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January 5,1902

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

Galatians 4:6

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 68:4-11,18,19,28,33,34

    4 Sing unto God, sing praises to
his name: extol him that rideth upon
the heavens by his name JAH, and
rejoice before him.

    5 A father of the fatherless, and a
judge of the widows, is God in his
holy habitation.

    6 God setteth the solitary in
families: he bringeth out those which
are bound with chains: but the
rebellious dwell in a dry land.

    7 O God, when thou wentest forth
before thy people, when thou didst
march through the wilderness;

    8 The earth shook, the heavens also
dropped at the presence of God: even
Sinai itself was moved at the
presence of God, the God of Israel.

    9 Thou, O God, didst send a
plentiful rain, whereby thou didst
confirm thine inheritance, when it
was weary.

    10 Thy congregation hath dwelt
therein: thou, O God, hast prepared
of thy goodness for the poor.

    11 The Lord gave the word: great
was the company of those that
published it.

    18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou
hast led captivity captive: thou hast
received gifts for men; yea, for the
rebellious also, that the Lord God
might dwell among them.

    19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily
loadeth us with benefits, even the
God of our salvation.

    28 Thy God hath commanded thy
strength: strengthen, O God, that
which thou hast wrought for us.

    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.


Section 1


Genesis 17:1

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

***
Exodus 6:2,3,6-8

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

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

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

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

    8 And I will bring you in unto the
land, concerning the which I did swear
to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and
to Jacob; and I will give it you for
an heritage: I am the Lord.

***
Psalm 23:1,2,6

    1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall
not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green
pastures: he leadeth me beside the
still waters.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the
Lord for ever.
Psalm 57:10,11

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:8-10,16-6

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


    Question. - What is God?
    Answer. - God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
    Question. - Is there more than one God or Principle?
    Answer. - There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence. The varied manifestations of Christian Science indicate Mind, never matter, and have one Principle.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 111:11


    (Optical illustration of Science)
    The Principle of divine metaphysics is God; the practice of divine metaphysics is the utilization of the power of Truth over error; its rules demonstrate its Science. Divine metaphysics reverses perverted and physical hypotheses as to Deity, even as the explanation of optics rejects the incidental or inverted image and shows what this inverted image is meant to represent.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:28


    (God the Principle of all)
    The divine Principle of the universe must interpret the universe. God is the divine Principle of all that represents Him and of all that really exists. Christian Science, as demonstrated by Jesus, alone reveals the natural, divine Principle of Science.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 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 2


John 6:67-69

    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.
John 10:24-30

    24 Then came the Jews round about
him, and said unto him, How long dost
thou make us to doubt? If thou be the
Christ, tell us plainly.

    25 Jesus answered them, I told you,
and ye believed not: the works that I
do in my Father's name, they bear
witness of me.

    26 But ye believe not, because ye
are not of my sheep, as I said unto
you.

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:10,28


    (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)
    Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised. His proof of Christianity was no form or system of religion and worship, but Christian Science, working out the harmony of Life and Love. Jesus sent a message to John the Baptist, which was intended to prove beyond a question that the Christ had come: "Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached." In other words: Tell John what the demonstration of divine power is, and he will at once perceive that God is the power in the Messianic work.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:13-26

    (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 - 28:9

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


Section 3


Galatians 4:1-7

    1 Now I say, That the heir, as
long as he is a child, differeth
nothing from a servant, though he be
lord of all;

    2 But is under tutors and governors
until the time appointed of the
father.

    3 Even so we, when we were
children, were in bondage under the
elements of the world:

    4 But when the fulness of the time
was come, God sent forth his Son, made
of a woman, made under the law,

    5 To redeem them that were under
the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.

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

    7 Wherefore thou art no more a
servant, but a son; and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ.

***
Ephesians 4:7,13

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

    13 Till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ:

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:21-5

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


    (Indestructible relationship)
    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being. If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed - that - is, without entity. If man has lost perfection, then he has lost his perfect Principle, the divine Mind. If man ever existed without this perfect Principle or Mind, then man's existence was a myth.
    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.

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.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)

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


Section 4


Psalm 119:89

    89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is
settled in heaven.

***
Isaiah 66:1

    1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven
is my throne, and the earth is my
footstool: where is the house that ye
build unto me? and where is the place
of my rest?
Isaiah 32:1,16,18

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

    16 Then judgment shall dwell in the
wilderness, and righteousness remain
in the fruitful field.

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

***
Revelation 21:1

    1 And I saw a new heaven and a new
earth: for the first heaven and the
first earth were passed away; and
there was no more sea.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:9-15


    (Spiritual harmony)
    The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, - heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown. No supposition of error enters there. 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:13

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


    (Harmony from Spirit)
    Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus attempting to separate Mind from God.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:19-25


    (Man's present possibilities)
    In Revelation xxi. 1 we read: -



    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.



    The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional stage in human experience called death, but he already saw a new heaven and a new earth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:3-17,23
The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding
hat the eye cannot see, - that which is invisible to the
ninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact
n Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness,
hat consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to
another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This
hows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and
pirit indicates states and stages of consciousness.

    (Nearness of Deity)
    Accompanying this scientific consciousness was another revelation, even the declaration from heaven, supreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people.
    This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, - that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, "The kingdom of God is within you." This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.


Section 5


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 15:26

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

***
II Peter 3:9-14

    9 The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to
repentance.

    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.

    14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that
ye look for such things, be diligent
that ye may be found of him in peace,
without spot, and blameless.

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


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

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

    (One school of Truth)
    Is there more than one school of Christian Science? Christian Science is demonstrable. There can, therefore, be but one method in its teaching. Those who depart from this method forfeit their claims to belong to its school, and they become adherents of the Socratic, the Platonic, the Spencerian, or some other school. By this is meant that they adopt and adhere to some particular system of human opinions. Although these opinions may have occasional gleams of divinity, borrowed from that truly divine Science which eschews man-made systems, they nevertheless remain wholly human in their origin and tendency and are not scientifically Christian.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:32

(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


    (Science the way)
    Christianity will never be based on a divine Principle and so found to be unerring, until its absolute Science is reached. When this is accomplished, neither pride, prejudice, bigotry, nor envy can wash away its foundation, for it is built upon the rock, Christ.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 130:7


    (Excuses for ignorance)
    It is vain to speak dishonestly of divine Science, which destroys all discord, when you can demonstrate the actuality of Science. It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, - if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy all discord, - since you admit that God is omnipotent; ;for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:3

    (All evil unnatural)
    There is no error in Science, and our lives must be governed by reality in order to be in harmony with God, the divine Principle of all being.


Section 6


Acts 5:12(to ;),15,16,34,35,38,39

    12 #And by the hands of the
apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people;

    15 Insomuch that they brought forth
the sick into the streets, and laid
them on beds and couches, that at the
least the shadow of Peter passing by
might overshadow some of them.

    16 There came also a multitude out
of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and
them which were vexed with unclean
spirits: and they were healed every
one.

    34 Then stood there up one in the
council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel,
a doctor of the law, had in
reputation among all the people, and
commanded to put the apostles forth a
little space;

    35 And said unto them, Ye men of
Israel, take heed to yourselves what
ye intend to do as touching these
men.

    38 And now I say unto you, Refrain
from these men, and let them alone:
for if this counsel or this work be
of men, it will come to nought:

    39 But if it be of God, ye cannot
overthrow it; lest haply ye be found
even to fight against God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:2


    (Truth a present help)
    When we lose faith in God's power to heal, we distrust the divine Principle which demonstrates Christian Science, and then we cannot heal the sick. Neither can we heal through the help of Spirit, if we plant ourselves on a material basis.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:9-21

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


To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are bruised.


Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - Optical illustration of Science
01 1 - God the Principle of all
01 1 - No material creation
01 1 - Ideas and identities
01 2 - Christ's demonstration
01 2 - Proof in practice
01 2 - Effective triumph
01 2 - Help and hindrance
01 3 - Indestructible relationship
01 3 - Old and new man
01 3 - -24- God the parent Mind
01 4 - Spiritual harmony
01 4 - Harmony from Spirit
01 4 - Man's present possibilities
01 4 - Nearness of Deity
01 5 - Principle and practice
01 5 - One school of Truth
01 5 - Science the way
01 5 - Excuses for ignorance
01 5 - All evil unnatural
01 6 - Ancient and modern miracles
01 6 - Truth a present help


June 8,1902

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Hebrews 9:28

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


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 9:24,25

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

    25 Nor yet that he should offer
himself often, as the high priest
entereth into the holy place every
year with blood of others;
Hebrews 10:11-14,19-24

    11 And every priest standeth daily
ministering and offering oftentimes
the same sacrifices, which can never
take away sins:

    12 But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for
ever, sat down on the right hand of
God;

    13 From henceforth expecting till
his enemies be made his footstool.

    14 For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are
sanctified.

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

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

    21 And having an high priest over
the house of God;

    22 Let us draw near with a true
heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an
evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water.

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

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


Section 1


Exodus 6:2-5

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

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

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

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

***
Jeremiah 31:31,33

    31 #Behold, the days come, saith
the Lord, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel,
and with the house of Judah:

    33 But this shall be the covenant
that I will make with the house of
Israel; After those days, saith the
Lord, I will put my law in their
inward parts, and write it in their
hearts; and will be their God, and
they shall be my people.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:27


    (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. They might appeal to Jehovah, but their prayer brought down no proof that it was heard, because they did not sufficiently understand God to be able to demonstrate His power to heal, - to make harmony the reality and discord the unreality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:3


    (The uses of truth)
    The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


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

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


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

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

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


Section 2


Exodus 12:1,3,5,8,11

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

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

    5 Your lamb shall be without
blemish, a male of the first year: ye
shall take it out from the sheep, or
from the goats:

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

    11 #And thus shall ye eat it; with
your loins girded, your shoes on your
feet, and your staff in your hand;
and ye shall eat it in haste: it is
the Lord's passover.

***
Hebrews 9:1

    1 Then verily the first covenant
had also ordinances of divine
service, and a worldly sanctuary.
Hebrews 10:1-4

    1 For the law having a shadow of
good things to come, and not the very
image of the things, can never with
those sacrifices which they offered
year by year continually make the
comers thereunto perfect.

    2 For then would they not have
ceased to be offered? because that
the worshippers once purged should
have had no more conscience of sins.

    3 But in those sacrifices there is
a remembrance again made of sins every
year.

    4 For it is not possible that the
blood of bulls and of goats should
take away sins.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:19


    (The true worship)
    Judaic and other rituals are but types and shadows of true worship. "The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 559:23


    (Truth's volume)
    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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:31


    (Truth a present help)
    In Jewish worship the Word was materially explained, and the spiritual sense was scarcely perceived. The religion which sprang from half-hidden Israelitish history was pedantic and void of healing power. When we lose faith in God's power to heal, we distrust the divine Principle which demonstrates Christian Science, and then we cannot heal the sick. Neither can we heal through the help of Spirit, if we plant ourselves on a material basis.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 566:1


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


Section 3


John 6:29,38

    29 Jesus answered and said unto
them, This is the work of God, that
ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

    38 For I came down from heaven, not
to do mine own will, but the will of
him that sent me.
John 4:34

    34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat
is to do the will of him that sent
me, and to finish his work.
John 12:27

    27 Now is my soul troubled; and
what shall I say? Father, save me
from this hour: but for this cause
came I unto this hour.

***
Matthew 26:26-28,38,39

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

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

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

    38 Then saith he unto them, My soul
is exceeding sorrowful, even unto
death: tarry ye here, and watch with
me.

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:18-21


    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:6-2

    (Final purpose)
    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.
    Jesus endured the shame, that he might pour his dear-bought bounty into barren lives. What was his earthly reward? He was forsaken by all save John, the beloved disciple, and a few women who bowed in silent woe beneath the shadow of his cross. The earthly price of spirituality in a material age and the great moral distance between Christianity and sensualism preclude Christian Science from finding favor with the worldly-minded.
    (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.
    (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?


Section 4


I Corinthians 10:1-4,16

    1 Moreover, brethren, I would not
that ye should be ignorant, how that
all our fathers were under the cloud,
and all passed through the sea;

    2 And were all baptized unto Moses
in the cloud and in the sea;

    3 And did all eat the same
spiritual meat;

    4 And did all drink the same
spiritual drink: for they drank of
that spiritual Rock that followed
them: and that Rock was Christ.

    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?
I Corinthians 5:7,8

    7 Purge out therefore the old
leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as
ye are unleavened. For even Christ
our passover is sacrificed for us:

    8 Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven, neither with the
leaven of malice and wickedness; but
with the unleavened bread of
sincerity and truth.

***
John 6:49-51,54

    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.

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

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:12

    (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. It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus "the resurrection and the life" to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, - following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, - we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death. For what says Paul? "As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come."

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

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


Section 5


Romans 12:1

    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.

***
Ephesians 5:2

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

***
Hebrews 13:12,13,15,16

    12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he
might sanctify the people with his
own blood, suffered without the gate.


    13 Let us go forth therefore unto
him without the camp, bearing his
reproach.

    15 By him therefore let us offer
the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of
our lips giving thanks to his name.

    16 But to do good and to
communicate forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:1,21


    (Individual experience)
    While we adore Jesus, and the heart overflows with gratitude for what he did for mortals, - treading alone his loving pathway up to the throne of glory, in speechless agony exploring the way for us, - yet Jesus spares us not one individual experience, if we follow his commands faithfully; and all have the cup of sorrowful effort to drink in proportion to their demonstration of his love, till all are redeemed through divine Love.
    (Proof in practice)
    Jesus' teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love. This was the precious import of our Master's sinless career and of his demonstration of power over death. He proved by his deeds that Christian Science destroys sickness, sin, and death.

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

    (Material pleasures)
    Jesus experienced few of the pleasures of the physical senses, but his sufferings were the fruits of other people's 'sins, not of his own. The eternal Christ, his spiritual selfhood, never suffered. Jesus mapped out the path for others. He unveiled the Christ, the spiritual idea of divine Love. To those buried in the belief of sin and self, living only for pleasure or the gratification of the senses, he said in substance: Having eyes ye see not, and having ears ye hear not; lest ye should understand and be converted, and I might heal you. He taught that the material senses shut out Truth and its healing power.


Section 6


Luke 22:28-30

    28 Ye are they which have continued
with me in my temptations.

    29 And I appoint unto you a
kingdom, as my Father hath appointed
unto me;

    30 That ye may eat and drink at my
table in my kingdom, and sit on
thrones judging the twelve tribes of
Israel.

***
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.

***
Revelation 3:20,21

    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.

    21 To him that overcometh will I
grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set
down with my Father in his throne.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:27


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

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


    (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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - Fruitless worship
02 1 - The uses of truth
02 1 - -24- God the parent Mind
02 1 - Definition of mortal mind
02 1 - Principle and practice
02 2 - The true worship
02 2 - Truth's volume
02 2 - Truth a present help
02 2 - Spiritual guidance
02 3 - The holy struggle
02 3 - Final purpose
02 3 - Righteous retribution
02 3 - Vicarious suffering
02 4 - True flesh and blood
02 4 - Healing primary
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 5 - Individual experience
02 5 - Proof in practice
02 5 - Material pleasures
02 6 - Spirit transforms
02 6 - The last breakfast


January 12,1902

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


John 11:18,20-27,32-34,41-44

    18 Now Bethany was nigh unto
Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs
off:

    20 Then Martha, as soon as she
heard that Jesus was coming, went and
met him: but Mary sat still in the
house.

    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.

    23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy
brother shall rise again.

    24 Martha saith unto him, I know
that he shall rise again in the
resurrection at the last day.

    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the
resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live:

    26 And whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?

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

    32 Then when Mary was come where
Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down
at his feet, saying unto him, Lord,
if thou hadst been here, my brother
had not died.

    33 When Jesus therefore saw her
weeping, and the Jews also weeping
which came with her, he groaned in
the spirit, and was troubled,

    34 And said, Where have ye laid
him? They said unto him, Lord, come
and see.

    41 Then they took away the stone
from the place where the dead was
laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes,
and said, Father, I thank thee that
thou hast heard me.

    42 And I knew that thou hearest me
always: but because of the people
which stand by I said it, that they
may believe that thou hast sent me.

    43 And when he thus had spoken, he
cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come
forth.

    44 And he that was dead came forth,
bound hand and foot with
graveclothes: and his face was bound
about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto
them, Loose him, and let him go.


Section 1


Psalm 34:11-14

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

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

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

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

***
Ephesians 4:17-20

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

    18 Having the understanding
darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance
that is in them, because of the
blindness of their heart:

    19 Who being past feeling have
given themselves over unto
lasciviousness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness.

    20 But ye have not so learned
Christ;

***
Colossians 3:1-4

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

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:25-6

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 282:3


    (Figures of being)
    The real Life, or Mind, and its opposite, the so-called material life and mind, are figured by two geometrical symbols, a circle or sphere and a straight line. The circle represents the infinite without beginning or end; the straight line represents the finite, which has both beginning and end. The sphere represents good, the self-existent and eternal individuality or Mind; the straight line represents evil, a belief in a self-made and temporary material existence. Eternal Mind and temporary material existence never unite in figure or in fact.

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.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 4:39

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

***
I Corinthians 8:5,6

    5 For though there be that are
called gods, whether in heaven or in
earth, (as there be gods many, and
lords many,)

    6 But to us there is but one God,
the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:20

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


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

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.


Section 3


John 1:14,16

    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.

    16 And of his fulness have all we
received, and grace for grace.

***
II Peter 1:2-4

    2 Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of
God, and of Jesus our Lord,

    3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that
hath called us to glory and virtue:

    4 Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is
in the world through lust.

***
I Corinthians 15:58

    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:10-17


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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.

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 4


Isaiah 12:2,3

    2 Behold, God is my salvation; I
will trust, and not be afraid: for
the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and
my song; he also is become my
salvation.

    3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw
water out of the wells of salvation.

***
Psalm 16:6,11

    6 The lines are fallen unto me in
pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly
heritage.

    11 Thou wilt shew me the path of
life: in thy presence is fulness of
joy; at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:13

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


    (Harmony from Spirit)
    Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus attempting to separate Mind from God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:14-18


    (Man inseparable from Love)
    The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.
    (Harmony natural)
    Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man.


Section 5


Psalm 36:6,9

    6 Thy righteousness is like the
great mountains; thy judgments are a
great deep: O Lord, thou preservest
man and beast.

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

***
John 11:21,25,26

    21 Then said Martha unto Jesus,
Lord, if thou hadst been here, my
brother had not died.

    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the
resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live:

    26 And whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:2-7


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:7-20,25


    (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) 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


Ezekiel 12:1,2

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

    2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the
midst of a rebellious house, which
have eyes to see, and see not; they
have ears to hear, and hear not: for
they are a rebellious house.

***
Job 21:14,15

    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?

***
Romans 8:5,7

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:6-10


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

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


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 453:6-8


    (Winning the field)
    Right and wrong, truth and error, will be at strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of invincible truth.


Section 7


Job 7:1,11,17,21

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

    11 Therefore I will not refrain my
mouth; I will speak in the anguish of
my spirit; I will complain in the
bitterness of my soul.

    17 What is man, that thou shouldest
magnify him? and that thou shouldest
set thine heart upon him?

    21 And why dost thou not pardon my
transgression, and take away mine
iniquity? for now shall I sleep in
the dust; and thou shalt seek me in
the morning, but I shall not be.

***
Romans 7:22-25

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

    23 But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:1,29


    (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. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:14


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


Section 8


Zechariah 2:10,11,13

    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.

    13 Be silent, O all flesh, before
the Lord: for he is raised up out of
his holy habitation.

***
John 5:19,31,32

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

    31 If I bear witness of myself, my
witness is not true.

    32 #There is another that beareth
witness of me; and I know that the
witness which he witnesseth of me is
true.

***
Galatians 5:1,18,24,25

    1 Stand fast therefore in the
liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with
the yoke of bondage.

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

    24 And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.

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

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.

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 - 261:2,27

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

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - Figures of being
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 2 - Mankind redeemed
03 2 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
03 3 - God and His image
03 3 - Definition of man
03 3 - Jesus' disregard of matter
03 4 - Spiritual concord
03 4 - Harmony from Spirit
03 4 - Vapor and nothingness
03 4 - Man inseparable from Love
03 4 - Harmony natural
03 5 - Life not contingent on matter
03 5 - Divinity not childless
03 5 - Thought-forms
03 6 - The error of carnality
03 6 - Opposition of materialists
03 6 - Winning the field
03 7 - Opposing testimony
03 7 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
03 7 - Soul impeccable
03 8 - Standpoints changed
03 8 - Spiritual discovery
03 8 - Thoughts are things
03 8 - Immutable identity of man
03 8 - Ultimate harmony


January 19,1902

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Proverbs 22:20,21

    20 Have not I written to thee
excellent things in counsels and
knowledge,

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


Responsive Reading


John 8:12-18,26,39-46

    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.

    13 The Pharisees therefore said
unto him, Thou bearest record of
thyself; thy record is not true.

    14 Jesus answered and said unto
them, Though I bear record of myself,
yet my record is true: for I know
whence I came, and whither I go; but
ye cannot tell whence I come, and
whither I go.

    15 Ye judge after the flesh; I
judge no man.

    16 And yet if I judge, my judgment
is true: for I am not alone, but I and
the Father that sent me.

    17 It is also written in your law,
that the testimony of two men is true.


    18 I am one that bear witness of
myself, and the Father that sent me
beareth witness of me.

    26 I have many things to say and to
judge of you: but he that sent me is
true; and I speak to the world those
things which I have heard of 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.

    43 Why do ye not understand my
speech? even because ye cannot hear
my word.

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

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

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


Section 1


Psalm 71:22

    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.

***
John 14:1,4-6

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

    4 And whither I go ye know, and the
way ye know.

    5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we
know not whither thou goest; and how
can we know the way?

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 16:13

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:5


    (Mathematics and scientific logic) Truth is ever truthful, and can tolerate no error in premise or conclusion.

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


    (Divine allness)
    We call the absence of Truth, error. Truth and error are unlike. In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite God can have no unlikeness.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)

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

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

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

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


Section 2


Psalm 111:2,7,8

    2 The works of the Lord are great,
sought out of all them that have
pleasure therein.

    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.

***
Romans 1:20(to ;)

    20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead;

***
James 1:17,18

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:32


    (Error unveiled)
    Truth cannot be contaminated by error. The statement that Truth is real necessarily includes the correlated statement, that error, Truth's unlikeness, is unreal.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:29


    (No miracles in Mind-methods)
    The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action, are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived. Of a man it has been said, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;" hence as a man spiritually understandeth, so is he in truth.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:21(begin In)-2

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


    (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.
    (Spiritual reflection)
    We admit that black is not a color, because it reflects no light. So evil should be denied identity or power, because it has none of the divine hues. Paul says: "For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made." (Romans i. 20.) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized.


Section 3


Psalm 119:142

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

***
Malachi 2:1,4,6,7

    1 And now, O ye priests, this
commandment is for you.

    4 And ye shall know that I have
sent this commandment unto you, that
my covenant might be with Levi, saith
the Lord of hosts.

    6 The law of truth was in his
mouth, and iniquity was not found in
his lips: he walked with me in peace
and equity, and did turn many away
from iniquity.

    7 For the priest's lips should keep
knowledge, and they should seek the
law at his mouth: for he is the
messenger of the Lord of hosts.

***
Matthew 22:36-40

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

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

    38 This is the first and great
commandment.

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

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

***
James 4:11,12

    11 Speak not evil one of another,
brethren. He that speaketh evil of
his brother, and judgeth his brother,
speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth
the law: but if thou judge the law,
thou art not a doer of the law, but a
judge.

    12 There is one lawgiver, who is
able to save and to destroy: who art
thou that judgest another?

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:32


    (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. To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:14,26-5
Truth never made error necessary, nor devised a law to perpetuate
rror.

    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, - the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.
    The so-called laws of health are simply laws of mortal belief. The premises being erroneous, the conclusions are wrong. Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:25


    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:27


    (God-given dominion) Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, - God's law. It is man's moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.


Section 4


Psalm 119:29,30

    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.
Psalm 96:10,12,13

    10 Say among the heathen that the
Lord reigneth: the world also shall
be established that it shall not be
moved: he shall judge the people
righteously.

    12 Let the field be joyful, and all
that is therein: then shall all the
trees of the wood rejoice

    13 Before the Lord: for he cometh,
for he cometh to judge the earth: he
shall judge the world with
righteousness, and the people with
his truth.

***
Isaiah 42:1,3

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

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

***
John 7:14-16,23,24

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

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

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

    23 If a man on the sabbath day
receive circumcision, that the law of
Moses should not be broken; are ye
angry at me, because I have made a
man every whit whole on the sabbath
day?

    24 Judge not according to the
appearance, but judge righteous
judgment.

***
I Corinthians 4:4,5

    4 For I know nothing by myself; yet
am I not hereby justified: but he
that judgeth me is the Lord.

    5 Therefore judge nothing before
the time, until the Lord come, who
both will bring to light the hidden
things of darkness, and will make
manifest the counsels of the hearts:
and then shall every man have praise
of God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:28


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 441:33


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:32

    (Treatment of disease)
    Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit. Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin. Then, when thou art delivered to the judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, "Thou art whole!"


Section 5


Psalm 41:4

    4 I said, Lord, be merciful unto
me: heal my soul; for I have sinned
against thee.

***
James 5:16,19,20

    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.

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

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

***
I John 3:18,19

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

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

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 - 410:23-12


    (Be not afraid)
    The Science of mental practice is susceptible of no misuse. Selfishness does not appear in the practice of Truth or Christian Science. If mental practice is abused or is used in any way except to promote right thinking and doing, the power to heal mentally will diminish, until the practitioner's healing ability is wholly lost. Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, "Be not afraid!" Said Job: "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me."
    (Naming diseases)
    My first discovery in the student's practice was this: If the student silently called the disease by name, when he argued against it, as a general rule the body would respond more quickly, - just as a person replies more readily when his name is spoken; but this was because the student was not perfectly attuned to divine Science, and needed the arguments of truth for reminders. If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific way, and the healing is instantaneous.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:25


    (Efficacy of truth)
    When numbers have been divided according to a fixed rule, the quotient is not more unquestionable than the scientific tests I have made of the effects of truth upon the sick. The counter fact relative to any disease is required to cure it. The utterance of truth is designed to rebuke and destroy error. Why should truth not be efficient in sickness, which is solely the result of inharmony?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 150:4


    (The main purpose)
    To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." This coming, as was promised by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin, - to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.


Section 6


Psalm 25:5

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

***
John 14:15-17,26

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

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

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

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

***
Luke 12:11,12

    11 And when they bring you unto the
synagogues, and unto magistrates, and
powers, take ye no thought how or
what thing ye shall answer, or what
ye shall say:

    12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach
you in the same hour what ye ought to
say.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 452:18-23


    (Unwarranted expectations)
    Right is radical. The teacher must know the truth himself. He must live it and love it, or he cannot impart it to others. We soil our garments with conservatism, and afterwards we must wash them clean. When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:12


    (Human reconciliation)
    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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 449:28(begin A)-14


    (Inoculation of thought) A proper teacher of Christian Science improves the health and the morals of his student if the student practises what he is taught, and unless this result follows, the teacher is a Scientist only in name.
    (Three classes of neophytes)
    There is a large class of thinkers whose bigotry and conceit twist every fact to suit themselves. Their creed teaches belief in a mysterious, supernatural God, and in a natural, all-powerful devil. Another class, still more unfortunate, are so depraved that they appear to be innocent. They utter a falsehood, while looking you blandly in the face, and they never fail to stab their benefactor in the back. A third class of thinkers build with solid masonry. They are sincere, generous, noble, and are therefore open to the approach and recognition of Truth. To teach Christian Science to such as these is no task. They do not incline longingly to error, whine over the demands of Truth, nor play the traitor for place and power.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 235:28


    (Clergymen's duty)
    Clergymen, occupying the watchtowers of the world, should uplift the standard of Truth. They should so raise their hearers spiritually, that their listeners will love to grapple with a new, right idea and broaden their concepts. Love of Christianity, rather than love of popularity, should stimulate clerical labor and progress. Truth should emanate from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is vested in the ministry. How shall it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not of sect.


Section 7


Galatians 4:4,5

    4 But when the fulness of the time
was come, God sent forth his Son, made
of a woman, made under the law,

    5 To redeem them that were under
the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.

***
Ephesians 1:2,13,14

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

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

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

***
Psalm 31:3,5

    3 For thou art my rock and my
fortress; therefore for thy name's
sake lead me, and guide me.

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

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.

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


    (Human reconciliation)
    Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 193:28


    (Mind cures hip-disease)
    I cannot attest the truth of that report, but what I saw and did for that man, and what his physician said of the case, occurred just as I have narrated.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:26


    (Man governed by Mind)
    All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - Mathematics and scientific logic
04 1 - Divine allness
04 1 - -7- Divine trinity
04 1 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - No miracles in Mind-methods
04 2 - Chaos and darkness
04 2 - Spiritual reflection
04 3 - No material law
04 3 - Belief and understanding
04 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
04 3 - God-given dominion
04 4 - Day of judgment
04 4 - Charge of the Chief Justice
04 4 - Treatment of disease
04 5 - The divine completeness
04 5 - Be not afraid
04 5 - Naming diseases
04 5 - Efficacy of truth
04 5 - The main purpose
04 6 - Unwarranted expectations
04 6 - Human reconciliation
04 6 - Inoculation of thought
04 6 - Three classes of neophytes
04 6 - Clergymen's duty
04 7 - Divine study
04 7 - Human reconciliation
04 7 - Mind cures hip-disease
04 7 - Man governed by Mind


January 26,1902

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 27:10

    10 When my father and my mother
forsake me, then the Lord will take
me up.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 27

PSALM 27
A Psalm of David

    1 The Lord is my light and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? the
Lord is the strength of my life; of
whom shall I be afraid?

