
    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.
    (Soul not confined in body)
    Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:7


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:6

    (Spirit the one Ego)
    Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has no real entity, but saith "It is I." Spirit is the Ego which never dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies. 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.

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 6


Zechariah 4:5,6

    5 Then the angel that talked with
me answered and said unto me, Knowest
thou not what these be? And I said,
No, my lord.

    6 Then he answered and spake unto
me, saying, This is the word of the
Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by
might, nor by power, but by my
spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

***
Job 33:4

    4 The Spirit of God hath made me,
and the breath of the Almighty hath
given me life.

***
Psalm 30:2

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

***
Job 22:21

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

***
Revelation 22:17

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

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 180:25


    (Wrong and right way)
    When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:30-4

    (No material law)
    To admit that sickness is a condition over which God has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power is powerless on some occasions. The law of Christ, or Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker.

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


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

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - -2- The deific definitions
06 1 - No physical affinity
06 1 - The one real power
06 1 - Mind's idea faultless
06 1 - Spirit intangible
06 2 - The serpent's whisper
06 2 - Bad results from error
06 2 - Unescapable dilemma
06 2 - Spirit versus darkness
06 2 - Real Life is God
06 2 - Spiritual tangibility
06 3 - Practical success
06 3 - Adam and the senses
06 3 - The senses of Soul
06 3 - Opacity of the senses
06 3 - Leaven of Truth
06 3 - Five senses deceptive
06 4 - Good indefinable
06 4 - Personal confidence
06 4 - Scientific translations
06 4 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
06 5 - Fleshly factors unreal
06 5 - Two chief commands
06 5 - Soul not confined in body
06 5 - Deformity and perfection
06 5 - Spirit the one Ego
06 5 - Beatific presence
06 6 - Sublime summary
06 6 - Wrong and right way
06 6 - No material law
06 6 - Spiritual interpretation
06 6 - Man linked with Spirit


August 5,1900

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

I Peter 2:11

    11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as
strangers and pilgrims, abstain from
fleshly lusts, which war against the
soul;


Responsive Reading


Psalm 116:1-13

    1 I love the Lord, because he hath
heard my voice and my supplications.

    2 Because he hath inclined his ear
unto me, therefore will I call upon
him as long as I live.

    3 The sorrows of death compassed
me, and the pains of hell gat hold
upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

    4 Then called I upon the name of
the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee,
deliver my soul.

    5 Gracious is the Lord, and
righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

    6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I
was brought low, and he helped me.

    7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul;
for the Lord hath dealt bountifully
with thee.

    8 For thou hast delivered my soul
from death, mine eyes from tears, and
my feet from falling.

    9 I will walk before the Lord in
the land of the living.

    10 I believed, therefore have I
spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

    11 I said in my haste, All men are
liars.

    12 What shall I render unto the
Lord for all his benefits toward me?

    13 I will take the cup of
salvation, and call upon the name of
the Lord.


Section 1


Isaiah 42:1,6,7

    1 Behold my servant, whom I
uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul
delighteth; I have put my spirit upon
him: he shall bring forth judgment to
the Gentiles.

    6 I the Lord have called thee in
righteousness, and will hold thine
hand, and will keep thee, and give
thee for a covenant of the people,
for a light of the Gentiles;

    7 To open the blind eyes, to bring
out the prisoners from the prison, and
them that sit in darkness out of the
prison house.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:9

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


    (Soul defined)
    As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with sense, with material sensation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:1-7


    (Life not contingent on matter)
    If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that man dies. Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Man's individual being can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:31


    (Philosophical blunders)
    Man is the reflection of Soul. He is the direct opposite of material sensation, and there is but one Ego. We run into error when we divide Soul into souls, multiply Mind into minds and suppose error to be mind, then mind to be in matter and matter to be a lawgiver, unintelligence to act like intelligence, and mortality to be the matrix of immortality.

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 2


Deuteronomy 6:4-6,24

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

    5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thine heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy might.

    6 And these words, which I command
thee this day, shall be in thine
heart:

    24 And the Lord commanded us to do
all these statutes, to fear the Lord
our God, for our good always, that he
might preserve us alive, as it is at
this day.

***
Matthew 22:32,33,35-40

    32 I am the God of Abraham, and the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
God is not the God of the dead, but
of the living.

    33 And when the multitude heard
this, they were astonished at his
doctrine.

    35 Then one of them, which was a
lawyer, asked him a question,
tempting him, and saying,

    36 Master, which is the great
commandment in the law?

    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind.

    38 This is the first and great
commandment.

    39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself.

    40 On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:22


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

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


    (The error of carnality)
    When once destroyed by divine Science, the false evidence before the corporeal senses disappears. Hence the opposition of sensuous man to the Science of Soul and the significance of the Scripture, "The carnal mind is enmity against God." The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:23-26


    (Matter not medicine)
    The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the preventive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian Science, as would be readily seen, if psychology, or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:1-13

(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)
    Question. - What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
    Answer. - The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:11


    (Divine metaphysics)
    Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.


Section 3


Psalm 63:8,9

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

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

***
Matthew 16:24,26

    24 #Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself, and take up
his cross, and follow me.

    26 For what is a man profited, if
he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? or what shall a
man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 10:28

    28 And fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in
hell.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:6-19


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    Better the suffering which awakens mortal mind from its fleshly dream, than the false pleasures which tend to perpetuate this dream. Sin alone brings death, for sin is the only element of destruction.
    "Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows that here the word soul means a false sense or material consciousness. The command was a warning to beware, not of Rome, Satan, nor of God, but of sin. Sickness, sin, and death are not concomitants of Life or Truth. No law supports them. They have no relation to God wherewith to establish their power. Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:24

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


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

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:14

    (Soul impeccable)
    Through false estimates of soul as dwelling in sense and of mind as dwelling in matter, belief strays into a sense of temporary loss or absence of soul, spiritual truth. This state of error is the mortal dream of life and substance as existent in matter, and is directly opposite to the immortal reality of being. So long as we believe that soul can sin or that immortal Soul is in mortal body, we can never understand the Science of being. When humanity does understand this Science, it will become the law of Life to man, - even the higher law of Soul, which prevails over material sense through harmony and immortality.


Section 4


Genesis 4:1

    1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and
she conceived, and bare Cain, and
said, I have gotten a man from the
Lord.

***
Galatians 3:16-18

    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.

    17 And this I say, that the
covenant, that was confirmed before
of God in Christ, the law, which was
four hundred and thirty years after,
cannot disannul, that it should make
the promise of none effect.

    18 For if the inheritance be of the
law, it is no more of promise: but
God gave it to Abraham by promise.

***
Romans 9:8

    8 That is, They which are the
children of the flesh, these are not
the children of God: but the children
of the promise are counted for the
seed.

***
Galatians 4:21-23,27-29

    21 Tell me, ye that desire to be
under the law, do ye not hear the
law?

    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.

    27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou
barren that bearest not; break forth
and cry, thou that travailest not:
for the desolate hath many more
children than she which hath an
husband.

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:1

(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


    (Immortal birthright) If a child is the offspring of physical sense and not of Soul, the child must have a material, not a spiritual origin. With what truth, then, could the Scriptural rejoicing be uttered by any mother, "I have gotten a man from the Lord"? On the contrary, if aught comes from God, it cannot be mortal and material; it must be immortal and spiritual.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:30


    (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." Error begins by reckoning life as separate from Spirit, thus sapping the foundations of immortality, as if life and immortality were something which matter can both give and take away.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:6

(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) Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:32-3


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:4


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


Section 5


Psalm 19:7,8

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

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

***
James 1:18

    18 Of his own will begat he us with
the word of truth, that we should be
a kind of firstfruits of his
creatures.

***
I Peter 1:22,23

    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.

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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:19

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:25-30

    (Sensationless body)
    Rightly understood, instead of possessing a sentient material form, man has a sensationless body; and God, the Soul of man and of all existence, being perpetual in His own individuality, harmony, and immortality, imparts and perpetuates these qualities in man, - through Mind, not matter.


Section 6


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.

***
Isaiah 58:10,11

    10 And if thou draw out thy soul to
the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted
soul; then shall thy light rise in
obscurity, and thy darkness be as the
noonday:

    11 And the Lord shall guide thee
continually, and satisfy thy soul in
drought, and make fat thy bones: and
thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose
waters fail not.

***
James 5:19,20

    19 Brethren, if any of you do err
from the truth, and one convert him;

    20 Let him know, that he which
converteth the sinner from the error
of his way shall save a soul from
death, and shall hide a multitude of
sins.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:24


    (Moral courage)
    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:31


    (Decapitation of error)
    The pains of sense are salutary, if they wrench away false pleasurable beliefs and transplant the affections from sense to Soul, where the creations of God are good, "rejoicing the heart." Such is the sword of Science, with which Truth decapitates error, materiality giving place to man's higher individuality and destiny.

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."

Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
07 1 - Life not contingent on matter
07 1 - Philosophical blunders
07 1 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 2 - Redemption from selfishness
07 2 - The error of carnality
07 2 - Matter not medicine
07 2 - Two chief commands
07 2 - Divine metaphysics
07 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
07 3 - Sense and pure Soul
07 3 - Soul imperishable
07 3 - Soul impeccable
07 4 - Immortal birthright
07 4 - Erroneous conception
07 4 - Rebukes helpful
07 4 - The kingdom within
07 4 - Advancement by sacrifice
07 4 - Ultimate harmony
07 5 - Standpoints changed
07 5 - Science versus sense
07 5 - Definition of man
07 5 - Sensationless body
07 6 - The age's privilege
07 6 - Moral courage
07 6 - Decapitation of error
07 6 - Judgment on error


August 12,1900

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 147:5

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 147:1,3-8,11-13,15,19,20

    1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is
good to sing praises unto our God;
for it is pleasant; and praise is
comely.

    3 He healeth the broken in heart,
and bindeth up their wounds.

    4 He telleth the number of the
stars; he calleth them all by their
names.

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


    6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he
casteth the wicked down to the ground.


    7 Sing unto the Lord with
thanksgiving; sing praise upon the
harp unto our God:

    8 Who covereth the heaven with
clouds, who prepareth rain for the
earth, who maketh grass to grow upon
the mountains.

    11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them
that fear him, in those that hope in
his mercy.

    12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem;
praise thy God, O Zion.

    13 For he hath strengthened the
bars of thy gates; he hath blessed
thy children within thee.

    15 He sendeth forth his commandment
upon earth: his word runneth very
swiftly.

    19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob,
his statutes and his judgments unto
Israel.

    20 He hath not dealt so with any
nation: and as for his judgments,
they have not known them. Praise ye
the Lord.


Section 1


Isaiah 44:24,25

    24 Thus saith the Lord, thy
redeemer, and he that formed thee
from the womb, I am the Lord that
maketh all things; that stretcheth
forth the heavens alone; that
spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;


    25 That frustrateth the tokens of
the liars, and maketh diviners mad;
that turneth wise men backward, and
maketh their knowledge foolish;
Isaiah 48:13

    13 Mine hand also hath laid the
foundation of the earth, and my right
hand hath spanned the heavens: when I
call unto them, they stand up
together.

***
I Chronicles 29:11,12

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:11-13,16

  (- 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.
    Everything in God's universe expresses Him.

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


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

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:13


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


Section 2


Isaiah 29:18,19

    18 #And in that day shall the deaf
hear the words of the book, and the
eyes of the blind shall see out of
obscurity, and out of darkness.

    19 The meek also shall increase
their joy in the Lord, and the poor
among men shall rejoice in the Holy
One of Israel.
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.

***
John 1:1-3,14

    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.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:9

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


    (-22- The real manhood)
    XXII. Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind. He has been forever in the eternal Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man. The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God. They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love. Immortal man is not and never was material, but always spiritual and eternal.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:1


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:27-30


    (Scientific offspring)
    The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation, and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs man and the universe.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:5


    (Human egotism)
    Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:6


    (The things of God are beautiful)
    All things beautiful and harmless are ideas of Mind. Mind creates and multiplies them, and the product must be mental.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:20-24


    (Divine nature appearing)
    So-called mineral, vegetable, and animal substances are no more contingent now on time or material structure than they were when "the morning stars sang together." Mind made the "plant of the field before it was in the earth."


Section 3


Job 11:7

    7 Canst thou by searching find out
God? canst thou find out the Almighty
unto perfection?

***
Psalm 50:2

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

***
II Samuel 22:31,33

    31 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried: he is a
buckler to all them that trust in
him.

    33 God is my strength and power:
and he maketh my way perfect.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:5-7


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:31(begin Perfection)


    (Deformity and perfection) Perfection does not animate imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any form.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:32-10


    (Mind's true camera)
    The fading forms of matter, the mortal body and material earth, are the fleeting concepts of the human mind. They have their day before the permanent facts and their perfection in Spirit appear. The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?


Section 4


Jeremiah 17:12

    12 #A glorious high throne from the
beginning is the place of our
sanctuary.

***
Proverbs 30:4

    4 Who hath ascended up into heaven,
or descended? who hath gathered the
wind in his fists? who hath bound the
waters in a garment? who hath
established all the ends of the
earth? what is his name, and what is
his son's name, if thou canst tell?

***
Matthew 28:18

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

***
Ephesians 4:8-10

    8 Wherefore he saith, When he
ascended up on high, he led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men.

    9 (Now that he ascended, what is it
but that he also descended first into
the lower parts of the earth?

    10 He that descended is the same
also that ascended up far above all
heavens, that he might fill all
things.)

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:10-13


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:25(begin The)


    (Higher statutes) 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 374:15


    (Mind can destroy all ills) Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 455:8


    (Weakness and guilt)
    You must utilize the moral might of Mind in order to walk over the waves of error and support your claims by demonstration. If you are yourself lost in the belief and fear of disease or sin, and if, knowing the remedy, you fail to use the energies of Mind in your own behalf, you can exercise little or no power for others' help. "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

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


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


Section 5


Jeremiah 17:5,6,13

    5 #Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be
the man that trusteth in man, and
maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart
departeth from the Lord.

    6 For he shall be like the heath in
the desert, and shall not see when
good cometh; but shall inhabit the
parched places in the wilderness, in
a salt land and not inhabited.

    13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all
that forsake thee shall be ashamed,
and they that depart from me shall be
written in the earth, because they
have forsaken the Lord, the fountain
of living waters.

***
Romans 8:5,7,8

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

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

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:22


    (Inexhaustible divine Love)
    Finite mind manifests all sorts of errors, and thus proves the material theory of mind in matter to be the antipode of Mind. Who hath found finite life or love sufficient to meet the demands of human want and woe, - to still the desires, to satisfy the aspirations? Infinite Mind cannot be limited to a finite form, or Mind would lose its infinite character as inexhaustible Love, eternal Life, omnipotent Truth.

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?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:31-5

    (Mortal mind dethroned)
    That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but it is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away all its supposed sovereignty, and saves mortal mind from itself.


Section 6


Isaiah 40:28-31

    28 #Hast thou not known? hast thou
not heard, that the everlasting God,
the Lord, the Creator of the ends of
the earth, fainteth not, neither is
weary? there is no searching of his
understanding.

    29 He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he
increaseth strength.

    30 Even the youths shall faint and
be weary, and the young men shall
utterly fall:

    31 But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint.

***
Colossians 1:9-11

    9 For this cause we also, since the
day we heard it, do not cease to pray
for you, and to desire that ye might
be filled with the knowledge of his
will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding;

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:16-8


    (Fatigue is mental)
    When you have once conquered a diseased condition of the body through Mind, that condition never recurs, and you have won a point in Science. When mentality gives rest to the body, the next toil will fatigue you less, for you are working out the problem of being in divine metaphysics; and in proportion as you understand the control which Mind has over so-called matter, you will be able to demonstrate this control. The scientific and permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or any illusion of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary and heavy-laden.
    You say, "Toil fatigues me." But what is this me? Is it muscle or mind? Which is tired and so speaks? Without mind, could the muscles be tired? Do the muscles talk, or do you talk for them? Matter is nonintelligent. Mortal mind does the false talking, and that which affirms weariness, made that weariness.
    (Mind never weary)
    You do not say a wheel is fatigued; and yet the body is as material as the wheel. If it were not for what the human mind says of the body, the body, like the inanimate wheel, would never be weary. The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:27

    (Sickness akin to sin)
    The Scriptures say, "They that wait upon the Lord . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their results. 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. My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments, since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.

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.


Section 7


John 14:15-18

    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.
John 16:33

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

***
Philipians 2:5

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

***
II Corinthians 1:3,4

    3 Blessed be God, even the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of mercies, and the God of all
comfort;

    4 Who comforteth us in all our
tribulation, that we may be able to
comfort them which are in any
trouble, by the comfort wherewith we
ourselves are comforted of God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 123:16-29


    (Seeming and being)
    The term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE was introduced by the author to designate the scientific system of divine healing.
    The revelation consists of two parts:
    1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and through the teachings of the Comforter, as promised by the Master.
    2. The proof, by present demonstration, that the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle. The operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
08 1 - Scientific evidence
08 1 - Allness of Truth
08 1 - No divine corporeality
08 2 - -22- The real manhood
08 2 - God's man discerned
08 2 - Scientific offspring
08 2 - Human egotism
08 2 - The things of God are beautiful
08 2 - Divine nature appearing
08 3 - Forgetfulness of self
08 3 - Deformity and perfection
08 3 - Mind's true camera
08 4 - Allness of Truth
08 4 - Higher statutes
08 4 - Mind can destroy all ills
08 4 - Weakness and guilt
08 4 - Impossible coalescence
08 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
08 5 - Absence of Christ-power
08 5 - Mortal mind dethroned
08 6 - Fatigue is mental
08 6 - Mind never weary
08 6 - Sickness akin to sin
08 6 - Resting in holy work
08 7 - Seeming and being
08 7 - No physical science
08 7 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter


August 19,1900

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Philipians 3:14

    14 I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in
Christ Jesus.



Responsive Reading


Matthew 16:13-20

    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.

    18 And I say also unto thee, That
thou art Peter, and upon this rock I
will build my church; and the gates
of hell shall not prevail against it.


    19 And I will give unto thee the
keys of the kingdom of heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth
shall be loosed in heaven.

    20 Then charged he his disciples
that they should tell no man that he
was Jesus the Christ.



Section 1


Isaiah 30:20,21

    20 And though the Lord give you the
bread of adversity, and the water of
affliction, yet shall not thy
teachers be removed into a corner any
more, but thine eyes shall see thy
teachers:

    21 And thine ears shall hear a word
behind thee, saying, This is the way,
walk ye in it, when ye turn to the
right hand, and when ye turn to the
left.

***
Psalm 25:8,9,12

    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.

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

***
Matthew 9:35

    35 And Jesus went about all the
cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing
every sickness and every disease
among the people.

***
John 3:1,2

    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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:13-31


    (Effective triumph)
    Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death. Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual. By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being. Hence the force of his admonition, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
    Though demonstrating his control over sin and disease, the great Teacher by no means relieved others from giving the requisite proofs of their own piety. He worked for their guidance, that they might demonstrate this power as he did and understand its divine Principle. Implicit faith in the Teacher and all the emotional love we can bestow on him, will never alone make us imitators of him. We must go and do likewise, else we are not improving the great blessings which our Master worked and suffered to bestow upon us.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:7-16


    (Prophetic ignorance)
    Jesus instructed his disciples whereby to heal the sick through Mind instead of matter. He knew that the philosophy, Science, and proof of Christianity were in Truth, casting out all inharmony.
    (Studious disciples)
    In Latin the word rendered disciple signifies student; and the word indicates that the power of healing was not a supernatural gift to those learners, but the result of their cultivated spiritual understanding of the divine Science, which their Master demonstrated by healing the sick and sinning.


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 2


Matthew 23:8,10-12

    8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for
one is your Master, even Christ; and
all ye are brethren.

    10 Neither be ye called masters:
for one is your Master, even Christ.

    11 But he that is greatest among
you shall be your servant.

    12 And whosoever shall exalt
himself shall be abased; and he that
shall humble himself shall be
exalted.

***
John 13:13-15

    13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and
ye say well; for so I am.

    14 If I then, your Lord and Master,
have washed your feet; ye also ought
to wash one another's feet.

    15 For I have given you an example,
that ye should do as I have done to
you.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:5


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


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 313:23-26,30


    (Jesus the Scientist)
    Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause.
    To show that the substance of himself was Spirit and the body no more perfect because of death and no less material until the ascension (his further spiritual exaltation), Jesus waited until the mortal or fleshly sense had relinquished the belief of substance-matter, and spiritual sense had quenched all earthly yearnings. Thus he found the eternal Ego, and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and His reflection or spiritual man. Our Master gained the solution of being, demonstrating the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:20


    (Complete emulation)
    May the Christians of to-day take up the more practical import of that career! It is possible, - yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, - to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness. Christians claim to be his followers, but do they follow him in the way that he commanded? Hear these imperative commands: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!" "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!" "Heal the sick!"



Section 3


Luke 4:14,16,18,23,38-40

    14 #And Jesus returned in the power
of the Spirit into Galilee: and there
went out a fame of him through all
the region round about.

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

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

    23 And he said unto them, Ye will
surely say unto me this proverb,
Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever
we have heard done in Capernaum, do
also here in thy country.

    38 #And he arose out of the
synagogue, and entered into Simon's
house. And Simon's wife's mother was
taken with a great fever; and they
besought him for her.

    39 And he stood over her, and
rebuked the fever; and it left her:
and immediately she arose and
ministered unto them.

    40 #Now when the sun was setting,
all they that had any sick with
divers diseases brought them unto
him; and he laid his hands on every
one of them, and healed them.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:5


    (Jesus' disregard of matter)
    The Principle and proof of Christianity are discerned by spiritual sense. They are set forth in Jesus' demonstrations, which show - by his healing the sick, casting out evils, and destroying death, "the last enemy that shall be destroyed," - his disregard of matter and its so-called laws.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:11

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


    (Inexhaustible divine Love)
    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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:27


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


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:8-26


    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    Now that the gospel of healing is again preached by the wayside, does not the pulpit sometimes scorn it? But that curative mission, which presents the Saviour in a clearer light than mere words can possibly do, cannot be left out of Christianity, although it is again ruled out of the synagogue.
    Truth's immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself, - when he shall realize God's omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind. The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.



Section 4


Isaiah 40:3

    3 #The voice of him that crieth in
the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of
the Lord, make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
Isaiah 53:6

    6 All we like sheep have gone
astray; we have turned every one to
his own way; and the Lord hath laid
on him the iniquity of us all.

***
John 14:1,4-6

    1 Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in
me.

    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.

***
Hebrews 10:19,20,23,24

    19 Having therefore, brethren,
boldness to enter into the holiest by
the blood of Jesus,

    20 By a new and living way, which
he hath consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

    23 Let us hold fast the profession
of our faith without wavering; (for he
is faithful that promised;)

    24 And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good
works:


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:25-26


    (Spiritual ascension) Jesus was "the way;" that is, he marked the way for all men.

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

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


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:32-3


    (Jesus as mediator)
    Explaining and demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:13


    (A belief suicidal) The Bible calls death an enemy, and Jesus overcame death and the grave instead of yielding to them. He was "the way." To him, therefore, death was not the threshold over which he must pass into living glory.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 535:12


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



Section 5


Psalm 145:18

    18 The Lord is nigh unto all them
that call upon him, to all that call
upon him in truth.

***
Isaiah 42:1,3

    1 Behold my servant, whom I
uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul
delighteth; I have put my spirit upon
him: he shall bring forth judgment to
the Gentiles.

    3 A bruised reed shall he not
break, and the smoking flax shall he
not quench: he shall bring forth
judgment unto truth.

***
John 1:15,17

    15 #John bare witness of him, and
cried, saying, This was he of whom I
spake, He that cometh after me is
preferred before me: for he was
before me.

    17 For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.
John 18:37

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

***
II John 1:1-3

    1 The elder unto the elect lady
and her children, whom I love in the
truth; and not I only, but also all
they that have known the truth;

    2 For the truth's sake, which
dwelleth in us, and shall be with us
for ever.

    3 Grace be with you, mercy, and
peace, from God the Father, and from
the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the
Father, in truth and love.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:10

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


    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God. Jesus is the name of the man who, more than all other men, has presented Christ, the true idea of God, healing the sick and the sinning and destroying the power of death. Jesus is the human man, and Christ is the divine idea; hence the duality of Jesus the Christ.


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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:27

    (Paul's enlightenment)
    Paul writes, "If Christ [Truth] be not risen, then is our preaching vain." That is, if the idea of the supremacy of Spirit, which is the true conception of being, come not to your thought, you cannot be benefited by what I say.


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.



Section 6


John 11:21,25-27

    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?

    27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I
believe that thou art the Christ, the
Son of God, which should come into
the world.

***
Revelation 22:1,2,14

    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.

