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December 27,1903

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

Psalm 118:27

    27 God is the Lord, which hath
shewed us light: bind the sacrifice
with cords, even unto the horns of
the altar.



Responsive Reading


Psalm 118:1-6,8,9,14-17,26-29

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

    2 Let Israel now say, that his
mercy endureth for ever.

    3 Let the house of Aaron now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.

    4 Let them now that fear the Lord
say, that his mercy endureth for
ever.

    5 I called upon the Lord in
distress: the Lord answered me, and
set me in a large place.

    6 The Lord is on on my side; I will
not fear: what can man do unto me?

    8 It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.

    9 It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in princes.

    14 The Lord is my strength and
song, and is become my salvation.

    15 The voice of rejoicing and
salvation is in the tabernacles of
the righteous: the right hand of the
Lord doeth valiantly.

    16 The right hand of the Lord is
exalted: the right hand of the Lord
doeth valiantly.

    17 I shall not die, but live, and
declare the works of the Lord.

    26 Blessed be he that cometh in the
name of the Lord: we have blessed you
out of the house of the Lord.

    27 God is the Lord, which hath
shewed us light: bind the sacrifice
with cords, even unto the horns of
the altar.

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

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



Section 1


Psalm 50:21

    21 These things hast thou done, and
I kept silence; thou thoughtest that
I was altogether such an one as
thyself: but I will reprove thee, and
set them in order before thine eyes.

***
Isaiah 55:8,9

    8 #For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, saith the Lord.

    9 For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher
than your ways, and my thoughts than
your thoughts.

***
Ezekiel 20:39,41,44

    39 As for you, O house of Israel,
thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve
ye every one his idols, and hereafter
also, if ye will not hearken unto me:
but pollute ye my holy name no more
with your gifts, and with your idols.


    41 I will accept you with your
sweet savour, when I bring you out
from the people, and gather you out
of the countries wherein ye have been
scattered; and I will be sanctified
in you before the heathen.

    44 And ye shall know that I am the
Lord, when I have wrought with you for
my name's sake, not according to your
wicked ways, nor according to your
corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel,
saith the Lord God.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:19-31


    (Judaism antipathetic)
    Judaism was the antithesis of Christianity, because Judaism engendered the limited form of a national or tribal religion. It was a finite and material system, carried out in special theories concerning God, man, sanitary methods, and a religious cultus. That he made "himself equal with God," was one of the Jewish accusations against him who planted Christianity on the foundation of Spirit, who taught as he was inspired by the Father and would recognize no life, intelligence, nor substance outside of God.
    (Priestly learning)
    The Jewish conception of God, as Yawah, Jehovah, or only a mighty hero and king, has not quite given place to the true knowledge of God.


590:20-4 Chapter 17: Glossary
(LORD GOD)

    LORD GOD. Jehovah.
    This double term is not used in the first chapter of Genesis, the record of spiritual creation. It is introduced in the second and following chapters, when the spiritual sense of God and of infinity is disappearing from the recorder's thought, - when the true scientific statements of the Scriptures become clouded through a physical sense of God as finite and corporeal. From this follow idolatry and mythology, - belief in many gods, or material intelligences, as the opposite of the one Spirit, or intelligence, named Elohim, or God.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:16-20


    (Elohistic plurality)
    The eternal Elohim includes the forever universe. The name Elohim is in the plural, but this plurality of Spirit does not imply more than one God, nor does it imply three persons in one. It relates to the oneness, the tri-unity of Life, Truth, and Love.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:24-25


    (Deadness in sin)
    The spiritual idea of God, as presented by Jesus, was scourged in person, and its Principle was rejected.


ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 576:26-4


    (Divine sense of Deity)
    The term Lord, as used in our version of the Old Testament, is often synonymous with Jehovah, and expresses the Jewish concept, not yet elevated to deific apprehension through spiritual transfiguration. Yet the word gradually approaches a higher meaning. This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, - as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love.