    2 When the wicked, even mine
enemies and my foes, came upon me to
eat up my flesh, they stumbled and
fell.

    3 Though an host should encamp
against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in
this will I be confident.

    4 One thing have I desired of the
Lord, that will I seek after; that I
may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life, to behold
the beauty of the Lord, and to
inquire in his temple.

    5 For in the time of trouble he
shall hide me in his pavilion: in the
secret of his tabernacle shall he
hide me; he shall set me up upon a
rock.

    6 And now shall mine head be lifted
up above mine enemies round about me:
therefore will I offer in his
tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will
sing, yea, I will sing praises unto
the Lord.

    7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my
voice: have mercy also upon me, and
answer me.

    8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my
face; my heart said unto thee, Thy
face, Lord, will I seek.

    9 Hide not thy face far from me;
put not thy servant away in anger:
thou hast been my help; leave me not,
neither forsake me, O God of my
salvation.

    10 When my father and my mother
forsake me, then the Lord will take
me up.

    11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and
lead me in a plain path, because of
mine enemies.

    12 Deliver me not over unto the
will of mine enemies: for false
witnesses are risen up against me,
and such as breathe out cruelty.

    13 I had fainted, unless I had
believed to see the goodness of the
Lord in the land of the living.

    14 Wait on the Lord: be of good
courage, and he shall strengthen
thine heart: wait, I say, on the
Lord.


Section 1


Jeremiah 31:3,9

    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.

    9 They shall come with weeping, and
with supplications will I lead them:
I will cause them to walk by the
rivers of waters in a straight way,
wherein they shall not stumble: for I
am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is
my firstborn.
Jeremiah 3:19

    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.

***
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.
Isaiah 49:13-16

    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.

    14 But Zion said, The Lord hath
forsaken me, and my Lord hath
forgotten me.

    15 Can a woman forget her sucking
child, that she should not have
compassion on the son of her womb?
yea, they may forget, yet will I not
forget thee.

    16 Behold, I have graven thee upon
the palms of my hands; thy walls are
continually before me.

***
Revelation 21:7

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7-27


    (No material creation)
    Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.
    (Tritheism impossible)
    The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM. "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord."


    (No divine corporeality)
    The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?
    Who is it that demands our obedience? He who, in the language of Scripture, "doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?"
    No form nor physical combination is adequate to represent infinite Love. A finite and material sense of God leads to formalism and narrowness; it chills the spirit of Christianity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:7-19


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:27-29


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:9-11

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:3-5(to .)

    (Love and man coexistent)
    Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space.


Section 2


Psalm 32:7

    7 Thou art my hiding place; thou
shalt preserve me from trouble; thou
shalt compass me about with songs of
deliverance.

***
Judges 10:11,12,15

    11 And the Lord said unto the
children of Israel, Did not I deliver
you from the Egyptians, and from the
Amorites, from the children of Ammon,
and from the Philistines?

    12 The Zidonians also, and the
Amalekites, and the Maonites, did
oppress you; and ye cried to me, and
I delivered you out of their hand.

    15 #And the children of Israel said
unto the Lord, We have sinned: do
thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good
unto thee; deliver us only, we pray
thee, this day.

***
Jeremiah 9:23,24

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

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

***
Malachi 3:5

    5 And I will come near to you to
judgment; and I will be a swift
witness against the sorcerers, and
against the adulterers, and against
false swearers, and against those
that oppress the hireling in his
wages, the widow, and the fatherless,
and that turn aside the stranger from
his right, and fear not me, saith the
Lord of hosts.

***
Psalm 68:5

    5 A father of the fatherless, and a
judge of the widows, is God in his
holy habitation.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:13


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

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


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:14


    (Love frees from fear)
    The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources of man's enslavement. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," but the Scriptures also declare, through the exalted thought of John, that "perfect Love casteth out fear."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:18-19


    (The armor of divinity)
    Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:4-12


    (Failure's lessons)
    "All things work together for good to them that love God," is the dictum of Scripture.
    (Refuge and strength)
    If Christian Scientists ever fail to receive aid from other Scientists, - their brethren upon whom they may call, - God will still guide them into the right use of temporary and eternal means. Step by step will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."


Section 3


Jeremiah 17:14

    14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be
healed; save me, and I shall be saved:
for thou art my praise.

***
Psalm 119:76,77

    76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful
kindness be for my comfort, according
to thy word unto thy servant.

    77 Let thy tender mercies come unto
me, that I may live: for thy law is
my delight.

***
Isaiah 57:15,18,19

    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.

    19 I create the fruit of the lips;
Peace, peace to him that is far off,
and to him that is near, saith the
Lord; and I will heal him.

***
II Kings 20:1-5

    1 In those days was Hezekiah sick
unto death. And the prophet Isaiah
the son of Amoz came to him, and said
unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set
thine house in order; for thou shalt
die, and not live.

    2 Then he turned his face to the
wall, and prayed unto the Lord,
saying,

    3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember
now how I have walked before thee in
truth and with a perfect heart, and
have done that which is good in thy
sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

    4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah
was gone out into the middle court,
that the word of the Lord came to
him, saying,

    5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the
captain of my people, Thus saith the
Lord, the God of David thy father, I
have heard thy prayer, I have seen
thy tears: behold, I will heal thee:
on the third day thou shalt go up
unto the house of the Lord.

***
Luke 9:1,2,6,10,11

    1 Then he called his twelve
disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils,
and to cure diseases.

    2 And he sent them to preach the
kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.


    6 And they departed, and went
through the towns, preaching the
gospel, and healing every where.

    10 #And the apostles, when they
were returned, told him all that they
had done. And he took them, and went
aside privately into a desert place
belonging to the city called
Bethsaida.

    11 And the people, when they knew
it, followed him: and he received
them, and spake unto them of the
kingdom of God, and healed them that
had need of healing.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:13-16


    (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.

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

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

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


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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 574:27

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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:7-8

    (Angelic offices)
    To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death.


Section 4


Luke 4:18,19

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

    19 To preach the acceptable year of
the Lord.

***
Romans 6:17,18

    17 But God be thanked, that ye were
the servants of sin, but ye have
obeyed from the heart that form of
doctrine which was delivered you.

    18 Being then made free from sin,
ye became the servants of
righteousness.

***
Titus 3:3-5

    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;

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:29-31


    (Mental emancipation)
    The power of God brings deliverance to the captive.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 225:14

    (Immortal sentences)
    The history of our country, like all history, illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its embodiment of right thinking. A few immortal sentences, breathing the omnipotence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic fetters and abolish the whipping-post and slave market; but oppression neither went down in blood, nor did the breath of freedom come from the cannon's mouth. Love is the liberator.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:12


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

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


    (The darkest hours of all)
    Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit. Before error is wholly destroyed, there will be interruptions of the general material routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms), will continue unto the end, - until the final spiritualization of all things. "The darkest hour precedes the dawn."

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


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


Section 5


Psalm 17:15

    15 As for me, I will behold thy
face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with thy
likeness.
Psalm 63:1,3,5

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

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

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

***
Isaiah 54:10

    10 For the mountains shall depart,
and the hills be removed; but my
kindness shall not depart from thee,
neither shall the covenant of my
peace be removed, saith the Lord that
hath mercy on thee.
Isaiah 58:10,11

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

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

***
John 4:9,10,14

    9 Then saith the woman of Samaria
unto him, How is it that thou, being
a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a
woman of Samaria? for the Jews have
no dealings with the Samaritans.

    10 Jesus answered and said unto
her, If thou knewest the gift of God,
and who it is that saith to thee,
Give me to drink; thou wouldest have
asked of him, and he would have given
thee living water.

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:24


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:2


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:10

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


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

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


    (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. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error. The world acknowledged not his righteousness, seeing it not; but earth received the harmony his glorified example introduced.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 248:3


    (Love's endowment)
    Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than beautiful. Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:18-19


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

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Tritheism impossible
05 1 - No divine corporeality
05 1 - Abiding in Life
05 1 - Indestructible being
05 1 - Perfection of creation
05 1 - Infinity measureless
05 1 - Love and man coexistent
05 2 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 2 - Pardon and amendment
05 2 - Love frees from fear
05 2 - The armor of divinity
05 2 - Failure's lessons
05 2 - Refuge and strength
05 3 - Effective triumph
05 3 - Proof in practice
05 3 - The robe of Science
05 3 - Spiritual wedlock
05 3 - Angelic offices
05 4 - Mental emancipation
05 4 - Immortal sentences
05 4 - Fulfilment of the Law
05 4 - The darkest hours of all
05 4 - Divine victory
05 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 5 - Love impartial and universal
05 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 5 - Bearing our sins
05 5 - Love's endowment
05 5 - Geology a failure


February 2,1902

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Galatians 5:5

    5 For we through the Spirit wait
for the hope of righteousness by
faith.


Responsive Reading


Romans 8:22-28,35,37-39

    22 For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now.

    23 And not only they, but ourselves
also, which have the firstfruits of
the Spirit, even we ourselves groan
within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, to wit, the redemption of
our body.

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

    25 But if we hope for that we see
not, then do we with patience wait
for it.

    26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth
our infirmities: for we know not what
we should pray for as we ought: but
the Spirit itself maketh intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be
uttered.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Section 1


John 4:24

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

***
II Kings 19:15

    15 And Hezekiah prayed before the
Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel,
which dwellest between the cherubims,
thou art the God, even thou alone, of
all the kingdoms of the earth; thou
hast made heaven and earth.

***
Ephesians 4:4,6

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

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

***
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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7-8(to .)

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


    (-18- The only substance)
    XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:22-3


    (Derivatives of spirit)
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:27


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

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.


Section 2


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.

***
Romans 8:9-11

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

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

    11 But if the Spirit of him that
raised up Jesus from the dead dwell
in you, he that raised up Christ from
the dead shall also quicken your
mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.

***
Ephesians 2:1

    1 And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins;
Ephesians 5:14

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

***
I Corinthians 15:34

    34 Awake to righteousness, and sin
not; for some have not the knowledge
of God: I speak this to your shame.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:19-24


    (Need and supply) When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:7-11

    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:25


    (Ontology versus physiology)
    Ontology receives less attention than physiology. Why? Because mortal mind must waken to spiritual life before it cares to solve the problem of being, hence the author's experience; but when that awakening comes, existence will be on a new standpoint.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:6


    (Bodily presence) To be "present with the Lord" is to have, not mere emotional ecstasy or faith, but the actual demonstration and understanding of Life as revealed in Christian Science. To be "with the Lord" is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, - by Spirit, not by matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:6


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


Section 3


Ezekiel 36:26-28

    26 A new heart also will I give
you, and a new spirit will I put
within you: and I will take away the
stony heart out of your flesh, and I
will give you an heart of flesh.

    27 And I will put my spirit within
you, and cause you to walk in my
statutes, and ye shall keep my
judgments, and do them.

    28 And ye shall dwell in the land
that I gave to your fathers; and ye
shall be my people, and I will be
your God.

***
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.

***
II Corinthians 3:5,6,17,18

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

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

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:13


    (Spirit transforms)
    The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit. Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river of ice. The error of the ages is preaching without practice.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:12

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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:19


    (Spiritual tangibility)
    Spirit is reached only through the understanding and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:27

    (The true new idea)
    Divine Science does not put new wine into old bottles, Soul into matter, nor the infinite into the finite. Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit. The old belief must be cast out or the new idea will be spilled, and the inspiration, which is to change our standpoint, will be lost. Now, as of old, Truth casts out evils and heals the sick.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24-30


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:5

    Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.


Section 4


Job 32:8

    8 But there is a spirit in man: and
the inspiration of the Almighty
giveth them understanding.

***
Acts 8:26-28,30,31,34-37

    26 And the angel of the Lord spake
unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go
toward the south unto the way that
goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza,
which is desert.

    27 And he arose and went: and,
behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch
of great authority under Candace
queen of the Ethiopians, who had the
charge of all her treasure, and had
come to Jerusalem for to worship,

    28 Was returning, and sitting in
his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

    30 And Philip ran thither to him,
and heard him read the prophet
Esaias, and said, Understandest thou
what thou readest?

    31 And he said, How can I, except
some man should guide me? And he
desired Philip that he would come up
and sit with him.

    34 And the eunuch answered Philip,
and said, I pray thee, of whom
speaketh the prophet this? of
himself, or of some other man?

    35 Then Philip opened his mouth,
and began at the same scripture, and
preached unto him Jesus.

    36 And as they went on their way,
they came unto a certain water: and
the eunuch said, See, here is water;
what doth hinder me to be baptized?

    37 And Philip said, If thou
believest with all thine heart, thou
mayest. And he answered and said, I
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son
of God.

***
I John 5:20

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:16-28


    (Understanding imparted)
    Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth. The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, - Life, Truth, and Love, - and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.
    (Original reflected)
    This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:7-9

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


    (The fruit forbidden)
    Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:9-14


    (Rise of thought)
    The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence - the spiritual intuitions that tell us when "the night is far spent, the day is at hand" - are our guardians in the gloom.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:30


    (Sensationless body)
    The only excuse for entertaining human opinions and rejecting the Science of being is our mortal ignorance of Spirit, - ignorance which yields only to the understanding of divine Science, the understanding by which we enter into the kingdom of Truth on earth and learn that Spirit is infinite and supreme. Spirit and matter no more commingle than light and darkness. When one appears, the other disappears.


Section 5


John 15:26

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

***
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.

***
II Corinthians 1:3,4

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

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

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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:4


    (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


Malachi 4:2

    2 #But unto you that fear my name
shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings; and ye
shall go forth, and grow up as calves
of the stall.

***
II Kings 5:1,9,10,14

    1 Now Naaman, captain of the host
of the king of Syria, was a great man
with his master, and honourable,
because by him the Lord had given
deliverance unto Syria: he was also a
mighty man in valour, but he was a
leper.

    9 So Naaman came with his horses
and with his chariot, and stood at
the door of the house of Elisha.

    10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto
him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan
seven times, and thy flesh shall come
again to thee, and thou shalt be
clean.

    14 Then went he down, and dipped
himself seven times in Jordan,
according to the saying of the man of
God: and his flesh came again like
unto the flesh of a little child, and
he was clean.

***
Matthew 9:35

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

***
John 14:12

    12 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto my Father.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:7-21


    (Spiritual foreshadowings)
    Body cannot be saved except through Mind. The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a material age, for it is the healing influence of Spirit (not spirits) which the material senses cannot comprehend, - which can only be spiritually discerned. Creeds, doctrines, and human hypotheses do not express Christian Science; much less can they demonstrate it.
    (Revelation of Science)
    Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. It is imperious throughout all ages as Christ's revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, which remains inviolate for every man to understand and to practise.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:4


    (Two claims omitted)
    Anciently the followers of Christ, or Truth, measured Christianity by its power over sickness, sin, and death; but modern religions generally omit all but one of these powers, - the power over sin. We must seek the undivided garment, the whole Christ, as our first proof of Christianity, for Christ, Truth, alone can furnish us with absolute evidence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4


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

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - -18- The only substance
06 1 - Derivatives of spirit
06 1 - Scientific man
06 1 - One primal cause
06 1 - God's allness learned
06 2 - Need and supply
06 2 - Narrow pathway
06 2 - Ontology versus physiology
06 2 - Bodily presence
06 2 - Renewed selfhood
06 3 - Spirit transforms
06 3 - Man linked with Spirit
06 3 - Spiritual tangibility
06 3 - The true new idea
06 3 - Scientific finalities
06 4 - Understanding imparted
06 4 - Original reflected
06 4 - Five senses deceptive
06 4 - The fruit forbidden
06 4 - Rise of thought
06 4 - Sensationless body
06 5 - Spirit intangible
06 5 - Truth desecrated
06 5 - Crumbs of comfort
06 6 - Spiritual foreshadowings
06 6 - Revelation of Science
06 6 - Two claims omitted
06 6 - Ancient and modern miracles


February 9,1902

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 61:10

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 146:1-10

    1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the
Lord, O my soul.

    2 While I live will I praise the
Lord: I will sing praises unto my God
while I have any being.

    3 Put not your trust in princes,
nor in the son of man, in whom there
is no help.

    4 His breath goeth forth, he
returneth to his earth; in that very
day his thoughts perish.

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

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

    7 Which executeth judgment for the
oppressed: which giveth food to the
hungry. The Lord looseth the
prisoners:

    8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the
blind: the Lord raiseth them that are
bowed down: the Lord loveth the
righteous:

    9 The Lord preserveth the
strangers; he relieveth the
fatherless and widow: but the way of
the wicked he turneth upside down.

    10 The Lord shall reign for ever,
even thy God, O Zion, unto all
generations. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 150:1-6

    1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God
in his sanctuary: praise him in the
firmament of his power.

    2 Praise him for his mighty acts:
praise him according to his excellent
greatness.

    3 Praise him with the sound of the
trumpet: praise him with the psaltery
and harp.

    4 Praise him with the timbrel and
dance: praise him with stringed
instruments and organs.

    5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals:
praise him upon the high sounding
cymbals.

    6 Let every thing that hath breath
praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 4:39

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

***
I Corinthians 8:5,6

    5 For though there be that are
called gods, whether in heaven or in
earth, (as there be gods many, and
lords many,)

    6 But to us there is but one God,
the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:20

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


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

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.


Section 2


John 1:14,16

    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.

    16 And of his fulness have all we
received, and grace for grace.

***
II Peter 1:2-4

    2 Grace and peace be multiplied
unto you through the knowledge of
God, and of Jesus our Lord,

    3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that
hath called us to glory and virtue:

    4 Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is
in the world through lust.

***
I Corinthians 15:58

    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:10-17


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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.

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 12:2,3

    2 Behold, God is my salvation; I
will trust, and not be afraid: for
the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and
my song; he also is become my
salvation.

    3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw
water out of the wells of salvation.

***
Psalm 16:6,11

    6 The lines are fallen unto me in
pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly
heritage.

    11 Thou wilt shew me the path of
life: in thy presence is fulness of
joy; at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:13

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


    (Harmony from Spirit)
    Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus attempting to separate Mind from God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:14-18


    (Man inseparable from Love)
    The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.
    (Harmony natural)
    Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man.


Section 4


Psalm 36:6,9

    6 Thy righteousness is like the
great mountains; thy judgments are a
great deep: O Lord, thou preservest
man and beast.

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

***
John 11:21,25,26

    21 Then said Martha unto Jesus,
Lord, if thou hadst been here, my
brother had not died.

    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the
resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live:

    26 And whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:2-7


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:7-20,25


    (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) 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 5


Ezekiel 12:1,2

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

    2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the
midst of a rebellious house, which
have eyes to see, and see not; they
have ears to hear, and hear not: for
they are a rebellious house.

***
Job 21:14,15

    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?

***
Romans 8:5,7

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 131:6-10


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

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


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 453:6-8


    (Winning the field)
    Right and wrong, truth and error, will be at strife in the minds of students, until victory rests on the side of invincible truth.


Section 6


Job 7:1,11,17,21

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

    11 Therefore I will not refrain my
mouth; I will speak in the anguish of
my spirit; I will complain in the
bitterness of my soul.

    17 What is man, that thou shouldest
magnify him? and that thou shouldest
set thine heart upon him?

    21 And why dost thou not pardon my
transgression, and take away mine
iniquity? for now shall I sleep in
the dust; and thou shalt seek me in
the morning, but I shall not be.

***
Romans 7:22-25

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

    23 But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:1,29


    (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. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:14


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


Section 7


Zechariah 2:10,11,13

    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.

    13 Be silent, O all flesh, before
the Lord: for he is raised up out of
his holy habitation.

***
John 5:19,31,32

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

    31 If I bear witness of myself, my
witness is not true.

    32 #There is another that beareth
witness of me; and I know that the
witness which he witnesseth of me is
true.

***
Galatians 5:1,18,24,25

    1 Stand fast therefore in the
liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with
the yoke of bondage.

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

    24 And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.

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

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.

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 - 261:2,27

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

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 2 - God and His image
07 2 - Definition of man
07 2 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 3 - Spiritual concord
07 3 - Harmony from Spirit
07 3 - Vapor and nothingness
07 3 - Man inseparable from Love
07 3 - Harmony natural
07 4 - Life not contingent on matter
07 4 - Divinity not childless
07 4 - Thought-forms
07 5 - The error of carnality
07 5 - Opposition of materialists
07 5 - Winning the field
07 6 - Opposing testimony
07 6 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 6 - Soul impeccable
07 7 - Standpoints changed
07 7 - Spiritual discovery
07 7 - Thoughts are things
07 7 - Immutable identity of man
07 7 - Ultimate harmony


February 16,1902

Subject: 08

MIND.

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-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 45:22

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


Responsive Reading


James 5:7-16,19,20

    7 Be patient therefore, brethren,
unto the coming of the Lord. Behold,
the husbandman waiteth for the
precious fruit of the earth, and hath
long patience for it, until he
receive the early and latter rain.

    8 Be ye also patient; stablish your
hearts: for the coming of the Lord
draweth nigh.

    9 Grudge not one against another,
brethren, lest ye be condemned:
behold, the judge standeth before the
door.

    10 Take, my brethren, the prophets,
who have spoken in the name of the
Lord, for an example of suffering
affliction, and of patience.

    11 Behold, we count them happy
which endure. Ye have heard of the
patience of Job, and have seen the
end of the Lord; that the Lord is
very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

    12 But above all things, my
brethren, swear not, neither by
heaven, neither by the earth, neither
by any other oath: but let your yea
be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye
fall into condemnation.

    13 Is any among you afflicted? let
him pray. Is any merry? let him sing
psalms.

    14 Is any sick among you? let him
call for the elders of the church;
and let them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord:


    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.

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

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


Section 1


Job 22:23,29

    23 If thou return to the Almighty,
thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put
away iniquity far from thy
tabernacles.

    29 When men are cast down, then
thou shalt say, There is lifting up;
and he shall save the humble person.
Job 23:13

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

***
I Corinthians 2:16

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

591:16 Chapter 17: Glossary
(MIND)

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:13-21

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


    (True sense of infinitude)
    Answer. - Mind is God. The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind - called devil or evil - is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:25

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


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:22-31


    (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.
    The second erroneous postulate is, that man is both mental and material.
    The third erroneous postulate is, that mind is both evil and good; whereas the real Mind cannot be evil nor the medium of evil, for Mind is God.


Section 2


Numbers 16:28

    28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall
know that the Lord hath sent me to do
all these works; for I have not done
them of mine own mind.

***
Psalm 89:11

    11 The heavens are thine, the earth
also is thine: as for the world and
the fulness thereof, thou hast
founded them.

***
Proverbs 3:5-8

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

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

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

    8 It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.

***
Hebrews 4:12,13,16

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

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:25-29


    (Sickness as only thought)
    Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 423:8


    (Scientific corrective)
    The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the error. This corrective is an alterative, reaching to every part of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches "the joints and marrow," and it restores the harmony of man.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 378:22-8

    (Disease powerless)
    Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into its own hands. Sickness is not a God-given, nor a self-constituted material power, which copes astutely with Mind and finally conquers it. God never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord. Such a power, without the divine permission, is inconceivable; ;and if such a power could be divinely directed, it would manifest less wisdom than we usually find displayed in human governments.
    (Jurisdiction of Mind)
    If disease can attack and control the body without the consent of mortals, sin can do the same, for both are errors, announced as partners in the beginning. The Christian Scientist finds only effects, where the ordinary physician looks for causes. The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind.


Section 3


Psalm 5:11,12

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

    12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the
righteous; with favour wilt thou
compass him as with a shield.
Psalm 125:1

    1 They that trust in the Lord
shall be as mount Zion, which cannot
be removed, but abideth for ever.
Psalm 128:1,2

    1 Blessed is every one that
feareth the Lord; that walketh in his
ways.

    2 For thou shalt eat the labour of
thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and
it shall be well with thee.

***
Proverbs 23:4,6,7

    4 Labour not to be rich: cease from
thine own wisdom.

    6 Eat thou not the bread of him
that hath an evil eye, neither desire
thou his dainty meats:

    7 For as he thinketh in his heart,
so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to
thee; but his heart is not with thee.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:20-28


    (Man governed by Mind)
    Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God's man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 166:3


    (Causes of sickness)
    As a man thinketh, so is he. Mind is all that feels, acts, or impedes action. Ignorant of this, or shrinking from its implied responsibility, the healing effort is made on the wrong side, and thus the conscious control over the body is lost.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:14


    (Perpetual motion)
    Mind is perpetual motion. Its symbol is the sphere. The rotations and revolutions of the universe of Mind go on eternally.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 399:15


    (Automatic mechanism)
    If Mind is the only actor, how can mechanism be automatic? Mortal mind perpetuates its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it, and then calls it material. A mill at work or the action of a water-wheel is but a derivative from, and continuation of, the primitive mortal mind. Without this force the body is devoid of action, and this deadness shows that so-called mortal life is mortal mind, not matter.

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


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


Section 4


Matthew 11:28,29

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

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

***
Mark 5:25-27,29

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

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

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

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

***
I Corinthians 6:19,20

    19 What? know ye not that your body
is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own?

    20 For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 111:26


    (Confirmatory tests)
    After a lengthy examination of my discovery and its demonstration in healing the sick, this fact became evident to me, - that Mind governs the body, not partially but wholly. I submitted my metaphysical system of treating disease to the broadest practical tests. Since then this system has gradually gained ground, and has proved itself, whenever scientifically employed, to be the most effective curative agent in medical practice.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:18-22


    (No material law)
    Mind's government of the body must supersede the so-called laws of matter. Obedience to material law prevents full obedience to spiritual law, - the law which overcomes material conditions and puts matter under the feet of Mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:8


    (Misdirected contention)
    Contending for the evidence or indulging the demands of sin, disease, or death, we virtually contend against the control of Mind over body, and deny the power of Mind to heal. This false method is as though the defendant should argue for the plaintiff in favor of a decision which the defendant knows will be turned against himself.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:16-2


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


Section 5


Proverbs 17:22

    22 A merry heart doeth good like a
medicine: but a broken spirit drieth
the bones.

***
Jeremiah 8:22

    22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is
there no physician there? why then is
not the health of the daughter of my
people recovered?
Jeremiah 15:18-21

    18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my
wound incurable, which refuseth to be
healed? wilt thou be altogether unto
me as a liar, and as waters that
fail?

    19 #Therefore thus saith the Lord,
If thou return, then will I bring thee
again, and thou shalt stand before
me: and if thou take forth the
precious from the vile, thou shalt be
as my mouth: let them return unto
thee; but return not thou unto them.

    20 And I will make thee unto this
people a fenced brasen wall: and they
shall fight against thee, but they
shall not prevail against thee: for I
am with thee to save thee and to
deliver thee, saith the Lord.

    21 And I will deliver thee out of
the hand of the wicked, and I will
redeem thee out of the hand of the
terrible.
Jeremiah 30:10,12,13,17

    10 #Therefore fear thou not, O my
servant Jacob, saith the Lord;
neither be dismayed, O Israel: for,
lo, I will save thee from afar, and
thy seed from the land of their
captivity; and Jacob shall return,
and shall be in rest, and be quiet,
and none shall make him afraid.

    12 For thus saith the Lord, Thy
bruise is incurable, and thy wound is
grievous.

    13 There is none to plead thy
cause, that thou mayest be bound up:
thou hast no healing medicines.

    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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 453:29


    (Metaphysical treatment) A Christian Scientist's medicine is Mind, the divine Truth that makes man free. A Christian Scientist never recommends material hygiene, never manipulates. He does not trespass on the rights of mind nor can he practise animal magnetism or hypnotism. It need not be added that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony with Christian Science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 149:3-9,22(begin The author)Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine


    (Blunders and blunderers)
    Mind as far outweighs drugs in the cure of disease as in the cure of sin. The more excellent way is divine Science in every case. Is materia medica a science or a bundle of speculative human theories? The prescription which succeeds in one instance fails in another, and this is owing to the different mental states of the patient.
    (Old-school physician) The author has cured what is termed organic disease as readily as she has cured purely functional disease, and with no power but the divine Mind.
    (Tests in our day)
    Since God, divine Mind, governs all, not partially but supremely, predicting disease does not dignify therapeutics. Whatever guides thought spiritually benefits mind and body. We need to understand the affirmations of divine Science, dismiss superstition, and demonstrate truth according to Christ.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 423:15


    (Coping with difficulties)
    The matter-physician deals with matter as both his foe and his remedy. He regards the ailment as weakened or strengthened according to the evidence which matter presents. The metaphysician, making Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and conscious power. Both Science and consciousness are now at work in the economy of being according to the law of Mind, which ultimately asserts its absolute supremacy.


Section 6


Psalm 6:2,9

    2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I
am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my
bones are vexed.

    9 The Lord hath heard my
supplication; the Lord will receive
my prayer.

***
Proverbs 15:29,30

    29 The Lord is far from the wicked:
but he heareth the prayer of the
righteous.

    30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth
the heart: and a good report maketh
the bones fat.
Proverbs 16:22,24

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

    24 Pleasant words are as an
honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and
health to the bones.

***
Romans 15:1,5,6

    1 We then that are strong ought to
bear the infirmities of the weak, and
not to please ourselves.

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:5-8

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:13


    (Poison defined mentally)
    Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior to his birth by the fright of his mother. When wrested from human belief and based on Science or the divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that chronic case is not difficult to cure.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:31-5

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


    (Rudiments of growth)
    In the Science of Mind, you will soon ascertain that error cannot destroy error. You will also learn that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions from one mortal to another, for there is but one Mind, and this ever-present omnipotent Mind is reflected by man and governs the entire universe.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:7-12,29-2


    (Righteous rebellion)
    Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them. Banish the belief that you can possibly entertain a single intruding pain which cannot be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way you can prevent the development of pain in the body.
    (Sin to be overcome)
    Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love, - as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit. Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - True sense of infinitude
08 1 - Scientific ultimatum
08 1 - Erroneous postulates
08 2 - Sickness as only thought
08 2 - Scientific corrective
08 2 - Disease powerless
08 2 - Jurisdiction of Mind
08 3 - Man governed by Mind
08 3 - Causes of sickness
08 3 - Perpetual motion
08 3 - Automatic mechanism
08 3 - Source of all life and action
08 4 - Confirmatory tests
08 4 - No material law
08 4 - Misdirected contention
08 4 - Fatigue is mental
08 5 - Metaphysical treatment
08 5 - Blunders and blunderers
08 5 - Old-school physician
08 5 - Tests in our day
08 5 - Coping with difficulties
08 6 - True healing transcendent
08 6 - Poison defined mentally
08 6 - Rudiments of growth
08 6 - Righteous rebellion
08 6 - Sin to be overcome
08 6 - Darkness scattered


February 23,1902

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

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-- Golden Text --

I John 5:1,5

    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.

