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January 6,1901

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

Psalm 69:30,32

    30 I will praise the name of God
with a song, and will magnify him
with thanksgiving.

    32 The humble shall see this, and
be glad: and your heart shall live
that seek God.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 18:1,2,6,25,27,28,30-32,35,50

    1 I will love thee, O Lord, my
strength.

    2 The Lord is my rock, and my
fortress, and my deliverer; my God,
my strength, in whom I will trust; my
buckler, and the horn of my
salvation, and my high tower.

    6 In my distress I called upon the
Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard
my voice out of his temple, and my
cry came before him, even into his
ears.

    25 With the merciful thou wilt shew
thyself merciful; with an upright man
thou wilt shew thyself upright;

    27 For thou wilt save the afflicted
people; but wilt bring down high
looks.

    28 For thou wilt light my candle:
the Lord my God will enlighten my
darkness.

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

    31 For who is God save the Lord? or
who is a rock save our God?

    32 It is God that girdeth me with
strength, and maketh my way perfect.

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

    50 Great deliverance giveth he to
his king; and sheweth mercy to his
anointed, to David, and to his seed
for evermore.


Section 1


Exodus 6:3

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

***
Deuteronomy 3:24

    24 O Lord God, thou hast begun to
shew thy servant thy greatness, and
thy mighty hand: for what God is
there in heaven or in earth, that can
do according to thy works, and
according to thy might?

***
Psalm 68:32-34

    32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of
the earth; O sing praises unto the
Lord;

    33 To him that rideth upon the
heavens of heavens, which were of
old; lo, he doth send out his voice,
and that a mighty voice.

    34 Ascribe ye strength unto God:
his excellency is over Israel, and
his strength is in the clouds.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:8-1

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


    Question. - What is God?
    Answer. - God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.



    Question. - Are these terms synonymous?
    Answer. - They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.



    Question. - Is there more than one God or Principle?
    Answer. - There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:32-1

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


    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    XXV. God is individual and personal in a scientific sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 116:20-30


    (Divine personality)
    Christian Science strongly emphasizes the thought that God is not corporeal, but incorporeal, - that is, bodiless. Mortals are corporeal, but God is incorporeal.
    As the words person and personal are commonly and ignorantly employed, they often lead, when applied to Deity, to confused and erroneous conceptions of divinity and its distinction from humanity. If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is infinite Person, - in the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:4-12,23-27

    (God invisible to the senses)
    That God is a corporeal being, nobody can truly affirm. The Bible represents Him as saying: "Thou canst not see My face; for there shall no man see Me, and live." Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God.
    (Anthropomorphism)
    The Jewish tribal Jehovah was a man-projected God, liable to wrath, repentance, and human changeableness. The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.


Section 2


II Chronicles 6:18

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

***
Psalm 139:7-12

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

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

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

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


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

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

***
Acts 16:25-28,32,34

    25 #And at midnight Paul and Silas
prayed, and sang praises unto God: and
the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great
earthquake, so that the foundations
of the prison were shaken: and
immediately all the doors were
opened, and every one's bands were
loosed.

    27 And the keeper of the prison
awaking out of his sleep, and seeing
the prison doors open, he drew out
his sword, and would have killed
himself, supposing that the prisoners
had been fled.

    28 But Paul cried with a loud
voice, saying, Do thyself no harm:
for we are all here.

    32 And they spake unto him the word
of the Lord, and to all that were in
his house.

    34 And when he had brought them
into his house, he set meat before
them, and rejoiced, believing in God
with all his house.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:13


    (Divine allness)
    God being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent or suggest the absence of omnipresence and omnipotence? How can there be more than all?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:2-5

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


    (Spiritual reflection)
    Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit.

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?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:24


    (Belief and practice)
    Our beliefs about a Supreme Being contradict the practice growing out of them. Error abounds where Truth should "much more abound." We admit that God has almighty power, is "a very present help in trouble;" and yet we rely on a drug or hypnotism to heal disease, as if senseless matter or erring mortal mind had more power than omnipotent Spirit.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:22


    (Persecution harmful)
    Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from view the apostle's character, which made him equal to his great mission. Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented. To misunderstand Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he taught. Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea - ignorance of Truth and Love. The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.


Section 3


Job 28:20,23,24,27,28

    20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and
where is the place of understanding?

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

    24 For he looketh to the ends of
the earth, and seeth under the whole
heaven;

    27 Then did he see it, and declare
it; he prepared it, yea, and searched
it out.

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

***
Ezekiel 28:1,2,4-7

    1 The word of the Lord came again
unto me, saying,

    2 Son of man, say unto the prince
of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God;
Because thine heart is lifted up, and
thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in
the seat of God, in the midst of the
seas; yet thou art a man, and not
God, though thou set thine heart as
the heart of God:

    4 With thy wisdom and with thine
understanding thou hast gotten thee
riches, and hast gotten gold and
silver into thy treasures:

    5 By thy great wisdom and by thy
traffick hast thou increased thy
riches, and thine heart is lifted up
because of thy riches:

    6 Therefore thus saith the Lord
God; Because thou hast set thine
heart as the heart of God;

    7 Behold, therefore I will bring
strangers upon thee, the terrible of
the nations: and they shall draw
their swords against the beauty of
thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy
brightness.

***
James 3:13-15,17

    13 Who is a wise man and endued
with knowledge among you? let him
shew out of a good conversation his
works with meekness of wisdom.

    14 But if ye have bitter envying
and strife in your hearts, glory not,
and lie not against the truth.

    15 This wisdom descendeth not from
above, but is earthly, sensual,
devilish.

    17 But the wisdom that is from
above is first pure, then peaceable,
gentle, and easy to be intreated,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without
hypocrisy.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:8-11


    (Deity unchangeable)
    God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:24


    (No divine corporeality)
    No form nor physical combination is adequate to represent infinite Love. A finite and material sense of God leads to formalism and narrowness; it chills the spirit of Christianity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:31


    (Mental emancipation) No power can withstand divine Love. What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:23

    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be good, and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He makes is good and will stand forever. If the transgression of God's law produces sickness, it is right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should not if we could, annul the decrees of wisdom. It is the transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness. The remedy is Truth, not matter, - the truth that disease is unreal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 348:21


    (Elimination of sickness)
    Instead of tenaciously defending the supposed rights of disease, while complaining of the suffering disease brings, would it not be well to abandon the defence, especially when by so doing our own condition can be improved and that of other persons as well?

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:24


    (Blessings from pain)
    The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.


Section 4


Psalm 89:20,26

    20 I have found David my servant;
with my holy oil have I anointed him:


    26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art
my father, my God, and the rock of my
salvation.

***
Isaiah 63:16

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

***
Jeremiah 3:18,19

    18 In those days the house of Judah
shall walk with the house of Israel,
and they shall come together out of
the land of the north to the land
that I have given for an inheritance
unto your fathers.

    19 But I said, How shall I put thee
among the children, and give thee a
pleasant land, a goodly heritage of
the hosts of nations? and I said,
Thou shalt call me, My father; and
shalt not turn away from me.

***
John 8:28,29,39-42,47

    28 Then said Jesus unto them, When
ye have lifted up the Son of man, then
shall ye know that I am he, and that
I do nothing of myself; but as my
Father hath taught me, I speak these
things.

    29 And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not left me alone; for
I do always those things that please
him.

    39 They answered and said unto him,
Abraham is our father. Jesus saith
unto them, If ye were Abraham's
children, ye would do the works of
Abraham.

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

    41 Ye do the deeds of your father.
Then said they to him, We be not born
of fornication; we have one Father,
even God.

    42 Jesus said unto them, If God
were your Father, ye would love me:
for I proceeded forth and came from
God; neither came I of myself, but he
sent me.

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

586:9 Chapter 17: Glossary
(FATHER)

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:4

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


    (-8- Father-Mother)
    VIII. Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation. As the apostle expressed it in words which he quoted with approbation from a classic poet: "For we are also His offspring."

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:15


    (The divine image not lost)
    If man was once perfect but has now lost his perfection, then mortals have never beheld in man the reflex image of God. The lost image is no image. The true likeness cannot be lost in divine reflection. Understanding this, Jesus said: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:28-8


    (Example for our salvation)
    Jesus was unselfish. His spirituality separated him from sensuousness, and caused the selfish materialist to hate him; but it was this spirituality which enabled Jesus to heal the sick, cast out evil, and raise the dead.
    (Master's business)
    From early boyhood he was about his "Father's business." His pursuits lay far apart from theirs. His master was Spirit; their master was matter. He served God; they served mammon. His affections were pure; theirs were carnal. His senses drank in the spiritual evidence of health, holiness, and life; their senses testified oppositely, and absorbed the material evidence of sin, sickness, and death.

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

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


Section 5


Jeremiah 29:11-13

    11 For I know the thoughts that I
think toward you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.

    12 Then shall ye call upon me, and
ye shall go and pray unto me, and I
will hearken unto you.

    13 And ye shall seek me, and find
me, when ye shall search for me with
all your heart.

***
Mark 11:24,25

    24 Therefore I say unto you, What
things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.

    25 And when ye stand praying,
forgive, if ye have ought against
any: that your Father also which is
in heaven may forgive you your
trespasses.

***
James 5:15,16

    15 And the prayer of faith shall
save the sick, and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he have
committed sins, they shall be
forgiven him.

    16 Confess your faults one to
another, and pray one for another,
that ye may be healed. The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:22


    (No material law)
    Mortals entreat the divine Mind to heal the sick, and forthwith shut out the aid of Mind by using material means, thus working against themselves and their prayers and denying man's God-given ability to demonstrate Mind's sacred power. Pleas for drugs and laws of health come from some sad incident, or else from ignorance of Christian Science and its transcendent power.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 395:15-17


    (Aids in sickness)
    Prayers, in which God is not asked to heal but is besought to take the patient to Himself, do not benefit the sick.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:27-30


    (Veritable devotion)
    Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus' example.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:1

    (Prayer for the sick)
    "The prayer of faith shall save the sick," says the Scripture. What is this healing prayer? A mere request that God will heal the sick has no power to gain more of the divine presence than is always at hand. The beneficial effect of such prayer for the sick is on the human mind, making it act more powerfully on the body through a blind faith in God. This, however, is one belief casting out another, - a belief in the unknown casting out a belief in sickness. It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, - of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 15:25-30

    (Trustworthy beneficence)
    Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
01 1 - Divine personality
01 1 - God invisible to the senses
01 1 - Anthropomorphism
01 2 - Divine allness
01 2 - Spiritual reflection
01 2 - No divine corporeality
01 2 - Belief and practice
01 2 - Persecution harmful
01 3 - Deity unchangeable
01 3 - No divine corporeality
01 3 - Mental emancipation
01 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
01 3 - Elimination of sickness
01 3 - Blessings from pain
01 4 - -8- Father-Mother
01 4 - The divine image not lost
01 4 - Example for our salvation
01 4 - Master's business
01 4 - Fleshly ties temporal
01 5 - No material law
01 5 - Aids in sickness
01 5 - Veritable devotion
01 5 - Prayer for the sick
01 5 - Trustworthy beneficence


June 9,1901

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 10:31

    31 Whether therefore ye eat, or
drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to
the glory of God.


Responsive Reading


Mark 14:12-26

    12 #And the first day of unleavened
bread, when they killed the passover,
his disciples said unto him, Where
wilt thou that we go and prepare that
thou mayest eat the passover?

    13 And he sendeth forth two of his
disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye
into the city, and there shall meet
you a man bearing a pitcher of water:
follow him.

    14 And wheresoever he shall go in,
say ye to the goodman of the house,
The Master saith, Where is the
guestchamber, where I shall eat the
passover with my disciples?

    15 And he will shew you a large
upper room furnished and prepared:
there make ready for us.

    16 And his disciples went forth,
and came into the city, and found as
he had said unto them: and they made
ready the passover.

    17 And in the evening he cometh
with the twelve.

    18 And as they sat and did eat,
Jesus said, Verily I say unto you,
One of you which eateth with me shall
betray me.

    19 And they began to be sorrowful,
and to say unto him one by one, Is it
I? and another said, Is it I?

    20 And he answered and said unto
them, It is one of the twelve, that
dippeth with me in the dish.

    21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as
it is written of him: but woe to that
man by whom the Son of man is
betrayed! good were it for that man
if he had never been born.

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

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

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

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

    26 #And when they had sung an hymn,
they went out into the mount of
Olives.


Section 1


Matthew 3:1,2,5-7,11,13-17

    1 In those days came John the
Baptist, preaching in the wilderness
of Judaea,

    2 And saying, Repent ye: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    5 Then went out to him Jerusalem,
and all Judaea, and all the region
round about Jordan,

    6 And were baptized of him in
Jordan, confessing their sins.

    7 #But when he saw many of the
Pharisees and Sadducees come to his
baptism, he said unto them, O
generation of vipers, who hath warned
you to flee from the wrath to come?

    11 I indeed baptize you with water
unto repentance: but he that cometh
after me is mightier than I, whose
shoes I am not worthy to bear: he
shall baptize you with the Holy
Ghost, and with fire:

    13 #Then cometh Jesus from Galilee
to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of
him.

    14 But John forbad him, saying, I
have need to be baptized of thee, and
comest thou to me?

    15 And Jesus answering said unto
him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus
it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness. Then he suffered him.

    16 And Jesus, when he was baptized,
went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto
him, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove, and lighting
upon him:

    17 And lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 56:1


    ( - Marriage -)
    When our great Teacher came to him for baptism, John was astounded. Reading his thoughts, Jesus added: "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Jesus' concessions (in certain cases) to material methods were for the advancement of spiritual good.

581:23-26 Chapter 17: Glossary
(BAPTISM)

    BAPTISM. Purification by Spirit; submergence in Spirit.
    We are "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:27-3


    (Spirit transforms)
    The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.
    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 383:3-4


    (A clean mind and body)
    We need a clean body and a clean mind, - a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 565:13-18


    (The conflict with purity)
    The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but "of his kingdom there shall be no end," for Christ, God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples - imperatively, absolutely, finally - with divine Science.

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


    (Healing primary)
    Obeying his precious precepts, - following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, - we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death. For what says Paul? "As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come."


Section 2


Psalm 105:1,23,37,40

    1 O give thanks unto the Lord;
call upon his name: make known his
deeds among the people.

    23 Israel also came into Egypt; and
Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

    37 He brought them forth also with
silver and gold: and there was not one
feeble person among their tribes.

    40 The people asked, and he brought
quails, and satisfied them with the
bread of heaven.

***
John 6:41,43,47-51

    41 The Jews then murmured at him,
because he said, I am the bread which
came down from heaven.

    43 Jesus therefore answered and
said unto them, Murmur not among
yourselves.

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

    48 I am that bread of life.

    49 Your fathers did eat manna in
the wilderness, and are dead.

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:9


    (Life eternal and present)
    The Scriptures say, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical.

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


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:4


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

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


    (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. Their Master had explained it all before, and now this bread was feeding and sustaining them. They had borne this bread from house to house, breaking (explaining) it to others, and now it comforted themselves.
    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."


Section 3


Psalm 116:12-14

    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.

    14 I will pay my vows unto the Lord
now in the presence of all his
people.

***
Luke 22:14,17,18,20

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

    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.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:6


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:14-18


    (Sorrow and reformation)
    Saints and sinners get their full award, but not always in this world. The followers of Christ drank his cup. Ingratitude and persecution filled it to the brim; but God pours the riches of His love into the understanding and affections, giving us strength according to our day.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:30-32(to ?)

    (The chalice sacrificial)
    If unwilling to follow his example, why pray with the lips that you may be partakers of his nature?

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:6-11

    If good enough to profit by Jesus' cup of earthly sorrows, God will sustain us under these sorrows. Until we are thus divinely qualified and are willing to drink his cup, millions of vain repetitions will never pour into prayer the unction of Spirit in demonstration of power and "with signs following."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:27-31


    (Incisive questions)
    Christians, are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the blood of the New Covenant, the persecutions which attend a new and higher understanding of God? If not, can you then say that you have commemorated Jesus in his cup?

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:21

    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.


Section 4


Amos 9:13,14

    13 Behold, the days come, saith the
Lord, that the plowman shall overtake
the reaper, and the treader of grapes
him that soweth seed; and the
mountains shall drop sweet wine, and
all the hills shall melt.

    14 And I will bring again the
captivity of my people of Israel, and
they shall build the waste cities,
and inhabit them; and they shall
plant vineyards, and drink the wine
thereof; they shall also make
gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

***
John 14:23

    23 Jesus answered and said unto
him, If a man love me, he will keep
my words: and my Father will love
him, and we will come unto him, and
make our abode with him.
John 15:4,5,14,17

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

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

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

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

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


    (Incisive questions)
    Are all who eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus willing truly to drink his cup, take his cross, and leave all for the Christ-principle? Then why ascribe this inspiration to a dead rite, instead of showing, by casting out error and making the body "holy, acceptable unto God," that Truth has come to the understanding? If Christ, Truth, has come to us in demonstration, no other commemoration is requisite, for demonstration is Immanuel, or God with us; and if a friend be with us, why need we memorials of that friend?
    (Millennial glory)
    If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, - the receptive thought, - they will bring in the millennium.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:22

    (Complete emulation)
    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 5


John 21:4,10,12,13

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

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

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

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

***
Acts 10:36,40,41

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


    40 Him God raised up the third day,
and shewed him openly;

    41 Not to all the people, but unto
witnesses chosen before of God, even
to us, who did eat and drink with him
after he rose from the dead.

***
I Corinthians 10:16

    16 The cup of blessing which we
bless, is it not the communion of the
blood of Christ? The bread which we
break, is it not the communion of the
body of Christ?

***
II Corinthians 13:11,14

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

    14 The grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God, and the
communion of the Holy Ghost, be with
you all. Amen.

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


    (Jesus' sad repast)
    The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.

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

    (The last breakfast)
    What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea! His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples' grief into repentance, - hearts chastened and pride rebuked. Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side. Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit.
    This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love. They celebrate their Lord's victory over death, his probation in the flesh after death, its exemplification of human probation, and his spiritual and final ascension above matter, or the flesh, when he rose out of material sight.


Section 6


I Corinthians 11:23-30

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 For he that eateth and drinketh
unworthily, eateth and drinketh
damnation to himself, not discerning
the Lord's body.

    30 For this cause many are weak and
sickly among you, and many sleep.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:3-27


    (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.
    "As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, Drink ye all of it."
    (Spiritual refreshment)
    The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine. The disciples had eaten, yet Jesus prayed and gave them bread. This would have been foolish in a literal sense; but in its spiritual signification, it was natural and beautiful. Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 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 - - Marriage -
02 1 - Spirit transforms
02 1 - Spiritual baptism
02 1 - A clean mind and body
02 1 - The conflict with purity
02 1 - Healing primary
02 2 - Life eternal and present
02 2 - Spirituality of Scripture
02 2 - Right motives
02 2 - Heavenly supplies
02 3 - The cup of Jesus
02 3 - Sorrow and reformation
02 3 - The chalice sacrificial
02 3 - Incisive questions
02 3 - Injustice to the Saviour
02 4 - Incisive questions
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 4 - Complete emulation
02 5 - Jesus' sad repast
02 5 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Sacred sacrament
02 6 - Spiritual refreshment
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist


January 13,1901

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Colossians 3:2,3

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

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


Responsive Reading


I John 5:1-13,20

    1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus
is the Christ is born of God: and
every one that loveth him that begat
loveth him also that is begotten of
him.

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

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

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

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

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


    7 For there are three that bear
record in heaven, the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these
three are one.

    8 And there are three that bear
witness in earth, the spirit, and the
water, and the blood: and these three
agree in one.

    9 If we receive the witness of men,
the witness of God is greater: for
this is the witness of God which he
hath testified of his Son.

    10 He that believeth on the Son of
God hath the witness in himself: he
that believeth not God hath made him
a liar; because he believeth not the
record that God gave of his Son.

    11 And this is the record, that God
hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son.

    12 He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.

    13 These things have I written unto
you that believe on the name of the
Son of God; that ye may know that ye
have eternal life, and that ye may
believe on the name of the Son of
God.

    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.


Section 1


Psalm 36:7,9

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

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

***
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;)

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:9-13


    (A mortal not man)
    Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:13


    (Source of all life and action)
    But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-called. They speak of both Truth and error as mind, and of good and evil as spirit. They claim that to be life which is but the objective state of material sense, - such as the structural life of the tree and of material man, - and deem this the manifestation of the one Life, God.

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

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

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

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.


Section 2


Proverbs 21:21

    21 He that followeth after
righteousness and mercy findeth life,
righteousness, and honour.

***
Titus 2:11-13

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

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

    13 Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ;
Titus 3:7

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

***
Philipians 4:8

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:14

(02) Question: Are these terms synonymous?
ADAM = A falsity.
Topic: Sacrament


    The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:31


    (The divine reflection)
    God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, - yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action of the person in front of the mirror.

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

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

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 - 326:16-20


    (Loving God supremely)
    The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement.


Section 3


Matthew 7:13,14

    13 #Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is
the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in
thereat:

    14 Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it.

***
Romans 1:17

    17 For therein is the righteousness
of God revealed from faith to faith:
as it is written, The just shall live
by faith.

***
Galatians 2:19

    19 For I through the law am dead to
the law, that I might live unto God.
Galatians 3:7,11

    7 Know ye therefore that they which
are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham.

    11 But that no man is justified by
the law in the sight of God, it is
evident: for, The just shall live by
faith.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:27


    (Continuity of existence)
    We must have faith in all the sayings of our Master, though they are not included in the teachings of the schools, and are not understood generally by our ethical instructors.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:8


    (Treasure in heaven)
    Students of Christian Science, who start with its letter and think to succeed without the spirit, will either make shipwreck of their faith or be turned sadly awry. They must not only seek, but strive, to enter the narrow path of Life, for "wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:32

(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


    (Material beliefs)
    The notion of any life or intelligence in matter is without foundation in fact, and you can have no faith in falsehood when you have learned falsehood's true nature.

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.


Section 4


Psalm 119:114

    114 Thou art my hiding place and my
shield: I hope in thy word.

***
Proverbs 8:1,32,35

    1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?

    32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O
ye children: for blessed are they
that keep my ways.

    35 For whoso findeth me findeth
life, and shall obtain favour of the
Lord.

***
I Corinthians 14:15

    15 What is it then? I will pray
with the spirit, and I will pray with
the understanding also: I will sing
with the spirit, and I will sing with
the understanding also.

***
Mark 11:24

    24 Therefore I say unto you, What
things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.

***
James 1:6

    6 But let him ask in faith, nothing
wavering. For he that wavereth is
like a wave of the sea driven with
the wind and tossed.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 15:28


    (Trustworthy beneficence) Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings. Trustworthiness is the foundation of enlightened faith. Without a fitness for holiness, we cannot receive holiness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:4-17


    (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.
    (Promise perpetual)
    This understanding of man's power, when he is equipped by God, has sadly disappeared from Christian history. For centuries it has been dormant, a lost element of Christianity.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:30-6


    (Careful guidance)
    The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life, and this Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit. We must begin, however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:14-18


    (Sorrow and reformation)
    Saints and sinners get their full award, but not always in this world. The followers of Christ drank his cup. Ingratitude and persecution filled it to the brim; but God pours the riches of His love into the understanding and affections, giving us strength according to our day.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:13-15,22


    (Truth's witness)
    Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.
    Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense of being.


Section 5


John 4:35,36

    35 Say not ye, There are yet four
months, and then cometh harvest?
behold, I say unto you, Lift up your
eyes, and look on the fields; for
they are white already to harvest.

    36 And he that reapeth receiveth
wages, and gathereth fruit unto life
eternal: that both he that soweth and
he that reapeth may rejoice together.

***
Galatians 5:22,23

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

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:9-17


    (Christian warfare)
    The words of divine Science find their immortality in deeds, for their Principle heals the sick and spiritualizes humanity.
    (Healing omitted)
    On the other hand, the Christian opponents of Christian Science neither give nor offer any proofs that their Master's religion can heal the sick. Surely it is not enough to cleave to barren and desultory dogmas, derived from the traditions of the elders who thereunto have set their seals.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:25-6

(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." The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
    (Confirmation by healing)
    This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the enduring and harmonious phases of things. 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 6


Proverbs 11:30

    30 The fruit of the righteous is a
tree of life; and he that winneth
souls is wise.
Proverbs 3:13,18

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

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

***
Ezekiel 47:6,12

    6 #And he said unto me, Son of man,
hast thou seen this? Then he brought
me, and caused me to return to the
brink of the river.

    12 And by the river upon the bank
thereof, on this side and on that
side, shall grow all trees for meat,
whose leaf shall not fade, neither
shall the fruit thereof be consumed:
it shall bring forth new fruit
according to his months, because
their waters they issued out of the
sanctuary: and the fruit thereof
shall be for meat, and the leaf
thereof for medicine.

***
Revelation 22:1,2

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:1


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

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:11-28


    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    If the belief in death were obliterated, and the understanding obtained that there is no death, this would be a "tree of life," known by its fruits. Man should renew his energies and endeavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy, while also learning the necessity of working out his own salvation. When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.
    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal.


Section 7


Psalm 17:6,7,15

    6 I have called upon thee, for thou
wilt hear me, O God: incline thine
ear unto me, and hear my speech.

    7 Shew thy marvellous
lovingkindness, O thou that savest by
thy right hand them which put their
trust in thee from those that rise up
against them.

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

***
Colossians 3:2-4,10

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

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

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

    10 And have put on the new man,
which is renewed in knowledge after
the image of him that created him:

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:5


    (Renewed selfhood)
    Let the "male and female" of God's creating appear. Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be." Such is the true Science of being. Any other theory of Life, or God, is delusive and mythological.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:15

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:4-15


    (Human frailty)
    As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.
    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:31


    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith. "The Spirit and the bride say, Come! . . . and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - A mortal not man
03 1 - Source of all life and action
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 1 - Illusive dreams
03 2 - The divine reflection
03 2 - Divine synonyms
03 2 - Perfect models
03 2 - Loving God supremely
03 3 - Continuity of existence
03 3 - Treasure in heaven
03 3 - Material beliefs
03 3 - Doctrines and faith
03 4 - Trustworthy beneficence
03 4 - Final destruction of error
03 4 - Promise perpetual
03 4 - Careful guidance
03 4 - Sorrow and reformation
03 4 - Truth's witness
03 5 - Christian warfare
03 5 - Healing omitted
03 5 - Understanding versus belief
03 5 - Confirmation by healing
03 6 - The leaves of healing
03 6 - No temptation from God
03 6 - Our footsteps heavenward
03 6 - Christian standard
03 7 - Renewed selfhood
03 7 - Eternal beauty
03 7 - Human frailty
03 7 - The immortal birth
03 7 - Scriptural perception


January 20,1901

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 98:3

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 57:2,3,5,7-11

    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.

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

    7 My heart is fixed, O God, my
heart is fixed: I will sing and give
praise.

    8 Awake up, my glory; awake,
psaltery and harp: I myself will
awake early.

    9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among
the people: I will sing unto thee
among the nations.

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

    11 Be thou exalted, O God, above
the heavens: let thy glory be above
all the earth.
Psalm 85:9-13

    9 Surely his salvation is nigh them
that fear him; that glory may dwell
in our land.

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

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

    12 Yea, the Lord shall give that
which is good; and our land shall
yield her increase.

    13 Righteousness shall go before
him; and shall set us in the way of
his steps.


Section 1


Psalm 146:5,6

    5 Happy is he that hath the God of
Jacob for his help, whose hope is in
the Lord his God:

    6 Which made heaven, and earth, the
sea, and all that therein is: which
keepeth truth for ever:
Psalm 50:1,2

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

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

***
Hebrews 1:1-3

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

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

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

***
Revelation 19:9,10

    9 And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called
unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And he saith unto me, These are the
true sayings of God.

    10 And I fell at his feet to
worship him. And he said unto me, See
thou do it not: I am thy
fellowservant, and of thy brethren
that have the testimony of Jesus:
worship God: for the testimony of
Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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


    (Christian Science as old as God)
    Divine Science derives its sanction from the Bible, and the divine origin of Science is demonstrated through the holy influence of Truth in healing sickness and sin. This healing power of Truth must have been far anterior to the period in which Jesus lived. It is as ancient as "the Ancient of days." It lives through all Life, and extends throughout all space.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:1


    (Spiritual ideas apprehended) How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense! To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.

vii:22 Chapter PREFACE

    A book introduces new thoughts, but it cannot make them speedily understood. It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite. Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - x:11-13,22-27

    The author has not compromised conscience to suit the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and honestly given the text of Truth.
    The divine Principle of healing is proved in the personal experience of any sincere seeker of Truth. Its purpose is good, and its practice is safer and more potent than that of any other sanitary method. The unbiased Christian thought is soonest touched by Truth, and convinced of it.


Section 2


Psalm 68:32,33

    32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of
the earth; O sing praises unto the
Lord;

    33 To him that rideth upon the
heavens of heavens, which were of
old; lo, he doth send out his voice,
and that a mighty voice.

***
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,

    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.
Matthew 5:17

    17 #Think not that I am come to
destroy the law, or the prophets: I
am not come to destroy, but to
fulfil.

***
John 14:6

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

***
Revelation 3:20

    20 Behold, I stand at the door, and
knock: if any man hear my voice, and
open the door, I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with
me.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:17


    (Rise of thought)
    The thunder of Sinai and the Sermon on the Mount are pursuing and will overtake the ages, rebuking in their course all error and proclaiming the kingdom of heaven on earth. Truth is revealed. It needs only to be practised.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 559:8


    (Truth's volume)
    The "still, small voice" of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe's remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, "as when a lion roareth." It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the "seven thunders" of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, - made manifest in the destruction of error. Then will a voice from harmony cry: "Go and take the little book. . . . Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey." Mortals, obey the heavenly evangel. Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it. It will be indeed sweet at its first taste, when it heals you; but murmur not over Truth, if you find its digestion bitter. When you approach nearer and nearer to this divine Principle, when you eat the divine body of this Principle, - thus partaking of the nature, or primal elements, of Truth and Love, - do not be surprised nor discontented because you must share the hemlock cup and eat the bitter herbs; for the Israelites of old at the Paschal meal thus prefigured this perilous passage out of bondage into the El Dorado of faith and hope.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:15


    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    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 3


Psalm 51:6,7,10

    6 Behold, thou desirest truth in
the inward parts: and in the hidden
part thou shalt make me to know
wisdom.

    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall
be clean: wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:28


    (Childlike receptivity)
    The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. 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. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, - this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:7-9


    (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."


Section 4


John 1:9

    9 That was the true Light, which
lighteth every man that cometh into
the world.
John 12:46

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

***
Acts 9:1,3-6,8-11,17,18

    1 And Saul, yet breathing out
threatenings and slaughter against
the disciples of the Lord, went unto
the high priest,

    3 And as he journeyed, he came near
Damascus: and suddenly there shined
round about him a light from heaven:

    4 And he fell to the earth, and
heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me?

    5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord?
And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom
thou persecutest: it is hard for thee
to kick against the pricks.

    6 And he trembling and astonished
said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to
do? And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go into the city, and it
shall be told thee what thou must do.


    8 And Saul arose from the earth;
and when his eyes were opened, he saw
no man: but they led him by the hand,
and brought him into Damascus.

    9 And he was three days without
sight, and neither did eat nor drink.


    10 #And there was a certain
disciple at Damascus, named Ananias;
and to him said the Lord in a vision,
Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am
here, Lord.

    11 And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go into the street which
is called Straight, and inquire in
the house of Judas for one called
Saul of Tarsus: for, behold, he
prayeth,

    17 And Ananias went his way, and
entered into the house; and putting
his hands on him said, Brother Saul,
the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared
unto thee in the way as thou camest,
hath sent me, that thou mightest
receive thy sight, and be filled with
the Holy Ghost.