Section 2


Exodus 34:27,28,30

    27 And the Lord said unto Moses,
Write thou these words: for after the
tenor of these words I have made a
covenant with thee and with Israel.

    28 And he was there with the Lord
forty days and forty nights; he did
neither eat bread, nor drink water.
And he wrote upon the tables the
words of the covenant, the ten
commandments.

    30 And when Aaron and all the
children of Israel saw Moses, behold,
the skin of his face shone; and they
were afraid to come nigh him.

***
II Corinthians 3:7,8,17,18

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

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

    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.

***
I Corinthians 2:11,12

    11 For what man knoweth the things
of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God
knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God.

    12 Now we have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God; that we might know
the things that are freely given to
us of God.

***
John 4:24

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


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


    (Scientific man)
    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter. Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:21-25

    (Derivatives of spirit)
    The belief that Spirit is finite as well as infinite has darkened all history. In Christian Science, Spirit, as a proper noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and applies exclusively to God.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:1-9

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:6-12

    (Real Life is God)
    When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, - as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed. Then it will be understood that Spirit never entered matter and was therefore never raised from matter.

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

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



Section 3


Deuteronomy 4:35,39

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

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

***
Isaiah 43:10-12

    10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the
Lord, and my servant whom I have
chosen; that ye may know and believe
me, and understand that I am he:
before me there was no God formed,
neither shall there be after me.

    11 I, even I, am the Lord; and
beside me there is no saviour.

    12 I have declared, and have saved,
and I have shewed, when there was no
strange god among you: therefore ye
are my witnesses, saith the Lord,
that I am God.

***
Job 11:7

    7 Canst thou by searching find out
God? canst thou find out the Almighty
unto perfection?
Job 37:23

    23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot
find him out: he is excellent in
power, and in judgment, and in plenty
of justice: he will not afflict.

***
John 1:18

    18 No man hath seen God at any
time; the only begotten Son, which is
in the bosom of the Father, he hath
declared him.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:14


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:25

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


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:11


    (Infinity measureless)
    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"?



Section 4


Numbers 23:19

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

***
I Samuel 15:29

    29 And also the Strength of Israel
will not lie nor repent: for he is not
a man, that he should repent.

***
Psalm 119:89-91

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

    90 Thy faithfulness is unto all
generations: thou hast established
the earth, and it abideth.

    91 They continue this day according
to thine ordinances: for all are thy
servants.

***
Malachi 3:6

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

***
James 1:17

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


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."


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


    (Divine personality)
    Christian Science strongly emphasizes the thought that God is not corporeal, but incorporeal, - that is, bodiless. Mortals are corporeal, but God is incorporeal.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:20-29


    (Corporeal ignorance)
    If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and fears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infinite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible. Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God's image or reflection and of man's eternal incorporeal existence.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:18,31

    (Deity unchangeable)
    The mere habit of pleading with the divine Mind, as one pleads with a human being, perpetuates the belief in God as humanly circumscribed, - an error which impedes spiritual growth.
    (God's standard)
    Asking God to be God is a vain repetition. God is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;" and He who is immutably right will do right without being reminded of His province. The wisdom of man is not sufficient to warrant him in advising God.


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


    (Anthropomorphism)
    The Jewish tribal Jehovah was a man-projected God, liable to wrath, repentance, and human changeableness. The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.



Section 5


Psalm 139:1,2

    1 O Lord, thou hast searched me,
and known me.

    2 Thou knowest my downsitting and
mine uprising, thou understandest my
thought afar off.

***
Amos 4:13

    13 For, lo, he that formeth the
mountains, and createth the wind, and
declareth unto man what is his
thought, that maketh the morning
darkness, and treadeth upon the high
places of the earth, The Lord, The
God of hosts, is his name.

***
Psalm 30:2,11

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

    11 Thou hast turned for me my
mourning into dancing: thou hast put
off my sackcloth, and girded me with
gladness;

***
Luke 9:1,10,11

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

    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.