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


Responsive Reading


Luke 2:25-38,40

    25 And, behold, there was a man in
Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
the same man was just and devout,
waiting for the consolation of
Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon
him.

    26 And it was revealed unto him by
the Holy Ghost, that he should not see
death, before he had seen the Lord's
Christ.

    27 And he came by the Spirit into
the temple: and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus, to do for
him after the custom of the law,

    28 Then took he him up in his arms,
and blessed God, and said,

    29 Lord, now lettest thou thy
servant depart in peace, according to
thy word:

    30 For mine eyes have seen thy
salvation,

    31 Which thou hast prepared before
the face of all people;

    32 A light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of thy people Israel.

    33 And Joseph and his mother
marvelled at those things which were
spoken of him.

    34 And Simeon blessed them, and
said unto Mary his mother, Behold,
this child is set for the fall and
rising again of many in Israel; and
for a sign which shall be spoken
against;

    35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce
through thy own soul also,) that the
thoughts of many hearts may be
revealed.

    36 And there was one Anna, a
prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Aser: she was of a
great age, and had lived with an
husband seven years from her
virginity;

    37 And she was a widow of about
fourscore and four years, which
departed not from the temple, but
served God with fastings and prayers
night and day.

    38 And she coming in that instant
gave thanks likewise unto the Lord,
and spake of him to all them that
looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

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


Section 1


Jeremiah 23:5,6

    5 #Behold, the days come, saith the
Lord, that I will raise unto David a
righteous Branch, and a King shall
reign and prosper, and shall execute
judgment and justice in the earth.

    6 In his days Judah shall be saved,
and Israel shall dwell safely: and
this is his name whereby he shall be
called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

***
Isaiah 11:1-5

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

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

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

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

    5 And righteousness shall be the
girdle of his loins, and faithfulness
the girdle of his reins.
Isaiah 59:20

    20 #And the Redeemer shall come to
Zion, and unto them that turn from
transgression in Jacob, saith the
Lord.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:9-31,32-20

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


    (-12- Messiah or Christ)
    Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature. The name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment. The proper name of our Master in the Greek was Jesus the Christ; but Christ Jesus better signifies the Godlike.
    (-13- The divine Principle and idea)
    XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, - the reflection of God, - has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.
    (-14- Spiritual oneness)
    XIV. By these sayings Jesus meant, not that the human Jesus was or is eternal, but that the divine idea or Christ was and is so and therefore antedated Abraham; not that the corporeal Jesus was one with the Father, but that the spiritual idea, Christ, dwells forever in the bosom of the Father, God, from which it illumines heaven and earth; not that the Father is greater than Spirit, which is God, but greater, infinitely greater, than the fleshly Jesus, whose earthly career was brief.
    (-15- The Son's duality)
    XV. The invisible Christ was imperceptible to the so-called personal senses, whereas Jesus appeared as a bodily existence. This dual personality of the unseen and the seen, the spiritual and material, the eternal Christ and the corporeal Jesus manifest in flesh, continued until the Master's ascension, when the human, material concept, or Jesus, disappeared, while the spiritual self, or Christ, continues to exist in the eternal order of divine Science, taking away the sins of the world, as the Christ has always done, even before the human Jesus was incarnate to mortal eyes.


Section 2


Isaiah 7:10-14

    10 #Moreover the Lord spake again
unto Ahaz, saying,

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

    12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask,
neither will I tempt the Lord.

    13 And he said, Hear ye now, O
house of David; Is it a small thing
for you to weary men, but will ye
weary my God also?

    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.

***
Matthew 1:18-23

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:10

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:31-19


    (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."

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.


Section 3


Matthew 12:10-21

    10 #And, behold, there was a man
which had his hand withered. And they
asked him, saying, Is it lawful to
heal on the sabbath days? that they
might accuse him.

    11 And he said unto them, What man
shall there be among you, that shall
have one sheep, and if it fall into a
pit on the sabbath day, will he not
lay hold on it, and lift it out?

    12 How much then is a man better
than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful
to do well on the sabbath days.

    13 Then saith he to the man,
Stretch forth thine hand. And he
stretched it forth; and it was
restored whole, like as the other.

    14 #Then the Pharisees went out,
and held a council against him, how
they might destroy him.

    15 But when Jesus knew it, he
withdrew himself from thence: and
great multitudes followed him, and he
healed them all;

    16 And charged them that they
should not make him known:

    17 That it might be fulfilled which
was spoken by Esaias the prophet,
saying,

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

    19 He shall not strive, nor cry;
neither shall any man hear his voice
in the streets.

    20 A bruised reed shall he not
break, and smoking flax shall he not
quench, till he send forth judgment
unto victory.

    21 And in his name shall the
Gentiles trust.

***
John 10:24,25

    24 Then came the Jews round about
him, and said unto him, How long dost
thou make us to doubt? If thou be the
Christ, tell us plainly.

    25 Jesus answered them, I told you,
and ye believed not: the works that I
do in my Father's name, they bear
witness of me.

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


    (John the Baptist, and the Messiah)
    The mission of Jesus confirmed prophecy, and explained the so-called miracles of olden time as natural demonstrations of the divine power, demonstrations which were not understood. Jesus' works established his claim to the Messiahship.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:14-32


    (Healing early lost)
    The proofs of Truth, Life, and Love, which Jesus gave by casting out error and healing the sick, completed his earthly mission; but in the Christian Church this demonstration of healing was early lost, about three centuries after the crucifixion. No ancient school of philosophy, materia medica, or scholastic theology ever taught or demonstrated the divine healing of absolute Science.
    (Immortal achieval)
    Jesus foresaw the reception Christian Science would have before it was understood, but this foreknowledge hindered him not. He fulfilled his God-mission, and then sat down at the right hand of the Father. Persecuted from city to city, his apostles still went about doing good deeds, for which they were maligned and stoned. The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:16


    (Christ's mission)
    Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, - the sign material, - how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this truth was our Master's mission to all mankind, including the hearts which rejected him.


Section 4


Luke 1:68,69,77,79

    68 Blessed be the Lord God of
Israel; for he hath visited and
redeemed his people,

    69 And hath raised up an horn of
salvation for us in the house of his
servant David;

    77 To give knowledge of salvation
unto his people by the remission of
their sins,

    79 To give light to them that sit
in darkness and in the shadow of
death, to guide our feet into the way
of peace.

***
I Thessalonians 5:6-10

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:26-11


    (Immaculate conception)
    The history of Jesus shows him to have been more spiritual than all other earthly personalities.
    (Jesus as mediator)
    Wearing in part a human form (that is, as it seemed to mortal view), being conceived by a human mother, Jesus was the mediator between Spirit and the flesh, between Truth and error. Explaining and demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil. The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship. Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, - to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:1


    (Mockery of truth)
    Meekly our Master met the mockery of his unrecognized grandeur. Such indignities as he received, his followers will endure until Christianity's last triumph. He won eternal honors. He overcame the world, the flesh, and all error, thus proving their nothingness. He wrought a full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. We need "Christ, and him crucified." We must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all error is destroyed.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:30-1

    (Rebukes helpful)
    We cannot choose for ourselves, but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught. In meekness and might, he was found preaching the gospel to the poor.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:14


    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    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.


Section 5


Luke 9:1,2,23

    1 Then he called his twelve
disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils,
and to cure diseases.

    2 And he sent them to preach the
kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.


    23 #And he said to them all, If any
man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow me.

***
Revelation 2:8,10

    8 And unto the angel of the church
in Smyrna write; These things saith
the first and the last, which was
dead, and is alive;

    10 Fear none of those things which
thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison,
that ye may be tried; and ye shall
have tribulation ten days: be thou
faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life.
Revelation 3:11

    11 Behold, I come quickly: hold
that fast which thou hast, that no
man take thy crown.

***
Hebrews 12:1,2

    1 Wherefore seeing we also are
compassed about with so great a cloud
of witnesses, 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,

    2 Looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith; who for the
joy that was set before him endured
the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:10

    (Final purpose)
    Jesus endured the shame, that he might pour his dear-bought bounty into barren lives. What was his earthly reward? He was forsaken by all save John, the beloved disciple, and a few women who bowed in silent woe beneath the shadow of his cross. The earthly price of spirituality in a material age and the great moral distance between Christianity and sensualism preclude Christian Science from finding favor with the worldly-minded.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:32


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:1


    (Christian warfare)
    Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 254:24-32


    (Patience and final perfection)
    If you venture upon the quiet surface of error and are in sympathy with error, what is there to disturb the waters? What is there to strip off error's disguise?
    (The cross and crown)
    If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms. Your good will be evil spoken of. This is the cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it you win and wear the crown. Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - -12- Messiah or Christ
09 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 1 - -14- Spiritual oneness
09 1 - -15- The Son's duality
09 2 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 2 - The one anointed
09 2 - Sonship of Jesus
09 3 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 3 - Healing early lost
09 3 - Immortal achieval
09 3 - Christ's mission
09 4 - Immaculate conception
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - Mockery of truth
09 4 - Rebukes helpful
09 4 - Our footsteps heavenward
09 5 - Behest of the cross
09 5 - Final purpose
09 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
09 5 - Christian warfare
09 5 - Patience and final perfection
09 5 - The cross and crown


March 2,1902

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Deuteronomy 5:24

    24 And ye said, Behold, the Lord
our God hath shewed us his glory and
his greatness, and we have heard his
voice out of the midst of the fire:
we have seen this day that God doth
talk with man, and he liveth.


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 3:8-23

    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.

    12 Now if any man build upon this
foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble;

    13 Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare
it, because it shall be revealed by
fire; and the fire shall try every
man's work of what sort it is.

    14 If any man's work abide which he
hath built thereupon, he shall
receive a reward.

    15 If any man's work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he
himself shall be saved; yet so as by
fire.

    16 Know ye not that ye are the
temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?

    17 If any man defile the temple of
God, him shall God destroy; for the
temple of God is holy, which temple
ye are.

    18 Let no man deceive himself. If
any man among you seemeth to be wise
in this world, let him become a fool,
that he may be wise.

    19 For the wisdom of this world is
foolishness with God. For it is
written, He taketh the wise in their
own craftiness.

    20 And again, The Lord knoweth the
thoughts of the wise, that they are
vain.

    21 Therefore let no man glory in
men. For all things are yours;

    22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or
Cephas, or the world, or life, or
death, or things present, or things
to come; all are yours;

    23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ
is God's.


Section 1


Genesis 1:26,27

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

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

***
Psalm 33:4,6,9

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

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

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:13-16


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 557:22


    (The curse removed)
    Popular theology takes up the history of man as if he began materially right, but immediately fell into mental sin; whereas revealed religion proclaims the Science of Mind and its formations as being in accordance with the first chapter of the Old Testament, when God, Mind, spake and it was done.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31

    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:19

    (Love imparts beauty)
    Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.


Section 2


Genesis 2:6,7,9

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

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

    9 And out of the ground made the
Lord God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for
food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:3-6

    3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest
ye die.

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    6 And when the woman saw that the
tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree
to be desired to make one wise, she
took of the fruit thereof, and did
eat, and gave also unto her husband
with her; and he did eat.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:23-1


    (Erroneous conception)
    Genesis iv. 1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord [Jehovah].



    This account is given, not of immortal man, but of mortal man, and of sin which is temporal. As both mortal man and sin have a beginning, they must consequently have an end, while the sinless, real man is eternal. Eve's declaration, "I have gotten a man from the Lord," supposes God to be the author of sin and sin's progeny.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:12


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:17


    (Creation reversed)
    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?

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 - 531:29-12

    (Biological inventions)
    The mythologic theory of material life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian record of man as created by Mind in the image and likeness of God and having dominion over all the earth. 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.
    (Progeny cursed)
    All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death? "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," was the prediction in the story under consideration. Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.

584:28 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DUST)

    DUST. Nothingness; the absence of substance, life, or intelligence.


Section 3


Exodus 20:1,3,4

    1 And God spake all these words,
saying,

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

    4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any
graven image, or any likeness of any
thing that is in heaven above, or
that is in the earth beneath, or that
is in the water under the earth:

***
Deuteronomy 4:15,16,23

    15 Take ye therefore good heed unto
yourselves; for ye saw no manner of
similitude on the day that the Lord
spake unto you in Horeb out of the
midst of the fire:

    16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and
make you a graven image, the
similitude of any figure, the
likeness of male or female,

    23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest
ye forget the covenant of the Lord
your God, which he made with you, and
make you a graven image, or the
likeness of any thing, which the Lord
thy God hath forbidden thee.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:16


    (Belief in many gods)
    Through this error, human belief comes to have "gods many and lords many." Moses declared as Jehovah's first command of the Ten: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me!" But behold the zeal of belief to establish the opposite error of many minds. The argument of the serpent in the allegory, "Ye shall be as gods," urges through every avenue the belief that Soul is in body, and that infinite Spirit, and Life, is in finite forms.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:3

    (Old and new man)
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:14-17


    (First evil suggestion)
    No mortal mind has the might or right or wisdom to create or to destroy. All is under the control of the one Mind, even God.


Section 4


Psalm 58:1,3

    1 Do ye indeed speak
righteousness, O congregation? do ye
judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

    3 The wicked are estranged from the
womb: they go astray as soon as they
be born, speaking lies.

***
Job 5:6,7

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

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

***
Jeremiah 17:9,10

    9 #The heart is deceitful above all
things, and desperately wicked: who
can know it?

    10 I the Lord search the heart, I
try the reins, even to give every man
according to his ways, and according
to the fruit of his doings.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:24


    (Right never punishable)
    It is a law of so-called mortal mind, misnamed matter, which causes all things discordant.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 105:13


    (Mental crimes) Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:27-30


    (Mind the only cause)
    The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man's origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 389:9


    (Diet and digestion) Matter does not inform you of bodily derangements; it is supposed to do so. This pseudo-mental testimony can be destroyed only by the better results of Mind's opposite evidence.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:17


    (Anthropomorphism)
    History teaches that the popular and false notions about the Divine Being and character have originated in the human mind. As there is in reality but one God, one Mind, wrong notions about God must have originated in a false supposition, not in immortal Truth, and they are fading out. They are false claims, which will eventually disappear, according to the vision of St. John in the Apocalypse.


Section 5


Hebrews 11:1,4

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    4 By faith Abel offered unto God a
more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by
which he obtained witness that he was
righteous, God testifying of his
gifts: and by it he being dead yet
speaketh.

***
John 17:5,24

    5 And now, O Father, glorify thou
me with thine own self with the glory
which I had with thee before the
world was.

    24 Father, I will that they also,
whom thou hast given me, be with me
where I am; that they may behold my
glory, which thou hast given me: for
thou lovedst me before the foundation
of the world.

***
Romans 8:28-30

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

    29 For whom he did foreknow, he
also did predestinate to be conformed
to the image of his Son, that he
might be the firstborn among many
brethren.

    30 Moreover whom he did
predestinate, them he also called:
and whom he called, them he also
justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:25


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:29-2


    (Perfection of creation)
    Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:19-24


    (Continuity of existence)
    If man did not exist before the material organization began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. If we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even according to the calculations of natural science.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 150:18


    (Exploded doctrine)
    The science (so-called) of physics would have one believe that both matter and mind are subject to disease, and that, too, in spite of the individual's protest and contrary to the law of divine Mind. This human view infringes man's free moral agency; and it is as evidently erroneous to the author, and will be to all others at some future day, as the practically rejected doctrine of the predestination of souls to damnation or salvation. The doctrine that man's harmony is governed by physical conditions all his earthly days, and that he is then thrust out of his own body by the operation of matter, - even the doctrine of the superiority of matter over Mind, - is fading out.

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

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


Section 6


Genesis 4:25,26

    25 #And Adam knew his wife again;
and she bare a son, and called his
name Seth: For God, said she, hath
appointed me another seed instead of
Abel, whom Cain slew.

    26 And to Seth, to him also there
was born a son; and he called his
name Enos: then began men to call
upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 5:11,18,24

    11 And all the days of Enos were
nine hundred and five years: and he
died.

    18 #And Jared lived an hundred
sixty and two years, and he begat
Enoch:

    24 And Enoch walked with God: and
he was not; for God took him.

***
Hebrews 11:5,6

    5 By faith Enoch was translated
that he should not see death; and was
not found, because God had translated
him: for before his translation he
had this testimony, that he pleased
God.

    6 But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he
is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:5-17


    (Music, rhythm of head and heart)
    If Enoch's perception had been confined to the evidence before his material senses, he could never have "walked with God," nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal.
    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:27


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

584:15 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DEATH)

    Any material evidence of death is false, for it contradicts the spiritual facts of being.

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 - 302:3-8

    (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.


Section 7


Acts 2:22,25-27

    22 Ye men of Israel, hear these
words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles
and wonders and signs, which God did
by him in the midst of you, as ye
yourselves also know:

    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.

***
II Peter 1:1,4

    1 Simon Peter, a servant and an
apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that
have obtained like precious faith
with us through the righteousness of
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

    4 Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is
in the world through lust.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:6


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

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


    (Natural wonders)
    The scientific manifestation of power is from the divine nature and is not supernatural, since Science is an explication of nature. The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws, - this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:14-16


    (Veritable success)
    When man demonstrates Christian Science absolutely, he will be perfect. He can neither sin, suffer, be subject to matter, nor disobey the law of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 540:1


    (Scientific offspring)
    Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit creates neither a wicked nor a mortal man, lapsing into sin, sickness, and death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:2,13

    (Scriptural perception)
    Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.
    (The clouds dissolving)
    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.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - The curse removed
10 1 - Birthright of man
10 1 - Love imparts beauty
10 2 - Erroneous conception
10 2 - Creation perfect
10 2 - Creation reversed
10 2 - No truth from a material basis
10 2 - Biological inventions
10 2 - Progeny cursed
10 3 - Belief in many gods
10 3 - Old and new man
10 3 - First evil suggestion
10 4 - Right never punishable
10 4 - Mental crimes
10 4 - Mind the only cause
10 4 - Diet and digestion
10 4 - Anthropomorphism
10 5 - Mythical pleasure
10 5 - Perfection of creation
10 5 - Mind's manifestations immortal
10 5 - Continuity of existence
10 5 - Exploded doctrine
10 5 - Mortal mind dethroned
10 6 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
10 6 - Adam and the senses
10 6 - Beatific presence
10 6 - Inverted images
10 6 - Identity not lost
10 7 - God's man discerned
10 7 - Natural wonders
10 7 - Veritable success
10 7 - Scientific offspring
10 7 - Scriptural perception
10 7 - The clouds dissolving


March 9,1902

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Luke 12:33

    33 Sell that ye have, and give
alms; provide yourselves bags which
wax not old, a treasure in the
heavens that faileth not, where no
thief approacheth, neither moth
corrupteth.


Responsive Reading


Job 8:3,6-15,20,21

    3 Doth God pervert judgment? or
doth the Almighty pervert justice?

    6 If thou wert pure and upright;
surely now he would awake for thee,
and make the habitation of thy
righteousness prosperous.

    7 Though thy beginning was small,
yet thy latter end should greatly
increase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and
whose trust shall be a spider's web.

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

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

    21 Till he fill thy mouth with
laughing and thy lips with rejoicing.


Section 1


Proverbs 8:1,18-21

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

    18 Riches and honour are with me;
yea, durable riches and
righteousness.

    19 My fruit is better than gold,
yea, than fine gold; and my revenue
than choice silver.

    20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the
paths of judgment:

    21 That I may cause those that love
me to inherit substance; and I will
fill their treasures.

***
II Corinthians 4:15-18

    15 For all things are for your
sakes, that the abundant grace might
through the thanksgiving of many
redound to the glory of God.

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

    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.

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.

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:13-31


    (Self-completeness)
    As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.
    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.


Section 2


Job 15:20,21,29,31

    20 The wicked man travaileth with
pain all his days, and the number of
years is hidden to the oppressor.

    21 A dreadful sound is in his ears:
in prosperity the destroyer shall
come upon him.

    29 He shall not be rich, neither
shall his substance continue, neither
shall he prolong the perfection
thereof upon the earth.

    31 Let not him that is deceived
trust in vanity: for vanity shall be
his recompence.

***
Song 8:7

    7 Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it: if a
man would give all the substance of
his house for love, it would utterly
be contemned.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:26-7


    (Soul impeccable)
    The objects cognized by the physical senses have not the reality of substance. They are only what mortal belief calls them. Matter, sin, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence, as mortals lay off a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence. But the spiritual, eternal man is not touched by these phases of mortality.
    (Sense-dreams)
    How true it is that whatever is learned through material sense must be lost because such so-called knowledge is reversed by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:12-32

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

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.


Section 3


II Corinthians 5:1-6

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly
desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:

    3 If so be that being clothed we
shall not be found naked.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

    5 Now he that hath wrought us for
the selfsame thing is God, who also
hath given unto us the earnest of the
Spirit.

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:32


    (Instruments of error)
    The five physical senses are the avenues and instruments of human error, and they correspond with error. These senses indicate the common human belief, that life, substance, and intelligence are a unison of matter with Spirit. This is pantheism, and carries within itself the seeds of all error.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:11-12


    (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 - 300:13-28


    (The tares and wheat)
    The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.
    (The divine reflection)
    Spirit is God, Soul; therefore Soul is not in matter. If Spirit were in matter, God would have no representative, and matter would be identical with God. The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence, inhabits matter is taught by the schools. This theory is unscientific.


Section 4


Luke 24:33-40

    33 And they rose up the same hour,
and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together, and
them that were with them,

    34 Saying, The Lord is risen
indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

    35 And they told what things were
done in the way, and how he was known
of them in breaking of bread.

    36 #And as they thus spake, Jesus
himself stood in the midst of them,
and saith unto them, Peace be unto
you.

    37 But they were terrified and
affrighted, and supposed that they
had seen a spirit.

    38 And he said unto them, Why are
ye troubled? and why do thoughts
arise in your hearts?

    39 Behold my hands and my feet,
that it is I myself: handle me, and
see; for a spirit hath not flesh and
bones, as ye see me have.

    40 And when he had thus spoken, he
shewed them his hands and his feet.

***
John 20:24-29

    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.

    28 And Thomas answered and said
unto him, My Lord and my God.

    29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas,
because thou hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have
not seen, and yet have believed.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 172:23-27


    (Identity not lost)
    What is man? Brain, heart, blood, bones, etc., the material structure? If the real man is in the material body, you take away a portion of the man when you amputate a limb; the surgeon destroys manhood, and worms annihilate it.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:20-21


    (Spiritual government) Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:24

    (Material skepticism)
    To the materialistic Thomas, looking for the ideal Saviour in matter instead of in Spirit and to the testimony of the material senses and the body, more than to Soul, for an earnest of immortality, - to him Jesus furnished the proof that he was unchanged by the crucifixion. To this dull and doubting disciple Jesus remained a fleshly reality, so long as the Master remained an inhabitant of the earth. Nothing but a display of matter could make existence real to Thomas. For him to believe in matter was no task, but for him to conceive of the substantiality of Spirit - to know that nothing can efface Mind and immortality, in which Spirit reigns - was more difficult.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 313:23

    (Jesus the Scientist)
    Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause. To 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. Thus he found the eternal Ego, and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and His reflection or spiritual man. Our Master gained the solution of being, demonstrating the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.


Section 5


Hebrews 11:8-10,13-16

    8 By faith Abraham, when he was
called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an
inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing whither he went.

    9 By faith he sojourned in the land
of promise, as in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac
and Jacob, the heirs with him of the
same promise:

    10 For he looked for a city which
hath foundations, whose builder and
maker is God.

    13 These all died in faith, not
having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were
persuaded of them, and embraced them,
and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

    14 For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a
country.

    15 And truly, if they had been
mindful of that country from whence
they came out, they might have had
opportunity to have returned.

    16 But now they desire a better
country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be
called their God: for he hath
prepared for them a city.

***
Revelation 21:1,2,14,16,18,23,24

    1 And I saw a new heaven and a new
earth: for the first heaven and the
first earth were passed away; and
there was no more sea.

    2 And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out
of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.

    14 And the wall of the city had
twelve foundations, and in them the
names of the twelve apostles of the
Lamb.

    16 And the city lieth foursquare,
and the length is as large as the
breadth: and he measured the city
with the reed, twelve thousand
furlongs. The length and the breadth
and the height of it are equal.

    18 And the building of the wall of
it was of jasper: and the city was
pure gold, like unto clear glass.

    23 And the city had no need of the
sun, neither of the moon, to shine in
it: for the glory of God did lighten
it, and the Lamb is the light
thereof.

    24 And the nations of them which
are saved shall walk in the light of
it: and the kings of the earth do
bring their glory and honour into it.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 575:7,22-7


    (The city foursquare)
    This sacred city, described in the Apocalypse (xxi. 16) as one that "lieth foursquare" and cometh "down from God, out of heaven," represents the light and glory of divine Science. The builder and maker of this New Jerusalem is God, as we read in the book of Hebrews; and it is "a city which hath foundations." The description is metaphoric. Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate the truths he taught by the mustard-seed and the prodigal? Taken in its allegorical sense, the description of the city as foursquare has a profound meaning. The four sides of our city are the Word, Christ, Christianity, and divine Science; "and the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there." This city is wholly spiritual, as its four sides indicate.
    (The royally divine gates)
    As the Psalmist saith, "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." It is indeed a city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and square. Northward, its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation; eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus; southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, - the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union; westward, to the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.
    (Revelation's pure zenith)
    This heavenly city, lighted by the Sun of Righteousness, - this New Jerusalem, this infinite All, which to us seems hidden in the mist of remoteness, - reached St. John's vision while yet he tabernacled with mortals.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 577:12

    (The city of our God)
    This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points are: first, the Word of Life, Truth, and Love; second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history; fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar. This city of our God has no need of sun or satellite, for Love is the light of it, and divine Mind is its own interpreter. All who are saved must walk in this light. Mighty potentates and dynasties will lay down their honors within the heavenly city. Its gates open towards light and glory both within and without, for all is good, and nothing can enter that city, which "defileth, . . . or maketh a lie."

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - Substance spiritual
11 1 - All force mental
11 1 - Self-completeness
11 1 - Spiritual proofs of existence
11 2 - Soul impeccable
11 2 - Sense-dreams
11 2 - One cause supreme
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Man's entity
11 3 - Instruments of error
11 3 - Antagonistic theories
11 3 - The tares and wheat
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 4 - Identity not lost
11 4 - Spiritual government
11 4 - Material skepticism
11 4 - Jesus the Scientist
11 5 - The city foursquare
11 5 - The royally divine gates
11 5 - Revelation's pure zenith
11 5 - The city of our God


March 16,1902

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 46:6,7

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

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 65:2-10,17-19

    2 I have spread out my hands all
the day unto a rebellious people,
which walketh in a way that was not
good, after their own thoughts;

    3 A people that provoketh me to
anger continually to my face; that
sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth
incense upon altars of brick;

    4 Which remain among the graves,
and lodge in the monuments, which eat
swine's flesh, and broth of
abominable things is in their
vessels;

    5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come
not near to me; for I am holier than
thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a
fire that burneth all the day.

    6 Behold, it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but will
recompense, even recompense into
their bosom,

    7 Your iniquities, and the
iniquities of your fathers together,
saith the Lord, which have burned
incense upon the mountains, and
blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former
work into their bosom.

    8 #Thus saith the Lord, As the new
wine is found in the cluster, and one
saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing
is in it: so will I do for my
servants' sakes, that I may not
destroy them all.

    9 And I will bring forth a seed out
of Jacob, and out of Judah an
inheritor of my mountains: and mine
elect shall inherit it, and my
servants shall dwell there.

    10 And Sharon shall be a fold of
flocks, and the valley of Achor a
place for the herds to lie down in,
for my people that have sought me.

    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.

    19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and joy in my people: and the voice
of weeping shall be no more heard in
her, nor the voice of crying.


Section 1


Genesis 2:8,19

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

    19 And out of the ground the Lord
God formed every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and
brought them unto Adam to see what he
would call them: and whatsoever Adam
called every living creature, that
was the name thereof.

***
Jeremiah 16:19,20

    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?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:31-3


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:3

    (Mist, or false claim)
    Because of its false basis, the mist of obscurity evolved by error deepens the false claim, and finally declares that God knows error and that error can improve His creation. Although presenting the exact opposite of Truth, the lie claims to be truth. The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false. In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4,11-17


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.
    (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."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:10


    (Mental and physical oneness) Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mortal mind. This so-called mind builds its own superstructure, of which the material body is the grosser portion; but from first to last, the body is a sensuous, human concept.


Section 2


Isaiah 40:3,6-8

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

    6 The voice said, Cry. And he said,
What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as
the flower of the field:

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

    8 The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth: but the word of our God shall
stand for ever.
Isaiah 1:4

    4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden
with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they
have forsaken the Lord, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto
anger, they are gone away backward.

***
James 4:13,14

    13 Go to now, ye that say, To day
or to morrow we will go into such a
city, and continue there a year, and
buy and sell, and get gain:

    14 Whereas ye know not what shall
be on the morrow. For what is your
life? It is even a vapour, that
appeareth for a little time, and then
vanisheth away.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:27


    (Spiritual sense of life)
    Temporal life is a false sense of existence.

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 - 311:14


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:15-20


    (Stages of existence)
    Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal - as beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages - hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to trail in the dust.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:3


    (Spirit the only intelligence and substance)
    All forms of error support the false conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real and living as spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and beings, two powers, - namely, Spirit and matter, - resulting in a third person (mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.