    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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:10


    (Christ's demonstration)
    The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: "I am the way, the truth, and the life;" I and my Father are one." This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which animated him. Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:11

    (Life-power indestructible)
    Nothing could kill this Life of man. Jesus could give his temporal life into his enemies' hands; but when his earth-mission was accomplished, his spiritual life, indestructible and eternal, was found forever the same. He knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:13-26

    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    In witness of his divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sick and the sinning, and triumph over death through Mind, not matter. This was the highest proof he could have offered of divine Love. His hearers understood neither his words nor his works. They would not accept his meek interpretation of life nor follow his example.
    (Spiritual friendship)
    His earthly cup of bitterness was drained to the dregs. There adhered to him only a few unpretentious friends, whose religion was something more than a name. It was so vital, that it enabled them to understand the Nazarene and to share the glory of eternal life.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - Effective triumph
09 1 - Prophetic ignorance
09 1 - Studious disciples
09 1 - Perfect example
09 2 - Efficacious petitions
09 2 - Jesus the Scientist
09 2 - Complete emulation
09 3 - Jesus' disregard of matter
09 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
09 3 - Salvation is through reform
09 3 - Injustice to the Saviour
09 4 - Spiritual ascension
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - A belief suicidal
09 4 - Judgment on error
09 5 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 5 - Salvation is through reform
09 5 - Paul's enlightenment
09 5 - The salt of the earth
09 6 - Christ's demonstration
09 6 - Life-power indestructible
09 6 - Inspiration of sacrifice
09 6 - Spiritual friendship


August 26,1900

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 34:12,13

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

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


Responsive Reading


James 1:12,13,17-27

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

    13 Let no man say when he is
tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither
tempteth he any man:

    17 Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of
lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.

    18 Of his own will begat he us with
the word of truth, that we should be
a kind of firstfruits of his
creatures.

    19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren,
let every man be swift to hear, slow
to speak, slow to wrath:

    20 For the wrath of man worketh not
the righteousness of God.

    21 Wherefore lay apart all
filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with
meekness the engrafted word, which is
able to save your souls.

    22 But be ye doers of the word, and
not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves.

    23 For if any be a hearer of the
word, and not a doer, he is like unto
a man beholding his natural face in a
glass:

    24 For he beholdeth himself, and
goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was.


    25 But whoso looketh into the
perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a
forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work, this man shall be blessed in
his deed.

    26 If any man among you seem to be
religious, and bridleth not his
tongue, but deceiveth his own heart,
this man's religion is vain.

    27 Pure religion and undefiled
before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in
their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world.


Section 1


Matthew 11:1-5,27

    1 And it came to pass, when Jesus
had made an end of commanding his
twelve disciples, he departed thence
to teach and to preach in their
cities.

    2 Now when John had heard in the
prison the works of Christ, he sent
two of his disciples,

    3 And said unto him, Art thou he
that should come, or do we look for
another?

    4 Jesus answered and said unto
them, Go and shew John again those
things which ye do hear and see:

    5 The blind receive their sight,
and the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead
are raised up, and the poor have the
gospel preached to them.

    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.

***
Acts 10:34-38

    34 #Then Peter opened his mouth,
and said, Of a truth I perceive that
God is no respecter of persons:

    35 But in every nation he that
feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him.

    36 The word which God sent unto the
children of Israel, preaching peace
by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)


    37 That word, I say, ye know, which
was published throughout all Judaea,
and began from Galilee, after the
baptism which John preached;

    38 How God anointed Jesus of
Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with
power: who went about doing good, and
healing all that were oppressed of
the devil; for God was with him.

***
II Corinthians 4:3,4

    3 But if our gospel be hid, it is
hid to them that are lost:

    4 In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:7-9


    (The infinite 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:5,20-22


    (Human reflection)
    A picture in the camera or a face reflected in the mirror is not the original, though resembling it. Man, in the likeness of his Maker, reflects the central light of being, the invisible God. As there is no corporeality in the mirrored form, which is but a reflection, so man, like all things real, reflects God, his divine Principle, not in a mortal body.
    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 94:3-6


    (Scientific man)
    Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love. The nature of man, thus understood, includes all that is implied by the terms "image" and "likeness" as used in Scripture.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:25


    (Definition of man)
    God is Love. He is therefore the divine, infinite Principle, called Person or God. Man's true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit. Indeed, the body presents no proper likeness of divinity, though mortal sense would fain have us so believe.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 303:10

    (Mental propagation)
    Whatever reflects Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, is spiritually conceived and brought forth; but the statement that man is conceived and evolved both spiritually and materially, or by both God and man, contradicts this eternal truth. All the vanity of the ages can never make both these contraries true. Divine Science lays the axe at the root of the illusion that life, or mind, is formed by or is in the material body, and Science will eventually destroy this illusion through the self-destruction of all error and the beatified understanding of the Science of Life.


Section 2


I Kings 8:22,23,37-39,50

    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:

    37 If there be in the land famine,
if there be pestilence, blasting,
mildew, locust, or if there be
caterpiller; if their enemy besiege
them in the land of their cities;
whatsoever plague, whatsoever
sickness there be;

    38 What prayer and supplication
soever be made by any man, or by all
thy people Israel, which shall know
every man the plague of his own
heart, and spread forth his hands
toward this house:

    39 Then hear thou in heaven thy
dwelling place, and forgive, and do,
and give to every man according to
his ways, whose heart thou knowest;

    (for thou, even thou only, knowest
the hearts of all the children of
men;)

    50 And forgive thy people that have
sinned against thee, and all their
transgressions wherein they have
transgressed against thee, and give
them compassion before them who
carried them captive, that they may
have compassion on them:

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:22


    (Cancellation of human sin)
    Prayer is not to be used as a confessional to cancel sin. Such an error would impede true religion. Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ, - Truth and Life. If prayer nourishes the belief that sin is cancelled, and that man is made better merely by praying, prayer is an evil. He grows worse who continues in sin because he fancies himself forgiven.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:18

    (Mercy without partiality)
    To suppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or unsought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 7:18

    (Emotional utterances)
    If spiritual sense always guided men, there would grow out of ecstatic moments a higher experience and a better life with more devout self-abnegation and purity. A self-satisfied ventilation of fervent sentiments never makes a Christian. God is not influenced by man. The "divine ear" is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:20

    (Corporeal ignorance)
    If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and fears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infinite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible. Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God's image or reflection and of man's eternal incorporeal existence. The world of error is ignorant of the world of Truth, - blind to the reality of man's existence, - for the world of sensation is not cognizant of life in Soul, not in body.


Section 3


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:

***
II Kings 8:4-6

    4 And the king talked with Gehazi
the servant of the man of God,
saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the
great things that Elisha hath done.

    5 And it came to pass, as he was
telling the king how he had restored
a dead body to life, that, behold,
the woman, whose son he had restored
to life, cried to the king for her
house and for her land. And Gehazi
said, My lord, O king, this is the
woman, and this is her son, whom
Elisha restored to life.

    6 And when the king asked the
woman, she told him. So the king
appointed unto her a certain officer,
saying, Restore all that was hers,
and all the fruits of the field since
the day that she left the land, even
until now.

***
Luke 5:12,13

    12 #And it came to pass, when he
was in a certain city, behold a man
full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus
fell on his face, and besought him,
saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou
canst make me clean.

    13 And he put forth his hand, and
touched him, saying, I will: be thou
clean. And immediately the leprosy
departed from him.
Luke 8:22-25

    22 #Now it came to pass on a
certain day, that he went into a ship
with his disciples: and he said unto
them, Let us go over unto the other
side of the lake. And they launched
forth.

    23 But as they sailed he fell
asleep: and there came down a storm
of wind on the lake; and they were
filled with water, and were in
jeopardy.

    24 And they came to him, and awoke
him, saying, Master, master, we
perish. Then he arose, and rebuked
the wind and the raging of the water:
and they ceased, and there was a
calm.

    25 And he said unto them, Where is
your faith? And they being afraid
wondered, saying one to another, What
manner of man is this! for he
commandeth even the winds and water,
and they obey him.

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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 67:18-29


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31


    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:30

    (Growth is from Mind)
    Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing man to till the ground, but making him superior to the soil. Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

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.


Section 4


Job 33:14,16,17

    14 For God speaketh once, yea
twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

    16 Then he openeth the ears of men,
and sealeth their instruction,

    17 That he may withdraw man from
his purpose, and hide pride from man.

***
Mark 7:15,21-23

    15 There is nothing from without a
man, that entering into him can defile
him: but the things which come out of
him, those are they that defile the
man.

    21 For from within, out of the
heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders,

    22 Thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness,
an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness:

    23 All these evil things come from
within, and defile the man.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 64:8-10


    (Benevolence hindered)
    Pride, envy, or jealousy seems on most occasions to be the master of ceremonies, ruling out primitive Christianity.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:9


    (Cruel desertion)
    The "man of sorrows" was in no peril from salary or popularity. Though entitled to the homage of the world and endorsed pre-eminently by the approval of God, his brief triumphal entry into Jerusalem was followed by the desertion of all save a few friends, who sadly followed him to the foot of the cross.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:11


    (Selfishness and loss)
    If the soft palm, upturned to a lordly salary, and architectural skill, making dome and spire tremulous with beauty, turn the poor and the stranger from the gate, they at the same time shut the door on progress. In vain do the manger and the cross tell their story to pride and fustian. Sensuality palsies the right hand, and causes the left to let go its grasp on the divine.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 445:19


    (Divine energy)
    Christian Science silences human will, quiets fear with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick. Self-seeking, envy, passion, pride, hatred, and revenge are cast out by the divine Mind which heals disease. The human will which maketh and worketh a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is destructive to health, and is the cause of disease rather than its cure.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:2

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


Section 5


Luke 12:13-21

    13 #And one of the company said
unto him, Master, speak to my
brother, that he divide the
inheritance with me.

    14 And he said unto him, Man, who
made me a judge or a divider over
you?

    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.

    16 And he spake a parable unto
them, saying, The ground of a certain
rich man brought forth plentifully:

    17 And he thought within himself,
saying, What shall I do, because I
have no room where to bestow my
fruits?

    18 And he said, This will I do: I
will pull down my barns, and build
greater; and there will I bestow all
my fruits and my goods.

    19 And I will say to my soul, Soul,
thou hast much goods laid up for many
years; take thine ease, eat, drink,
and be merry.

    20 But God said unto him, Thou
fool, this night thy soul shall be
required of thee: then whose shall
those things be, which thou hast
provided?

    21 So is he that layeth up treasure
for himself, and is not rich toward
God.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:5-9


    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:25


    (Zigzag course)
    Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error, and will be attracted thitherward. He is like a traveller going westward for a pleasure-trip. The company is alluring and the pleasures exciting. After following the sun for six days, he turns east on the seventh, satisfied if he can only imagine himself drifting in the right direction. By-and-by, ashamed of his zigzag course, he would borrow the passport of some wiser pilgrim, thinking with the aid of this to find and follow the right road.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:7


    (Practical preaching)
    We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:6

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


Section 6


Psalm 37:23,31

    23 The steps of a good man are
ordered by the Lord: and he
delighteth in his way.

    31 The law of his God is in his
heart; none of his steps shall slide.

***
John 17:1,6,24

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

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

    24 Father, I will that they also,
whom thou hast given me, be with me
where I am; that they may behold my
glory, which thou hast given me: for
thou lovedst me before the foundation
of the world.

***
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.

***
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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:17


    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal. Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing, governing, divine Principle lives on, - in the case of man as truly as in the case of numbers and of music, - despite the so-called laws of matter, which define man as mortal. Though the inharmony resulting from material sense hides the harmony of Science, inharmony cannot destroy the divine Principle of Science. In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:4


    (Scientific purgation)
    Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle. At present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man reflects God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22


    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.



Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - The infinite one Spirit
10 1 - Human reflection
10 1 - Inverted images
10 1 - Scientific man
10 1 - Definition of man
10 1 - Mental propagation
10 2 - Cancellation of human sin
10 2 - Mercy without partiality
10 2 - Emotional utterances
10 2 - Corporeal ignorance
10 3 - Higher statutes
10 3 - Spiritual power
10 3 - Birthright of man
10 3 - Growth is from Mind
10 3 - Spiritual government
10 4 - Benevolence hindered
10 4 - Cruel desertion
10 4 - Selfishness and loss
10 4 - Divine energy
10 4 - False claims annihilated
10 5 - Treasure in heaven
10 5 - The doom of sin
10 5 - Zigzag course
10 5 - Practical preaching
10 5 - Divine study
10 6 - Mind's manifestations immortal
10 6 - Scientific purgation
10 6 - Scientific finalities
10 6 - The present immortality


September 2,1900

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 73:26

    26 My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 19:16-30

    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.

    18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus
said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou
shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt
not steal, Thou shalt not bear false
witness,

    19 Honour thy father and thy
mother: and, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.

    20 The young man saith unto him,
All these things have I kept from my
youth up: what lack I yet?

    21 Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
and come and follow me.

    22 But when the young man heard
that saying, he went away sorrowful:
for he had great possessions.

    23 #Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a rich man shall hardly enter
into the kingdom of heaven.

    24 And again I say unto you, It is
easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man
to enter into the kingdom of God.

    25 When his disciples heard it,
they were exceedingly amazed, saying,
Who then can be saved?

    26 But Jesus beheld them, and said
unto them, With men this is
impossible; but with God all things
are possible.

    27 #Then answered Peter and said
unto him, Behold, we have forsaken
all, and followed thee; what shall we
have therefore?

    28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily
I say unto you, That ye which have
followed me, in the regeneration when
the Son of man shall sit in the
throne of his glory, ye also shall
sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.

    29 And every one that hath forsaken
houses, or brethren, or sisters, or
father, or mother, or wife, or
children, or lands, for my name's
sake, shall receive an hundredfold,
and shall inherit everlasting life.

    30 But many that are first shall be
last; and the last shall be first.


Section 1


Hebrews 11:1,2

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    2 For by it the elders obtained a
good report.

***
I Peter 1:3-5

    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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:28-31


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 399:27


    (Mental strength)
    The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opinions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 488:23

(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


    (All faculties from Mind)
    Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of organization and decomposition, - otherwise the very worms could unfashion man. If it were possible for the real senses of man to be injured, Soul could reproduce them in all their perfection; but they cannot be disturbed nor destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not in matter.


Section 2


Isaiah 34:1,4

    1 Come near, ye nations, to hear;
and hearken, ye people: let the earth
hear, and all that is therein; the
world, and all things that come forth
of it.

    4 And all the host of heaven shall
be dissolved, and the heavens shall be
rolled together as a scroll: and all
their host shall fall down, as the
leaf falleth off from the vine, and
as a falling fig from the fig tree.

***
II Peter 3:10

    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.

***
Psalm 46:6,10,11

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

    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.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 123:11


    (Seeming and being)
    The verity of Mind shows conclusively how it is that matter seems to be, but is not. Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:12-14


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:8-22,29-3


    (Substance versus supposition)
    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.
    (Substance is Spirit)
    We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:6-9

    (Material mortality)
    The doom of matter establishes the conclusion that matter, slime, or protoplasm never originated in the immortal Mind, and is therefore not eternal.


Section 3


Exodus 33:17,19

    17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I
will do this thing also that thou hast
spoken: for thou hast found grace in
my sight, and I know thee by name.

    19 And he said, I will make all my
goodness pass before thee, and I will
proclaim the name of the Lord before
thee; and will be gracious to whom I
will be gracious, and will shew mercy
on whom I will shew mercy.
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,

***
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.

***
Micah 6:8

    8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what
is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly,
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with thy God?

***
Job 22:21,22,26

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

    22 Receive, I pray thee, the law
from his mouth, and lay up his words
in thine heart.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:16


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:31-12

    (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.
    Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:17-20

    (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.

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 - 213:9-12


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


Section 4


Matthew 12:33-35

    33 Either make the tree good, and
his fruit good; or else make the tree
corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for
the tree is known by his fruit.

    34 O generation of vipers, how can
ye, being evil, speak good things? for
out of the abundance of the heart the
mouth speaketh.

    35 A good man out of the good
treasure of the heart bringeth forth
good things: and an evil man out of
the evil treasure bringeth forth evil
things.

***
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.

***
Matthew 3:10

    10 And now also the axe is laid
unto the root of the trees: therefore
every tree which bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.

***
III John 1:11

    11 Beloved, follow not that which
is evil, but that which is good. He
that doeth good is of God: but he
that doeth evil hath not seen God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:18-31


    (Divine allness)
    Evil calls itself something, when it is nothing. It saith, "I am man, but I am not the image and likeness of God;" whereas the Scriptures declare that man was made in God's likeness.
    (Error unveiled)
    Error is false, mortal belief; it is illusion, without spiritual identity or foundation, and it has no real existence. The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter, or of it, is an error. Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite. The five material senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally yield to Truth, - to the recognition of Spirit and of the spiritual creation.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:8


    (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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:7


    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    Jesus said of personified evil, that it was "a liar, and the father of it." Truth creates neither a lie, a capacity to lie, nor a liar. If mankind would relinquish the belief that God makes sickness, sin, and death, or makes man capable of suffering on account of this malevolent triad, the foundations of error would be sapped and error's destruction ensured; but if we theoretically endow mortals with the creativeness and authority of Deity, how dare we attempt to destroy what He hath made, or even to deny that God made man evil and made evil good?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 130:26


    (All evil unnatural)
    If thought is startled at the strong claim of Science for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the supremacy of good, ought we not, contrariwise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims of evil and doubt them, and no longer think it natural to love sin and unnatural to forsake it, - no longer imagine evil to be ever-present and good absent? Truth should not seem so surprising and unnatural as error, and error should not seem so real as truth. Sickness should not seem so real as health. 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.


Section 5


Proverbs 8:1,4,17-21

    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.

    17 I love them that love me; and
those that seek me early shall find
me.

    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.

***
Isaiah 55:2,3

    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.

***
Luke 11:9,10

    9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it
shall be given you; seek, and ye
shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you.

    10 For every one that asketh
receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it
shall be opened.
Luke 12:32

    32 Fear not, little flock; for it
is your Father's good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:1-8


    (Scientific finalities)
    The Revelator tells us of "a new heaven and a new earth." Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?
    Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 261:2,21


    (Thoughts are things) Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.
    (Immutable identity of man)
    Detach sense from the body, or matter, which is only a form of human belief, and you may learn the meaning of God, or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal. Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own identity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a skyward flight.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:17

    (The true sense)
    Job said: "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee." Mortals will echo Job's thought, when the supposed pain and pleasure of matter cease to predominate. They will then drop the false estimate of life and happiness, of joy and sorrow, and attain the bliss of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God. Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort; for "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Section 6


John 14:15

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

***
I John 4:21

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

***
Matthew 25:34-40

    34 Then shall the King say unto
them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world:

    35 For I was an hungred, and ye
gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and
ye took me in:

    36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was
sick, and ye visited me: I was in
prison, and ye came unto me.

    37 Then shall the righteous answer
him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an
hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty,
and gave thee drink?

    38 When saw we thee a stranger, and
took thee in? or naked, and clothed
thee?

    39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in
prison, and came unto thee?

    40 And the King shall answer and
say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one
of the least of these my brethren, ye
have done it unto me.

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."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:12


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:32-3


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard."

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 1 - The divine reflection
11 1 - Mental strength
11 1 - All faculties from Mind
11 2 - Dangerous resemblances
11 2 - Seeming and being
11 2 - Matter is not substance
11 2 - Substance versus supposition
11 2 - One cause supreme
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Material mortality
11 3 - Goodness a portion of God
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 3 - Divine synonyms
11 3 - Good indefinable
11 4 - Divine allness
11 4 - Error unveiled
11 4 - Subordination of evil
11 4 - Two infinite creators absurd
11 4 - All evil unnatural
11 5 - Scientific finalities
11 5 - Thoughts are things
11 5 - Immutable identity of man
11 5 - The true sense
11 6 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - Fulfilment of the Law
11 6 - Advancement by sacrifice


September 9,1900

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Jeremiah 16:20

    20 Shall a man make gods unto
himself, and they are no gods?


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 2:2-9,11,12,18

    2 And it shall come to pass in the
last days, that the mountain of the
Lord's house shall be established in
the top of the mountains, and shall
be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it.

    3 And many people shall go and say,
Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, to the house of
the God of Jacob; and he will teach
us of his ways, and we will walk in
his paths: for out of Zion shall go
forth the law, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem.

    4 And he shall judge among the
nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their
swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruninghooks: nation
shall not lift up sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war
any more.

    5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and
let us walk in the light of the Lord.


    6 #Therefore thou hast forsaken thy
people the house of Jacob, because
they be replenished from the east,
and are soothsayers like the
Philistines, and they please
themselves in the children of
strangers.

    7 Their land also is full of silver
and gold, neither is there any end of
their treasures; their land is also
full of horses, neither is there any
end of their chariots:

    8 Their land also is full of idols;
they worship the work of their own
hands, that which their own fingers
have made:

    9 And the mean man boweth down, and
the great man humbleth himself:
therefore forgive them not.

    11 The lofty looks of man shall be
humbled, and the haughtiness of men
shall be bowed down, and the Lord
alone shall be exalted in that day.

    12 For the day of the Lord of hosts
shall be upon every one that is proud
and lofty, and upon every one that is
lifted up; and he shall be brought
low:

    18 And the idols he shall utterly
abolish.


Section 1


Joshua 24:14,15

    14 #Now therefore fear the Lord,
and serve him in sincerity and in
truth: and put away the gods which
your fathers served on the other side
of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve
ye the Lord.

    15 And if it seem evil unto you to
serve the Lord, choose you this day
whom ye will serve; whether the gods
which your fathers served that were
on the other side of the flood, or
the gods of the Amorites, in whose
land ye dwell: but as for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord.

***
Nahum 1:3-5,7

    3 The Lord is slow to anger, and
great in power, and will not at all
acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his
way in the whirlwind and in the
storm, and the clouds are the dust of
his feet.

    4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh
it dry, and drieth up all the rivers;
Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and
the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

    5 The mountains quake at him, and
the hills melt, and the earth is
burned at his presence, yea, the
world, and all that dwell therein.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:25-27(to .)


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 173:11


    (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. For positive Spirit to pass through a negative condition would be Spirit's destruction.

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:7-9


    (Soul greater than body)
    Matter does not express Spirit. God is infinite omnipresent Spirit. If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what and where is matter?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:23

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


    (Soul not confined in body)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:12


    (The strength of Spirit) Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.


Section 2


I Chronicles 28:9

    9 #And thou, Solomon my son, know
thou the God of thy father, and serve
him with a perfect heart and with a
willing mind: for the Lord searcheth
all hearts, and understandeth all the
imaginations of the thoughts: if thou
seek him, he will be found of thee;
but if thou forsake him, he will cast
thee off for ever.

***
Jeremiah 13:1-11

    1 Thus saith the Lord unto me, Go
and get thee a linen girdle, and put
it upon thy loins, and put it not in
water.

    2 So I got a girdle according to
the word of the Lord, and put it on
my loins.

    3 And the word of the Lord came
unto me the second time, saying,

    4 Take the girdle that thou hast
got, which is upon thy loins, and
arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it
there in a hole of the rock.

    5 So I went, and hid it by
Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.

    6 And it came to pass after many
days, that the Lord said unto me,
Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the
girdle from thence, which I commanded
thee to hide there.

    7 Then I went to Euphrates, and
digged, and took the girdle from the
place where I had hid it: and,
behold, the girdle was marred, it was
profitable for nothing.

    8 Then the word of the Lord came
unto me, saying,

    9 Thus saith the Lord, After this
manner will I mar the pride of Judah,
and the great pride of Jerusalem.

    10 This evil people, which refuse
to hear my words, which walk in the
imagination of their heart, and walk
after other gods, to serve them, and
to worship them, shall even be as
this girdle, which is good for
nothing.

    11 For as the girdle cleaveth to
the loins of a man, so have I caused
to cleave unto me the whole house of
Israel and the whole house of Judah,
saith the Lord; that they might be
unto me for a people, and for a name,
and for a praise, and for a glory:
but they would not hear.

***
Zechariah 10:2

    2 For the idols have spoken vanity,
and the diviners have seen a lie, and
have told false dreams; they comfort
in vain: therefore they went their
way as a flock, they were troubled,
because there was no shepherd.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:13


    (Primitive error)
    Matter is the primitive belief of mortal mind, because this so-called mind has no cognizance of Spirit. To mortal mind, matter is substantial, and evil is real. The so-called senses of mortals are material. Hence the so-called life of mortals is dependent on matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 211:7


    (Matter sensationless)
    The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of a so-called mortal mind or of matter. Nerves are not mind. Is it not provable that Mind is not mortal and that matter has no sensation? Is it not equally true that matter does not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:25

    (Matter mindless)
    What is termed matter, being unintelligent, cannot say, "I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well." It is the so-called mortal mind which voices this and appears to itself to make good its claim. To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal sense has no error of sense, it has no sense of error; therefore it is without a destructive element.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8-15

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


    (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.

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


Deuteronomy 12:28-30

    28 Observe and hear all these words
which I command thee, that it may go
well with thee, and with thy children
after thee for ever, when thou doest
that which is good and right in the
sight of the Lord thy God.