    18 And immediately there fell from
his eyes as it had been scales: and he
received sight forthwith, and arose,
and was baptized.

vii:1 Chapter PREFACE

    To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:30


    (Consecration required)
    When first spoken in any age, Truth, like the light, "shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not." A false sense of life, substance, and mind hides the divine possibilities, and conceals scientific demonstration.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:19

    (Paul's enlightenment)
    Paul was not at first a disciple of Jesus but a persecutor of Jesus' followers. When the truth first appeared to him in Science, Paul was made blind, and his blindness was felt; but spiritual light soon enabled him to follow the example and teachings of Jesus, healing the sick and preaching Christianity throughout Asia Minor, Greece, and even in imperial Rome.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:9


    (Spiritual ideas apprehended)
    Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose "light shall we see light;" and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:14


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


Section 5


John 1:17

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

***
Ephesians 4:7,21-25

    7 But unto every one of us is given
grace according to the measure of the
gift of Christ.

    21 If so be that ye have heard him,
and have been taught by him, as the
truth is in Jesus:

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

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind;

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

    25 Wherefore putting away lying,
speak every man truth with his
neighbour: for we are members one of
another.
Ephesians 5:9

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:1-6


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:3


    (Spirituality of Scripture)
    The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an "honest and good heart" the seed must be sown; else it beareth not much fruit, for the swinish element in human nature uproots it. Jesus said: "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures." The spiritual sense of the Scriptures brings out the scientific sense, and is the new tongue referred to in the last chapter of Mark's Gospel.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:19

    (Goodness transparent)
    The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality - much error - in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:13

    (Need and supply)
    In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated. If "faithful over a few things," we shall be made rulers over many; but the one unused talent decays and is lost. When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin. The true idea of God gives the true understanding of Life and Love, robs the grave of victory, takes away all sin and the delusion that there are other minds, and destroys mortality.


Section 6


Proverbs 22:17,21

    17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the
words of the wise, and apply thine
heart unto my knowledge.

    21 That I might make thee know the
certainty of the words of truth; that
thou mightest answer the words of
truth to them that send unto thee?

***
John 8:31,32

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

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

***
Mark 16:17,18

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:31


    (The divine completeness)
    Truth, spiritually discerned, is scientifically understood. It casts out error and heals the sick.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 418:5-9,22-7


    (Christian pleading)
    Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science.
    (Truthful arguments)
    By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.
    (Morality required)
    Include moral as well as physical belief in your efforts to destroy error. Cast out all manner of evil. "Preach the gospel to every creature." Speak the truth to every form of error. Tumors, ulcers, tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are waking dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which flee before the light of Truth.
    A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors of all sorts tend in this direction. Your true course is to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone are real and harmonious.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - Christian Science as old as God
04 1 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
04 2 - Rise of thought
04 2 - Truth's volume
04 2 - Injustice to the Saviour
04 3 - Childlike receptivity
04 3 - Practical preaching
04 4 - Consecration required
04 4 - Paul's enlightenment
04 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
04 4 - Essential element of Christianity
04 5 - Inadequate theories of creation
04 5 - Spirituality of Scripture
04 5 - Goodness transparent
04 5 - Need and supply
04 6 - The divine completeness
04 6 - Christian pleading
04 6 - Truthful arguments
04 6 - Morality required


January 27,1901

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 13:4,5

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

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


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 13

CHAPTER 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11 When I was a child, I spake as a
child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became
a man, I put away childish things.

    12 For now we see through a glass,
darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known.

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


Section 1


Hosea 11:1-4

    1 When Israel was a child, then I
loved him, and called my son out of
Egypt.

    2 As they called them, so they went
from them: they sacrificed unto
Baalim, and burned incense to graven
images.

    3 I taught Ephraim also to go,
taking them by their arms; but they
knew not that I healed them.

    4 I drew them with cords of a man,
with bands of love: and I was to them
as they that take off the yoke on
their jaws, and I laid meat unto
them.

***
Jeremiah 31:1,3

    1 At the same time, saith the
Lord, will I be the God of all the
families of Israel, and they shall be
my people.

    3 The Lord hath appeared of old
unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved
thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I
drawn thee.

***
John 17:25,26

    25 O righteous Father, the world
hath not known thee: but I have known
thee, and these have known that thou
hast sent me.

    26 And I have declared unto them
thy name, and will declare it: that
the love wherewith thou hast loved me
may be in them, and I in them.

***
I John 4:16

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:1

    (Infinite physique impossible)
    A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. Hence the unsatisfied human craving for something better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a material belief in a physical God and man. The insufficiency of this belief to supply the true idea proves the falsity of material belief.

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


    (Anthropomorphism) The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 577:32-18(to .)


    ( - Psalm XXIII -)
    In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly, the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal or spiritual sense of Deity: -


PSALM XXIII



    [Divine Love] is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    [Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [Love] leadeth me beside the still waters.
    [Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [Love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [Love] is with me; [Love's] rod and [Love's] staff they comfort me.
    [Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [Love] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love] for ever.


Section 2


Matthew 18:21-27

    21 #Then came Peter to him, and
said, Lord, how oft shall my brother
sin against me, and I forgive him?
till seven times?

    22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not
unto thee, Until seven times: but,
Until seventy times seven.

    23 #Therefore is the kingdom of
heaven likened unto a certain king,
which would take account of his
servants.

    24 And when he had begun to reckon,
one was brought unto him, which owed
him ten thousand talents.

    25 But forasmuch as he had not to
pay, his lord commanded him to be
sold, and his wife, and children, and
all that he had, and payment to be
made.

    26 The servant therefore fell down,
and worshipped him, saying, Lord,
have patience with me, and I will pay
thee all.

    27 Then the lord of that servant
was moved with compassion, and loosed
him, and forgave him the debt.
Matthew 9:35,36

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

    36 #But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them,
because they fainted, and were
scattered abroad, as sheep having no
shepherd.

***
I Peter 3:8,9

    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 365:31


    (Truth desecrated)
    The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father's loving-kindness.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:12,30-16

    (The true physician)
    The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scientists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels of bigoted pedantry.
    (Genuine healing)
    If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.
    (Gratitude and humility)
    This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not "for the loaves and fishes," nor, like the Pharisee, with the arrogance of rank and display of scholarship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the summit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and the perfume of gratitude, with tears of repentance and with those hairs all numbered by the Father.


Section 3


I Samuel 24:16-20

    16 #And it came to pass, when David
had made an end of speaking these
words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is
this thy voice, my son David? And
Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

    17 And he said to David, Thou art
more righteous than I: for thou hast
rewarded me good, whereas I have
rewarded thee evil.

    18 And thou hast shewed this day
how that thou hast dealt well with
me: forasmuch as when the Lord had
delivered me into thine hand, thou
killedst me not.

    19 For if a man find his enemy,
will he let him go well away?
wherefore the Lord reward thee good
for that thou hast done unto me this
day.

    20 And now, behold, I know well
that thou shalt surely be king, and
that the kingdom of Israel shall be
established in thine hand.

***
Proverbs 25:21,22

    21 If thine enemy be hungry, give
him bread to eat; and if he be
thirsty, give him water to drink:

    22 For thou shalt heap coals of
fire upon his head, and the Lord
shall reward thee.

***
Matthew 5:43-45

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

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

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

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:26-28(to .)

    (Immortal achieval) Persecuted from city to city, his apostles still went about doing good deeds, for which they were maligned and stoned.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:7

    (Christian warfare)
    Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong. It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed. Great is the reward of self-sacrifice, though we may never receive it in this world.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:1

    (Immortal achieval)
    Jesus' life proved, divinely and scientifically, that God is Love, whereas priest and rabbi affirmed God to be a mighty potentate, who loves and hates. The Jewish theology gave no hint of the unchanging love of God.

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

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

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.


Section 4


Isaiah 57:15,18

    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.

    18 I have seen his ways, and will
heal him: I will lead him also, and
restore comforts unto him and to his
mourners.

***
Psalm 147:1,3

    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.
Psalm 30:1,2

    1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for
thou hast lifted me up, and hast not
made my foes to rejoice over me.

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

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."

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:15


    (Love frees from fear)
    "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 - 365:15-19

    (Speedy healing)
    If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one visit, and the disease will vanish into its native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine.


Section 5


Job 5:17,18

    17 Behold, happy is the man whom
God correcteth: therefore despise not
thou the chastening of the Almighty:

    18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth
up: he woundeth, and his hands make
whole.

***
Proverbs 3:12

    12 For whom the Lord loveth he
correcteth; even as a father the son
in whom he delighteth.

***
Hosea 6:1-3

    1 Come, and let us return unto the
Lord: for he hath torn, and he will
heal us; he hath smitten, and he will
bind us up.

    2 After two days will he revive us:
in the third day he will raise us up,
and we shall live in his sight.

    3 Then shall we know, if we follow
on to know the Lord: his going forth
is prepared as the morning; and he
shall come unto us as the rain, as
the latter and former rain unto the
earth.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:4


    (Final purpose)
    Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:3,20

    (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.
    (Wait for reward)
    Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:23

    (Conversion of Saul)
    Saul of Tarsus beheld the way - the Christ, or Truth - only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense, which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual. He learned the wrong that he had done in persecuting Christians, whose religion he had not understood, and in humility he took the new name of Paul. He beheld for the first time the true idea of Love, and learned a lesson in divine Science.


Section 6


John 14:22,23

    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.

***
Matthew 7:21

    21 #Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in
heaven.

***
I John 2:3-6

    3 And hereby we do know that we
know him, if we keep his
commandments.

    4 He that saith, I know him, and
keepeth not his commandments, is a
liar, and the truth is not in him.

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:30


    (Divided vestments)
    The finger-posts of divine Science show the way our Master trod, and require of Christians the proof which he gave, instead of mere profession. We may hide spiritual ignorance from the world, but we can never succeed in the Science and demonstration of spiritual good through ignorance or hypocrisy.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:1

    (Profession and proof)
    Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:15

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:9-14

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Infinite physique impossible
05 1 - Anthropomorphism
05 1 - - Psalm XXIII -
05 2 - Truth desecrated
05 2 - The true physician
05 2 - Genuine healing
05 2 - Gratitude and humility
05 3 - Jesus the way-shower
05 3 - Immortal achieval
05 3 - Christian warfare
05 3 - Immortal achieval
05 3 - Bearing our sins
05 3 - The holy struggle
05 4 - Effective triumph
05 4 - Christ's demonstration
05 4 - Love frees from fear
05 4 - Speedy healing
05 5 - Final purpose
05 5 - Moral retrogression
05 5 - Wait for reward
05 5 - A bright outlook
05 5 - Conversion of Saul
05 6 - Divided vestments
05 6 - Profession and proof
05 6 - The one only way
05 6 - Condition of progress


February 3,1901

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Galatians 5:16

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


Responsive Reading


John 3:1-12,34

    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.

    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.

    4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can
a man be born when he is old? can he
enter the second time into his
mother's womb, and be born?

    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.


    9 Nicodemus answered and said unto
him, How can these things be?

    10 Jesus answered and said unto
him, Art thou a master of Israel, and
knowest not these things?

    11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
We speak that we do know, and testify
that we have seen; and ye receive not
our witness.

    12 If I have told you earthly
things, and ye believe not, how shall
ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly
things?

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


Section 1


Psalm 104:24,30

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


    30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit,
they are created: and thou renewest
the face of the earth.
Psalm 148:1-5

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

    2 Praise ye him, all his angels:
praise ye him, all his hosts.

    3 Praise ye him, sun and moon:
praise him, all ye stars of light.

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7-13

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


    (-18- The only substance)
    XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:6


    (Matter is not substance)
    The theory that Spirit is not the only substance and creator is pantheistic heterodoxy, which ultimates in sickness, sin, and death; it is the belief in a bodily soul and a material mind, a soul governed by the body and a mind in matter. This belief is shallow pantheism.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:28-2


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:22-26


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal.


Section 2


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:

***
I John 3:2,22,24

    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.

    22 And whatsoever we ask, we
receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things
that are pleasing in his sight.

    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.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:30


    (Spiritual conception)
    Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal. Jesus was the offspring of Mary's self-conscious communion with God. Hence he could give a more spiritual idea of life than other men, and could demonstrate the Science of Love - his Father or divine Principle.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:7


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:19

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


    (True nature and origin)
    "Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings." Human belief - or knowledge gained from the so-called material senses - would, by fair logic, annihilate man along with the dissolving elements of clay. The scientifically Christian explanations of the nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with immortal testimony. This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of being, which can be obtained in no other way.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:18


    (Spirit and flesh)
    Paul says in his epistle to the Romans: "The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwell in you."


Section 3


Matthew 26:36,39-41

    36 #Then cometh Jesus with them
unto a place called Gethsemane, and
saith unto the disciples, Sit ye
here, while I go and pray yonder.

    39 And he went a little further,
and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying, O my Father, if it be
possible, let this cup pass from me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt.

    40 And he cometh unto the
disciples, and findeth them asleep,
and saith unto Peter, What, could ye
not watch with me one hour?

    41 Watch and pray, that ye enter
not into temptation: the spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is
weak.

***
I Peter 2:11,12

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

    12 Having your conversation honest
among the Gentiles: that, whereas they
speak against you as evildoers, they
may by your good works, which they
shall behold, glorify God in the day
of visitation.

***
Ephesians 5:8,9

    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;)

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:16


    (Treasure in heaven)
    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.

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.

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


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 79:19

    (Fallacious hypotheses) Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." He never described disease, so far as can be learned from the Gospels, but he healed disease.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:21


    (Immaculate conception)
    Jesus' spiritual origin and understanding enabled him to demonstrate the facts of being, - to prove irrefutably how spiritual Truth destroys material error, heals sickness, and overcomes death. The divine conception of Jesus pointed to this truth and presented an illustration of creation. The history of Jesus shows him to have been more spiritual than all other earthly personalities.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:24


    (Beatific presence)
    Mortals must follow Jesus' sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh. Perfect and infinite Mind enthroned is heaven. The evil beliefs which originate in mortals are hell. Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light. Man is deathless, spiritual. He is above sin or frailty. He does not cross the barriers of time into the vast forever of Life, but he coexists with God and the universe.


Section 4


Ecclesiastes 1:17

    17 And I gave my heart to know
wisdom, and to know madness and
folly: I perceived that this also is
vexation of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 7:8-10

    8 Better is the end of a thing than
the beginning thereof: and the
patient in spirit is better than the
proud in spirit.

    9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be
angry: for anger resteth in the bosom
of fools.

    10 Say not thou, What is the cause
that the former days were better than
these? for thou dost not inquire
wisely concerning this.
Ecclesiastes 8:8

    8 There is no man that hath power
over the spirit to retain the spirit;
neither hath he power in the day of
death: and there is no discharge in
that war; neither shall wickedness
deliver those that are given to it.

***
Micah 2:7

    7 #O thou that art named the house
of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord
straitened? are these his doings? do
not my words do good to him that
walketh uprightly?

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:25


    (Stages of existence)
    Embryology supplies no instance of one species producing its opposite. A serpent never begets a bird, nor does a lion bring forth a lamb. Amalgamation is deemed monstrous and is seldom fruitful, but it is not so hideous and absurd as the supposition that Spirit - the pure and holy, the immutable and immortal - can originate the impure and mortal and dwell in it. As Christian Science repudiates self-evident impossibilities, the material senses must father these absurdities, for both the material senses and their reports are unnatural, impossible, and unreal.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 78:21


    (Spirit intangible)
    Spirit is not materially tangible. How then can it communicate with man through electric, material effects? How can the majesty and omnipotence of Spirit be lost? God is not in the medley where matter cares for matter, where spiritism makes many gods, and hypnotism and electricity are claimed to be the agents of God's government.

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.


Section 5


Psalm 143:10

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

***
Isaiah 61:1-3

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

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

    3 To appoint unto them that mourn
in Zion, to give unto them beauty for
ashes, the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit
of heaviness; that they might be
called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the Lord, that he might
be glorified.
Isaiah 59:19-21

    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.

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 - 507:3-6


    (Spirit names and blesses)
    Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:27


    (Faith of Socrates)
    Because he understood the superiority and immortality of good, Socrates feared not the hemlock poison. Even the faith of his philosophy spurned physical timidity. Having sought man's spiritual state, he recognized the immortality of man. The ignorance and malice of the age would have killed the venerable philosopher because of his faith in Soul and his indifference to the body.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:1-8

    (Efficacy of truth)
    Spiritual draughts heal, while material lotions interfere with truth, even as ritualism and creed hamper spirituality. If we trust matter, we distrust Spirit.
    (Crumbs of comfort)
    Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love - be it song, sermon, or Science - blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.


Section 6


Numbers 27:15-18,21-23

    15 #And Moses spake unto the Lord,
saying,

    16 Let the Lord, the God of the
spirits of all flesh, set a man over
the congregation,

    17 Which may go out before them,
and which may go in before them, and
which may lead them out, and which
may bring them in; that the
congregation of the Lord be not as
sheep which have no shepherd.

    18 #And the Lord said unto Moses,
Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a
man in whom is the spirit, and lay
thine hand upon him;

    21 And he shall stand before
Eleazar the priest, who shall ask
counsel for him after the judgment of
Urim before the Lord: at his word
shall they go out, and at his word
they shall come in, both he, and all
the children of Israel with him, even
all the congregation.

    22 And Moses did as the Lord
commanded him: and he took Joshua,
and set him before Eleazar the
priest, and before all the
congregation:

    23 And he laid his hands upon him,
and gave him a charge, as the Lord
commanded by the hand of Moses.

***
Luke 4:14,31,32

    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.

    31 And came down to Capernaum, a
city of Galilee, and taught them on
the sabbath days.

    32 And they were astonished at his
doctrine: for his word was with power.

***
Mark 6:34,45,47-50

    34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw
much people, and was moved with
compassion toward them, because they
were as sheep not having a shepherd:
and he began to teach them many
things.

    45 And straightway he constrained
his disciples to get into the ship,
and to go to the other side before
unto Bethsaida, while he sent away
the people.

    47 And when even was come, the ship
was in the midst of the sea, and he
alone on the land.

    48 And he saw them toiling in
rowing; for the wind was contrary
unto them: and about the fourth watch
of the night he cometh unto them,
walking upon the sea, and would have
passed by them.

    49 But when they saw him walking
upon the sea, they supposed it had
been a spirit, and cried out:

    50 For they all saw him, and were
troubled. And immediately he talked
with them, and saith unto them, Be of
good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:27


    (The Christ-element)
    Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses. The Christ-element in the Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.

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 - 369:5


    (Man's entity)
    In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master. He enters into a diviner sense of the facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave. All these deeds manifested Jesus' control over the belief that matter is substance, that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any form of existence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:3

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - -18- The only substance
06 1 - Matter is not substance
06 1 - Mind's idea faultless
06 1 - Spiritual thoughts
06 2 - Spiritual origin
06 2 - Spiritual conception
06 2 - Godless evolution
06 2 - True nature and origin
06 2 - Spirit and flesh
06 3 - Treasure in heaven
06 3 - Wrong and right way
06 3 - Derivatives of spirit
06 3 - Scientific man
06 3 - Fallacious hypotheses
06 3 - Immaculate conception
06 3 - Beatific presence
06 4 - Substance versus supposition
06 4 - Stages of existence
06 4 - Spirit intangible
06 4 - Individualization
06 5 - Spirit intangible
06 5 - Spirit names and blesses
06 5 - Multiplication of pure ideas
06 5 - Faith of Socrates
06 5 - Efficacy of truth
06 5 - Crumbs of comfort
06 6 - The Christ-element
06 6 - Spiritual law the only law
06 6 - Man's entity
06 6 - Spiritual existence the one fact


February 10,1901

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 103:1

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 119:162-168,170-175

    162 I rejoice at thy word, as one
that findeth great spoil.

    163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy
law do I love.

    164 Seven times a day do I praise
thee because of thy righteous
judgments.

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

    166 Lord, I have hoped for thy
salvation, and done thy commandments.


    167 My soul hath kept thy
testimonies; and I love them
exceedingly.

    168 I have kept thy precepts and
thy testimonies: for all my ways are
before thee.

    170 Let my supplication come before
thee: deliver me according to thy
word.

    171 My lips shall utter praise,
when thou hast taught me thy
statutes.

    172 My tongue shall speak of thy
word: for all thy commandments are
righteousness.

    173 Let thine hand help me; for I
have chosen thy precepts.

    174 I have longed for thy
salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my
delight.

    175 Let my soul live, and it shall
praise thee; and let thy judgments
help me.


Section 1


Job 12:9,10

    9 Who knoweth not in all these that
the hand of the Lord hath wrought
this?

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

***
Luke 1:46,47

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

    47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour.

***
II Corinthians 3:4,6,17,18

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

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

    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.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)


    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    XIX. Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a limited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in mortality. Soul must be incorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite. Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:3

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:19

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


    (Mankind redeemed)
    The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural. Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.


Section 2


John 14:21-23

    21 He that hath my commandments,
and keepeth them, he it is that
loveth me: and he that loveth me
shall be loved of my Father, and I
will love him, and will manifest
myself to him.

    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.

***
Romans 8:16,19-21

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

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

    20 For the creature was made
subject to vanity, not willingly, but
by reason of him who hath subjected
the same in hope,

    21 Because the creature itself also
shall be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the children of God.

***
I Timothy 3:16

    16 And without controversy great is
the mystery of godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in
the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
unto the Gentiles, believed on in the
world, received up into glory.

***
I John 3:10,11

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

    11 For this is the message that ye
heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:16-19,28


    (Goodness transparent)
    The manifestation of God through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane. The light and the glass never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls.
    (Brainology a myth)
    Brainology teaches that mortals are created to suffer and die. It further teaches that when man is dead, his immortal soul is resurrected from death and mortality. Thus error theorizes that spirit is born of matter and returns to matter, and that man has a resurrection from dust; whereas Science unfolds the eternal verity, that man is the spiritual, eternal reflection of God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:9

    (Man inseparable from Love)
    This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:21-25

    (Thought-forms)
    The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11-16


    (Jesus' disregard of matter)
    Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.


Section 3


Isaiah 45:11,12

    11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy
One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me
of things to come concerning my sons,
and concerning the work of my hands
command ye me.

    12 I have made the earth, and
created man upon it: I, even my
hands, have stretched out the
heavens, and all their host have I
commanded.

***
Psalm 62:5,6

    5 My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.

    6 He only is my rock and my
salvation: he is my defence; I shall
not be moved.
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.

***
Matthew 5:48

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:13-9


    (Real and unreal identity)
    The questions are: What are God's identities? What is Soul? Does life or soul exist in the thing formed?
    Nothing is real and eternal, - nothing is Spirit, - but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.
    The identity, or idea, of all reality continues forever; but Spirit, or the divine Principle of all, is not in Spirit's formations. Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:20(begin Identity)

(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) 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:3,19


    (Identity not lost)
    The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his. The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.
    (Definition of man)
    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.


Section 4


Psalm 143:1,6,8

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

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

    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.

***
Romans 13:1

    1 Let every soul be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be
are ordained of God.

***
I Thessalonians 5:18,19,23

    18 In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you.

    19 Quench not the Spirit.

    23 And the very God of peace
sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body
be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:7,29


    (Opposing testimony)
    The material senses' reversal of the Science of Soul was practically exposed nineteen hundred years ago by the demonstrations of Jesus; yet these so-called senses still make mortal mind tributary to mortal body, and ordain certain sections of matter, such as brain and nerves, as the seats of pain and pleasure, from which matter reports to this so-called mind its status of happiness or misery.
    (Ptolemaic and psychical error)
    Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that soul is in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical science has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies, and Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as to our terrestrial bodies. The true idea and Principle of man will then appear. The Ptolemaic blunder could not affect the harmony of being as does the error relating to soul and body, which reverses the order of Science and assigns to matter the power and prerogative of Spirit, so that man becomes the most absolutely weak and inharmonious creature in the universe.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 395:6


    (Divine authority)
    Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to master the false evidences of the corporeal senses and to assert its claims over mortality and disease. The same Principle cures both sin and sickness. When divine Science overcomes faith in a carnal mind, and faith in God destroys all faith in sin and in material methods of healing, then sin, disease, and death will disappear.


Section 5


Psalm 28:6,7

    6 Blessed be the Lord, because he
hath heard the voice of my
supplications.

    7 The Lord is my strength and my
shield; my heart trusted in him, and
I am helped: therefore my heart
greatly rejoiceth; and with my song
will I praise him.
Psalm 94:12,17-19

    12 Blessed is the man whom thou
chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him
out of thy law;

    17 Unless the Lord had been my
help, my soul had almost dwelt in
silence.

    18 When I said, My foot slippeth;
thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

    19 In the multitude of my thoughts
within me thy comforts delight my
soul.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:29


    (Spiritual concord)
    Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real enjoyment.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 58:2-14

    (Help and discipline)
    Unity of spirit gives new pinions to joy, or else joy's drooping wings trail in dust.
    (Chord and discord)
    Ill-arranged notes produce discord. Tones of the human mind may be different, but they should be concordant in order to blend properly. Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, - these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.
    (Mutual freedom)
    There is moral freedom in Soul. Never contract the horizon of a worthy outlook by the selfish exaction of all another's time and thoughts.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:26-30


    (Rebukes helpful)
    If we have triumphed sufficiently over the errors of material sense to allow Soul to hold the control, we shall loathe sin and rebuke it under every mask. Only in this way can we bless our enemies, though they may not so construe our words.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 7:17-21


    (Emotional utterances)
    Physical sensation, not Soul, produces material ecstasy and emotion. 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.

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 6


Psalm 25:12,13,20,21

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

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


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

    21 Let integrity and uprightness
preserve me; for I wait on thee.

***
Proverbs 3:21,22,25,26

    21 #My son, let not them depart
from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom
and discretion:

    22 So shall they be life unto thy
soul, and grace to thy neck.

    25 Be not afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the
wicked, when it cometh.

    26 For the Lord shall be thy
confidence, and shall keep thy foot
from being taken.

***
John 8:42,51

    42 Jesus said unto them, If God
were your Father, ye would love me:
for I proceeded forth and came from
God; neither came I of myself, but he
sent me.

    51 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
If a man keep my saying, he shall
never see death.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:12


    (No laws of matter)
    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 - 427:2

    (Life not contingent on matter)
    Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Man's individual being can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal. If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.

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

07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 2 - Goodness transparent
07 2 - Brainology a myth
07 2 - Man inseparable from Love
07 2 - Thought-forms
07 2 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 3 - Real and unreal identity
07 3 - Reflection of Spirit
07 3 - Identity not lost
07 3 - Definition of man
07 4 - Opposing testimony
07 4 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 4 - Divine authority
07 5 - Spiritual concord
07 5 - Help and discipline
07 5 - Chord and discord
07 5 - Mutual freedom
07 5 - Rebukes helpful
07 5 - Emotional utterances
07 5 - Ultimate harmony
07 6 - No laws of matter
07 6 - Life not contingent on matter
07 6 - Vision opening


February 17,1901

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 15:5,6

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

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 148:1-7,9-14

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

    2 Praise ye him, all his angels:
praise ye him, all his hosts.

    3 Praise ye him, sun and moon:
praise him, all ye stars of light.

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

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

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

    7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
ye dragons, and all deeps:

    9 Mountains, and all hills;
fruitful trees, and all cedars:

    10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping
things, and flying fowl:

    11 Kings of the earth, and all
people; princes, and all judges of
the earth:

    12 Both young men, and maidens; old
men, and children:

    13 Let them praise the name of the
Lord: for his name alone is excellent;
his glory is above the earth and
heaven.

    14 He also exalteth the horn of his
people, the praise of all his saints;
even of the children of Israel, a
people near unto him. Praise ye the
Lord.


Section 1


I Chronicles 29:11

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

***
Luke 4:14,31-36

    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.

    31 And came down to Capernaum, a
city of Galilee, and taught them on
the sabbath days.

    32 And they were astonished at his
doctrine: for his word was with power.


    33 #And in the synagogue there was
a man, which had a spirit of an
unclean devil, and cried out with a
loud voice,

    34 Saying, Let us alone; what have
we to do with thee, thou Jesus of
Nazareth? art thou come to destroy
us? I know thee who thou art; the
Holy One of God.

    35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying,
Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
And when the devil had thrown him in
the midst, he came out of him, and
hurt him not.

    36 And they were all amazed, and
spake among themselves, saying, What
a word is this! for with authority
and power he commandeth the unclean
spirits, and they come out.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:20


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:20-2


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:5


    (Hebrew theology) His better understanding of God was a rebuke to them. He knew of but one Mind and laid no claim to any other. He knew that the Ego was Mind instead of body and that matter, sin, and evil were not Mind; and his understanding of this divine Science brought upon him the anathemas of the age.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 441:31-8


    (Charge of the Chief Justice)
    Our great Teacher of mental jurisprudence speaks of him also as "a murderer from the beginning." 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?"



    (Divine verdict)
    The Jury of Spiritual Senses agreed at once upon a verdict, and there resounded throughout the vast audience-chamber of Spirit the cry, Not guilty. Then the prisoner rose up regenerated, strong, free.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 445:15


    (Conforming to explicit rules)
    You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine, or limit in any direction of thought the omnipresence and omnipotence of God.


Section 2


Leviticus 13:45,46

    45 And the leper in whom the plague
is, his clothes shall be rent, and
his head bare, and he shall put a
covering upon his upper lip, and
shall cry, Unclean, unclean.

    46 All the days wherein the plague
shall be in him he shall be defiled;
he is unclean: he shall dwell alone;
without the camp shall his habitation
be.

***
Matthew 8:1-3

    1 When he was come down from the
mountain, great multitudes followed
him.

    2 And, behold, there came a leper
and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if
thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and
touched him, saying, I will; be thou
clean. And immediately his leprosy
was cleansed.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 154:3,16


    (Source of contagion)
    Disease arises, like other mental conditions, from association.
    Since it is a law of mortal mind that certain diseases should be regarded as contagious, this law obtains credit through association, - calling up the fear that creates the image of disease and its consequent manifestation in the body.
    (Children's ailments)
    If a child is exposed to contagion or infection, the mother is frightened and says, "My child will be sick." The law of mortal mind and her own fears govern her child more than the child's mind governs itself, and they produce the very results which might have been prevented through the opposite understanding. Then it is believed that exposure to the contagion wrought the mischief.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 176:17-32


    (Our modern Eves)
    Human fear of miasma would load with disease the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.
    (Diseases not to be classified)
    Should all cases of organic disease be treated by a regular practitioner, and the Christian Scientist try truth only in cases of hysteria, hypochondria, and hallucination? One disease is no more real than another. All disease is the result of education, and disease can carry its ill-effects no farther than mortal mind maps out the way. The human mind, not matter, is supposed to feel, suffer, enjoy. Hence decided types of acute disease are quite as ready to yield to Truth as the less distinct type and chronic form of disease. Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance.


Section 3


Luke 8:1-3,22,26-29,33-36

    1 And it came to pass afterward,
that he went throughout every city
and village, preaching and shewing
the glad tidings of the kingdom of
God: and the twelve were with him,

    2 And certain women, which had been
healed of evil spirits and
infirmities, Mary called Magdalene,
out of whom went seven devils,

    3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza
Herod's steward, and Susanna, and
many others, which ministered unto
him of their substance.

    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.

    26 #And they arrived at the country
of the Gadarenes, which is over
against Galilee.

    27 And when he went forth to land,
there met him out of the city a
certain man, which had devils long
time, and ware no clothes, neither
abode in any house, but in the tombs.