Section 3


Isaiah 29:15

    15 Woe unto them that seek deep to
hide their counsel from the Lord, and
their works are in the dark, and they
say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth
us?
Isaiah 50:11

    11 Behold, all ye that kindle a
fire, that compass yourselves about
with sparks: walk in the light of
your fire, and in the sparks that ye
have kindled. This shall ye have of
mine hand; ye shall lie down in
sorrow.

***
Job 24:12,13

    12 Men groan from out of the city,
and the soul of the wounded crieth
out: yet God layeth not folly to
them.

    13 They are of those that rebel
against the light; they know not the
ways thereof, nor abide in the paths
thereof.

***
Matthew 6:22,23

    22 The light of the body is the
eye: if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full
of light.

    23 But if thine eye be evil, thy
whole body shall be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in
thee be darkness, how great is that
darkness!

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:24(begin Darkness)-27


    (Transmitted peculiarities) Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, "Canst thou by searching find out God?"

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:23

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


    (Chaos and darkness)
    Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:5

(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)
    If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:11

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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.


Section 4


Ecclesiastes 2:1,3,10,11

    1 I said in mine heart, Go to now,
I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and,
behold, this also is vanity.

    3 I sought in mine heart to give
myself unto wine, yet acquainting
mine heart with wisdom; and to lay
hold on folly, till I might see what
was that good for the sons of men,
which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

    10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired
I kept not from them, I withheld not
my heart from any joy; for my heart
rejoiced in all my labour: and this
was my portion of all my labour.

    11 Then I looked on all the works
that my hands had wrought, and on the
labour that I had laboured to do:
and, behold, all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no
profit under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 4:1,4

    1 So I returned, and considered
all the oppressions that are done
under the sun: and behold the tears
of such as were oppressed, and they
had no comforter; and on the side of
their oppressors there was power; but
they had no comforter.

    4 #Again, I considered all travail,
and every right work, that for this a
man is envied of his neighbour. This
is also vanity and vexation of
spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:15-20


    (Truth's witness) Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief, alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death, never reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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 - 536:16-23


    (The fall of error)
    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.
    Passions and appetites must end in pain. They are "of few days, and full of trouble." Their supposed joys are cheats. Their narrow limits belittle their gratifications, and hedge about their achievements with thorns.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 389:22


    (Ancient confusion)
    Materialists contradict their own statements. Their belief in material laws and in penalties for their infraction is the ancient error that there is fraternity between pain and pleasure, good and evil, God and Satan. This belief totters to its falling before the battle-axe of Science.


Section 5


Isaiah 30:1-3

    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!

    3 Therefore shall the strength of
Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust
in the shadow of Egypt your
confusion.

***
II Chronicles 16:7,12,13

    7 #And at that time Hanani the seer
came to Asa king of Judah, and said
unto him, Because thou hast relied on
the king of Syria, and not relied on
the Lord thy God, therefore is the
host of the king of Syria escaped out
of thine hand.

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:23


    (Sickness as discord)
    Medical science treats disease as though disease were real, therefore right, and attempts to heal it with matter. If disease is right it is wrong to heal it. Material methods are temporary, and are not adapted to elevate mankind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:7,15

    (Unscientific introspection)
    Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.
    (God the only Mind)
    The varied doctrines and theories which presuppose life and intelligence to exist in matter are so many ancient and modern mythologies. Mystery, miracle, sin, and death will disappear when it becomes fairly understood that the divine Mind controls man and man has no Mind but God.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 78:24


    (Spirit intangible)
    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 - 180:11


    (The invalid's outlook)
    Physicians should not deport themselves as if Mind were non-existent, nor take the ground that all causation is matter, instead of Mind. Ignorant that the human mind governs the body, its phenomenon, the invalid may unwittingly add more fear to the mental reservoir already overflowing with that emotion.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 179:32

    (Medical works objectionable)
    Descriptions of disease given by physicians and advertisements of quackery are both prolific sources of sickness. As mortal mind is the husbandman of error, it should be taught to do the body no harm and to uproot its false sowing.


Section 6


Jeremiah 17:5-7

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

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

    7 Blessed is the man that trusteth
in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord
is.
Jeremiah 10:10,11

    10 But the Lord is the true God, he
is the living God, and an everlasting
king: at his wrath the earth shall
tremble, and the nations shall not be
able to abide his indignation.

    11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The
gods that have not made the heavens
and the earth, even they shall perish
from the earth, and from under these
heavens.

***
Matthew 24:4,35

    4 And Jesus answered and said unto
them, Take heed that no man deceive
you.

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass
away.

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?

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.

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


    (The infinitude of God)
    Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:19


    (Unspiritual contrasts)
    It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science. The triumphs of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Material inception
12 1 - Mist, or false claim
12 1 - Human egotism
12 1 - Mortal man a mis-creator
12 1 - Mental and physical oneness
12 2 - Spiritual sense of life
12 2 - Human frailty
12 2 - Soul impeccable
12 2 - Stages of existence
12 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
12 3 - Transmitted peculiarities
12 3 - Consecration required
12 3 - Chaos and darkness
12 3 - Spiritual reflection
12 3 - Man linked with Spirit
12 4 - Truth's witness
12 4 - The great question
12 4 - The fall of error
12 4 - Ancient confusion
12 5 - Sickness as discord
12 5 - Unscientific introspection
12 5 - God the only Mind
12 5 - Spirit intangible
12 5 - The invalid's outlook
12 5 - Medical works objectionable
12 6 - Serving two masters
12 6 - Essential element of Christianity
12 6 - The infinitude of God
12 6 - Unspiritual contrasts


March 16,1902

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 46:6,7

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

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 65:2-10,17-19

    2 I have spread out my hands all
the day unto a rebellious people,
which walketh in a way that was not
good, after their own thoughts;

    3 A people that provoketh me to
anger continually to my face; that
sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth
incense upon altars of brick;

    4 Which remain among the graves,
and lodge in the monuments, which eat
swine's flesh, and broth of
abominable things is in their
vessels;

    5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come
not near to me; for I am holier than
thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a
fire that burneth all the day.

    6 Behold, it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but will
recompense, even recompense into
their bosom,

    7 Your iniquities, and the
iniquities of your fathers together,
saith the Lord, which have burned
incense upon the mountains, and
blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former
work into their bosom.

    8 #Thus saith the Lord, As the new
wine is found in the cluster, and one
saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing
is in it: so will I do for my
servants' sakes, that I may not
destroy them all.

    9 And I will bring forth a seed out
of Jacob, and out of Judah an
inheritor of my mountains: and mine
elect shall inherit it, and my
servants shall dwell there.

    10 And Sharon shall be a fold of
flocks, and the valley of Achor a
place for the herds to lie down in,
for my people that have sought me.

    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.

    19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and joy in my people: and the voice
of weeping shall be no more heard in
her, nor the voice of crying.


Section 1


Genesis 2:8,19

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

    19 And out of the ground the Lord
God formed every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and
brought them unto Adam to see what he
would call them: and whatsoever Adam
called every living creature, that
was the name thereof.

***
Jeremiah 16:19,20

    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?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:31-3


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 523:3

    (Mist, or false claim)
    Because of its false basis, the mist of obscurity evolved by error deepens the false claim, and finally declares that God knows error and that error can improve His creation. Although presenting the exact opposite of Truth, the lie claims to be truth. The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false. In error everything comes from beneath, not from above. All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:4,11-17


    (Human egotism)
    The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.
    (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."

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:10


    (Mental and physical oneness) Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mortal mind. This so-called mind builds its own superstructure, of which the material body is the grosser portion; but from first to last, the body is a sensuous, human concept.


Section 2


Isaiah 40:3,6-8

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

    6 The voice said, Cry. And he said,
What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as
the flower of the field:

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

    8 The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth: but the word of our God shall
stand for ever.
Isaiah 1:4

    4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden
with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they
have forsaken the Lord, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto
anger, they are gone away backward.

***
James 4:13,14

    13 Go to now, ye that say, To day
or to morrow we will go into such a
city, and continue there a year, and
buy and sell, and get gain:

    14 Whereas ye know not what shall
be on the morrow. For what is your
life? It is even a vapour, that
appeareth for a little time, and then
vanisheth away.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:27


    (Spiritual sense of life)
    Temporal life is a false sense of existence.

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 - 311:14


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:15-20


    (Stages of existence)
    Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal - as beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages - hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to trail in the dust.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:3


    (Spirit the only intelligence and substance)
    All forms of error support the false conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real and living as spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and beings, two powers, - namely, Spirit and matter, - resulting in a third person (mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.


Section 3


Isaiah 29:15

    15 Woe unto them that seek deep to
hide their counsel from the Lord, and
their works are in the dark, and they
say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth
us?
Isaiah 50:11

    11 Behold, all ye that kindle a
fire, that compass yourselves about
with sparks: walk in the light of
your fire, and in the sparks that ye
have kindled. This shall ye have of
mine hand; ye shall lie down in
sorrow.

***
Job 24:12,13

    12 Men groan from out of the city,
and the soul of the wounded crieth
out: yet God layeth not folly to
them.

    13 They are of those that rebel
against the light; they know not the
ways thereof, nor abide in the paths
thereof.

***
Matthew 6:22,23

    22 The light of the body is the
eye: if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full
of light.

    23 But if thine eye be evil, thy
whole body shall be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in
thee be darkness, how great is that
darkness!

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:24(begin Darkness)-27


    (Transmitted peculiarities) Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, "Canst thou by searching find out God?"

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:23

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


    (Chaos and darkness)
    Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:5

(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)
    If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:11

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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.


Section 4


Ecclesiastes 2:1,3,10,11

    1 I said in mine heart, Go to now,
I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and,
behold, this also is vanity.

    3 I sought in mine heart to give
myself unto wine, yet acquainting
mine heart with wisdom; and to lay
hold on folly, till I might see what
was that good for the sons of men,
which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

    10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired
I kept not from them, I withheld not
my heart from any joy; for my heart
rejoiced in all my labour: and this
was my portion of all my labour.

    11 Then I looked on all the works
that my hands had wrought, and on the
labour that I had laboured to do:
and, behold, all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no
profit under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 4:1,4

    1 So I returned, and considered
all the oppressions that are done
under the sun: and behold the tears
of such as were oppressed, and they
had no comforter; and on the side of
their oppressors there was power; but
they had no comforter.

    4 #Again, I considered all travail,
and every right work, that for this a
man is envied of his neighbour. This
is also vanity and vexation of
spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:15-20


    (Truth's witness) Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief, alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death, never reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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 - 536:16-23


    (The fall of error)
    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.
    Passions and appetites must end in pain. They are "of few days, and full of trouble." Their supposed joys are cheats. Their narrow limits belittle their gratifications, and hedge about their achievements with thorns.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 389:22


    (Ancient confusion)
    Materialists contradict their own statements. Their belief in material laws and in penalties for their infraction is the ancient error that there is fraternity between pain and pleasure, good and evil, God and Satan. This belief totters to its falling before the battle-axe of Science.


Section 5


Isaiah 30:1-3

    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!

    3 Therefore shall the strength of
Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust
in the shadow of Egypt your
confusion.

***
II Chronicles 16:7,12,13

    7 #And at that time Hanani the seer
came to Asa king of Judah, and said
unto him, Because thou hast relied on
the king of Syria, and not relied on
the Lord thy God, therefore is the
host of the king of Syria escaped out
of thine hand.

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:23


    (Sickness as discord)
    Medical science treats disease as though disease were real, therefore right, and attempts to heal it with matter. If disease is right it is wrong to heal it. Material methods are temporary, and are not adapted to elevate mankind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:7,15

    (Unscientific introspection)
    Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.
    (God the only Mind)
    The varied doctrines and theories which presuppose life and intelligence to exist in matter are so many ancient and modern mythologies. Mystery, miracle, sin, and death will disappear when it becomes fairly understood that the divine Mind controls man and man has no Mind but God.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 78:24


    (Spirit intangible)
    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 - 180:11


    (The invalid's outlook)
    Physicians should not deport themselves as if Mind were non-existent, nor take the ground that all causation is matter, instead of Mind. Ignorant that the human mind governs the body, its phenomenon, the invalid may unwittingly add more fear to the mental reservoir already overflowing with that emotion.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 179:32

    (Medical works objectionable)
    Descriptions of disease given by physicians and advertisements of quackery are both prolific sources of sickness. As mortal mind is the husbandman of error, it should be taught to do the body no harm and to uproot its false sowing.


Section 6


Jeremiah 17:5-7

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

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

    7 Blessed is the man that trusteth
in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord
is.
Jeremiah 10:10,11

    10 But the Lord is the true God, he
is the living God, and an everlasting
king: at his wrath the earth shall
tremble, and the nations shall not be
able to abide his indignation.

    11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The
gods that have not made the heavens
and the earth, even they shall perish
from the earth, and from under these
heavens.

***
Matthew 24:4,35

    4 And Jesus answered and said unto
them, Take heed that no man deceive
you.

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass
away.

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?

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.

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


    (The infinitude of God)
    Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:19


    (Unspiritual contrasts)
    It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science. The triumphs of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - Material inception
13 1 - Mist, or false claim
13 1 - Human egotism
13 1 - Mortal man a mis-creator
13 1 - Mental and physical oneness
13 2 - Spiritual sense of life
13 2 - Human frailty
13 2 - Soul impeccable
13 2 - Stages of existence
13 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
13 3 - Transmitted peculiarities
13 3 - Consecration required
13 3 - Chaos and darkness
13 3 - Spiritual reflection
13 3 - Man linked with Spirit
13 4 - Truth's witness
13 4 - The great question
13 4 - The fall of error
13 4 - Ancient confusion
13 5 - Sickness as discord
13 5 - Unscientific introspection
13 5 - God the only Mind
13 5 - Spirit intangible
13 5 - The invalid's outlook
13 5 - Medical works objectionable
13 6 - Serving two masters
13 6 - Essential element of Christianity
13 6 - The infinitude of God
13 6 - Unspiritual contrasts


March 30,1902

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

I Thessalonians 5:5

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


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 25:1-9,11,12

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

    2 For thou hast made of a city an
heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a
palace of strangers to be no city; it
shall never be built.

    3 Therefore shall the strong people
glorify thee, the city of the
terrible nations shall fear thee.

    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.

    5 Thou shalt bring down the noise
of strangers, as the heat in a dry
place; even the heat with the shadow
of a cloud: the branch of the
terrible ones shall be brought low.

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

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

    8 He will swallow up death in
victory; and the Lord God will wipe
away tears from off all faces; and
the rebuke of his people shall he
take away from off all the earth: for
the Lord hath spoken it.

    9 #And it shall be said in that
day, Lo, this is our God; we have
waited for him, and he will save us:
this is the Lord; we have waited for
him, we will be glad and rejoice in
his salvation.

    11 And he shall spread forth his
hands in the midst of them, as he
that swimmeth spreadeth forth his
hands to swim: and he shall bring
down their pride together with the
spoils of their hands.

    12 And the fortress of the high
fort of thy walls shall he bring
down, lay low, and bring to the
ground, even to the dust.


Section 1


I John 4:6

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

***
James 3:11,12,17

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

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

    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.
James 5:19,20

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:9,22-25


    (Divine allness)
    We call the absence of Truth, error. Truth and error are unlike. In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite God can have no unlikeness. Did God, Truth, create error? No! "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" 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?
    (Error unveiled)
    Error is false, mortal belief; it is illusion, without spiritual identity or foundation, and it has no real existence. The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter, or of it, is an error.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:14-19

(12) Question: What is error?
ADAM = Not God's man, who represents the one God and His own image and likeness.
Topic: Matter


    (Evanescent materiality)
    Answer. - Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:2,14


    (Real and counterfeit)
    The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that time will prove all this. Both truth and error have come nearer than ever before to the apprehension of mortals, and truth will become still clearer as error is self-destroyed.
    (Results of faith in Truth)
    When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.


Section 2


Proverbs 6:12,14-20,22,23

    12 #A naughty person, a wicked man,
walketh with a froward mouth.

    14 Frowardness is in his heart, he
deviseth mischief continually; he
soweth discord.

    15 Therefore shall his calamity
come suddenly; suddenly shall he be
broken without remedy.

    16 #These six things doth the Lord
hate: yea, seven are an abomination
unto him:

    17 A proud look, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 An heart that deviseth wicked
imaginations, feet that be swift in
running to mischief,

    19 A false witness that speaketh
lies, and he that soweth discord
among brethren.

    20 #My son, keep thy father's
commandment, and forsake not the law
of thy mother:

    22 When thou goest, it shall lead
thee; when thou sleepest, it shall
keep thee; and when thou awakest, it
shall talk with thee.

    23 For the commandment is a lamp;
and the law is light; and reproofs of
instruction are the way of life:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:12,25


    (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.
    (Perfection requisite)
    Material beliefs and spiritual understanding never mingle. The latter destroys the former. Discord is the nothingness named error. Harmony is the somethingness named Truth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:1-2


    (The dragon as a type)
    Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:19


    (Superstition obsolete)
    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."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 414:21-23


    (Cure of insanity)
    The Scripture declares, "The Lord He is God [good]; there is none else beside Him." Even so, harmony is universal, and discord is unreal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 355:11


    (Practical arguments)
    Let discord of every name and nature be heard no more, and let the harmonious and true sense of Life and being take possession of human consciousness.


Section 3


Job 20:4,5,8,9

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

    5 That the triumphing of the wicked
is short, and the joy of the
hypocrite but for a moment?

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


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

***
Acts 5:12,16-20

    12 #And by the hands of the
apostles were many signs and wonders
wrought among the people; (and they
were all with one accord in Solomon's
porch.

    16 There came also a multitude out
of the cities round about unto
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and
them which were vexed with unclean
spirits: and they were healed every
one.

    17 #Then the high priest rose up,
and all they that were with him,

    (which is the sect of the Sadducees,)
and were filled with indignation,

    18 And laid their hands on the
apostles, and put them in the common
prison.

    19 But the angel of the Lord by
night opened the prison doors, and
brought them forth, and said,

    20 Go, stand and speak in the
temple to the people all the words of
this life.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:12-13

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


    (Harmony from Spirit)
    Material sense has its realm apart from Science in the unreal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:7

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

    (The fruit forbidden)
    Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity. The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever intact. The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," - this growth of material belief, of which it is said: "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 359:11


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:1

    (The real and the unreal)
    The Christianly scientific real is the sensuous unreal. Sin, disease, whatever seems real to material sense, is unreal in divine Science. The physical senses and Science have ever been antagonistic, and they will so continue, till the testimony of the physical senses yields entirely to Christian Science.


Section 4


Habakkuk 1:12,13

    12 #Art thou not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, mine Holy One? we shall
not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained
them for judgment; and, O mighty God,
thou hast established them for
correction.

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

***
John 8:31-34,43,44

    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.

    33 #They answered him, We be
Abraham's seed, and were never in
bondage to any man: how sayest thou,
Ye shall be made free?

    34 Jesus answered them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin.


    43 Why do ye not understand my
speech? even because ye cannot hear
my word.

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:4-9


    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.
    Jesus said of personified evil, that it was "a liar, and the father of it." Truth creates neither a lie, a capacity to lie, nor a liar.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:2


    (Real and unreal identity)
    Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:13(begin If)

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


    (The divine standard of perfection) If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind. How can good lapse into evil, when God, the Mind of man, never sins? The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:9


    (Subordination of evil)
    We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.

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.


Section 5


Deuteronomy 7:7,12,15

    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:


    12 #Wherefore it shall come to
pass, if ye hearken to these
judgments, and keep, and do them,
that the Lord thy God shall keep unto
thee the covenant and the mercy which
he sware unto thy fathers:

    15 And the Lord will take away from
thee all sickness, and will put none
of the evil diseases of Egypt, which
thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay
them upon all them that hate thee.

***
I Kings 17:17,20-23

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

    20 And he cried unto the Lord, and
said, O Lord my God, hast thou also
brought evil upon the widow with whom
I sojourn, by slaying her son?

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:31-4


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which simulates the creations of Truth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 417:20


    (Disease to be made unreal)
    To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened. Disease should not appear real to the physician, since it is demonstrable that the way to cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To do this, the physician must understand the unreality of disease in Science.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 418:12

    (Truthful arguments)
    It must be clear to you that sickness is no more the reality of being than is sin. This mortal dream of sickness, sin, and death should cease through Christian Science. Then one disease would be as readily destroyed as another. Whatever the belief is, if arguments are used to destroy it, the belief must be repudiated, and the negation must extend to the supposed disease and to whatever decides its type and symptoms. Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.


Section 6


I Corinthians 1:23,24,27-31

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

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

    27 But God hath chosen the foolish
things of the world to confound the
wise; and God hath chosen the weak
things of the world to confound the
things which are mighty;

    28 And base things of the world,
and things which are despised, hath
God chosen, yea, and things which are
not, to bring to nought things that
are:

    29 That no flesh should glory in
his presence.

    30 But of him are ye in Christ
Jesus, who of God is made unto us
wisdom, and righteousness, and
sanctification, and redemption:

    31 That, according as it is
written, He that glorieth, let him
glory in the Lord.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:13-17


    (Imperfect terminology)
    As Mind is immortal, the phrase mortal mind implies something untrue and therefore unreal; and as the phrase is used in teaching Christian Science, it is meant to designate that which has no real existence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:14-27


    (Mortal existence a dream)
    Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is called man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A mortal may be weary or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in sleep. When that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself experiencing none of these dream-sensations. To the observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed, and sensationless, and the mind seems to be absent.
    Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream? There cannot be, since whatever appears to be a mortal man is a mortal dream. Take away the mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:7


    (The human counterfeit)
    What, then, is the material personality which suffers, sins, and dies? It is not man, the image and likeness of God, but man's counterfeit, the inverted likeness, the unlikeness called sin, sickness, and death. The unreality of the claim that a mortal is the true image of God is illustrated by the opposite natures of Spirit and matter, Mind and body, for one is intelligence while the other is non-intelligence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:8


    (Eternal man recognized)
    A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - Divine allness
14 1 - Error unveiled
14 1 - Evanescent materiality
14 1 - Real and counterfeit
14 1 - Results of faith in Truth
14 2 - Universal brotherhood
14 2 - Perfection requisite
14 2 - The dragon as a type
14 2 - Superstition obsolete
14 2 - Cure of insanity
14 2 - Practical arguments
14 3 - Harmony from Spirit
14 3 - The fruit forbidden
14 3 - Personal confidence
14 3 - The real and the unreal
14 4 - Two infinite creators absurd
14 4 - Real and unreal identity
14 4 - The divine standard of perfection
14 4 - Subordination of evil
14 4 - -31- Evil not produced by God
14 5 - Spiritual thoughts
14 5 - Disease to be made unreal
14 5 - Truthful arguments
14 6 - Imperfect terminology
14 6 - Mortal existence a dream
14 6 - The human counterfeit
14 6 - Eternal man recognized


April 6,1902

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 33:5,24

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

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


Responsive Reading


Ezekiel 34:1,2,4,6,11,12,16,24,26,30,31

    1 And the word of the Lord came
unto me, saying,

    2 Son of man, prophesy against the
shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say
unto them, Thus saith the Lord God
unto the shepherds; Woe be to the
shepherds of Israel that do feed
themselves! should not the shepherds
feed the flocks?

    4 The diseased have ye not
strengthened, neither have ye healed
that which was sick, neither have ye
bound up that which was broken,
neither have ye brought again that
which was driven away, neither have
ye sought that which was lost; but
with force and with cruelty have ye
ruled them.

    6 My sheep wandered through all the
mountains, and upon every high hill:
yea, my flock was scattered upon all
the face of the earth, and none did
search or seek after them.

    11 #For thus saith the Lord God;
Behold, I, even I, will both search
my sheep, and seek them out.

    12 As a shepherd seeketh out his
flock in the day that he is among his
sheep that are scattered; so will I
seek out my sheep, and will deliver
them out of all places where they
have been scattered in the cloudy and
dark day.

    16 I will seek that which was lost,
and bring again that which was driven
away, and will bind up that which was
broken, and will strengthen that
which was sick: but I will destroy
the fat and the strong; I will feed
them with judgment.

    24 And I the Lord will be their
God, and my servant David a prince
among them; I the Lord have spoken
it.

    26 And I will make them and the
places round about my hill a
blessing; and I will cause the shower
to come down in his season; there
shall be showers of blessing.

    30 Thus shall they know that I the
Lord their God am with them, and that
they, even the house of Israel, are
my people, saith the Lord God.

    31 And ye my flock, the flock of my
pasture, are men, and I am your God,
saith the Lord God.


Section 1


Isaiah 55:6,7

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

    7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the Lord, and
he will have mercy upon him; and to
our God, for he will abundantly
pardon.

***
Hosea 10:12,13

    12 Sow to yourselves in
righteousness, reap in mercy; break
up your fallow ground: for it is time
to seek the Lord, till he come and
rain righteousness upon you.

    13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye
have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten
the fruit of lies: because thou didst
trust in thy way, in the multitude of
thy mighty men.

***
Joel 2:12,13,27

    12 #Therefore also now, saith the
Lord, Turn ye even to me with all
your heart, and with fasting, and
with weeping, and with mourning:

    13 And rend your heart, and not
your garments, and turn unto the Lord
your God: for he is gracious and
merciful, slow to anger, and of great
kindness, and repenteth him of the
evil.

    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.

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


    (No healing in sin)
    No man is physically healed in wilful error or by it, any more than he is morally saved in or by sin. It is error even to murmur or to be angry over sin. To be every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well as physically. To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:32

    (Sin to be overcome)
    Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease. Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death. To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:25


    (Right endeavor possible)
    Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:30-2


    (Healthful theology)
    It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to "forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."


Section 2


Ezekiel 33:10,11

    10 Therefore, O thou son of man,
speak unto the house of Israel; Thus
ye speak, saying, If our
transgressions and our sins be upon
us, and we pine away in them, how
should we then live?

    11 Say unto them, As I live, saith
the Lord God, I have no pleasure in
the death of the wicked; but that the
wicked turn from his way and live:
turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways;
for why will ye die, O house of
Israel?

***
Isaiah 31:6,7

    6 #Turn ye unto him from whom the
children of Israel have deeply
revolted.

    7 For in that day every man shall
cast away his idols of silver, and
his idols of gold, which your own
hands have made unto you for a sin.

***
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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:23(begin Sin)-25


    (Cancellation of human sin) Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ, - Truth and Life.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:11

    (Pardon and amendment)
    To cause suffering as the result of sin, is the means of destroying sin. Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin is destroyed. To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:31-1


    (Sin and penalty)
    Who will stop the practice of sin so long as he believes in the pleasures of sin? When mortals once admit that evil confers no pleasure, they turn from it.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:1


    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:9


    (Man's genuine being)
    It is difficult for the sinner to accept divine Science, because Science exposes his nothingness; but the sooner error is reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner man's great reality will appear and his genuine being will be understood. The destruction of error is by no means the destruction of Truth or Life, but is the acknowledgment of them.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:9

(11) Question: Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
ADAM = The first god of mythology.
Topic: Substance


    (God's law destroys evil) Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not originate in God nor belong to His government. His law, rightly understood, destroys them. Jesus furnished proofs of these statements.


Section 3


Psalm 6:2

    2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I
am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my
bones are vexed.

***
Luke 9:37-42

    37 #And it came to pass, that on
the next day, when they were come
down from the hill, much people met
him.

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

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

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

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:18-20

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 237:23


    (Deluded invalids)
    Some invalids are unwilling to know the facts or to hear about the fallacy of matter and its supposed laws. They devote themselves a little longer to their material gods, cling to a belief in the life and intelligence of matter, and expect this error to do more for them than they are willing to admit the only living and true God can do. Impatient at your explanation, unwilling to investigate the Science of Mind which would rid them of their complaints, they hug false beliefs and suffer the delusive consequences.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:31


    (Doubtful evidence)
    Any supposed information, coming from the body or from inert matter as if either were intelligent, is an illusion of mortal mind, - one of its dreams. Realize that the evidence of the senses is not to be accepted in the case of sickness, any more than it is in the case of sin.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:4

    (Ignorance of our rights)
    Be no more willing to suffer the illusion that you are sick or that some disease is developing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temptation on the ground that sin has its necessities.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 219:11-21


    (Affirmation and result) Not muscles, nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the whole heart faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.


    When this is understood, we shall never affirm concerning the body what we do not wish to have manifested. We shall not call the body weak, if we would have it strong; for the belief in feebleness must obtain in the human mind before it can be made manifest on the body, and the destruction of the belief will be the removal of its effects. Science includes no rule of discord, but governs harmoniously.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:20


    (Unnecessary prostration)
    Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.


Section 4


Matthew 8:14-16

    14 #And when Jesus was come into
Peter's house, he saw his wife's
mother laid, and sick of a fever.

    15 And he touched her hand, and the
fever left her: and she arose, and
ministered unto them.

    16 #When the even was come, they
brought unto him many that were
possessed with devils: and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and
healed all that were sick:
Matthew 9:2-7

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

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

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

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

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

    7 And he arose, and departed to his
house.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:30


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:1

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 180:17


    (Wrong and right way)
    Doctors should not implant disease in the thoughts of their patients, as they so frequently do, by declaring disease to be a fixed fact, even before they go to work to eradicate the disease through the material faith which they inspire. Instead of furnishing thought with fear, they should try to correct this turbulent element of mortal mind by the influence of divine Love which casteth out fear.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:27

    (The one real power)
    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:15


    (Light and darkness)
    We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.