    29 #When the Lord thy God shall cut
off the nations from before thee,
whither thou goest to possess them,
and thou succeedest them, and
dwellest in their land;

    30 Take heed to thyself that thou
be not snared by following them,
after that they be destroyed from
before thee; and that thou inquire
not after their gods, saying, How did
these nations serve their gods? even
so will I do likewise.

***
II Chronicles 25:11,14,15

    11 And Amaziah strengthened
himself, and led forth his people,
and went to the valley of salt, and
smote of the children of Seir ten
thousand.

    14 #Now it came to pass, after that
Amaziah was come from the slaughter
of the Edomites, that he brought the
gods of the children of Seir, and set
them up to be his gods, and bowed
down himself before them, and burned
incense unto them.

    15 Wherefore the anger of the Lord
was kindled against Amaziah, and he
sent unto him a prophet, which said
unto him, Why hast thou sought after
the gods of the people, which could
not deliver their own people out of
thine hand?

***
Jeremiah 10:2-5

    2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not
the way of the heathen, and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven; for
the heathen are dismayed at them.

    3 For the customs of the people are
vain: for one cutteth a tree out of
the forest, the work of the hands of
the workman, with the axe.

    4 They deck it with silver and with
gold; they fasten it with nails and
with hammers, that it move not.

    5 They are upright as the palm
tree, but speak not: they must needs
be borne, because they cannot go. Be
not afraid of them; for they cannot
do evil, neither also is it in them
to do good.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:7


    (Mist, or false claim)
    The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false. In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:1-7

    (Gods of the heathen)
    The idolatry which followed this material mythology is seen in the Phoenician worship of Baal, in the Moabitish god Chemosh, in the Moloch of the Amorites, in the Hindoo Vishnu, in the Greek Aphrodite, and in a thousand other so-called deities.
    (Jehovah a tribal deity)
    It was also found among the Israelites, who constantly went after "strange gods."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:18


    (Idolatrous illusions)
    We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to fear and to obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God. All material knowledge, like the original "tree of knowledge," multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, slay man, and meanwhile would spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:17-21


    (Belief in many gods)
    Moses declared as Jehovah's first command of the Ten: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me!" But behold the zeal of belief to establish the opposite error of many minds.

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


    (How healing was lost)
    The first idolatry was faith in matter. The schools have rendered faith in drugs the fashion, rather than faith in Deity. By trusting matter to destroy its own discord, health and harmony have been sacrificed. Such systems are barren of the vitality of spiritual power, by which material sense is made the servant of Science and religion becomes Christlike.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 116:11

    (Aim of Science)
    A correct view of Christian Science and of its adaptation to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen. Works on metaphysics leave the grand point untouched. They never crown the power of Mind as the Messiah, nor do they carry the day against physical enemies, - even to the extinction of all belief in matter, evil, disease, and death, - nor insist upon the fact that God is all, therefore that matter is nothing beyond an image in mortal mind.


Section 4


Isaiah 41:21,23,24,28,29

    21 Produce your cause, saith the
Lord; bring forth your strong
reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

    23 Shew the things that are to come
hereafter, that we may know that ye
are gods: yea, do good, or do evil,
that we may be dismayed, and behold
it together.

    24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and
your work of nought: an abomination
is he that chooseth you.

    28 For I beheld, and there was no
man; even among them, and there was
no counsellor, that, when I asked of
them, could answer a word.

    29 Behold, they are all vanity;
their works are nothing: their molten
images are wind and confusion.

***
Romans 1:21

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:25(only)


    (Divine origination)
    Matter is neither intelligent nor creative.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:29-5


    (Like evolving like)
    Nature and revelation inform us that like produces like. Divine Science does not gather grapes from thorns nor figs from thistles. Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence. To all that is unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:8-15

    (Source of all life and action) Matter and its effects - sin, sickness, and death - are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are not ideas, but illusions. Principle is absolute. It admits of no error, but rests upon understanding.


    But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-called.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:1-10


    (Matter and animate error)
    Intelligent matter is an impossibility. You may say: "But if disease obtains in matter, why do you insist that disease is formed by mortal mind and not by matter?" 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."

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.


Section 5


Jeremiah 10:10-15

    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.

    13 When he uttereth his voice,
there is a multitude of waters in the
heavens, and he causeth the vapours
to ascend from the ends of the earth;
he maketh lightnings with rain, and
bringeth forth the wind out of his
treasures.

    14 Every man is brutish in his
knowledge: every founder is
confounded by the graven image: for
his molten image is falsehood, and
there is no breath in them.

    15 They are vanity, and the work of
errors: in the time of their
visitation they shall perish.

***
Hosea 13:1,3,4

    1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he
exalted himself in Israel; but when he
offended in Baal, he died.

    3 Therefore they shall be as the
morning cloud, and as the early dew
that passeth away, as the chaff that
is driven with the whirlwind out of
the floor, and as the smoke out of
the chimney.

    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.

***
II Corinthians 10:4,5

    4 (For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strong
holds;)

    5 Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:25


    (Sickness akin to sin)
    Resist the temptation to believe in matter as intelligent, as having sensation or power.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:27-32


    (Life independent of matter)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 384:3

    (Corporeal penalties)
    We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of necessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his protest against this belief in order to annul it. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, the student will prove to himself, by small beginnings, the grand verities of Christian Science.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:12-16


    (Corporeal changes)
    As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, - from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, - the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:12


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

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Spiritual offspring
12 1 - Individualization
12 1 - God's allness learned
12 1 - Soul greater than body
12 1 - Soul not confined in body
12 1 - The strength of Spirit
12 2 - Primitive error
12 2 - Matter sensationless
12 2 - Matter mindless
12 2 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Truth is not inverted
12 3 - Mist, or false claim
12 3 - Gods of the heathen
12 3 - Jehovah a tribal deity
12 3 - Idolatrous illusions
12 3 - Belief in many gods
12 3 - How healing was lost
12 3 - Aim of Science
12 4 - Divine origination
12 4 - Like evolving like
12 4 - Source of all life and action
12 4 - Matter and animate error
12 4 - Dictation of error
12 4 - Man linked with Spirit
12 5 - Sickness akin to sin
12 5 - Life independent of matter
12 5 - Corporeal penalties
12 5 - Scientific translations
12 5 - Corporeal changes
12 5 - Fulfilment of the Law


September 16,1900

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Hebrews 8:5

    5 Who serve unto the example and
shadow of heavenly things, as Moses
was admonished of God when he was
about to make the tabernacle: for,
See, saith he, that thou make all
things according to the pattern
shewed to thee in the mount.


Responsive Reading


Romans 10:1-10

    1 Brethren, my heart's desire and
prayer to God for Israel is, that
they might be saved.

    2 For I bear them record that they
have a zeal of God, but not according
to knowledge.

    3 For they being ignorant of God's
righteousness, and going about to
establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted themselves unto
the righteousness of God.

    4 For Christ is the end of the law
for righteousness to every one that
believeth.

    5 For Moses describeth the
righteousness which is of the law,
That the man which doeth those things
shall live by them.

    6 But the righteousness which is of
faith speaketh on this wise, Say not
in thine heart, Who shall ascend into
heaven? (that is, to bring Christ
down from above:)

    7 Or, Who shall descend into the
deep? (that is, to bring up Christ
again from the dead.)

    8 But what saith it? The word is
nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in
thy heart: that is, the word of
faith, which we preach;

    9 That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt
be saved.

    10 For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto
salvation.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1,2

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

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

***
I Corinthians 2:9-12

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

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

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

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

***
Ephesians 5:9,10

    9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and righteousness and
truth;)

    10 Proving what is acceptable unto
the Lord.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 501:1-10


    (Spiritual interpretation)
    Scientific interpretation of the Scriptures properly starts with the beginning of the Old Testament, chiefly because the spiritual import of the Word, in its earliest articulations, often seems so smothered by the immediate context as to require explication; whereas the New Testament narratives are clearer and come nearer the heart. Jesus illumines them, showing the poverty of mortal existence, but richly recompensing human want and woe with spiritual gain.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:24-26


    (Material error)
    The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness of Spirit is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, - it is a human concept.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:27

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)

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


Section 2


Genesis 1:3,4

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

    4 And God saw the light, that it
was good: and God divided the light
from the darkness.

***
Isaiah 60:1,2,19

    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.

    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.

***
John 12:44,46

    44 #Jesus cried and said, He that
believeth on me, believeth not on me,
but on him that sent me.

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

***
I John 1:5

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:1


    (Spiritual overture)
    A second necessity for beginning with Genesis is that the living and real prelude of the older Scriptures is so brief that it would almost seem, from the preponderance of unreality in the entire narrative, as if reality did not predominate over unreality, the light over the dark, the straight line of Spirit over the mortal deviations and inverted images of the creator and His creation.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:17

    (The Christian's privilege) Did the origin and the enlightenment of the race come from the deep sleep which fell upon Adam? Sleep is darkness, but God's creative mandate was, "Let there be light." In sleep, cause and effect are mere illusions. They seem to be something, but are not. Oblivion and dreams, not realities, come with sleep. Even so goes on the Adam-belief, of which mortal and material life is the dream.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:6


    (Spirit the one Ego)
    Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has no real entity, but saith "It is I." Spirit is the Ego which never dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:23


    (Dawning of spiritual facts)
    Christian Science is dawning upon a material age. The great spiritual facts of being, like rays of light, shine in the darkness, though the darkness, comprehending them not, may deny their reality. The proof that the system stated in this book is Christianly scientific resides in the good this system accomplishes, for it cures on a divine demonstrable Principle which all may understand.


Section 3


Genesis 1:6-8

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

    7 And God made the firmament, and
divided the waters which were under
the firmament from the waters which
were above the firmament: and it was
so.

    8 And God called the firmament
Heaven. And the evening and the
morning were the second day.

***
Psalm 19:1

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

***
Daniel 12:3

    3 And they that be wise shall shine
as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to
righteousness as the stars for ever
and ever.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:7,21


    (Spiritual firmament)
    Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament. The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.
    (Understanding imparted)
    Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, - Life, Truth, and Love, - and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:12


    (Spiritual narrative)
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:9


    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.


Section 4


Genesis 1:11,12

    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.

    12 And the earth brought forth
grass, and herb yielding seed after
his kind, and the tree yielding
fruit, whose seed was in itself,
after his kind: and God saw that it
was good.

***
Luke 6:43-45

    43 For a good tree bringeth not
forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

    44 For every tree is known by his
own fruit. For of thorns men do not
gather figs, nor of a bramble bush
gather they grapes.

    45 A good man out of the good
treasure of his heart bringeth forth
that which is good; and an evil man
out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil:
for of the abundance of the heart his
mouth speaketh.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:4


    (The things of God are beautiful) From Love and from the light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can come. All things beautiful and harmless are ideas of Mind. Mind creates and multiplies them, and the product must be mental.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:13


    (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. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:18


    (Knowledge and Truth)
    Knowledge gained from material sense is figuratively represented in Scripture as a tree, bearing the fruits of sin, sickness, and death. Ought we not then to judge the knowledge thus obtained to be untrue and dangerous, since "the tree is known by his fruit"?

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 459:26


    (Certainty of results)
    The tree must be good, which produces good fruit. Guided by divine Truth and not guesswork, the theologus (that is, the student - the Christian and scientific expounder - of the divine law) treats disease with more certain results than any other healer on the globe. The Christian Scientist should understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine metaphysics as laid down in this work, and rest his demonstration on this sure basis.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 461:7

    (Proof by induction)
    Christian Science can be taught only by those who are morally advanced and spiritually endowed, for it is not superficial, nor is it discerned from the standpoint of the human senses. Only by the illumination of the spiritual sense, can the light of understanding be thrown upon this Science, because Science reverses the evidence before the material senses and furnishes the eternal interpretation of God and man.


Section 5


Genesis 1:20,21,25

    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.

    21 And God created great whales,
and every living creature that
moveth, which the waters brought
forth abundantly, after their kind,
and every winged fowl after his kind:
and God saw that it was good.

    25 And God made the beast of the
earth after his kind, and cattle
after their kind, and every thing
that creepeth upon the earth after
his kind: and God saw that it was
good.
Genesis 3:13,14,17,18

    13 And the Lord God said unto the
woman, What is this that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The serpent
beguiled me, and I did eat.

    14 And the Lord God said unto the
serpent, Because thou hast done this,
thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust
shalt thou eat all the days of thy
life:

    17 And unto Adam he said, Because
thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree,
of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life;

    18 Thorns also and thistles shall
it bring forth to thee; and thou
shalt eat the herb of the field;

***
Hebrews 6:7,8

    7 For the earth which drinketh in
the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet for them by
whom it is dressed, receiveth
blessing from God:

    8 But that which beareth thorns and
briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:25


    (Opposing power)
    We should blush to call that real which is only a mistake. The foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God. This belief tends to support two opposite powers, instead of urging the claims of Truth alone. The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 527:17


    (No temptation from God)
    But is it true that God, good, made "the tree of life" to be the tree of death to His own creation? Has evil the reality of good? Evil is unreal because it is a lie, - false in every statement.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:26-27

    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:18-10

    (Qualities of thought)
    Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit. The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah:-


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



    (Creatures of God useful)
    Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus. "And God saw that it was good."
    (The serpent harmless)
    Patience is symbolized by the tireless worm, creeping over lofty summits, persevering in its intent. The serpent of God's creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love's ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them, - the power which changeth the serpent into a staff.


Section 6


Genesis 1:26-28

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

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


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

***
Romans 4:1,3,13

    1 What shall we say then that
Abraham our father, as pertaining to
the flesh, hath found?

    3 For what saith the scripture?
Abraham believed God, and it was
counted unto him for righteousness.

    13 For the promise, that he should
be the heir of the world, was not to
Abraham, or to his seed, through the
law, but through the righteousness of
faith.

***
Hebrews 6:13,14

    13 For when God made promise to
Abraham, because he could swear by no
greater, he sware by himself,

    14 Saying, Surely blessing I will
bless thee, and multiplying I will
multiply thee.
Hebrews 7:1,7

    1 For this Melchisedec, king of
Salem, priest of the most high God,
who met Abraham returning from the
slaughter of the kings, and blessed
him;

    7 And without all contradiction the
less is blessed of the better.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:30


    (Birthright of man)
    Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply, - to manifest His power. Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:13

    (Assistance in brotherhood)
    God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good. Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality - infinite Life, Truth, and Love.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-27- True idea of man)
    Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 512:20-25


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:7-10,20-25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)


    (-31- Evil not produced by God)
    XXXI. Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God.
    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in heaven."

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - Spiritual interpretation
13 1 - Material error
13 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 2 - Spiritual overture
13 2 - The Christian's privilege
13 2 - Spirit the one Ego
13 2 - Dawning of spiritual facts
13 3 - Spiritual firmament
13 3 - Understanding imparted
13 3 - Faith higher than belief
13 3 - Universal brotherhood
13 3 - Spiritual narrative
13 3 - The one only way
13 4 - The things of God are beautiful
13 4 - Contrasted testimony
13 4 - Knowledge and Truth
13 4 - Certainty of results
13 4 - Proof by induction
13 5 - Opposing power
13 5 - No temptation from God
13 5 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 5 - Qualities of thought
13 5 - Creatures of God useful
13 5 - The serpent harmless
13 6 - Birthright of man
13 6 - Assistance in brotherhood
13 6 - -27- True idea of man
13 6 - Multiplication of pure ideas
13 6 - -31- Evil not produced by God
13 6 - -32- Basis of health and immortality


September 23,1900

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 146:3

    3 Put not your trust in princes,
nor in the son of man, in whom there
is no help.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 138

PSALM 138
A Psalm of David

    1 I will praise thee with my whole
heart: before the gods will I sing
praise unto thee.

    2 I will worship toward thy holy
temple, and praise thy name for thy
lovingkindness and for thy truth: for
thou hast magnified thy word above
all thy name.

    3 In the day when I cried thou
answeredst me, and strengthenedst me
with strength in my soul.

    4 All the kings of the earth shall
praise thee, O Lord, when they hear
the words of thy mouth.

    5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways
of the Lord: for great is the glory of
the Lord.

    6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath
he respect unto the lowly: but the
proud he knoweth afar off.

    7 Though I walk in the midst of
trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou
shalt stretch forth thine hand
against the wrath of mine enemies,
and thy right hand shall save me.

    8 The Lord will perfect that which
concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord,
endureth for ever: forsake not the
works of thine own hands.


Section 1


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.

***
Hebrews 11:3

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

***
II Corinthians 5:1

    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.
II Corinthians 4:16,18

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

    18 While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 284:21(only)


    (Our physical insensibility to Spirit)
    The physical senses can obtain no proof of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:26

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.

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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:9-27

    (Mortal verdict)
    The belief that matter thinks, sees, or feels is not more real than the belief that matter enjoys and suffers. This mortal belief, misnamed man, is error, saying: "Matter has intelligence and sensation. Nerves feel. Brain thinks and sins. The stomach can make a man cross. Injury can cripple and matter can kill man." This verdict of the so-called material senses victimizes mortals, taught, as they are by physiology and pathology, to revere false testimony, even the errors that are destroyed by Truth through spiritual sense and Science.
    (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.


Section 2


Genesis 3:4-6,22,23

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    6 And when the woman saw that the
tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree
to be desired to make one wise, she
took of the fruit thereof, and did
eat, and gave also unto her husband
with her; and he did eat.

    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.

***
Deuteronomy 1:5,6,8,32,39

    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:

    8 Behold, I have set the land
before you: go in and possess the
land which the Lord sware unto your
fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
to give unto them and to their seed
after them.

    32 Yet in this thing ye did not
believe the Lord your God,

    39 Moreover your little ones, which
ye said should be a prey, and your
children, which in that day had no
knowledge between good and evil, they
shall go in thither, and unto them
will I give it, and they shall
possess it.

***
Matthew 18:2,3

    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.

590:4 Chapter 17: Glossary
(KNOWLEDGE)

    KNOWLEDGE. Evidence obtained from the five corporeal senses; mortality; beliefs and opinions; human theories, doctrines, hypotheses; that which is not divine and is the origin of sin, sickness, and death; the opposite of spiritual Truth and understanding.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:21


    (Idolatrous illusions)
    All material knowledge, like the original "tree of knowledge," multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, slay man, and meanwhile would spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 165:1


    ( - Physiology -)
    Physiology is one of the apples from "the tree of knowledge." Evil declared that eating this fruit would open man's eyes and make him as a god. Instead of so doing, it closed the eyes of mortals to man's God-given dominion over the earth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:5


    (Progeny cursed)
    All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death? "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," was the prediction in the story under consideration. Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 382:13


    (Blissful ignorance)
    He, who is ignorant of what is termed hygienic law, is more receptive of spiritual power and of faith in one God, than is the devotee of supposed hygienic law, who comes to teach the so-called ignorant one. Must we not then consider the so-called law of matter a canon "more honored in the breach than the observance"? A patient thoroughly booked in medical theories is more difficult to heal through Mind than one who is not. This verifies the saying of our Master: "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter therein."


Section 3


Romans 6:16

    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?
Romans 7:5

    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.

***
Psalm 31:10

    10 For my life is spent with grief,
and my years with sighing: my
strength faileth because of mine
iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

***
Luke 13:11-13

    11 #And, behold, there was a woman
which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift
up herself.

    12 And when Jesus saw her, he
called her to him, and said unto her,
Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity.

    13 And he laid his hands on her:
and immediately she was made
straight, and glorified God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 226:22-13


    (Cramping systems)
    I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them, rather than Mind.
    (House of bondage)
    The lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the sick, the sensual, the sinner, I wished to save from the slavery of their own beliefs and from the educational systems of the Pharaohs, who to-day, as of yore, hold the children of Israel in bondage. I saw before me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; ;but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known and acknowledged.
    (Higher law ends bondage)
    I saw that the law of mortal belief included all error, and that, even as oppressive laws are disputed and mortals are taught their right to freedom, so the claims of the enslaving senses must be denied and superseded. The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware of man's inalienable rights and in subjection to hopeless slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, - an ignorance that is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 394:10,32


    (Recuperation mental)
    The admission that any bodily condition is beyond the control of Mind disarms man, prevents him from helping himself, and enthrones matter through error. To those struggling with sickness, such admissions are discouraging, - as much so as would be the advice to a man who is down in the world, that he should not try to rise above his difficulties.
    (Arguing wrongly)
    The sick unconsciously argue for suffering, instead of against it. They admit its reality, whereas they should deny it. They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the deceitful senses, and maintain man's immortality and eternal likeness to God.


Section 4


Psalm 102:25-27

    25 Of old hast thou laid the
foundation of the earth: and the
heavens are the work of thy hands.

    26 They shall perish, but thou
shalt endure: yea, all of them shall
wax old like a garment; as a vesture
shalt thou change them, and they
shall be changed:

    27 But thou art the same, and thy
years shall have no end.
Psalm 103:15,16

    15 As for man, his days are as
grass: as a flower of the field, so
he flourisheth.

    16 For the wind passeth over it,
and it is gone; and the place thereof
shall know it no more.

***
Luke 21:33

    33 Heaven and earth shall pass
away: but my words shall not pass
away.

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


    (Unnatural deflections)
    The decaying flower, the blighted bud, the gnarled oak, the ferocious beast, - like the discords of disease, sin, and death, - are unnatural. They are the falsities of sense, the changing deflections of mortal mind; they are not the eternal realities of Mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:13-14


    (Man never less than man)
    Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the beasts and vegetables, - subject to laws of decay.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:18-2


    (God and His image)
    The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind. When we put off the false sense for the true, and see that sin and mortality have neither Principle nor permanency, we shall learn that sin and mortality are without actual origin or rightful existence. They are native nothingness, out of which error would simulate creation through a man formed from dust.
    (The true new idea)
    Divine Science does not put new wine into old bottles, Soul into matter, nor the infinite into the finite. Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit. The old belief must be cast out or the new idea will be spilled, and the inspiration, which is to change our standpoint, will be lost. Now, as of old, Truth casts out evils and heals the sick.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:9


    (Adam and the senses)
    Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed from dust, is an object-lesson for the human mind. The material senses, like Adam, originate in matter and return to dust, - are proved non-intelligent. They go out as they came in, for they are still the error, not the truth of being. When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found to be harmonious.


Section 5


Job 20:4-6,8

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

    5 That the triumphing of the wicked
is short, and the joy of the
hypocrite but for a moment?

    6 Though his excellency mount up to
the heavens, and his head reach unto
the clouds;

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

***
Ecclesiastes 1:14

    14 I have seen all the works that
are done under the sun; and, behold,
all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:22,23

    22 For what hath man of all his
labour, and of the vexation of his
heart, wherein he hath laboured under
the sun?

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:23

(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


    (Harmonious functions)
    Error says, "I am man;" but this belief is mortal and far from actual. From beginning to end, whatever is mortal is composed of material human beliefs and of nothing else. That only is real which reflects God. St. Paul said, "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace, . . . I conferred not with flesh and blood."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:3


    (Identity not lost)
    The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his. The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:1


    (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.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 402:8-13


    (Indestructible life of man)
    The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when immortal Mind and its formations will be apprehended in Science, and material beliefs will not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible and eternal.


Section 6


I Corinthians 3:1,2,9-16

    1 And I, brethren, could not speak
unto you as unto spiritual, but as
unto carnal, even as unto babes in
Christ.

    2 I have fed you with milk, and not
with meat: for hitherto ye were not
able to bear it, neither yet now are
ye able.

    9 For we are labourers together
with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye
are God's building.

    10 According to the grace of God
which is given unto me, as a wise
masterbuilder, I have laid the
foundation, and another buildeth
thereon. But let every man take heed
how he buildeth thereupon.

    11 For other foundation can no man
lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
Christ.

    12 Now if any man build upon this
foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble;

    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.

    15 If any man's work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he
himself shall be saved; yet so as by
fire.

    16 Know ye not that ye are the
temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?

***
Philipians 3:21

    21 Who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to
subdue all things unto himself.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:7


    (Practical preaching)
    We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:12


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:13-14,23-8


    (Spirit transforms)
    The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit.
    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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
14 1 - Mind destroys all ills
14 1 - Instruments of error
14 1 - The tares and wheat
14 1 - Mortal verdict
14 1 - Mythical pleasure
14 2 - Idolatrous illusions
14 2 - - Physiology -
14 2 - Progeny cursed
14 2 - Blissful ignorance
14 3 - Cramping systems
14 3 - House of bondage
14 3 - Higher law ends bondage
14 3 - Recuperation mental
14 3 - Arguing wrongly
14 4 - Unnatural deflections
14 4 - Man never less than man
14 4 - God and His image
14 4 - The true new idea
14 4 - Adam and the senses
14 5 - Harmonious functions
14 5 - Identity not lost
14 5 - The real and the unreal
14 5 - Essential element of Christianity
14 5 - Indestructible life of man
14 6 - Practical preaching
14 6 - Loving God supremely
14 6 - Spirit transforms
14 6 - Spiritual baptism
14 6 - Intelligent consecration


September 30,1900

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 6:11

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


Responsive Reading


Romans 6:1-11,22,23

    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?