    28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out,
and fell down before him, and with a
loud voice said, What have I to do
with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God
most high? I beseech thee, torment me
not.

    29 (For he had commanded the
unclean spirit to come out of the
man. For oftentimes it had caught
him: and he was kept bound with
chains and in fetters; and he brake
the bands, and was driven of the
devil into the wilderness.)

    33 Then went the devils out of the
man, and entered into the swine: and
the herd ran violently down a steep
place into the lake, and were choked.


    34 When they that fed them saw what
was done, they fled, and went and
told it in the city and in the
country.

    35 Then they went out to see what
was done; and came to Jesus, and
found the man, out of whom the devils
were departed, sitting at the feet of
Jesus, clothed, and in his right
mind: and they were afraid.

    36 They also which saw it told them
by what means he that was possessed
of the devils was healed.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 143:5


    (Methods rejected)
    It is plain that God does not employ drugs or hygiene, nor provide them for human use; else Jesus would have recommended and employed them in his healing. The sick are more deplorably lost than the sinning, if the sick cannot rely on God for help and the sinning can. The divine Mind never called matter medicine, and matter required a material and human belief before it could be considered as medicine.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 158:16

    (Footsteps to intemperance)
    Drugs, cataplasms, and whiskey are stupid substitutes for the dignity and potency of divine Mind and its efficacy to heal. It is pitiful to lead men into temptation through the byways of this wilderness world, - to victimize the race with intoxicating prescriptions for the sick, until mortal mind acquires an educated appetite for strong drink, and men and women become loathsome sots.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 166:23


    (Health from reliance on spirituality)
    Failing to recover health through adherence to physiology and hygiene, the despairing invalid often drops them, and in his extremity and only as a last resort, turns to God. The invalid's faith in the divine Mind is less than in drugs, air, and exercise, or he would have resorted to Mind first. The balance of power is conceded to be with matter by most of the medical systems; but when Mind at last asserts its mastery over sin, disease, and death, then is man found to be harmonious and immortal.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 370:23


    (Transient potency of drugs)
    According to both medical testimony and individual experience, a drug may eventually lose its supposed power and do no more for the patient. Hygienic treatment also loses its efficacy. Quackery likewise fails at length to inspire the credulity of the sick, and then they cease to improve. These lessons are useful. They should naturally and genuinely change our basis from sensation to Christian Science, from error to Truth, from matter to Spirit.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 382:5-8

    (Hygiene excessive)
    If half the attention given to hygiene were given to the study of Christian Science and to the spiritualization of thought, this alone would usher in the millennium.


Section 4


Psalm 103:2,3

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

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

***
Isaiah 26:3

    3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect
peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 25:4

    4 For thou hast been a strength to
the poor, a strength to the needy in
his distress, a refuge from the
storm, a shadow from the heat, when
the blast of the terrible ones is as
a storm against the wall.

***
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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:30


    (Medical errors) We should understand that the cause of disease obtains in the mortal human mind, and its cure comes from the immortal divine Mind. We should prevent the images of disease from taking form in thought, and we should efface the outlines of disease already formulated in the minds of mortals.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 374:6


    (Mind can destroy all ills)
    Because mortal mind seems to be conscious, the sick say: "How can my mind cause a disease I never thought of and knew nothing about, until it appeared on my body?" The author has answered this question in her explanation of disease as originating in human belief before it is consciously apparent on the body, which is in fact the objective state of mortal mind, though it is called matter. This mortal blindness and its sharp consequences show our need of divine metaphysics. Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:15


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:3

    (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.


Section 5


Matthew 18:1-3

    1 At the same time came the
disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is
the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven?

    2 And Jesus called a little child
unto him, and set him in the midst of
them,

    3 And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as
little children, ye shall not enter
into the kingdom of heaven.

***
Mark 10:13,14,16

    13 #And they brought young children
to him, that he should touch them:
and his disciples rebuked those that
brought them.

    14 But when Jesus saw it, he was
much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not: for of
such is the kingdom of God.

    16 And he took them up in his arms,
put his hands upon them, and blessed
them.

***
Ephesians 6:1,4

    1 Children, obey your parents in
the Lord: for this is right.

    4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your
children to wrath: but bring them up
in the nurture and admonition of the
Lord.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 62:4-26


    (Propensities inherited)
    The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease.
    (Inheritance heeded)
    If parents create in their babes a desire for incessant amusement, to be always fed, rocked, tossed, or talked to, those parents should not, in after years, complain of their children's fretfulness or frivolity, which the parents themselves have occasioned. Taking less "thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink"; less thought "for your body what ye shall put on," will do much more for the health of the rising generation than you dream. Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man's higher nature.
    (The Mind creative)
    We must not attribute more and more intelligence to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and healthy. The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 236:12-32


    (A mother's responsibility)
    A mother is the strongest educator, either for or against crime. Her thoughts form the embryo of another mortal mind, and unconsciously mould it, either after a model odious to herself or through divine influence, "according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount." Hence the importance of Christian Science, from which we learn of the one Mind and of the availability of good as the remedy for every woe.
    (Children's tractability)
    Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.
    Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While age is halting between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid strides towards Truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 237:18

    (Teaching children)
    To prevent the experience of error and its sufferings, keep out of the minds of your children either sinful or diseased thoughts. The latter should be excluded on the same principle as the former. This makes Christian Science early available.


Section 6


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.

***
I Peter 3:8,9

    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.

***
Philipians 4:1,7

    1 Therefore, my brethren dearly
beloved and longed for, my joy and
crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my
dearly beloved.

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

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:22-3

    (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.
    Selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.
    When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, - no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Mind the only healer
08 1 - Modes of matter
08 1 - Priestly pride humbled
08 1 - Hebrew theology
08 1 - Charge of the Chief Justice
08 1 - Divine verdict
08 1 - Conforming to explicit rules
08 2 - Source of contagion
08 2 - Children's ailments
08 2 - Our modern Eves
08 2 - Diseases not to be classified
08 3 - Methods rejected
08 3 - Footsteps to intemperance
08 3 - Health from reliance on spirituality
08 3 - Transient potency of drugs
08 3 - Hygiene excessive
08 4 - Medical errors
08 4 - Mind can destroy all ills
08 4 - Fatigue is mental
08 4 - Mind never weary
08 5 - Propensities inherited
08 5 - Inheritance heeded
08 5 - The Mind creative
08 5 - A mother's responsibility
08 5 - Children's tractability
08 5 - Teaching children
08 6 - Divine study
08 6 - Redemption from selfishness


Febuary 24,1901

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Jude 1:21

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


Responsive Reading


II John 1:1-11

    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.

    4 I rejoiced greatly that I found
of thy children walking in truth, as
we have received a commandment from
the Father.

    5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not
as though I wrote a new commandment
unto thee, but that which we had from
the beginning, that we love one
another.

    6 And this is love, that we walk
after his commandments. This is the
commandment, That, as ye have heard
from the beginning, ye should walk in
it.

    7 For many deceivers are entered
into the world, who confess not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
This is a deceiver and an antichrist.


    8 Look to yourselves, that we lose
not those things which we have
wrought, but that we receive a full
reward.

    9 Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of
Christ, hath not God. He that abideth
in the doctrine of Christ, he hath
both the Father and the Son.

    10 If there come any unto you, and
bring not this doctrine, receive him
not into your house, neither bid him
God speed:

    11 For he that biddeth him God
speed is partaker of his evil deeds.


Section 1


Isaiah 7:11,14

    11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy
God; ask it either in the depth, or in
the height above.

    14 Therefore the Lord himself shall
give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and
shall call his name Immanuel.

***
Luke 1:26-33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

581:4 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ANGELS)

    ANGELS. God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:30


    (Music, rhythm of head and heart)
    Before human knowledge dipped to its depths into a false sense of things, - into belief in material origins which discard the one Mind and true source of being, - it is possible that the impressions from Truth were as distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the primitive prophets. If the medium of hearing is wholly spiritual, it is normal and indestructible.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:14

    (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.


Section 2


Matthew 1:18,22,23

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

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

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

***
Luke 2:8-11,16

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

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

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

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

    16 And they came with haste, and
found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.

***
Matthew 2:1,2,11

    1 Now when Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of
Herod the king, behold, there came
wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

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

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

vii:1 Chapter PREFACE

    To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:8-13


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:19

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


    (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.

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


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


Section 3


Luke 2:40,42,43,46,47

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

    42 And when he was twelve years
old, they went up to Jerusalem after
the custom of the feast.

    43 And when they had fulfilled the
days, as they returned, the child
Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem;
and Joseph and his mother knew not of
it.

    46 And it came to pass, that after
three days they found him in the
temple, sitting in the midst of the
doctors, both hearing them, and
asking them questions.

    47 And all that heard him were
astonished at his understanding and
answers.

***
Mark 1:16,17,21,22,27

    16 Now as he walked by the sea of
Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his
brother casting a net into the sea:
for they were fishers.

    17 And Jesus said unto them, Come
ye after me, and I will make you to
become fishers of men.

    21 And they went into Capernaum;
and straightway on the sabbath day he
entered into the synagogue, and
taught.

    22 And they were astonished at his
doctrine: for he taught them as one
that had authority, and not as the
scribes.

    27 And they were all amazed,
insomuch that they questioned among
themselves, saying, What thing is
this? what new doctrine is this? for
with authority commandeth he even the
unclean spirits, and they do obey
him.

***
John 7:15,16

    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.

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:14-17


    (Absence of Christ-power)
    Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power, how can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace?


Section 4


Exodus 4:1

    1 And Moses answered and said,
But, behold, they will not believe
me, nor hearken unto my voice: for
they will say, The Lord hath not
appeared unto thee.

***
Acts 3:22

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

***
John 1:17

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 321:6-2


    (Fear of the serpent overcome)
    The Hebrew Lawgiver, slow of speech, despaired of making the people understand what should be revealed to him. When, led by wisdom to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses' fear departed. In this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a belief only. The serpent, evil, under wisdom's bidding, was destroyed through understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief.
    (Leprosy healed)
    It was scientifically demonstrated that leprosy was a creation of mortal mind and not a condition of matter, when Moses first put his hand into his bosom and drew it forth white as snow with the dread disease, and presently restored his hand to its natural condition by the same simple process. God had lessened Moses' fear by this proof in divine Science, and the inward voice became to him the voice of God, which said: "It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign." And so it was in the coming centuries, when the Science of being was demonstrated by Jesus, who showed his students the power of Mind by changing water into wine, and taught them how to handle serpents unharmed, to heal the sick and cast out evils in proof of the supremacy of Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:1


    (Not words but deeds)
    The act of healing the sick through divine Mind alone, of casting out error with Truth, shows your position as a Christian Scientist.


Section 5


Leviticus 14:1-4,19,20

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    2 This shall be the law of the
leper in the day of his cleansing: He
shall be brought unto the priest:

    3 And the priest shall go forth out
of the camp; and the priest shall
look, and, behold, if the plague of
leprosy be healed in the leper;

    4 Then shall the priest command to
take for him that is to be cleansed
two birds alive and clean, and cedar
wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:

    19 And the priest shall offer the
sin offering, and make an atonement
for him that is to be cleansed from
his uncleanness; and afterward he
shall kill the burnt offering:

    20 And the priest shall offer the
burnt offering and the meat offering
upon the altar: and the priest shall
make an atonement for him, and he
shall be clean.

***
Luke 5:12-14

    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.

    14 And he charged him to tell no
man: but go, and shew thyself to the
priest, and offer for thy cleansing,
according as Moses commanded, for a
testimony unto them.

***
John 5:39-46

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

    40 And ye will not come to me, that
ye might have life.

    41 I receive not honour from men.

    42 But I know you, that ye have not
the love of God in you.

    43 I am come in my Father's name,
and ye receive me not: if another
shall come in his own name, him ye
will receive.

    44 How can ye believe, which
receive honour one of another, and
seek not the honour that cometh from
God only?

    45 Do not think that I will accuse
you to the Father: there is one that
accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye
trust.

    46 For had ye believed Moses, ye
would have believed me: for he wrote
of me.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:26-9


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 136:9-14

    (Ancient spiritualism)
    The question then as now was, How did Jesus heal the sick? His answer to this question the world rejected. He appealed to his students: "Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?" That is: Who or what is it that is thus identified with casting out evils and healing the sick?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 137:16-21

    (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.


Section 6


John 1:14,15,32,34

    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.

    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.

    32 And John bare record, saying, I
saw the Spirit descending from heaven
like a dove, and it abode upon him.

    34 And I saw, and bare record that
this is the Son of God.

***
Hebrews 1:8,9

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

    9 Thou hast loved righteousness,
and hated iniquity; therefore God,
even thy God, hath anointed thee with
the oil of gladness above thy
fellows.

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


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


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



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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24


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


Section 7


Acts 4:8-11

    8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of
the people, and elders of Israel,

    9 If we this day be examined of the
good deed done to the impotent man,
by what means he is made whole;

    10 Be it known unto you all, and to
all the people of Israel, that by the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified, whom God raised
from the dead, even by him doth this
man stand here before you whole.

    11 This is the stone which was set
at nought of you builders, which is
become the head of the corner.

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


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 139:4-27(to .")

    (Marvels and reformations)
    From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter. Moses proved the power of Mind by what men called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha. The Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders. Reforms have commonly been attended with bloodshed and persecution, even when the end has been brightness and peace; but the present new, yet old, reform in religious faith will teach men patiently and wisely to stem the tide of sectarian bitterness, whenever it flows inward.
    (Science obscured)
    The decisions by vote of Church Councils as to what should and should not be considered Holy Writ; the manifest mistakes in the ancient versions; the thirty thousand different readings in the Old Testament, and the three hundred thousand in the New, - these facts show how a mortal and material sense stole into the divine record, with its own hue darkening to some extent the inspired pages. But mistakes could neither wholly obscure the divine Science of the Scriptures seen from Genesis to Revelation, mar the demonstration of Jesus, nor annul the healing by the prophets, who foresaw that "the stone which the builders rejected" would become "the head of the corner."

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
09 1 - Adam and the senses
09 2 - The immortal birth
09 2 - Sonship of Jesus
09 2 - Christ's reappearance
09 3 - Proof in practice
09 3 - Rebukes helpful
09 3 - Absence of Christ-power
09 4 - Fear of the serpent overcome
09 4 - Leprosy healed
09 4 - Not words but deeds
09 5 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 5 - Ancient spiritualism
09 5 - A divine response
09 6 - The one anointed
09 6 - The divine life-link
09 7 - Healthful theology
09 7 - Marvels and reformations
09 7 - Science obscured
09 7 - Indestructible being


March 3,1901

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Numbers 23:8-10,19-23

    8 How shall I curse, whom God hath
not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom
the Lord hath not defied?

    9 For from the top of the rocks I
see him, and from the hills I behold
him: lo, the people shall dwell
alone, and shall not be reckoned
among the nations.

    10 Who can count the dust of Jacob,
and the number of the fourth part of
Israel? Let me die the death of the
righteous, and let my last end be
like his!

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

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

    21 He hath not beheld iniquity in
Jacob, neither hath he seen
perverseness in Israel: the Lord his
God is with him, and the shout of a
king is among them.

    22 God brought them out of Egypt;
he hath as it were the strength of an
unicorn.

    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!
Numbers 24:5-7,17,18

    5 How goodly are thy tents, O
Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!


    6 As the valleys are they spread
forth, as gardens by the river's
side, as the trees of lign aloes
which the Lord hath planted, and as
cedar trees beside the waters.

    7 He shall pour the water out of
his buckets, and his seed shall be in
many waters, and his king shall be
higher than Agag, and his kingdom
shall be exalted.

    17 I shall see him, but not now: I
shall behold him, but not nigh: there
shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a
Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and
shall smite the corners of Moab, and
destroy all the children of Sheth.

    18 And Edom shall be a possession,
Seir also shall be a possession for
his enemies; and Israel shall do
valiantly.


Section 1


Lamentations 4:2

    2 The precious sons of Zion,
comparable to fine gold, how are they
esteemed as earthen pitchers, the
work of the hands of the potter!

***
Ecclesiastes 7:29

    29 Lo, this only have I found, that
God hath made man upright; but they
have sought out many inventions.

***
Psalm 53:2,3

    2 God looked down from heaven upon
the children of men, to see if there
were any that did understand, that
did seek God.

    3 Every one of them is gone back:
they are altogether become filthy;
there is none that doeth good, no,
not one.

***
Mark 10:13-16

    13 #And they brought young children
to him, that he should touch them:
and his disciples rebuked those that
brought them.

    14 But when Jesus saw it, he was
much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not: for of
such is the kingdom of God.

    15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child, he shall not enter
therein.

    16 And he took them up in his arms,
put his hands upon them, and blessed
them.

591:5 Chapter 17: Glossary
(MAN)

    MAN. The compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:1


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:31


    (The great question)
    Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?" Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind governing man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and will hide from the demand, "Where art thou?" This awful demand, "Adam, where art thou?" is met by the admission from the head, heart, stomach, blood, nerves, etc.: "Lo, here I am, looking for happiness and life in the body, but finding only an illusion, a blending of false claims, false pleasure, pain, sin, sickness, and death."

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 345:21-5


    (Contradictions not found)
    Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.
    The apostle says: "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." This thought of human, material nothingness, which Science inculcates, enrages the carnal mind and is the main cause of the carnal mind's antagonism.
    (God's idea the ideal man)
    It is not the purpose of Christian Science to "educate the idea of God, or treat it for disease," as is alleged by one critic. I regret that such criticism confounds man with Adam. When man is spoken of as made in God's image, it is not sinful and sickly mortal man who is referred to, but the ideal man, reflecting God's likeness.


Section 2


Psalm 39:11

    11 When thou with rebukes dost
correct man for iniquity, thou makest
his beauty to consume away like a
moth: surely every man is vanity.

***
Job 25:4-6

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

    5 Behold even to the moon, and it
shineth not; yea, the stars are not
pure in his sight.

    6 How much less man, that is a
worm? and the son of man, which is a
worm?

***
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.

***
Mark 7:21-23

    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:32


    (Infinite physique impossible)
    Finite man cannot be the image and likeness of the infinite God. A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. Hence the unsatisfied human craving for something better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a material belief in a physical God and man. The insufficiency of this belief to supply the true idea proves the falsity of material belief.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:9

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


    (Material body never God's idea)
    Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter's highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, - the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal. Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:10


    (The fall of error)
    The way of error is awful to contemplate. The illusion of sin is without hope or God. If man's spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we "live, and move, and have our being," should be lost, and if man should be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated. Created by flesh instead of by Spirit, starting from matter instead of from God, mortal man would be governed by himself. The blind leading the blind, both would fall.

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."


Section 3


Matthew 23:9

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

***
Galatians 4:6

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

***
John 1:12,13

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

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

***
Isaiah 65:17,18

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

    18 But be ye glad and rejoice for
ever in that which I create: for,
behold, I create Jerusalem a
rejoicing, and her people a joy.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:16-23


    (The origin of divinity)
    Searching for the origin of man, who is the reflection of God, is like inquiring into the origin of God, the self-existent and eternal. Only impotent error would seek to unite Spirit with matter, good with evil, immortality with mortality, and call this sham unity man, as if man were the offspring of both Mind and matter, of both Deity and humanity. Creation rests on a spiritual basis.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:15


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:8-9


    (Wickedness is not man)
    A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:1


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:11

(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)
    Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.


Section 4


Ephesians 2:19

    19 Now therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and
of the household of God;
Ephesians 5:8

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

***
I John 2:10

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

***
Matthew 5:14-16

    14 Ye are the light of the world. A
city that is set on an hill cannot be
hid.

    15 Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto
all that are in the house.

    16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:5


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:19

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)

    (-23- Indivisibility of the infinite)
    XXIII. God is indivisible. A portion of God could not enter man; neither could God's fulness be reflected by a single man, else God would be manifestly finite, lose the deific character, and become less than God. Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God.

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


    (Scientific man)
    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter. Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love.


Section 5


Daniel 7:27

    27 And the kingdom and dominion,
and the greatness of the kingdom
under the whole heaven, shall be
given to the people of the saints of
the most High, whose kingdom is an
everlasting kingdom, and all
dominions shall serve and obey him.

***
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.

***
Mark 11:22-24

    22 And Jesus answering saith unto
them, Have faith in God.

    23 For verily I say unto you, That
whosoever shall say unto this
mountain, Be thou removed, and be
thou cast into the sea; and shall not
doubt in his heart, but shall believe
that those things which he saith
shall come to pass; he shall have
whatsoever he saith.

    24 Therefore I say unto you, What
things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.

***
Acts 3:1,2,6,8,9

    1 Now Peter and John went up
together into the temple at the hour
of prayer, being the ninth hour.

    2 And a certain man lame from his
mother's womb was carried, whom they
laid daily at the gate of the temple
which is called Beautiful, to ask
alms of them that entered into the
temple;

    6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold
have I none; but such as I have give I
thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth rise up and walk.

    8 And he leaping up stood, and
walked, and entered with them into
the temple, walking, and leaping, and
praising God.

    9 And all the people saw him
walking and praising God:

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:19


    (Love imparts beauty)
    Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:20


    (God-given dominion)
    Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you will sooner grasp man's 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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:30


    (Superiority to sickness and sin)
    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, - planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," - can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.


Section 6


Hebrews 12:14

    14 Follow peace with all men, and
holiness, without which no man shall
see the Lord:

***
Romans 6:22,23

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

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

***
I John 2:25

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

***
II Corinthians 7:1

    1 Having therefore these promises,
dearly beloved, let us cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness
in the fear of God.

***
Revelation 22:14

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:25-28

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-24- God the parent Mind)
    XXIV. God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal. The Science of being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:19-27

    (Future purification)
    Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these errors. To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he becomes thus only when he reaches perfection.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:31-14


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

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Strong position
10 1 - The great question
10 1 - Contradictions not found
10 1 - God's idea the ideal man
10 2 - Infinite physique impossible
10 2 - Material body never God's idea
10 2 - The fall of error
10 2 - Deformity and perfection
10 3 - The origin of divinity
10 3 - Degrees of development
10 3 - Wickedness is not man
10 3 - Godward gravitation
10 3 - Fleshly factors unreal
10 4 - Human reflection
10 4 - -23- Indivisibility of the infinite
10 4 - Scientific man
10 5 - Love imparts beauty
10 5 - Birthright of man
10 5 - God-given dominion
10 5 - Superiority to sickness and sin
10 6 - -24- God the parent Mind
10 6 - Future purification
10 6 - Sin is punished
10 6 - God's man discerned
10 6 - Man unfallen


March 10,1901

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 6:19,20

    19 #Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves
break through and steal:

    20 But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where
thieves do not break through nor
steal:


Responsive Reading


Psalm 8

PSALM 8 To the chief
Musician upon Gittith,
A Psalm of David

    1 O Lord our Lord, how excellent
is thy name in all the earth! who
hast set thy glory above the heavens.


    2 Out of the mouth of babes and
sucklings hast thou ordained strength
because of thine enemies, that thou
mightest still the enemy and the
avenger.

    3 When I consider thy heavens, the
work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which thou hast ordained;

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

    5 For thou hast made him a little
lower than the angels, and hast
crowned him with glory and honour.

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

    7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the
beasts of the field;

    8 The fowl of the air, and the fish
of the sea, and whatsoever passeth
through the paths of the seas.

    9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is
thy name in all the earth!


Section 1


Deuteronomy 4:12,20

    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.

    20 But the Lord hath taken you, and
brought you forth out of the iron
furnace, even out of Egypt, to be
unto him a people of inheritance, as
ye are this day.

***
Matthew 11:25,27

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

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

***
John 1:18

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

***
I Corinthians 2:6,7,9,10

    6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among
them that are perfect: yet not the
wisdom of this world, nor of the
princes of this world, that come to
nought:

    7 But we speak the wisdom of God in
a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world
unto our glory:

    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.

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

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


    (-1- The deific supremacy)
    I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man. Eye hath neither seen God nor His image and likeness. Neither God nor the perfect man can be discerned by the material senses.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:16-26


    (Man's genuine being)
    Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.
    (Erroneous postulates)
    Certain erroneous postulates should be here considered in order that the spiritual facts may be better apprehended.


    The first erroneous postulate of belief is, that substance, life, and intelligence are something apart from God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:5


    (Ever-appearing creation)
    The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:3


    (Standpoints changed)
    When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle. This must be the climax before harmonious and immortal man is obtained and his capabilities revealed. It is highly important - in view of the immense work to be accomplished before this recognition of divine Science can come - to turn our thoughts towards divine Principle, that finite belief may be prepared to relinquish its error.


Section 2


Psalm 139:1,7,9,10,15-18

    1 O Lord, thou hast searched me,
and known me.

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

    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.


    15 My substance was not hid from
thee, when I was made in secret, and
curiously wrought in the lowest parts
of the earth.

    16 Thine eyes did see my substance,
yet being unperfect; and in thy book
all my members were written, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as
yet there was none of them.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:12

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)


    (-18- The only substance)
    Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

594:19 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SPIRIT)

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:4


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:16-24

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    Question. - What is substance?
    Answer. - Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.


Section 3


Obadiah 1:4,13,17

    4 Though thou exalt thyself as the
eagle, and though thou set thy nest
among the stars, thence will I bring
thee down, saith the Lord.

    13 Thou shouldest not have entered
into the gate of my people in the day
of their calamity; yea, thou
shouldest not have looked on their
affliction in the day of their
calamity, nor have laid hands on
their substance in the day of their
calamity;

    17 #But upon mount Zion shall be
deliverance, and there shall be
holiness; and the house of Jacob
shall possess their possessions.

***
Micah 4:8,13

    8 #And thou, O tower of the flock,
the strong hold of the daughter of
Zion, unto thee shall it come, even
the first dominion; the kingdom shall
come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

    13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of
Zion: for I will make thine horn iron,
and I will make thy hoofs brass: and
thou shalt beat in pieces many
people: and I will consecrate their
gain unto the Lord, and their
substance unto the Lord of the whole
earth.

***
John 6:63

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

***
Hebrews 10:23,34

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

    34 For ye had compassion of me in
my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in
yourselves that ye have in heaven a
better and an enduring substance.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:27-31


    (Fruitless worship)
    The Israelites centred their thoughts on the material in their attempted worship of the spiritual. To them matter was substance, and Spirit was shadow. They thought to worship Spirit from a material standpoint, but this was impossible.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:31

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:14


    (Primitive error)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:5


    (Man's entity)
    In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master. He enters into a diviner sense of the facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave. All these deeds manifested Jesus' control over the belief that matter is substance, that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any form of existence.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:8


    (Mind is substance)
    Divest yourself of the thought that there can be substance in matter, and the movements and transitions now possible for mortal mind will be found to be equally possible for the body. Then being will be recognized as spiritual, and death will be obsolete, though now some insist that death is the necessary prelude to immortality.


Section 4


Hebrews 10:38,39

    38 Now the just shall live by
faith: but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in him.

    39 But we are not of them who draw
back unto perdition; but of them that
believe to the saving of the soul.
Hebrews 11:1,32-34,39,40

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    32 And what shall I more say? for
the time would fail me to tell of
Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson,
and of Jephthae; of David also, and
Samuel, and of the prophets:

    33 Who through faith subdued
kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths
of lions,

    34 Quenched the violence of fire,
escaped the edge of the sword, out of
weakness were made strong, waxed
valiant in fight, turned to flight
the armies of the aliens.

    39 And these all, having obtained a
good report through faith, received
not the promise:

    40 God having provided some better
thing for us, that they without us
should not be made perfect.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:30


    (Substance is Spirit)
    Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes faith, a quality of mind, as "the substance of things hoped for."

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 - 487:25-6

(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." The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
    (Confirmation by healing)
    This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the enduring and harmonious phases of things. 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 5


Psalm 40:5

    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.
Psalm 92:5,6

    5 O Lord, how great are thy works!
and thy thoughts are very deep.

    6 A brutish man knoweth not;
neither doth a fool understand this.

***
Proverbs 8:1,18,20,21

    1 Doth not wisdom cry? and
understanding put forth her voice?

    18 Riches and honour are with me;
yea, durable riches and
righteousness.

    20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the
paths of judgment:

    21 That I may cause those that love
me to inherit substance; and I will
fill their treasures.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:21-5


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal. Transitory thoughts are the antipodes of everlasting Truth, though (by the supposition of opposite qualities) error must also say, "I am true." But by this saying error, the lie, destroys itself.
    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. All creations of Spirit are eternal; but creations of matter must return to dust.

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.

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

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


Section 6


Acts 1:6,7,9

    6 When they therefore were come
together, they asked of him, saying,
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore
again the kingdom to Israel?

    7 And he said unto them, It is not
for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in
his own power.

    9 And when he had spoken these
things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him
out of their sight.
Acts 26:1,13-15,22,23

    1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul,
Thou art permitted to speak for
thyself. Then Paul stretched forth
the hand, and answered for himself:

    13 At midday, O king, I saw in the
way a light from heaven, above the
brightness of the sun, shining round
about me and them which journeyed
with me.

    14 And when we were all fallen to
the earth, I heard a voice speaking
unto me, and saying in the Hebrew
tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me? it is hard for thee to kick
against the pricks.

    15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord?
And he said, I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest.

    22 Having therefore obtained help
of God, I continue unto this day,
witnessing both to small and great,
saying none other things than those
which the prophets and Moses did say
should come:

    23 That Christ should suffer, and
that he should be the first that
should rise from the dead, and should
shew light unto the people, and to
the Gentiles.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:19-31


    (Paul's enlightenment)
    Paul was not at first a disciple of Jesus but a persecutor of Jesus' followers. When the truth first appeared to him in Science, Paul was made blind, and his blindness was felt; but spiritual light soon enabled him to follow the example and teachings of Jesus, healing the sick and preaching Christianity throughout Asia Minor, Greece, and even in imperial Rome.
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 313:23-24,30-5

    (Jesus the Scientist)
    Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe.
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 314:10

    (The bodily resurrection)
    The Jews, who sought to kill this man of God, showed plainly that their material views were the parents of their wicked deeds. When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body, - knowing, as he did, that Mind was the builder, - and said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up," they thought that he meant their material temple instead of his body. To such materialists, the real man seemed a spectre, unseen and unfamiliar, and the body, which they laid in a sepulchre, seemed to be substance. This materialism lost sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary saw him, and he presented to her, more than ever before, the true idea of Life and substance.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:1

    (Sense-dreams)
    How true it is that whatever is learned through material sense must be lost because such so-called knowledge is reversed by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 1 - Man's genuine being
11 1 - Erroneous postulates
11 1 - Ever-appearing creation
11 1 - Standpoints changed
11 2 - -18- The only substance
11 2 - Substance versus supposition
11 2 - Spiritual synonyms
11 3 - Fruitless worship
11 3 - Substance spiritual
11 3 - Primitive error
11 3 - Man's entity
11 3 - Mind is substance
11 4 - Substance is Spirit
11 4 - Faith higher than belief
11 4 - Doctrines and faith
11 4 - Understanding versus belief
11 4 - Confirmation by healing
11 5 - Spiritual thoughts
11 5 - -27- True idea of man
11 5 - Thought seen as substance
11 6 - Paul's enlightenment
11 6 - Jesus the Scientist
11 6 - The bodily resurrection
11 6 - Sense-dreams


March 17,1901

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 102:11,12

    11 My days are like a shadow that
declineth; and I am withered like
grass.

    12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure
for ever; and thy remembrance unto
all generations.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 119:18-21,25-30,32

    18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may
behold wondrous things out of thy law.


    19 I am a stranger in the earth:
hide not thy commandments from me.

    20 My soul breaketh for the longing
that it hath unto thy judgments at
all times.

    21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that
are cursed, which do err from thy
commandments.