Section 5


Job 21:7,13,23,25

    7 Wherefore do the wicked live,
become old, yea, are mighty in power?


    13 They spend their days in wealth,
and in a moment go down to the grave.


    23 One dieth in his full strength,
being wholly at ease and quiet.

    25 And another dieth in the
bitterness of his soul, and never
eateth with pleasure.

***
Proverbs 18:21

    21 Death and life are in the power
of the tongue: and they that love it
shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 8:33,35,36

    33 Hear instruction, and be wise,
and refuse it not.

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

    36 But he that sinneth against me
wrongeth his own soul: all they that
hate me love death.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:16-32


    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.
    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 79:2


    (Thought regarding death)
    Warning people against death is an error that tends to frighten into death those who are ignorant of Life as God. Thousands of instances could be cited of health restored by changing the patient's thoughts regarding death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:24-27


    (Suicide and sin)
    Death is not a stepping-stone to Life, immortality, and bliss. The so-called sinner is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill him so long as he sins.

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


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


Section 6


John 8:51-54

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

    52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now
we know that thou hast a devil.
Abraham is dead, and the prophets;
and thou sayest, If a man keep my
saying, he shall never taste of
death.

    53 Art thou greater than our father
Abraham, which is dead? and the
prophets are dead: whom makest thou
thyself?

    54 Jesus answered, If I honour
myself, my honour is nothing: it is
my Father that honoureth me; of whom
ye say, that he is your God:

***
Hebrews 2:9,14,15

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

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

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

***
Romans 6:8-11

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

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

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22

    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - No healing in sin
15 1 - Sin to be overcome
15 1 - Right endeavor possible
15 1 - Healthful theology
15 2 - Cancellation of human sin
15 2 - Pardon and amendment
15 2 - Sin and penalty
15 2 - Conversion of Saul
15 2 - Man's genuine being
15 2 - Scientific consistency
15 2 - God's law destroys evil
15 3 - Mind destroys all ills
15 3 - Deluded invalids
15 3 - Doubtful evidence
15 3 - Ignorance of our rights
15 3 - Affirmation and result
15 3 - Unnecessary prostration
15 4 - Deformity and perfection
15 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
15 4 - Wrong and right way
15 4 - The one real power
15 4 - Light and darkness
15 5 - A belief in death
15 5 - Our footsteps heavenward
15 5 - Christian standard
15 5 - Thought regarding death
15 5 - Suicide and sin
15 5 - A belief suicidal
15 6 - Life all-inclusive
15 6 - The present immortality
15 6 - Immaterial pleasure
15 6 - Reason and Science


April 13,1902

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 1:29,34

    29 #The next day John seeth Jesus
coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world.

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


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 13:9-16,20,21

    9 Be not carried about with divers
and strange doctrines. For it is a
good thing that the heart be
established with grace; not with
meats, which have not profited them
that have been occupied therein.

    10 We have an altar, whereof they
have no right to eat which serve the
tabernacle.

    11 For the bodies of those beasts,
whose blood is brought into the
sanctuary by the high priest for sin,
are burned without the camp.

    12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he
might sanctify the people with his
own blood, suffered without the gate.


    13 Let us go forth therefore unto
him without the camp, bearing his
reproach.

    14 For here have we no continuing
city, but we seek one to come.

    15 By him therefore let us offer
the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of
our lips giving thanks to his name.

    16 But to do good and to
communicate forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased.

    20 Now the God of peace, that
brought again from the dead our Lord
Jesus, that great shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant,

    21 Make you perfect in every good
work to do his will, working in you
that which is wellpleasing in his
sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Section 1


Exodus 25:1,2

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    2 Speak unto the children of
Israel, that they bring me an
offering: of every man that giveth it
willingly with his heart ye shall
take my offering.
Exodus 28:2,3,15,30

    2 And thou shalt make holy garments
for Aaron thy brother for glory and
for beauty.

    3 And thou shalt speak unto all
that are wise hearted, whom I have
filled with the spirit of wisdom,
that they may make Aaron's garments
to consecrate him, that he may
minister unto me in the priest's
office.

    15 #And thou shalt make the
breastplate of judgment with cunning
work; after the work of the ephod
thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue,
and of purple, and of scarlet, and of
fine twined linen, shalt thou make
it.

    30 #And thou shalt put in the
breastplate of judgment the Urim and
the Thummim; and they shall be upon
Aaron's heart, when he goeth in
before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear
the judgment of the children of
Israel upon his heart before the Lord
continually.

***
Numbers 15:27,28

    27 #And if any soul sin through
ignorance, then he shall bring a she
goat of the first year for a sin
offering.

    28 And the priest shall make an
atonement for the soul that sinneth
ignorantly, when he sinneth by
ignorance before the Lord, to make an
atonement for him; and it shall be
forgiven him.

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

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

595:11-16 Chapter 17: Glossary

    (THUMMIM)
    THUMMIM. Perfection; the eternal demand of divine Science.
    The Urim and Thummim, which were to be on Aaron's breast when he went before Jehovah, were holiness and purification of thought and deed, which alone can fit us for the office of spiritual teaching.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:19


    (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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 461:7


    (Proof by induction)
    Christian Science can be taught only by those who are morally advanced and spiritually endowed, for it is not superficial, nor is it discerned from the standpoint of the human senses. Only by the illumination of the spiritual sense, can the light of understanding be thrown upon this Science, because Science reverses the evidence before the material senses and furnishes the eternal interpretation of God and man.


Section 2


Exodus 29:38,39,42,43,45

    38 #Now this is that which thou
shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs
of the first year day by day
continually.

    39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in
the morning; and the other lamb thou
shalt offer at even:

    42 This shall be a continual burnt
offering throughout your generations
at the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation before the Lord: where I
will meet you, to speak there unto
thee.

    43 And there I will meet with the
children of Israel, and the
tabernacle shall be sanctified by my
glory.

    45 #And I will dwell among the
children of Israel, and will be their
God.
Exodus 30:11,12,15,16

    11 #And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    12 When thou takest the sum of the
children of Israel after their number,
then shall they give every man a
ransom for his soul unto the Lord,
when thou numberest them; that there
be no plague among them, when thou
numberest them.

    15 The rich shall not give more,
and the poor shall not give less than
half a shekel, when they give an
offering unto the Lord, to make an
atonement for your souls.

    16 And thou shalt take the
atonement money of the children of
Israel, and shalt appoint it for the
service of the tabernacle of the
congregation; that it may be a
memorial unto the children of Israel
before the Lord, to make an atonement
for your souls.

***
Psalm 51:17

    17 The sacrifices of God are a
broken spirit: a broken and a
contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not
despise.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 459:3


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    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. Judge not the future advancement of Christian Science by the steps already taken, lest you yourself be condemned for failing to take the first step.

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:30-5


    (Justice and substitution)
    Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves. Revenge is inadmissible. Wrath which is only appeased is not destroyed, but partially indulged. Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin. One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner's part.


Section 3


Numbers 8:5,6,19

    5 #And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    6 Take the Levites from among the
children of Israel, and cleanse them.


    19 And I have given the Levites as
a gift to Aaron and to his sons from
among the children of Israel, to do
the service of the children of Israel
in the tabernacle of the
congregation, and to make an
atonement for the children of Israel:
that there be no plague among the
children of Israel, when the children
of Israel come nigh unto the
sanctuary.

***
Deuteronomy 33:4,8,10

    4 Moses commanded us a law, even
the inheritance of the congregation
of Jacob.

    8 #And of Levi he said, Let thy
Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy
one, whom thou didst prove at Massah,
and with whom thou didst strive at
the waters of Meribah;

    10 They shall teach Jacob thy
judgments, and Israel thy law: they
shall put incense before thee, and
whole burnt sacrifice upon thine
altar.

***
Romans 3:21

    21 But now the righteousness of God
without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the
prophets;

***
Hebrews 7:11,12

    11 If therefore perfection were by
the Levitical priesthood, (for under
it the people received the law,) what
further need was there that another
priest should rise after the order of
Melchisedec, and not be called after
the order of Aaron?

    12 For the priesthood being
changed, there is made of necessity a
change also of the law.

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:16-28


    (Science versus sense)
    The so-called laws of matter and of medical science have never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal. Man is harmonious when governed by Soul. Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence.
    (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.

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


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


Section 4


Leviticus 14:1,2,19,20

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

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

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

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

***
Matthew 8:2-4

    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.

    4 And Jesus saith unto him, See
thou tell no man; but go thy way,
shew thyself to the priest, and offer
the gift that Moses commanded, for a
testimony unto them.

***
James 5:14,15

    14 Is any sick among you? let him
call for the elders of the church;
and let them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord:


    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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 16:2


    (Loftiest adoration)
    The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration. Such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death. It distinguishes between Truth that is sinless and the falsity of sinful sense.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:3

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:17


    (Efficacious repentance)
    Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus' atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, - in the at-one-ment with God, - for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom. Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.


Section 5


Romans 5:1,10

    1 Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.

***
II Corinthians 5:16-19

    16 Wherefore henceforth know we no
man after the flesh: yea, though we
have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we him no
more.

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

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:13


    (Human reconciliation)
    The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man; for the divine Principle of Christ is God, and how can God propitiate Himself? Christ is Truth, which reaches no higher than itself. The fountain can rise no higher than its source. Christ, Truth, could conciliate no nature above his own, derived from the eternal Love. It was therefore Christ's purpose to reconcile man to God, not God to man. Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:6-21

    (Victory over the grave)
    Our Master fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave. Jesus' deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death. Paul writes: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the [seeming] death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." Three days after his bodily burial he talked with his disciples. The persecutors had failed to hide immortal Truth and Love in a sepulchre.
    (The stone rolled away)
    Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.


Section 6


Ephesians 2:13,15

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh
by the blood of Christ.

    15 Having abolished in his flesh
the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one
new man, so making peace;

***
Hebrews 2:16-18

    16 For verily he took not on him
the nature of angels; but he took on
him the seed of Abraham.

    17 Wherefore in all things it
behoved him to be made like unto his
brethren, that he might be a merciful
and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God, to make
reconciliation for the sins of the
people.

    18 For in that he himself hath
suffered being tempted, he is able to
succour them that are tempted.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:14


    (Perfect example)
    Jesus bore our infirmities; he knew the error of mortal belief, and "with his stripes [the rejection of error] we are healed." "Despised and rejected of men," returning blessing for cursing, he taught mortals the opposite of themselves, even the nature of God; and when error felt the power of Truth, the scourge and the cross awaited the great Teacher. Yet he swerved not, well knowing that to obey the divine order and trust God, saves retracing and traversing anew the path from sin to holiness.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 23:5

    (Justice and substitution)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-14

    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love. Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.
    If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.


Section 7


Psalm 19:12

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

***
Jeremiah 10:23

    23 #O Lord, I know that the way of
man is not in himself: it is not in
man that walketh to direct his steps.

***
Proverbs 20:24

    24 Man's goings are of the Lord;
how can a man then understand his own
way?

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:11


    (Impotence of hate) That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:6-11


    (Ignorance the sign of error)
    An inquirer once said to the discoverer of Christian Science: "I like your explanations of truth, but I do not comprehend what you say about error." This is the nature of error. The mark of ignorance is on its forehead, for it neither understands nor can be understood.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 346:6-13


    (Nothingness of error)
    It is sometimes said that Christian Science teaches the nothingness of sin, sickness, and death, and then teaches how this nothingness is to be saved and healed. The nothingness of nothing is plain; but we need to understand that error is nothing, and that its nothingness is not saved, but must be demonstrated in order to prove the somethingness - yea, the allness - of Truth.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:23

    (Essential element of Christianity)
    If Christian Science takes away the popular gods, - sin, sickness, and death, - it is Christ, Truth, who destroys these evils, and so proves their nothingness.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:11-15


    (Radical changes)
    He to whom "the arm of the Lord" is revealed will believe our report, and rise into newness of life with regeneration. This is having part in the atonement; this is the understanding, in which Jesus suffered and triumphed.

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - THUMMIM
16 1 - Future purification
16 1 - Proof by induction
16 2 - Advancement by sacrifice
16 2 - Desire for holiness
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 3 - Jesus the way-shower
16 3 - Science versus sense
16 3 - Spiritual law the only law
16 3 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
16 4 - Loftiest adoration
16 4 - Pardon and amendment
16 4 - Efficacious repentance
16 5 - Human reconciliation
16 5 - Victory over the grave
16 5 - The stone rolled away
16 6 - Perfect example
16 6 - Justice and substitution
16 6 - Moral victory
16 7 - Impotence of hate
16 7 - Ignorance the sign of error
16 7 - Nothingness of error
16 7 - Essential element of Christianity
16 7 - Radical changes


April 20,1902

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

John 5:25

    25 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
The hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead shall hear the voice of the
Son of God: and they that hear shall
live.


Responsive Reading


Ezekiel 33:1,11-19

    1 Again the word of the Lord came
unto me, saying,

    11 Say unto them, As I live, saith
the Lord God, I have no pleasure in
the death of the wicked; but that the
wicked turn from his way and live:
turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways;
for why will ye die, O house of
Israel?

    12 Therefore, thou son of man, say
unto the children of thy people, The
righteousness of the righteous shall
not deliver him in the day of his
transgression: as for the wickedness
of the wicked, he shall not fall
thereby in the day that he turneth
from his wickedness; neither shall
the righteous be able to live for his
righteousness in the day that he
sinneth.

    13 When I shall say to the
righteous, that he shall surely live;
if he trust to his own righteousness,
and commit iniquity, all his
righteousnesses shall not be
remembered; but for his iniquity that
he hath committed, he shall die for
it.

    14 Again, when I say unto the
wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he
turn from his sin, and do that which
is lawful and right;

    15 If the wicked restore the
pledge, give again that he had
robbed, walk in the statutes of life,
without committing iniquity; he shall
surely live, he shall not die.

    16 None of his sins that he hath
committed shall be mentioned unto
him: he hath done that which is
lawful and right; he shall surely
live.

    17 #Yet the children of thy people
say, The way of the Lord is not equal:
but as for them, their way is not
equal.

    18 When the righteous turneth from
his righteousness, and committeth
iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

    19 But if the wicked turn from his
wickedness, and do that which is
lawful and right, he shall live
thereby.


Section 1


Psalm 28:1

    1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my
rock; be not silent to me: lest, if
thou be silent to me, I become like
them that go down into the pit.

***
Ezekiel 32:17,18,26,27,29,31,32

    17 It came to pass also in the
twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of
the month, that the word of the Lord
came unto me, saying,

    18 Son of man, wail for the
multitude of Egypt, and cast them
down, even her, and the daughters of
the famous nations, unto the nether
parts of the earth, with them that go
down into the pit.

    26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all
her multitude: her graves are round
about him: all of them uncircumcised,
slain by the sword, though they
caused their terror in the land of
the living.

    27 And they shall not lie with the
mighty that are fallen of the
uncircumcised, which are gone down to
hell with their weapons of war: and
they have laid their swords under
their heads, but their iniquities
shall be upon their bones, though
they were the terror of the mighty in
the land of the living.

    29 There is Edom, her kings, and
all her princes, which with their
might are laid by them that were
slain by the sword: they shall lie
with the uncircumcised, and with them
that go down to the pit.

    31 Pharaoh shall see them, and
shall be comforted over all his
multitude, even Pharaoh and all his
army slain by the sword, saith the
Lord God.

    32 For I have caused my terror in
the land of the living: and he shall
be laid in the midst of the
uncircumcised with them that are
slain with the sword, even Pharaoh
and all his multitude, saith the Lord
God.

588:1 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HELL)

    HELL. Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which "worketh abomination or maketh a lie."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:8-30


    (Wickedness is not man)
    A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.
    (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.
    The belief that matter has life results, by the universal law of mortal mind, in a belief in death. So man, tree, and flower are supposed to die; but the fact remains, that God's universe is spiritual and immortal.
    (Spiritual offspring)
    The spiritual fact and the material belief of things are contradictions; but the spiritual is true, and therefore the material must be untrue. Life is not in matter. Therefore it cannot be said to pass out of matter. Matter and death are mortal illusions. Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:32-12


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes not suddenly here or hereafter. The pious Polycarp said: "I cannot turn at once from good to evil." Neither do other mortals accomplish the change from error to truth at a single bound.
    (Second death)
    Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the Science of being is reached. Error brings its own self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates its own physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."


Section 2


Luke 16:19-31

    19 #There was a certain rich man,
which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and fared sumptuously every
day:

    20 And there was a certain beggar
named Lazarus, which was laid at his
gate, full of sores,

    21 And desiring to be fed with the
crumbs which fell from the rich man's
table: moreover the dogs came and
licked his sores.

    22 And it came to pass, that the
beggar died, and was carried by the
angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich
man also died, and was buried;

    23 And in hell he lift up his eyes,
being in torments, and seeth Abraham
afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

    24 And he cried and said, Father
Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of
his finger in water, and cool my
tongue; for I am tormented in this
flame.

    25 But Abraham said, Son, remember
that thou in thy lifetime receivedst
thy good things, and likewise Lazarus
evil things: but now he is comforted,
and thou art tormented.

    26 And beside all this, between us
and you there is a great gulf fixed:
so that they which would pass from
hence to you cannot; neither can they
pass to us, that would come from
thence.

    27 Then he said, I pray thee
therefore, father, that thou wouldest
send him to my father's house:

    28 For I have five brethren; that
he may testify unto them, lest they
also come into this place of torment.


    29 Abraham saith unto him, They
have Moses and the prophets; let them
hear them.

    30 And he said, Nay, father
Abraham: but if one went unto them
from the dead, they will repent.

    31 And he said unto him, If they
hear not Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded,
though one rose from the dead.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:11-25


    (The robe of Science)
    He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, - in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love. Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness! They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.
    (Expiation by suffering)
    What must the end be? They must eventually expiate their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:7-12

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


    (Mind one and all)
    Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, will uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy all error, and bring immortality to light.


Section 3


Hosea 14:1,2,4,7,9

    1 O Israel, return unto the Lord
thy God; for thou hast fallen by
thine iniquity.

    2 Take with you words, and turn to
the Lord: say unto him, Take away all
iniquity, and receive us graciously:
so will we render the calves of our
lips.

    4 I will heal their backsliding, I
will love them freely; for mine anger
is turned away from him.

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

    9 Who is wise, and he shall
understand these things? prudent, and
he shall know them? for the ways of
the Lord are right, and the just
shall walk in them: but the
transgressors shall fall therein.

***
Joel 2:32

    32 And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever shall call on the name of
the Lord shall be delivered: for in
mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be
deliverance, as the Lord hath said,
and in the remnant whom the Lord
shall call.

596:23 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VALLEY)

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:8-22


    (Perfection gained slowly)
    In the midst of imperfection, perfection is seen and acknowledged only by degrees. The ages must slowly work up to perfection. How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of scientific being, no man knoweth, - not even "the Son but the Father;" but the false claim of error continues its delusions until the goal of goodness is assiduously earned and won.
    (Christ's mission)
    Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, - the sign material, - how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 566:1-9


    (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.


Section 4


Habakkuk 1:12

    12 #Art thou not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, mine Holy One? we shall
not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained
them for judgment; and, O mighty God,
thou hast established them for
correction.

***
Hebrews 4:1,6,11

    1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a
promise being left us of entering
into his rest, any of you should seem
to come short of it.

    6 Seeing therefore it remaineth
that some must enter therein, and
they to whom it was first preached
entered not in because of unbelief:

    11 Let us labour therefore to enter
into that rest, lest any man fall
after the same example of unbelief.

***
Philipians 2:12,13

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-5


    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these errors. To be wholly spiritual, man must be sinless, and he becomes thus only when he reaches perfection. The murderer, though slain in the act, does not thereby forsake sin. He is no more spiritual for believing that his body died and learning that his cruel mind died not. His thoughts are no purer until evil is disarmed by good. His body is as material as his mind, and vice versa.
    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:6


    (Found wanting)
    A condition precedent to communion with Spirit is the gain of spiritual life.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:13-22


    (Right views of humanity)
    The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."
    (Standpoint revealed)
    To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.


Section 5


Revelation 20:4-6

    4 And I saw thrones, and they sat
upon them, and judgment was given
unto them: and I saw the souls of
them that were beheaded for the
witness of Jesus, and for the word of
God, and which had not worshipped the
beast, neither his image, neither had
received his mark upon their
foreheads, or in their hands; and
they lived and reigned with Christ a
thousand years.

    5 But the rest of the dead lived
not again until the thousand years
were finished. This is the first
resurrection.

    6 Blessed and holy is he that hath
part in the first resurrection: on
such the second death hath no power,
but they shall be priests of God and
of Christ, and shall reign with him a
thousand years.
Revelation 21:3,4,7

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:5,19-25(to .)


    (Sin is punished)
    We know that all will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye," when the last trump shall sound; but this last call of wisdom cannot come till mortals have already yielded to each lesser call in the growth of Christian character. Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.
    (Salvation and probation)
    "In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be." So we read in Ecclesiastes. This text has been transformed into the popular proverb, "As the tree falls, so it must lie." As man falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24-4


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle. At present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man reflects God.
    The Revelator tells us of "a new heaven and a new earth." Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:1

    (Day of judgment)
    When the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and mortality; "but of that day and hour, knoweth no man." Here prophecy pauses. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Wickedness is not man
17 1 - Death but an illusion
17 1 - Spiritual offspring
17 1 - Immaterial pleasure
17 1 - Second death
17 2 - Scientific purgation
17 2 - The robe of Science
17 2 - Expiation by suffering
17 2 - Mind one and all
17 3 - Perfection gained slowly
17 3 - Christ's mission
17 3 - Spiritual guidance
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Sin is punished
17 4 - Found wanting
17 4 - Right views of humanity
17 4 - Standpoint revealed
17 5 - Sin is punished
17 5 - Salvation and probation
17 5 - Scientific finalities
17 5 - Need and supply
17 5 - Day of judgment


April 27,1902

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 54:8

    8 In a little wrath I hid my face
from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting kindness will I have
mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy
Redeemer.


Responsive Reading


Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,15,16,23,25-31

    1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel,
unto the statutes and unto the
judgments, which I teach you, for to
do them, that ye may live, and go in
and possess the land which the Lord
God of your fathers giveth you.

    5 Behold, I have taught you
statutes and judgments, even as the
Lord my God commanded me, that ye
should do so in the land whither ye
go to possess it.

    9 Only take heed to thyself, and
keep thy soul diligently, lest thou
forget the things which thine eyes
have seen, and lest they depart from
thy heart all the days of thy life:
but teach them thy sons, and thy
sons' sons;

    15 Take ye therefore good heed unto
yourselves; for ye saw no manner of
similitude on the day that the Lord
spake unto you in Horeb out of the
midst of the fire:

    16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and
make you a graven image, the
similitude of any figure, the
likeness of male or female,

    23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest
ye forget the covenant of the Lord
your God, which he made with you, and
make you a graven image, or the
likeness of any thing, which the Lord
thy God hath forbidden thee.

    25 #When thou shalt beget children,
and children's children, and ye shall
have remained long in the land, and
shall corrupt yourselves, and make a
graven image, or the likeness of any
thing, and shall do evil in the sight
of the Lord thy God, to provoke him
to anger:

    26 I call heaven and earth to
witness against you this day, that ye
shall soon utterly perish from off
the land whereunto ye go over Jordan
to possess it; ye shall not prolong
your days upon it, but shall utterly
be destroyed.

    27 And the Lord shall scatter you
among the nations, and ye shall be
left few in number among the heathen,
whither the Lord shall lead you.

    28 And there ye shall serve gods,
the work of men's hands, wood and
stone, which neither see, nor hear,
nor eat, nor smell.

    29 But if from thence thou shalt
seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt
find him, if thou seek him with all
thy heart and with all thy soul.

    30 When thou art in tribulation,
and all these things are come upon
thee, even in the latter days, if
thou turn to the Lord thy God, and
shalt be obedient unto his voice;

    31 (For the Lord thy God is a
merciful God;) he will not forsake
thee, neither destroy thee, nor
forget the covenant of thy fathers
which he sware unto them.


Section 1


Proverbs 1:22,28-31

    22 How long, ye simple ones, will
ye love simplicity? and the scorners
delight in their scorning, and fools
hate knowledge?

    28 Then shall they call upon me,
but I will not answer; they shall
seek me early, but they shall not
find me:

    29 For that they hated knowledge,
and did not choose the fear of the
Lord:

    30 They would none of my counsel:
they despised all my reproof.

    31 Therefore shall they eat of the
fruit of their own way, and be filled
with their own devices.
Proverbs 11:21

    21 Though hand join in hand, the
wicked shall not be unpunished: but
the seed of the righteous shall be
delivered.

***
Galatians 6:7

    7 Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:1(begin The)


    (Diabolism destroyed) The Scriptures say, that if we deny Christ, "he also will deny us."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:1


    (Vicarious suffering)
    Does not Science show that sin brings suffering as much to-day as yesterday? They who sin must suffer. "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:31-20


    (Asking amiss)
    Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin? Then "ye ask amiss." Without punishment, sin would multiply. Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."
    (Remission of penalty)
    A magistrate sometimes remits the penalty, but this may be no moral benefit to the criminal, and at best, it only saves the criminal from one form of punishment. The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before mortals can "go up higher." Broken law brings penalty in order to compel this progress.
    (Truth annihilates error)
    Mere legal pardon (and there is no other, for divine Principle never pardons our sins or mistakes till they are corrected) leaves the offender free to repeat the offence, if indeed, he has not already suffered sufficiently from vice to make him turn from it with loathing. Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner. Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable suffering.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:13-16


    (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.


Section 2


Isaiah 65:2,3,6,7

    2 I have spread out my hands all
the day unto a rebellious people,
which walketh in a way that was not
good, after their own thoughts;

    3 A people that provoketh me to
anger continually to my face; that
sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth
incense upon altars of brick;

    6 Behold, it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but will
recompense, even recompense into
their bosom,

    7 Your iniquities, and the
iniquities of your fathers together,
saith the Lord, which have burned
incense upon the mountains, and
blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former
work into their bosom.

***
Jeremiah 44:2-6

    2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the
God of Israel; Ye have seen all the
evil that I have brought upon
Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of
Judah; and, behold, this day they are
a desolation, and no man dwelleth
therein,

    3 Because of their wickedness which
they have committed to provoke me to
anger, in that they went to burn
incense, and to serve other gods,
whom they knew not, neither they, ye,
nor your fathers.

    4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my
servants the prophets, rising early
and sending them, saying, Oh, do not
this abominable thing that I hate.

    5 But they hearkened not, nor
inclined their ear to turn from their
wickedness, to burn no incense unto
other gods.

    6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger
was poured forth, and was kindled in
the cities of Judah and in the
streets of Jerusalem; and they are
wasted and desolate, as at this day.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:6-8


    (Belief and understanding)
    Belief produces the results of belief, and the penalties it affixes last so long as the belief and are inseparable from it.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:6-19

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:8


    (Image of the beast)
    What a pitiful sight is malice, finding pleasure in revenge! Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger. Then he loses pleasure in wickedness, and it becomes his torment. The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning. There is no other way. Sin is the image of the beast to be effaced by the sweat of agony. It is a moral madness which rushes forth to clamor with midnight and tempest.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 489:13-15

(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


    (Decalogue disregarded)
    Corporeal sense defrauds and lies; it breaks all the commands of the Mosaic Decalogue to meet its own demands.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 105:22-27


    (Evil let loose)
    Whoever uses his developed mental powers like an escaped felon to commit fresh atrocities as opportunity occurs is never safe. God will arrest him. Divine justice will manacle him. His sins will be millstones about his neck, weighing him down to the depths of ignominy and death.


Section 3


Jeremiah 23:24

    24 Can any hide himself in secret
places that I shall not see him?
saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven
and earth? saith the Lord.

***
Lamentations 4:22

    22 #The punishment of thine
iniquity is accomplished, O daughter
of Zion; he will no more carry thee
away into captivity: he will visit
thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom;
he will discover thy sins.

***
Amos 9:2,3

    2 Though they dig into hell, thence
shall mine hand take them; though
they climb up to heaven, thence will
I bring them down:

    3 And though they hide themselves
in the top of Carmel, I will search
and take them out thence; and though
they be hid from my sight in the
bottom of the sea, thence will I
command the serpent, and he shall
bite them:

***
Mark 4:22,23

    22 For there is nothing hid, which
shall not be manifested; neither was
any thing kept secret, but that it
should come abroad.

    23 If any man have ears to hear,
let him hear.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:23-24


    (Divine severity)
    Jesus uncovered and rebuked sin before he cast it out.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 453:18


    (Knowledge and honesty) You uncover sin, not in order to injure, but in order to bless the corporeal man; and a right motive has its reward. Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high places. The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves evil in the name of good.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:6


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:5-8


    (Murder brings its curse)
    Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 447:12-14,20


    (Expose sin without believing in it)
    Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time disclose and punish itself.
    Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:24


    (Cumulative repentance) The abiding consciousness of wrongdoing tends to destroy the ability to do right. If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are conquered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.


Section 4


Isaiah 31:6,7

    6 #Turn ye unto him from whom the
children of Israel have deeply
revolted.

    7 For in that day every man shall
cast away his idols of silver, and
his idols of gold, which your own
hands have made unto you for a sin.

***
Jeremiah 7:3,5,7

    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.

    5 For if ye throughly amend your
ways and your doings; if ye throughly
execute judgment between a man and
his neighbour;

    7 Then will I cause you to dwell in
this place, in the land that I gave
to your fathers, for ever and ever.

***
Acts 3:19-21,25,26

    19 #Repent ye therefore, and be
converted, that your sins may be
blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the
presence of the Lord;

    20 And he shall send Jesus Christ,
which before was preached unto you:

    21 Whom the heaven must receive
until the times of restitution of all
things, which God hath spoken by the
mouth of all his holy prophets since
the world began.

    25 Ye are the children of the
prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying
unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall
all the kindreds of the earth be
blessed.