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

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

    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.

    7 For he that is dead is freed from
sin.

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

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

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

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

    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


Job 14:1,2

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

    2 He cometh forth like a flower,
and is cut down: he fleeth also as a
shadow, and continueth not.
Job 15:20,24,25,30

    20 The wicked man travaileth with
pain all his days, and the number of
years is hidden to the oppressor.

    24 Trouble and anguish shall make
him afraid; they shall prevail
against him, as a king ready to the
battle.

    25 For he stretcheth out his hand
against God, and strengtheneth
himself against the Almighty.

    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.
Job 16:1,2

    1 Then Job answered and said,

    2 I have heard many such things:
miserable comforters are ye all.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 297:32-4


    (Faith higher than belief)
    A mortal belief fulfils its own conditions. Sickness, sin, and death are the vague realities of human conclusions. Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 460:14-18


    (Mischievous imagination)
    Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal, - that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:15-32


    (Self-constituted law)
    By universal consent, mortal belief has constituted itself a law to bind mortals to sickness, sin, and death. This customary belief is misnamed material law, and the individual who upholds it is mistaken in theory and in practice. The so-called law of mortal mind, conjectural and speculative, is made void by the law of immortal Mind, and false law should be trampled under foot.
    (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.


Section 2


Hosea 13:4,14

    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.

    14 I will ransom them from the
power of the grave; I will redeem
them from death: O death, I will be
thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy
destruction: repentance shall be hid
from mine eyes.

***
Romans 6:21-23

    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.
Romans 12:9,21

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 113:19-25


    (Reversible propositions)
    4. Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death, evil, sin, disease. - Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipotent God, Life.
    Which of the denials in proposition four is true? Both are not, cannot be, true. According to the Scripture, I find that God is true, "but every [mortal] man a liar."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:23-3

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


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Question. - Is there no sin?
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:5


    (Seemingly independent authority)
    The Scriptures say, "In Him we live, and move, and have our being." What then is this seeming power, independent of God, which causes disease and cures it? What is it but an error of belief, - a law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense, embracing sin, sickness, and death? It is the very antipode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual law. It is not in accordance with the goodness of God's character that He should make man sick, then leave man to heal himself; it is absurd to suppose that matter can both cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces disease and leaves the remedy to matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:11

    (God never inconsistent)
    It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins. God, good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can cause evil and health occasion disease.


Section 3


Matthew 9:2-7

    2 And, behold, they brought to him
a man sick of the palsy, lying on a
bed: and Jesus seeing their faith
said unto the sick of the palsy; Son,
be of good cheer; thy sins be
forgiven thee.

    3 And, behold, certain of the
scribes said within themselves, This
man blasphemeth.

    4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts
said, Wherefore think ye evil in your
hearts?

    5 For whether is easier, to say,
Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say,
Arise, and walk?

    6 But that ye may know that the Son
of man hath power on earth to forgive
sins, (then saith he to the sick of
the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed,
and go unto thine house.

    7 And he arose, and departed to his
house.

***
Romans 5:8,10,17

    8 But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.

    17 For if by one man's offence
death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

***
I Timothy 1:15,16

    15 This is a faithful saying, and
worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to
save sinners; of whom I am chief.

    16 Howbeit for this cause I
obtained mercy, that in me first
Jesus Christ might shew forth all
longsuffering, for a pattern to them
which should hereafter believe on him
to life everlasting.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:3


    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:23


    (Essential element of Christianity)
    If Christian Science takes away the popular gods, - sin, sickness, and death, - it is Christ, Truth, who destroys these evils, and so proves their nothingness.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:30


    (Deformity and perfection)
    Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life. They are inharmonies which Truth destroys. Perfection does not animate imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any form.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:4-12

(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. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:1-8


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


Section 4


John 20:21-23

    21 Then said Jesus to them again,
Peace be unto you: as my Father hath
sent me, even so send I you.

    22 And when he had said this, he
breathed on them, and saith unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

    23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they
are remitted unto them; and whose
soever sins ye retain, they are
retained.

***
Hebrews 10:15,17

    15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a
witness to us: for after that he had
said before,

    17 And their sins and iniquities
will I remember no more.

***
Titus 3:5,6

    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;

588:7 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HOLY GHOST)

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:11

(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


    (Error only ephemeral) Why malign Christian Science for instructing mortals how to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more unreal?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 303:16


    (Mental propagation)
    Divine Science lays the axe at the root of the illusion that life, or mind, is formed by or is in the material body, and Science will eventually destroy this illusion through the self-destruction of all error and the beatified understanding of the Science of Life.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:22

    (Sickness as discord)
    The Science of Mind denies the error of sensation in matter, and heals with Truth. Medical science treats disease as though disease were real, therefore right, and attempts to heal it with matter. If disease is right it is wrong to heal it. Material methods are temporary, and are not adapted to elevate mankind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 417:20


    (Disease to be made unreal)
    To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened. Disease should not appear real to the physician, since it is demonstrable that the way to cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To do this, the physician must understand the unreality of disease in Science.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:14

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


    (Steadfast and calm trust)
    When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious - as Life eternally is - can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.


Section 5


Isaiah 26:3

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

***
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.

Romans 7:24,25

    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.

***
I Peter 4:1,2

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:29

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-20- The one divine Mind)
    Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:1-14


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    If Mind is not the master of sin, sickness, and death, they are immortal, for it is already proved that matter has not destroyed them, but is their basis and support.
    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:31-4


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which simulates the creations of Truth.

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.


Section 6


Psalm 36:9

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

Psalm 118:17,21

    17 I shall not die, but live, and
declare the works of the Lord.

    21 I will praise thee: for thou
hast heard me, and art become my
salvation.

***
Proverbs 13:14

    14 The law of the wise is a
fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.

***
John 5:22,24

    22 For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment unto
the Son:

    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.

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:15


    (Light and darkness)
    We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:23


    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:7-16

    (Life not contingent on matter)
    If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.
    (Mortality vanquished)
    Death is but another phase of the dream that existence can be material. Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Faith higher than belief
15 1 - Mischievous imagination
15 1 - Self-constituted law
15 1 - Sickness from mortal mind
15 2 - Reversible propositions
15 2 - Unrealities that seem real
15 2 - Seemingly independent authority
15 2 - God never inconsistent
15 3 - Belief and understanding
15 3 - Essential element of Christianity
15 3 - Deformity and perfection
15 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
15 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
15 4 - Error only ephemeral
15 4 - Mental propagation
15 4 - Sickness as discord
15 4 - Disease to be made unreal
15 4 - Steadfast and calm trust
15 5 - -20- The one divine Mind
15 5 - Priestly pride humbled
15 5 - No union of opposites
15 5 - Spiritual thoughts
15 5 - Disease powerless
15 6 - Life independent of matter
15 6 - Light and darkness
15 6 - Christian standard
15 6 - Life not contingent on matter
15 6 - Mortality vanquished


October 7,1900

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 1:9,30

    9 God is faithful, by whom ye were
called unto the fellowship of his Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.

    30 But of him are ye in Christ
Jesus, who of God is made unto us
wisdom, and righteousness, and
sanctification, and redemption:


Responsive Reading


II Peter 1:1-11

    1 Simon Peter, a servant and an
apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that
have obtained like precious faith
with us through the righteousness of
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

    2 Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of
God, and of Jesus our Lord,

    3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that
hath called us to glory and virtue:

    4 Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is
in the world through lust.

    5 And beside this, giving all
diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;

    6 And to knowledge temperance; and
to temperance patience; and to
patience godliness;

    7 And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness
charity.

    8 For if these things be in you,
and abound, they make you that ye
shall neither be barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ.

    9 But he that lacketh these things
is blind, and cannot see afar off, and
hath forgotten that he was purged
from his old sins.

    10 Wherefore the rather, brethren,
give diligence to make your calling
and election sure: for if ye do these
things, ye shall never fall:

    11 For so an entrance shall be
ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Section 1


Numbers 16:44-48

    44 #And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    45 Get you up from among this
congregation, that I may consume them
as in a moment. And they fell upon
their faces.

    46 #And Moses said unto Aaron, Take
a censer, and put fire therein from
off the altar, and put on incense,
and go quickly unto the congregation,
and make an atonement for them: for
there is wrath gone out from the
Lord; the plague is begun.

    47 And Aaron took as Moses
commanded, and ran into the midst of
the congregation; and, behold, the
plague was begun among the people:
and he put on incense, and made an
atonement for the people.

    48 And he stood between the dead
and the living; and the plague was
stayed.

***
I Timothy 2:5,6

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

    6 Who gave himself a ransom for
all, to be testified in due time.

***
Hebrews 7:27

    27 Who needeth not daily, as those
high priests, to offer up sacrifice,
first for his own sins, and then for
the people's: for this he did once,
when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 8:6

    6 But now hath he obtained a more
excellent ministry, by how much also
he is the mediator of a better
covenant, which was established upon
better promises.

***
I Peter 2:21,24

    21 For even hereunto were ye
called: because Christ also suffered
for us, leaving us an example, that
ye should follow his steps:

    24 Who his own self bare our sins
in his own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye
were healed.

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.

595:13 Chapter 17: Glossary
(THUMMIM)

    The Urim and Thummim, which were to be on Aaron's breast when he went before Jehovah, were holiness and purification of thought and deed, which alone can fit us for the office of spiritual teaching.

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:9

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


    (-9- The Son of God)
    IX. Jesus was born of Mary. Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, - yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death. As Paul says: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." The corporeal man Jesus was human.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:11


    (Radical changes)
    He to whom "the arm of the Lord" is revealed will believe our report, and rise into newness of life with regeneration. This is having part in the atonement; this is the understanding, in which Jesus suffered and triumphed. The time is not distant when the ordinary theological views of atonement will undergo a great change, - a change as radical as that which has come over popular opinions in regard to predestination and future punishment.


Section 2


Exodus 30:1,8,10

    1 And thou shalt make an altar to
burn incense upon: of shittim wood
shalt thou make it.

    8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps
at even, he shall burn incense upon
it, a perpetual incense before the
Lord throughout your generations.

    10 And Aaron shall make an
atonement upon the horns of it once
in a year with the blood of the sin
offering of atonements: once in the
year shall he make atonement upon it
throughout your generations: it is
most holy unto the Lord.

***
Leviticus 23:26,27

    26 #And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    27 Also on the tenth day of this
seventh month there shall be a day of
atonement: it shall be an holy
convocation unto you; and ye shall
afflict your souls, and offer an
offering made by fire unto the Lord.
Leviticus 26:23,24

    23 And if ye will not be reformed
by me by these things, but will walk
contrary unto me;

    24 Then will I also walk contrary
unto you, and will punish you yet
seven times for your sins.

***
Hebrews 9:1,9,10,13,14

    1 Then verily the first covenant
had also ordinances of divine
service, and a worldly sanctuary.

    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.

    13 For if the blood of bulls and of
goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth
to the purifying of the flesh:

    14 How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:1


    (Conversion of Saul)
    Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for good according to Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful appetites of the human mind.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:17


    (Efficacious repentance)
    Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus' atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, - in the at-one-ment with God, - for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom. Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:30

    (Justice and substitution)
    Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves. Revenge is inadmissible. Wrath which is only appeased is not destroyed, but partially indulged. Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin. One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner's part. That God's wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made. The atonement is a hard problem in theology, but its scientific explanation is, that suffering is an error of sinful sense which Truth destroys, and that eventually both sin and suffering will fall at the feet of everlasting Love.


Section 3


II Chronicles 29:20,23,24,28,29

    20 #Then Hezekiah the king rose
early, and gathered the rulers of the
city, and went up to the house of the
Lord.

    23 And they brought forth the he
goats for the sin offering before the
king and the congregation; and they
laid their hands upon them:

    24 And the priests killed them, and
they made reconciliation with their
blood upon the altar, to make an
atonement for all Israel: for the
king commanded that the burnt
offering and the sin offering should
be made for all Israel.

    28 And all the congregation
worshipped, and the singers sang, and
the trumpeters sounded: and all this
continued until the burnt offering
was finished.

    29 And when they had made an end of
offering, the king and all that were
present with him bowed themselves,
and worshipped.

***
Matthew 5:23,24

    23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift
to the altar, and there rememberest
that thy brother hath ought against
thee;

    24 Leave there thy gift before the
altar, and go thy way; first be
reconciled to thy brother, and then
come and offer thy gift.

***
II Corinthians 5:17-21

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

    18 And all things are of God, who
hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;

    19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the
word of reconciliation.

    20 Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech you
by us: we pray you in Christ's stead,
be ye reconciled to God.

    21 For he hath made him to be sin
for us, who knew no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of
God in him.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:10-13

    (Victory over the grave)
    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."

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

    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    Who is ready to follow his teaching and example? All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God. That he might liberally pour his dear-bought treasures into empty or sin-filled human storehouses, was the inspiration of Jesus' intense human sacrifice. In witness of his divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sick and the sinning, and triumph over death through Mind, not matter. This was the highest proof he could have offered of divine Love. His hearers understood neither his words nor his works. They would not accept his meek interpretation of life nor follow his example.


Section 4


Proverbs 8:34

    34 Blessed is the man that heareth
me, watching daily at my gates,
waiting at the posts of my doors.

***
Luke 12:37-39

    37 Blessed are those servants, whom
the lord when he cometh shall find
watching: verily I say unto you, that
he shall gird himself, and make them
to sit down to meat, and will come
forth and serve them.

    38 And if he shall come in the
second watch, or come in the third
watch, and find them so, blessed are
those servants.

    39 And this know, that if the
goodman of the house had known what
hour the thief would come, he would
have watched, and not have suffered
his house to be broken through.

***
II Timothy 4:5

    5 But watch thou in all things,
endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist, make full proof of thy
ministry.

***
I Thessalonians 5:6

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:13


    (Narrow pathway) Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter, - certainly before we can reach the goal of Spirit, or life in God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 392:31


    (Guarding the door) Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:17


    (Watchfulness requisite)
    Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness. We reach the Science of Christianity through demonstration of the divine nature; but in this wicked world goodness will "be evil spoken of," and patience must bring experience.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-14


    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love. Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.
    If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.


Section 5


Psalm 98:1-3

    1 O sing unto the Lord a new song;
for he hath done marvellous things:
his right hand, and his holy arm,
hath gotten him the victory.

    2 The Lord hath made known his
salvation: his righteousness hath he
openly shewed in the sight of the
heathen.

    3 He hath remembered his mercy and
his truth toward the house of Israel:
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

***
Revelation 15:2-4

    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.

    4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,
and glorify thy name? for thou only
art holy: for all nations shall come
and worship before thee; for thy
judgments are made manifest.
Revelation 21:3,7

    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.

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:29-2

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:1


    (Mockery of truth)
    Meekly our Master met the mockery of his unrecognized grandeur. Such indignities as he received, his followers will endure until Christianity's last triumph. He won eternal honors. He overcame the world, the flesh, and all error, thus proving their nothingness. He wrought a full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. We need "Christ, and him crucified." We must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all error is destroyed.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:6-20


    (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.
    Let the slave of wrong desire learn the lessons of Christian Science, and he will get the better of that desire, and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness, and existence.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:16


    (The stone rolled away)
    Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.

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

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

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Jesus the way-shower
16 1 - -9- The Son of God
16 1 - Radical changes
16 2 - Conversion of Saul
16 2 - Efficacious repentance
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 3 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - Victory over the grave
16 3 - Inspiration of sacrifice
16 4 - Narrow pathway
16 4 - Guarding the door
16 4 - Watchfulness requisite
16 4 - Moral victory
16 5 - Victory for Truth
16 5 - Mockery of truth
16 5 - Universal panacea
16 5 - The stone rolled away
16 5 - Divine victory


October 14,1900

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Revelation 2:11

    11 He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall
not be hurt of the second death.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 139:1,5,7-12,17,18,23,24

    1 O Lord, thou hast searched me,
and known me.

    5 Thou hast beset me behind and
before, and laid thine hand upon me.

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

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

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

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


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

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

    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.

    23 Search me, O God, and know my
heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

    24 And see if there be any wicked
way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting.


Section 1


Job 14:14

    14 If a man die, shall he live
again? all the days of my appointed
time will I wait, till my change
come.

***
Psalm 88:1,3,10-12

    1 O Lord God of my salvation, I
have cried day and night before thee:


    3 For my soul is full of troubles:
and my life draweth nigh unto the
grave.

    10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the
dead? shall the dead arise and praise
thee?

    11 Shall thy lovingkindness be
declared in the grave? or thy
faithfulness in destruction?

    12 Shall thy wonders be known in
the dark? and thy righteousness in
the land of forgetfulness?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:3-6

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


    (Exercise of Mind faculties)
    Life is deathless. Life is the origin and ultimate of man, never attainable through death, but gained by walking in the pathway of Truth both before and after that which is called death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:9


    (Identity not lost)
    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:9


    (Erroneous postulates)
    Mind is not an entity within the cranium with the power of sinning now and forever.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 187:22(begin The)-2


    (Action of mortal mind) There is no involuntary action. The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind. The human mind tries to classify action as voluntary and involuntary, and suffers from the attempt.
    (Death and the body)
    If you take away this erring mind, the mortal material body loses all appearance of life or action, and this so-called mind then calls itself dead; but the human mind still holds in belief a body, through which it acts and which appears to the human mind to live, - a body like the one it had before death. This body is put off only as the mortal, erring mind yields to God, immortal Mind, and man is found in His image.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:7-11


    (Illusion of death)
    Fright is so great at certain stages of mortal belief as to drive belief into new paths. In the illusion of death, mortals wake to the knowledge of two facts: (1) that they are not dead; (2) that they have but passed the portals of a new belief.


Section 2


I Corinthians 15:56

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

***
Romans 5:13,20,21

    13 (For until the law sin was in
the world: but sin is not imputed
when there is no law.

    20 Moreover the law entered, that
the offence might abound. But where
sin abounded, grace did much more
abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal
life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:15,16

    15 What then? shall we sin, because
we are not under the law, but under
grace? God forbid.

    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:8


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    Sin alone brings death, for sin is the only element of destruction.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:25


    (Suicide and sin)
    The so-called sinner is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill him so long as he sins. The foam and fury of illegitimate living and of fearful and doleful dying should disappear on the shore of time; then the waves of sin, sorrow, and death beat in vain.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:20

(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?


    (Triumph over death)
    "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law," - the law of mortal belief, at war with the facts of immortal Life, even with the spiritual law which says to the grave, "Where is thy victory?" But "when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:21


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:3


    (Law and gospel)
    As Paul asked of the unfaithful in ancient days, so the rabbis of the present day ask concerning our healing and teaching, "Through breaking the law, dishonorest thou God?" We have the gospel, however, and our Master annulled material law by healing contrary to it. We propose to follow the Master's example. We should subordinate material law to spiritual law. Two essential points of Christian Science are, that neither Life nor man dies, and that God is not the author of sickness.


Section 3


Psalm 13:3

    3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my
God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep
the sleep of death;

***
Ephesians 5:14

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

***
I Thessalonians 4:13-15

    13 But I would not have you to be
ignorant, brethren, concerning them
which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others which have no hope.

    14 For if we believe that Jesus
died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring with him.

    15 For this we say unto you by the
word of the Lord, that we which are
alive and remain unto the coming of
the Lord shall not prevent them which
are asleep.

***
I Corinthians 15:51

    51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed,

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:22-25(to .)


    (Salvation and probation)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:29


    (No death nor inaction)
    The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought will waken from its own material declaration, "I am dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:28

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man's entire action? Jesus said: "Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I [Mind] will raise it up;" and he did this for tired humanity's reassurance.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:12-16


    (Corporeal changes)
    As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, - from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, - the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:21


    (Arena of contest)
    Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.


Section 4


Jeremiah 23:23,24

    23 Am I a God at hand, saith the
Lord, and not a God afar off?

    24 Can any hide himself in secret
places that I shall not see him?
saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven
and earth? saith the Lord.

***
Job 26:6

    6 Hell is naked before him, and
destruction hath no covering.
Job 34:22

    22 There is no darkness, nor shadow
of death, where the workers of
iniquity may hide themselves.

***
Luke 12:2,3

    2 For there is nothing covered,
that shall not be revealed; neither
hid, that shall not be known.

    3 Therefore whatsoever ye have
spoken in darkness shall be heard in
the light; and that which ye have
spoken in the ear in closets shall be
proclaimed upon the housetops.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 453:18


    (Knowledge and honesty) You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward. Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high places. The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves evil in the name of good.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 570:30-14


    (Hidden ways of iniquity) Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil's hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.
    (Christly warning)
    Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people like you better when you tell them their virtues than when you tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human displeasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our race. Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 447:20


    (Expose sin without believing in it)
    Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.


Section 5


Psalm 22:27-29

    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.
Psalm 23:1,3,4

    1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall
not want.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me.

596:20-27 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VALLEY)

    VALLEY. Depression; meekness; darkness.
    "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." (Psalm xxiii. 4.)
    Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.

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."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:16

    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.


Section 6


I Corinthians 15:17,18,20

    17 And if Christ be not raised,
your faith is vain; ye are yet in
your sins.

    18 Then they also which are fallen
asleep in Christ are perished.

    20 But now is Christ risen from the
dead, and become the firstfruits of
them that slept.

***
Revelation 6:9-11

    9 And when he had opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls
of them that were slain for the word
of God, and for the testimony which
they held:

    10 And they cried with a loud
voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy
and true, dost thou not judge and
avenge our blood on them that dwell
on the earth?

    11 And white robes were given unto
every one of them; and it was said
unto them, that they should rest yet
for a little season, until their
fellowservants also and their
brethren, that should be killed as
they were, should be fulfilled.
Revelation 14:13

    13 And I heard a voice from heaven
saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the
dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their
labours; and their works do follow
them.
Revelation 2:11

    11 He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall
not be hurt of the second death.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 77:9


    (Second death) Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:3


    (Death no advantage)
    If the Principle, rule, and demonstration of man's being are not in the least understood before what is termed death overtakes mortals, they will rise no higher spiritually in the scale of existence on account of that single experience, but will remain as material as before the transition, still seeking happiness through a material, instead of through a spiritual sense of life, and from selfish and inferior motives. That Life or Mind is finite and physical or is manifested through brain and nerves, is false. Hence Truth comes to destroy this error and its effects, - sickness, sin, and death. To the spiritual class, relates the Scripture: "On such the second death hath no power."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:12

    (Salvation and probation)
    Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them. Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of his own, but in possession of "the mind of the Lord," as the Scripture says.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:6-10


    (Victory over the grave)
    Our Master fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave. Jesus' deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death.


Section 7


Psalm 118:1,17,18

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

    17 I shall not die, but live, and
declare the works of the Lord.

    18 The Lord hath chastened me sore:
but he hath not given me over unto
death.

***
John 8:51

    51 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
If a man keep my saying, he shall
never see death.

***
Hebrews 11:5

    5 By faith Enoch was translated
that he should not see death; and was
not found, because God had translated
him: for before his translation he
had this testimony, that he pleased
God.
Hebrews 3:14

    14 For we are made partakers of
Christ, if we hold the beginning of
our confidence stedfast unto the end;

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:12


    (What the senses originate)
    We must silence this lie of material sense with the truth of spiritual sense. We must cause the error to cease that brought the belief of sin and death and would efface the pure sense of omnipotence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 248:29


    (Perfect models)
    Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love - the kingdom of heaven - reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31-5


    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Exercise of Mind faculties
17 1 - Identity not lost
17 1 - Erroneous postulates
17 1 - Action of mortal mind
17 1 - Death and the body
17 1 - Illusion of death
17 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
17 2 - Suicide and sin
17 2 - Triumph over death
17 2 - Spiritual law the only law
17 2 - Law and gospel
17 3 - Salvation and probation
17 3 - No death nor inaction
17 3 - Mind destroys all ills
17 3 - Corporeal changes
17 3 - Arena of contest
17 4 - Knowledge and honesty
17 4 - Hidden ways of iniquity
17 4 - Christly warning
17 4 - Expose sin without believing in it
17 4 - A belief in death
17 5 - Love frees from fear
17 5 - Our footsteps heavenward
17 6 - Second death
17 6 - Death no advantage
17 6 - Salvation and probation
17 6 - Victory over the grave
17 7 - What the senses originate
17 7 - Perfect models
17 7 - Need and supply
17 7 - Life all-inclusive


October 21,1900

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

II Peter 3:9

    9 The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to
repentance.



Responsive Reading


Isaiah 59:1,2,8,14-21

    1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot
hear:

    2 But your iniquities have
separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from
you, that he will not hear.

    8 The way of peace they know not;
and there is no judgment in their
goings: they have made them crooked
paths: whosoever goeth therein shall
not know peace.

    14 And judgment is turned away
backward, and justice standeth afar
off: for truth is fallen in the
street, and equity cannot enter.

    15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that
departeth from evil maketh himself a
prey: and the Lord saw it, and it
displeased him that there was no
judgment.