    25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust:
quicken thou me according to thy word.


    26 I have declared my ways, and
thou heardest me: teach me thy
statutes.

    27 Make me to understand the way of
thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy
wondrous works.

    28 My soul melteth for heaviness:
strengthen thou me according unto thy
word.

    29 Remove from me the way of lying:
and grant me thy law graciously.

    30 I have chosen the way of truth:
thy judgments have I laid before me.

    32 I will run the way of thy
commandments, when thou shalt enlarge
my heart.


Section 1


Ecclesiastes 1:13,14

    13 And I gave my heart to seek and
search out by wisdom concerning all
things that are done under heaven:
this sore travail hath God given to
the sons of man to be exercised
therewith.

    14 I have seen all the works that
are done under the sun; and, behold,
all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

***
Isaiah 40:13,15,17

    13 Who hath directed the Spirit of
the Lord, or being his counsellor hath
taught him?

    15 Behold, the nations are as a
drop of a bucket, and are counted as
the small dust of the balance:
behold, he taketh up the isles as a
very little thing.

    17 All nations before him are as
nothing; and they are counted to him
less than nothing, and vanity.

***
Psalm 62:9

    9 Surely men of low degree are
vanity, and men of high degree are a
lie: to be laid in the balance, they
are altogether lighter than vanity.

***
Galatians 6:3,7

    3 For if a man think himself to be
something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself.

    7 Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:26-27


    (Error unveiled) Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:31


    (Old and new man)
    If man were solely a creature of the material senses, he would have no eternal Principle and would be mutable and mortal. Human logic is awry when it attempts to draw correct spiritual conclusions regarding life from matter. Finite sense has no true appreciation of infinite Principle, God, or of His infinite image or reflection, man. The mirage, which makes trees and cities seem to be where they are not, illustrates the illusion of material man, who cannot be the image of God.

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.


Section 2


Psalm 115:2,4,5,8

    2 Wherefore should the heathen say,
Where is now their God?

    4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of men's hands.

    5 They have mouths, but they speak
not: eyes have they, but they see not:


    8 They that make them are like unto
them; so is every one that trusteth
in them.
Psalm 38:13,14

    13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not;
and I was as a dumb man that openeth
not his mouth.

    14 Thus I was as a man that heareth
not, and in whose mouth are no
reproofs.

***
Job 8:8,9

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

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

***
I Corinthians 8:2,3

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 157:23(only)


    (Drugging unchristian) Matter is not self-creative, for it is unintelligent.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:31-2


    (Like evolving like)
    Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8

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


    (Matter's supposed selfhood)
    Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is all that the eye beholds. Matter cannot see, feel, hear, taste, nor smell. It is not self-cognizant, - cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand itself. Take away so-called mortal mind, which constitutes matter's supposed selfhood, and matter can take no cognizance of matter. Does that which we call dead ever see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical senses?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:6


    (Elementary electricity)
    Matter and mortal mind are but different strata of human belief. The grosser substratum is named matter or body; the more ethereal is called mind. This so-called mind and body is the illusion called a mortal, a mind in matter. In reality and in Science, both strata, mortal mind and mortal body, are false representatives of man.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:32

(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


    (Material beliefs)
    The notion of any life or intelligence in matter is without foundation in fact, and you can have no faith in falsehood when you have learned falsehood's true nature.

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


    (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. Neither will man seem to be corporeal, but he will be an individual consciousness, characterized by the divine Spirit as idea, not matter.


Section 3


I Corinthians 2:12,14

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

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

***
John 8:12,18,19,23,43,47,55

    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.

    18 I am one that bear witness of
myself, and the Father that sent me
beareth witness of me.

    19 Then said they unto him, Where
is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye
neither know me, nor my Father: if ye
had known me, ye should have known my
Father also.

    23 And he said unto them, Ye are
from beneath; I am from above: ye are
of this world; I am not of this
world.

    43 Why do ye not understand my
speech? even because ye cannot hear
my word.

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

    55 Yet ye have not known him; but I
know him: and if I should say, I know
him not, I shall be a liar like unto
you: but I know him, and keep his
saying.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:5-13

(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


    (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.
    (Material body never God's idea)
    Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:11-3


    (Disease a dream)
    Mortal existence is a dream of pain and pleasure in matter, a dream of sin, sickness, and death; and it is like the dream we have in sleep, in which every one recognizes his condition to be wholly a state of mind. In both the waking and the sleeping dream, the dreamer thinks that his body is material and the suffering is in that body.
    The smile of the sleeper indicates the sensation produced physically by the pleasure of a dream. In the same way pain and pleasure, sickness and care, are traced upon mortals by unmistakable signs.
    Sickness is a growth of error, springing from mortal ignorance or fear. Error rehearses error. What causes disease cannot cure it. The soil of disease is mortal mind, and you have an abundant or scanty crop of disease, according to the seedlings of fear. Sin and the fear of disease must be uprooted and cast out.
    (Sense yields to understanding)
    When darkness comes over the earth, the physical senses have no immediate evidence of a sun. The human eye knows not where the orb of day is, nor if it exists. Astronomy gives the desired information regarding the sun. The human or material senses yield to the authority of this science, and they are willing to leave with astronomy the explanation of the sun's influence over the earth.


Section 4


Psalm 146:3

    3 Put not your trust in princes,
nor in the son of man, in whom there
is no help.

***
Isaiah 31:1,3

    1 Woe to them that go down to
Egypt for help; and stay on horses,
and trust in chariots, because they
are many; and in horsemen, because
they are very strong; but they look
not unto the Holy One of Israel,
neither seek the Lord!

    3 Now the Egyptians are men, and
not God; and their horses flesh, and
not spirit. When the Lord shall
stretch out his hand, both he that
helpeth shall fall, and he that is
holpen shall fall down, and they all
shall fail together.

***
Jeremiah 12:5

    5 #If thou hast run with the
footmen, and they have wearied thee,
then how canst thou contend with
horses? and if in the land of peace,
wherein thou trustedst, they wearied
thee, then how wilt thou do in the
swelling of Jordan?

***
Romans 13:1

    1 Let every soul be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is no
power but of God: the powers that be
are ordained of God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 282:23


    (Opposite symbols)
    There is no inherent power in matter; for all that is material is a material, human, mortal thought, always governing itself erroneously.

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

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

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 146:5-22


    (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.
    (Drugs and divinity)
    Material medicine substitutes drugs for the power of God - even the might of Mind - to heal the body. Scholasticism clings for salvation to the person, instead of to the divine Principle, of the man Jesus; and his Science, the curative agent of God, is silenced. Why? Because truth divests material drugs of their imaginary power, and clothes Spirit with supremacy. Science is the "stranger that is within thy gates," remembered not, even when its elevating effects practically prove its divine origin and efficacy.


Section 5


Isaiah 51:6

    6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath: for
the heavens shall vanish away like
smoke, and the earth shall wax old
like a garment, and they that dwell
therein shall die in like manner: but
my salvation shall be for ever, and
my righteousness shall not be
abolished.
Isaiah 17:12,13

    12 #Woe to the multitude of many
people, which make a noise like the
noise of the seas; and to the rushing
of nations, that make a rushing like
the rushing of mighty waters!

    13 The nations shall rush like the
rushing of many waters: but God shall
rebuke them, and they shall flee far
off, and shall be chased as the chaff
of the mountains before the wind, and
like a rolling thing before the
whirlwind.

***
I Peter 1:24,25

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

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:32-3


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:1-3


    (The things of God are beautiful)
    In the infinitude of Mind, matter must be unknown. Symbols and elements of discord and decay are not products of the infinite, perfect, and eternal All.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:30


    (Spiritual ignorance)
    Inharmonious beliefs, which rob Mind, calling it matter, and deify their own notions, imprison themselves in what they create. They are at war with Science, and as our Master said, "If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:25

    (Spiritual translation)
    Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:1-2,22-25


    (The infinitude of God)
    Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal.
    (Waymarks to eternal Truth)
    Thought is borrowed from a higher source than matter, and by reversal, errors serve as waymarks to the one Mind, in which all error disappears in celestial Truth.


Section 6


Hebrews 13:14

    14 For here have we no continuing
city, but we seek one to come.

***
II Corinthians 5:1,2,4,5

    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:

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

    5 Now he that hath wrought us for
the selfsame thing is God, who also
hath given unto us the earnest of the
Spirit.
II Corinthians 4:17,18

    17 For our light affliction, which
is but for a moment, worketh for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight
of glory;

    18 While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:7


    (Spiritual discovery)
    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 261:21

    (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.

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:20-31


    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Error unveiled
12 1 - Seeming and being
12 1 - Old and new man
12 1 - Essential element of Christianity
12 2 - Drugging unchristian
12 2 - Like evolving like
12 2 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 2 - Elementary electricity
12 2 - Material beliefs
12 2 - Real Life is God
12 3 - The kingdom within
12 3 - Material body never God's idea
12 3 - Disease a dream
12 3 - Sense yields to understanding
12 4 - Opposite symbols
12 4 - Rejected theories
12 4 - Modes of matter
12 4 - How healing was lost
12 4 - Drugs and divinity
12 5 - Mind's true camera
12 5 - The things of God are beautiful
12 5 - Spiritual ignorance
12 5 - Spiritual translation
12 5 - The infinitude of God
12 5 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
12 6 - Spiritual discovery
12 6 - Immutable identity of man
12 6 - Behest of the cross
12 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence


March 24,1901

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 100:5

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 26:1-9,12,13

    1 In that day shall this song be
sung in the land of Judah; We have a
strong city; salvation will God
appoint for walls and bulwarks.

    2 Open ye the gates, that the
righteous nation which keepeth the
truth may enter in.

    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:

    5 #For he bringeth down them that
dwell on high; the lofty city, he
layeth it low; he layeth it low, even
to the ground; he bringeth it even to
the dust.

    6 The foot shall tread it down,
even the feet of the poor, and the
steps of the needy.

    7 The way of the just is
uprightness: thou, most upright, dost
weigh the path of the just.

    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.

    13 O Lord our God, other lords
beside thee have had dominion over
us: but by thee only will we make
mention of thy name.


Section 1


I Corinthians 2:1-4

    1 And I, brethren, when I came to
you, came not with excellency of
speech or of wisdom, declaring unto
you the testimony of God.

    2 For I determined not to know any
thing among you, save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.

    3 And I was with you in weakness,
and in fear, and in much trembling.

    4 And my speech and my preaching
was not with enticing words of man's
wisdom, but in demonstration of the
Spirit and of power:

***
Ephesians 2:13,18,22

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh
by the blood of Christ.

    18 For through him we both have
access by one Spirit unto the Father.


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

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:32-4


    (No material law)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:13-15,19


    (Truth's witness)
    Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality. 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 - 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.


Section 2


Job 9:1,2,10

    1 Then Job answered and said,

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

    10 Which doeth great things past
finding out; yea, and wonders without
number.
Job 11:7-9

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

    8 It is as high as heaven; what
canst thou do? deeper than hell; what
canst thou know?

    9 The measure thereof is longer
than the earth, and broader than the
sea.

***
Romans 11:33

    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!

***
I Corinthians 2:9,10

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

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

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:21


    (Biblical foundations)
    The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems - systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the material senses - are reeds shaken by the wind, not houses built on the rock.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:26

    (Soul impeccable)
    The objects cognized by the physical senses have not the reality of substance. They are only what mortal belief calls them. Matter, sin, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence, as mortals lay off a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence. But the spiritual, eternal man is not touched by these phases of mortality.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:16-19,31


    (Superstition obsolete)
    All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly real. All things will continue to disappear, until perfection appears and reality is reached. Mortal beliefs can neither demonstrate Christianity nor apprehend the reality of Life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:14


    (Ghost-stories inducing fear)
    Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bondage to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive sufferings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine Science is the only way out of this condition.


Section 3


Exodus 34:1,5,6

    1 And the Lord said unto Moses,
Hew thee two tables of stone like
unto the first: and I will write upon
these tables the words that were in
the first tables, which thou brakest.


    5 And the Lord descended in the
cloud, and stood with him there, and
proclaimed the name of the Lord.

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

***
Psalm 31:19,20

    19 Oh how great is thy goodness,
which thou hast laid up for them that
fear thee; which thou hast wrought
for them that trust in thee before
the sons of men!

    20 Thou shalt hide them in the
secret of thy presence from the pride
of man: thou shalt keep them secretly
in a pavilion from the strife of
tongues.
Psalm 27:13

    13 I had fainted, unless I had
believed to see the goodness of the
Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 33:1,5

    1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye
righteous: for praise is comely for
the upright.

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

***
Jeremiah 31:1,14

    1 At the same time, saith the
Lord, will I be the God of all the
families of Israel, and they shall be
my people.

    14 And I will satiate the soul of
the priests with fatness, and my
people shall be satisfied with my
goodness, saith the Lord.

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.

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.

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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:21-24(to .)


    (The one real power)
    Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:13


    (Self-completeness)
    As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.


Section 4


Psalm 32:6,7

    6 For this shall every one that is
godly pray unto thee in a time when
thou mayest be found: surely in the
floods of great waters they shall not
come nigh unto him.

    7 Thou art my hiding place; thou
shalt preserve me from trouble; thou
shalt compass me about with songs of
deliverance.

***
Colossians 3:16

    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in
you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing
with grace in your hearts to the
Lord.

***
Acts 16:16-19,23,25,26

    16 #And it came to pass, as we went
to prayer, a certain damsel possessed
with a spirit of divination met us,
which brought her masters much gain
by soothsaying:

    17 The same followed Paul and us,
and cried, saying, These men are the
servants of the most high God, which
shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18 And this did she many days. But
Paul, being grieved, turned and said
to the spirit, I command thee in the
name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her. And he came out the same hour.

    19 #And when her masters saw that
the hope of their gains was gone,
they caught Paul and Silas, and drew
them into the marketplace unto the
rulers,

    23 And when they had laid many
stripes upon them, they cast them
into prison, charging the jailor to
keep them safely:

    25 #And at midnight Paul and Silas
prayed, and sang praises unto God: and
the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great
earthquake, so that the foundations
of the prison were shaken: and
immediately all the doors were
opened, and every one's bands were
loosed.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:25


    (Thought-forms) Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, - is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:16

    (Harmony natural)
    Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

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

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


    (Chaos and darkness) In the 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 489:28-29

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


    (Organic construction valueless)
    Outside the material sense of things, all is harmony.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:12


    (Universal brotherhood)
    The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal. Harmony in man is as real and immortal as in music. Discord is unreal and mortal.


Section 5


Psalm 42:6,8,11

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

    8 Yet the Lord will command his
lovingkindness in the daytime, and in
the night his song shall be with me,
and my prayer unto the God of my
life.

    11 Why art thou cast down, O my
soul? and why art thou disquieted
within me? hope thou in God: for I
shall yet praise him, who is the
health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 67:1,2

    1 God be merciful unto us, and
bless us; and cause his face to shine
upon us;

    2 That thy way may be known upon
earth, thy saving health among all
nations.

***
Isaiah 58:6-8

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:9-12


    (Hospitality to health and good)
    We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 62:20


    (The Mind creative)
    We must not attribute more and more intelligence to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and healthy. The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 412:16


    (Insistence requisite)
    To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break the dream of the material senses. To heal by argument, find the type of the ailment, get its name, and array your mental plea against the physical. Argue at first mentally, not audibly, that the patient has no disease, and conform the argument so as to destroy the evidence of disease. Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.


Section 6


Matthew 19:28,29

    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.

***
John 5:26

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;
John 17:3

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:26-3

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


    (Eternity of 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.

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


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

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:14,32


    (Death but an illusion)
    The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.
    (Spiritual offspring)
    Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - God's allness learned
13 1 - No material law
13 1 - Truth's witness
13 1 - The cup of Jesus
13 2 - The infinite one Spirit
13 2 - Biblical foundations
13 2 - Soul impeccable
13 2 - Superstition obsolete
13 2 - Ghost-stories inducing fear
13 3 - Final destruction of error
13 3 - Conversion of Saul
13 3 - Good indefinable
13 3 - The one real power
13 3 - Self-completeness
13 4 - Thought-forms
13 4 - Harmony natural
13 4 - Chaos and darkness
13 4 - Organic construction valueless
13 4 - Universal brotherhood
13 5 - Hospitality to health and good
13 5 - The Mind creative
13 5 - Insistence requisite
13 6 - Eternity of Life
13 6 - Man reflects God
13 6 - True life eternal
13 6 - Opposing testimony
13 6 - Death but an illusion
13 6 - Spiritual offspring


March 31,1901

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 13:8

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 51:1-8,11-13

    1 Hearken to me, ye that follow
after righteousness, ye that seek the
Lord: look unto the rock whence ye
are hewn, and to the hole of the pit
whence ye are digged.

    2 Look unto Abraham your father,
and unto Sarah that bare you: for I
called him alone, and blessed him,
and increased him.

    3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like
Eden, and her desert like the garden
of the Lord; joy and gladness shall
be found therein, thanksgiving, and
the voice of melody.

    4 #Hearken unto me, my people; and
give ear unto me, O my nation: for a
law shall proceed from me, and I will
make my judgment to rest for a light
of the people.

    5 My righteousness is near; my
salvation is gone forth, and mine
arms shall judge the people; the
isles shall wait upon me, and on mine
arm shall they trust.

    6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath: for
the heavens shall vanish away like
smoke, and the earth shall wax old
like a garment, and they that dwell
therein shall die in like manner: but
my salvation shall be for ever, and
my righteousness shall not be
abolished.

    7 #Hearken unto me, ye that know
righteousness, the people in whose
heart is my law; fear ye not the
reproach of men, neither be ye afraid
of their revilings.

    8 For the moth shall eat them up
like a garment, and the worm shall
eat them like wool: but my
righteousness shall be for ever, and
my salvation from generation to
generation.

    11 Therefore the redeemed of the
Lord shall return, and come with
singing unto Zion; and everlasting
joy shall be upon their head: they
shall obtain gladness and joy; and
sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

    12 I, even I, am he that comforteth
you: who art thou, that thou
shouldest be afraid of a man that
shall die, and of the son of man
which shall be made as grass;

    13 And forgettest the Lord thy
maker, that hath stretched forth the
heavens, and laid the foundations of
the earth; and hast feared
continually every day because of the
fury of the oppressor, as if he were
ready to destroy? and where is the
fury of the oppressor?


Section 1


Ecclesiastes 7:27,29

    27 Behold, this have I found, saith
the preacher, counting one by one, to
find out the account:

    29 Lo, this only have I found, that
God hath made man upright; but they
have sought out many inventions.

***
Psalm 99:8

    8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our
God: thou wast a God that forgavest
them, though thou tookest vengeance
of their inventions.

***
Jeremiah 16:19-21

    19 O Lord, my strength, and my
fortress, and my refuge in the day of
affliction, the Gentiles shall come
unto thee from the ends of the earth,
and shall say, Surely our fathers
have inherited lies, vanity, and
things wherein there is no profit.

    20 Shall a man make gods unto
himself, and they are no gods?

    21 Therefore, behold, I will this
once cause them to know, I will cause
them to know mine hand and my might;
and they shall know that my name is
The Lord.

***
Job 34:10,11

    10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye
men of understanding: far be it from
God, that he should do wickedness;
and from the Almighty, that he should
commit iniquity.

    11 For the work of a man shall he
render unto him, and cause every man
to find according to his ways.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:29-3


    (No miracles in Mind-methods)
    The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action, are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:17


    (The two masters)
    To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:4-15


    (God the Principle of all)
    Human belief has sought out many inventions, but not one of them can solve the problem of being without the divine Principle of divine Science. Deductions from material hypotheses are not scientific. They differ from real Science because they are not based on the divine law.
    (Science versus sense)
    Divine Science reverses the false testimony of the material senses, and thus tears away the foundations of error. Hence the enmity between Science and the senses, and the impossibility of attaining perfect understanding till the errors of sense are eliminated.

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.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


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


Section 2


II Peter 3:10-13

    10 But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.

    11 Seeing then that all these
things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in
all holy conversation and godliness,

    12 Looking for and hasting unto the
coming of the day of God, wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat?

    13 Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.

***
Jeremiah 51:15

    15 He hath made the earth by his
power, he hath established the world
by his wisdom, and hath stretched out
the heaven by his understanding.

***
Isaiah 51:3

    3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like
Eden, and her desert like the garden
of the Lord; joy and gladness shall
be found therein, thanksgiving, and
the voice of melody.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:6


    (Inadequate theories of creation)
    The mythical human theories of creation, anciently classified as the higher criticism, sprang from cultured scholars in Rome and in Greece, but they afforded no foundation for accurate views of creation by the divine Mind.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:3-8

    (Mind's true camera)
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:16


    (Spiritual translation)
    The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:27


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:21-26

    (Spiritual thoughts)
    God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal.


Section 3


Genesis 6:5,11,12

    5 #And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.

    11 The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled
with violence.

    12 And God looked upon the earth,
and, behold, it was corrupt; for all
flesh had corrupted his way upon the
earth.

***
Psalm 58:3

    3 The wicked are estranged from the
womb: they go astray as soon as they
be born, speaking lies.

***
Ephesians 2:3

    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.

***
Titus 3:3-6

    3 For we ourselves also were
sometimes foolish, disobedient,
deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, and hating one another.

    4 But after that the kindness and
love of God our Saviour toward man
appeared,

    5 Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to
his mercy he saved us, by the washing
of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:25


    (Mortal existence a dream)
    Take away the mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree. But the spiritual, real man is immortal.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 118:20


    (The divine and human contrasted)
    In all mortal forms of thought, dust is dignified as the natural status of men and things, and modes of material motion are honored with the name of laws. This continues until the leaven of Spirit changes the whole of mortal thought, as yeast changes the chemical properties of meal.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 120:17

    (Health and the senses)
    The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 121:12

    (Perennial beauty)
    So we have goodness and beauty to gladden the heart; but man, left to the hypotheses of material sense unexplained by Science, is as the wandering comet or the desolate star - "a weary searcher for a viewless home."


Section 4


Psalm 37:39

    39 But the salvation of the
righteous is of the Lord: he is their
strength in the time of trouble.
Psalm 116:7-9

    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.

***
Matthew 9:35,36

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

    36 #But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them,
because they fainted, and were
scattered abroad, as sheep having no
shepherd.
Matthew 10:1

    1 And when he had called unto him
his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner
of sickness and all manner of
disease.

***
Luke 10:1,17-20

    1 After these things the Lord
appointed other seventy also, and
sent them two and two before his face
into every city and place, whither he
himself would come.

    17 #And the seventy returned again
with joy, saying, Lord, even the
devils are subject unto us through
thy name.

    18 And he said unto them, I beheld
Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

    19 Behold, I give unto you power to
tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and
nothing shall by any means hurt you.

    20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice
not, that the spirits are subject unto
you; but rather rejoice, because your
names are written in heaven.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:28-3


    (Substance is Spirit)
    All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal?

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:28


    (Example for our salvation)
    Jesus was unselfish. His spirituality separated him from sensuousness, and caused the selfish materialist to hate him; but it was this spirituality which enabled Jesus to heal the sick, cast out evil, and raise the dead.


Section 5


Proverbs 19:23

    23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to
life: and he that hath it shall abide
satisfied; he shall not be visited
with evil.

***
I Peter 3:13

    13 And who is he that will harm
you, if ye be followers of that which
is good?

***
Isaiah 33:15

    15 He that walketh righteously, and
speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth
the gain of oppressions, that shaketh
his hands from holding of bribes,
that stoppeth his ears from hearing
of blood, and shutteth his eyes from
seeing evil;
Isaiah 64:4,5

    4 For since the beginning of the
world men have not heard, nor
perceived by the ear, neither hath
the eye seen, O God, beside thee,
what he hath prepared for him that
waiteth for him.

    5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth
and worketh righteousness, those that
remember thee in thy ways: behold,
thou art wroth; for we have sinned:
in those is continuance, and we shall
be saved.

***
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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:11-20


    (Evil negative and self-destructive)
    Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.
    Evil is self-assertive. It says: "I am a real entity, overmastering good." This falsehood should strip evil of all pretensions. The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:15


    (Perceiving the divine image)
    Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear glimpses of God only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we perceive the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, - the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:9


    (The great conflict)
    Superstition and understanding can never combine. When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign. The lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the earth. As St. Paul says: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (of Spirit).

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:7

  (- 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. 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.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - No miracles in Mind-methods
14 1 - The two masters
14 1 - God the Principle of all
14 1 - Science versus sense
14 1 - Scientific evidence
14 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
14 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
14 2 - Mind's true camera
14 2 - Spiritual translation
14 2 - Error unveiled
14 2 - Spiritual thoughts
14 3 - Mortal existence a dream
14 3 - God and His image
14 3 - The divine and human contrasted
14 3 - Health and the senses
14 3 - Perennial beauty
14 4 - Practical arguments
14 4 - Substance is Spirit
14 4 - The divine authority
14 4 - Example for our salvation
14 5 - Evil negative and self-destructive
14 5 - Perceiving the divine image
14 5 - The one only way
14 5 - The great conflict
14 5 - -31- Evil not produced by God


April 7,1901

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 10:15

    15 Break thou the arm of the wicked
and the evil man: seek out his
wickedness till thou find none.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 119:89,101,102,104,113-119

    89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is
settled in heaven.

    101 I have refrained my feet from
every evil way, that I might keep thy
word.

    102 I have not departed from thy
judgments: for thou hast taught me.

    104 Through thy precepts I get
understanding: therefore I hate every
false way.

    113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy
law do I love.

    114 Thou art my hiding place and my
shield: I hope in thy word.

    115 Depart from me, ye evildoers:
for I will keep the commandments of
my God.

    116 Uphold me according unto thy
word, that I may live: and let me not
be ashamed of my hope.

    117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be
safe: and I will have respect unto
thy statutes continually.

    118 Thou hast trodden down all them
that err from thy statutes: for their
deceit is falsehood.

    119 Thou puttest away all the
wicked of the earth like dross:
therefore I love thy testimonies.


Section 1


Genesis 2:21,22

    21 And the Lord God caused a deep
sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs,
and closed up the flesh instead
thereof;

    22 And the rib, which the Lord God
had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.

***
Deuteronomy 13:1-3

    1 If there arise among you a
prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and
giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

    2 And the sign or the wonder come
to pass, whereof he spake unto thee,
saying, Let us go after other gods,
which thou hast not known, and let us
serve them;

    3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the
words of that prophet, or that
dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your
God proveth you, to know whether ye
love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul.

***
Jeremiah 23:25,32

    25 I have heard what the prophets
said, that prophesy lies in my name,
saying, I have dreamed, I have
dreamed.

    32 Behold, I am against them that
prophesy false dreams, saith the
Lord, and do tell them, and cause my
people to err by their lies, and by
their lightness; yet I sent them not,
nor commanded them: therefore they
shall not profit this people at all,
saith the Lord.

***
Psalm 121:4

    4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:1-2


    (God the Principle of all)
    Matter and its claims of sin, sickness, and death are contrary to God, and cannot emanate from Him.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:32

    (The serpent's whisper)
    The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter. This pantheistic error, or so-called serpent, insists still upon the opposite of Truth, saying, "Ye shall be as gods;" that is, I will make error as real and eternal as Truth.

579:15-4(to ;) Chapter 17: Glossary
(ADAM)

    ADAM. Error; a falsity; the belief in "original sin," sickness, and death; evil; the opposite of good, - of God and His creation; a curse; a belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality; "dust to dust;" red sandstone; nothingness; the first god of mythology; not God's man, who represents the one God and is His own image and likeness;

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:24-29

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


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:26-29


    (Scriptural allegory)
    The history of error is a dream-narrative. The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real.


Section 2


Genesis 3:1-5,13-15

    1 Now the serpent was more subtil
than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said unto
the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the
garden?

    2 And the woman said unto the
serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden:

    3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest
ye die.

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    13 And the Lord God said unto the
woman, What is this that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The serpent
beguiled me, and I did eat.

    14 And the Lord God said unto the
serpent, Because thou hast done this,
thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust
shalt thou eat all the days of thy
life:

    15 And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy
seed and her seed; it shall bruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his
heel.

594:1 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SERPENT)

    SERPENT (ophis, in Greek; nacash, in Hebrew). Subtlety; a lie; the opposite of Truth, named error; the first statement of mythology and idolatry; the belief in more than one God; animal magnetism; the first lie of limitation; finity; the first claim that there is an opposite of Spirit, or good, termed matter, or evil; the first delusion that error exists as fact; the first claim that sin, sickness, and death are the realities of life. The first audible claim that God was not omnipotent and that there was another power, named evil, which was as real and eternal as God, good.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:5-7


    (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?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 533:26

    (False womanhood)
    Truth, cross-questioning man as to his knowledge of error, finds woman the first to confess her fault. She says, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat;" as much as to say in meek penitence, "Neither man nor God shall father my fault." She has already learned that corporeal sense is the serpent. Hence she is first to abandon the belief in the material origin of man and to discern spiritual creation. This hereafter enabled woman to be the mother of Jesus and to behold at the sepulchre the risen Saviour, who was soon to manifest the deathless man of God's creating. This enabled woman to be first to interpret the Scriptures in their true sense, which reveals the spiritual origin of man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:24

    (Bruising sin's head)
    There will be greater mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has ever been since the Christian era began. The serpent, material sense, will bite the heel of the woman, - will struggle to destroy the spiritual idea of Love; and the woman, this idea, will bruise the head of lust. The spiritual idea has given the understanding a foothold in Christian Science. The seed of Truth and the seed of error, of belief and of understanding, - yea, the seed of Spirit and the seed of matter, - are the wheat and tares which time will separate, the one to be burned, the other to be garnered into heavenly places.


Section 3


Job 1:6,7

    6 #Now there was a day when the
sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord, and Satan
came also among them.

    7 And the Lord said unto Satan,
Whence comest thou? Then Satan
answered the Lord, and said, From
going to and fro in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it.

***
Esther 7:3,4,6,10

    3 Then Esther the queen answered
and said, If I have found favour in
thy sight, O king, and if it please
the king, let my life be given me at
my petition, and my people at my
request:

    4 For we are sold, I and my people,
to be destroyed, to be slain, and to
perish. But if we had been sold for
bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my
tongue, although the enemy could not
countervail the king's damage.

    6 And Esther said, The adversary
and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then
Haman was afraid before the king and
the queen.

    10 So they hanged Haman on the
gallows that he had prepared for
Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath
pacified.

***
Matthew 5:25

    25 Agree with thine adversary
quickly, whiles thou art in the way
with him; lest at any time the
adversary deliver thee to the judge,
and the judge deliver thee to the
officer, and thou be cast into
prison.

***
Jeremiah 30:16,17

    16 Therefore all they that devour
thee shall be devoured; and all thine
adversaries, every one of them, shall
go into captivity; and they that
spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all
that prey upon thee will I give for a
prey.

    17 For I will restore health unto
thee, and I will heal thee of thy
wounds, saith the Lord; because they
called thee an Outcast, saying, This
is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

580:28 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ADVERSARY)

    ADVERSARY. An adversary is one who opposes, denies, disputes, not one who constructs and sustains reality and Truth. Jesus said of the devil, "He was a murderer from the beginning, . . . he is a liar and the father of it." This view of Satan is confirmed by the name often conferred upon him in Scripture, the "adversary."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:18


    (Unnecessary prostration)
    "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him." Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:22

    (Contradict error) If you say, "I am sick," you plead guilty. Then your adversary will deliver you to the judge (mortal mind), and the judge will sentence you. Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name. Mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself and to others.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 161:24


    (Metaphysics challenges physics)
    The ordinary practitioner, examining bodily symptoms, telling the patient that he is sick, and treating the case according to his physical diagnosis, would naturally induce the very disease he is trying to cure, even if it were not already determined by mortal mind. Such unconscious mistakes would not occur, if this old class of philanthropists looked as deeply for cause and effect into mind as into matter. The physician agrees with his "adversary quickly," but upon different terms than does the metaphysician; for the matter-physician agrees with the disease, while the metaphysician agrees only with health and challenges disease.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:6

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


    (Destruction of all evil)
    If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.