***
John 14:6,10,11

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

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

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


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.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:1-10


    (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.
    (Mission of Christian Science)
    This apodictical Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, "God with us," - the sovereign ever-presence, delivering the children of men from every ill "that flesh is heir to."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 109:16-22

    (Solitary research)
    I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:8


    (Destruction of all evil)
    If God heals not the sick, they are not healed, for no lesser power equals the infinite All-power; but God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the sick through the prayer of the righteous.



Section 6


Psalm 86:15

    15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full
of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy
and truth.
Psalm 50:2

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

***
I John 1:5

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.
I John 4:12,16

    12 No man hath seen God at any
time. If we love one another, God
dwelleth in us, and his love is
perfected in us.

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


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6


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


oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:1


    (No material creation)
    Progress takes off human shackles. The finite must yield to the infinite. Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal. All things are created spiritually. Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.


1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:4-5


    (The darkest hours of all)
    Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:6-10

    (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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:25-28


    (Service and worship)
    Our heavenly Father, divine Love, demands that all men should follow the example of our Master and his apostles and not merely worship his personality.

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

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

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - Judaism antipathetic
01 1 - Priestly learning
01 1 - Elohistic plurality
01 1 - Deadness in sin
01 1 - Divine sense of Deity
01 2 - Scientific man
01 2 - Derivatives of spirit
01 2 - Real and unreal identity
01 2 - Real Life is God
01 2 - Spirit intangible
01 3 - God and His image
01 3 - Definition of man
01 3 - Infinity measureless
01 4 - Source of all life and action
01 4 - Divine personality
01 4 - Corporeal ignorance
01 4 - Deity unchangeable
01 4 - God's standard
01 4 - Anthropomorphism
01 5 - Darkness scattered
01 5 - Christian Science discovered
01 5 - Mission of Christian Science
01 5 - Solitary research
01 5 - Destruction of all evil
01 6 - Spirit the starting-point
01 6 - No material creation
01 6 - The darkest hours of all
01 6 - Spiritual insight
01 6 - Service and worship
01 6 - Immortal achieval


January 10,1904

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

I Peter 2:5

    5 Ye also, as lively stones, are
built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 26:17-20,26-32

    17 #Now the first day of the feast
of unleavened bread the disciples came
to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt
thou that we prepare for thee to eat
the passover?

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

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

    20 Now when the even was come, he
sat down with the twelve.

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All
ye shall be offended because of me
this night: for it is written, I will
smite the shepherd, and the sheep of
the flock shall be scattered abroad.

    32 But after I am risen again, I
will go before you into Galilee.


Section 1


Revelation 3:14,15

    14 And unto the angel of the church
of the Laodiceans write; These things
saith the Amen, the faithful and true
witness, the beginning of the
creation of God;

    15 I know thy works, that thou art
neither cold nor hot: I would thou
wert cold or hot.

***
II Corinthians 6:16,17

    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,

***
I Corinthians 10:31

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

***
James 1:27

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

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:1-5


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    Consecration to good does not lessen man's dependence on God, but heightens it. Neither does consecration diminish man's obligations to God, but shows the paramount necessity of meeting them.

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:27-17

    (Incisive questions)
    Christians, are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the blood of the New Covenant, the persecutions which attend a new and higher understanding of God? If not, can you then say that you have commemorated Jesus in his cup? Are all who eat bread and drink wine in memory of Jesus willing truly to drink his cup, take his cross, and leave all for the Christ-principle? Then why ascribe this inspiration to a dead rite, instead of showing, by casting out error and making the body "holy, acceptable unto God," that Truth has come to the understanding? If Christ, Truth, has come to us in demonstration, no other commemoration is requisite, for demonstration is Immanuel, or God with us; and if a friend be with us, why need we memorials of that friend?
    (Millennial glory)
    If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, - the receptive thought, - they will bring in the millennium.