    16 #And he saw that there was no
man, and wondered that there was no
intercessor: therefore his arm
brought salvation unto him; and his
righteousness, it sustained him.

    17 For he put on righteousness as a
breastplate, and an helmet of
salvation upon his head; and he put
on the garments of vengeance for
clothing, and was clad with zeal as a
cloak.

    18 According to their deeds,
accordingly he will repay, fury to
his adversaries, recompence to his
enemies; to the islands he will repay
recompence.

    19 So shall they fear the name of
the Lord from the west, and his glory
from the rising of the sun. When the
enemy shall come in like a flood, the
Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a
standard against him.

    20 #And the Redeemer shall come to
Zion, and unto them that turn from
transgression in Jacob, saith the
Lord.

    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.



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.

***
Luke 6:40

    40 The disciple is not above his
master: but every one that is perfect
shall be as his master.

***
Deuteronomy 18:13

    13 Thou shalt be perfect with the
Lord thy God.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:11-16


    (God never inconsistent)
    It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins.


oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:17


    (Anthropomorphism)
    History teaches that the popular and false notions about the Divine Being and character have originated in the human mind. As there is in reality but one God, one Mind, wrong notions about God must have originated in a false supposition, not in immortal Truth, and they are fading out. They are false claims, which will eventually disappear, according to the vision of St. John in the Apocalypse.


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.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:23-30

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


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Question. - Is there no sin?
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:28-31

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


    (Man unfallen)
    Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.



Section 2


Genesis 2:15-17

    15 And the Lord God took the man,
and put him into the garden of Eden
to dress it and to keep it.

    16 And the Lord God commanded the
man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

***
Proverbs 16:5,6

    5 Every one that is proud in heart
is an abomination to the Lord: though
hand join in hand, he shall not be
unpunished.

    6 By mercy and truth iniquity is
purged: and by the fear of the Lord
men depart from evil.

***
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.

***
Ezekiel 33:13,14,16,20

    13 When I shall say to the
righteous, that he shall surely live;
if he trust to his own righteousness,
and commit iniquity, all his
righteousnesses shall not be
remembered; but for his iniquity that
he hath committed, he shall die for
it.

    14 Again, when I say unto the
wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he
turn from his sin, and do that which
is lawful and right;

    16 None of his sins that he hath
committed shall be mentioned unto
him: he hath done that which is
lawful and right; he shall surely
live.

    20 #Yet ye say, The way of the Lord
is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I
will judge you every one after his
ways.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:24


    (Mind not mortal) Error soweth the wind and reapeth the whirlwind.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:2-4


    (Like evolving like)
    To all that is unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:31


    (Vicarious suffering)
    Can God therefore overlook the law of righteousness which destroys the belief called sin? Does not Science show that sin brings suffering as much to-day as yesterday? They who sin must suffer. "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:17


    (Mental conspirators)
    "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, - to destroy itself. Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:11-25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)


    (-31- Evil not produced by God) A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin, - would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up "wrath against the day of wrath." He is joining in a conspiracy against himself, - against his own awakening to the awful unreality by which he has been deceived. Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.
    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in heaven."



Section 3


Psalm 9:16,17

    16 The Lord is known by the
judgment which he executeth: the
wicked is snared in the work of his
own hands.

    17 The wicked shall be turned into
hell, and all the nations that forget
God.
Psalm 103:6,8,9

    6 The Lord executeth righteousness
and judgment for all that are
oppressed.

    8 The Lord is merciful and
gracious, slow to anger, and
plenteous in mercy.

    9 He will not always chide: neither
will he keep his anger for ever.

***
Job 8:20

    20 Behold, God will not cast away a
perfect man, neither will he help the
evil doers:
Job 11:13-18

    13 If thou prepare thine heart, and
stretch out thine hands toward him;

    14 If iniquity be in thine hand,
put it far away, and let not
wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

    15 For then shalt thou lift up thy
face without spot; yea, thou shalt be
stedfast, and shalt not fear:

    16 Because thou shalt forget thy
misery, and remember it as waters
that pass away:

    17 And thine age shall be clearer
than the noonday; thou shalt shine
forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

    18 And thou shalt be secure,
because there is hope; yea, thou
shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt
take thy rest in safety.


588:1 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HELL)

    HELL. Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which "worketh abomination or maketh a lie."


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 - 184:6-8


    (Belief and understanding)
    Belief produces the results of belief, and the penalties it affixes last so long as the belief and are inseparable from it.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-25


    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these errors.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:13(begin It)


    (Righteous rebellion) It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins. Christ, or Truth, will destroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:11

    (Benefit of philanthropy)
    Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but those due for wrong-doing.



Section 4


Romans 11:32

    32 For God hath concluded them all
in unbelief, that he might have mercy
upon all.
Romans 5:17-21

    17 For if by one man's offence
death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    18 Therefore as by the offence of
one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the
righteousness of one the free gift
came upon all men unto justification
of life.

    19 For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made
righteous.

    20 Moreover the law entered, that
the offence might abound. But where
sin abounded, grace did much more
abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal
life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

***
I Timothy 2:3,4

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

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


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:4-12

(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. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 11:17


    (Truth annihilates error)
    Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner. Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable suffering.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:21-23


    (Proof in practice)
    Jesus' teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love.

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

    (Human reconciliation)
    Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.



Section 5


II Peter 3:9

    9 The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to
repentance.

***
Romans 15:4,8,9,12,13

    4 For whatsoever things were
written aforetime were written for
our learning, that we through
patience and comfort of the
scriptures might have hope.

    8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a
minister of the circumcision for the
truth of God, to confirm the promises
made unto the fathers:

    9 And that the Gentiles might
glorify God for his mercy; as it is
written, For this cause I will
confess to thee among the Gentiles,
and sing unto thy name.

    12 And again, Esaias saith, There
shall be a root of Jesse, and he that
shall rise to reign over the
Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles
trust.

    13 Now the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing,
that ye may abound in hope, through
the power of the Holy Ghost.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:13


    (Truth's witness)
    Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality. Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief, alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death, never reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat. Spiritual ideas, like numbers and notes, start from Principle, and admit no materialistic beliefs. Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense of being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:16

    (The true sonship)
    The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.


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


    (Moral retrogression)
    Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, - selfishness and sensuality causing constant retrogression, - our moral progress will be slow. Waking to Christ's demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and through Christ's precious love these efforts are crowned with success.



Section 6


Job 33:26-30

    26 He shall pray unto God, and he
will be favourable unto him: and he
shall see his face with joy: for he
will render unto man his
righteousness.

    27 He looketh upon men, and if any
say, I have sinned, and perverted that
which was right, and it profited me
not;

    28 He will deliver his soul from
going into the pit, and his life
shall see the light.

    29 Lo, all these things worketh God
oftentimes with man,

    30 To bring back his soul from the
pit, to be enlightened with the light
of the living.

***
Acts 3:19,25,26

    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;

    25 Ye are the children of the
prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying
unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall
all the kindreds of the earth be
blessed.

    26 Unto you first God, having
raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to
bless you, in turning away every one
of you from his iniquities.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:3-5


    (Pardon and amendment)
    Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:9,24-13


    (Image of the beast) Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger. Then he loses pleasure in wickedness, and it becomes his torment. The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning. There is no other way. Sin is the image of the beast to be effaced by the sweat of agony. It is a moral madness which rushes forth to clamor with midnight and tempest.
    (Moral courage)
    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.
    (Final destruction of error)
    Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the result? Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors are not thus really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter, they gain the true understanding of God in the Science which destroys human delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - God never inconsistent
18 1 - Anthropomorphism
18 1 - Soul imperishable
18 1 - Unrealities that seem real
18 1 - Man unfallen
18 2 - Mind not mortal
18 2 - Like evolving like
18 2 - Vicarious suffering
18 2 - Mental conspirators
18 2 - -31- Evil not produced by God
18 2 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
18 3 - Sin only of the flesh
18 3 - Belief and understanding
18 3 - Future purification
18 3 - Sin is punished
18 3 - Righteous rebellion
18 3 - Benefit of philanthropy
18 4 - Christ the ideal Truth
18 4 - Truth annihilates error
18 4 - Proof in practice
18 4 - Human reconciliation
18 5 - Truth's witness
18 5 - The true sonship
18 5 - Moral retrogression
18 6 - Pardon and amendment
18 6 - Image of the beast
18 6 - Moral courage
18 6 - Final destruction of error


October 28,1900

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:34

    34 Awake to righteousness, and sin
not; for some have not the knowledge
of God: I speak this to your shame.


Responsive Reading


Romans 5:12-21

    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by
sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned:

    13 (For until the law sin was in
the world: but sin is not imputed
when there is no law.

    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.

    15 But not as the offence, so also
is the free gift. For if through the
offence of one many be dead, much
more the grace of God, and the gift
by grace, which is by one man, Jesus
Christ, hath abounded unto many.

    16 And not as it was by one that
sinned, so is the gift: for the
judgment was by one to condemnation,
but the free gift is of many offences
unto justification.

    17 For if by one man's offence
death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    18 Therefore as by the offence of
one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the
righteousness of one the free gift
came upon all men unto justification
of life.

    19 For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made
righteous.

    20 Moreover the law entered, that
the offence might abound. But where
sin abounded, grace did much more
abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal
life by Jesus Christ our Lord.


Section 1


Genesis 2:7-9

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

    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 6:5-7

    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.

590:15 Chapter 17: Glossary
(LORD)

    LORD. In the Hebrew, this term is sometimes employed as a title, which has the inferior sense of master, or ruler. In the Greek, the word kurios almost always has this lower sense, unless specially coupled with the name God. Its higher signification is Supreme Ruler.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:7,22-5


    (Mist, or false claim)
    The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false. In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.
    (Jehovah or Elohim)
    Throughout the first chapter of Genesis and in three verses of the second, - in what we understand to be the spiritually scientific account of creation, - it is Elohim (God) who creates. From the fourth verse of chapter two to chapter five, the creator is called Jehovah, or the Lord. The different accounts become more and more closely intertwined to the end of chapter twelve, after which the distinction is not definitely traceable. In the historic parts of the Old Testament, it is usually Jehovah, peculiarly the divine sovereign of the Hebrew people, who is referred to.
    (Gods of the heathen)
    The idolatry which followed this material mythology is seen in the Phoenician worship of Baal, in the Moabitish god Chemosh, in the Moloch of the Amorites, in the Hindoo Vishnu, in the Greek Aphrodite, and in a thousand other so-called deities.


Section 2


Psalm 103:6,14-16

    6 The Lord executeth righteousness
and judgment for all that are
oppressed.

    14 For he knoweth our frame; he
remembereth that we are dust.

    15 As for man, his days are as
grass: as a flower of the field, so
he flourisheth.

    16 For the wind passeth over it,
and it is gone; and the place thereof
shall know it no more.

***
Job 34:15

    15 All flesh shall perish together,
and man shall turn again unto dust.

***
Isaiah 64:6

    6 But we are all as an unclean
thing, and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags; and we all do
fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away.

***
I Corinthians 15:47

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:26


    (The story of error)
    The second chapter of Genesis contains a statement of this material view of God and the universe, a statement which is the exact opposite of scientific truth as before recorded. The history of error or matter, if veritable, would set aside the omnipotence of Spirit; but it is the false history in contradistinction to the true.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:12,25-29

    (The two records)
    This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter. It records pantheism, opposed to the supremacy of divine Spirit; but this state of things is declared to be temporary and this man to be mortal, - dust returning to dust.
    (Hypothetical reversal)
    This latter part of the second chapter of Genesis, which portrays Spirit as supposedly cooperating with matter in constructing the universe, is based on some hypothesis of error, for the Scripture just preceding declares God's work to be finished.

584:28 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DUST)

    DUST. Nothingness; the absence of substance, life, or intelligence.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:16-6


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:15-19

    (Biological inventions)
    If, in the beginning, man's body originated in nonintelligent dust, and mind was afterwards put into body by the creator, why is not this divine order still maintained by God in perpetuating the species?


Section 3


Genesis 3:9-12

    9 And the Lord God called unto
Adam, and said unto him, Where art
thou?

    10 And he said, I heard thy voice
in the garden, and I was afraid,
because I was naked; and I hid
myself.

    11 And he said, Who told thee that
thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of
the tree, whereof I commanded thee
that thou shouldest not eat?

    12 And the man said, The woman whom
thou gavest to be with me, she gave
me of the tree, and I did eat.

***
James 1:13-15

    13 Let no man say when he is
tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither
tempteth he any man:

    14 But every man is tempted, when
he is drawn away of his own lust, and
enticed.

    15 Then when lust hath conceived,
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when
it is finished, bringeth forth death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:2


    (Scriptural allegory) The order of this allegory - the belief that everything springs from dust instead of from Deity - has been maintained in all the subsequent forms of belief. This is the error, - that mortal man starts materially, that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are both right and wrong.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:26-20

    (Shame the effect of sin)
    Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense. Thus error began and will end the dream of matter. In the allegory the body had been naked, and Adam knew it not; but now error demands that mind shall see and feel through matter, the five senses. The first impression material man had of himself was one of nakedness and shame. Had he lost man's rich inheritance and God's behest, dominion over all the earth? No! This had never been bestowed on Adam.



    (The beguiling first lie)
    Genesis iii. 11, 12. And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat? And the man said, The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.



    Here there is an attempt to trace all human errors directly or indirectly to God, or good, as if He were the creator of evil. The allegory shows that the snake-talker utters the first voluble lie, which beguiles the woman and demoralizes the man. Adam, alias mortal error, charges God and woman with his own dereliction, saying, "The woman, whom Thou gavest me, is responsible." According to this belief, the rib taken from Adam's side has grown into an evil mind, named woman, who aids man to make sinners more rapidly than he can alone.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:27

  (- MORTAL MIND - That which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense)


    (-29- Adam not ideal man) Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake." From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.


Section 4


Isaiah 2:22

    22 Cease ye from man, whose breath
is in his nostrils: for wherein is he
to be accounted of?

***
I John 3:7-9

    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.

***
Galatians 4:22-26

    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.

    24 Which things are an allegory:
for these are the two covenants; the
one from the mount Sinai, which
gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

    25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in
Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem
which now is, and is in bondage with
her children.

    26 But Jerusalem which is above is
free, which is the mother of us all.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:16-24

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


    (The divine standard of perfection)
    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?
    (Indestructible relationship)
    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:28


    (Material personality)
    Material, erroneous belief reverses understanding and truth. It declares mind to be in and of matter, so-called mortal life to be Life, infinity to enter man's nostrils so that matter becomes spiritual. Error begins with corporeality as the producer instead of divine Principle, and explains Deity through mortal and finite conceptions.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:26-28


    (The divine reflection) The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence, inhabits matter is taught by the schools. This theory is unscientific.

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 - 540:17

    (Allegiance to Spirit)
    Science renders "unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." It saith to the human sense of sin, sickness, and death, "God never made you, and you are a false sense which hath no knowledge of God." The purpose of the Hebrew allegory, representing error as assuming a divine character, is to teach mortals never to believe a lie.

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.


Section 5


II Corinthians 4:6

    6 For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness, hath shined
in our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ.

***
Matthew 17:1-5

    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.

***
John 1:4,9,14

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

    9 That was the true Light, which
lighteth every man that cometh into
the world.

    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.

***
I John 3:1,2

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

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

***
Psalm 17:15

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

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

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


    (-11- Christ Jesus)
    XI. Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive. Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age. Into the real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter. Thus it is that Christ illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement, between God and man in His image.

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 - 51:6


    (Life-power indestructible)
    Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men to attempt the destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life. Nothing could kill this Life of man. Jesus could give his temporal life into his enemies' hands; but when his earth-mission was accomplished, his spiritual life, indestructible and eternal, was found forever the same. He knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished.

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

19 1 - Mist, or false claim
19 1 - Jehovah or Elohim
19 1 - Gods of the heathen
19 2 - The story of error
19 2 - The two records
19 2 - Hypothetical reversal
19 2 - Creation reversed
19 2 - Biological inventions
19 3 - Scriptural allegory
19 3 - Shame the effect of sin
19 3 - The beguiling first lie
19 3 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 4 - The divine standard of perfection
19 4 - Indestructible relationship
19 4 - Material personality
19 4 - The divine reflection
19 4 - The curse removed
19 4 - Allegiance to Spirit
19 4 - Paradise regained
19 5 - -11- Christ Jesus
19 5 - Spiritual government
19 5 - Life-power indestructible
19 5 - Mythical pleasure


November 4,1900

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 6:22

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


Responsive Reading


I Chronicles 16:8-15,23-29

    8 Give thanks unto the Lord, call
upon his name, make known his deeds
among the people.

    9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto
him, talk ye of all his wondrous
works.

    10 Glory ye in his holy name: let
the heart of them rejoice that seek
the Lord.

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

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

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

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

    15 Be ye mindful always of his
covenant; the word which he commanded
to a thousand generations;

    23 Sing unto the Lord, all the
earth; shew forth from day to day his
salvation.

    24 Declare his glory among the
heathen: his marvellous works among
all nations.

    25 For great is the Lord, and
greatly to be praised: he also is to
be feared above all gods.

    26 For all the gods of the people
are idols: but the Lord made the
heavens.

    27 Glory and honour are in his
presence; strength and gladness are
in his place.

    28 Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds
of the people, give unto the Lord
glory and strength.

    29 Give unto the Lord the glory due
unto his name: bring an offering, and
come before him: worship the Lord in
the beauty of holiness.


Section 1


Genesis 21:33

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

***
I John 1:2

    2 (For the life was manifested, and
we have seen it, and bear witness,
and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us;)
I John 3:2

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

***
I Timothy 1:17

    17 Now unto the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only wise
God, be honour and glory for ever and
ever. Amen.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:15-30


    (No proof of immortality)
    Life, Love, Truth, is the only proof of immortality.
    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal. Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing, governing, divine Principle lives on, - in the case of man as truly as in the case of numbers and of music, - despite the so-called laws of matter, which define man as mortal. Though the inharmony resulting from material sense hides the harmony of Science, inharmony cannot destroy the divine Principle of Science. In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:11,26


    (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.
    (Immortal models)
    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:14

(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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:25

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

    (Scientific ultimatum)
    God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind. On this statement rests the Science of being, and the Principle of this Science is divine, demonstrating harmony and immortality.


Section 2


Job 4:17-19,21

    17 Shall mortal man be more just
than God? shall a man be more pure
than his maker?

    18 Behold, he put no trust in his
servants; and his angels he charged
with folly:

    19 How much less in them that dwell
in houses of clay, whose foundation
is in the dust, which are crushed
before the moth?

    21 Doth not their excellency which
is in them go away? they die, even
without wisdom.

***
II Corinthians 5:1-4

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

***
Romans 7:5

    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.

***
Colossians 3:5

    5 Mortify therefore your members
which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:5


    (Physiology or Spirit)
    The demands of God appeal to thought only; but the claims of mortality, and what are termed laws of nature, appertain to matter. Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing the highest human good? We cannot obey both physiology and Spirit, for one absolutely destroys the other, and one or the other must be supreme in the affections. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we shall presently "hold to the one, and despise the other."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:24-3

    (Spiritual freedom)
    The Science of being reveals man and immortality as based on Spirit. Physical sense defines mortal man as based on matter, and from this premise infers the mortality of the body.
    (No physical affinity)
    The illusive senses may fancy affinities with their opposites; but in Christian Science, Truth never mingles with error. Mind has no affinity with matter, and therefore Truth is able to cast out the ills of the flesh. Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence. The belief that a pulpy substance under the skull is mind is a mockery of intelligence, a mimicry of Mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:18


    (God and His image)
    The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind. When we put off the false sense for the true, and see that sin and mortality have neither Principle nor permanency, we shall learn that sin and mortality are without actual origin or rightful existence. They are native nothingness, out of which error would simulate creation through a man formed from dust.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:29


    (Material error) Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immortal, for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.


Section 3


I Corinthians 15:50,53,54

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.

    54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory.

***
John 12:24,25

    24 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except a corn of wheat fall into the
ground and die, it abideth alone: but
if it die, it bringeth forth much
fruit.

    25 He that loveth his life shall
lose it; and he that hateth his life
in this world shall keep it unto life
eternal.

***
Romans 6:12,13,19,22

    12 Let not sin therefore reign in
your mortal body, that ye should obey
it in the lusts thereof.

    13 Neither yield ye your members as
instruments of unrighteousness unto
sin: but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the
dead, and your members as instruments
of righteousness unto God.

    19 I speak after the manner of men
because of the infirmity of your
flesh: for as ye have yielded your
members servants to uncleanness and
to iniquity unto iniquity; even so
now yield your members servants to
righteousness unto holiness.

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:30-1

(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


    (Immortal birthright)
    Mortal man is really a self-contradictory phrase, for man is not mortal, "neither indeed can be;" man is immortal.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:14-27


    (Mortal existence a dream)
    Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is called man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A mortal may be weary or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in sleep. When that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself experiencing none of these dream-sensations. To the observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed, and sensationless, and the mind seems to be absent.
    Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream? There cannot be, since whatever appears to be a mortal man is a mortal dream. Take away the mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:29


    (Climax of suffering)
    The sinful misconception of Life as something less than God, having no truth to support it, falls back upon itself. This error, after reaching the climax of suffering, yields to Truth and returns to dust; but it is only mortal man and not the real man, who dies. The image of Spirit cannot be effaced, since it is the idea of Truth and changes not, but becomes more beautifully apparent at error's demise.


Section 4


II Timothy 1:7,9,10

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

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

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

***
Hebrews 12:18,22-24

    18 For ye are not come unto the
mount that might be touched, and that
burned with fire, nor unto blackness,
and darkness, and tempest,

    22 But ye are come unto mount Sion,
and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
innumerable company of angels,

    23 To the general assembly and
church of the firstborn, which are
written in heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of
just men made perfect,

    24 And to Jesus the mediator of the
new covenant, and to the blood of
sprinkling, that speaketh better
things than that of Abel.

***
Romans 8:11,22,23

    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.

    22 For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now.

    23 And not only they, but ourselves
also, which have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan
within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, to wit, the redemption of
our body.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:19-29


    (Intelligent consecration)
    We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.
    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 553:29


    (Being is immortal)
    You may say that mortals are formed before they think or know aught of their origin, and you may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can only be replied, that Christian Science reveals what "eye hath not seen," - even the cause of all that exists, - for the universe, inclusive of man, is as eternal as God, who is its divine immortal Principle. There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, like Deity, - or, rather, being and Deity are inseparable.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 261:21-24


    (Immutable identity of man)
    Detach sense from the body, or matter, which is only a form of human belief, and you may learn the meaning of God, or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:9-18


    (Scientific purgation)
    The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)

    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.


Section 5


Psalm 96:9

    9 O worship the Lord in the beauty
of holiness: fear before him, all the
earth.

***
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.

***
II Timothy 2:8,10

    8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the
seed of David was raised from the
dead according to my gospel:

    10 Therefore I endure all things
for the elect's sakes, that they may
also obtain the salvation which is in
Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

***
Matthew 13:43

    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 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.
Revelation 21:5-7

    5 And he that sat upon the throne
said, Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me, Write: for these
words are true and faithful.

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24-30


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:4


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    All creations of Spirit are eternal; but creations of matter must return to dust. Error supposes man to be both mental and material. Divine Science contradicts this postulate and maintains man's spiritual identity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:27


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:13-2

    (Eternal beauty)
    Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, - the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense.
    (The divine loveliness)
    Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.
    The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal over age and decay.
    The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - No proof of immortality
20 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
20 1 - God's man discerned
20 1 - Immortal models
20 1 - Theories helpless
20 1 - Scientific ultimatum
20 2 - Physiology or Spirit
20 2 - Spiritual freedom
20 2 - No physical affinity
20 2 - God and His image
20 2 - Human egotism
20 2 - Material error
20 3 - Immortal birthright
20 3 - Mental and physical oneness
20 3 - Mortal existence a dream
20 3 - Climax of suffering
20 4 - Intelligent consecration
20 4 - The present immortality
20 4 - Being is immortal
20 4 - Immutable identity of man
20 4 - Scientific purgation
20 4 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
20 5 - Scientific finalities
20 5 - Spiritual thoughts
20 5 - True life eternal
20 5 - Eternal beauty
20 5 - The divine loveliness


November 11,1900

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 5:8

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 58:3,5-14

    3 #Wherefore have we fasted, say
they, and thou seest not? wherefore
have we afflicted our soul, and thou
takest no knowledge? Behold, in the
day of your fast ye find pleasure,
and exact all your labours.

    5 Is it such a fast that I have
chosen? a day for a man to afflict
his soul? is it to bow down his head
as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth
and ashes under him? wilt thou call
this a fast, and an acceptable day to
the Lord?

    6 Is not this the fast that I have
chosen? to loose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy
burdens, and to let the oppressed go
free, and that ye break every yoke?

    7 Is it not to deal thy bread to
the hungry, and that thou bring the
poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou
cover him; and that thou hide not
thyself from thine own flesh?

    8 #Then shall thy light break forth
as the morning, and thine health
shall spring forth speedily: and thy
righteousness shall go before thee;
the glory of the Lord shall be thy
rereward.