    26 Unto you first God, having
raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to
bless you, in turning away every one
of you from his iniquities.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:30(only)


    (Final purpose)
    The design of Love is to reform the sinner.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:3-11


    (Sorrow and reformation)
    Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step. The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, - namely, reformation. To this end we are placed under the stress of circumstances. Temptation bids us repeat the offence, and woe comes in return for what is done. So it will ever be, till we learn that there is no discount in the law of justice and that we must pay "the uttermost farthing."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:23


    (Deliverance not vicarious)
    Final deliverance from error, whereby we rejoice in immortality, boundless freedom, and sinless sense, is not reached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one's faith without works to another's vicarious effort. Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:18-4


    (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.
    In trying to undo the errors of sense one must pay fully and fairly the utmost farthing, until all error is finally brought into subjection to Truth. The divine method of paying sin's wages involves unwinding one's snarls, and learning from experience how to divide between sense and Soul.
    "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth." He, who knows God's will or the demands of divine Science and obeys them, incurs the hostility of envy; and he who refuses obedience to God, is chastened by Love.


Section 5


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.

    16 For I will not contend for ever,
neither will I be always wroth: for
the spirit should fail before me, and
the souls which I have made.

    17 For the iniquity of his
covetousness was I wroth, and smote
him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he
went on frowardly in the way of his
heart.

    18 I have seen his ways, and will
heal him: I will lead him also, and
restore comforts unto him and to his
mourners.
Isaiah 58:13,14

    13 If thou turn away thy foot from
the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure
on my holy day; and call the sabbath
a delight, the holy of the Lord,
honourable; and shalt honour him, not
doing thine own ways, nor finding
thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words:

    14 Then shalt thou delight thyself
in the Lord; and I will cause thee to
ride upon the high places of the
earth, and feed thee with the
heritage of Jacob thy father: for the
mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

***
Psalm 30:5

    5 For his anger endureth but a
moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but
joy cometh in the morning.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:16


    (The true sonship)
    The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.

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.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)

    (-30- Divine pardon)
    XXX. The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon. Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness. Does not God's pardon, destroying any one sin, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all sin?


Section 6


Isaiah 65:17-19

    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.

    19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and joy in my people: and the voice
of weeping shall be no more heard in
her, nor the voice of crying.
Isaiah 51:11

    11 Therefore the redeemed of the
Lord shall return, and come with
singing unto Zion; and everlasting
joy shall be upon their head: they
shall obtain gladness and joy; and
sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:32-2


    (Sickness akin to sin) When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 77:13-18


    (A dream vanishing)
    The period required for this dream of material life, embracing its so-called pleasures and pains, to vanish from consciousness, "knoweth no man . . . neither the Son, but the Father." This period will be of longer or shorter duration according to the tenacity of error.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:19-25


    (Man's present possibilities)
    In Revelation xxi. 1 we read: -



    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.



    The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional stage in human experience called death, but he already saw a new heaven and a new earth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:13

    (Nearness of Deity)
    Accompanying this scientific consciousness was another revelation, even the declaration from heaven, supreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a miserable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why? Because St. John's corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, - that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, "The kingdom of God is within you." This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Diabolism destroyed
18 1 - Vicarious suffering
18 1 - Asking amiss
18 1 - Remission of penalty
18 1 - Truth annihilates error
18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 2 - Belief and understanding
18 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 2 - Image of the beast
18 2 - Decalogue disregarded
18 2 - Evil let loose
18 3 - Divine severity
18 3 - Knowledge and honesty
18 3 - Spiritual insight
18 3 - Murder brings its curse
18 3 - Expose sin without believing in it
18 3 - Cumulative repentance
18 4 - Final purpose
18 4 - Sorrow and reformation
18 4 - Deliverance not vicarious
18 4 - Progress demanded
18 5 - The true sonship
18 5 - Salvation and probation
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 6 - Sickness akin to sin
18 6 - A dream vanishing
18 6 - Man's present possibilities
18 6 - Nearness of Deity


May 4,1902

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Genesis 2:17

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


Responsive Reading


I Samuel 8:1,4-7,9-11,14,16-19

    1 And it came to pass, when Samuel
was old, that he made his sons judges
over Israel.

    4 Then all the elders of Israel
gathered themselves together, and
came to Samuel unto Ramah,

    5 And said unto him, Behold, thou
art old, and thy sons walk not in thy
ways: now make us a king to judge us
like all the nations.

    6 #But the thing displeased Samuel,
when they said, Give us a king to
judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the
Lord.

    7 And the Lord said unto Samuel,
Hearken unto the voice of the people
in all that they say unto thee: for
they have not rejected thee, but they
have rejected me, that I should not
reign over them.

    9 Now therefore hearken unto their
voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly
unto them, and shew them the manner
of the king that shall reign over
them.

    10 #And Samuel told all the words
of the Lord unto the people that
asked of him a king.

    11 And he said, This will be the
manner of the king that shall reign
over you: He will take your sons, and
appoint them for himself, for his
chariots, and to be his horsemen; and
some shall run before his chariots.

    14 And he will take your fields,
and your vineyards, and your
oliveyards, even the best of them,
and give them to his servants.

    16 And he will take your
menservants, and your maidservants,
and your goodliest young men, and
your asses, and put them to his work.


    17 He will take the tenth of your
sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

    18 And ye shall cry out in that day
because of your king which ye shall
have chosen you; and the Lord will
not hear you in that day.

    19 #Nevertheless the people refused
to obey the voice of Samuel; and they
said, Nay; but we will have a king
over us;


Section 1


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?

***
Psalm 58:3

    3 The wicked are estranged from the
womb: they go astray as soon as they
be born, speaking lies.
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.

***
I John 3:9,10

    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not
commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is
born of God.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 345:21


    (Contradictions not found)
    Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:30-31


    (Adam)
    Adam, the synonym for error, stands for a belief of material mind.

580:21 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ADAM)

    The name Adam represents the false supposition that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end; that the infinite enters the finite, that intelligence passes into non-intelligence, and that Soul dwells in material sense; that immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind; that the one God and creator entered what He created, and then disappeared in the atheism of matter.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:15-18


    (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.


Section 2


John 8:21,23,38-42,44

    21 Then said Jesus again unto them,
I go my way, and ye shall seek me,
and shall die in your sins: whither I
go, ye cannot come.

    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.

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

    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.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:19-31


    (Primitive error)
    Explaining the origin of material man and mortal mind, Jesus said: "Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father, the devil [evil], and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
    (Immortal man)
    This carnal material mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. Therefore man would be annihilated, were it not for the spiritual real man's indissoluble connection with his God, which Jesus brought to light.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:20


    (The Christian's privilege)
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:26

    (Scriptural allegory)
    The history of error is a dream-narrative. The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real. First, this narrative supposes that something springs from nothing, that matter precedes mind. Second, it supposes that mind enters matter, and matter becomes living, substantial, and intelligent. The order of this allegory - the belief that everything springs from dust instead of from Deity - has been maintained in all the subsequent forms of belief. This is the error, - that mortal man starts materially, that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are both right and wrong.


Section 3


Nehemiah 9:32-34

    32 Now therefore, our God, the
great, the mighty, and the terrible
God, who keepest covenant and mercy,
let not all the trouble seem little
before thee, that hath come upon us,
on our kings, on our princes, and on
our priests, and on our prophets, and
on our fathers, and on all thy
people, since the time of the kings
of Assyria unto this day.

    33 Howbeit thou art just in all
that is brought upon us; for thou
hast done right, but we have done
wickedly:

    34 Neither have our kings, our
princes, our priests, nor our
fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened
unto thy commandments and thy
testimonies, wherewith thou didst
testify against them.

***
Isaiah 5:24

    24 Therefore as the fire devoureth
the stubble, and the flame consumeth
the chaff, so their root shall be as
rottenness, and their blossom shall
go up as dust: because they have cast
away the law of the Lord of hosts,
and despised the word of the Holy One
of Israel.

***
Daniel 9:11

    11 Yea, all Israel have
transgressed thy law, even by
departing, that they might not obey
thy voice; therefore the curse is
poured upon us, and the oath that is
written in the law of Moses the
servant of God, because we have
sinned against him.

***
Isaiah 24:5

    5 The earth also is defiled under
the inhabitants thereof; because they
have transgressed the laws, changed
the ordinance, broken the everlasting
covenant.

***
Psalm 119:126

    126 It is time for thee, Lord, to
work: for they have made void thy
law.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:14-21


    (No material law) Truth never made error necessary, nor devised a law to perpetuate error.
    (Laws of nature spiritual)
    The supposed laws which result in weariness and disease are not His laws, for the legitimate and only possible action of Truth is the production of harmony. Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of Spirit.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:1

    (Belief and understanding)
    The so-called laws of health are simply laws of mortal belief. The premises being erroneous, the conclusions are wrong. Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:13-14


    (Man never less than man)
    Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the beasts and vegetables, - subject to laws of decay.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:4


    (No material law)
    To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 177:15

    (The effect of names)
    In the Scriptural allegory of the material creation, Adam or error, which represents the erroneous theory of life and intelligence in matter, had the naming of all that was material. These names indicated matter's properties, qualities, and forms. But a lie, the opposite of Truth, cannot name the qualities and effects of what is termed matter, and create the so-called laws of the flesh, nor can a lie hold the preponderance of power in any direction against God, Spirit and Truth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:17-23

    (Laws of human belief)
    Whatever is governed by a false belief is discordant and mortal. We say man suffers from the effects of cold, heat, fatigue. This is human belief, not the truth of being, for matter cannot suffer. Mortal mind alone suffers, - not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:5-11


    (Seemingly independent authority)
    The Scriptures say, "In Him we live, and move, and have our being." What then is this seeming power, independent of God, which causes disease and cures it? What is it but an error of belief, - a law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense, embracing sin, sickness, and death? It is the very antipode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual law.


Section 4


Proverbs 9:10

    10 The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is
understanding.
Proverbs 2:3-5

    3 Yea, if thou criest after
knowledge, and liftest up thy voice
for understanding;

    4 If thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid
treasures;

    5 Then shalt thou understand the
fear of the Lord, and find the
knowledge of God.

***
Ephesians 2:1,2

    1 And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins;

    2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of
disobedience:

***
Colossians 1:9,10,13

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

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

    13 Who hath delivered us from the
power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his
dear Son:

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:8


    (Eternal man recognized)
    A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:6


    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick. This is the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:9-18


    (Scientific purgation)
    The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.
    The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 99:23


    (Key to the kingdom)
    The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.


Section 5


I Timothy 1:18

    18 This charge I commit unto thee,
son Timothy, according to the
prophecies which went before on thee,
that thou by them mightest war a good
warfare;
I Timothy 6:12

    12 Fight the good fight of faith,
lay hold on eternal life, whereunto
thou art also called, and hast
professed a good profession before
many witnesses.

***
Hebrews 12:1,2

    1 Wherefore seeing we also are
compassed about with so great a cloud
of witnesses, 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,

    2 Looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith; who for the
joy that was set before him endured
the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God.

***
Ephesians 6:13,14,16,18

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

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

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

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

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 16:1-5


    (Loftiest adoration)
    A great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding. The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration. Such prayer heals sickness, and must destroy sin and death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:20


    (Consecration required)
    Paul had a clear sense of the demands of Truth upon mortals physically and spiritually, when he said: "Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." But he, who is begotten of the beliefs of the flesh and serves them, can never reach in this world the divine heights of our Lord. The time cometh when the spiritual origin of man, the divine Science which ushered Jesus into human presence, will be understood and demonstrated.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:15

    (Narrow pathway)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 20:27


    (Behest of the cross)
    St. Paul wrote, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us;" that is, let us put aside material self and sense, and seek the divine Principle and Science of all healing.


Section 6


Psalm 43:3

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

***
John 16:13

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

***
I John 5:20

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:19-24

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


    (Scientific translations) The belief that life can be in matter or soul in body, and that man springs from dust or from an egg, is the result of the mortal error which Christ, or Truth, destroys by fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which man is perfect, even as the "Father which is in heaven is perfect."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-4


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 403:14-20


    (Error's power imaginary)
    You command the situation if you understand that mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being. Mortal mind is constantly producing on mortal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:25-32


    (Heralds of Science)
    Peals that should startle the slumbering thought from its erroneous dream are partially unheeded; but the last trump has not sounded, or this would not be so. Marvels, calamities, and sin will much more abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted claims; but the awful daring of sin destroys sin, and foreshadows the triumph of truth. God will overturn, until "He come whose right it is."

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Wickedness is not man
19 1 - Contradictions not found
19 1 - Adam
19 1 - Progeny cursed
19 1 - The divine image not lost
19 2 - Primitive error
19 2 - Immortal man
19 2 - The Christian's privilege
19 2 - Scriptural allegory
19 3 - No material law
19 3 - Laws of nature spiritual
19 3 - Belief and understanding
19 3 - Man never less than man
19 3 - No material law
19 3 - The effect of names
19 3 - Laws of human belief
19 3 - Seemingly independent authority
19 4 - Eternal man recognized
19 4 - Standpoints changed
19 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
19 4 - Scientific purgation
19 4 - Paradise regained
19 4 - Key to the kingdom
19 5 - Uses of suffering
19 5 - Loftiest adoration
19 5 - Consecration required
19 5 - Narrow pathway
19 5 - Behest of the cross
19 6 - Scientific translations
19 6 - Moral victory
19 6 - Error's power imaginary
19 6 - Heralds of Science


May 11,1902

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 9:8

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 89:20-23

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


    21 With whom my hand shall be
established: mine arm also shall
strengthen him.

    22 The enemy shall not exact upon
him; nor the son of wickedness
afflict him.

    23 And I will beat down his foes
before his face, and plague them that
hate him.


Section 1


Genesis 2:4,5

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

    5 And every plant of the field
before it was in the earth, and every
herb of the field before it grew: for
the Lord God had not caused it to
rain upon the earth, and there was
not a man to till the ground.

***
John 1:1-3,10-13

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

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

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

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

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

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:24


    (Light and darkness)
    Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man in origin, in existence, and in his relation to God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:12


    (Spiritual narrative)
    The harmony and immortality of man are intact. We should look away from the opposite supposition that man is created materially, and turn our gaze to the spiritual record of creation, to that which should be engraved on the understanding and heart "with the point of a diamond" and the pen of an angel.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:17-19,28


    (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.
    In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:22


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:13


    (Eternal beauty)
    Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, - the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:23


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


Section 2


Psalm 51:5

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

***
Matthew 7:16-20

    16 Ye shall know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?

    17 Even so every good tree bringeth
forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit.

    18 A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
tree bring forth good fruit.

    19 Every tree that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye
shall know them.

***
II Corinthians 6:14-18

    14 Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness?

    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.

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:23-2


    (Erroneous conception)
    Genesis iv. 1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord [Jehovah].



    This account is given, not of immortal man, but of mortal man, and of sin which is temporal. As both mortal man and sin have a beginning, they must consequently have an end, while the sinless, real man is eternal. Eve's declaration, "I have gotten a man from the Lord," supposes God to be the author of sin and sin's progeny. This false sense of existence is fratricidal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:16-19

    (A type of falsehood)
    The Scriptures declare that God condemned this lie as to man's origin and character by condemning its symbol, the serpent, to grovel beneath all the beasts of the field.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 553:29

    (Being is immortal)
    You may say that mortals are formed before they think or know aught of their origin, and you may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can only be replied, that Christian Science reveals what "eye hath not seen," - even the cause of all that exists, - for the universe, inclusive of man, is as eternal as God, who is its divine immortal Principle. There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, like Deity, - or, rather, being and Deity are inseparable.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:13

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


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.


Section 3


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.

***
Romans 8:11,14,16

    11 But if the Spirit of him that
raised up Jesus from the dead dwell
in you, he that raised up Christ from
the dead shall also quicken your
mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.

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

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

***
Galatians 3:26

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

***
I John 5:1,4

    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.

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22


    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 213:7


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

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.


Section 4


Psalm 144:3,4

    3 Lord, what is man, that thou
takest knowledge of him! or the son
of man, that thou makest account of
him!

    4 Man is like to vanity: his days
are as a shadow that passeth away.

***
Job 22:23,26-28

    23 If thou return to the Almighty,
thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put
away iniquity far from thy
tabernacles.

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

    27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto
him, and he shall hear thee, and thou
shalt pay thy vows.

    28 Thou shalt also decree a thing,
and it shall be established unto thee:
and the light shall shine upon thy
ways.

***
II Corinthians 4:11,15,18

    11 For we which live are alway
delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,
that the life also of Jesus might be
made manifest in our mortal flesh.

    15 For all things are for your
sakes, that the abundant grace might
through the thanksgiving of many
redound to the glory of God.

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:6-7,14-32


    (Spirit the one Ego)
    Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has no real entity, but saith "It is I."
    (Mortal existence a dream)
    Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is called man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A mortal may be weary or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in sleep. When that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself experiencing none of these dream-sensations. To the observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed, and sensationless, and the mind seems to be absent.
    Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream? There cannot be, since whatever appears to be a mortal man is a mortal dream. Take away the mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree. But the spiritual, real man is immortal.
    Upon this stage of existence goes on the dance of mortal mind. Mortal thoughts chase one another like snowflakes, and drift to the ground. Science reveals Life as not being at the mercy of death, nor will Science admit that happiness is ever the sport of circumstance.


Section 5


Hosea 2:16,19,20

    16 And it shall be at that day,
saith the Lord, that thou shalt call
me Ishi; and shalt call me no more
Baali.

    19 And I will betroth thee unto me
for ever; yea, I will betroth thee
unto me in righteousness, and in
judgment, and in lovingkindness, and
in mercies.

    20 I will even betroth thee unto me
in faithfulness: and thou shalt know
the Lord.

***
Romans 8:35-39

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

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

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 303:28


    (Man's entity spiritual) Spiritual man is the image or idea of God, an idea which cannot be lost nor separated from its divine Principle. When the evidence before the material senses yielded to spiritual sense, the apostle declared that nothing could alienate him from God, from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:6-16

    (The divine reflection)
    To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:14

    (Definition of man)
    Continuing our definition of man, let us remember that harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and is always beyond and above the mortal illusion of any life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter. This statement is based on fact, not fable. The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:18

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


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


Section 6


John 3:5,6

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

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

***
Philipians 3:17,18

    17 Brethren, be followers together
of me, and mark them which walk so as
ye have us for an ensample.

    18 (For many walk, of whom I have
told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of
the cross of Christ:

***
Ephesians 2:13

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh
by the blood of Christ.

***
Revelation 3:12

    12 Him that overcometh will I make
a pillar in the temple of my God, and
he shall go no more out: and I will
write upon him the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God,
which is new Jerusalem, which cometh
down out of heaven from my God: and I
will write upon him my new name.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:23


    (So-called superiority)
    This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:5


    (Godward gravitation)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:27


    (Immortal man)
    This carnal material mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. Therefore man would be annihilated, were it not for the spiritual real man's indissoluble connection with his God, which Jesus brought to light. In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal man is not the real essence of manhood, and that this unreal material mortality disappears in presence of the reality.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:8


    (Dwelling in dreamland)
    In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dream-land, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination. The great verities of existence are never excluded by falsity.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:4


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

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Light and darkness
20 1 - Spiritual narrative
20 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
20 1 - Inverted images
20 1 - Eternal beauty
20 1 - True theory of the universe
20 2 - Erroneous conception
20 2 - A type of falsehood
20 2 - Being is immortal
20 2 - Mortals are not immortals
20 3 - The present immortality
20 3 - Good indefinable
20 3 - Immaterial pleasure
20 4 - Spirit the one Ego
20 4 - Mortal existence a dream
20 5 - Man's entity spiritual
20 5 - The divine reflection
20 5 - Definition of man
20 5 - Celestial evidence
20 6 - So-called superiority
20 6 - Godward gravitation
20 6 - Immortal man
20 6 - Dwelling in dreamland
20 6 - Human frailty


May 18,1902

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 116:7,8

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 141:1-5,8

    1 Lord, I cry unto thee: make
haste unto me; give ear unto my
voice, when I cry unto thee.

    2 Let my prayer be set forth before
thee as incense; and the lifting up
of my hands as the evening sacrifice.


    3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my
mouth; keep the door of my lips.

    4 Incline not my heart to any evil
thing, to practise wicked works with
men that work iniquity: and let me
not eat of their dainties.

    5 Let the righteous smite me; it
shall be a kindness: and let him
reprove me; it shall be an excellent
oil, which shall not break my head:
for yet my prayer also shall be in
their calamities.

    8 But mine eyes are unto thee, O
God the Lord: in thee is my trust;
leave not my soul destitute.
Psalm 142:1,3-5,7

    1 I cried unto the Lord with my
voice; with my voice unto the Lord
did I make my supplication.

    3 When my spirit was overwhelmed
within me, then thou knewest my path.
In the way wherein I walked have they
privily laid a snare for me.

    4 I looked on my right hand, and
beheld, but there was no man that
would know me: refuge failed me; no
man cared for my soul.

    5 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I
said, Thou art my refuge and my
portion in the land of the living.

    7 Bring my soul out of prison, that
I may praise thy name: the righteous
shall compass me about; for thou
shalt deal bountifully with me.


Section 1


Psalm 63:1,3-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

    8 My soul followeth hard after
thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Psalm 86:12,13

    12 I will praise thee, O Lord my
God, with all my heart: and I will
glorify thy name for evermore.

    13 For great is thy mercy toward
me: and thou hast delivered my soul
from the lowest hell.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:11


    (Soul greater than body)
    Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater than body. If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit would be finite, and therefore could not be Spirit.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:19-25

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


    (Reflection of Spirit)
    Question. - What are body and Soul?
    Answer. - Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:3

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:25


    (The sun and Soul)
    In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.


Section 2


Matthew 10:1,5-8,27,28

    1 And when he had called unto him
his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner
of sickness and all manner of
disease.

    5 These twelve Jesus sent forth,
and commanded them, saying, Go not
into the way of the Gentiles, and
into any city of the Samaritans enter
ye not:

    6 But go rather to the lost sheep
of the house of Israel.

    7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    8 Heal the sick, cleanse the
lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils: freely ye have received,
freely give.

    27 What I tell you in darkness,
that speak ye in light: and what ye
hear in the ear, that preach ye upon
the housetops.

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:11-15


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:29


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness) Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:19-22


    (Touchstone of Science)
    The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 370:5

    (No healing in sin)
    The body improves under the same regimen which spiritualizes the thought; and if health is not made manifest under this regimen, this proves that fear is governing the body. This is the law of cause and effect, or like producing like.


Section 3


Mark 5:25-29

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

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

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

    28 For she said, If I may touch but
his clothes, I shall be whole.

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

***
Luke 5:12-15

    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.

    15 But so much the more went there
a fame abroad of him: and great
multitudes came together to hear, and
to be healed by him of their
infirmities.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:26


    (Halfway success)
    The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. On this fundamental point, timid conservatism is absolutely inadmissible. Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:3-7


    (Unscientific introspection)
    Science depicts disease as error, as matter versus Mind, and error reversed as subserving the facts of health. To calculate one's life-prospects from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and misguide human hope.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:22


    (Medical errors)
    Mortal belief is all that enables a drug to cure mortal ailments. Anatomy admits that mind is somewhere in man, though out of sight. Then, if an individual is sick, why treat the body alone and administer a dose of despair to the mind? Why declare that the body is diseased, and picture this disease to the mind, rolling it under the tongue as a sweet morsel and holding it before the thought of both physician and patient? 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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:15-24


    (Mortal mind's disappearance)
    We must learn how mankind govern the body, - whether through faith in hygiene, in drugs, or in willpower. We should learn whether they govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and death, sin and pardon, or govern it from the higher understanding that the divine Mind makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind through truth, leads the human mind to relinquish all error, to find the divine Mind to be the only Mind, and the healer of sin, disease, death.


Section 4


I Corinthians 2:12

    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.

***
II Corinthians 5:6,8,9

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.

    9 Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be
accepted of him.

***
I Corinthians 9:26,27

    26 I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one
that beateth the air:

    27 But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a
castaway.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:4


    (The Christ-element)
    The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:5


    (Bodily presence)
    We cannot "serve two masters." To be "present with the Lord" is to have, not mere emotional ecstasy or faith, but the actual demonstration and understanding of Life as revealed in Christian Science. To be "with the Lord" is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, - by Spirit, not by matter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:7


    (Jesus as mediator)
    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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:17


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


Section 5


Isaiah 42:1-3

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

    2 He shall not cry, nor lift up,
nor cause his voice to be heard in
the street.

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

***
Ephesians 4:1,2,4,7,13,16,23,24

    1 I therefore, the prisoner of the
Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are
called,

    2 With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love;

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

    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:

    16 From whom the whole body fitly
joined together and compacted by that
which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in
the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the
edifying of itself in love.

    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.

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:7

    (Spirit the one Ego)
    Spirit is the Ego which never dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies. Spiritual man is the likeness of this Ego. Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17-23

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


    (Soul not confined in body)
    Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:7


    (Real being never lost) Soul and matter are at variance from the very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.


Section 6


I Corinthians 15:45,48,49,53,54

    45 And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening
spirit.

    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.

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.

    54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:7-8(to .),14


    (Sin only of the flesh)
    Soul is immortal because it is Spirit, which has no element of self-destruction.
    (Soul impeccable)
    Through false estimates of soul as dwelling in sense and of mind as dwelling in matter, belief strays into a sense of temporary loss or absence of soul, spiritual truth. This state of error is the mortal dream of life and substance as existent in matter, and is directly opposite to the immortal reality of being. So long as we believe that soul can sin or that immortal Soul is in mortal body, we can never understand the Science of being. When humanity does understand this Science, it will become the law of Life to man, - even the higher law of Soul, which prevails over material sense through harmony and immortality.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:7-20

    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:24


    (Spiritual freedom)
    The Science of being reveals man and immortality as based on Spirit. Physical sense defines mortal man as based on matter, and from this premise infers the mortality of the body.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    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.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - Soul greater than body
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - A vacant domicile
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
21 2 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
21 2 - Touchstone of Science
21 2 - Appetites to be abandoned
21 2 - No healing in sin
21 3 - Halfway success
21 3 - Unscientific introspection
21 3 - Medical errors
21 3 - Mortal mind's disappearance
21 4 - The Christ-element
21 4 - Bodily presence
21 4 - Jesus as mediator
21 4 - Practical religion
21 5 - Philosophical blunders
21 5 - Spirit the one Ego
21 5 - Soul not confined in body
21 5 - Real being never lost
21 6 - Sin only of the flesh
21 6 - Soul impeccable
21 6 - Divinity not childless
21 6 - Spiritual freedom
21 6 - -19- Soul and Spirit one


May 25,1902

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

II Thessalonians 2:7

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of
the way.


Responsive Reading


Deuteronomy 18:9-19

    9 #When thou art come into the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the
abominations of those nations.

    10 There shall not be found among
you any one that maketh his son or
his daughter to pass through the
fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter,
or a witch,

    11 Or a charmer, or a consulter
with familiar spirits, or a wizard,
or a necromancer.

    12 For all that do these things are
an abomination unto the Lord: and
because of these abominations the
Lord thy God doth drive them out from
before thee.

    13 Thou shalt be perfect with the
Lord thy God.

    14 For these nations, which thou
shalt possess, hearkened unto
observers of times, and unto
diviners: but as for thee, the Lord
thy God hath not suffered thee so to
do.

    15 #The Lord thy God will raise up
unto thee a Prophet from the midst of
thee, of thy brethren, like unto me;
unto him ye shall hearken;

    16 According to all that thou
desiredst of the Lord thy God in
Horeb in the day of the assembly,
saying, Let me not hear again the
voice of the Lord my God, neither let
me see this great fire any more, that
I die not.

    17 And the Lord said unto me, They
have well spoken that which they have
spoken.

    18 I will raise them up a Prophet
from among their brethren, like unto
thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them
all that I shall command him.

    19 And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever will not hearken unto my
words which he shall speak in my
name, I will require it of him.


Section 1


Genesis 2:8,16,17

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

    16 And the Lord God commanded the
man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:13,14

    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:

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:26-5


    (Garden of Eden)
    Genesis ii. 15. And the Lord God [Jehovah] took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it.



    The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight. In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body. God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it, - to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow. Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:15-17

    (Contrasted testimony)
    The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:27-28


    (Dragon cast down to earth)
    The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 528:9-18,31-4


    (Hypnotic surgery)
    Genesis ii. 21, 22. And the Lord God [Jehovah, Yawah] 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; and the rib, which the Lord God [Jehovah] had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.



    Here falsity, error, credits Truth, God, with inducing a sleep or hypnotic state in Adam in order to perform a surgical operation on him and thereby create woman.
    (Mental midwifery)
    Later in human history, when the forbidden fruit was bringing forth fruit of its own kind, there came a suggestion of change in the modus operandi, - that man should be born of woman, not woman again taken from man.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:18


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


Section 2


Genesis 49:1,16,17

    1 And Jacob called unto his sons,
and said, Gather yourselves together,
that I may tell you that which shall
befall you in the last days.

    16 #Dan shall judge his people, as
one of the tribes of Israel.

    17 Dan shall be a serpent by the
way, an adder in the path, that
biteth the horse heels, so that his
rider shall fall backward.

***
Deuteronomy 33:1,22

    1 And this is the blessing,
wherewith Moses the man of God
blessed the children of Israel before
his death.

    22 #And of Dan he said, Dan is a
lion's whelp: he shall leap from
Bashan.

***
Judges 18:30

    30 #And the children of Dan set up
the graven image: and Jonathan, the
son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh,
he and his sons were priests to the
tribe of Dan until the day of the
captivity of the land.

***
Amos 8:14

    14 They that swear by the sin of
Samaria, and say, Thy God, O Dan,
liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba
liveth; even they shall fall, and
never rise up again.

583:26 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DAN - Jacob's son)

    DAN (Jacob's son). Animal magnetism; so-called mortal mind controlling mortal mind; error, working out the designs of error; one belief preying upon another.

594:1-4(to 2nd ;) 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;

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:18


    (The genus of error)
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they annihilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into dust.


Section 3


Isaiah 47:12-14

    12 Stand now with thine
enchantments, and with the multitude
of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast
laboured from thy youth; if so be
thou shalt be able to profit, if so
be thou mayest prevail.

    13 Thou art wearied in the
multitude of thy counsels. Let now
the astrologers, the stargazers, the
monthly prognosticators, stand up,
and save thee from these things that
shall come upon thee.