Section 2


Romans 12:9,10,15-17

    9 Let love be without
dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good.

    10 Be kindly affectioned one to
another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another;

    15 Rejoice with them that do
rejoice, and weep with them that
weep.

    16 Be of the same mind one toward
another. Mind not high things, but
condescend to men of low estate. Be
not wise in your own conceits.

    17 Recompense to no man evil for
evil. Provide things honest in the
sight of all men.
Romans 13:8

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

***
I John 2:9,10

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1


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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:11-17


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:15


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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:6-17


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


Section 3


Matthew 13:18-23

    18 #Hear ye therefore the parable
of the sower.

    19 When any one heareth the word of
the kingdom, and understandeth it
not, then cometh the wicked one, and
catcheth away that which was sown in
his heart. This is he which received
seed by the way side.

    20 But he that received the seed
into stony places, the same is he
that heareth the word, and anon with
joy receiveth it;

    21 Yet hath he not root in himself,
but dureth for a while: for when
tribulation or persecution ariseth
because of the word, by and by he is
offended.

    22 He also that received seed among
the thorns is he that heareth the
word; and the care of this world, and
the deceitfulness of riches, choke
the word, and he becometh unfruitful.


    23 But he that received seed into
the good ground is he that heareth
the word, and understandeth it; which
also beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some an hundredfold, some
sixty, some thirty.

***
Luke 11:9,10

    9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it
shall be given you; seek, and ye
shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you.

    10 For every one that asketh
receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it
shall be opened.

***
John 13:20

    20 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that receiveth whomsoever I send
receiveth me; and he that receiveth
me receiveth him that sent me.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:3-25


    (Spirituality of Scripture)
    The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an "honest and good heart" the seed must be sown; else it beareth not much fruit, for the swinish element in human nature uproots it. Jesus said: "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures." The spiritual sense of the Scriptures brings out the scientific sense, and is the new tongue referred to in the last chapter of Mark's Gospel.
    Jesus' parable of "the sower" shows the care our Master took not to impart to dull ears and gross hearts the spiritual teachings which dulness and grossness could not accept. Reading the thoughts of the people, he said: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine."
    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:20-23


    (Spiritual refreshment)
    The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine. The disciples had eaten, yet Jesus prayed and gave them bread.

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

    (Heavenly supplies)
    His followers, sorrowful and silent, anticipating the hour of their Master's betrayal, partook of the heavenly manna, which of old had fed in the wilderness the persecuted followers of Truth. Their bread indeed came down from heaven. It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error. Their Master had explained it all before, and now this bread was feeding and sustaining them. They had borne this bread from house to house, breaking (explaining) it to others, and now it comforted themselves.


Section 4


Matthew 13:44-46

    44 #Again, the kingdom of heaven is
like unto treasure hid in a field;
the which when a man hath found, he
hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and
selleth all that he hath, and buyeth
that field.

    45 #Again, the kingdom of heaven is
like unto a merchant man, seeking
goodly pearls:

    46 Who, when he had found one pearl
of great price, went and sold all
that he had, and bought it.
Matthew 16:24-26

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

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

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

***
Revelation 2:17

    17 He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; To him that overcometh will
I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone, and
in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth saving he that
receiveth it.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 23:1-4


    (Justice and substitution)
    Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin. One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 459:3-8


    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 141:3


    (More than profession required)
    More than profession is requisite for Christian demonstration. Few understand or adhere to Jesus' divine precepts for living and healing. Why? Because his precepts require the disciple to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye, - that is, to set aside even the most cherished beliefs and practices, to leave all for Christ.

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.

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.


Section 5


Revelation 5:1,2,6-10

    1 And I saw in the right hand of
him that sat on the throne a book
written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals.

    2 And I saw a strong angel
proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is
worthy to open the book, and to loose
the seals thereof?

    6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the
midst of the throne and of the four
beasts, and in the midst of the
elders, stood a Lamb as it had been
slain, having seven horns and seven
eyes, which are the seven Spirits of
God sent forth into all the earth.