    9 Then shalt thou call, and the
Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry,
and he shall say, Here I am. If thou
take away from the midst of thee the
yoke, the putting forth of the
finger, and speaking vanity;

    10 And if thou draw out thy soul to
the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted
soul; then shall thy light rise in
obscurity, and thy darkness be as the
noonday:

    11 And the Lord shall guide thee
continually, and satisfy thy soul in
drought, and make fat thy bones: and
thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose
waters fail not.

    12 And they that shall be of thee
shall build the old waste places:
thou shalt raise up the foundations
of many generations; and thou shalt
be called, The repairer of the
breach, The restorer of paths to
dwell in.

    13 If thou turn away thy foot from
the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure
on my holy day; and call the sabbath
a delight, the holy of the Lord,
honourable; and shalt honour him, not
doing thine own ways, nor finding
thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words:

    14 Then shalt thou delight thyself
in the Lord; and I will cause thee to
ride upon the high places of the
earth, and feed thee with the
heritage of Jacob thy father: for the
mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.


Section 1


Psalm 42:1,2

    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?

***
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;

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17-23

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


    (Soul not confined in body)
    Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:10-14


    (Perpetual motion)
    In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this statement, suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the keynote of being, and there is continual discord.

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


    (Real and unreal identity)
    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:25


    (The sun and Soul)
    In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.


Section 2


Job 33:4

    4 The Spirit of God hath made me,
and the breath of the Almighty hath
given me life.

***
Isaiah 44:9,10,18,20,21

    9 #They that make a graven image
are all of them vanity; and their
delectable things shall not profit;
and they are their own witnesses;
they see not, nor know; that they may
be ashamed.

    10 Who hath formed a god, or molten
a graven image that is profitable for
nothing?

    18 They have not known nor
understood: for he hath shut their
eyes, that they cannot see; and their
hearts, that they cannot understand.

    20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived
heart hath turned him aside, that he
cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is
there not a lie in my right hand?

    21 #Remember these, O Jacob and
Israel; for thou art my servant: I
have formed thee; thou art my
servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be
forgotten of me.
Isaiah 26:4,8,9,12

    4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord JEHOVAH is
everlasting strength:

    8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments,
O Lord, have we waited for thee; the
desire of our soul is to thy name,
and to the remembrance of thee.

    9 With my soul have I desired thee
in the night; yea, with my spirit
within me will I seek thee early: for
when thy judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world will
learn righteousness.

    12 #Lord, thou wilt ordain peace
for us: for thou also hast wrought
all our works in us.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 396:26-30


    (Healthful explanation)
    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:19-2

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:11-16


    (The fall of error)
    If man's spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we "live, and move, and have our being," should be lost, and if man should be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated.


Section 3


Psalm 43:5

    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.
Psalm 103:1,2,13

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

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

    13 Like as a father pitieth his
children, so the Lord pitieth them
that fear him.

***
Malachi 3:16-18

    16 #Then they that feared the Lord
spake often one to another: and the
Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a
book of remembrance was written
before him for them that feared the
Lord, and that thought upon his name.


    17 And they shall be mine, saith
the Lord of hosts, in that day when I
make up my jewels; and I will spare
them, as a man spareth his own son
that serveth him.

    18 Then shall ye return, and
discern between the righteous and the
wicked, between him that serveth God
and him that serveth him not.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:28


    (The senses of Soul)
    Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of Soul, and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its faculties. Spirit's senses are without pain, and they are forever at peace. Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and permanence of Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 284:28-2


    (Our physical insensibility to Spirit)
    According to Christian Science, the only real senses of man are spiritual, emanating from divine Mind. Thought passes from God to man, but neither sensation nor report goes from material body to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man. Matter is not sentient and cannot be cognizant of good or of evil, of pleasure or of pain.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 211:7


    (Matter sensationless)
    The sensations of the body must either be the sensations of a so-called mortal mind or of matter. Nerves are not mind. Is it not provable that Mind is not mortal and that matter has no sensation? Is it not equally true that matter does not appear in the spiritual understanding of being?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 488:16

(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


    (All faculties from Mind)
    Answer. - Christian Science sustains with immortal proof the impossibility of any material sense, and defines these so-called senses as mortal beliefs, the testimony of which cannot be true either of man or of his Maker. The corporeal senses can take no cognizance of spiritual reality and immortality. Nerves have no more sensation, apart from what belief bestows upon them, than the fibres of a plant. Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of organization and decomposition, - otherwise the very worms could unfashion man. If it were possible for the real senses of man to be injured, Soul could reproduce them in all their perfection; but they cannot be disturbed nor destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not in matter.


Section 4


Psalm 121:7,8

    7 The Lord shall preserve thee from
all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.


    8 The Lord shall preserve thy going
out and thy coming in from this time
forth, and even for evermore.

***
Job 5:8,19-21

    8 I would seek unto God, and unto
God would I commit my cause:

    19 He shall deliver thee in six
troubles: yea, in seven there shall
no evil touch thee.

    20 In famine he shall redeem thee
from death: and in war from the power
of the sword.

    21 Thou shalt be hid from the
scourge of the tongue: neither shalt
thou be afraid of destruction when it
cometh.

***
Jeremiah 31:10-12

    10 #Hear the word of the Lord, O ye
nations, and declare it in the isles
afar off, and say, He that scattered
Israel will gather him, and keep him,
as a shepherd doth his flock.

    11 For the Lord hath redeemed
Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand
of him that was stronger than he.

    12 Therefore they shall come and
sing in the height of Zion, and shall
flow together to the goodness of the
Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and
for oil, and for the young of the
flock and of the herd: and their soul
shall be as a watered garden; and
they shall not sorrow any more at
all.

***
Zephaniah 3:17

    17 The Lord thy God in the midst of
thee is mighty; he will save, he will
rejoice over thee with joy; he will
rest in his love, he will joy over
thee with singing.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11-16


    (Jesus' disregard of matter)
    Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:20

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Disease is an experience of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental inharmony. That man is material, and that matter suffers, - these propositions can only seem real and natural in illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 400:12-15,20-26


    (Eradicate error from thought) Eradicate the image of disease from the perturbed thought before it has taken tangible shape in conscious thought, alias the body, and you prevent the development of disease.
    (Mortal mind controlled)
    When we remove disease by addressing the disturbed mind, giving no heed to the body, we prove that thought alone creates the suffering. Mortal mind rules all that is mortal. We see in the body the images of this mind, even as in optics we see painted on the retina the image which becomes visible to the senses.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:12


    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, - neither in nor of matter, - and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love. Hence the hope of the promise Jesus bestows: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; . . . because I go unto my Father," - [because the Ego is absent from the body, and present with Truth and Love.] The Lord's Prayer is the prayer of Soul, not of material sense.


Section 5


II Corinthians 5:6,8,9

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.

    9 Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be
accepted of him.

***
Psalm 15:1-3

    1 Lord, who shall abide in thy
tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy
holy hill?

    2 He that walketh uprightly, and
worketh righteousness, and speaketh
the truth in his heart.

    3 He that backbiteth not with his
tongue, nor doeth evil to his
neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach
against his neighbour.

***
Revelation 21:2,22-24

    2 And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out
of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.

    22 And I saw no temple therein: for
the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb
are the temple of it.

    23 And the city had no need of the
sun, neither of the moon, to shine in
it: for the glory of God did lighten
it, and the Lamb is the light
thereof.

    24 And the nations of them which
are saved shall walk in the light of
it: and the kings of the earth do
bring their glory and honour into it.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:3


    (Life only in Spirit)
    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 - 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:6


    (Human reflection)
    Man, in the likeness of his Maker, reflects the central light of being, the invisible God. As there is no corporeality in the mirrored form, which is but a reflection, so man, like all things real, reflects God, his divine Principle, not in a mortal body.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:30-1

    (Sickness as discord)
    Intelligence does not originate in numbers, but is manifested through them. The body does not include soul, but manifests mortality, a false sense of soul.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 576:10-23


    (The shrine celestial)
    And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.



    There was no temple, - that is, no material structure in which to worship God, for He must be worshipped in spirit and in love. The word temple also means body. The Revelator was familiar with Jesus' use of this word, as when Jesus spoke of his material body as the temple to be temporarily rebuilt (John ii. 21). What further indication need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw heaven and earth with "no temple [body] therein"? This kingdom of God "is within you," - is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it.


Section 6


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.

***
II Corinthians 4:15,16

    15 For all things are for your
sakes, that the abundant grace might
through the thanksgiving of many
redound to the glory of God.

    16 For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by
day.
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 - 241:13-14,27-8


    (Spirit transforms)
    The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit.
    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:32-6


    (Corporeal changes)
    The elements and functions of the physical body and of the physical world will change as mortal mind changes its beliefs. What is now considered the best condition for organic and functional health in the human body may no longer be found indispensable to health. Moral conditions will be found always harmonious and health-giving.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:2-11

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Jesus said: "Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I [Mind] will raise it up;" and he did this for tired humanity's reassurance.
    (Inexhaustible divine Love)
    Is it not a species of infidelity to believe that so great a work as the Messiah's was done for himself or for God, who needed no help from Jesus' example to preserve the eternal harmony? But mortals did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for them. Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - Soul not confined in body
21 1 - Perpetual motion
21 1 - Real and unreal identity
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Healthful explanation
21 2 - Reflection of Spirit
21 2 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 2 - The fall of error
21 3 - The senses of Soul
21 3 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
21 3 - Matter sensationless
21 3 - All faculties from Mind
21 4 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 4 - Mind destroys all ills
21 4 - Eradicate error from thought
21 4 - Mortal mind controlled
21 4 - Spiritualized consciousness
21 5 - Life only in Spirit
21 5 - Philosophical blunders
21 5 - Human reflection
21 5 - Sickness as discord
21 5 - The shrine celestial
21 6 - Spirit transforms
21 6 - Spiritual baptism
21 6 - Corporeal changes
21 6 - Mind destroys all ills
21 6 - Inexhaustible divine Love


November 18,1900

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Ephesians 5:1-3,6-17

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

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

    3 But fornication, and all
uncleanness, or covetousness, let it
not be once named among you, as
becometh saints;

    6 Let no man deceive you with vain
words: for because of these things
cometh the wrath of God upon the
children of disobedience.

    7 Be not ye therefore partakers
with them.

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

    9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and righteousness and
truth;)

    10 Proving what is acceptable unto
the Lord.

    11 And have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but
rather reprove them.

    12 For it is a shame even to speak
of those things which are done of them
in secret.

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

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

    15 See then that ye walk
circumspectly, not as fools, but as
wise,

    16 Redeeming the time, because the
days are evil.

    17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the
Lord is.


Section 1


Numbers 23:23

    23 Surely there is no enchantment
against Jacob, neither is there any
divination against Israel: according
to this time it shall be said of
Jacob and of Israel, What hath God
wrought!

***
II Corinthians 4:3,4

    3 But if our gospel be hid, it is
hid to them that are lost:

    4 In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them.

***
John 14:30

    30 Hereafter I will not talk much
with you: for the prince of this
world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:6-27

(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. - Not one of them is included in it. In divine Science, the supposed laws of matter yield to the law of Mind. What are termed natural science and material laws are the objective states of mortal mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals. Physical force and mortal mind are one. Drugs and hygiene oppose the supremacy of the divine Mind. Drugs and inert matter are unconscious, mindless. Certain results, supposed to proceed from drugs, are really caused by the faith in them which the false human consciousness is educated to feel.
    (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 - 185:7


    (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.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 18:10-12

    10 There shall not be found among
you any one that maketh his son or
his daughter to pass through the
fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter,
or a witch,

    11 Or a charmer, or a consulter
with familiar spirits, or a wizard,
or a necromancer.

    12 For all that do these things are
an abomination unto the Lord: and
because of these abominations the
Lord thy God doth drive them out from
before thee.

***
Galatians 5:19-21

    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.

***
Colossians 2:8,9

    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.

    9 For in him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily.

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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 181:9

    (Manipulation unscientific)
    When you manipulate patients, you trust in electricity and magnetism more than in Truth; and for that reason, you employ matter rather than Mind. You weaken or destroy your power when you resort to any except spiritual means.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 67:18


    (Spiritual power)
    The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we remember that through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.


Section 3


Mark 3:22,23,26,27

    22 #And the scribes which came down
from Jerusalem said, He hath
Beelzebub, and by the prince of the
devils casteth he out devils.

    23 And he called them unto him, and
said unto them in parables, How can
Satan cast out Satan?

    26 And if Satan rise up against
himself, and be divided, he cannot
stand, but hath an end.

    27 No man can enter into a strong
man's house, and spoil his goods,
except he will first bind the strong
man; and then he will spoil his
house.

***
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.

***
II Timothy 2:24-26

    24 And the servant of the Lord must
not strive; but be gentle unto all
men, apt to teach, patient,

    25 In meekness instructing those
that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them
repentance to the acknowledging of
the truth;

    26 And that they may recover
themselves out of the snare of the
devil, who are taken captive by him
at his will.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19


    (Obligations of teachers)
    Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.

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.

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."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:10


    (Will-power unrighteous)
    Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while the exercise of the sentiments - hope, faith, love - is the prayer of the righteous. This prayer, governed by Science instead of the senses, heals the sick.


Section 4


Isaiah 44:24-26

    24 Thus saith the Lord, thy
redeemer, and he that formed thee
from the womb, I am the Lord that
maketh all things; that stretcheth
forth the heavens alone; that
spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;


    25 That frustrateth the tokens of
the liars, and maketh diviners mad;
that turneth wise men backward, and
maketh their knowledge foolish;

    26 That confirmeth the word of his
servant, and performeth the counsel of
his messengers; that saith to
Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited;
and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall
be built, and I will raise up the
decayed places thereof:
Isaiah 47:12,14,15

    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.

    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.

    15 Thus shall they be unto thee
with whom thou hast laboured, even
thy merchants, from thy youth: they
shall wander every one to his
quarter; none shall save thee.

***
Acts 19:13-20

    13 #Then certain of the vagabond
Jews, exorcists, took upon them to
call over them which had evil spirits
the name of the Lord Jesus, saying,
We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul
preacheth.

    14 And there were seven sons of one
Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the
priests, which did so.

    15 And the evil spirit answered and
said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know;
but who are ye?

    16 And the man in whom the evil
spirit was leaped on them, and
overcame them, and prevailed against
them, so that they fled out of that
house naked and wounded.

    17 And this was known to all the
Jews and Greeks also dwelling at
Ephesus; and fear fell on them all,
and the name of the Lord Jesus was
magnified.

    18 And many that believed came, and
confessed, and shewed their deeds.

    19 Many of them also which used
curious arts brought their books
together, and burned them before all
men: and they counted the price of
them, and found it fifty thousand
pieces of silver.

    20 So mightily grew the word of God
and prevailed.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 449:19-21


    (Inoculation of thought)
    The baneful effect of evil associates is less seen than felt. The inoculation of evil human thoughts ought to be understood and guarded against.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 235:4


    (Cleansing the mind) Better suffer a doctor infected with smallpox to attend you than to be treated mentally by one who does not obey the requirements of divine Science.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 106:9-14


    (Proper self-government)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 375:11


    (Science versus hypnotism)
    The Christian Scientist demonstrates that divine Mind heals, while the hypnotist dispossesses the patient of his individuality in order to control him. No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be understood and so rendered fruitless. The genuine Christian Scientist is adding to his patient's mental and moral power, and is increasing his patient's spirituality while restoring him physically through divine Love.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 457:7


    (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. That we cannot scientifically both cure and cause disease is self-evident. In the legend of the shield, which led to a quarrel between two knights because each of them could see but one face of it, both sides were beautiful according to their degree; but to mental malpractice, prolific of evil, there is no good aspect, either silvern or golden.


Section 5


Acts 20:28-30

    28 #Take heed therefore unto
yourselves, and to all the flock,
over the which the Holy Ghost hath
made you overseers, to feed the
church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood.

    29 For I know this, that after my
departing shall grievous wolves enter
in among you, not sparing the flock.

    30 Also of your own selves shall
men arise, speaking perverse things,
to draw away disciples after them.

***
II Corinthians 11:13,14

    13 For such are false apostles,
deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of
Christ.

    14 And no marvel; for Satan himself
is transformed into an angel of
light.

***
Revelation 2:10

    10 Fear none of those things which
thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison,
that ye may be tried; and ye shall
have tribulation ten days: be thou
faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 570:30


    (Hidden ways of iniquity) Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil's hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:30-23

    (Animal tendency)
    It is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel them to devour each other and cast out devils through Beelzebub.
    As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error's own nature and methods. This malicious animal instinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime. This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a star.
    (Malicious barbarity)
    The author is convinced that the accusations against Jesus of Nazareth and even his crucifixion were instigated by the criminal instinct here described. The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God and of the dragon as warring against innocence. Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form. The brutal barbarity of his foes could emanate from no source except the highest degree of human depravity. Jesus "opened not his mouth." Until the majesty of Truth should be demonstrated in divine Science, the spiritual idea was arraigned before the tribunal of so-called mortal mind, which was unloosed in order that the false claim of mind in matter might uncover its own crime of defying immortal Mind.


Section 6


Revelation 12:7-11

    7 And there was war in heaven:
Michael and his angels fought against
the dragon; and the dragon fought and
his angels,

    8 And prevailed not; neither was
their place found any more in heaven.


    9 And the great dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out
with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

    11 And they overcame him by the
blood of the Lamb, and by the word of
their testimony; and they loved not
their lives unto the death.

***
Isaiah 26:3,4

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

    4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord JEHOVAH is
everlasting strength:

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:21


    (Divine victory)
    Jesus rose higher in demonstration because of the cup of bitterness he drank. Human law had condemned him, but he was demonstrating divine Science. Out of reach of the barbarity of his enemies, he was acting under spiritual law in defiance of matter and mortality, and that spiritual law sustained him. The divine must overcome the human at every point. The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelligence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:11-20


    (Right 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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:15-19


    (The armor of divinity)
    At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Mindless methods
22 1 - Animal magnetism error
22 1 - A so-called mind-cure
22 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 2 - Manipulation unscientific
22 2 - Spiritual power
22 3 - Obligations of teachers
22 3 - Adulteration of Truth
22 3 - Willpower detrimental
22 3 - Will-power unrighteous
22 4 - Inoculation of thought
22 4 - Cleansing the mind
22 4 - Proper self-government
22 4 - Science versus hypnotism
22 4 - Purity of science
22 5 - Hidden ways of iniquity
22 5 - Animal tendency
22 5 - Malicious barbarity
22 6 - Divine victory
22 6 - Right views of humanity
22 6 - Standpoint revealed
22 6 - The armor of divinity


November 25,1900

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 136:1,4-9

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

    4 To him who alone doeth great
wonders: for his mercy endureth for
ever.

    5 To him that by wisdom made the
heavens: for his mercy endureth for
ever.

    6 To him that stretched out the
earth above the waters: for his mercy
endureth for ever.

    7 To him that made great lights:
for his mercy endureth for ever:

    8 The sun to rule by day: for his
mercy endureth for ever:

    9 The moon and stars to rule by
night: for his mercy endureth for
ever.
Psalm 33:1-7,9

    1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye
righteous: for praise is comely for
the upright.

    2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing
unto him with the psaltery and an
instrument of ten strings.

    3 Sing unto him a new song; play
skilfully with a loud noise.

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

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

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

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

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


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 41:1,2,4

    1 Keep silence before me, O
islands; and let the people renew
their strength: let them come near;
then let them speak: let us come near
together to judgment.

    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.

    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.
Isaiah 46:8,9

    8 Remember this, and shew
yourselves men: bring it again to
mind, O ye transgressors.

    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,
Isaiah 48:12,13

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

    13 Mine hand also hath laid the
foundation of the earth, and my right
hand hath spanned the heavens: when I
call unto them, they stand up
together.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:22-29


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:18

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)


    (-6- The universal cause)
    VI. God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence. He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.

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.


Section 2


Psalm 33:1,4,5

    1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye
righteous: for praise is comely for
the upright.

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

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

***
Hebrews 11:3

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

***
Genesis 2:4,5

    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:23-30


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5-8


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 73:10-11


    (One government)
    God controls man, and God is the only Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:32


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

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


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


Section 3


Psalm 103:19,20

    19 The Lord hath prepared his
throne in the heavens; and his
kingdom ruleth over all.

    20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels,
that excel in strength, that do his
commandments, hearkening unto the
voice of his word.
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.

***
Isaiah 45:18

    18 For thus saith the Lord that
created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in
vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I
am the Lord; and there is none else.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7-8(to .),12

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


    (-18- The only substance)
    XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself.
    Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:20-23,27-31


    (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.
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:25-27


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:16

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:27


    (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?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:4


    (Science and Christianity)
    If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.


Section 4


James 4:13,14

    13 Go to now, ye that say, To day
or to morrow we will go into such a
city, and continue there a year, and
buy and sell, and get gain:

    14 Whereas ye know not what shall
be on the morrow. For what is your
life? It is even a vapour, that
appeareth for a little time, and then
vanisheth away.

***
Psalm 102:1,3,11

    1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let
my cry come unto thee.

    3 For my days are consumed like
smoke, and my bones are burned as an
hearth.

    11 My days are like a shadow that
declineth; and I am withered like
grass.

***
Job 7:9,10

    9 As the cloud is consumed and
vanisheth away: so he that goeth down
to the grave shall come up no more.

    10 He shall return no more to his
house, neither shall his place know
him any more.
Job 34:15

    15 All flesh shall perish together,
and man shall turn again unto dust.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:10-12


    (Deep-reaching interrogations)
    Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8-10,18

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


    (Matter's supposed selfhood)
    Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is all that the eye beholds.
    (Chaos and darkness)
    "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." (Genesis i. 1, 2.) In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations. Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:25-27


    (Divine origination)
    Matter is neither intelligent nor creative. The tree is not the author of itself. Sound is not the originator of music, and man is not the father of man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:1-5,14-16


    (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.
    (One cause supreme)
    Hence, as we approach Spirit and Truth, we lose the consciousness of matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:9

    (Salvation is through reform)
    The Master said, "No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, "I am the way." Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.


Section 5


Psalm 100:1-3

    1 Make a joyful noise unto the
Lord, all ye lands.

    2 Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before his presence with
singing.

    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 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.

***
Matthew 23:9

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:24


    (Man springs from Mind) Did man, whom God created with a word, originate in an egg? When Spirit made all, did it leave aught for matter to create? Ideas of Truth alone are reflected in the myriad manifestations of Life, and thus it is seen that man springs solely from Mind. The belief that matter supports life would make Life, or God, mortal.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 63:5


    (Spiritual origin)
    In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:13


    (A mortal not man)
    The Psalmist said: "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet."

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:5


    (No material creation)
    All things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31


    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.


Section 6


Psalm 25:4,5

    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.

***
Isaiah 2:1-3

    1 The word that Isaiah the son of
Amoz saw concerning Judah and
Jerusalem.

    2 And it shall come to pass in the
last days, that the mountain of the
Lord's house shall be established in
the top of the mountains, and shall
be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it.

    3 And many people shall go and say,
Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, to the house of
the God of Jacob; and he will teach
us of his ways, and we will walk in
his paths: for out of Zion shall go
forth the law, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem.

***
John 14:22,23,25,26

    22 Judas saith unto him, not
Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou
wilt manifest thyself unto us, and
not unto the world?

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

    25 These things have I spoken unto
you, being yet present with you.

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:28-30


    (Scientific foreknowing)
    All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:23-29


    (Causation mental)
    Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:28


    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:14-16


    (The Fatherhood of God)
    Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - Ideas and identities
23 1 - -6- The universal cause
23 1 - No new creation
23 2 - Growth is from Mind
23 2 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 2 - One government
23 2 - Limitless Mind
23 2 - Impossible coalescence
23 3 - -18- The only substance
23 3 - One primal cause
23 3 - Spiritual offspring
23 3 - Goodness a portion of God
23 3 - Perfection of creation
23 3 - Science and Christianity
23 4 - Deep-reaching interrogations
23 4 - Matter's supposed selfhood
23 4 - Chaos and darkness
23 4 - Like evolving like
23 4 - Divine origination
23 4 - Substance versus supposition
23 4 - One cause supreme
23 4 - Salvation is through reform
23 5 - Man springs from Mind
23 5 - Spiritual origin
23 5 - A mortal not man
23 5 - No material creation
23 5 - Birthright of man
23 6 - Scientific foreknowing
23 6 - Causation mental
23 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence
23 6 - The Fatherhood of God


December 2,1900

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 40:11

    11 Withhold not thou thy tender
mercies from me, O Lord: let thy
lovingkindness and thy truth
continually preserve me.


Responsive Reading


Proverbs 2:1-12,21

    1 My son, if thou wilt receive my
words, and hide my commandments with
thee;

    2 So that thou incline thine ear
unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to
understanding;

    3 Yea, if thou criest after
knowledge, and liftest up thy voice
for understanding;

    4 If thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid
treasures;

    5 Then shalt thou understand the
fear of the Lord, and find the
knowledge of God.

    6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out
of his mouth cometh knowledge and
understanding.