    14 Behold, they shall be as
stubble; the fire shall burn them;
they shall not deliver themselves
from the power of the flame: there
shall not be a coal to warm at, nor
fire to sit before it.

***
Daniel 1:3,4,19,20

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

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

    19 And the king communed with them;
and among them all was found none
like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and
Azariah: therefore stood they before
the king.

    20 And in all matters of wisdom and
understanding, that the king inquired
of them, he found them ten times
better than all the magicians and
astrologers that were in all his
realm.
Daniel 2:27-30

    27 Daniel answered in the presence
of the king, and said, The secret
which the king hath demanded cannot
the wise men, the astrologers, the
magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto
the king;

    28 But there is a God in heaven
that revealeth secrets, and maketh
known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what
shall be in the latter days. Thy
dream, and the visions of thy head
upon thy bed, are these;

    29 As for thee, O king, thy
thoughts came into thy mind upon thy
bed, what should come to pass
hereafter: and he that revealeth
secrets maketh known to thee what
shall come to pass.

    30 But as for me, this secret is
not revealed to me for any wisdom
that I have more than any living, but
for their sakes that shall make known
the interpretation to the king, and
that thou mightest know the thoughts
of thy heart.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:3


    (Scientific foreseeing)
    The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction, - predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:15

    (Value of intuition)
    It is recorded that Jesus, as he once journeyed with his students, "knew their thoughts," - read them scientifically. In like manner he discerned disease and healed the sick. After the same method, events of great moment were foretold by the Hebrew prophets. Our Master rebuked the lack of this power when he said: "O ye hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 121:7


    (Perennial beauty)
    The Chaldean Wisemen read in the stars the fate of empires and the fortunes of men. Though no higher revelation than the horoscope was to them displayed upon the empyrean, earth and heaven were bright, and bird and blossom were glad in God's perennial and happy sunshine, golden with Truth. So we have goodness and beauty to gladden the heart; but man, left to the hypotheses of material sense unexplained by Science, is as the wandering comet or the desolate star - "a weary searcher for a viewless home."

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:12


    (Mere negation)
    The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God governs the universe; but man, reflecting God's power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts.

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.


Section 4


II Kings 17:9,17

    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.

    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.

***
II Chronicles 15:3,4

    3 Now for a long season Israel hath
been without the true God, and
without a teaching priest, and
without law.

    4 But when they in their trouble
did turn unto the Lord God of Israel,
and sought him, he was found of them.

***
Micah 5:2

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

***
Matthew 2:1,2

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

    2 Saying, Where is he that is born
King of the Jews? for we have seen his
star in the east, and are come to
worship him.
Matthew 4:23

    23 #And Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel
of the kingdom, and healing all
manner of sickness and all manner of
disease among the people.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:14-18


    (Love the incentive)
    He, who understands in a sufficient degree the Principle of Mind-healing, points out to his student error as well as truth, the wrong as well as the right practice. Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:23

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


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19-3


    (Obligations of teachers)
    Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.
    (Indispensable defence)
    Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct him how to bar the door of his thought against this seeming power, - a task not difficult, when one understands that evil has in reality no power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:20-30


    (Mystery of godliness)
    If there is any mystery in Christian healing, it is the mystery which godliness always presents to the ungodly, - the mystery always arising from ignorance of the laws of eternal and unerring Mind.
    (Matter versus matter)
    Other methods undertake to oppose error with error, and thus they increase the antagonism of one form of matter towards other forms of matter or error, and the warfare between Spirit and the flesh goes on. By this antagonism mortal mind must continually weaken its own assumed power.


Section 5


Isaiah 42:21,24

    21 The Lord is well pleased for his
righteousness' sake; he will magnify
the law, and make it honourable.

    24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and
Israel to the robbers? did not the
Lord, he against whom we have sinned?
for they would not walk in his ways,
neither were they obedient unto his
law.

***
Romans 2:12,23

    12 For as many as have sinned
without law shall also perish without
law: and as many as have sinned in
the law shall be judged by the law;

    23 Thou that makest thy boast of
the law, through breaking the law
dishonourest thou God?

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:3-10


    (Law and gospel)
    As Paul asked of the unfaithful in ancient days, so the rabbis of the present day ask concerning our healing and teaching, "Through breaking the law, dishonorest thou God?" We have the gospel, however, and our Master annulled material law by healing contrary to it. We propose to follow the Master's example. We should subordinate material law to spiritual law.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:13


    (Perfection of divine government)
    Christian Science goes to the bottom of mental action, and reveals the theodicy which indicates the rightness of all divine action, as the emanation of divine Mind, and the consequent wrongness of the opposite so-called action, - evil, occultism, necromancy, mesmerism, animal magnetism, hypnotism.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 441:12


    (Charge of the Chief Justice)
    According to our statute, Material Law is a liar who cannot bear witness against Mortal Man, neither can Fear arrest Mortal Man nor can Disease cast him into prison. Our law refuses to recognize Man as sick or dying, but holds him to be forever in the image and likeness of his Maker. Reversing the testimony of Personal Sense and the decrees of the Court of Error in favor of Matter, Spirit decides in favor of Man and against Matter. We further recommend that Materia Medica adopt Christian Science and that Health-laws, Mesmerism, Hypnotism, Oriental Witchcraft, and Esoteric Magic be publicly executed at the hands of our sheriff, Progress.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:1-5


    (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.


Section 6


Nahum 3:1,5

    1 Woe to the bloody city! it is
all full of lies and robbery; the
prey departeth not;

    5 Behold, I am against thee, saith
the Lord of hosts; and I will discover
thy skirts upon thy face, and I will
shew the nations thy nakedness, and
the kingdoms thy shame.

***
II Thessalonians 2:7-12

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of
the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of
his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved.

    11 And for this cause God shall
send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:18-23


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:24(begin Delusion)


    (Inverted images and ideas) Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:4


    (Sickness from mortal mind) But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick. This is the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.


Section 7


Isaiah 51:9

    9 #Awake, awake, put on strength, O
arm of the Lord; awake, as in the
ancient days, in the generations of
old. Art thou not it that hath cut
Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

***
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 12:9,10,16

    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.

    16 And the earth helped the woman,
and the earth opened her mouth, and
swallowed up the flood which the
dragon cast out of his mouth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 568:24-32


    (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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:11

    (The robe of Science)
    He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, - in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love. 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 - 570:18

    (Receptive hearts)
    What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night. In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood. Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks. The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22-31(to .)

    (Pure religion enthroned)
    Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism, furnishes the mirror in which mortals may see their own image. In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom. With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery, lust, and hypocrisy.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Garden of Eden
22 1 - Contrasted testimony
22 1 - Dragon cast down to earth
22 1 - Hypnotic surgery
22 1 - Mental midwifery
22 1 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 2 - SERPENT
22 2 - The genus of error
22 3 - Scientific foreseeing
22 3 - Value of intuition
22 3 - Perennial beauty
22 3 - Mere negation
22 3 - Spirit intangible
22 4 - Love the incentive
22 4 - Mankind redeemed
22 4 - Obligations of teachers
22 4 - Indispensable defence
22 4 - Mystery of godliness
22 4 - Matter versus matter
22 5 - Law and gospel
22 5 - Perfection of divine government
22 5 - Charge of the Chief Justice
22 5 - No material creation
22 6 - Dragon cast down to earth
22 6 - Inverted images and ideas
22 6 - Sickness from mortal mind
22 7 - Paean of jubilee
22 7 - The robe of Science
22 7 - Receptive hearts
22 7 - Pure religion enthroned


June 1,1902

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 104:24

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 97

PSALM 97

    1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth
rejoice; let the multitude of isles be
glad thereof.

    2 Clouds and darkness are round
about him: righteousness and judgment
are the habitation of his throne.

    3 A fire goeth before him, and
burneth up his enemies round about.

    4 His lightnings enlightened the
world: the earth saw, and trembled.

    5 The hills melted like wax at the
presence of the Lord, at the presence
of the Lord of the whole earth.

    6 The heavens declare his
righteousness, and all the people see
his glory.

    7 Confounded be all they that serve
graven images, that boast themselves
of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

    8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the
daughters of Judah rejoiced because
of thy judgments, O Lord.

    9 For thou, Lord, art high above
all the earth: thou art exalted far
above all gods.

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

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

    12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye
righteous; and give thanks at the
remembrance of his holiness.


Section 1


Proverbs 3:19

    19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded
the earth; by understanding hath he
established the heavens.

***
Psalm 29:1,2,10,11

    1 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,
give unto the Lord glory and strength.


    2 Give unto the Lord the glory due
unto his name; worship the Lord in the
beauty of holiness.

    10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood;
yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.

    11 The Lord will give strength unto
his people; the Lord will bless his
people with peace.

***
Isaiah 45:18

    18 For thus saith the Lord that
created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in
vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I
am the Lord; and there is none else.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:22


    (Causation considered)
    Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress. The age seems ready to approach this subject, to ponder somewhat the supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem of Truth's garment.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:20-23


    (One primal cause)
    There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:5-20

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


    (-4- Life the creator)
    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.
    (-5- Allness of Spirit)
    V. The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all. From this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence except the divine Mind and His ideas. The Scriptures also declare that God is Spirit. Therefore in Spirit all is harmony, and there can be no discord; all is Life, and there is no death. Everything in God's universe expresses Him.
    (-6- The universal cause)
    VI. God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence.


Section 2


Psalm 65:1,2,9-13

    1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God,
in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow
be performed.

    2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto
thee shall all flesh come.

    9 Thou visitest the earth, and
waterest it: thou greatly enrichest
it with the river of God, which is
full of water: thou preparest them
corn, when thou hast so provided for
it.

    10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof
abundantly: thou settlest the furrows
thereof: thou makest it soft with
showers: thou blessest the springing
thereof.

    11 Thou crownest the year with thy
goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

    12 They drop upon the pastures of
the wilderness: and the little hills
rejoice on every side.

    13 The pastures are clothed with
flocks; the valleys also are covered
over with corn; they shout for joy,
they also sing.

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 - 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:3


    (The real producer)
    Either Mind produces, or it is produced. If Mind is first, it cannot produce its opposite in quality and quantity, called matter. If matter is first, it cannot produce Mind. Like produces like. In natural history, the bird is not the product of a beast. In spiritual history, matter is not the progenitor of Mind.

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.


Section 3


Psalm 146:1-6

    1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the
Lord, O my soul.

    2 While I live will I praise the
Lord: I will sing praises unto my God
while I have any being.

    3 Put not your trust in princes,
nor in the son of man, in whom there
is no help.

    4 His breath goeth forth, he
returneth to his earth; in that very
day his thoughts perish.

    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:

***
Job 34:12,14,15

    12 Yea, surely God will not do
wickedly, neither will the Almighty
pervert judgment.

    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 195:11-16


    (Useful knowledge)
    The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.
    Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea governed by its Principle, furnishes food for thought.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:13-22


    (Spirit the only intelligence and substance)
    The so-called second power, evil, is the unlikeness of good. It cannot therefore be mind, though so called. The third power, mortal man, is a supposed mixture of the first and second antagonistic powers, intelligence and non-intelligence, of Spirit and matter.
    (Unscientific theories)
    Such theories are evidently erroneous. They can never stand the test of Science. Judging them by their fruits, they are corrupt. When will the ages understand the Ego, and realize only one God, one Mind or intelligence?

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.

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.


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 89:8,9,11-14

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

    9 Thou rulest the raging of the
sea: when the waves thereof arise,
thou stillest them.

    11 The heavens are thine, the earth
also is thine: as for the world and
the fulness thereof, thou hast
founded them.

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

    13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong
is thy hand, and high is thy right
hand.

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:20


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5-11


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them. Mortal mind would transform the spiritual into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:5-24


    (Allness of Truth)
    Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind. The material and mortal body or mind is not the man.
    The world would collapse without Mind, without the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The immanent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.
    (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.


Section 5


Psalm 111:2-4

    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.

***
Isaiah 42:5-7

    5 #Thus saith God the Lord, he that
created the heavens, and stretched
them out; he that spread forth the
earth, and that which cometh out of
it; he that giveth breath unto the
people upon it, and spirit to them
that walk therein:

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

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

***
II Corinthians 4:6

    6 For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness, hath shined
in our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:27


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:9

    (Spiritual harmony)
    The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, - heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown. No supposition of error enters there. 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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:32-10


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:28

    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.


Section 6


Psalm 147:1-3,11

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

    2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem:
he gathereth together the outcasts of
Israel.

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

    11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them
that fear him, in those that hope in
his mercy.
Psalm 36:5-9

    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.

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

    8 They shall be abundantly
satisfied with the fatness of thy
house; and thou shalt make them drink
of the river of thy pleasures.

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

***
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 5:13

    13 And every creature which is in
heaven, and on the earth, and under
the earth, and such as are in the
sea, and all that are in them, heard
I saying, Blessing, and honour, and
glory, and power, be unto him that
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the
Lamb for ever and ever.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:4-13


    (Reflected likeness)
    The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.
    (Love imparts beauty)
    God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:9-13

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:31-16


    (The divine reflection)
    God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, - yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action of the person in front of the mirror.
    Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - Causation considered
23 1 - One primal cause
23 1 - -4- Life the creator
23 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
23 1 - -6- The universal cause
23 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
23 2 - Mind the only cause
23 2 - The real producer
23 2 - Causation mental
23 3 - Useful knowledge
23 3 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
23 3 - Unscientific theories
23 3 - Spiritual thoughts
23 3 - -27- True idea of man
23 4 - No new creation
23 4 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 4 - Allness of Truth
23 4 - Spiritual translation
23 5 - Ideas and identities
23 5 - Spiritual harmony
23 5 - Mind's true camera
23 5 - Spiritual proofs of existence
23 6 - Reflected likeness
23 6 - Love imparts beauty
23 6 - Justice and recompense
23 6 - The divine reflection


June 15,1902

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 56:11

    11 In God have I put my trust: I
will not be afraid what man can do
unto me.


Responsive Reading


I Samuel 17:4,7,10,24,32,37,41,42,45,47,49,50

    4 #And there went out a champion
out of the camp of the Philistines,
named Goliath, of Gath, whose height
was six cubits and a span.

    7 And the staff of his spear was
like a weaver's beam; and his spear's
head weighed six hundred shekels of
iron: and one bearing a shield went
before him.

    10 And the Philistine said, I defy
the armies of Israel this day; give me
a man, that we may fight together.

    24 And all the men of Israel, when
they saw the man, fled from him, and
were sore afraid.

    32 #And David said to Saul, Let no
man's heart fail because of him; thy
servant will go and fight with this
Philistine.

    37 David said moreover, The Lord
that delivered me out of the paw of
the lion, and out of the paw of the
bear, he will deliver me out of the
hand of this Philistine. And Saul
said unto David, Go, and the Lord be
with thee.

    41 And the Philistine came on and
drew near unto David; and the man
that bare the shield went before him.


    42 And when the Philistine looked
about, and saw David, he disdained
him: for he was but a youth, and
ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

    45 Then said David to the
Philistine, Thou comest to me with a
sword, and with a spear, and with a
shield: but I come to thee in the
name of the Lord of hosts, the God of
the armies of Israel, whom thou hast
defied.

    47 And all this assembly shall know
that the Lord saveth not with sword
and spear: for the battle is the
Lord's, and he will give you into our
hands.

    49 And David put his hand in his
bag, and took thence a stone, and
slang it, and smote the Philistine in
his forehead, that the stone sunk
into his forehead; and he fell upon
his face to the earth.

    50 So David prevailed over the
Philistine with a sling and with a
stone, and smote the Philistine, and
slew him; but there was no sword in
the hand of David.


Section 1


Psalm 97:1

    1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth
rejoice; let the multitude of isles be
glad thereof.
Psalm 22:28

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

***
Proverbs 19:21

    21 There are many devices in a
man's heart; nevertheless the counsel
of the Lord, that shall stand.

***
Genesis 45:4,5,7,8

    4 And Joseph said unto his
brethren, Come near to me, I pray
you. And they came near. And he said,
I am Joseph your brother, whom ye
sold into Egypt.

    5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor
angry with yourselves, that ye sold
me hither: for God did send me before
you to preserve life.

    7 And God sent me before you to
preserve you a posterity in the
earth, and to save your lives by a
great deliverance.

    8 So now it was not you that sent
me hither, but God: and he hath made
me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of
all his house, and a ruler throughout
all the land of Egypt.
Genesis 50:20

    20 But as for you, ye thought evil
against me; but God meant it unto
good, to bring to pass, as it is this
day, to save much people alive.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:5


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:20-5


    (Man governed by Mind)
    Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God's man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.
    (Mortal mind dethroned)
    That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but it is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away all its supposed sovereignty, and saves mortal mind from itself.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:14-16


    (Veritable success)
    When man demonstrates Christian Science absolutely, he will be perfect. He can neither sin, suffer, be subject to matter, nor disobey the law of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:13-19


    (Assistance in brotherhood)
    God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.


Section 2


Mark 1:14,22-25,27

    14 Now after that John was put in
prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of God,

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

    23 And there was in their synagogue
a man with an unclean spirit; and he
cried out,

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

    25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying,
Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

    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.

***
Luke 10:1,17-19

    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:32


    (Ignorance of our rights)
    Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery. Be no more willing to suffer the illusion that you are sick or that some disease is developing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temptation on the ground that sin has its necessities.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:8

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 395:6-10

    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:26-2


    (Creatures of God useful)
    Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus.


Section 3


Isaiah 41:10

    10 #Fear thou not; for I am with
thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I
will help thee; yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of my
righteousness.

***
Acts 4:13,18-20,23,24,29-31

    13 #Now when they saw the boldness
of Peter and John, and perceived that
they were unlearned and ignorant men,
they marvelled; and they took
knowledge of them, that they had been
with Jesus.

    18 And they called them, and
commanded them not to speak at all
nor teach in the name of Jesus.

    19 But Peter and John answered and
said unto them, Whether it be right in
the sight of God to hearken unto you
more than unto God, judge ye.

    20 For we cannot but speak the
things which we have seen and heard.

    23 #And being let go, they went to
their own company, and reported all
that the chief priests and elders had
said unto them.

    24 And when they heard that, they
lifted up their voice to God with one
accord, and said, Lord, thou art God,
which hast made heaven, and earth,
and the sea, and all that in them is:


    29 And now, Lord, behold their
threatenings: and grant unto thy
servants, that with all boldness they
may speak thy word,

    30 By stretching forth thine hand
to heal; and that signs and wonders
may be done by the name of thy holy
child Jesus.

    31 #And when they had prayed, the
place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all
filled with the Holy Ghost, and they
spake the word of God with boldness.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:16,30


    (Destruction of all evil)
    God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
    (Superiority to sickness and sin)
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 225:8-11,25

    (Truth's ordeal)
    The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on.
    (Slavery abolished)
    The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always germinating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of the divine Mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 226:18

    (Cramping systems) Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 227:7

    (Higher law ends bondage)
    The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware of man's inalienable rights and in subjection to hopeless slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, - an ignorance that is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:11

    (God-given dominion)
    The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material unreality.


Section 4


Matthew 4:16

    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.

***
Ephesians 4:17,18,20-24

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

    18 Having the understanding
darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance
that is in them, because of the
blindness of their heart:

    20 But ye have not so learned
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.
Ephesians 5:8

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:12

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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:20-28

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in heaven." The basis of all health, sinlessness, and immortality is the great fact that God is the only Mind; and this Mind must be not merely believed, but it must be understood.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:2-5

    (Abiding in Life)
    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:7


    (Spiritual discovery)
    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.


Section 5


Psalm 91:1

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

***
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.

***
Revelation 21:2,3

    2 And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out
of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:12-24


    (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.
    (Perfection requisite)
    If God is admitted to be the only Mind and Life, there ceases to be any opportunity for sin and death. When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, - towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:19-22


    (Man's present possibilities)
    In Revelation xxi. 1 we read: -



    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:3-28
The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding
hat the eye cannot see, - that which is invisible to the
ninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact
n Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness,
hat consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to
another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This
hows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and
pirit indicates states and stages of consciousness.

    (Nearness of Deity)
    Accompanying this scientific consciousness was another revelation, even the declaration from heaven, supreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a miserable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why? Because St. John's corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, - that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science.


Section 6


Psalm 27:4,5

    4 One thing have I desired of the
Lord, that will I seek after; that I
may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life, to behold
the beauty of the Lord, and to
inquire in his temple.

    5 For in the time of trouble he
shall hide me in his pavilion: in the
secret of his tabernacle shall he
hide me; he shall set me up upon a
rock.

***
Isaiah 26:3

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

***
Jeremiah 17:7,8

    7 Blessed is the man that trusteth
in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord
is.

    8 For he shall be as a tree planted
by the waters, and that spreadeth out
her roots by the river, and shall not
see when heat cometh, but her leaf
shall be green; and shall not be
careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding
fruit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:9-13,19


    (Love imparts beauty)
    God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.
    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 - 507:28-29

    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:6

    Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:10


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

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

    (The infinitude of God)
    Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:9


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

24 1 - Divine providence
24 1 - Man governed by Mind
24 1 - Mortal mind dethroned
24 1 - Veritable success
24 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
24 2 - Ignorance of our rights
24 2 - The strength of Spirit
24 2 - Divine authority
24 2 - Creatures of God useful
24 3 - Destruction of all evil
24 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 3 - Truth's ordeal
24 3 - Slavery abolished
24 3 - Cramping systems
24 3 - Higher law ends bondage
24 3 - God-given dominion
24 4 - Man linked with Spirit
24 4 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
24 4 - Abiding in Life
24 4 - Spiritual discovery
24 5 - Universal brotherhood
24 5 - Perfection requisite
24 5 - Man's present possibilities
24 5 - Nearness of Deity
24 6 - Love imparts beauty
24 6 - Ever-appearing creation
24 6 - Godward gravitation
24 6 - The infinitude of God
24 6 - Infinity measureless


June 22,1902

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 93:1-5

    1 The Lord reigneth, he is clothed
with majesty; the Lord is clothed with
strength, wherewith he hath girded
himself: the world also is
stablished, that it cannot be moved.

    2 Thy throne is established of old:
thou art from everlasting.

    3 The floods have lifted up, O
Lord, the floods have lifted up their
voice; the floods lift up their
waves.

    4 The Lord on high is mightier than
the noise of many waters, yea, than
the mighty waves of the sea.

    5 Thy testimonies are very sure:
holiness becometh thine house, O
Lord, for ever.
Psalm 99:1-9

    1 The Lord reigneth; let the
people tremble: he sitteth between
the cherubims; let the earth be
moved.

    2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he
is high above all the people.

    3 Let them praise thy great and
terrible name; for it is holy.

    4 The king's strength also loveth
judgment; thou dost establish equity,
thou executest judgment and
righteousness in Jacob.

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

    6 Moses and Aaron among his
priests, and Samuel among them that
call upon his name; they called upon
the Lord, and he answered them.

    7 He spake unto them in the cloudy
pillar: they kept his testimonies, and
the ordinance that he gave them.

    8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our
God: thou wast a God that forgavest
them, though thou tookest vengeance
of their inventions.

    9 Exalt the Lord our God, and
worship at his holy hill; for the
Lord our God is holy.


Section 1


Psalm 62:11

    11 God hath spoken once; twice have
I heard this; that power belongeth
unto God.
Psalm 147:5

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

***
I Chronicles 29:11,12

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

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

***
Job 36:5,19,22,24

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

    19 Will he esteem thy riches? no,
not gold, nor all the forces of
strength.

    22 Behold, God exalteth by his
power: who teacheth like him?

    24 Remember that thou magnify his
work, which men behold.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25-27


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:26


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:19-21


    (The one real power)
    In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:8


    (Renewed selfhood)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:5


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


Section 2


Ecclesiastes 7:29

    29 Lo, this only have I found, that
God hath made man upright; but they
have sought out many inventions.
Ecclesiastes 3:14,15

    14 I know that, whatsoever God
doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing
can be put to it, nor any thing taken
from it: and God doeth it, that men
should fear before him.

    15 That which hath been is now; and
that which is to be hath already
been; and God requireth that which is
past.

***
Psalm 96:1,4-6

    1 O sing unto the Lord a new song:
sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

    4 For the Lord is great, and
greatly to be praised: he is to be
feared above all gods.

    5 For all the gods of the nations
are idols: but the Lord made the
heavens.

    6 Honour and majesty are before
him: strength and beauty are in his
sanctuary.

***
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?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:4,21-24


    (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.
    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:15-30


    (Embryonic evolution)
    In its history of mortality, Darwin's theory of evolution from a material basis is more consistent than most theories. Briefly, this is Darwin's theory, - that Mind produces its opposite, matter, and endues matter with power to recreate the universe, including man. Material evolution implies that the great First Cause must become material, and afterwards must either return to Mind or go down into dust and nothingness.
    (True theory of the universe)
    The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:12

    (The ascent of species)
    Evolution describes the gradations of human belief, but it does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind, nor see that material methods are impossible in divine Science and that all Science is of God, not of man.

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.


Section 3


Psalm 90:1,2,16,17

    1 Lord, thou hast been our
dwelling place in all generations.

    2 Before the mountains were brought
forth, or ever thou hadst formed the
earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God.

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

    17 And let the beauty of the Lord
our God be upon us: and establish
thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish
thou it.
Psalm 111:2-4

    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.

***
Matthew 15:12,13

    12 Then came his disciples, and
said unto him, Knowest thou that the
Pharisees were offended, after they
heard this saying?

    13 But he answered and said, Every
plant, which my heavenly Father hath
not planted, shall be rooted up.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:9


    (Lawful wonders) Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:11


    (Mental tillage)
    The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind. Such fundamental errors send falsity into all human doctrines and conclusions, and do not accord infinity to Deity. Error tills the whole ground in this material theory, which is entirely a false view, destructive to existence and happiness. Outside of Christian Science all is vague and hypothetical, the opposite of Truth; yet this opposite, in its false view of God and man, impudently demands a blessing.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:13-14,20

    (Rarefaction of thought)
    Spirit creates no other than heavenly or celestial bodies, but the stellar universe is no more celestial than our earth.
    (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 - 535:10-14

    (Judgment on error)
    Divine Science deals its chief blow at the supposed material foundations of life and intelligence. It dooms idolatry. A belief in other gods, other creators, and other creations must go down before Christian Science.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:3

    (Genera classified)
    Vertebrata, articulata, mollusca, and radiata are mortal and material concepts classified, and are supposed to possess life and mind. These false beliefs will disappear, when the radiation of Spirit destroys forever all belief in intelligent matter. Then will the new heaven and new earth appear, for the former things will have passed away.


Section 4


Psalm 4:6

    6 There be many that say, Who will
shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up
the light of thy countenance upon us.

Psalm 17:15

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

***
Acts 17:24,25,28

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

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

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

***
I Corinthians 15:47,49

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.

    49 And as we have borne the image
of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:22

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:27


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:15-29

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

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.


Section 5


Genesis 21:33

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

***
Psalm 145:10-13

    10 All thy works shall praise thee,
O Lord; and thy saints shall bless
thee.

    11 They shall speak of the glory of
thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

    12 To make known to the sons of men
his mighty acts, and the glorious
majesty of his kingdom.

    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom, and thy dominion endureth
throughout all generations.

***
Isaiah 26:4

    4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for in the Lord JEHOVAH is
everlasting strength:

***
Ephesians 3:8-11

    8 Unto me, who am less than the
least of all saints, is this grace
given, that I should preach among the
Gentiles the unsearchable riches of
Christ;

    9 And to make all men see what is
the fellowship of the mystery, which
from the beginning of the world hath
been hid in God, who created all
things by Jesus Christ:

    10 To the intent that now unto the
principalities and powers in heavenly
places might be known by the church
the manifold wisdom of God,

    11 According to the eternal purpose
which he purposed in Christ Jesus our
Lord:

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:12


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:22-26

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-27- True idea of man)
    The visible universe and material man are the poor counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man. Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:17

    (Divine metaphysics)
    These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense, - they are good and eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:23-28,32

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


    (Indestructible relationship)
    Man is the expression of God's being. If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed - that - is, without entity.
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 553:29-4


    (Being is immortal)
    You may say that mortals are formed before they think or know aught of their origin, and you may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can only be replied, that Christian Science reveals what "eye hath not seen," - even the cause of all that exists, - for the universe, inclusive of man, is as eternal as God, who is its divine immortal Principle.


Section 6


Proverbs 3:19

    19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded
the earth; by understanding hath he
established the heavens.

***
Psalm 104:31

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

***
Isaiah 42:5,6,8,9

    5 #Thus saith God the Lord, he that
created the heavens, and stretched
them out; he that spread forth the
earth, and that which cometh out of
it; he that giveth breath unto the
people upon it, and spirit to them
that walk therein:

    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.

    9 Behold, the former things are
come to pass, and new things do I
declare: before they spring forth I
tell you of them.

***
Hebrews 3:4

    4 For every house is builded by
some man; but he that built all
things is God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:30


    (Mind the only cause)
    Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:1-8


    (Unescapable dilemma)
    When we endow matter with vague spiritual power, - that is, when we do so in our theories, for of course we cannot really endow matter with what it does not and cannot possess, - we disown the Almighty, for such theories lead to one of two things. They either presuppose the self-evolution and self-government of matter, or else they assume that matter is the product of Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:16-30


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



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

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 - Priestly pride humbled
25 1 - All force mental
25 1 - The one real power
25 1 - Renewed selfhood
25 1 - Rejected theories
25 2 - God the Principle of all
25 2 - Spiritual law the only law
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - True theory of the universe
25 2 - The ascent of species
25 2 - No physical science
25 3 - Lawful wonders
25 3 - Mental tillage
25 3 - Rarefaction of thought
25 3 - Divine nature appearing
25 3 - Judgment on error
25 3 - Genera classified
25 4 - Spiritual synonyms
25 4 - Ideas and identities
25 4 - Divine propagation
25 4 - Ever-appearing creation
25 4 - The origin of divinity
25 5 - Creation perfect
25 5 - -27- True idea of man
25 5 - Divine metaphysics
25 5 - Indestructible relationship
25 5 - Being is immortal
25 6 - Mind the only cause
25 6 - Unescapable dilemma
25 6 - Growth is from Mind
25 6 - Causation mental


June 29,1902

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 62:2

    2 And the Gentiles shall see thy
righteousness, and all kings thy
glory: and thou shalt be called by a
new name, which the mouth of the Lord
shall name.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 54:1-3,10-15,17

    1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst
not bear; break forth into singing,
and cry aloud, thou that didst not
travail with child: for more are the
children of the desolate than the
children of the married wife, saith
the Lord.