    7 And he came and took the book out
of the right hand of him that sat
upon the throne.

    8 And when he had taken the book,
the four beasts and four and twenty
elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of them harps, and
golden vials full of odours, which
are the prayers of saints.

    9 And they sung a new song, saying,
Thou art worthy to take the book, and
to open the seals thereof: for thou
wast slain, and hast redeemed us to
God by thy blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and
nation;

    10 And hast made us unto our God
kings and priests: and we shall reign
on the earth.

***
Hebrews 9:28

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

***
Revelation 22:16

    16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the
offspring of David, and the bright
and morning star.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:14-17


    (Essential element of Christianity)
    Christ, as the spiritual or true idea of God, comes now as of old, preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the sick, and casting out evils.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:23


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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 561:16


    (Divinity and humanity)
    John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration, - reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:8


    (The immortal birth)
    As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," - even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.

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


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


Section 6


John 21:4-6,9,12,13,15-17

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

    5 Then Jesus saith unto them,
Children, have ye any meat? They
answered him, No.

    6 And he said unto them, Cast the
net on the right side of the ship,
and ye shall find. They cast
therefore, and now they were not able
to draw it for the multitude of
fishes.

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

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

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

    15 #So when they had dined, Jesus
saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of
Jonas, lovest thou me more than
these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;
thou knowest that I love thee. He
saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

    16 He saith to him again the second
time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest
thou me? He saith unto him, Yea,
Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.
He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

    17 He saith unto him the third
time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest
thou me? Peter was grieved because he
said unto him the third time, Lovest
thou me? And he said unto him, Lord,
thou knowest all things; thou knowest
that I love thee. Jesus saith unto
him, Feed my sheep.

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 - 35:10-29

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

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - Intelligent consecration
02 1 - Forgetfulness of self
02 1 - Injustice to the Saviour
02 1 - Incisive questions
02 1 - Millennial glory
02 2 - Universal brotherhood
02 2 - True estimate of God's messenger
02 2 - Will-power unrighteous
02 2 - Native nothingness of sin
02 2 - Fulfilment of the Law
02 3 - Spirituality of Scripture
02 3 - Unspiritual contrasts
02 3 - Spiritual refreshment
02 3 - Heavenly supplies
02 4 - Justice and substitution
02 4 - Advancement by sacrifice
02 4 - More than profession required
02 4 - Standpoints changed
02 4 - Mockery of truth
02 5 - Essential element of Christianity
02 5 - Christ's reappearance
02 5 - Divinity and humanity
02 5 - The immortal birth
02 5 - Leaven of Truth
02 6 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist


January 3,1904

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

John 1:4

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


Responsive Reading


I John 1:1-7

    1 That which was from the
beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we
have looked upon, and our hands have
handled, of the Word of life;

    2 (For the life was manifested, and
we have seen it, and bear witness,
and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us;)

    3 That which we have seen and heard
declare we unto you, that ye also may
have fellowship with us: and truly
our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son Jesus Christ.

    4 And these things write we unto
you, that your joy may be full.

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.

    6 If we say that we have fellowship
with him, and walk in darkness, we
lie, and do not the truth:

    7 But if we walk in the light, as
he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
I John 5:10-13

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

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

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

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


Section 1


Job 33:4

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

***
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.

    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.

***
I John 1:2

    2 (For the life was manifested, and
we have seen it, and bear witness,
and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us;)

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 - 288:20


    (The chief stones in the temple)
    The chief stones in the temple of Christian Science are to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual real man has no birth, no material life, and no death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:32

    (Spiritual offspring)
    Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:9-13


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:17


    (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.


Section 2


Luke 12:15,22,23,25,26

    15 And he said unto them, Take
heed, and beware of covetousness: for
a man's life consisteth not in the
abundance of the things which he
possesseth.

    22 #And he said unto his disciples,
Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall
eat; neither for the body, what ye
shall put on.