Section 4


Matthew 12:22-26,28

    22 #Then was brought unto him one
possessed with a devil, blind, and
dumb: and he healed him, insomuch
that the blind and dumb both spake
and saw.

    23 And all the people were amazed,
and said, Is not this the son of
David?

    24 But when the Pharisees heard it,
they said, This fellow doth not cast
out devils, but by Beelzebub the
prince of the devils.

    25 And Jesus knew their thoughts,
and said unto them, Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to
desolation; and every city or house
divided against itself shall not
stand:

    26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he
is divided against himself; how shall
then his kingdom stand?

    28 But if I cast out devils by the
Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God
is come unto you.

***
I John 3:8

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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:29-32


    (Diabolism destroyed)
    An apostle says that the Son of God [Christ] came to "destroy the works of the devil." We should follow our divine Exemplar, and seek the destruction of all evil works, error and disease included.

584:17-21 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DEVIL)

    DEVIL. Evil; a lie; error; neither corporeality nor mind; the opposite of Truth; a belief in sin, sickness, and death; animal magnetism or hypnotism; the lust of the flesh, which saith: "I am life and intelligence in matter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:16

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


    (Divine fulfilment)
    If sin, sickness, and death are as real as Life, Truth, and Love, then they must all be from the same source; God must be their author. Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:11


    (Fear and sickness identical)
    The same power which heals sin heals also sickness. This is "the beauty of holiness," that when Truth heals the sick, it casts out evils, and when Truth casts out the evil called disease, it heals the sick. When Christ cast out the devil of dumbness, "it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake." There is to-day danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: "Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" What cannot God do?


Section 5


John 11:21,22,40,41,43,44

    21 Then said Martha unto Jesus,
Lord, if thou hadst been here, my
brother had not died.

    22 But I know, that even now,
whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God
will give it thee.

    40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not
unto thee, that, if thou wouldest
believe, thou shouldest see the glory
of God?

    41 Then they took away the stone
from the place where the dead was
laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes,
and said, Father, I thank thee that
thou hast heard me.

    43 And when he thus had spoken, he
cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come
forth.

    44 And he that was dead came forth,
bound hand and foot with
graveclothes: and his face was bound
about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto
them, Loose him, and let him go.
John 12:31,32

    31 Now is the judgment of this
world: now shall the prince of this
world be cast out.

    32 And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men unto me.

***
Revelation 12:9,10

    9 And the great dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out
with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:18


    (Dragon cast down to earth)
    That false claim - that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men - is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless. The words "cast unto the earth" show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels, or messages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep's clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 134:21


    (Basis of miracles)
    The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, - not because this Science is supernatural or preternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good. Jesus said: "I knew that Thou hearest me always;" and he raised Lazarus from the dead, stilled the tempest, healed the sick, walked on the water. There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:19

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


    (Reason and Science)
    Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.


Section 6


Ezekiel 13:3,22,23

    3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto
the foolish prophets, that follow
their own spirit, and have seen
nothing!

    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.

***
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.

***
John 10:1,7,10

    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.

    7 Then said Jesus unto them again,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am
the door of the sheep.

    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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:3-8

    (Loving God supremely)
    If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in the way of God's appointing. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." He, who would reach the source and find the divine remedy for every ill, must not try to climb the hill of Science by some other road.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 105:30


    (mental power)
    The distance from ordinary medical practice to Christian Science is full many a league in the line of light; but to go in healing from the use of inanimate drugs to the criminal misuse of human willpower, is to drop from the platform of common manhood into the very mire of iniquity, to work against the free course of honesty and justice, and to push vainly against the current running heavenward.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 348:3-13


    (Essential element of Christianity)
    Medical theories virtually admit the nothingness of hallucinations, even while treating them as disease; and who objects to this? Ought we not, then, to approve any cure, which is effected by making the disease appear to be - what it really is - an illusion?
    (All disease a delusion)
    Here is the difficulty: it is not generally understood how one disease can be just as much a delusion as another. It is a pity that the medical faculty and clergy have not learned this, for Jesus established this foundational fact, when devils, delusions, were cast out and the dumb spake.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:3


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

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - God the Principle of all
15 1 - The serpent's whisper
15 1 - Unrealities that seem real
15 1 - Scriptural allegory
15 2 - Progeny cursed
15 2 - False womanhood
15 2 - Bruising sin's head
15 3 - Unnecessary prostration
15 3 - Contradict error
15 3 - Metaphysics challenges physics
15 3 - Destruction of all evil
15 4 - Diabolism destroyed
15 4 - Divine fulfilment
15 4 - Fear and sickness identical
15 5 - Dragon cast down to earth
15 5 - Basis of miracles
15 5 - Reason and Science
15 5 - A belief in death
15 6 - Narrow pathway
15 6 - Loving God supremely
15 6 - mental power
15 6 - Essential element of Christianity
15 6 - All disease a delusion
15 6 - Confusion confounded


April 14,1901

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 15:10

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 48:17,18

    17 Thus saith the Lord, thy
Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I
am the Lord thy God which teacheth
thee to profit, which leadeth thee by
the way that thou shouldest go.

    18 O that thou hadst hearkened to
my commandments! then had thy peace
been as a river, and thy
righteousness as the waves of the
sea:
Isaiah 49:4-13

    4 Then I said, I have laboured in
vain, I have spent my strength for
nought, and in vain: yet surely my
judgment is with the Lord, and my
work with my God.

    5 #And now, saith the Lord that
formed me from the womb to be his
servant, to bring Jacob again to him,
Though Israel be not gathered, yet
shall I be glorious in the eyes of
the Lord, and my God shall be my
strength.

    6 And he said, It is a light thing
that thou shouldest be my servant to
raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to
restore the preserved of Israel: I
will also give thee for a light to
the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my
salvation unto the end of the earth.

    7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer
of Israel, and his Holy One, to him
whom man despiseth, to him whom the
nation abhorreth, to a servant of
rulers, Kings shall see and arise,
princes also shall worship, because
the Lord that is faithful, and the
Holy One of Israel, and he shall
choose thee.

    8 Thus saith the Lord, In an
acceptable time have I heard thee,
and in a day of salvation have I
helped thee: and I will preserve
thee, and give thee for a covenant of
the people, to establish the earth,
to cause to inherit the desolate
heritages;

    9 That thou mayest say to the
prisoners, Go forth; to them that are
in darkness, Shew yourselves. They
shall feed in the ways, and their
pastures shall be in all high places.


    10 They shall not hunger nor
thirst; neither shall the heat nor
sun smite them: for he that hath
mercy on them shall lead them, even
by the springs of water shall he
guide them.

    11 And I will make all my mountains
a way, and my highways shall be
exalted.

    12 Behold, these shall come from
far: and, lo, these from the north
and from the west; and these from the
land of Sinim.

    13 #Sing, O heavens; and be joyful,
O earth; and break forth into
singing, O mountains: for the Lord
hath comforted his people, and will
have mercy upon his afflicted.


Section 1


Leviticus 16:2,3,5-8,11,15,16,20-22,29,30

    2 And the Lord said unto Moses,
Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he
come not at all times into the holy
place within the vail before the
mercy seat, which is upon the ark;
that he die not: for I will appear in
the cloud upon the mercy seat.

    3 Thus shall Aaron come into the
holy place: with a young bullock for
a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt
offering.

    5 And he shall take of the
congregation of the children of
Israel two kids of the goats for a
sin offering, and one ram for a burnt
offering.

    6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock
of the sin offering, which is for
himself, and make an atonement for
himself, and for his house.

    7 And he shall take the two goats,
and present them before the Lord at
the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation.

    8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon
the two goats; one lot for the Lord,
and the other lot for the scapegoat.

    11 And Aaron shall bring the
bullock of the sin offering, which is
for himself, and shall make an
atonement for himself, and for his
house, and shall kill the bullock of
the sin offering which is for
himself:

    15 #Then shall he kill the goat of
the sin offering, that is for the
people, and bring his blood within
the vail, and do with that blood as
he did with the blood of the bullock,
and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat,
and before the mercy seat:

    16 And he shall make an atonement
for the holy place, because of the
uncleanness of the children of
Israel, and because of their
transgressions in all their sins: and
so shall he do for the tabernacle of
the congregation, that remaineth
among them in the midst of their
uncleanness.

    20 #And when he hath made an end of
reconciling the holy place, and the
tabernacle of the congregation, and
the altar, he shall bring the live
goat:

    21 And Aaron shall lay both his
hands upon the head of the live goat,
and confess over him all the
iniquities of the children of Israel,
and all their transgressions in all
their sins, putting them upon the
head of the goat, and shall send him
away by the hand of a fit man into
the wilderness:

    22 And the goat shall bear upon him
all their iniquities unto a land not
inhabited: and he shall let go the
goat in the wilderness.

    29 #And this shall be a statute for
ever unto you: that in the seventh
month, on the tenth day of the month,
ye shall afflict your souls, and do
no work at all, whether it be one of
your own country, or a stranger that
sojourneth among you:

    30 For on that day shall the priest
make an atonement for you, to cleanse
you, that ye may be clean from all
your sins before the Lord.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:27-31


    (Fruitless worship)
    The Israelites centred their thoughts on the material in their attempted worship of the spiritual. To them matter was substance, and Spirit was shadow. They thought to worship Spirit from a material standpoint, but this was impossible.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:24-25


    (Behest of the cross)
    Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies.

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:12-14

    (Healing primary)
    First in the list of Christian duties, he taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love. He attached no importance to dead ceremonies.


Section 2


Hebrews 9:13,14

    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?
Hebrews 10:5-10,14-18

    5 Wherefore when he cometh into the
world, he saith, Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not, but a
body hast thou prepared me:

    6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices
for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

    7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the
volume of the book it is written of
me,) to do thy will, O God.

    8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and
offering and burnt offerings and
offering for sin thou wouldest not,
neither hadst pleasure therein; which
are offered by the law;

    9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do
thy will, O God. He taketh away the
first, that he may establish the
second.

    10 By the which will we are
sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for
all.

    14 For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are
sanctified.

    15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a
witness to us: for after that he had
said before,

    16 This is the covenant that I will
make with them after those days,
saith the Lord, I will put my laws
into their hearts, and in their minds
will I write them;

    17 And their sins and iniquities
will I remember no more.

    18 Now where remission of these is,
there is no more offering for sin.

***
Acts 13:38,39

    38 #Be it known unto you therefore,
men and brethren, that through this
man is preached unto you the
forgiveness of sins:

    39 And by him all that believe are
justified from all things, from which
ye could not be justified by the law
of Moses.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:17-22


    (New era in Jesus)
    Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning.

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:27,32

    (Deliverance not vicarious)
    Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God.
    (Justice and substitution)
    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 Corinthians 5:18,19

    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.

***
Titus 2:11-14

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

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

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

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

***
Revelation 7:9,13,14

    9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a
great multitude, which no man could
number, of all nations, and kindreds,
and people, and tongues, stood before
the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms
in their hands;

    13 And one of the elders answered,
saying unto me, What are these which
are arrayed in white robes? and
whence came they?

    14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou
knowest. And he said to me, These are
they which came out of great
tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:6-24


    (Human reconciliation)
    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.
    The Master forbore not to speak the whole truth, declaring precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death, although his teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.
    (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.

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

    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:30

    (Vicarious suffering)
    Religious history repeats itself in the suffering of the just for the unjust. 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."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:8-12

    (Sin and penalty)
    Divine Science adjusts the balance as Jesus adjusted it. Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin which incurs the penalty. This is my sense of divine pardon, which I understand to mean God's method of destroying sin.

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 4


John 17:1,22,23

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

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

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

***
Ephesians 1:3,9,10

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

    9 Having made known unto us the
mystery of his will, according to his
good pleasure which he hath purposed
in himself:

    10 That in the dispensation of the
fulness of times he might gather
together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven, and which
are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 3:14,17-19

    14 For this cause I bow my knees
unto the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ,

    17 That Christ may dwell in your
hearts by faith; that ye, being
rooted and grounded in love,

    18 May be able to comprehend with
all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and height;

    19 And to know the love of Christ,
which passeth knowledge, that ye might
be filled with all the fulness of
God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:10-32


    (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.
    (Proof in practice)
    A musician demonstrates the beauty of the music he teaches in order to show the learner the way by practice as well as precept. 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.
    Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised. His proof of Christianity was no form or system of religion and worship, but Christian Science, working out the harmony of Life and Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:25-28

    (Service and worship)
    Our heavenly Father, divine Love, demands that all men should follow the example of our Master and his apostles and not merely worship his personality.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:19-24,28

    (Example for our salvation)
    His consummate example was for the salvation of us all, but only through doing the works which he did and taught others to do. His purpose in healing was not alone to restore health, but to demonstrate his divine Principle. He was inspired by God, by Truth and Love, in all that he said and did.
    Jesus was unselfish. His spirituality separated him from sensuousness, and caused the selfish materialist to hate him; but it was this spirituality which enabled Jesus to heal the sick, cast out evil, and raise the dead.


Section 5


Ephesians 4:4-7,13

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

    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


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

    7 But unto every one of us is given
grace according to the measure of the
gift of Christ.

    13 Till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:

***
John 15:5,8,9

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

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:18-23


    (Fellowship with Christ)
    Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:3-7

    (Pentecost repeated)
    The magnitude of Jesus' work, his material disappearance before their eyes and his reappearance, all enabled the disciples to understand what Jesus had said. Heretofore they had only believed; now they understood.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:30-7

    (Pentecostal power)
    His students then received the Holy Ghost. By this is meant, that by all they had witnessed and suffered, they were roused to an enlarged understanding of divine Science, even to the spiritual interpretation and discernment of Jesus' teachings and demonstrations, which gave them a faint conception of the Life which is God. They no longer measured man by material sense. After gaining the true idea of their glorified Master, they became better healers, leaning no longer on matter, but on the divine Principle of their work.

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:21

    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Fruitless worship
16 1 - Behest of the cross
16 1 - Help and hindrance
16 1 - Rebukes helpful
16 1 - Healing primary
16 2 - New era in Jesus
16 2 - True flesh and blood
16 2 - Effective triumph
16 2 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 3 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - Efficacious repentance
16 3 - Moral victory
16 3 - Vicarious suffering
16 3 - Sin and penalty
16 3 - Victory over the grave
16 4 - Christ's demonstration
16 4 - Proof in practice
16 4 - Service and worship
16 4 - Example for our salvation
16 5 - Fellowship with Christ
16 5 - Pentecost repeated
16 5 - Pentecostal power
16 5 - Saviour's prediction
16 5 - Injustice to the Saviour


April 21,1901

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Romans 2:4

    4 Or despisest thou the riches of
his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance?


Responsive Reading


Psalm 107:8-20

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

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

    10 Such as sit in darkness and in
the shadow of death, being bound in
affliction and iron;

    11 Because they rebelled against
the words of God, and contemned the
counsel of the most High:

    12 Therefore he brought down their
heart with labour; they fell down and
there was none to help.

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

    14 He brought them out of darkness
and the shadow of death, and brake
their bands in sunder.

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

    16 For he hath broken the gates of
brass, and cut the bars of iron in
sunder.

    17 Fools because of their
transgression, and because of their
iniquities, are afflicted.

    18 Their soul abhorreth all manner
of meat; and they draw near unto the
gates of death.

    19 Then they cry unto the Lord in
their trouble, and he saveth them out
of their distresses.

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


Section 1


Job 23:1-5,10

    1 Then Job answered and said,

    2 Even to day is my complaint
bitter: my stroke is heavier than my
groaning.

    3 Oh that I knew where I might find
him! that I might come even to his
seat!

    4 I would order my cause before
him, and fill my mouth with
arguments.

    5 I would know the words which he
would answer me, and understand what
he would say unto me.

    10 But he knoweth the way that I
take: when he hath tried me, I shall
come forth as gold.

***
I Peter 4:12,13

    12 Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which is
to try you, as though some strange
thing happened unto you:

    13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are
partakers of Christ's sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be
revealed, ye may be glad also with
exceeding joy.
I Peter 1:3-7

    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.

    6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season, if need be,
ye are in heaviness through manifold
temptations:

    7 That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than of gold
that perisheth, though it be tried
with fire, might be found unto praise
and honour and glory at the appearing
of Jesus Christ:

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 66:9-10


    (Salutary sorrow)
    Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:26


    (True attainment)
    Through toil, struggle, and sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is reached.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:8


    (Mockery of truth) We must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all error is destroyed.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:14


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


Section 2


Jeremiah 7:1-7

    1 The word that came to Jeremiah
from the Lord, saying,

    2 Stand in the gate of the Lord's
house, and proclaim there this word,
and say, Hear the word of the Lord,
all ye of Judah, that enter in at
these gates to worship the Lord.

    3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the
God of Israel, Amend your ways and
your doings, and I will cause you to
dwell in this place.

    4 Trust ye not in lying words,
saying, The temple of the Lord, The
temple of the Lord, The temple of the
Lord, are these.

    5 For if ye throughly amend your
ways and your doings; if ye throughly
execute judgment between a man and
his neighbour;

    6 If ye oppress not the stranger,
the fatherless, and the widow, and
shed not innocent blood in this
place, neither walk after other gods
to your hurt:

    7 Then will I cause you to dwell in
this place, in the land that I gave
to your fathers, for ever and ever.

***
Matthew 3:1,2,7,8

    1 In those days came John the
Baptist, preaching in the wilderness
of Judaea,

    2 And saying, Repent ye: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    7 #But when he saw many of the
Pharisees and Sadducees come to his
baptism, he said unto them, O
generation of vipers, who hath warned
you to flee from the wrath to come?

    8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet
for repentance:

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:30-31


    (Justice and substitution)
    Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:32-8


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard." Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling's affections, motives, and aims.

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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:32


    (Halfway success)
    Substituting good words for a good life, fair seeming for straightforward character, is a poor shift for the weak and worldly, who think the standard of Christian Science too high for them.


Section 3


Philipians 3:1,13-15

    1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in
the Lord. To write the same things to
you, to me indeed is not grievous,
but for you it is safe.

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I
do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before,

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

    15 Let us therefore, as many as be
perfect, be thus minded: and if in any
thing ye be otherwise minded, God
shall reveal even this unto you.

***
Hebrews 6:11,12

    11 And we desire that every one of
you do shew the same diligence to the
full assurance of hope unto the end:

    12 That ye be not slothful, but
followers of them who through faith
and patience inherit the promises.

***
Galatians 6:9

    9 And let us not be weary in well
doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:1


    (Profession and proof)
    Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:9-19


    (Heaven-bestowed prerogative)
    I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony, - that, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are conquering this false sense. Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense, you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, disease, or death.
    (Right endeavor possible)
    If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:7


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."


Section 4


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.

***
I Corinthians 15:19

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

***
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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:8-11


    (Illusion of death)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-31


    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these errors. To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he becomes thus only when he reaches perfection. The murderer, though slain in the act, does not thereby forsake sin. He is no more spiritual for believing that his body died and learning that his cruel mind died not. His thoughts are no purer until evil is disarmed by good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:9

    Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:6-21

    (Scientific purgation)
    Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.
    The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them.
    Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later, and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the tenacity of error.

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


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


Section 5


John 20:1,2,19,20,24-27

    1 The first day of the week cometh
Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet
dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth
the stone taken away from the
sepulchre.

    2 Then she runneth, and cometh to
Simon Peter, and to the other
disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith
unto them, They have taken away the
Lord out of the sepulchre, and we
know not where they have laid him.

    19 #Then the same day at evening,
being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the
disciples were assembled for fear of
the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them, Peace be
unto you.

    20 And when he had so said, he
shewed unto them his hands and his
side. Then were the disciples glad,
when they saw the Lord.

    24 #But Thomas, one of the twelve,
called Didymus, was not with them when
Jesus came.

    25 The other disciples therefore
said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
But he said unto them, Except I shall
see in his hands the print of the
nails, and put my finger into the
print of the nails, and thrust my
hand into his side, I will not
believe.

    26 #And after eight days again his
disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors
being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, Peace be unto you.

    27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach
hither thy finger, and behold my
hands; and reach hither thy hand, and
thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing.
John 21:1,2,12-14

    1 After these things Jesus shewed
himself again to the disciples at the
sea of Tiberias; and on this wise
shewed he himself.

    2 There were together Simon Peter,
and Thomas called Didymus, and
Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the
sons of Zebedee, and two other of his
disciples.

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

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

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

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


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

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

    This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love. They celebrate their Lord's victory over death, his probation in the flesh after death, its exemplification of human probation, and his spiritual and final ascension above matter, or the flesh, when he rose out of material sight.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 313:26-5


    (Jesus the Scientist)
    To accommodate himself to immature ideas of spiritual power, - for spirituality was possessed only in a limited degree even by his disciples, - Jesus called the body, which by spiritual power he raised from the grave, "flesh and bones." 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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:13-24


    (Corporeality and Spirit)
    The Master said plainly that physique was not Spirit, and after his resurrection he proved to the physical senses that his body was not changed until he himself ascended, - or, in other words, rose even higher in the understanding of Spirit, God. To convince Thomas of this, Jesus caused him to examine the nail-prints and the spear-wound.
    (Spiritual ascension)
    Jesus' unchanged physical condition after what seemed to be death was followed by his exaltation above all material conditions; and this exaltation explained his ascension, and revealed unmistakably a probationary and progressive state beyond the grave.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Salutary sorrow
17 1 - True attainment
17 1 - Mockery of truth
17 1 - Love casteth out fear
17 2 - Justice and substitution
17 2 - Salvation and probation
17 2 - Advancement by sacrifice
17 2 - False claims annihilated
17 2 - Halfway success
17 3 - Profession and proof
17 3 - Standpoints changed
17 3 - Heaven-bestowed prerogative
17 3 - Right endeavor possible
17 3 - Forgetfulness of self
17 4 - Illusion of death
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Sin is punished
17 4 - Scientific purgation
17 4 - Progress demanded
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Jesus the Scientist
17 5 - Corporeality and Spirit
17 5 - Spiritual ascension


April 28,1901

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Romans 3:23,24

    23 For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God;

    24 Being justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that is
in Christ Jesus:


Responsive Reading


Psalm 38:9,10,15-18,20-22

    9 Lord, all my desire is before
thee; and my groaning is not hid from
thee.

    10 My heart panteth, my strength
faileth me: as for the light of mine
eyes, it also is gone from me.

    15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope:
thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

    16 For I said, Hear me, lest
otherwise they should rejoice over
me: when my foot slippeth, they
magnify themselves against me.

    17 For I am ready to halt, and my
sorrow is continually before me.

    18 For I will declare mine
iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.


    20 They also that render evil for
good are mine adversaries; because I
follow the thing that good is.

    21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my
God, be not far from me.

    22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my
salvation.
Psalm 71:19-23

    19 Thy righteousness also, O God,
is very high, who hast done great
things: O God, who is like unto thee!


    20 Thou, which hast shewed me great
and sore troubles, shalt quicken me
again, and shalt bring me up again
from the depths of the earth.

    21 Thou shalt increase my
greatness, and comfort me on every
side.

    22 I will also praise thee with the
psaltery, even thy truth, O my God:
unto thee will I sing with the harp,
O thou Holy One of Israel.

    23 My lips shall greatly rejoice
when I sing unto thee; and my soul,
which thou hast redeemed.


Section 1


Genesis 4:8-13

    8 And Cain talked with Abel his
brother: and it came to pass, when
they were in the field, that Cain
rose up against Abel his brother, and
slew him.

    9 #And the Lord said unto Cain,
Where is Abel thy brother? And he
said, I know not: Am I my brother's
keeper?

    10 And he said, What hast thou
done? the voice of thy brother's
blood crieth unto me from the ground.


    11 And now art thou cursed from the
earth, which hath opened her mouth to
receive thy brother's blood from thy
hand;

    12 When thou tillest the ground, it
shall not henceforth yield unto thee
her strength; a fugitive and a
vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

    13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My
punishment is greater than I can bear.

***
Lamentations 3:39

    39 Wherefore doth a living man
complain, a man for the punishment of
his sins?

***
Hebrews 10:26-29

    26 For if we sin wilfully after
that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sins,

    27 But a certain fearful looking
for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the
adversaries.

    28 He that despised Moses' law died
without mercy under two or three
witnesses:

    29 Of how much sorer punishment,
suppose ye, shall he be thought
worthy, who hath trodden under foot
the Son of God, and hath counted the
blood of the covenant, wherewith he
was sanctified, an unholy thing, and
hath done despite unto the Spirit of
grace?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:13


    (Justice and recompense)
    "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Error excludes itself from harmony. Sin is its own punishment. Truth guards the gateway to harmony. Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:22


    (Moral courage)
    Fear of punishment never made man truly honest. Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right. But how shall we reform the man who has more animal than moral courage, and who has not the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal. Then he not only will be saved, but is saved.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:30


    (Final purpose)
    The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:19

    (Righteous retribution)
    A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.


Section 2


Luke 6:37

    37 Judge not, and ye shall not be
judged: condemn not, and ye shall not
be condemned: forgive, and ye shall
be forgiven:

***
Romans 2:1-3

    1 Therefore thou art inexcusable,
O man, whosoever thou art that
judgest: for wherein thou judgest
another, thou condemnest thyself; for
thou that judgest doest the same
things.

    2 But we are sure that the judgment
of God is according to truth against
them which commit such things.

    3 And thinkest thou this, O man,
that judgest them which do such
things, and doest the same, that thou
shalt escape the judgment of God?

***
I Peter 4:17,18

    17 For the time is come that
judgment must begin at the house of
God: and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that
obey not the gospel of God?

    18 And if the righteous scarcely be
saved, where shall the ungodly and
the sinner appear?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:7,18


    (Murder brings its curse)
    Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast. Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished. The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.
    (Retribution and remorse)
    "They that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine. Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does. Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God. To envy's own hell, justice consigns the lie which, to advance itself, breaks God's commandments.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:5-17


    (Mental conspirators)
    Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, - until you have balanced your account with God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:28-6


    (Day of judgment)
    No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error. As for spiritual error there is none.
    When the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and mortality; "but of that day and hour, knoweth no man." Here prophecy pauses. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.


Section 3


Proverbs 28:13

    13 He that covereth his sins shall
not prosper: but whoso confesseth and
forsaketh them shall have mercy.

***
Isaiah 55:7

    7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the Lord, and
he will have mercy upon him; and to
our God, for he will abundantly
pardon.

***
Matthew 9:9-13

    9 #And as Jesus passed forth from
thence, he saw a man, named Matthew,
sitting at the receipt of custom: and
he saith unto him, Follow me. And he
arose, and followed him.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:1-9


    (Sin is punished)
    The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but the destruction of sin, - these are grave mistakes. We know that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the growth of Christian character.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 392:3


    (Sin to be overcome) Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death. To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:3

    (Appetites to be abandoned)
    If a man is an inebriate, a slave to tobacco, or the special servant of any one of the myriad forms of sin, meet and destroy these errors with the truth of being, - by exhibiting to the wrong-doer the suffering which his submission to such habits brings, and by convincing him that there is no real pleasure in false appetites. A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them. If the evil is over in the repentant mortal mind, while its effects still remain on the individual, you can remove this disorder as God's law is fulfilled and reformation cancels the crime. The healthy sinner is the hardened sinner.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:29(begin Love)


    (Healthful theology) Love thy neighbor as thyself!" It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to "forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts." It was our Master's 'theology which the impious sought to destroy.


Section 4


Luke 5:12,13,18-26

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 And they were all amazed, and
they glorified God, and were filled
with fear, saying, We have seen
strange things to day.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 343:14


    (Proof from miracles)
    Jesus strips all disguise from error, when his teachings are fully understood. By parable and argument he explains the impossibility of good producing evil; and he also scientifically demonstrates this great fact, proving by what are wrongly called miracles, that sin, sickness, and death are beliefs - illusive errors - which he could and did destroy.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:17-30


    (Cleansing the mind)
    If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out. We must begin with this so-called mind and empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sickness will never cease. The present codes of human systems disappoint the weary searcher after a divine theology, adequate to the right education of human thought.
    Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:22


    (Temperance reform)
    Arouse the sinner to this new and true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and increases his ability to master evil and to love good.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:26


    (Scientific consistency)
    Sin should become unreal to every one. It is in itself inconsistent, a divided kingdom. Its supposed realism has no divine authority, and I rejoice in the apprehension of this grand verity.


Section 5


Romans 8:1-3

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

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

    3 For what the law could not do, in
that it was weak through the flesh,
God sending his own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh, and for
sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

***
I Corinthians 15:54,56,57

    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.

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

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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 568:24


    (Paean of jubilee)
    For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and magnify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain. Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, - as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 447:22


    (Expose sin without believing in it)
    A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

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.


Section 6


Isaiah 52:3,7-9

    3 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have
sold yourselves for nought; and ye
shall be redeemed without money.

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

    8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the
voice; with the voice together shall
they sing: for they shall see eye to
eye, when the Lord shall bring again
Zion.

    9 #Break forth into joy, sing
together, ye waste places of
Jerusalem: for the Lord hath
comforted his people, he hath
redeemed Jerusalem.

***
Revelation 19:1,5,6

    1 And after these things I heard a
great voice of much people in heaven,
saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and
glory, and honour, and power, unto
the Lord our God:

    5 And a voice came out of the
throne, saying, Praise our God, all
ye his servants, and ye that fear
him, both small and great.

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

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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:18


    (Scientific consistency)
    Consistency is seen in example more than in precept. Inconsistency is shown by words without deeds, which are like clouds without rain. If our words fail to express our deeds, God will redeem that weakness, and out of the mouth of babes He will perfect praise. The night of materiality is far spent, and with the dawn Truth will waken men spiritually to hear and to speak the new tongue.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:22-24,28


    (Persistence of species)
    From a material source flows no remedy for sorrow, sin, and death, for the redeeming power, from the ills they occasion, is not in egg nor in dust.
    Thus it is learned that matter is a manifestation of mortal mind, and that matter always surrenders its claims when the perfect and eternal Mind is understood.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:26


    (Signs following)
    In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 1 - Moral courage
18 1 - Final purpose
18 1 - Righteous retribution
18 2 - Murder brings its curse
18 2 - Retribution and remorse
18 2 - Mental conspirators
18 2 - Day of judgment
18 3 - Sin is punished
18 3 - Sin to be overcome
18 3 - Appetites to be abandoned
18 3 - Healthful theology
18 4 - Proof from miracles
18 4 - Cleansing the mind
18 4 - Temperance reform
18 4 - Scientific consistency
18 5 - Paean of jubilee
18 5 - Expose sin without believing in it
18 5 - Need and supply
18 6 - Divine study
18 6 - Scientific consistency
18 6 - Persistence of species
18 6 - Signs following


May 5,1901

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Hosea 14:1

    1 O Israel, return unto the Lord
thy God; for thou hast fallen by
thine iniquity.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 73:1-17

    1 Truly God is good to Israel,
even to such as are of a clean heart.


    2 But as for me, my feet were
almost gone; my steps had well nigh
slipped.

    3 For I was envious at the foolish,
when I saw the prosperity of the
wicked.

    4 For there are no bands in their
death: but their strength is firm.

    5 They are not in trouble as other
men; neither are they plagued like
other men.

    6 Therefore pride compasseth them
about as a chain; violence covereth
them as a garment.

    7 Their eyes stand out with
fatness: they have more than heart
could wish.

    8 They are corrupt, and speak
wickedly concerning oppression: they
speak loftily.

    9 They set their mouth against the
heavens, and their tongue walketh
through the earth.

    10 Therefore his people return
hither: and waters of a full cup are
wrung out to them.

    11 And they say, How doth God know?
and is there knowledge in the most
High?

    12 Behold, these are the ungodly,
who prosper in the world; they
increase in riches.

    13 Verily I have cleansed my heart
in vain, and washed my hands in
innocency.

    14 For all the day long have I been
plagued, and chastened every morning.


    15 If I say, I will speak thus;
behold, I should offend against the
generation of thy children.

    16 When I thought to know this, it
was too painful for me;

    17 Until I went into the sanctuary
of God; then understood I their end.


Section 1


Genesis 3:17,19,23,24

    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;

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

    23 Therefore the Lord God sent him
forth from the garden of Eden, to till
the ground from whence he was taken.

    24 So he drove out the man; and he
placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to keep the
way of the tree of life.