    7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the
righteous: he is a buckler to them
that walk uprightly.

    8 He keepeth the paths of judgment,
and preserveth the way of his saints.


    9 Then shalt thou understand
righteousness, and judgment, and
equity; yea, every good path.

    10 #When wisdom entereth into thine
heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto
thy soul;

    11 Discretion shall preserve thee,
understanding shall keep thee:

    12 To deliver thee from the way of
the evil man, from the man that
speaketh froward things;

    21 For the upright shall dwell in
the land, and the perfect shall
remain in it.


Section 1


Psalm 19:7

    7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul: the testimony of
the Lord is sure, making wise the
simple.
Psalm 116:6,8

    6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I
was brought low, and he helped me.

    8 For thou hast delivered my soul
from death, mine eyes from tears, and
my feet from falling.

***
I Corinthians 10:13

    13 There hath no temptation taken
you but such as is common to man: but
God is faithful, who will not suffer
you to be tempted above that ye are
able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye
may be able to bear it.

***
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 2:18

    18 For in that he himself hath
suffered being tempted, he is able to
succour them that are tempted.

***
Revelation 3:5,10

    5 He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.

    10 Because thou hast kept the word
of my patience, I also will keep thee
from the hour of temptation, which
shall come upon all the world, to try
them that dwell upon the earth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:27


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:32

    (Ignorance of our rights)
    Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery. Be no more willing to suffer the illusion that you are sick or that some disease is developing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temptation on the ground that sin has its necessities.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:19

    (Resist to the end)
    Resist evil - error of every sort - and it will flee from you. Error is opposed to Life. We can, and ultimately shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direction of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go on until we arrive at the fulness of God's idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die. Inharmony of any kind involves weakness and suffering, - a loss of control over the body.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:21-23


    (Death outdone)
    Because of the wondrous glory which God bestowed on His anointed, temptation, sin, sickness, and death had no terror for Jesus.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:5-11

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


    (Inexhaustible divine Love)
    Is it not a species of infidelity to believe that so great a work as the Messiah's was done for himself or for God, who needed no help from Jesus' example to preserve the eternal harmony? But mortals did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for them. Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.


Section 2


Psalm 64:1

    1 Hear my voice, O God, in my
prayer: preserve my life from fear of
the enemy.
Psalm 32:7

    7 Thou art my hiding place; thou
shalt preserve me from trouble; thou
shalt compass me about with songs of
deliverance.
Psalm 37:28

    28 For the Lord loveth judgment,
and forsaketh not his saints; they
are preserved for ever: but the seed
of the wicked shall be cut off.

***
Acts 12:1,3,5-11

    1 Now about that time Herod the
king stretched forth his hands to vex
certain of the church.

    3 And because he saw it pleased the
Jews, he proceeded further to take
Peter also. (Then were the days of
unleavened bread.)

    5 Peter therefore was kept in
prison: but prayer was made without
ceasing of the church unto God for
him.

    6 And when Herod would have brought
him forth, the same night Peter was
sleeping between two soldiers, bound
with two chains: and the keepers
before the door kept the prison.

    7 And, behold, the angel of the
Lord came upon him, and a light
shined in the prison: and he smote
Peter on the side, and raised him up,
saying, Arise up quickly. And his
chains fell off from his hands.

    8 And the angel said unto him, Gird
thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And
so he did. And he saith unto him,
Cast thy garment about thee, and
follow me.

    9 And he went out, and followed
him; and wist not that it was true
which was done by the angel; but
thought he saw a vision.

    10 When they were past the first
and the second ward, they came unto
the iron gate that leadeth unto the
city; which opened to them of his own
accord: and they went out, and passed
on through one street; and forthwith
the angel departed from him.

    11 And when Peter was come to
himself, he said, Now I know of a
surety, that the Lord hath sent his
angel, and hath delivered me out of
the hand of Herod, and from all the
expectation of the people of the
Jews.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4-8


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 411:27-4


    (Unspoken pleading)
    Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger. Watch the result of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed. The great fact that God lovingly governs all, never punishing aught but sin, is your standpoint, from which to advance and destroy the human fear of sickness.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 388:1-4

    (Christian history)
    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:9-14


    (Rise of thought)
    The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence - the spiritual intuitions that tell us when "the night is far spent, the day is at hand" - are our guardians in the gloom.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:11


    (Our angelic messengers)
    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. By giving earnest heed to these spiritual guides they tarry with us, and we entertain "angels unawares."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 512:9


    (Seraphic symbols)
    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.


Section 3


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?

***
Micah 7:7,8

    7 Therefore I will look unto the
Lord; I will wait for the God of my
salvation: my God will hear me.

    8 #Rejoice not against me, O mine
enemy: when I fall, I shall arise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord
shall be a light unto me.

***
Job 36:5,7-11

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

    7 He withdraweth not his eyes from
the righteous: but with kings are they
on the throne; yea, he doth establish
them for ever, and they are exalted.

    8 And if they be bound in fetters,
and be holden in cords of affliction;

    9 Then he sheweth them their work,
and their transgressions that they
have exceeded.

    10 He openeth also their ear to
discipline, and commandeth that they
return from iniquity.

    11 If they obey and serve him, they
shall spend their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasures.

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.

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:20


    (The panoply of wisdom)
    Sin makes deadly thrusts at the Christian Scientist as ritualism and creed are summoned to give place to higher law, but Science will ameliorate mortal malice. The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:22


    (Source of calmness)
    The physician must also watch, lest he be overwhelmed by a sense of the odiousness of sin and by the unveiling of sin in his own thoughts. The sick are terrified by their sick beliefs, and sinners should be affrighted by their sinful beliefs; but the Christian Scientist will be calm in the presence of both sin and disease, knowing, as he does, that Life is God and God is All.


Section 4


Exodus 23:20,25

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

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

***
Joshua 24:17

    17 For the Lord our God, he it is
that brought us up and our fathers
out of the land of Egypt, from the
house of bondage, and which did those
great signs in our sight, and
preserved us in all the way wherein
we went, and among all the people
through whom we passed:

***
Matthew 8:5-10,13

    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.

    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 166:16(begin To)


    (Health from reliance on spirituality) To ignore God as of little use in sickness is a mistake. Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of bodily trouble, and waiting for the hour of strength in which to acknowledge Him, we should learn that He can do all things for us in sickness as in health.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:7


    (Our belief and understanding)
    If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health. The accusation of the rabbis, "He made himself the Son of God," was really the justification of Jesus, for to the Christian the only true spirit is Godlike. This thought incites to a more exalted worship and self-abnegation. 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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:9


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:21


    (God-given dominion)
    You must understand your way out of human theories relating to health, or you will never believe that you are quite free from some ailment. The harmony and immortality of man will never be reached without the understanding that Mind is not in matter. Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, - God's law. It is man's moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.


Section 5


Psalm 16:1,9

    1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee
do I put my trust.

    9 Therefore my heart is glad, and
my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also
shall rest in hope.
Psalm 41:1,2

    1 Blessed is he that considereth
the poor: the Lord will deliver him
in time of trouble.

    2 The Lord will preserve him, and
keep him alive; and he shall be
blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt
not deliver him unto the will of his
enemies.

***
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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 394:28-29


    (Arguing wrongly)
    We should remember that Life is God, and that God is omnipotent.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24-30


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle.

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.

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 - 428:3


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

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Christian history
24 1 - Ignorance of our rights
24 1 - Resist to the end
24 1 - Death outdone
24 1 - Bearing our sins
24 1 - Inexhaustible divine Love
24 2 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 2 - Unspoken pleading
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Rise of thought
24 2 - Our angelic messengers
24 2 - Seraphic symbols
24 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 3 - Universal panacea
24 3 - The panoply of wisdom
24 3 - Source of calmness
24 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
24 4 - Our belief and understanding
24 4 - Irreconcilable differences
24 4 - God-given dominion
24 5 - Arguing wrongly
24 5 - Scientific finalities
24 5 - Health from reliance on spirituality
24 5 - The divine authority
24 5 - Vision opening


December 16,1900

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 19:1

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


Responsive Reading


Job 36:22-31

    22 Behold, God exalteth by his
power: who teacheth like him?

    23 Who hath enjoined him his way?
or who can say, Thou hast wrought
iniquity?

    24 Remember that thou magnify his
work, which men behold.

    25 Every man may see it; man may
behold it afar off.

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

    27 For he maketh small the drops of
water: they pour down rain according
to the vapour thereof:

    28 Which the clouds do drop and
distil upon man abundantly.

    29 Also can any understand the
spreadings of the clouds, or the
noise of his tabernacle?

    30 Behold, he spreadeth his light
upon it, and covereth the bottom of
the sea.

    31 For by them judgeth he the
people; he giveth meat in abundance.
Job 37:5,7,16,18,19,23

    5 God thundereth marvellously with
his voice; great things doeth he,
which we cannot comprehend.

    7 He sealeth up the hand of every
man; that all men may know his work.

    16 Dost thou know the balancings of
the clouds, the wondrous works of him
which is perfect in knowledge?

    18 Hast thou with him spread out
the sky, which is strong, and as a
molten looking glass?

    19 Teach us what we shall say unto
him; for we cannot order our speech by
reason of darkness.

    23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot
find him out: he is excellent in
power, and in judgment, and in plenty
of justice: he will not afflict.


Section 1


Psalm 119:89,90

    89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is
settled in heaven.

    90 Thy faithfulness is unto all
generations: thou hast established
the earth, and it abideth.

***
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.

***
Job 23:13

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

***
Lamentations 3:37

    37 #Who is he that saith, and it
cometh to pass, when the Lord
commandeth it not?

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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 195:11


    (Useful knowledge)
    The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:14-24


    (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."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 121:17-32

    (Astronomic unfoldings)
    The earth's diurnal rotation is invisible to the physical eye, and the sun seems to move from east to west, instead of the earth from west to east. Until rebuked by clearer views of the everlasting facts, this false testimony of the eye deluded the judgment and induced false conclusions. Science shows appearances often to be erroneous, and corrects these errors by the simple rule that the greater controls the lesser. The sun is the central stillness, so far as our solar system is concerned, and the earth revolves about the sun once a year, besides turning daily on its own axis.
    As thus indicated, astronomical order imitates the action of divine Principle; and the universe, the reflection of God, is thus brought nearer the spiritual fact, and is allied to divine Science as displayed in the everlasting government of the universe.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 4:12

    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.

***
Isaiah 41:21-24,29

    21 Produce your cause, saith the
Lord; bring forth your strong
reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

    22 Let them bring them forth, and
shew us what shall happen: let them
shew the former things, what they be,
that we may consider them, and know
the latter end of them; or declare us
things for to come.

    23 Shew the things that are to come
hereafter, that we may know that ye
are gods: yea, do good, or do evil,
that we may be dismayed, and behold
it together.

    24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and
your work of nought: an abomination
is he that chooseth you.

    29 Behold, they are all vanity;
their works are nothing: their molten
images are wind and confusion.

***
Psalm 115:8

    8 They that make them are like unto
them; so is every one that trusteth
in them.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:19


    (Embryonic evolution)
    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 126:8


    (A lack of originality)
    All Science is divine. Human thought never projected the least portion of true being. Human belief has sought and interpreted in its own way the echo of Spirit, and so seems to have reversed it and repeated it materially; but the human mind never produced a real tone nor sent forth a positive sound.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:12-31


    (The ascent of species)
    Evolution describes the gradations of human belief, but it does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind, nor see that material methods are impossible in divine Science and that all Science is of God, not of man.
    (Transmitted peculiarities)
    Naturalists ask: "What can there be, of a material nature, transmitted through these bodies called eggs, - themselves composed of the simplest material elements, - by which all peculiarities of ancestry, belonging to either sex, are brought down from generation to generation?" The question of the naturalist amounts to this: How can matter originate or transmit mind? We answer that it cannot. Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, "Canst thou by searching find out God?" All must be Mind, or else all must be matter. Neither can produce the other. Mind is immortal; but error declares that the material seed must decay in order to propagate its species, and the resulting germ is doomed to the same routine.


Section 3


Job 38:2,4,5,6,16,31-33

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

    4 Where wast thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth? declare, if
thou hast understanding.

    5 Who hath laid the measures
thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath
stretched the line upon it?

    6 Whereupon are the foundations
thereof fastened? or who laid the
corner stone thereof;

    16 Hast thou entered into the
springs of the sea? or hast thou
walked in the search of the depth?

    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?

***
Obadiah 1:3

    3 #The pride of thine heart hath
deceived thee, thou that dwellest in
the clefts of the rock, whose
habitation is high; that saith in his
heart, Who shall bring me down to the
ground?

***
Isaiah 14:12-14

    12 How art thou fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning! how
art thou cut down to the ground,
which didst weaken the nations!

    13 For thou hast said in thine
heart, I will ascend into heaven, I
will exalt my throne above the stars
of God: I will sit also upon the
mount of the congregation, in the
sides of the north:

    14 I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds; I will be like the most
High.

***
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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:1


    (Useful knowledge)
    If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. It is but a blind force. Man has "sought out many inventions," but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can save him from the dire effects of knowledge. The power of mortal mind over its own body is little understood.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:3,25


    (Physical science a blind belief)
    Physical science (so-called) is human knowledge, - a law of mortal mind, a blind belief, a Samson shorn of his strength. When this human belief lacks organizations to support it, its foundations are gone. Having neither moral might, spiritual basis, nor holy Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in matter, thus limiting Life and holding fast to discord and death. In a word, human belief is a blind conclusion from material reasoning. This is a mortal, finite sense of things, which immortal Spirit silences forever.
    (All force mental)
    Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:11-15

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Mindless methods)
    What are termed natural science and material laws are the objective states of mortal mind. The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals. Physical force and mortal mind are one.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:19-20


    (Geology a failure)
    Geology has never explained the earth's formations; it cannot explain them.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:5-10,13-17

    (Causation not in matter)
    Heathen philosophy, modern geology, and all other material hypotheses deal with causation as contingent on matter and as necessarily apparent to the corporeal senses, even where the proof requisite to sustain this assumption is undiscovered.
    (Emergence of mortals)
    Human experience in mortal life, which starts from an egg, corresponds with that of Job, when he says, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." Mortals must emerge from this notion of material life as all-in-all.


Section 4


Habakkuk 2:18

    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?

***
Isaiah 48:1,5

    1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob,
which are called by the name of
Israel, and are come forth out of the
waters of Judah, which swear by the
name of the Lord, and make mention of
the God of Israel, but not in truth,
nor in righteousness.

    5 I have even from the beginning
declared it to thee; before it came
to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou
shouldest say, Mine idol hath done
them, and my graven image, and my
molten image, hath commanded them.

***
Ezekiel 13:3,10,11,14,15,22,23

    3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto
the foolish prophets, that follow
their own spirit, and have seen
nothing!

    10 #Because, even because they have
seduced my people, saying, Peace; and
there was no peace; and one built up
a wall, and, lo, others daubed it
with untempered morter:

    11 Say unto them which daub it with
untempered morter, that it shall
fall: there shall be an overflowing
shower; and ye, O great hailstones,
shall fall; and a stormy wind shall
rend it.

    14 So will I break down the wall
that ye have daubed with untempered
morter, and bring it down to the
ground, so that the foundation
thereof shall be discovered, and it
shall fall, and ye shall be consumed
in the midst thereof: and ye shall
know that I am the Lord.

    15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath
upon the wall, and upon them that have
daubed it with untempered morter, and
will say unto you, The wall is no
more, neither they that daubed it;

    22 Because with lies ye have made
the heart of the righteous sad, whom
I have not made sad; and strengthened
the hands of the wicked, that he
should not return from his wicked
way, by promising him life:

    23 Therefore ye shall see no more
vanity, nor divine divinations: for I
will deliver my people out of your
hand: and ye shall know that I am the
Lord.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:29


    (Modes of matter)
    Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian. The good that a poisonous drug seems to do is evil, for it robs man of reliance on God, omnipotent Mind, and according to belief, poisons the human system. Truth is not the basis of theogony. Modes of matter form neither a moral nor a spiritual system. The discord which calls for material methods is the result of the exercise of faith in material modes, - faith in matter instead of in Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:28


    (Material personality)
    Material, erroneous belief reverses understanding and truth. It declares mind to be in and of matter, so-called mortal life to be Life, infinity to enter man's nostrils so that matter becomes spiritual. Error begins with corporeality as the producer instead of divine Principle, and explains Deity through mortal and finite conceptions.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:17-18,25-3


    (Human falsities)
    Mortals have a modus of their own, undirected and unsustained by God.
    (No miracles in Mind-methods)
    Because all the methods of Mind are not understood, we say the lips or hands must move in order to convey thought, that the undulations of the air convey sound, and possibly that other methods involve so-called miracles. The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action, are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:16(begin Error)-28


    (Our conscious development) 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.


Section 5


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.

***
Psalm 33:6-9

    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.

***
Colossians 1:16,17,26

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

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

    26 Even the mystery which hath been
hid from ages and from generations,
but now is made manifest to his
saints:

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:2


    (Thought seen as substance)
    The human belief fancies that it delineates thought on matter, but what is matter? Did it exist prior to thought? Matter is made up of supposititious mortal mind-force; but all might is divine Mind. Thought will finally be understood and seen in all form, substance, and color, but without material accompaniments. The potter is not in the clay; else the clay would have power over the potter. God is His own infinite Mind, and expresses all.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:21-7


    (The time and tide)
    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agriculturist will find that these changes cannot affect his crops. "As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed." The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, - he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed.
    (Mortal nothingness)
    Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man through its supposed organic action or supposed existence. Error will be no longer used in stating truth. The problem of nothingness, or "dust to dust," will be solved, and mortal mind will be without form and void, for mortality will cease when man beholds himself God's reflection, even as man sees his reflection in a glass.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Mind the only cause
25 1 - Useful knowledge
25 1 - Right interpretation
25 1 - All force mental
25 1 - Astronomic unfoldings
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - A lack of originality
25 2 - The ascent of species
25 2 - Transmitted peculiarities
25 3 - Useful knowledge
25 3 - Physical science a blind belief
25 3 - All force mental
25 3 - Mindless methods
25 3 - Geology a failure
25 3 - Causation not in matter
25 3 - Emergence of mortals
25 4 - Modes of matter
25 4 - Material personality
25 4 - Human falsities
25 4 - No miracles in Mind-methods
25 4 - Our conscious development
25 4 - Mendacity of error
25 5 - Soul not confined in body
25 5 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
25 5 - Thought seen as substance
25 5 - The time and tide
25 5 - Mortal nothingness


December 30,1900

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Galatians 1:11,12

    11 But I certify you, brethren,
that the gospel which was preached of
me is not after man.

    12 For I neither received it of
man, neither was I taught it, but by
the revelation of Jesus Christ.


Responsive Reading


Revelation 10

CHAPTER 10

    1 And I saw another mighty angel
come down from heaven, clothed with a
cloud: and a rainbow was upon his
head, and his face was as it were the
sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:


    2 And he had in his hand a little
book open: and he set his right foot
upon the sea, and his left foot on
the earth,

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

    4 And when the seven thunders had
uttered their voices, I was about to
write: and I heard a voice from
heaven saying unto me, Seal up those
things which the seven thunders
uttered, and write them not.

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

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

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

    8 And the voice which I heard from
heaven spake unto me again, and said,
Go and take the little book which is
open in the hand of the angel which
standeth upon the sea and upon the
earth.

    9 And I went unto the angel, and
said unto him, Give me the little
book. And he said unto me, Take it,
and eat it up; and it shall make thy
belly bitter, but it shall be in thy
mouth sweet as honey.

    10 And I took the little book out
of the angel's hand, and ate it up;
and it was in my mouth sweet as
honey: and as soon as I had eaten it,
my belly was bitter.

    11 And he said unto me, Thou must
prophesy again before many peoples,
and nations, and tongues, and kings.


Section 1


Genesis 12:1-3

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

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

    3 And I will bless them that bless
thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed.
Genesis 26:4,5

    4 And I will make thy seed to
multiply as the stars of heaven, and
will give unto thy seed all these
countries; and in thy seed shall all
the nations of the earth be blessed;

    5 Because that Abraham obeyed my
voice, and kept my charge, my
commandments, my statutes, and my
laws.

***
Galatians 3:7

    7 Know ye therefore that they which
are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham.

***
Romans 4:13

    13 For the promise, that he should
be the heir of the world, was not to
Abraham, or to his seed, through the
law, but through the righteousness of
faith.

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    (Science as foreign to all religion)
    For centuries - yea, always - natural science has not been considered a part of any religion, Christianity not excepted. Even now multitudes consider that which they call science has no proper connection with faith and piety. 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.

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    (Practical Science)
    The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.

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    (Mission of Christian Science)
    Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God.

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    (Science and Christianity)
    If Christendom resists the author's application of the word Science to Christianity, or questions her use of the word Science, she will not therefore lose faith in Christianity, nor will Christianity lose its hold upon her.

579:10-14 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ABRAHAM)

    ABRAHAM. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.
    This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.

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    (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 2


Isaiah 41:8

    8 But thou, Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of
Abraham my friend.

***
II Samuel 7:8

    8 Now therefore so shalt thou say
unto my servant David, Thus saith the
Lord of hosts, I took thee from the
sheepcote, from following the sheep,
to be ruler over my people, over
Israel:

***
Psalm 18:50

    50 Great deliverance giveth he to
his king; and sheweth mercy to his
anointed, to David, and to his seed
for evermore.

***
Luke 1:30-33

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

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

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

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

***
Matthew 1:17

    17 So all the generations from
Abraham to David are fourteen
generations; and from David until the
carrying away into Babylon are
fourteen generations; and from the
carrying away into Babylon unto
Christ are fourteen generations.

***
Hebrews 2:16

    16 For verily he took not on him
the nature of angels; but he took on
him the seed of Abraham.

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    (The immortal birth)
    As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," - even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.

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(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 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.

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  (- 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.

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    (Seeming and being)
    The term CHRISTIAN SCIENCE was introduced by the author to designate the scientific system of divine healing.
    The revelation consists of two parts:
    1. The discovery of this divine Science of Mind healing, through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures and through the teachings of the Comforter, as promised by the Master.
    2. The proof, by present demonstration, that the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle. The operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being.


Section 3


Revelation 1:1-3

    1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which God gave unto him, to shew unto
his servants things which must
shortly come to pass; and he sent and
signified it by his angel unto his
servant John:

    2 Who bare record of the word of
God, and of the testimony of Jesus
Christ, and of all things that he
saw.

    3 Blessed is he that readeth, and
they that hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which
are written therein: for the time is
at hand.
Revelation 5:1,2,5

    1 And I saw in the right hand of
him that sat on the throne a book
written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals.

    2 And I saw a strong angel
proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is
worthy to open the book, and to loose
the seals thereof?

    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.
Revelation 8:1,2

    1 And when he had opened the
seventh seal, there was silence in
heaven about the space of half an
hour.

    2 And I saw the seven angels which
stood before God; and to them were
given seven trumpets.
Revelation 10:7,8,10

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

    8 And the voice which I heard from
heaven spake unto me again, and said,
Go and take the little book which is
open in the hand of the angel which
standeth upon the sea and upon the
earth.

    10 And I took the little book out
of the angel's hand, and ate it up;
and it was in my mouth sweet as
honey: and as soon as I had eaten it,
my belly was bitter.
Revelation 22:16

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

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    (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.

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    ( - The Apocalypse -)
    St. John writes, in the tenth chapter of his book of Revelation: -
    (The new Evangel)
    And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.
    This angel or message which comes from God, clothed with a cloud, prefigures divine Science. To mortal sense Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. When understood, it is Truth's prism and praise. When you look it fairly in the face, you can heal by its means, and it has for you a light above the sun, for God "is the light thereof." Its feet are pillars of fire, foundations of Truth and Love. It brings the baptism of the Holy Ghost, whose flames of Truth were prophetically described by John the Baptist as consuming error.
    (Truth's volume)
    This angel had in his hand "a little book," open for all to read and understand.

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


Section 4


Jeremiah 31:7

    7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing
with gladness for Jacob, and shout
among the chief of the nations:
publish ye, praise ye, and say, O
Lord, save thy people, the remnant of
Israel.

***
Micah 5:2,3

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

    3 Therefore will he give them up,
until the time that she which
travaileth hath brought forth: then
the remnant of his brethren shall
return unto the children of Israel.

***
John 16:21

    21 A woman when she is in travail
hath sorrow, because her hour is
come: but as soon as she is delivered
of the child, she remembereth no more
the anguish, for joy that a man is
born into the world.

***
Revelation 12:1,2,5

    1 And there appeared a great
wonder in heaven; a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her
feet, and upon her head a crown of
twelve stars:

    2 And she being with child cried,
travailing in birth, and pained to be
delivered.

    5 And she brought forth a man
child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was
caught up unto God, and to his
throne.

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    (Today's lesson)
    The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, or Revelation of St. John, has a special suggestiveness in connection with the nineteenth century. In the opening of the sixth seal, typical of six thousand years since Adam, the distinctive feature has reference to the present age.