    23 The life is more than meat, and
the body is more than raiment.

    25 And which of you with taking
thought can add to his stature one
cubit?

    26 If ye then be not able to do
that thing which is least, why take
ye thought for the rest?

***
John 6:27

    27 Labour not for the meat which
perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which
the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:26-29


    (Biological inventions)
    Is Life sustained by matter or by Spirit? Certainly not by both, since flesh wars against Spirit and the corporeal senses can take no cognizance of Spirit.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 193:32-2


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:15


    (Discontent with life)
    Feeling so perpetually the false consciousness that life inheres in the body, yet remembering that in reality God is our Life, we may well tremble in the prospect of those days in which we must say, "I have no pleasure in them."

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

    (Light shining in darkness)
    When apparently near the confines of mortal existence, standing already within the shadow of the death-valley, I learned these truths in divine Science: that all real being is in God, the divine Mind, and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present; that the opposite of Truth, - called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, - is the false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter; that this false sense evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:9


    (Life not contingent on matter)
    The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:32


    (Redemption from selfishness)
    When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, - no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.


Section 3


Romans 8:6,10,11

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

    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.

***
I Timothy 4:7,8

    7 But refuse profane and old wives'
fables, and exercise thyself rather
unto godliness.

    8 For bodily exercise profiteth
little: but godliness is profitable
unto all things, having promise of
the life that now is, and of that
which is to come.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:3-12

(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


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

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


    (Immortal memory) In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:7


    (Narrow pathway)
    Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore "acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace." Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter, - certainly before we can reach the goal of Spirit, or life in God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:20


    (So-called superiority)
    The real man is spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect so-called "children of men" are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.


Section 4


John 3:16

    16 #For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have
everlasting life.
John 10:9,10,27,28

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

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

    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.
John 5:24

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:9


    (Sin is punished)
    Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:10


    (A belief suicidal)
    The educated belief that Soul is in the body causes mortals to regard death as a friend, as a stepping-stone out of mortality into immortality and bliss. The Bible calls death an enemy, and Jesus overcame death and the grave instead of yielding to them. He was "the way." To him, therefore, death was not the threshold over which he must pass into living glory.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:3-6

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:4


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:14-19

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


    (Scientific translations)
    Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth. Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal.


Section 5


Ephesians 5:14

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

***
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.

***
Psalm 17:15

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:24


    (True attainment)
    Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Through toil, struggle, and sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is reached.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:28


    (Spiritual awakening)
    Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours. Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth. Humanity advances slowly out of sinning sense into spiritual understanding; unwillingness to learn all things rightly, binds Christendom with chains.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:17,24


    (Peremptory demands)
    To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.
    (Moral courage)
    But how shall we reform the man who has more animal than moral courage, and who has not the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal. Then he not only will be saved, but is saved.

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.


Section 6


Psalm 119:144

    144 The righteousness of thy
testimonies is everlasting: give me
understanding, and I shall live.

***
Proverbs 16:22

    22 Understanding is a wellspring of
life unto him that hath it: but the
instruction of fools is folly.
Proverbs 3:1-4

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


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

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

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

***
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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:32-3


    (Salvation is through reform)
    It is essential to understand, instead of believe, what relates most nearly to the happiness of being. To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite.

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 - 283:1

    (Truth is not inverted)
    As mortals begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any true existence apart from God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:27-1

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:9-14

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:15


    (Self-completeness)
    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.