***
I Corinthians 15:45,47-50

    45 And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening
spirit.

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.

    48 As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly.

    49 And as we have borne the image
of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:13-6


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



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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:15,29

    (Biological inventions)
    If, in the beginning, man's body originated in nonintelligent dust, and mind was afterwards put into body by the creator, why is not this divine order still maintained by God in perpetuating the species? Who will say that minerals, vegetables, and animals have a propagating property of their own? Who dares to say either that God is in matter or that matter exists without God? Has man sought out other creative inventions, and so changed the method of his Maker?
    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. Did God at first create one man unaided, - that is, Adam, - but afterwards require the union of the two sexes in order to create the rest of the human family? No! God makes and governs all.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:10

    (Progeny cursed) 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.


Section 2


Psalm 20:6-8

    6 Now know I that the Lord saveth
his anointed; he will hear him from
his holy heaven with the saving
strength of his right hand.

    7 Some trust in chariots, and some
in horses: but we will remember the
name of the Lord our God.

    8 They are brought down and fallen:
but we are risen, and stand upright.
Psalm 36:5,6,11,12

    5 Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the
heavens; and thy faithfulness
reacheth unto the clouds.

    6 Thy righteousness is like the
great mountains; thy judgments are a
great deep: O Lord, thou preservest
man and beast.

    11 Let not the foot of pride come
against me, and let not the hand of
the wicked remove me.

    12 There are the workers of
iniquity fallen: they are cast down,
and shall not be able to rise.
Psalm 37:18

    18 The Lord knoweth the days of the
upright: and their inheritance shall
be for ever.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:18-23,32

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


    (The divine standard of perfection)
    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.
    The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:13-22,28-5

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


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
    (Imperishable identity)
    Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood.
    (The kingdom within)
    When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.


Section 3


Genesis 2:6

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

***
John 6:67-71

    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.

    69 And we believe and are sure that
thou art that Christ, the Son of the
living God.

    70 Jesus answered them, Have not I
chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
devil?

    71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the
son of Simon: for he it was that
should betray him, being one of the
twelve.

***
I Corinthians 15:20-23

    20 But now is Christ risen from the
dead, and become the firstfruits of
them that slept.

    21 For since by man came death, by
man came also the resurrection of the
dead.

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

    23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:30


    (Adam)
    Adam, the synonym for error, stands for a belief of material mind. He begins his reign over man somewhat mildly, but he increases in falsehood and his days become shorter. In this development, the immortal, spiritual law of Truth is made manifest as forever opposed to mortal, material sense.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:31

    (Mortality mythical)
    "As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive." The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal. The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, - this belief alone is mortal. Spirit, God, never germinates, but is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:12

    (No truth from a material basis)
    "There went up a mist from the earth." This represents error as starting from an idea of good on a material basis. It supposes God and man to be manifested only through the corporeal senses, although the material senses can take no cognizance of Spirit or the spiritual idea.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:12-28

    (Our conscious development)
    The mortal is unconscious of his foetal and infantile existence; but as he grows up into another false claim, that of self-conscious matter, he learns to say, "I am somebody; but who made me?" Error replies, "God made you." The first effort of error has been and is to impute to God the creation of whatever is sinful and mortal; but infinite Mind sets at naught such a mistaken belief.
    (Mendacity of error)
    Jesus defined this opposite of God and His creation better than we can, when he said, "He is a liar, and the father of it." Jesus also said, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" This he said of Judas, one of Adam's race. Jesus never intimated that God made a devil, but he did say, "Ye are of your father, the devil." All these sayings were to show that mind in matter is the author of itself, and is simply a falsity and illusion.


Section 4


Genesis 3:2-5,9,10

    2 And the woman said unto the
serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden:

    3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest
ye die.

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    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.

***
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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:30-6


    (Thought-forms)
    God's man, spiritually created, is not material and mortal.
    (The serpent's whisper)
    The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter. This pantheistic error, or so-called serpent, insists still upon the opposite of Truth, saying, "Ye shall be as gods;" that is, I will make error as real and eternal as Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:31

    (The great question)
    Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?" Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind governing man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and will hide from the demand, "Where art thou?" This awful demand, "Adam, where art thou?" is met by the admission from the head, heart, stomach, blood, nerves, etc.: "Lo, here I am, looking for happiness and life in the body, but finding only an illusion, a blending of false claims, false pleasure, pain, sin, sickness, and death."

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 - 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


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.

***
Colossians 1:3,13,15

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

    13 Who hath delivered us from the
power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his
dear Son:

    15 Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every
creature:

***
Hebrews 1:1-3

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:12-13,27

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


    (-29- Adam not ideal man)
    XXIX. The word Adam is from the Hebrew adamah, signifying the red color of the ground, dust, nothingness. Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake." From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 345:21,31


    (Contradictions not found)
    Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.
    (God's idea the ideal man)
    It is not the purpose of Christian Science to "educate the idea of God, or treat it for disease," as is alleged by one critic. I regret that such criticism confounds man with Adam. When man is spoken of as made in God's image, it is not sinful and sickly mortal man who is referred to, but the ideal man, reflecting God's likeness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:31

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


    (-11- Christ Jesus) 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.

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Creation reversed
19 1 - Biological inventions
19 1 - Progeny cursed
19 2 - The curse removed
19 2 - The divine standard of perfection
19 2 - Indestructible relationship
19 2 - Paradise regained
19 2 - Mortals are not immortals
19 2 - Imperishable identity
19 2 - The kingdom within
19 3 - Adam
19 3 - Mortality mythical
19 3 - No truth from a material basis
19 3 - Our conscious development
19 3 - Mendacity of error
19 4 - Thought-forms
19 4 - The serpent's whisper
19 4 - The great question
19 4 - The Christian's privilege
19 4 - Adam and the senses
19 5 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 5 - Contradictions not found
19 5 - God's idea the ideal man
19 5 - -11- Christ Jesus


May 12,1901

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 13:10,12

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

    12 For now we see through a glass,
darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

    24 #Another parable put he forth
unto them, saying, The kingdom of
heaven is likened unto a man which
sowed good seed in his field:

    25 But while men slept, his enemy
came and sowed tares among the wheat,
and went his way.

    26 But when the blade was sprung
up, and brought forth fruit, then
appeared the tares also.

    27 So the servants of the
householder came and said unto him,
Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in
thy field? from whence then hath it
tares?

    28 He said unto them, An enemy hath
done this. The servants said unto
him, Wilt thou then that we go and
gather them up?

    29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye
gather up the tares, ye root up also
the wheat with them.

    30 Let both grow together until the
harvest: and in the time of harvest I
will say to the reapers, Gather ye
together first the tares, and bind
them in bundles to burn them: but
gather the wheat into my barn.

    36 Then Jesus sent the multitude
away, and went into the house: and
his disciples came unto him, saying,
Declare unto us the parable of the
tares of the field.

    37 He answered and said unto them,
He that soweth the good seed is the
Son of man;

    38 The field is the world; the good
seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the
wicked one;

    39 The enemy that sowed them is the
devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the
angels.

    40 As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this world.


    41 The Son of man shall send forth
his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity;

    42 And shall cast them into a
furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    43 Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Who hath ears to hear,
let him hear.


Section 1


Revelation 4:11

    11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to
receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and
for thy pleasure they are and were
created.
Revelation 5:10

    10 And hast made us unto our God
kings and priests: and we shall reign
on the earth.

***
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.

***
Psalm 17:15

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:5


    (Man reflects God)
    The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a material germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above his origin. The stream rises no higher than its source.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:15

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

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24-27

    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:21


    (Love imparts beauty)
    Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.


Section 2


Isaiah 30:1,2,8-11

    1 Woe to the rebellious children,
saith the Lord, that take counsel,
but not of me; and that cover with a
covering, but not of my spirit, that
they may add sin to sin:

    2 That walk to go down into Egypt,
and have not asked at my mouth; to
strengthen themselves in the strength
of Pharaoh, and to trust in the
shadow of Egypt!

    8 #Now go, write it before them in
a table, and note it in a book, that
it may be for the time to come for
ever and ever:

    9 That this is a rebellious people,
lying children, children that will
not hear the law of the Lord:

    10 Which say to the seers, See not;
and to the prophets, Prophesy not
unto us right things, speak unto us
smooth things, prophesy deceits:

    11 Get you out of the way, turn
aside out of the path, cause the Holy
One of Israel to cease from before
us.
Isaiah 57:4

    4 Against whom do ye sport
yourselves? against whom make ye a
wide mouth, and draw out the tongue?
are ye not children of transgression,
a seed of falsehood,

***
Deuteronomy 32:5,28

    5 They have corrupted themselves,
their spot is not the spot of his
children: they are a perverse and
crooked generation.

    28 For they are a nation void of
counsel, neither is there any
understanding in them.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:31

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


    (Man unfallen)
    A mortal sinner is not God's man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:9

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

    (Mortals are not immortals)
    God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:18


    (Progress demanded)
    Mortals move onward towards good or evil as time glides on. If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated until all wrong work is effaced or rectified. If at present satisfied with wrong-doing, we must learn to loathe it. If at present content with idleness, we must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that mankind must sooner or later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to be overcome.


Section 3


Job 21:7,8,13-16,18

    7 Wherefore do the wicked live,
become old, yea, are mighty in power?


    8 Their seed is established in
their sight with them, and their
offspring before their eyes.

    13 They spend their days in wealth,
and in a moment go down to the grave.


    14 Therefore they say unto God,
Depart from us; for we desire not the
knowledge of thy ways.

    15 What is the Almighty, that we
should serve him? and what profit
should we have, if we pray unto him?

    16 Lo, their good is not in their
hand: the counsel of the wicked is
far from me.

    18 They are as stubble before the
wind, and as chaff that the storm
carrieth away.
Job 22:15-17,21-23

    15 Hast thou marked the old way
which wicked men have trodden?

    16 Which were cut down out of time,
whose foundation was overflown with a
flood:

    17 Which said unto God, Depart from
us: and what can the Almighty do for
them?

    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.

    23 If thou return to the Almighty,
thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put
away iniquity far from thy
tabernacles.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:8


    (Real being never lost)
    Mortals are unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 190:14


    (Human frailty)
    Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterwards to wither and return to its native nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal; it never merges into immortal being, but finally disappears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:22


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:29

    (Jesus as mediator)
    Wearing in part a human form (that is, as it seemed to mortal view), being conceived by a human mother, Jesus was the mediator between Spirit and the flesh, between Truth and error. Explaining and demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil. The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship. Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, - to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin.


Section 4


Romans 7:22,23

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

    23 But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.

***
James 4:1

    1 From whence come wars and
fightings among you? come they not
hence, even of your lusts that war in
your members?

***
I Peter 2:11

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

***
II Corinthians 10:3-5

    3 For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh:

    4 (For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strong
holds;)

    5 Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:3


    (The great conflict)
    The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:26


    (Bruising sin's head)
    The serpent, material sense, will bite the heel of the woman, - will struggle to destroy the spiritual idea of Love; and the woman, this idea, will bruise the head of lust. The spiritual idea has given the understanding a foothold in Christian Science. The seed of Truth and the seed of error, of belief and of understanding, - yea, the seed of Spirit and the seed of matter, - are the wheat and tares which time will separate, the one to be burned, the other to be garnered into heavenly places.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 346:29


    (Serving two masters)
    Material beliefs must be expelled to make room for spiritual understanding. We cannot serve both God and mammon at the same time; but is not this what frail mortals are trying to do? Paul says: "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Who is ready to admit this?

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


    (Present salvation)
    Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science. To break this earthly spell, mortals must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists and governs the universe harmoniously. This thought is apprehended slowly, and the interval before its attainment is attended with doubts and defeats as well as triumphs.


Section 5


Joshua 24:14-16,22-24

    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.

    16 And the people answered and
said, God forbid that we should
forsake the Lord, to serve other
gods;

    22 And Joshua said unto the people,
Ye are witnesses against yourselves
that ye have chosen you the Lord, to
serve him. And they said, We are
witnesses.

    23 Now therefore put away, said he,
the strange gods which are among you,
and incline your heart unto the Lord
God of Israel.

    24 And the people said unto Joshua,
The Lord our God will we serve, and
his voice will we obey.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 83:7


    (Impossible intercommunion)
    Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days. Nothing is more antagonistic to Christian Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such a belief hides Truth and builds on error.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:4-10


    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:31-12


    (Key to the kingdom)
    The way through which immortality and life are learned is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual. Human philosophy, ethics, and superstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which mortals can escape from sin; yet to escape from sin, is what the Bible demands. "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," says the apostle, and he straightway adds: "for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians ii. 12, 13). Truth has furnished the key to the kingdom, and with this key Christian Science has opened the door of the human understanding. None may pick the lock nor enter by some other door.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:9


    (The clouds dissolving)
    How little light or heat reach our earth when clouds cover the sun's face! So Christian Science can be seen only as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away. Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.


Section 6


Philipians 3:20,21

    20 For our conversation is in
heaven; from whence also we look for
the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

    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.

***
I Corinthians 13:9,10,12

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

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

    12 For now we see through a glass,
darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known.

***
Revelation 21:10,11

    10 And he carried me away in the
spirit to a great and high mountain,
and shewed me that great city, the
holy Jerusalem, descending out of
heaven from God,

    11 Having the glory of God: and her
light was like unto a stone most
precious, even like a jasper stone,
clear as crystal;
Revelation 22:3-5

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

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

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:16


    (Superstition obsolete)
    All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly real. All things will continue to disappear, until perfection appears and reality is reached. We must give up the spectral at all points. We must not continue to admit the somethingness of superstition, but we must yield up all belief in it and be wise. When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, "forgetting those things which are behind."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:8


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    Mortal mind would transform the spiritual into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error. Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.

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.

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


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Man reflects God
20 1 - Eternal beauty
20 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
20 1 - Scientific finalities
20 1 - Love imparts beauty
20 2 - Man unfallen
20 2 - Mortals are not immortals
20 2 - Progress demanded
20 3 - Real being never lost
20 3 - Human frailty
20 3 - Inverted images
20 3 - Jesus as mediator
20 4 - The great conflict
20 4 - Bruising sin's head
20 4 - Serving two masters
20 4 - Present salvation
20 5 - Impossible intercommunion
20 5 - Scientific purgation
20 5 - Key to the kingdom
20 5 - The clouds dissolving
20 6 - Superstition obsolete
20 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 6 - Definition of man
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure


May 19,1901

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Lamentations 3:25

    25 The Lord is good unto them that
wait for him, to the soul that seeketh
him.


Responsive Reading


I Thessalonians 5:5-23

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

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

    7 For they that sleep sleep in the
night; and they that be drunken are
drunken in the night.

    8 But let us, who are of the day,
be sober, putting on the breastplate
of faith and love; and for an helmet,
the hope of salvation.

    9 For God hath not appointed us to
wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ,

    10 Who died for us, that, whether
we wake or sleep, we should live
together with him.

    11 Wherefore comfort yourselves
together, and edify one another, even
as also ye do.

    12 And we beseech you, brethren, to
know them which labour among you, and
are over you in the Lord, and
admonish you;

    13 And to esteem them very highly
in love for their work's sake. And be
at peace among yourselves.

    14 Now we exhort you, brethren,
warn them that are unruly, comfort
the feebleminded, support the weak,
be patient toward all men.

    15 See that none render evil for
evil unto any man; but ever follow
that which is good, both among
yourselves, and to all men.

    16 Rejoice evermore.

    17 Pray without ceasing.

    18 In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you.

    19 Quench not the Spirit.

    20 Despise not prophesyings.

    21 Prove all things; hold fast that
which is good.

    22 Abstain from all appearance of
evil.

    23 And the very God of peace
sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body
be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Section 1


Isaiah 42:1,6,8

    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;

    8 I am the Lord: that is my name:
and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven
images.

***
Acts 2:25-27

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

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

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

***
Ephesians 1:3,4

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:7,22

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


    (The kingdom within)
    Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.
    (Reflection of Spirit)
    Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:16-19


    (Geology a failure)
    The sun is a metaphorical representation of Soul outside the body, giving existence and intelligence to the universe. Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:11


    (The central intelligence)
    Day may decline and shadows fall, but darkness flees when the earth has again turned upon its axis. The sun is not affected by the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin and death, - as the central Life and intelligence around which circle harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.


Section 2


Psalm 119:19,20,25

    19 I am a stranger in the earth:
hide not thy commandments from me.

    20 My soul breaketh for the longing
that it hath unto thy judgments at
all times.

    25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust:
quicken thou me according to thy word.

***
Romans 7:18,19,24

    18 For I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
for to will is present with me; but
how to perform that which is good I
find not.

    19 For the good that I would I do
not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:14-19


    (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.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:11


    (Mortal man a mis-creator) Carnal beliefs defraud us. They make man an involuntary hypocrite, - producing evil when he would create good, forming deformity when he would outline grace and beauty, injuring those whom he would bless. He becomes a general mis-creator, who believes he is a semi-god. His "touch turns hope to dust, the dust we all have trod." He might say in Bible language: "The good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:29-3


    (Ptolemaic and psychical error)
    Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that soul is in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical science has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies, and Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as to our terrestrial bodies.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:18


    (Real Life is God)
    Suffering, sinning, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, they will have no power over man, for man is immortal and lives by divine authority.


Section 3


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.

***
Isaiah 10:11-13,15-18

    11 Shall I not, as I have done unto
Samaria and her idols, so do to
Jerusalem and her idols?

    12 Wherefore it shall come to pass,
that when the Lord hath performed his
whole work upon mount Zion and on
Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of
the stout heart of the king of
Assyria, and the glory of his high
looks.

    13 For he saith, By the strength of
my hand I have done it, and by my
wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have
removed the bounds of the people, and
have robbed their treasures, and I
have put down the inhabitants like a
valiant man:

    15 Shall the axe boast itself
against him that heweth therewith? or
shall the saw magnify itself against
him that shaketh it? as if the rod
should shake itself against them that
lift it up, or as if the staff should
lift up itself, as if it were no
wood.

    16 Therefore shall the Lord, the
Lord of hosts, send among his fat
ones leanness; and under his glory he
shall kindle a burning like the
burning of a fire.

    17 And the light of Israel shall be
for a fire, and his Holy One for a
flame: and it shall burn and devour
his thorns and his briers in one day;


    18 And shall consume the glory of
his forest, and of his fruitful
field, both soul and body: and they
shall be as when a standardbearer
fainteth.

***
Daniel 4:30-32

    30 The king spake, and said, Is not
this great Babylon, that I have built
for the house of the kingdom by the
might of my power, and for the honour
of my majesty?

    31 While the word was in the king's
mouth, there fell a voice from
heaven, saying, O king
Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken;
The kingdom is departed from thee.

    32 And they shall drive thee from
men, and thy dwelling shall be with
the beasts of the field: they shall
make thee to eat grass as oxen, and
seven times shall pass over thee,
until thou know that the most High
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and
giveth it to whomsoever he will.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:15-18,27


    (Evident impossibilities)
    Body is not first and Soul last, nor is evil mightier than good. The Science of being repudiates self-evident impossibilities, such as the amalgamation of Truth and error in cause or effect.
    (One primal cause)
    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real. The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from suppositional error, which affords no proof of God, Spirit, or of the spiritual creation. Material sense defines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the infinite.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:28


    (Sickness as discord)
    The governor is not subjected to the governed. In Science man is governed by God, divine Principle, as numbers are controlled and proved by His laws. 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. The delusion that there is life in matter has no kinship with the Life supernal.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:9


    (Soul greater than body)
    Remember that truth is greater than error, and we cannot put the greater into the less. Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater than body. If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit would be finite, and therefore could not be Spirit.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:32-4


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:7-12


    (Narrow pathway)
    Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore "acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace."


Section 4


Matthew 26:26

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

***
I Corinthians 12:13

    13 For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond
or free; and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit.

***
Colossians 2:16,17

    16 Let no man therefore judge you
in meat, or in drink, or in respect
of an holyday, or of the new moon, or
of the sabbath days:

    17 Which are a shadow of things to
come; but the body is of Christ.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:28-1


    (Personal identity)
    When you say, "Man's body is material," I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:8

    (Vision opening)
    To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."


Section 5


I Samuel 25:5,14,23-25,29

    5 And David sent out ten young men,
and David said unto the young men,
Get you up to Carmel, and go to
Nabal, and greet him in my name:

    14 #But one of the young men told
Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying,
Behold, David sent messengers out of
the wilderness to salute our master;
and he railed on them.

    23 And when Abigail saw David, she
hasted, and lighted off the ass, and
fell before David on her face, and
bowed herself to the ground,

    24 And fell at his feet, and said,
Upon me, my lord, upon me let this
iniquity be: and let thine handmaid,
I pray thee, speak in thine audience,
and hear the words of thine handmaid.


    25 Let not my lord, I pray thee,
regard this man of Belial, even
Nabal: for as his name is, so is he;
Nabal is his name, and folly is with
him: but I thine handmaid saw not the
young men of my lord, whom thou didst
send.

    29 Yet a man is risen to pursue
thee, and to seek thy soul: but the
soul of my lord shall be bound in the
bundle of life with the Lord thy God;
and the souls of thine enemies, them
shall he sling out, as out of the
middle of a sling.

***
II Corinthians 6:15,16

    15 And what concord hath Christ
with Belial? or what part hath he
that believeth with an infidel?

    16 And what agreement hath the
temple of God with idols? for ye are
the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and
walk in them; and I will be their
God, and they shall be my people.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:19


    (A type of falsehood)
    It is false to say that Truth and error commingle in creation. In parable and argument, this falsity is exposed by our Master as self-evidently wrong. Disputing these points with the Pharisees and arguing for the Science of creation, Jesus said: "Do men gather grapes of thorns?" Paul asked: "What communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial?"

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:12


    (No laws of matter)
    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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:9


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:7-29


    (Divinity not childless)
    Life demonstrates Life. The immortality of Soul makes man immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless, - no Father.
    If Life or Soul and its representative, man, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, - and this is the general religious opinion of mankind, - we are left without a rational proof of immortality. But man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man's existence to be intact.
    (Thought-forms)
    The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent. Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, - is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.


Section 6


Jeremiah 3:14,15,18,19

    14 Turn, O backsliding children,
saith the Lord; for I am married unto
you: and I will take you one of a
city, and two of a family, and I will
bring you to Zion:

    15 And I will give you pastors
according to mine heart, which shall
feed you with knowledge and
understanding.

    18 In those days the house of Judah
shall walk with the house of Israel,
and they shall come together out of
the land of the north to the land
that I have given for an inheritance
unto your fathers.

    19 But I said, How shall I put thee
among the children, and give thee a
pleasant land, a goodly heritage of
the hosts of nations? and I said,
Thou shalt call me, My father; and
shalt not turn away from me.

***
Galatians 4:6

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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:25


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:1


    (No material creation)
    Progress takes off human shackles. The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. All things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.


Section 7


Exodus 20:20-22

    20 And Moses said unto the people,
Fear not: for God is come to prove
you, and that his fear may be before
your faces, that ye sin not.

    21 And the people stood afar off,
and Moses drew near unto the thick
darkness where God was.

    22 #And the Lord said unto Moses,
Thus thou shalt say unto the children
of Israel, Ye have seen that I have
talked with you from heaven.

***
Deuteronomy 11:13,14,18,21

    13 #And it shall come to pass, if
ye shall hearken diligently unto my
commandments which I command you this
day, to love the Lord your God, and
to serve him with all your heart and
with all your soul,

    14 That I will give you the rain of
your land in his due season, the
first rain and the latter rain, that
thou mayest gather in thy corn, and
thy wine, and thine oil.

    18 #Therefore shall ye lay up these
my words in your heart and in your
soul, and bind them for a sign upon
your hand, that they may be as
frontlets between your eyes.

    21 That your days may be
multiplied, and the days of your
children, in the land which the Lord
sware unto your fathers to give them,
as the days of heaven upon the earth.

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.

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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:20

    (Seemingly independent authority)
    Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, - the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - The kingdom within
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - Geology a failure
21 1 - The central intelligence
21 2 - Soul impeccable
21 2 - Life only in Spirit
21 2 - Mortal man a mis-creator
21 2 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
21 2 - Real Life is God
21 3 - Evident impossibilities
21 3 - One primal cause
21 3 - Sickness as discord
21 3 - Soul greater than body
21 3 - Ignorance of our rights
21 3 - Narrow pathway
21 4 - Personal identity
21 4 - Life not contingent on matter
21 4 - Vision opening
21 5 - A type of falsehood
21 5 - No laws of matter
21 5 - Irreconcilable differences
21 5 - Divinity not childless
21 5 - Thought-forms
21 6 - Corporeal ignorance
21 6 - No material creation
21 7 - Corporeal changes
21 7 - Opposing testimony
21 7 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 7 - Seemingly independent authority


May 26,1901

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 14:1,3-5,12-17,19,20,27,32

    1 For the Lord will have mercy on
Jacob, and will yet choose Israel,
and set them in their own land: and
the strangers shall be joined with
them, and they shall cleave to the
house of Jacob.

    3 And it shall come to pass in the
day that the Lord shall give thee rest
from thy sorrow, and from thy fear,
and from the hard bondage wherein
thou wast made to serve.

    4 #That thou shalt take up this
proverb against the king of Babylon,
and say, How hath the oppressor
ceased! the golden city ceased!

    5 The Lord hath broken the staff of
the wicked, and the sceptre of the
rulers.

    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.

    15 Yet thou shalt be brought down
to hell, to the sides of the pit.

    16 They that see thee shall
narrowly look upon thee, and consider
thee, saying, Is this the man that
made the earth to tremble, that did
shake kingdoms;

    17 That made the world as a
wilderness, and destroyed the cities
thereof; that opened not the house of
his prisoners?

    19 But thou art cast out of thy
grave like an abominable branch, and
as the raiment of those that are
slain, thrust through with a sword,
that go down to the stones of the
pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.


    20 Thou shalt not be joined with
them in burial, because thou hast
destroyed thy land, and slain thy
people: the seed of evildoers shall
never be renowned.

    27 For the Lord of hosts hath
purposed, and who shall disannul it?
and his hand is stretched out, and
who shall turn it back?

    32 What shall one then answer the
messengers of the nation? That the
Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor
of his people shall trust in it.


Section 1


I Samuel 28:3-11

    3 #Now Samuel was dead, and all
Israel had lamented him, and buried
him in Ramah, even in his own city.
And Saul had put away those that had
familiar spirits, and the wizards,
out of the land.

    4 And the Philistines gathered
themselves together, and came and
pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered
all Israel together, and they pitched
in Gilboa.

    5 And when Saul saw the host of the
Philistines, he was afraid, and his
heart greatly trembled.

    6 And when Saul inquired of the
Lord, the Lord answered him not,
neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor
by prophets.

    7 #Then said Saul unto his
servants, Seek me a woman that hath a
familiar spirit, that I may go to
her, and inquire of her. And his
servants said to him, Behold, there
is a woman that hath a familiar
spirit at Endor.

    8 And Saul disguised himself, and
put on other raiment, and he went,
and two men with him, and they came
to the woman by night: and he said, I
pray thee, divine unto me by the
familiar spirit, and bring me him up,
whom I shall name unto thee.

    9 And the woman said unto him,
Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath
done, how he hath cut off those that
have familiar spirits, and the
wizards, out of the land: wherefore
then layest thou a snare for my life,
to cause me to die?

    10 And Saul sware to her by the
Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth,
there shall no punishment happen to
thee for this thing.

    11 Then said the woman, Whom shall
I bring up unto thee? And he said,
Bring me up Samuel.

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


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 74:3

    (Opposing conditions)
    To be on communicable terms with Spirit, persons must be free from organic bodies; and their return to a material condition, after having once left it, would be as impossible as would be the restoration to its original condition of the acorn, already absorbed into a sprout which has risen above the soil. The seed which has germinated has a new form and state of existence. When here or hereafter the belief of life in matter is extinct, the error which has held the belief dissolves with the belief, and never returns to the old condition. No correspondence nor communion can exist between persons in such opposite dreams as the belief of having died and left a material body and the belief of still living in an organic, material body.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 80:12

    (Mysticism unscientific)
    I entertain no doubt of the humanity and philanthropy of many Spiritualists, but I cannot coincide with their views. It is mysticism which gives spiritualism its force. Science dispels mystery and explains extraordinary phenomena; but Science never removes phenomena from the domain of reason into the realm of mysticism.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:1

    (Poor postmortem evidence)
    There is not so much evidence to prove intercommunication between the so-called dead and the living, as there is to show the sick that matter suffers and has sensation; yet this latter evidence is destroyed by Mind-science. If Spiritualists understood the Science of being, their belief in mediumship would vanish.


Section 2


II Kings 17:9-14,16,17

    9 And the children of Israel did
secretly those things that were not
right against the Lord their God, and
they built them high places in all
their cities, from the tower of the
watchmen to the fenced city.

    10 And they set them up images and
groves in every high hill, and under
every green tree:

    11 And there they burnt incense in
all the high places, as did the
heathen whom the Lord carried away
before them; and wrought wicked
things to provoke the Lord to anger:

    12 For they served idols, whereof
the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall
not do this thing.

    13 Yet the Lord testified against
Israel, and against Judah, by all the
prophets, and by all the seers,
saying, Turn ye from your evil ways,
and keep my commandments and my
statutes, according to all the law
which I commanded your fathers, and
which I sent to you by my servants
the prophets.

    14 Notwithstanding they would not
hear, but hardened their necks, like
to the neck of their fathers, that
did not believe in the Lord their
God.

    16 And they left all the
commandments of the Lord their God,
and made them molten images, even two
calves, and made a grove, and
worshipped all the host of heaven,
and served Baal.

    17 And they caused their sons and
their daughters to pass through the
fire, and used divination and
enchantments, and sold themselves to
do evil in the sight of the Lord, to
provoke him to anger.

***
Romans 16:17-19

    17 Now I beseech you, brethren,
mark them which cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine
which ye have learned; and avoid
them.

    18 For they that are such serve not
our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own
belly; and by good words and fair
speeches deceive the hearts of the
simple.

    19 For your obedience is come
abroad unto all men. I am glad
therefore on your behalf: but yet I
would have you wise unto that which
is good, and simple concerning evil.

***
II Corinthians 2:11

    11 Lest Satan should get an
advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:1


    (Mere negation)
    Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human. Its basis being a belief and this belief animal, in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:18-2

    (The genus of error)
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they annihilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into dust.
    (Thought-transference)
    In reality there is no mortal mind, and consequently no transference of mortal thought and will-power. Life and being are of God. In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 452:28


    (Reliable authority)
    Acting from sinful motives destroys your power of healing from the right motive. On the other hand, if you had the inclination or power to practise wrongly and then should adopt Christian Science, the wrong power would be destroyed. You do not deny the mathematician's right to distinguish the correct from the incorrect among the examples on the blackboard, nor disbelieve the musician when he distinguishes concord from discord. In like manner it should be granted that the author understands what she is saying.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:31

    (Indispensable defence)
    Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct him how to bar the door of his thought against this seeming power, - a task not difficult, when one understands that evil has in reality no power. Incorrect reasoning leads to practical error. The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a chance to manifest itself.