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    (Espousals supernal)
    The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. The Revelator saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light, a bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love. To John, "the bride" and "the Lamb" represented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea, God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.
    (Spiritual sunlight)
    The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet. The light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spiritual Life, which is "the light of men."

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    (Spiritual idea revealed)
    As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God's motherhood. The moon is under her feet. This idea reveals the universe as secondary and tributary to Spirit, from which the universe borrows its reflected light, substance, life, and intelligence.
    (Travail and joy)
    Also the spiritual idea is typified by a woman in travail, waiting to be delivered of her sweet promise, but remembering no more her sorrow for joy that the birth goes on; for great is the idea, and the travail portentous.

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    (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 5


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.

***
Galatians 1:11,12

    11 But I certify you, brethren,
that the gospel which was preached of
me is not after man.

    12 For I neither received it of
man, neither was I taught it, but by
the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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    (Solitary research)
    Jesus once said of his lessons: "My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. 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 vii. 16, 17.)

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    (Scriptural foundations)
    In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue taught me the Science contained in this book, SCIENCE AND HEALTH; and neither tongue nor pen can overthrow it.

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    (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?

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    (How healing was lost)
    The theology of Christian Science includes healing the sick. Our Master's first article of faith propounded to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by his works.


Section 6


Luke 13:11,12,16,20,21

    11 #And, behold, there was a woman
which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift
up herself.

    12 And when Jesus saw her, he
called her to him, and said unto her,
Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity.

    16 And ought not this woman, being
a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath
bound, lo, these eighteen years, be
loosed from this bond on the sabbath
day?

    20 And again he said, Whereunto
shall I liken the kingdom of God?

    21 It is like leaven, which a woman
took and hid in three measures of
meal, till the whole was leavened.

***
Romans 16:25,26

    25 Now to him that is of power to
stablish you according to my gospel,
and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the
mystery, which was kept secret since
the world began,

    26 But now is made manifest, and by
the scriptures of the prophets,
according to the commandment of the
everlasting God, made known to all
nations for the obedience of faith:

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    (One school of Truth)
    Is there more than one school of Christian Science? Christian Science is demonstrable. There can, therefore, be but one method in its teaching.
    (Unchanging Principle)
    From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one Principle and its infinite idea, and with this infinitude come spiritual rules, laws, and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver, are "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;" for thus are the divine Principle of healing and the Christ-idea characterized in the epistle to the Hebrews.

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

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    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Science as foreign to all religion
26 1 - Practical Science
26 1 - Mission of Christian Science
26 1 - Science and Christianity
26 1 - Faith higher than belief
26 2 - The immortal birth
26 2 - Sonship of Jesus
26 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
26 2 - Seeming and being
26 3 - No truth from a material basis
26 3 - - The Apocalypse -
26 3 - The new Evangel
26 3 - Truth's volume
26 4 - Today's lesson
26 4 - Espousals supernal
26 4 - Spiritual sunlight
26 4 - Spiritual idea revealed
26 4 - Travail and joy
26 4 - Solitary research
26 5 - Solitary research
26 5 - Scriptural foundations
26 5 - Christianity scientific
26 5 - How healing was lost
26 6 - One school of Truth
26 6 - Unchanging Principle
26 6 - Key to the kingdom
26 6 - Leaven of Truth

List of all subheadings



01 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
01 1 - God's allness learned
01 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
01 1 - Celestial evidence
01 2 - Definition of mortal mind
01 2 - -27- True idea of man
01 2 - God invisible to the senses
01 2 - Geology a failure
01 2 - Seraphic symbols
01 3 - Assistance in brotherhood
01 3 - Will-power unrighteous
01 3 - Spirit intangible
01 3 - Divine providence
01 4 - Godward gravitation
01 4 - Spiritual law the only law
01 4 - Ignorance of our rights
01 4 - No laws of matter
01 4 - Charge of the Chief Justice
01 5 - Jesus the way-shower
01 5 - Final purpose
01 5 - Asking amiss
01 5 - Compassion requisite
01 5 - Genuine healing
01 5 - The spiritual mathematics
01 6 - Mercy without partiality
01 6 - Eloquent silence
01 6 - Scientific ultimatum
01 6 - Mind destroys all ills
01 6 - Followers of Jesus
02 1 - Fleshly ties temporal
02 1 - Healing primary
02 1 - No divine corporeality
02 1 - Laws of nature spiritual
02 1 - Childlike receptivity
02 1 - The great question
02 2 - Efficacious petitions
02 2 - Watchfulness requisite
02 2 - The chalice sacrificial
02 2 - Spiritual sanctuary
02 2 - Effectual invocation
02 3 - Intelligent consecration
02 3 - Forgetfulness of self
02 3 - Desire for holiness
02 3 - Moral victory
02 3 - Standpoint revealed
02 4 - Childlike receptivity
02 4 - Espousals supernal
02 4 - Spirit transforms
02 4 - Spiritual baptism
02 4 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
02 4 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
02 5 - Sacred sacrament
02 5 - Jesus' sad repast
02 5 - Heavenly supplies
02 5 - The holy struggle
02 6 - Complete emulation
02 6 - Millennial glory
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 1 - Illusive dreams
03 1 - Spiritual tangibility
03 2 - Biological inventions
03 2 - Deep-reaching interrogations
03 2 - Stages of existence
03 2 - Life never structural
03 2 - Arena of contest
03 3 - Effective triumph
03 3 - The miracles of Jesus
03 3 - Promise perpetual
03 3 - The divine life-link
03 3 - Abiding in Life
03 4 - The Christian's privilege
03 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 4 - Opposing testimony
03 4 - Vision opening
03 4 - Scientific translations
03 4 - Deep-reaching interrogations
03 5 - Final destruction of error
03 5 - Right never punishable
03 5 - Resist to the end
03 5 - Insidious concepts
03 5 - Exclusion of malpractice
03 6 - Scientific and Biblical facts
03 6 - Scriptural perception
03 6 - Practical arguments
03 6 - Life's healing currents
03 6 - The uses of truth
03 6 - Divine study
03 6 - Harmonious lifework
04 1 - Divine allness
04 1 - Priestly learning
04 1 - The question of the ages
04 1 - Salvation is through reform
04 1 - Knowledge and Truth
04 1 - God the Principle of all
04 2 - The infinite one Spirit
04 2 - Scientific phenomena
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Real and counterfeit
04 2 - Fevers the effect of fear
04 2 - Truthful arguments
04 3 - Faith higher than belief
04 3 - Doctrines and faith
04 3 - Understanding versus belief
04 3 - Confirmation by healing
04 4 - New Testament basis
04 4 - Rise of thought
04 4 - Truth's ordeal
04 4 - House of bondage
04 4 - Spiritual guidance
04 5 - Sickness erroneous
04 5 - Results of faith in Truth
04 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
04 5 - Absent patients
04 5 - Spiritualized consciousness
04 6 - Purpose of crucifixion
04 6 - The cup of Jesus
04 6 - After the resurrection
04 6 - Primitive error
04 6 - The Christ-element
05 1 - The uses of truth
05 1 - Uses of suffering
05 1 - A bright outlook
05 1 - True estimate of God's messenger
05 1 - Help and discipline
05 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 2 - Native freedom
05 2 - Ascendency of good
05 2 - The doom of sin
05 2 - Requisite change of our ideals
05 2 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
05 3 - Love the incentive
05 3 - Immortal achieval
05 3 - The holy struggle
05 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 4 - Death outdone
05 4 - Proof in practice
05 4 - Jesus not God
05 4 - Life all-inclusive
05 5 - Doubting disciples
05 5 - A divine response
05 5 - Need and supply
05 6 - Indestructible being
05 6 - Heaven's sentinel
05 6 - Jesus in the tomb
05 6 - Jesus not understood
06 1 - -2- The deific definitions
06 1 - No physical affinity
06 1 - The one real power
06 1 - Mind's idea faultless
06 1 - Spirit intangible
06 2 - The serpent's whisper
06 2 - Bad results from error
06 2 - Unescapable dilemma
06 2 - Spirit versus darkness
06 2 - Real Life is God
06 2 - Spiritual tangibility
06 3 - Practical success
06 3 - Adam and the senses
06 3 - The senses of Soul
06 3 - Opacity of the senses
06 3 - Leaven of Truth
06 3 - Five senses deceptive
06 4 - Good indefinable
06 4 - Personal confidence
06 4 - Scientific translations
06 4 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
06 5 - Fleshly factors unreal
06 5 - Two chief commands
06 5 - Soul not confined in body
06 5 - Deformity and perfection
06 5 - Spirit the one Ego
06 5 - Beatific presence
06 6 - Sublime summary
06 6 - Wrong and right way
06 6 - No material law
06 6 - Spiritual interpretation
06 6 - Man linked with Spirit
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
07 1 - Life not contingent on matter
07 1 - Philosophical blunders
07 1 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 2 - Redemption from selfishness
07 2 - The error of carnality
07 2 - Matter not medicine
07 2 - Two chief commands
07 2 - Divine metaphysics
07 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
07 3 - Sense and pure Soul
07 3 - Soul imperishable
07 3 - Soul impeccable
07 4 - Immortal birthright
07 4 - Erroneous conception
07 4 - Rebukes helpful
07 4 - The kingdom within
07 4 - Advancement by sacrifice
07 4 - Ultimate harmony
07 5 - Standpoints changed
07 5 - Science versus sense
07 5 - Definition of man
07 5 - Sensationless body
07 6 - The age's privilege
07 6 - Moral courage
07 6 - Decapitation of error
07 6 - Judgment on error
08 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
08 1 - Scientific evidence
08 1 - Allness of Truth
08 1 - No divine corporeality
08 2 - -22- The real manhood
08 2 - God's man discerned
08 2 - Scientific offspring
08 2 - Human egotism
08 2 - The things of God are beautiful
08 2 - Divine nature appearing
08 3 - Forgetfulness of self
08 3 - Deformity and perfection
08 3 - Mind's true camera
08 4 - Allness of Truth
08 4 - Higher statutes
08 4 - Mind can destroy all ills
08 4 - Weakness and guilt
08 4 - Impossible coalescence
08 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
08 5 - Absence of Christ-power
08 5 - Mortal mind dethroned
08 6 - Fatigue is mental
08 6 - Mind never weary
08 6 - Sickness akin to sin
08 6 - Resting in holy work
08 7 - Seeming and being
08 7 - No physical science
08 7 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
09 1 - Effective triumph
09 1 - Prophetic ignorance
09 1 - Studious disciples
09 1 - Perfect example
09 2 - Efficacious petitions
09 2 - Jesus the Scientist
09 2 - Complete emulation
09 3 - Jesus' disregard of matter
09 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
09 3 - Salvation is through reform
09 3 - Injustice to the Saviour
09 4 - Spiritual ascension
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - A belief suicidal
09 4 - Judgment on error
09 5 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 5 - Salvation is through reform
09 5 - Paul's enlightenment
09 5 - The salt of the earth
09 6 - Christ's demonstration
09 6 - Life-power indestructible
09 6 - Inspiration of sacrifice
09 6 - Spiritual friendship
10 1 - The infinite one Spirit
10 1 - Human reflection
10 1 - Inverted images
10 1 - Scientific man
10 1 - Definition of man
10 1 - Mental propagation
10 2 - Cancellation of human sin
10 2 - Mercy without partiality
10 2 - Emotional utterances
10 2 - Corporeal ignorance
10 3 - Higher statutes
10 3 - Spiritual power
10 3 - Birthright of man
10 3 - Growth is from Mind
10 3 - Spiritual government
10 4 - Benevolence hindered
10 4 - Cruel desertion
10 4 - Selfishness and loss
10 4 - Divine energy
10 4 - False claims annihilated
10 5 - Treasure in heaven
10 5 - The doom of sin
10 5 - Zigzag course
10 5 - Practical preaching
10 5 - Divine study
10 6 - Mind's manifestations immortal
10 6 - Scientific purgation
10 6 - Scientific finalities
10 6 - The present immortality
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 1 - The divine reflection
11 1 - Mental strength
11 1 - All faculties from Mind
11 2 - Dangerous resemblances
11 2 - Seeming and being
11 2 - Matter is not substance
11 2 - Substance versus supposition
11 2 - One cause supreme
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Material mortality
11 3 - Goodness a portion of God
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 3 - Divine synonyms
11 3 - Good indefinable
11 4 - Divine allness
11 4 - Error unveiled
11 4 - Subordination of evil
11 4 - Two infinite creators absurd
11 4 - All evil unnatural
11 5 - Scientific finalities
11 5 - Thoughts are things
11 5 - Immutable identity of man
11 5 - The true sense
11 6 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - Fulfilment of the Law
11 6 - Advancement by sacrifice
12 1 - Spiritual offspring
12 1 - Individualization
12 1 - God's allness learned
12 1 - Soul greater than body
12 1 - Soul not confined in body
12 1 - The strength of Spirit
12 2 - Primitive error
12 2 - Matter sensationless
12 2 - Matter mindless
12 2 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Truth is not inverted
12 3 - Mist, or false claim
12 3 - Gods of the heathen
12 3 - Jehovah a tribal deity
12 3 - Idolatrous illusions
12 3 - Belief in many gods
12 3 - How healing was lost
12 3 - Aim of Science
12 4 - Divine origination
12 4 - Like evolving like
12 4 - Source of all life and action
12 4 - Matter and animate error
12 4 - Dictation of error
12 4 - Man linked with Spirit
12 5 - Sickness akin to sin
12 5 - Life independent of matter
12 5 - Corporeal penalties
12 5 - Scientific translations
12 5 - Corporeal changes
12 5 - Fulfilment of the Law
13 1 - Spiritual interpretation
13 1 - Material error
13 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 2 - Spiritual overture
13 2 - The Christian's privilege
13 2 - Spirit the one Ego
13 2 - Dawning of spiritual facts
13 3 - Spiritual firmament
13 3 - Understanding imparted
13 3 - Faith higher than belief
13 3 - Universal brotherhood
13 3 - Spiritual narrative
13 3 - The one only way
13 4 - The things of God are beautiful
13 4 - Contrasted testimony
13 4 - Knowledge and Truth
13 4 - Certainty of results
13 4 - Proof by induction
13 5 - Opposing power
13 5 - No temptation from God
13 5 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 5 - Qualities of thought
13 5 - Creatures of God useful
13 5 - The serpent harmless
13 6 - Birthright of man
13 6 - Assistance in brotherhood
13 6 - -27- True idea of man
13 6 - Multiplication of pure ideas
13 6 - -31- Evil not produced by God
13 6 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
14 1 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
14 1 - Mind destroys all ills
14 1 - Instruments of error
14 1 - The tares and wheat
14 1 - Mortal verdict
14 1 - Mythical pleasure
14 2 - Idolatrous illusions
14 2 - - Physiology -
14 2 - Progeny cursed
14 2 - Blissful ignorance
14 3 - Cramping systems
14 3 - House of bondage
14 3 - Higher law ends bondage
14 3 - Recuperation mental
14 3 - Arguing wrongly
14 4 - Unnatural deflections
14 4 - Man never less than man
14 4 - God and His image
14 4 - The true new idea
14 4 - Adam and the senses
14 5 - Harmonious functions
14 5 - Identity not lost
14 5 - The real and the unreal
14 5 - Essential element of Christianity
14 5 - Indestructible life of man
14 6 - Practical preaching
14 6 - Loving God supremely
14 6 - Spirit transforms
14 6 - Spiritual baptism
14 6 - Intelligent consecration
15 1 - Faith higher than belief
15 1 - Mischievous imagination
15 1 - Self-constituted law
15 1 - Sickness from mortal mind
15 2 - Reversible propositions
15 2 - Unrealities that seem real
15 2 - Seemingly independent authority
15 2 - God never inconsistent
15 3 - Belief and understanding
15 3 - Essential element of Christianity
15 3 - Deformity and perfection
15 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
15 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
15 4 - Error only ephemeral
15 4 - Mental propagation
15 4 - Sickness as discord
15 4 - Disease to be made unreal
15 4 - Steadfast and calm trust
15 5 - -20- The one divine Mind
15 5 - Priestly pride humbled
15 5 - No union of opposites
15 5 - Spiritual thoughts
15 5 - Disease powerless
15 6 - Life independent of matter
15 6 - Light and darkness
15 6 - Christian standard
15 6 - Life not contingent on matter
15 6 - Mortality vanquished
16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Jesus the way-shower
16 1 - -9- The Son of God
16 1 - Radical changes
16 2 - Conversion of Saul
16 2 - Efficacious repentance
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 3 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - Victory over the grave
16 3 - Inspiration of sacrifice
16 4 - Narrow pathway
16 4 - Guarding the door
16 4 - Watchfulness requisite
16 4 - Moral victory
16 5 - Victory for Truth
16 5 - Mockery of truth
16 5 - Universal panacea
16 5 - The stone rolled away
16 5 - Divine victory
17 1 - Exercise of Mind faculties
17 1 - Identity not lost
17 1 - Erroneous postulates
17 1 - Action of mortal mind
17 1 - Death and the body
17 1 - Illusion of death
17 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
17 2 - Suicide and sin
17 2 - Triumph over death
17 2 - Spiritual law the only law
17 2 - Law and gospel
17 3 - Salvation and probation
17 3 - No death nor inaction
17 3 - Mind destroys all ills
17 3 - Corporeal changes
17 3 - Arena of contest
17 4 - Knowledge and honesty
17 4 - Hidden ways of iniquity
17 4 - Christly warning
17 4 - Expose sin without believing in it
17 4 - A belief in death
17 5 - Love frees from fear
17 5 - Our footsteps heavenward
17 6 - Second death
17 6 - Death no advantage
17 6 - Salvation and probation
17 6 - Victory over the grave
17 7 - What the senses originate
17 7 - Perfect models
17 7 - Need and supply
17 7 - Life all-inclusive
18 1 - God never inconsistent
18 1 - Anthropomorphism
18 1 - Soul imperishable
18 1 - Unrealities that seem real
18 1 - Man unfallen
18 2 - Mind not mortal
18 2 - Like evolving like
18 2 - Vicarious suffering
18 2 - Mental conspirators
18 2 - -31- Evil not produced by God
18 2 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
18 3 - Sin only of the flesh
18 3 - Belief and understanding
18 3 - Future purification
18 3 - Sin is punished
18 3 - Righteous rebellion
18 3 - Benefit of philanthropy
18 4 - Christ the ideal Truth
18 4 - Truth annihilates error
18 4 - Proof in practice
18 4 - Human reconciliation
18 5 - Truth's witness
18 5 - The true sonship
18 5 - Moral retrogression
18 6 - Pardon and amendment
18 6 - Image of the beast
18 6 - Moral courage
18 6 - Final destruction of error
19 1 - Mist, or false claim
19 1 - Jehovah or Elohim
19 1 - Gods of the heathen
19 2 - The story of error
19 2 - The two records
19 2 - Hypothetical reversal
19 2 - Creation reversed
19 2 - Biological inventions
19 3 - Scriptural allegory
19 3 - Shame the effect of sin
19 3 - The beguiling first lie
19 3 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 4 - The divine standard of perfection
19 4 - Indestructible relationship
19 4 - Material personality
19 4 - The divine reflection
19 4 - The curse removed
19 4 - Allegiance to Spirit
19 4 - Paradise regained
19 5 - -11- Christ Jesus
19 5 - Spiritual government
19 5 - Life-power indestructible
19 5 - Mythical pleasure
20 1 - No proof of immortality
20 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
20 1 - God's man discerned
20 1 - Immortal models
20 1 - Theories helpless
20 1 - Scientific ultimatum
20 2 - Physiology or Spirit
20 2 - Spiritual freedom
20 2 - No physical affinity
20 2 - God and His image
20 2 - Human egotism
20 2 - Material error
20 3 - Immortal birthright
20 3 - Mental and physical oneness
20 3 - Mortal existence a dream
20 3 - Climax of suffering
20 4 - Intelligent consecration
20 4 - The present immortality
20 4 - Being is immortal
20 4 - Immutable identity of man
20 4 - Scientific purgation
20 4 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
20 5 - Scientific finalities
20 5 - Spiritual thoughts
20 5 - True life eternal
20 5 - Eternal beauty
20 5 - The divine loveliness
21 1 - Soul not confined in body
21 1 - Perpetual motion
21 1 - Real and unreal identity
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Healthful explanation
21 2 - Reflection of Spirit
21 2 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 2 - The fall of error
21 3 - The senses of Soul
21 3 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
21 3 - Matter sensationless
21 3 - All faculties from Mind
21 4 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 4 - Mind destroys all ills
21 4 - Eradicate error from thought
21 4 - Mortal mind controlled
21 4 - Spiritualized consciousness
21 5 - Life only in Spirit
21 5 - Philosophical blunders
21 5 - Human reflection
21 5 - Sickness as discord
21 5 - The shrine celestial
21 6 - Spirit transforms
21 6 - Spiritual baptism
21 6 - Corporeal changes
21 6 - Mind destroys all ills
21 6 - Inexhaustible divine Love
22 1 - Mindless methods
22 1 - Animal magnetism error
22 1 - A so-called mind-cure
22 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 2 - Manipulation unscientific
22 2 - Spiritual power
22 3 - Obligations of teachers
22 3 - Adulteration of Truth
22 3 - Willpower detrimental
22 3 - Will-power unrighteous
22 4 - Inoculation of thought
22 4 - Cleansing the mind
22 4 - Proper self-government
22 4 - Science versus hypnotism
22 4 - Purity of science
22 5 - Hidden ways of iniquity
22 5 - Animal tendency
22 5 - Malicious barbarity
22 6 - Divine victory
22 6 - Right views of humanity
22 6 - Standpoint revealed
22 6 - The armor of divinity
23 1 - Ideas and identities
23 1 - -6- The universal cause
23 1 - No new creation
23 2 - Growth is from Mind
23 2 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 2 - One government
23 2 - Limitless Mind
23 2 - Impossible coalescence
23 3 - -18- The only substance
23 3 - One primal cause
23 3 - Spiritual offspring
23 3 - Goodness a portion of God
23 3 - Perfection of creation
23 3 - Science and Christianity
23 4 - Deep-reaching interrogations
23 4 - Matter's supposed selfhood
23 4 - Chaos and darkness
23 4 - Like evolving like
23 4 - Divine origination
23 4 - Substance versus supposition
23 4 - One cause supreme
23 4 - Salvation is through reform
23 5 - Man springs from Mind
23 5 - Spiritual origin
23 5 - A mortal not man
23 5 - No material creation
23 5 - Birthright of man
23 6 - Scientific foreknowing
23 6 - Causation mental
23 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence
23 6 - The Fatherhood of God
24 1 - Christian history
24 1 - Ignorance of our rights
24 1 - Resist to the end
24 1 - Death outdone
24 1 - Bearing our sins
24 1 - Inexhaustible divine Love
24 2 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 2 - Unspoken pleading
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Rise of thought
24 2 - Our angelic messengers
24 2 - Seraphic symbols
24 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 3 - Universal panacea
24 3 - The panoply of wisdom
24 3 - Source of calmness
24 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
24 4 - Our belief and understanding
24 4 - Irreconcilable differences
24 4 - God-given dominion
24 5 - Arguing wrongly
24 5 - Scientific finalities
24 5 - Health from reliance on spirituality
24 5 - The divine authority
24 5 - Vision opening
25 1 - Mind the only cause
25 1 - Useful knowledge
25 1 - Right interpretation
25 1 - All force mental
25 1 - Astronomic unfoldings
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - A lack of originality
25 2 - The ascent of species
25 2 - Transmitted peculiarities
25 3 - Useful knowledge
25 3 - Physical science a blind belief
25 3 - All force mental
25 3 - Mindless methods
25 3 - Geology a failure
25 3 - Causation not in matter
25 3 - Emergence of mortals
25 4 - Modes of matter
25 4 - Material personality
25 4 - Human falsities
25 4 - No miracles in Mind-methods
25 4 - Our conscious development
25 4 - Mendacity of error
25 5 - Soul not confined in body
25 5 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
25 5 - Thought seen as substance
25 5 - The time and tide
25 5 - Mortal nothingness
26 1 - Science as foreign to all religion
26 1 - Practical Science
26 1 - Mission of Christian Science
26 1 - Science and Christianity
26 1 - Faith higher than belief
26 2 - The immortal birth
26 2 - Sonship of Jesus
26 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
26 2 - Seeming and being
26 3 - No truth from a material basis
26 3 - - The Apocalypse -
26 3 - The new Evangel
26 3 - Truth's volume
26 4 - Today's lesson
26 4 - Espousals supernal
26 4 - Spiritual sunlight
26 4 - Spiritual idea revealed
26 4 - Travail and joy
26 4 - Solitary research
26 5 - Solitary research
26 5 - Scriptural foundations
26 5 - Christianity scientific
26 5 - How healing was lost
26 6 - One school of Truth
26 6 - Unchanging Principle
26 6 - Key to the kingdom
26 6 - Leaven of Truth

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