    2 Enlarge the place of thy tent,
and let them stretch forth the
curtains of thine habitations: spare
not, lengthen thy cords, and
strengthen thy stakes;

    3 For thou shalt break forth on the
right hand and on the left; and thy
seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and
make the desolate cities to be
inhabited.

    10 For the mountains shall depart,
and the hills be removed; but my
kindness shall not depart from thee,
neither shall the covenant of my
peace be removed, saith the Lord that
hath mercy on thee.

    11 #O thou afflicted, tossed with
tempest, and not comforted, behold, I
will lay thy stones with fair
colours, and lay thy foundations with
sapphires.

    12 And I will make thy windows of
agates, and thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of pleasant
stones.

    13 And all thy children shall be
taught of the Lord; and great shall
be the peace of thy children.

    14 In righteousness shalt thou be
established: thou shalt be far from
oppression; for thou shalt not fear:
and from terror; for it shall not
come near thee.

    15 Behold, they shall surely gather
together, but not by me: whosoever
shall gather together against thee
shall fall for thy sake.

    17 #No weapon that is formed
against thee shall prosper; and every
tongue that shall rise against thee
in judgment thou shalt condemn. This
is the heritage of the servants of
the Lord, and their righteousness is
of me, saith the Lord.


Section 1


II Corinthians 4:1-6

    1 Therefore seeing we have this
ministry, as we have received mercy,
we faint not;

    2 But have renounced the hidden
things of dishonesty, not walking in
craftiness, nor handling the word of
God deceitfully; but by manifestation
of the truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight
of God.

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

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


    5 For we preach not ourselves, but
Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves
your servants for Jesus' sake.

    6 For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness, hath shined
in our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in
the face of Jesus Christ.

***
I Corinthians 9:16

    16 For though I preach the gospel,
I have nothing to glory of: for
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe
is unto me, if I preach not the
gospel!

***
John 14:15-17

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

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

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

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


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

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 - 110:13

    (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. This book may be distorted by shallow criticism or by careless or malicious students, and its ideas may be temporarily abused and misrepresented; but the Science and truth therein will forever remain to be discerned and demonstrated.

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:23

    (Conservative antagonism)
    Because divine Science wars with so-called physical science, even as Truth wars with error, the old schools still oppose it. Ignorance, pride, or prejudice closes the door to whatever is not stereotyped. When the Science of being is universally understood, every man will be his own physician, and Truth will be the universal panacea.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 126:22-29

    (Biblical basis)
    I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 32:1-4

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

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

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

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

***
John 7:14-18

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

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

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

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:31-3


    (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. The ancient Christians were healers. Why has this element of Christianity been lost?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:28

    (Solitary research)
    Jesus once said of his lessons: "My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John vii. 16, 17.)

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 138:17-3

    (New era in Jesus)
    Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning. It is easier for Christianity to cast out sickness than sin, for the sick are more willing to part with pain than are sinners to give up the sinful, so-called pleasure of the senses. The Christian can prove this to-day as readily as it was proved centuries ago.
    (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.

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.


Section 3


Deuteronomy 6:4,5

    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.

***
Leviticus 19:17,18

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

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

***
I John 4:7,20,21

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

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

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

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


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom."

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


    (Illusions not ideas)
    To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine idea; but this idea can never be seen, felt, nor understood through the physical senses.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:22


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 447:1


    (No trespass on human rights)
    The heavenly law is broken by trespassing upon man's individual right of self-government. We have no authority in Christian Science and no moral right to attempt to influence the thoughts of others, except it be to benefit them. In mental practice you must not forget that erring human opinions, conflicting selfish motives, and ignorant attempts to do good may render you incapable of knowing or judging accurately the need of your fellow-men. Therefore the rule is, heal the sick when called upon for aid, and save the victims of the mental assassins.


Section 4


Luke 7:1-10

    1 Now when he had ended all his
sayings in the audience of the
people, he entered into Capernaum.

    2 And a certain centurion's
servant, who was dear unto him, was
sick, and ready to die.

    3 And when he heard of Jesus, he
sent unto him the elders of the Jews,
beseeching him that he would come and
heal his servant.

    4 And when they came to Jesus, they
besought him instantly, saying, That
he was worthy for whom he should do
this:

    5 For he loveth our nation, and he
hath built us a synagogue.

    6 Then Jesus went with them. And
when he was now not far from the
house, the centurion sent friends to
him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble
not thyself: for I am not worthy that
thou shouldest enter under my roof:

    7 Wherefore neither thought I
myself worthy to come unto thee: but
say in a word, and my servant shall
be healed.

    8 For I also am a man set under
authority, having under me soldiers,
and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth;
and to another, Come, and he cometh;
and to my servant, Do this, and he
doeth it.

    9 When Jesus heard these things, he
marvelled at him, and turned him
about, and said unto the people that
followed him, I say unto you, I have
not found so great faith, no, not in
Israel.

    10 And they that were sent,
returning to the house, found the
servant whole that had been sick.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 342:21


    (Argument of good works)
    Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless invalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see. Who would be the first to disown the Christliness of good works, when our Master says, "By their fruits ye shall know them"?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 147:24


    (A definite rule discovered)
    Our Master healed the sick, practised Christian healing, and taught the generalities of its divine Principle to his students; but he left no definite rule for demonstrating this Principle of healing and preventing disease. This rule remained to be discovered in Christian Science. A pure affection takes form in goodness, but Science alone reveals the divine Principle of goodness and demonstrates its rules.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 139:28

    (Opponents benefited)
    Atheism, pantheism, theosophy, and agnosticism are opposed to Christian Science, as they are to ordinary religion; ;but it does not follow that the profane or atheistic invalid cannot be healed by Christian Science. The moral condition of such a man demands the remedy of Truth more than it is needed in most cases; and Science is more than usually effectual in the treatment of moral ailments.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 150:4

    (The main purpose)
    To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." This coming, as was promised by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men; but the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin, - to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.


Section 5


Psalm 24:3-5

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

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

    5 He shall receive the blessing
from the Lord, and righteousness from
the God of his salvation.

***
I Timothy 5:21,22

    21 I charge thee before God, and
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect
angels, that thou observe these
things without preferring one before
another, doing nothing by partiality.


    22 Lay hands suddenly on no man,
neither be partaker of other men's
sins: keep thyself pure.

***
II Timothy 2:22

    22 Flee also youthful lusts: but
follow righteousness, faith, charity,
peace, with them that call on the
Lord out of a pure heart.

***
Titus 2:13,14

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 237:15


    (Teaching children)
    Children should be taught the Truth-cure, Christian Science, among their first lessons, and kept from discussing or entertaining theories or thoughts about sickness. 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.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 52:1-10

    (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.
    (Purity's rebuke)
    Their imperfections and impurity felt the ever-present rebuke of his perfection and purity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:19


    (Unspiritual contrasts)
    It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science. The triumphs of Christian Science are recorded in the destruction of error and evil, from which are propagated the dismal beliefs of sin, sickness, and death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:6

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


Section 6


Psalm 8:1,3-8

    1 O Lord our Lord, how excellent
is thy name in all the earth! who
hast set thy glory above the heavens.


    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:25


    (Higher statutes)
    Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of Mind.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:10(begin The)


    (Higher hope) The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness. Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31

    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:2

    (Scriptural perception)
    Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - New Testament basis
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - Scriptural foundations
26 1 - Scientific basis
26 1 - Conservative antagonism
26 1 - Biblical basis
26 2 - How healing was lost
26 2 - Solitary research
26 2 - New era in Jesus
26 2 - Healthful theology
26 2 - Proof in practice
26 3 - Universal brotherhood
26 3 - Illusions not ideas
26 3 - Redemption from selfishness
26 3 - No trespass on human rights
26 4 - Argument of good works
26 4 - A definite rule discovered
26 4 - Opponents benefited
26 4 - The main purpose
26 5 - Teaching children
26 5 - Example for our salvation
26 5 - Master's business
26 5 - Purity's rebuke
26 5 - Unspiritual contrasts
26 5 - A bright outlook
26 6 - Higher statutes
26 6 - Higher hope
26 6 - Birthright of man
26 6 - Scriptural perception

List of all subheadings



01 1 - Optical illustration of Science
01 1 - God the Principle of all
01 1 - No material creation
01 1 - Ideas and identities
01 2 - Christ's demonstration
01 2 - Proof in practice
01 2 - Effective triumph
01 2 - Help and hindrance
01 3 - Indestructible relationship
01 3 - Old and new man
01 3 - -24- God the parent Mind
01 4 - Spiritual harmony
01 4 - Harmony from Spirit
01 4 - Man's present possibilities
01 4 - Nearness of Deity
01 5 - Principle and practice
01 5 - One school of Truth
01 5 - Science the way
01 5 - Excuses for ignorance
01 5 - All evil unnatural
01 6 - Ancient and modern miracles
01 6 - Truth a present help
02 1 - Fruitless worship
02 1 - The uses of truth
02 1 - -24- God the parent Mind
02 1 - Definition of mortal mind
02 1 - Principle and practice
02 2 - The true worship
02 2 - Truth's volume
02 2 - Truth a present help
02 2 - Spiritual guidance
02 3 - The holy struggle
02 3 - Final purpose
02 3 - Righteous retribution
02 3 - Vicarious suffering
02 4 - True flesh and blood
02 4 - Healing primary
02 4 - Millennial glory
02 5 - Individual experience
02 5 - Proof in practice
02 5 - Material pleasures
02 6 - Spirit transforms
02 6 - The last breakfast
03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - Figures of being
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 2 - Mankind redeemed
03 2 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
03 3 - God and His image
03 3 - Definition of man
03 3 - Jesus' disregard of matter
03 4 - Spiritual concord
03 4 - Harmony from Spirit
03 4 - Vapor and nothingness
03 4 - Man inseparable from Love
03 4 - Harmony natural
03 5 - Life not contingent on matter
03 5 - Divinity not childless
03 5 - Thought-forms
03 6 - The error of carnality
03 6 - Opposition of materialists
03 6 - Winning the field
03 7 - Opposing testimony
03 7 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
03 7 - Soul impeccable
03 8 - Standpoints changed
03 8 - Spiritual discovery
03 8 - Thoughts are things
03 8 - Immutable identity of man
03 8 - Ultimate harmony
04 1 - Mathematics and scientific logic
04 1 - Divine allness
04 1 - -7- Divine trinity
04 1 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - No miracles in Mind-methods
04 2 - Chaos and darkness
04 2 - Spiritual reflection
04 3 - No material law
04 3 - Belief and understanding
04 3 - Sickness from mortal mind
04 3 - God-given dominion
04 4 - Day of judgment
04 4 - Charge of the Chief Justice
04 4 - Treatment of disease
04 5 - The divine completeness
04 5 - Be not afraid
04 5 - Naming diseases
04 5 - Efficacy of truth
04 5 - The main purpose
04 6 - Unwarranted expectations
04 6 - Human reconciliation
04 6 - Inoculation of thought
04 6 - Three classes of neophytes
04 6 - Clergymen's duty
04 7 - Divine study
04 7 - Human reconciliation
04 7 - Mind cures hip-disease
04 7 - Man governed by Mind
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Tritheism impossible
05 1 - No divine corporeality
05 1 - Abiding in Life
05 1 - Indestructible being
05 1 - Perfection of creation
05 1 - Infinity measureless
05 1 - Love and man coexistent
05 2 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 2 - Pardon and amendment
05 2 - Love frees from fear
05 2 - The armor of divinity
05 2 - Failure's lessons
05 2 - Refuge and strength
05 3 - Effective triumph
05 3 - Proof in practice
05 3 - The robe of Science
05 3 - Spiritual wedlock
05 3 - Angelic offices
05 4 - Mental emancipation
05 4 - Immortal sentences
05 4 - Fulfilment of the Law
05 4 - The darkest hours of all
05 4 - Divine victory
05 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 5 - Love impartial and universal
05 5 - Inexhaustible divine Love
05 5 - Bearing our sins
05 5 - Love's endowment
05 5 - Geology a failure
06 1 - -18- The only substance
06 1 - Derivatives of spirit
06 1 - Scientific man
06 1 - One primal cause
06 1 - God's allness learned
06 2 - Need and supply
06 2 - Narrow pathway
06 2 - Ontology versus physiology
06 2 - Bodily presence
06 2 - Renewed selfhood
06 3 - Spirit transforms
06 3 - Man linked with Spirit
06 3 - Spiritual tangibility
06 3 - The true new idea
06 3 - Scientific finalities
06 4 - Understanding imparted
06 4 - Original reflected
06 4 - Five senses deceptive
06 4 - The fruit forbidden
06 4 - Rise of thought
06 4 - Sensationless body
06 5 - Spirit intangible
06 5 - Truth desecrated
06 5 - Crumbs of comfort
06 6 - Spiritual foreshadowings
06 6 - Revelation of Science
06 6 - Two claims omitted
06 6 - Ancient and modern miracles
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 2 - God and His image
07 2 - Definition of man
07 2 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 3 - Spiritual concord
07 3 - Harmony from Spirit
07 3 - Vapor and nothingness
07 3 - Man inseparable from Love
07 3 - Harmony natural
07 4 - Life not contingent on matter
07 4 - Divinity not childless
07 4 - Thought-forms
07 5 - The error of carnality
07 5 - Opposition of materialists
07 5 - Winning the field
07 6 - Opposing testimony
07 6 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 6 - Soul impeccable
07 7 - Standpoints changed
07 7 - Spiritual discovery
07 7 - Thoughts are things
07 7 - Immutable identity of man
07 7 - Ultimate harmony
08 1 - True sense of infinitude
08 1 - Scientific ultimatum
08 1 - Erroneous postulates
08 2 - Sickness as only thought
08 2 - Scientific corrective
08 2 - Disease powerless
08 2 - Jurisdiction of Mind
08 3 - Man governed by Mind
08 3 - Causes of sickness
08 3 - Perpetual motion
08 3 - Automatic mechanism
08 3 - Source of all life and action
08 4 - Confirmatory tests
08 4 - No material law
08 4 - Misdirected contention
08 4 - Fatigue is mental
08 5 - Metaphysical treatment
08 5 - Blunders and blunderers
08 5 - Old-school physician
08 5 - Tests in our day
08 5 - Coping with difficulties
08 6 - True healing transcendent
08 6 - Poison defined mentally
08 6 - Rudiments of growth
08 6 - Righteous rebellion
08 6 - Sin to be overcome
08 6 - Darkness scattered
09 1 - -12- Messiah or Christ
09 1 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 1 - -14- Spiritual oneness
09 1 - -15- The Son's duality
09 2 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 2 - The one anointed
09 2 - Sonship of Jesus
09 3 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 3 - Healing early lost
09 3 - Immortal achieval
09 3 - Christ's mission
09 4 - Immaculate conception
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - Mockery of truth
09 4 - Rebukes helpful
09 4 - Our footsteps heavenward
09 5 - Behest of the cross
09 5 - Final purpose
09 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
09 5 - Christian warfare
09 5 - Patience and final perfection
09 5 - The cross and crown
10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - The curse removed
10 1 - Birthright of man
10 1 - Love imparts beauty
10 2 - Erroneous conception
10 2 - Creation perfect
10 2 - Creation reversed
10 2 - No truth from a material basis
10 2 - Biological inventions
10 2 - Progeny cursed
10 3 - Belief in many gods
10 3 - Old and new man
10 3 - First evil suggestion
10 4 - Right never punishable
10 4 - Mental crimes
10 4 - Mind the only cause
10 4 - Diet and digestion
10 4 - Anthropomorphism
10 5 - Mythical pleasure
10 5 - Perfection of creation
10 5 - Mind's manifestations immortal
10 5 - Continuity of existence
10 5 - Exploded doctrine
10 5 - Mortal mind dethroned
10 6 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
10 6 - Adam and the senses
10 6 - Beatific presence
10 6 - Inverted images
10 6 - Identity not lost
10 7 - God's man discerned
10 7 - Natural wonders
10 7 - Veritable success
10 7 - Scientific offspring
10 7 - Scriptural perception
10 7 - The clouds dissolving
11 1 - Substance spiritual
11 1 - All force mental
11 1 - Self-completeness
11 1 - Spiritual proofs of existence
11 2 - Soul impeccable
11 2 - Sense-dreams
11 2 - One cause supreme
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Man's entity
11 3 - Instruments of error
11 3 - Antagonistic theories
11 3 - The tares and wheat
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 4 - Identity not lost
11 4 - Spiritual government
11 4 - Material skepticism
11 4 - Jesus the Scientist
11 5 - The city foursquare
11 5 - The royally divine gates
11 5 - Revelation's pure zenith
11 5 - The city of our God
12 1 - Material inception
12 1 - Mist, or false claim
12 1 - Human egotism
12 1 - Mortal man a mis-creator
12 1 - Mental and physical oneness
12 2 - Spiritual sense of life
12 2 - Human frailty
12 2 - Soul impeccable
12 2 - Stages of existence
12 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
12 3 - Transmitted peculiarities
12 3 - Consecration required
12 3 - Chaos and darkness
12 3 - Spiritual reflection
12 3 - Man linked with Spirit
12 4 - Truth's witness
12 4 - The great question
12 4 - The fall of error
12 4 - Ancient confusion
12 5 - Sickness as discord
12 5 - Unscientific introspection
12 5 - God the only Mind
12 5 - Spirit intangible
12 5 - The invalid's outlook
12 5 - Medical works objectionable
12 6 - Serving two masters
12 6 - Essential element of Christianity
12 6 - The infinitude of God
12 6 - Unspiritual contrasts
13 1 - Material inception
13 1 - Mist, or false claim
13 1 - Human egotism
13 1 - Mortal man a mis-creator
13 1 - Mental and physical oneness
13 2 - Spiritual sense of life
13 2 - Human frailty
13 2 - Soul impeccable
13 2 - Stages of existence
13 2 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
13 3 - Transmitted peculiarities
13 3 - Consecration required
13 3 - Chaos and darkness
13 3 - Spiritual reflection
13 3 - Man linked with Spirit
13 4 - Truth's witness
13 4 - The great question
13 4 - The fall of error
13 4 - Ancient confusion
13 5 - Sickness as discord
13 5 - Unscientific introspection
13 5 - God the only Mind
13 5 - Spirit intangible
13 5 - The invalid's outlook
13 5 - Medical works objectionable
13 6 - Serving two masters
13 6 - Essential element of Christianity
13 6 - The infinitude of God
13 6 - Unspiritual contrasts
14 1 - Divine allness
14 1 - Error unveiled
14 1 - Evanescent materiality
14 1 - Real and counterfeit
14 1 - Results of faith in Truth
14 2 - Universal brotherhood
14 2 - Perfection requisite
14 2 - The dragon as a type
14 2 - Superstition obsolete
14 2 - Cure of insanity
14 2 - Practical arguments
14 3 - Harmony from Spirit
14 3 - The fruit forbidden
14 3 - Personal confidence
14 3 - The real and the unreal
14 4 - Two infinite creators absurd
14 4 - Real and unreal identity
14 4 - The divine standard of perfection
14 4 - Subordination of evil
14 4 - -31- Evil not produced by God
14 5 - Spiritual thoughts
14 5 - Disease to be made unreal
14 5 - Truthful arguments
14 6 - Imperfect terminology
14 6 - Mortal existence a dream
14 6 - The human counterfeit
14 6 - Eternal man recognized
15 1 - No healing in sin
15 1 - Sin to be overcome
15 1 - Right endeavor possible
15 1 - Healthful theology
15 2 - Cancellation of human sin
15 2 - Pardon and amendment
15 2 - Sin and penalty
15 2 - Conversion of Saul
15 2 - Man's genuine being
15 2 - Scientific consistency
15 2 - God's law destroys evil
15 3 - Mind destroys all ills
15 3 - Deluded invalids
15 3 - Doubtful evidence
15 3 - Ignorance of our rights
15 3 - Affirmation and result
15 3 - Unnecessary prostration
15 4 - Deformity and perfection
15 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
15 4 - Wrong and right way
15 4 - The one real power
15 4 - Light and darkness
15 5 - A belief in death
15 5 - Our footsteps heavenward
15 5 - Christian standard
15 5 - Thought regarding death
15 5 - Suicide and sin
15 5 - A belief suicidal
15 6 - Life all-inclusive
15 6 - The present immortality
15 6 - Immaterial pleasure
15 6 - Reason and Science
16 1 - THUMMIM
16 1 - Future purification
16 1 - Proof by induction
16 2 - Advancement by sacrifice
16 2 - Desire for holiness
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 3 - Jesus the way-shower
16 3 - Science versus sense
16 3 - Spiritual law the only law
16 3 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
16 4 - Loftiest adoration
16 4 - Pardon and amendment
16 4 - Efficacious repentance
16 5 - Human reconciliation
16 5 - Victory over the grave
16 5 - The stone rolled away
16 6 - Perfect example
16 6 - Justice and substitution
16 6 - Moral victory
16 7 - Impotence of hate
16 7 - Ignorance the sign of error
16 7 - Nothingness of error
16 7 - Essential element of Christianity
16 7 - Radical changes
17 1 - Wickedness is not man
17 1 - Death but an illusion
17 1 - Spiritual offspring
17 1 - Immaterial pleasure
17 1 - Second death
17 2 - Scientific purgation
17 2 - The robe of Science
17 2 - Expiation by suffering
17 2 - Mind one and all
17 3 - Perfection gained slowly
17 3 - Christ's mission
17 3 - Spiritual guidance
17 4 - Future purification
17 4 - Sin is punished
17 4 - Found wanting
17 4 - Right views of humanity
17 4 - Standpoint revealed
17 5 - Sin is punished
17 5 - Salvation and probation
17 5 - Scientific finalities
17 5 - Need and supply
17 5 - Day of judgment
18 1 - Diabolism destroyed
18 1 - Vicarious suffering
18 1 - Asking amiss
18 1 - Remission of penalty
18 1 - Truth annihilates error
18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 2 - Belief and understanding
18 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 2 - Image of the beast
18 2 - Decalogue disregarded
18 2 - Evil let loose
18 3 - Divine severity
18 3 - Knowledge and honesty
18 3 - Spiritual insight
18 3 - Murder brings its curse
18 3 - Expose sin without believing in it
18 3 - Cumulative repentance
18 4 - Final purpose
18 4 - Sorrow and reformation
18 4 - Deliverance not vicarious
18 4 - Progress demanded
18 5 - The true sonship
18 5 - Salvation and probation
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 6 - Sickness akin to sin
18 6 - A dream vanishing
18 6 - Man's present possibilities
18 6 - Nearness of Deity
19 1 - Wickedness is not man
19 1 - Contradictions not found
19 1 - Adam
19 1 - Progeny cursed
19 1 - The divine image not lost
19 2 - Primitive error
19 2 - Immortal man
19 2 - The Christian's privilege
19 2 - Scriptural allegory
19 3 - No material law
19 3 - Laws of nature spiritual
19 3 - Belief and understanding
19 3 - Man never less than man
19 3 - No material law
19 3 - The effect of names
19 3 - Laws of human belief
19 3 - Seemingly independent authority
19 4 - Eternal man recognized
19 4 - Standpoints changed
19 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
19 4 - Scientific purgation
19 4 - Paradise regained
19 4 - Key to the kingdom
19 5 - Uses of suffering
19 5 - Loftiest adoration
19 5 - Consecration required
19 5 - Narrow pathway
19 5 - Behest of the cross
19 6 - Scientific translations
19 6 - Moral victory
19 6 - Error's power imaginary
19 6 - Heralds of Science
20 1 - Light and darkness
20 1 - Spiritual narrative
20 1 - Mind's manifestations immortal
20 1 - Inverted images
20 1 - Eternal beauty
20 1 - True theory of the universe
20 2 - Erroneous conception
20 2 - A type of falsehood
20 2 - Being is immortal
20 2 - Mortals are not immortals
20 3 - The present immortality
20 3 - Good indefinable
20 3 - Immaterial pleasure
20 4 - Spirit the one Ego
20 4 - Mortal existence a dream
20 5 - Man's entity spiritual
20 5 - The divine reflection
20 5 - Definition of man
20 5 - Celestial evidence
20 6 - So-called superiority
20 6 - Godward gravitation
20 6 - Immortal man
20 6 - Dwelling in dreamland
20 6 - Human frailty
21 1 - Soul greater than body
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - A vacant domicile
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
21 2 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
21 2 - Touchstone of Science
21 2 - Appetites to be abandoned
21 2 - No healing in sin
21 3 - Halfway success
21 3 - Unscientific introspection
21 3 - Medical errors
21 3 - Mortal mind's disappearance
21 4 - The Christ-element
21 4 - Bodily presence
21 4 - Jesus as mediator
21 4 - Practical religion
21 5 - Philosophical blunders
21 5 - Spirit the one Ego
21 5 - Soul not confined in body
21 5 - Real being never lost
21 6 - Sin only of the flesh
21 6 - Soul impeccable
21 6 - Divinity not childless
21 6 - Spiritual freedom
21 6 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
22 1 - Garden of Eden
22 1 - Contrasted testimony
22 1 - Dragon cast down to earth
22 1 - Hypnotic surgery
22 1 - Mental midwifery
22 1 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 2 - SERPENT
22 2 - The genus of error
22 3 - Scientific foreseeing
22 3 - Value of intuition
22 3 - Perennial beauty
22 3 - Mere negation
22 3 - Spirit intangible
22 4 - Love the incentive
22 4 - Mankind redeemed
22 4 - Obligations of teachers
22 4 - Indispensable defence
22 4 - Mystery of godliness
22 4 - Matter versus matter
22 5 - Law and gospel
22 5 - Perfection of divine government
22 5 - Charge of the Chief Justice
22 5 - No material creation
22 6 - Dragon cast down to earth
22 6 - Inverted images and ideas
22 6 - Sickness from mortal mind
22 7 - Paean of jubilee
22 7 - The robe of Science
22 7 - Receptive hearts
22 7 - Pure religion enthroned
23 1 - Causation considered
23 1 - One primal cause
23 1 - -4- Life the creator
23 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
23 1 - -6- The universal cause
23 2 - Inadequate theories of creation
23 2 - Mind the only cause
23 2 - The real producer
23 2 - Causation mental
23 3 - Useful knowledge
23 3 - Spirit the only intelligence and substance
23 3 - Unscientific theories
23 3 - Spiritual thoughts
23 3 - -27- True idea of man
23 4 - No new creation
23 4 - Mortals unlike immortals
23 4 - Allness of Truth
23 4 - Spiritual translation
23 5 - Ideas and identities
23 5 - Spiritual harmony
23 5 - Mind's true camera
23 5 - Spiritual proofs of existence
23 6 - Reflected likeness
23 6 - Love imparts beauty
23 6 - Justice and recompense
23 6 - The divine reflection
24 1 - Divine providence
24 1 - Man governed by Mind
24 1 - Mortal mind dethroned
24 1 - Veritable success
24 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
24 2 - Ignorance of our rights
24 2 - The strength of Spirit
24 2 - Divine authority
24 2 - Creatures of God useful
24 3 - Destruction of all evil
24 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 3 - Truth's ordeal
24 3 - Slavery abolished
24 3 - Cramping systems
24 3 - Higher law ends bondage
24 3 - God-given dominion
24 4 - Man linked with Spirit
24 4 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
24 4 - Abiding in Life
24 4 - Spiritual discovery
24 5 - Universal brotherhood
24 5 - Perfection requisite
24 5 - Man's present possibilities
24 5 - Nearness of Deity
24 6 - Love imparts beauty
24 6 - Ever-appearing creation
24 6 - Godward gravitation
24 6 - The infinitude of God
24 6 - Infinity measureless
25 1 - Priestly pride humbled
25 1 - All force mental
25 1 - The one real power
25 1 - Renewed selfhood
25 1 - Rejected theories
25 2 - God the Principle of all
25 2 - Spiritual law the only law
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - True theory of the universe
25 2 - The ascent of species
25 2 - No physical science
25 3 - Lawful wonders
25 3 - Mental tillage
25 3 - Rarefaction of thought
25 3 - Divine nature appearing
25 3 - Judgment on error
25 3 - Genera classified
25 4 - Spiritual synonyms
25 4 - Ideas and identities
25 4 - Divine propagation
25 4 - Ever-appearing creation
25 4 - The origin of divinity
25 5 - Creation perfect
25 5 - -27- True idea of man
25 5 - Divine metaphysics
25 5 - Indestructible relationship
25 5 - Being is immortal
25 6 - Mind the only cause
25 6 - Unescapable dilemma
25 6 - Growth is from Mind
25 6 - Causation mental
26 1 - New Testament basis
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - Scriptural foundations
26 1 - Scientific basis
26 1 - Conservative antagonism
26 1 - Biblical basis
26 2 - How healing was lost
26 2 - Solitary research
26 2 - New era in Jesus
26 2 - Healthful theology
26 2 - Proof in practice
26 3 - Universal brotherhood
26 3 - Illusions not ideas
26 3 - Redemption from selfishness
26 3 - No trespass on human rights
26 4 - Argument of good works
26 4 - A definite rule discovered
26 4 - Opponents benefited
26 4 - The main purpose
26 5 - Teaching children
26 5 - Example for our salvation
26 5 - Master's business
26 5 - Purity's rebuke
26 5 - Unspiritual contrasts
26 5 - A bright outlook
26 6 - Higher statutes
26 6 - Higher hope
26 6 - Birthright of man
26 6 - Scriptural perception

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