Section 3


Luke 14:1-6

    1 And it came to pass, as he went
into the house of one of the chief
Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath
day, that they watched him.

    2 And, behold, there was a certain
man before him which had the dropsy.

    3 And Jesus answering spake unto
the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is
it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?


    4 And they held their peace. And he
took him, and healed him, and let him
go;

    5 And answered them, saying, Which
of you shall have an ass or an ox
fallen into a pit, and will not
straightway pull him out on the
sabbath day?

    6 And they could not answer him
again to these things.

***
I Timothy 4:1,2,6

    1 Now the Spirit speaketh
expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils;

    2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy;
having their conscience seared with a
hot iron;

    6 If thou put the brethren in
remembrance of these things, thou
shalt be a good minister of Jesus
Christ, nourished up in the words of
faith and of good doctrine, whereunto
thou hast attained.

***
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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 185:22


    (Jesus and hypnotism)
    Jesus cast out evil and healed the sick, not only without drugs, but without hypnotism, which is the reverse of ethical and pathological Truth-power.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 181:31

    (Not words but deeds)
    Any hypnotic power you may exercise will diminish your ability to become a Scientist, and vice versa. The act of healing the sick through divine Mind alone, of casting out error with Truth, shows your position as a Christian Scientist.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 446:24


    (Iniquity overcome)
    Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness. Not human platitudes, but divine beatitudes, reflect the spiritual light and might which heal the sick. The exercise of will brings on a hypnotic state, detrimental to health and integrity of thought. This must therefore be watched and guarded against. Covering iniquity will prevent prosperity and the ultimate triumph of any cause. Ignorance of the error to be eradicated oftentimes subjects you to its abuse.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 402:20


    (The evil of mesmerism)
    We say that one human mind can influence another and in this way affect the body, but we rarely remember that we govern our own bodies. The error, mesmerism - or hypnotism, to use the recent term - illustrates the fact just stated. The operator would make his subjects believe that they cannot act voluntarily and handle themselves as they should do. If they yield to this influence, it is because their belief is not better instructed by spiritual understanding. Hence the proof that hypnotism is not scientific; Science cannot produce both disorder and order. The involuntary pleasure or pain of the person under hypnotic control is proved to be a belief without a real cause.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:28


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    Ignorant of the methods and the basis of metaphysical healing, you may attempt to unite with it hypnotism, spiritualism, electricity; but none of these methods can be mingled with metaphysical healing.


Section 4


Matthew 7:15,16,19,20

    15 #Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    16 Ye shall know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?

    19 Every tree that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye
shall know them.

***
II Corinthians 11:13-15

    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.

    15 Therefore it is no great thing
if his ministers also be transformed
as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their
works.

***
Matthew 20:30-34

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

    31 And the multitude rebuked them,
because they should hold their peace:
but they cried the more, saying, Have
mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of
David.

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

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

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

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:3


    (Thought-transference)
    When Christian Science and animal magnetism are both comprehended, as they will be at no distant date, it will be seen why the author of this book has been so unjustly persecuted and belied by wolves in sheep's clothing.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 463:21


    (Unhesitating decision)
    To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of error - whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, or death - is the first step towards destroying error. Our Master treated error through Mind. He never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of matter, nor did he use drugs. There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they are. Such seeming medical effect or action is that of socalled mortal mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:28


    (Man not evolved) Even Shakespeare's poetry pictures age as infancy, as helplessness and decadence, instead of assigning to man the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:31


    (Begin rightly)
    Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed to the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine authority and having only human approval for their sanction.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 464:21


    (The right motive and its reward)
    In founding a pathological system of Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not to exalt personality. The weapons of bigotry, ignorance, envy, fall before an honest heart. Adulterating Christian Science, makes it void. Falsity has no foundation. "The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep." Neither dishonesty nor ignorance ever founded, nor can they overthrow a scientific system of ethics.


Section 5


Deuteronomy 33:27-29

    27 The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting
arms: and he shall thrust out the
enemy from before thee; and shall
say, Destroy them.

    28 Israel then shall dwell in
safety alone: the fountain of Jacob
shall be upon a land of corn and
wine; also his heavens shall drop
down dew.

    29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is
like unto thee, O people saved by the
Lord, the shield of thy help, and who
is the sword of thy excellency! and
thine enemies shall be found liars
unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon
their high places.

***
I Peter 5:6,8-11

    6 Humble yourselves therefore under
the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time:

    8 Be sober, be vigilant; because
your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour:

    9 Whom resist stedfast in the
faith, knowing that the same
afflictions are accomplished in your
brethren that are in the world.

    10 But the God of all grace, who
hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus, after that ye have
suffered a while, make you perfect,
stablish, strengthen, settle you.

    11 To him be glory and dominion for
ever and ever. Amen.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 455:17-15


    (The trust of the All-wise)
    The student, who receives his knowledge of Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, from a human teacher, may be mistaken in judgment and demonstration, but God cannot mistake. God selects for the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any abuse of the mission an impossibility. The All-wise does not bestow His highest trusts upon the unworthy. When He commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Himself. No person can misuse this mental power, if he is taught of God to discern it.
    (Integrity assured)
    This strong point in Christian Science is not to be overlooked, - that the same fountain cannot send forth both sweet waters and bitter. The higher your attainment in the Science of mental healing and teaching, the more impossible it will become for you intentionally to influence mankind adverse to its highest hope and achievement.
    (Chicanery impossible)
    Teaching or practising in the name of Truth, but contrary to its spirit or rules, is most dangerous quackery. Strict adherence to the divine Principle and rules of the scientific method has secured the only success of the students of Christian Science. This alone entitles them to the high standing which most of them hold in the community, a reputation experimentally justified by their efforts. Whoever affirms that there is more than one Principle and method of demonstrating Christian Science greatly errs, ignorantly or intentionally, and separates himself from the true conception of Christian Science healing and from its possible demonstration.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:6-14


    (The robe of Science)
    The Scripture, "Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many," is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness. He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, - in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Found wanting
22 1 - Opposing conditions
22 1 - Mysticism unscientific
22 1 - Poor postmortem evidence
22 2 - Mere negation
22 2 - The genus of error
22 2 - Thought-transference
22 2 - Reliable authority
22 2 - Indispensable defence
22 3 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 3 - Not words but deeds
22 3 - Iniquity overcome
22 3 - The evil of mesmerism
22 3 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 4 - Thought-transference
22 4 - Unhesitating decision
22 4 - Man not evolved
22 4 - Begin rightly
22 4 - The right motive and its reward
22 5 - The trust of the All-wise
22 5 - Integrity assured
22 5 - Chicanery impossible
22 5 - The robe of Science


June 2,1901

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Genesis 1:1-8,26,27

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

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

    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.

    5 And God called the light Day, and
the darkness he called Night. And the
evening and the morning were the
first day.

    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.

    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.

Genesis 2:1-5

    1 Thus the heavens and the earth
were finished, and all the host of
them.

    2 And on the seventh day God ended
his work which he had made; and he
rested on the seventh day from all
his work which he had made.

    3 And God blessed the seventh day,
and sanctified it: because that in it
he had rested from all his work which
God created and made.

    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.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 4:39

    39 Know therefore this day, and
consider it in thine heart, that the
Lord he is God in heaven above, and
upon the earth beneath: there is none
else.
Deuteronomy 32:4

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

***
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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:30


    (Mind the only cause)
    Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:20-24


    (One primal cause)
    There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:22


    (Causation considered)
    Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress. The age seems ready to approach this subject, to ponder somewhat the supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem of Truth's garment.


Section 2


Genesis 1:1-4

    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.

    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.

***
Exodus 10:21-23

    21 #And the Lord said unto Moses,
Stretch out thine hand toward heaven,
that there may be darkness over the
land of Egypt, even darkness which
may be felt.

    22 And Moses stretched forth his
hand toward heaven; and there was a
thick darkness in all the land of
Egypt three days:

    23 They saw not one another,
neither rose any from his place for
three days: but all the children of
Israel had light in their dwellings.

***
John 3:19-21

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


    20 For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to
the light, lest his deeds should be
reproved.

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh
to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought
in God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:3


    (Inadequate theories of creation)
    "Let there be light," is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres. The mythical human theories of creation, anciently classified as the higher criticism, sprang from cultured scholars in Rome and in Greece, but they afforded no foundation for accurate views of creation by the divine Mind.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:12-2


    (Spiritual harmony)
    Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, "God is All-in-all," and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe. Hence the eternal wonder, - that infinite space is peopled with God's ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.



    (Mind's idea faultless)
    Genesis i. 3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.



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



    Genesis i. 4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.



    God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.


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.

    8 And God called the firmament
Heaven. And the evening and the
morning were the second day.
Genesis 28:10-12

    10 #And Jacob went out from
Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

    11 And he lighted upon a certain
place, and tarried there all night,
because the sun was set; and he took
of the stones of that place, and put
them for his pillows, and lay down in
that place to sleep.

    12 And he dreamed, and behold a
ladder set up on the earth, and the
top of it reached to heaven: and
behold the angels of God ascending
and descending on it.

***
Matthew 4:16,17

    16 The people which sat in darkness
saw great light; and to them which
sat in the region and shadow of death
light is sprung up.

    17 #From that time Jesus began to
preach, and to say, Repent: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

***
John 1:50,51

    50 Jesus answered and said unto
him, Because I said unto thee, I saw
thee under the fig tree, believest
thou? thou shalt see greater things
than these.

    51 And he saith unto him, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye
shall see heaven open, and the angels
of God ascending and descending upon
the Son of man.

***
Matthew 10:1,5-7

    1 And when he had called unto him
his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner
of sickness and all manner of
disease.

    5 These twelve Jesus sent forth,
and commanded them, saying, Go not
into the way of the Gentiles, and
into any city of the Samaritans enter
ye not:

    6 But go rather to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel.

    7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:16


    (Harmony natural)
    Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 511:11


    (Darkness scattered)
    In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has the impress of heaven, God is revealed as infinite light. In the eternal Mind, no night is there.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:14


    (Pardon and amendment)
    To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 506:10


    (Exalted thought)
    Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace. Thus the dawn of ideas goes on, forming each successive stage of progress.


Section 4


Isaiah 44:6,7

    6 Thus saith the Lord the King of
Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of
hosts; I am the first, and I am the
last; and beside me there is no God.

    7 And who, as I, shall call, and
shall declare it, and set it in order
for me, since I appointed the ancient
people? and the things that are
coming, and shall come, let them shew
unto them.
Isaiah 45:17,18

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

    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.

***
I Corinthians 15:22-26

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

    23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

    24 Then cometh the end, when he
shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power.

    25 For he must reign, till he hath
put all enemies under his feet.

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:28


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

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:6


    (Spiritual spheres)
    Advancing spiritual steps in the teeming universe of Mind lead on to spiritual spheres and exalted beings. To material sense, this divine universe is dim and distant, gray in the sombre hues of twilight; but anon the veil is lifted, and the scene shifts into light. In the record, time is not yet measured by solar revolutions, and the motions and reflections of deific power cannot be apprehended until divine Science becomes the interpreter.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:10

    (Love and man coexistent)
    The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time. These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus.


Section 5


John 17:1-3,11,20-23

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

    2 As thou hast given him power over
all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast
given him.

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.

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

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

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

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

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

***
Romans 12:5

    5 So we, being many, are one body
in Christ, and every one members one
of another.

***
Galatians 3:28

    28 There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free, there
is neither male nor female: for ye
are all one in Christ Jesus.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:5


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:23

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-23- Indivisibility of the infinite)
    Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:13,31


    (Infinity's reflection)
    God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.
    (God's man discerned)
    Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man. 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.


Section 6


Genesis 1:31

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning
were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:1

    1 Thus the heavens and the earth
were finished, and all the host of
them.

***
Psalm 104:24,30

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:17-28


    (Rarefaction of thought)
    The light of spiritual understanding gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.
    (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." The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind's creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness - yea, the divine nature - appear in man and the universe never to disappear.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:16

    (Elohistic plurality)
    The eternal Elohim includes the forever universe. The name Elohim is in the plural, but this plurality of Spirit does not imply more than one God, nor does it imply three persons in one. It relates to the oneness, the tri-unity of Life, Truth, and Love. "Let them have dominion." Man is the family name for all ideas, - the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:27-31

    (Ideal man and woman)
    To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit. It follows that man is a generic term. Masculine, feminine, and neuter genders are human concepts.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:27-21

    (Perfection of creation)
    The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?



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



    Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love. Human capacity is slow to discern and to grasp God's creation and the divine power and presence which go with it, demonstrating its spiritual origin. Mortals can never know the infinite, until they throw off the old man and reach the spiritual image and likeness. What can fathom infinity! How shall we declare Him, till, in the language of the apostle, "we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"?

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - Mind the only cause
23 1 - One primal cause
23 1 - Causation considered
23 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
23 2 - Spiritual harmony
23 2 - Mind's idea faultless
23 3 - The one only way
23 3 - Harmony natural
23 3 - Darkness scattered
23 3 - Pardon and amendment
23 3 - Exalted thought
23 4 - Rising to the light
23 4 - Seeming and being
23 4 - Spiritual spheres
23 4 - Love and man coexistent
23 5 - The infinitude of God
23 5 - -23- Indivisibility of the infinite
23 5 - Infinity's reflection
23 5 - God's man discerned
23 6 - Rarefaction of thought
23 6 - Divine nature appearing
23 6 - Elohistic plurality
23 6 - Ideal man and woman
23 6 - Perfection of creation
23 6 - Infinity measureless


June 16,1901

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 32:7

    7 Thou art my hiding place; thou
shalt preserve me from trouble; thou
shalt compass me about with songs of
deliverance. Selah.



Responsive Reading


Psalm 18:1-6,16-20

    1 I will love thee, O Lord, my
strength.

    2 The Lord is my rock, and my
fortress, and my deliverer; my God,
my strength, in whom I will trust; my
buckler, and the horn of my
salvation, and my high tower.

    3 I will call upon the Lord, who is
worthy to be praised: so shall I be
saved from mine enemies.

    4 The sorrows of death compassed
me, and the floods of ungodly men
made me afraid.

    5 The sorrows of hell compassed me
about: the snares of death prevented
me.

    6 In my distress I called upon the
Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard
my voice out of his temple, and my
cry came before him, even into his
ears.

    16 He sent from above, he took me,
he drew me out of many waters.

    17 He delivered me from my strong
enemy, and from them which hated me:
for they were too strong for me.

    18 They prevented me in the day of
my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.


    19 He brought me forth also into a
large place; he delivered me, because
he delighted in me.

    20 The Lord rewarded me according
to my righteousness; according to the
cleanness of my hands hath he
recompensed me.



Section 1


Jeremiah 32:17

    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:

***
Psalm 36:6,7,9

    6 Thy righteousness is like the
great mountains; thy judgments are a
great deep: O Lord, thou preservest
man and beast.

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

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

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.

***
John 10:7,27-30

    7 Then said Jesus unto them again,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am
the door of the sheep.

    27 My sheep hear my voice, and I
know them, and they follow me:

    28 And I give unto them eternal
life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out
of my hand.

    29 My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all; and no man is
able to pluck them out of my Father's
hand.

    30 I and my Father are one.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:5


    (Deep-reaching interrogations) God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men. God cannot become finite, and be limited within material bounds. Spirit cannot become matter, nor can Spirit be developed through its opposite. Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness? The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.


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.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:27-32


    (The origin of divinity)
    Our great example, Jesus, could restore the individualized manifestation of existence, which seemed to vanish in death. Knowing that God was the Life of man, Jesus was able to present himself unchanged after the crucifixion.


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.



Section 2


Jonah 2:8

    8 They that observe lying vanities
forsake their own mercy.

***
Psalm 40:11

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

***
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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:19


    (Righteous retribution)
    A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:3


    (Spiritual gateway)
    Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests. Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:7


    (Benefit of philanthropy)
    The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds. 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.

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.



Section 3


Psalm 85:10,11,13

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

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

    13 Righteousness shall go before
him; and shall set us in the way of
his steps.

***
Deuteronomy 6:4,5,24,25

    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.

    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.

    25 And it shall be our
righteousness, if we observe to do
all these commandments before the
Lord our God, as he hath commanded
us.

***
I Timothy 1:5

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

***
Luke 18:9-14

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

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

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

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

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

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


ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:28-32


    (Adherence to righteousness)
    It is Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of right-doing has any claim to the name. To talk the right and live the wrong is foolish deceit, doing one's self the most harm.

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

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


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:3


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


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 179:7


    (Absent patients)
    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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 23:27


    (Self-reliance and confidence) "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!" expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, "Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!" demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:25


    (Divided vestments) The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly garment of righteousness.



Section 4


Deuteronomy 7:7-9

    7 The Lord did not set his love
upon you, nor choose you, because ye
were more in number than any people;
for ye were the fewest of all people:


    8 But because the Lord loved you,
and because he would keep the oath
which he had sworn unto your fathers,
hath the Lord brought you out with a
mighty hand, and redeemed you out of
the house of bondmen, from the hand
of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

    9 Know therefore that the Lord thy
God, he is God, the faithful God,
which keepeth covenant and mercy with
them that love him and keep his
commandments to a thousand
generations;
Deuteronomy 10:12,15,18,19

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

    15 Only the Lord had a delight in
thy fathers to love them, and he
chose their seed after them, even you
above all people, as it is this day.

    18 He doth execute the judgment of
the fatherless and widow, and loveth
the stranger, in giving him food and
raiment.

    19 Love ye therefore the stranger:
for ye were strangers in the land of
Egypt.

***
Psalm 31:23

    23 O love the Lord, all ye his
saints: for the Lord preserveth the
faithful, and plentifully rewardeth
the proud doer.

***
John 14:23

    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.

***
I Peter 3:8,9

    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.


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 - 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."


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.


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.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:30-5

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


    (The sole governor)
    With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:6


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



Section 5


Psalm 91:1,14

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

    14 Because he hath set his love
upon me, therefore will I deliver
him: I will set him on high, because
he hath known my name.

***
Acts 27:1,14,21-25,41-44

    1 And when it was determined that
we should sail into Italy, they
delivered Paul and certain other
prisoners unto one named Julius, a
centurion of Augustus' band.

    14 But not long after there arose
against it a tempestuous wind, called
Euroclydon.

    21 But after long abstinence Paul
stood forth in the midst of them, and
said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened
unto me, and not have loosed from
Crete, and to have gained this harm
and loss.

    22 And now I exhort you to be of
good cheer: for there shall be no
loss of any man's life among you, but
of the ship.

    23 For there stood by me this night
the angel of God, whose I am, and
whom I serve,

    24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou
must be brought before Caesar: and,
lo, God hath given thee all them that
sail with thee.

    25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good
cheer: for I believe God, that it
shall be even as it was told me.

    41 And falling into a place where
two seas met, they ran the ship
aground; and the forepart stuck fast,
and remained unmoveable, but the
hinder part was broken with the
violence of the waves.

    42 And the soldiers' counsel was to
kill the prisoners, lest any of them
should swim out, and escape.

    43 But the centurion, willing to
save Paul, kept them from their
purpose; and commanded that they
which could swim should cast
themselves first into the sea, and
get to land:

    44 And the rest, some on boards,
and some on broken pieces of the
ship. And so it came to pass, that
they escaped all safe to land.


ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 566:29-8


    (Angelic offices)
    The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God's divine messages, different offices. Michael's characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:27-9


    (Christian history)
    The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.
    The Christian martyrs were prophets of Christian Science. Through the uplifting and consecrating power of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corporeal senses, a victory which Science alone can explain. Stolidity, which is a resisting state of mortal mind, suffers less, only because it knows less of material law.
    The Apostle John testified to the divine basis of Christian Science, when dire inflictions failed to destroy his body.


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.

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - Abiding in Life
24 1 - The origin of divinity
24 1 - Life-power indestructible
24 2 - Righteous retribution
24 2 - Spiritual gateway
24 2 - Benefit of philanthropy
24 2 - Corporeal penalties
24 3 - Adherence to righteousness
24 3 - Wicked evasions
24 3 - Sure reward of righteousness
24 3 - Absent patients
24 3 - Self-reliance and confidence
24 3 - Divided vestments
24 4 - Proof in practice
24 4 - Effective triumph
24 4 - Love the incentive
24 4 - Standpoint revealed
24 4 - The sole governor
24 4 - A bright outlook
24 5 - Angelic offices
24 5 - Christian history
24 5 - Spiritual guidance


June 23,1901

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Deuteronomy 10:14

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


Responsive Reading


Leviticus 26:1-13

    1 Ye shall make you no idols nor
graven image, neither rear you up a
standing image, neither shall ye set
up any image of stone in your land,
to bow down unto it: for I am the
Lord your God.

    2 #Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and
reverence my sanctuary: I am the
Lord.

    3 If ye walk in my statutes, and
keep my commandments, and do them;

    4 Then I will give you rain in due
season, and the land shall yield her
increase, and the trees of the field
shall yield their fruit.

    5 And your threshing shall reach
unto the vintage, and the vintage
shall reach unto the sowing time: and
ye shall eat your bread to the full,
and dwell in your land safely.

    6 And I will give peace in the
land, and ye shall lie down, and none
shall make you afraid: and I will rid
evil beasts out of the land, neither
shall the sword go through your land.


    7 And ye shall chase your enemies,
and they shall fall before you by the
sword.

    8 And five of you shall chase an
hundred, and an hundred of you shall
put ten thousand to flight: and your
enemies shall fall before you by the
sword.

    9 For I will have respect unto you,
and make you fruitful, and multiply
you, and establish my covenant with
you.

    10 And ye shall eat old store, and
bring forth the old because of the
new.

    11 And I will set my tabernacle
among you: and my soul shall not
abhor you.

    12 And I will walk among you, and
will be your God, and ye shall be my
people.

    13 I am the Lord your God, which
brought you forth out of the land of
Egypt, that ye should not be their
bondmen; and I have broken the bands
of your yoke, and made you go
upright.


Section 1


Psalm 19:1

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

***
Job 12:7-10

    7 But ask now the beasts, and they
shall teach thee; and the fowls of the
air, and they shall tell thee:

    8 Or speak to the earth, and it
shall teach thee: and the fishes of
the sea shall declare unto thee.

    9 Who knoweth not in all these that
the hand of the Lord hath wrought
this?

    10 In whose hand is the soul of
every living thing, and the breath of
all mankind.
Job 34:14,15

    14 If he set his heart upon man if
he gather unto himself his spirit and
his breath;

    15 All flesh shall perish together,
and man shall turn again unto dust.

***
Isaiah 64:8,9

    8 But now, O Lord, thou art our
father; we are the clay, and thou our
potter; and we all are the work of
thy hand.

    9 #Be not wroth very sore, O Lord,
neither remember iniquity for ever:
behold, see, we beseech thee, we are
all thy people.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 189:18-7


    (Ascending the scale)
    The human mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all things start from the lowest instead of from the highest mortal thought. The reverse is the case with all the formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we constantly ascend in infinite being.
    (Human reproduction)
    From mortal mind comes the reproduction of the species, - first the belief of inanimate, and then of animate matter. According to mortal thought, the development of embryonic mortal mind commences in the lower, basal portion of the brain, and goes on in an ascending scale by evolution, keeping always in the direct line of matter, for matter is the subjective condition of mortal mind.
    Next we have the formation of so-called embryonic mortal mind, afterwards mortal men or mortals, - all this while matter is a belief, ignorant of itself, ignorant of what it is supposed to produce. The mortal says that an inanimate unconscious seedling is producing mortals, both body and mind; and yet neither a mortal mind nor the immortal Mind is found in brain or elsewhere in matter or in mortals.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 118:20


    (The divine and human contrasted)
    In all mortal forms of thought, dust is dignified as the natural status of men and things, and modes of material motion are honored with the name of laws. This continues until the leaven of Spirit changes the whole of mortal thought, as yeast changes the chemical properties of meal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:7-28


    (The real producer)
    In spiritual history, matter is not the progenitor of Mind.
    (The ascent of species)
    One distinguished naturalist argues that mortals spring from eggs and in races. Mr. Darwin admits this, but he adds that mankind has ascended through all the lower grades of existence. Evolution describes the gradations of human belief, but it does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind, nor see that material methods are impossible in divine Science and that all Science is of God, not of man.
    (Transmitted peculiarities)
    Naturalists ask: "What can there be, of a material nature, transmitted through these bodies called eggs, - themselves composed of the simplest material elements, - by which all peculiarities of ancestry, belonging to either sex, are brought down from generation to generation?" The question of the naturalist amounts to this: How can matter originate or transmit mind? We answer that it cannot. Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, "Canst thou by searching find out God?" All must be Mind, or else all must be matter.


Section 2


Proverbs 3:19

    19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded
the earth; by understanding hath he
established the heavens.

***
Jeremiah 10:12

    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.

***
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.

***
Psalm 40:5

    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.
Psalm 111:2-4,7,8

    2 The works of the Lord are great,
sought out of all them that have
pleasure therein.

    3 His work is honourable and
glorious: and his righteousness
endureth for ever.

    4 He hath made his wonderful works
to be remembered: the Lord is gracious
and full of compassion.

    7 The works of his hands are verity
and judgment; all his commandments
are sure.

    8 They stand fast for ever and
ever, and are done in truth and
uprightness.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:6


    (Inadequate theories of creation)
    The mythical human theories of creation, anciently classified as the higher criticism, sprang from cultured scholars in Rome and in Greece, but they afforded no foundation for accurate views of creation by the divine Mind.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:22-9


    (Persistence of species)
    From a material source flows no remedy for sorrow, sin, and death, for the redeeming power, from the ills they occasion, is not in egg nor in dust. The blending tints of leaf and flower show the order of matter to be the order of mortal mind. The intermixture of different species, urged to its utmost limits, results in a return to the original species. Thus it is learned that matter is a manifestation of mortal mind, and that matter always surrenders its claims when the perfect and eternal Mind is understood.
    (Better basis than embryology)
    Naturalists describe the origin of mortal and material existence in the various forms of embryology, and accompany their descriptions with important observations, which should awaken thought to a higher and purer contemplation of man's origin. This clearer consciousness must precede an understanding of the harmony of being. Mortal thought must obtain a better basis, get nearer the truth of being, or health will never be universal, and harmony will never become the standard of man.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:25-2


    (Found wanting)
    There is no sensuality in Spirit. I never could believe in spiritualism.
    The basis and structure of spiritualism are alike material and physical. Its spirits are so many corporealities, limited and finite in character and quality. Spiritualism therefore presupposes Spirit, which is ever infinite, to be a corporeal being, a finite form, - a theory contrary to Christian Science.
    There is but one spiritual existence, - the Life of which corporeal sense can take no cognizance.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:11-19


    (Physical science a blind belief) 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.
    (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.


Section 3


Acts 14:8-18

    8 #And there sat a certain man at
Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a
cripple from his mother's womb, who
never had walked:

    9 The same heard Paul speak: who
stedfastly beholding him, and
perceiving that he had faith to be
healed,

    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand
upright on thy feet. And he leaped
and walked.

    11 And when the people saw what
Paul had done, they lifted up their
voices, saying in the speech of
Lycaonia, The gods are come down to
us in the likeness of men.

    12 And they called Barnabas,
Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because
he was the chief speaker.

    13 Then the priest of Jupiter,
which was before their city, brought
oxen and garlands unto the gates, and
would have done sacrifice with the
people.

    14 Which when the apostles,
Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they
rent their clothes, and ran in among
the people, crying out,

    15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye
these things? We also are men of like
passions with you, and preach unto
you that ye should turn from these
vanities unto the living God, which
made heaven, and earth, and the sea,
and all things that are therein:

    16 Who in times past suffered all
nations to walk in their own ways.

    17 Nevertheless he left not himself
without witness, in that he did good,
and gave us rain from heaven, and
fruitful seasons, filling our hearts
with food and gladness.

    18 And with these sayings scarce
restrained they the people, that they
had not done sacrifice unto them.

***
Galatians 4:8,9

    8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not
God, ye did service unto them which
by nature are no gods.

    9 But now, after that ye have known
God, or rather are known of God, how
turn ye again to the weak and
beggarly elements, whereunto ye
desire again to be in bondage?

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:6-24


    (Matter is not substance)
    The theory that Spirit is not the only substance and creator is pantheistic heterodoxy, which ultimates in sickness, sin, and death; it is the belief in a bodily soul and a material mind, a soul governed by the body and a mind in matter. This belief is shallow pantheism.
    Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter. The material senses and human conceptions would translate spiritual ideas into material beliefs, and would say that an anthropomorphic God, instead of infinite Principle, - in other words, divine Love, - is the father of the rain, "who hath begotten the drops of dew," who bringeth "forth Mazzaroth in his season," and guideth "Arcturus with his sons."
    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:11-12


    (Antagonistic theories)
    Pantheism may be defined as a belief in the intelligence of matter, - a belief which Science overthrows.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:25,32


    (Thought-forms) Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, - is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.
    (The serpent's whisper)
    The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter. This pantheistic error, or so-called serpent, insists still upon the opposite of Truth, saying, "Ye shall be as gods;" that is, I will make error as real and eternal as Truth.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 27:17


    (Living temple)
    Jesus' parables explain Life as never mingling with sin and death. He laid the axe of Science at the root of material knowledge, that it might be ready to cut down the false doctrine of pantheism, - that God, or Life, is in or of matter.


Section 4


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 104:24,31,34

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


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

    34 My meditation of him shall be
sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:7


    (Spiritual discovery)
    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:30


    (No physical science)
    Christian Science eschews what is called natural science, in so far as this is built on the false hypotheses that matter is its own lawgiver, that law is founded on material conditions, and that these are final and overrule the might of divine Mind. Good is natural and primitive. It is not miraculous to itself.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:6

    (Lawful wonders)
    The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God's unchangeable law. Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:27


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


Section 5


Psalm 24:1-5

    1 The earth is the Lord's, and the
fulness thereof; the world, and they
that dwell therein.

    2 For he hath founded it upon the
seas, and established it upon the
floods.

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

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

    5 He shall receive the blessing
from the Lord, and righteousness from
the God of his salvation.
Psalm 146:5,6

    5 Happy is he that hath the God of
Jacob for his help, whose hope is in
the Lord his God:

    6 Which made heaven, and earth, the
sea, and all that therein is: which
keepeth truth for ever:

***
Joel 2:23,27-29

    23 Be glad then, ye children of
Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your
God: for he hath given you the former
rain moderately, and he will cause to
come down for you the rain, the
former rain, and the latter rain in
the first month.

    27 And ye shall know that I am in
the midst of Israel, and that I am
the Lord your God, and none else: and
my people shall never be ashamed.

    28 #And it shall come to pass
afterward, that I will pour out my
spirit upon all flesh; and your sons
and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams, your
young men shall see visions:

    29 And also upon the servants and
upon the handmaids in those days will
I pour out my spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:19


    (Mythical pleasure)
    The lines of demarcation between immortal man, representing Spirit, and mortal man, representing the error that life and intelligence are in matter, show the pleasures and pains of matter to be myths, and human belief in them to be the father of mythology, in which matter is represented as divided into intelligent gods. Man's genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true. Man is neither self-made nor made by mortals. God created man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:16-29

    (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. Spirit is reached only through the understanding and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and Love.
    (Pantheistic tendencies)
    Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic belief that there is mind in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning. A logical and scientific conclusion is reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, - Mind.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:9


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings - our efforts to find life and truth in matter - and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Ascending the scale
25 1 - Human reproduction
25 1 - The divine and human contrasted
25 1 - The real producer
25 1 - The ascent of species
25 1 - Transmitted peculiarities
25 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
25 2 - Persistence of species
25 2 - Better basis than embryology
25 2 - Found wanting
25 2 - Physical science a blind belief
25 2 - Right interpretation
25 3 - Matter is not substance
25 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
25 3 - Antagonistic theories
25 3 - Thought-forms
25 3 - The serpent's whisper
25 3 - Living temple
25 4 - Spiritual discovery
25 4 - No physical science
25 4 - Lawful wonders
25 4 - Ideas and identities
25 5 - Mythical pleasure
25 5 - Spiritual tangibility
25 5 - Pantheistic tendencies
25 5 - Forgetfulness of self
25 5 - Causation mental


June 30,1901

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 9:2

    2 The people that walked in
darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the
shadow of death, upon them hath the
light shined.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 24:1-6,11-14,23,24,42-44

    1 And Jesus went out, and departed
from the temple: and his disciples
came to him for to shew him the
buildings of the temple.

    2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye
not all these things? verily I say
unto you, There shall not be left
here one stone upon another, that
shall not be thrown down.

    3 #And as he sat upon the mount of
Olives, the disciples came unto him
privately, saying, Tell us, when
shall these things be? and what shall
be the sign of thy coming, and of the
end of the world?

    4 And Jesus answered and said unto
them, Take heed that no man deceive
you.

    5 For many shall come in my name,
saying, I am Christ; and shall
deceive many.

    6 And ye shall hear of wars and
rumours of wars: see that ye be not
troubled: for all these things must
come to pass, but the end is not yet.


    11 And many false prophets shall
rise, and shall deceive many.

    12 And because iniquity shall
abound, the love of many shall wax
cold.

    13 But he that shall endure unto
the end, the same shall be saved.

    14 And this gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and
then shall the end come.

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

    24 For there shall arise false
Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect.

    42 #Watch therefore: for ye know
not what hour your Lord doth come.

    43 But know this, that if the
goodman of the house had known in
what watch the thief would come, he
would have watched, and would not
have suffered his house to be broken
up.

    44 Therefore be ye also ready: for
in such an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh.


Section 1


Isaiah 9:2,6,7

    2 The people that walked in
darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the
shadow of death, upon them hath the
light shined.

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

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

***
Zechariah 2:10-13

    10 #Sing and rejoice, O daughter of
Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will
dwell in the midst of thee, saith the
Lord.

    11 And many nations shall be joined
to the Lord in that day, and shall be
my people: and I will dwell in the
midst of thee, and thou shalt know
that the Lord of hosts hath sent me
unto thee.

    12 And the Lord shall inherit Judah
his portion in the holy land, and
shall choose Jerusalem again.

    13 Be silent, O all flesh, before
the Lord: for he is raised up out of
his holy habitation.

***
Mark 16:17,18

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

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 359:20


    (Author's parentage)
    From Puritan parents, the discoverer of Christian Science early received her religious education. In childhood, she often listened with joy to these words, falling from the lips of her saintly mother, "God is able to raise you up from sickness;" ;"and she pondered the meaning of that Scripture she so often quotes: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:1


    (Christian Science discovered)
    In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.

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

    (New lines of thought)
    My discovery, that erring, mortal, misnamed mind produces all the organism and action of the mortal body, set my thoughts to work in new channels, and led up to my demonstration of the proposition that Mind is All and matter is naught as the leading factor in Mind-science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:11

    (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 2


Daniel 7:13,14,18

    13 I saw in the night visions, and,
behold, one like the Son of man came
with the clouds of heaven, and came
to the Ancient of days, and they
brought him near before him.

    14 And there was given him
dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,
that all people, nations, and
languages, should serve him: his
dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away, and his
kingdom that which shall not be
destroyed.

    18 But the saints of the most High
shall take the kingdom, and possess
the kingdom for ever, even for ever
and ever.

***
Malachi 3:1-4

    1 Behold, I will send my
messenger, and he shall prepare the
way before me: and the Lord, whom ye
seek, shall suddenly come to his
temple, even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in: behold,
he shall come, saith the Lord of
hosts.

    2 But who may abide the day of his
coming? and who shall stand when he
appeareth? for he is like a refiner's
fire, and like fullers' soap:

    3 And he shall sit as a refiner and
purifier of silver: and he shall
purify the sons of Levi, and purge
them as gold and silver, that they
may offer unto the Lord an offering
in righteousness.

    4 Then shall the offering of Judah
and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the
Lord, as in the days of old, and as
in former years.

***
Revelation 5:1,5,8-10

    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.

    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.

    8 And when he had taken the book,
the four beasts and four and twenty
elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of them harps, and
golden vials full of odours, which
are the prayers of saints.

    9 And they sung a new song, saying,
Thou art worthy to take the book, and
to open the seals thereof: for thou
wast slain, and hast redeemed us to
God by thy blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and
nation;

    10 And hast made us unto our God
kings and priests: and we shall reign
on the earth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 110:13-20


    (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.

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

    (Christian Science as old as God)
    Divine Science derives its sanction from the Bible, and the divine origin of Science is demonstrated through the holy influence of Truth in healing sickness and sin. This healing power of Truth must have been far anterior to the period in which Jesus lived. It is as ancient as "the Ancient of days." It lives through all Life, and extends throughout all space.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:21-23


    (Scriptures misinterpreted)
    The divine Science taught in the original language of the Bible came through inspiration, and needs inspiration to be understood.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:10-11


    (Qualities of thought)
    Moral courage is "the lion of the tribe of Juda," the king of the mental realm.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 358:9


    (Scientific and Biblical facts)
    Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively every point it presents. Otherwise it would not be Science, and could not present its proofs. Christian Science is neither made up of contradictory aphorisms nor of the inventions of those who scoff at God. It presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, uttered and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, by his apostles, as is recorded throughout the Scriptures.


Section 3


Jeremiah 33:2,4,6,16

    2 Thus saith the Lord the maker
thereof, the Lord that formed it, to
establish it; the Lord is his name;

    4 For thus saith the Lord, the God
of Israel, concerning the houses of
this city, and concerning the houses
of the kings of Judah, which are
thrown down by the mounts, and by the
sword;

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

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

***
Mark 7:25-30

    25 For a certain woman, whose young
daughter had an unclean spirit, heard
of him, and came and fell at his
feet:

    26 The woman was a Greek, a
Syrophenician by nation; and she
besought him that he would cast forth
the devil out of her daughter.

    27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the
children first be filled: for it is
not meet to take the children's
bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

    28 And she answered and said unto
him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under
the table eat of the children's
crumbs.

    29 And he said unto her, For this
saying go thy way; the devil is gone
out of thy daughter.

    30 And when she was come to her
house, she found the devil gone out,
and her daughter laid upon the bed.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:31-2(to .)


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 176:21-7


    (Diseases not to be classified)
    Should all cases of organic disease be treated by a regular practitioner, and the Christian Scientist try truth only in cases of hysteria, hypochondria, and hallucination? One disease is no more real than another. All disease is the result of education, and disease can carry its ill-effects no farther than mortal mind maps out the way. The human mind, not matter, is supposed to feel, suffer, enjoy. Hence decided types of acute disease are quite as ready to yield to Truth as the less distinct type and chronic form of disease. Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance.
    (One basis for all sickness)
    Human mind produces what is termed organic disease as certainly as it produces hysteria, and it must relinquish all its errors, sicknesses, and sins. I have demonstrated this beyond all cavil. The evidence of divine Mind's healing power and absolute control is to me as certain as the evidence of my own existence.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 382:24-29


    (Blissful ignorance)
    One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion, in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: "I should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach, - supporting the power of Mind over the body and showing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains of sense.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:12-13,20-23

    (Unnecessary prostration)
    When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science.
    Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin.


Section 4


Zechariah 13:1,2

    1 In that day there shall be a
fountain opened to the house of David
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
for sin and for uncleanness.

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

***
Matthew 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.

***
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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:6-13


    (The leaves of healing)
    Sin will submit to Christian Science when, in place of modes and forms, the power of God is understood and demonstrated in the healing of mortals, both mind and body. "Perfect Love casteth out fear."
    (Sickness will abate)
    The Science of being unveils the errors of sense, and spiritual perception, aided by Science, reaches Truth. Then error disappears.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:19-27

    (Temperance reform)
    This conviction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and increases his ability to master evil and to love good.


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness)
    Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and the same thing in Christian Science.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:22


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:14


    (The robe of Science)
    Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness! They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:31-5

    (Warfare with error)
    Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil.

596:15 Chapter 17: Glossary
(URIM)

    The illuminations of Science give us a sense of the nothingness of error, and they show the spiritual inspiration of Love and Truth to be the only fit preparation for admission to the presence and power of the Most High.


Section 5


John 6:27

    27 Labour not for the meat which
perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which
the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed.

***
I Corinthians 3:8-11

    8 Now he that planteth and he that
watereth are one: and every man shall
receive his own reward according to
his own labour.

    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.

***
Luke 13:24

    24 #Strive to enter in at the
strait gate: for many, I say unto
you, will seek to enter in, and shall
not be able.

***
I Corinthians 9:24,25

    24 Know ye not that they which run
in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? So run, that ye may
obtain.

    25 And every man that striveth for
the mastery is temperate in all
things. Now they do it to obtain a
corruptible crown; but we an
incorruptible.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:32


    (Uses of suffering)
    Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:16

    (Loving God supremely)
    The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. "Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth?"

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 457:19-22


    (Backsliders and mistakes)
    Christian Science is not an exception to the general rule, that there is no excellence without labor in a direct line. One cannot scatter his fire, and at the same time hit the mark.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:12-15


    (The chalice sacrificial) Christian Science reveals a necessity for overcoming the world, the flesh, and evil, and thus destroying all error.
    Seeking is not sufficient. It is striving that enables us to enter.


Section 6


James 2:8

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

***
Galatians 5:1,6,13,14

    1 Stand fast therefore in the
liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with
the yoke of bondage.

    6 For in Jesus Christ neither
circumcision availeth any thing, nor
uncircumcision; but faith which
worketh by love.

    13 For, brethren, ye have been
called unto liberty; only use not
liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
but by love serve one another.

    14 For all the law is fulfilled in
one word, even in this; Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself.
Galatians 6:1,2

    1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken
in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one in the spirit of
meekness; considering thyself, lest
thou also be tempted.

    2 Bear ye one another's burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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


    (Fulfilment of the Law)
    Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death.

vii:27 Chapter PREFACE

    Since the author's discovery of the might of Truth in the treatment of disease as well as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting; but to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle. To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:17


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:5-14

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


    (Rudiments of growth)
    You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
    (Condition of progress)
    We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Author's parentage
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - New lines of thought
26 1 - Solitary research
26 2 - Scriptural foundations
26 2 - Christian Science as old as God
26 2 - Scriptures misinterpreted
26 2 - Qualities of thought
26 2 - Scientific and Biblical facts
26 3 - How healing was lost
26 3 - Diseases not to be classified
26 3 - One basis for all sickness
26 3 - Blissful ignorance
26 3 - Unnecessary prostration
26 4 - The leaves of healing
26 4 - Sickness will abate
26 4 - Temperance reform
26 4 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
26 4 - Animal magnetism destroyed
26 4 - The robe of Science
26 4 - Warfare with error
26 5 - Uses of suffering
26 5 - Loving God supremely
26 5 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
26 5 - Backsliders and mistakes
26 5 - The chalice sacrificial
26 6 - Fulfilment of the Law
26 6 - The salt of the earth
26 6 - Rudiments of growth
26 6 - Condition of progress

List of all subheadings



01 1 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
01 1 - Divine personality
01 1 - God invisible to the senses
01 1 - Anthropomorphism
01 2 - Divine allness
01 2 - Spiritual reflection
01 2 - No divine corporeality
01 2 - Belief and practice
01 2 - Persecution harmful
01 3 - Deity unchangeable
01 3 - No divine corporeality
01 3 - Mental emancipation
01 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
01 3 - Elimination of sickness
01 3 - Blessings from pain
01 4 - -8- Father-Mother
01 4 - The divine image not lost
01 4 - Example for our salvation
01 4 - Master's business
01 4 - Fleshly ties temporal
01 5 - No material law
01 5 - Aids in sickness
01 5 - Veritable devotion
01 5 - Prayer for the sick
01 5 - Trustworthy beneficence
02 1 - - Marriage -
02 1 - Spirit transforms
02 1 - Spiritual baptism
02 1 - A clean mind and body
02 1 - The conflict with purity
02 1 - Healing primary
02 2 - Life eternal and present
02 2 - Spirituality of Scripture
02 2 - Right motives
02 2 - Heavenly supplies
02 3 - The cup of Jesus
02 3 - Sorrow and reformation
02 3 - The chalice sacrificial
02 3 - Incisive questions
02 3 - Injustice to the Saviour
02 4 - Incisive questions
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 4 - Complete emulation
02 5 - Jesus' sad repast
02 5 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Sacred sacrament
02 6 - Spiritual refreshment
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
03 1 - A mortal not man
03 1 - Source of all life and action
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 1 - Illusive dreams
03 2 - The divine reflection
03 2 - Divine synonyms
03 2 - Perfect models
03 2 - Loving God supremely
03 3 - Continuity of existence
03 3 - Treasure in heaven
03 3 - Material beliefs
03 3 - Doctrines and faith
03 4 - Trustworthy beneficence
03 4 - Final destruction of error
03 4 - Promise perpetual
03 4 - Careful guidance
03 4 - Sorrow and reformation
03 4 - Truth's witness
03 5 - Christian warfare
03 5 - Healing omitted
03 5 - Understanding versus belief
03 5 - Confirmation by healing
03 6 - The leaves of healing
03 6 - No temptation from God
03 6 - Our footsteps heavenward
03 6 - Christian standard
03 7 - Renewed selfhood
03 7 - Eternal beauty
03 7 - Human frailty
03 7 - The immortal birth
03 7 - Scriptural perception
04 1 - Christian Science as old as God
04 1 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
04 2 - Rise of thought
04 2 - Truth's volume
04 2 - Injustice to the Saviour
04 3 - Childlike receptivity
04 3 - Practical preaching
04 4 - Consecration required
04 4 - Paul's enlightenment
04 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
04 4 - Essential element of Christianity
04 5 - Inadequate theories of creation
04 5 - Spirituality of Scripture
04 5 - Goodness transparent
04 5 - Need and supply
04 6 - The divine completeness
04 6 - Christian pleading
04 6 - Truthful arguments
04 6 - Morality required
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Infinite physique impossible
05 1 - Anthropomorphism
05 1 - - Psalm XXIII -
05 2 - Truth desecrated
05 2 - The true physician
05 2 - Genuine healing
05 2 - Gratitude and humility
05 3 - Jesus the way-shower
05 3 - Immortal achieval
05 3 - Christian warfare
05 3 - Immortal achieval
05 3 - Bearing our sins
05 3 - The holy struggle
05 4 - Effective triumph
05 4 - Christ's demonstration
05 4 - Love frees from fear
05 4 - Speedy healing
05 5 - Final purpose
05 5 - Moral retrogression
05 5 - Wait for reward
05 5 - A bright outlook
05 5 - Conversion of Saul
05 6 - Divided vestments
05 6 - Profession and proof
05 6 - The one only way
05 6 - Condition of progress
06 1 - -18- The only substance
06 1 - Matter is not substance
06 1 - Mind's idea faultless
06 1 - Spiritual thoughts
06 2 - Spiritual origin
06 2 - Spiritual conception
06 2 - Godless evolution
06 2 - True nature and origin
06 2 - Spirit and flesh
06 3 - Treasure in heaven
06 3 - Wrong and right way
06 3 - Derivatives of spirit
06 3 - Scientific man
06 3 - Fallacious hypotheses
06 3 - Immaculate conception
06 3 - Beatific presence
06 4 - Substance versus supposition
06 4 - Stages of existence
06 4 - Spirit intangible
06 4 - Individualization
06 5 - Spirit intangible
06 5 - Spirit names and blesses
06 5 - Multiplication of pure ideas
06 5 - Faith of Socrates
06 5 - Efficacy of truth
06 5 - Crumbs of comfort
06 6 - The Christ-element
06 6 - Spiritual law the only law
06 6 - Man's entity
06 6 - Spiritual existence the one fact
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 2 - Goodness transparent
07 2 - Brainology a myth
07 2 - Man inseparable from Love
07 2 - Thought-forms
07 2 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 3 - Real and unreal identity
07 3 - Reflection of Spirit
07 3 - Identity not lost
07 3 - Definition of man
07 4 - Opposing testimony
07 4 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 4 - Divine authority
07 5 - Spiritual concord
07 5 - Help and discipline
07 5 - Chord and discord
07 5 - Mutual freedom
07 5 - Rebukes helpful
07 5 - Emotional utterances
07 5 - Ultimate harmony
07 6 - No laws of matter
07 6 - Life not contingent on matter
07 6 - Vision opening
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Mind the only healer
08 1 - Modes of matter
08 1 - Priestly pride humbled
08 1 - Hebrew theology
08 1 - Charge of the Chief Justice
08 1 - Divine verdict
08 1 - Conforming to explicit rules
08 2 - Source of contagion
08 2 - Children's ailments
08 2 - Our modern Eves
08 2 - Diseases not to be classified
08 3 - Methods rejected
08 3 - Footsteps to intemperance
08 3 - Health from reliance on spirituality
08 3 - Transient potency of drugs
08 3 - Hygiene excessive
08 4 - Medical errors
08 4 - Mind can destroy all ills
08 4 - Fatigue is mental
08 4 - Mind never weary
08 5 - Propensities inherited
08 5 - Inheritance heeded
08 5 - The Mind creative
08 5 - A mother's responsibility
08 5 - Children's tractability
08 5 - Teaching children
08 6 - Divine study
08 6 - Redemption from selfishness
09 1 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
09 1 - Adam and the senses
09 2 - The immortal birth
09 2 - Sonship of Jesus
09 2 - Christ's reappearance
09 3 - Proof in practice
09 3 - Rebukes helpful
09 3 - Absence of Christ-power
09 4 - Fear of the serpent overcome
09 4 - Leprosy healed
09 4 - Not words but deeds
09 5 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 5 - Ancient spiritualism
09 5 - A divine response
09 6 - The one anointed
09 6 - The divine life-link
09 7 - Healthful theology
09 7 - Marvels and reformations
09 7 - Science obscured
09 7 - Indestructible being
10 1 - Strong position
10 1 - The great question
10 1 - Contradictions not found
10 1 - God's idea the ideal man
10 2 - Infinite physique impossible
10 2 - Material body never God's idea
10 2 - The fall of error
10 2 - Deformity and perfection
10 3 - The origin of divinity
10 3 - Degrees of development
10 3 - Wickedness is not man
10 3 - Godward gravitation
10 3 - Fleshly factors unreal
10 4 - Human reflection
10 4 - -23- Indivisibility of the infinite
10 4 - Scientific man
10 5 - Love imparts beauty
10 5 - Birthright of man
10 5 - God-given dominion
10 5 - Superiority to sickness and sin
10 6 - -24- God the parent Mind
10 6 - Future purification
10 6 - Sin is punished
10 6 - God's man discerned
10 6 - Man unfallen
11 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 1 - Man's genuine being
11 1 - Erroneous postulates
11 1 - Ever-appearing creation
11 1 - Standpoints changed
11 2 - -18- The only substance
11 2 - Substance versus supposition
11 2 - Spiritual synonyms
11 3 - Fruitless worship
11 3 - Substance spiritual
11 3 - Primitive error
11 3 - Man's entity
11 3 - Mind is substance
11 4 - Substance is Spirit
11 4 - Faith higher than belief
11 4 - Doctrines and faith
11 4 - Understanding versus belief
11 4 - Confirmation by healing
11 5 - Spiritual thoughts
11 5 - -27- True idea of man
11 5 - Thought seen as substance
11 6 - Paul's enlightenment
11 6 - Jesus the Scientist
11 6 - The bodily resurrection
11 6 - Sense-dreams
12 1 - Error unveiled
12 1 - Seeming and being
12 1 - Old and new man
12 1 - Essential element of Christianity
12 2 - Drugging unchristian
12 2 - Like evolving like
12 2 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 2 - Elementary electricity
12 2 - Material beliefs
12 2 - Real Life is God
12 3 - The kingdom within
12 3 - Material body never God's idea
12 3 - Disease a dream
12 3 - Sense yields to understanding
12 4 - Opposite symbols
12 4 - Rejected theories
12 4 - Modes of matter
12 4 - How healing was lost
12 4 - Drugs and divinity
12 5 - Mind's true camera
12 5 - The things of God are beautiful
12 5 - Spiritual ignorance
12 5 - Spiritual translation
12 5 - The infinitude of God
12 5 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
12 6 - Spiritual discovery
12 6 - Immutable identity of man
12 6 - Behest of the cross
12 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 1 - God's allness learned
13 1 - No material law
13 1 - Truth's witness
13 1 - The cup of Jesus
13 2 - The infinite one Spirit
13 2 - Biblical foundations
13 2 - Soul impeccable
13 2 - Superstition obsolete
13 2 - Ghost-stories inducing fear
13 3 - Final destruction of error
13 3 - Conversion of Saul
13 3 - Good indefinable
13 3 - The one real power
13 3 - Self-completeness
13 4 - Thought-forms
13 4 - Harmony natural
13 4 - Chaos and darkness
13 4 - Organic construction valueless
13 4 - Universal brotherhood
13 5 - Hospitality to health and good
13 5 - The Mind creative
13 5 - Insistence requisite
13 6 - Eternity of Life
13 6 - Man reflects God
13 6 - True life eternal
13 6 - Opposing testimony
13 6 - Death but an illusion
13 6 - Spiritual offspring
14 1 - No miracles in Mind-methods
14 1 - The two masters
14 1 - God the Principle of all
14 1 - Science versus sense
14 1 - Scientific evidence
14 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
14 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
14 2 - Mind's true camera
14 2 - Spiritual translation
14 2 - Error unveiled
14 2 - Spiritual thoughts
14 3 - Mortal existence a dream
14 3 - God and His image
14 3 - The divine and human contrasted
14 3 - Health and the senses
14 3 - Perennial beauty
14 4 - Practical arguments
14 4 - Substance is Spirit
14 4 - The divine authority
14 4 - Example for our salvation
14 5 - Evil negative and self-destructive
14 5 - Perceiving the divine image
14 5 - The one only way
14 5 - The great conflict
14 5 - -31- Evil not produced by God
15 1 - God the Principle of all
15 1 - The serpent's whisper
15 1 - Unrealities that seem real
15 1 - Scriptural allegory
15 2 - Progeny cursed
15 2 - False womanhood
15 2 - Bruising sin's head
15 3 - Unnecessary prostration
15 3 - Contradict error
15 3 - Metaphysics challenges physics
15 3 - Destruction of all evil
15 4 - Diabolism destroyed
15 4 - Divine fulfilment
15 4 - Fear and sickness identical
15 5 - Dragon cast down to earth
15 5 - Basis of miracles
15 5 - Reason and Science
15 5 - A belief in death
15 6 - Narrow pathway
15 6 - Loving God supremely
15 6 - mental power
15 6 - Essential element of Christianity
15 6 - All disease a delusion
15 6 - Confusion confounded
16 1 - Fruitless worship
16 1 - Behest of the cross
16 1 - Help and hindrance
16 1 - Rebukes helpful
16 1 - Healing primary
16 2 - New era in Jesus
16 2 - True flesh and blood
16 2 - Effective triumph
16 2 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 3 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - Efficacious repentance
16 3 - Moral victory
16 3 - Vicarious suffering
16 3 - Sin and penalty
16 3 - Victory over the grave
16 4 - Christ's demonstration
16 4 - Proof in practice
16 4 - Service and worship
16 4 - Example for our salvation
16 5 - Fellowship with Christ
16 5 - Pentecost repeated
16 5 - Pentecostal power
16 5 - Saviour's prediction
16 5 - Injustice to the Saviour
17 1 - Salutary sorrow
17 1 - True attainment
17 1 - Mockery of truth
17 1 - Love casteth out fear
17 2 - Justice and substitution
17 2 - Salvation and probation
17 2 - Advancement by sacrifice
17 2 - False claims annihilated
17 2 - Halfway success
17 3 - Profession and proof
17 3 - Standpoints changed
17 3 - Heaven-bestowed prerogative
17 3 - Right endeavor possible
17 3 - Forgetfulness of self
17 4 - Illusion of death
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Sin is punished
17 4 - Scientific purgation
17 4 - Progress demanded
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Jesus the Scientist
17 5 - Corporeality and Spirit
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 1 - Moral courage
18 1 - Final purpose
18 1 - Righteous retribution
18 2 - Murder brings its curse
18 2 - Retribution and remorse
18 2 - Mental conspirators
18 2 - Day of judgment
18 3 - Sin is punished
18 3 - Sin to be overcome
18 3 - Appetites to be abandoned
18 3 - Healthful theology
18 4 - Proof from miracles
18 4 - Cleansing the mind
18 4 - Temperance reform
18 4 - Scientific consistency
18 5 - Paean of jubilee
18 5 - Expose sin without believing in it
18 5 - Need and supply
18 6 - Divine study
18 6 - Scientific consistency
18 6 - Persistence of species
18 6 - Signs following
19 1 - Creation reversed
19 1 - Biological inventions
19 1 - Progeny cursed
19 2 - The curse removed
19 2 - The divine standard of perfection
19 2 - Indestructible relationship
19 2 - Paradise regained
19 2 - Mortals are not immortals
19 2 - Imperishable identity
19 2 - The kingdom within
19 3 - Adam
19 3 - Mortality mythical
19 3 - No truth from a material basis
19 3 - Our conscious development
19 3 - Mendacity of error
19 4 - Thought-forms
19 4 - The serpent's whisper
19 4 - The great question
19 4 - The Christian's privilege
19 4 - Adam and the senses
19 5 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 5 - Contradictions not found
19 5 - God's idea the ideal man
19 5 - -11- Christ Jesus
20 1 - Man reflects God
20 1 - Eternal beauty
20 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
20 1 - Scientific finalities
20 1 - Love imparts beauty
20 2 - Man unfallen
20 2 - Mortals are not immortals
20 2 - Progress demanded
20 3 - Real being never lost
20 3 - Human frailty
20 3 - Inverted images
20 3 - Jesus as mediator
20 4 - The great conflict
20 4 - Bruising sin's head
20 4 - Serving two masters
20 4 - Present salvation
20 5 - Impossible intercommunion
20 5 - Scientific purgation
20 5 - Key to the kingdom
20 5 - The clouds dissolving
20 6 - Superstition obsolete
20 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 6 - Definition of man
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure
21 1 - The kingdom within
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - Geology a failure
21 1 - The central intelligence
21 2 - Soul impeccable
21 2 - Life only in Spirit
21 2 - Mortal man a mis-creator
21 2 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
21 2 - Real Life is God
21 3 - Evident impossibilities
21 3 - One primal cause
21 3 - Sickness as discord
21 3 - Soul greater than body
21 3 - Ignorance of our rights
21 3 - Narrow pathway
21 4 - Personal identity
21 4 - Life not contingent on matter
21 4 - Vision opening
21 5 - A type of falsehood
21 5 - No laws of matter
21 5 - Irreconcilable differences
21 5 - Divinity not childless
21 5 - Thought-forms
21 6 - Corporeal ignorance
21 6 - No material creation
21 7 - Corporeal changes
21 7 - Opposing testimony
21 7 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 7 - Seemingly independent authority
22 1 - Found wanting
22 1 - Opposing conditions
22 1 - Mysticism unscientific
22 1 - Poor postmortem evidence
22 2 - Mere negation
22 2 - The genus of error
22 2 - Thought-transference
22 2 - Reliable authority
22 2 - Indispensable defence
22 3 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 3 - Not words but deeds
22 3 - Iniquity overcome
22 3 - The evil of mesmerism
22 3 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 4 - Thought-transference
22 4 - Unhesitating decision
22 4 - Man not evolved
22 4 - Begin rightly
22 4 - The right motive and its reward
22 5 - The trust of the All-wise
22 5 - Integrity assured
22 5 - Chicanery impossible
22 5 - The robe of Science
23 1 - Mind the only cause
23 1 - One primal cause
23 1 - Causation considered
23 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
23 2 - Spiritual harmony
23 2 - Mind's idea faultless
23 3 - The one only way
23 3 - Harmony natural
23 3 - Darkness scattered
23 3 - Pardon and amendment
23 3 - Exalted thought
23 4 - Rising to the light
23 4 - Seeming and being
23 4 - Spiritual spheres
23 4 - Love and man coexistent
23 5 - The infinitude of God
23 5 - -23- Indivisibility of the infinite
23 5 - Infinity's reflection
23 5 - God's man discerned
23 6 - Rarefaction of thought
23 6 - Divine nature appearing
23 6 - Elohistic plurality
23 6 - Ideal man and woman
23 6 - Perfection of creation
23 6 - Infinity measureless
24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - Abiding in Life
24 1 - The origin of divinity
24 1 - Life-power indestructible
24 2 - Righteous retribution
24 2 - Spiritual gateway
24 2 - Benefit of philanthropy
24 2 - Corporeal penalties
24 3 - Adherence to righteousness
24 3 - Wicked evasions
24 3 - Sure reward of righteousness
24 3 - Absent patients
24 3 - Self-reliance and confidence
24 3 - Divided vestments
24 4 - Proof in practice
24 4 - Effective triumph
24 4 - Love the incentive
24 4 - Standpoint revealed
24 4 - The sole governor
24 4 - A bright outlook
24 5 - Angelic offices
24 5 - Christian history
24 5 - Spiritual guidance
25 1 - Ascending the scale
25 1 - Human reproduction
25 1 - The divine and human contrasted
25 1 - The real producer
25 1 - The ascent of species
25 1 - Transmitted peculiarities
25 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
25 2 - Persistence of species
25 2 - Better basis than embryology
25 2 - Found wanting
25 2 - Physical science a blind belief
25 2 - Right interpretation
25 3 - Matter is not substance
25 3 - Inexhaustible divine Love
25 3 - Antagonistic theories
25 3 - Thought-forms
25 3 - The serpent's whisper
25 3 - Living temple
25 4 - Spiritual discovery
25 4 - No physical science
25 4 - Lawful wonders
25 4 - Ideas and identities
25 5 - Mythical pleasure
25 5 - Spiritual tangibility
25 5 - Pantheistic tendencies
25 5 - Forgetfulness of self
25 5 - Causation mental
26 1 - Author's parentage
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - New lines of thought
26 1 - Solitary research
26 2 - Scriptural foundations
26 2 - Christian Science as old as God
26 2 - Scriptures misinterpreted
26 2 - Qualities of thought
26 2 - Scientific and Biblical facts
26 3 - How healing was lost
26 3 - Diseases not to be classified
26 3 - One basis for all sickness
26 3 - Blissful ignorance
26 3 - Unnecessary prostration
26 4 - The leaves of healing
26 4 - Sickness will abate
26 4 - Temperance reform
26 4 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
26 4 - Animal magnetism destroyed
26 4 - The robe of Science
26 4 - Warfare with error
26 5 - Uses of suffering
26 5 - Loving God supremely
26 5 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
26 5 - Backsliders and mistakes
26 5 - The chalice sacrificial
26 6 - Fulfilment of the Law
26 6 - The salt of the earth
26 6 - Rudiments of growth
26 6 - Condition of progress

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