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - The chief stones in the temple
03 1 - Spiritual offspring
03 1 - A mortal not man
03 1 - Perfection requisite
03 2 - Biological inventions
03 2 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 2 - Discontent with life
03 2 - Light shining in darkness
03 2 - Life not contingent on matter
03 2 - Redemption from selfishness
03 3 - Spiritual existence the one fact
03 3 - Mind one and all
03 3 - Immortal memory
03 3 - Narrow pathway
03 3 - So-called superiority
03 4 - Sin is punished
03 4 - A belief suicidal
03 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 4 - Final destruction of error
03 4 - Scientific translations
03 5 - True attainment
03 5 - Spiritual awakening
03 5 - Peremptory demands
03 5 - Moral courage
03 5 - Sickness from mortal mind
03 6 - Salvation is through reform
03 6 - Need and supply
03 6 - Truth is not inverted
03 6 - Understanding versus belief
03 6 - Confirmation by healing
03 6 - Condition of progress
03 6 - Self-completeness


January 17,1904

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Deuteronomy 32:4

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


Responsive Reading


John 5:17,31-33,36,37,41-47

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

    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.

    33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare
witness unto the truth.

    36 #But I have greater witness than
that of John: for the works which the
Father hath given me to finish, the
same works that I do, bear witness of
me, that the Father hath sent me.

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

    41 I receive not honour from men.

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

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

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

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

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

    47 But if ye believe not his
writings, how shall ye believe my
words?


Section 1


Psalm 100:1,2,5

    1 Make a joyful noise unto the
Lord, all ye lands.

    2 Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before his presence with
singing.

    5 For the Lord is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth
endureth to all generations.
Psalm 91:4

    4 He shall cover thee with his
feathers, and under his wings shalt
thou trust: his truth shall be thy
shield and buckler.

***
Micah 7:18,20

    18 Who is a God like unto thee,
that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth
by the transgression of the remnant
of his heritage? he retaineth not his
anger for ever, because he delighteth
in mercy.

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

***
Isaiah 65:13,16

    13 Therefore thus saith the Lord
God, Behold, my servants shall eat,
but ye shall be hungry: behold, my
servants shall drink, but ye shall be
thirsty: behold, my servants shall
rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:23

(11) Question: Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?
ADAM = The first god of mythology.
Topic: Substance


    (The test of experience)
    Answer. - The author subscribed to an orthodox creed in early youth, and tried to adhere to it until she caught the first gleam of that which interprets God as above mortal sense. This view rebuked human beliefs, and gave the spiritual import, expressed through Science, of all that proceeds from the divine Mind. Since then her highest creed has been divine Science, which, reduced to human apprehension, she has named Christian Science. This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out suppositional error and heals the sick.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:4


    (Science and Christianity)
    If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:2


    (Faith higher than belief) Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding. As a cloud hides the sun it cannot extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony, but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 97:29-32


    (Christianity still rejected)
    Christianity is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life, by the apostolic work of casting out error and healing the sick.

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

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


Section 2


Jeremiah 5:3

    3 O Lord, are not thine eyes upon
the truth? thou hast stricken them,
but they have not grieved; thou hast
consumed them, but they have refused
to receive correction: they have made
their faces harder than a rock; they
have refused to return.
Jeremiah 6:16

    16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in
the ways, and see, and ask for the
old paths, where is the good way, and
walk therein, and ye shall find rest
for your souls. But they said, We
will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 7:23,24

    23 But this thing commanded I them,
saying, Obey my voice, and I will be
your God, and ye shall be my people:
and walk ye in all the ways that I
have commanded you, that it may be
well unto you.

    24 But they hearkened not, nor
inclined their ear, but walked in the
counsels and in the imagination of
their evil heart, and went backward,
and not forward.

***
Matthew 10:16,17,22

    16 #Behold, I send you forth as
sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye
therefore wise as serpents, and
harmless as doves.

    17 But beware of men: for they will
deliver you up to the councils, and
they will scourge you in their
synagogues;

    22 And ye shall be hated of all men
for my name's sake: but he that
endureth to the end shall be saved.

***
Galatians 5:17

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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - x:11-13,25-30

    The author has not compromised conscience to suit the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and honestly given the text of Truth.
    The unbiased Christian thought is soonest touched by Truth, and convinced of it. Only those quarrel with her method who do not understand her meaning, or discerning the truth, come not to the light lest their works be reproved.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 130:15-19


    (Children and adults)
    Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

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

    (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."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 225:5


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:1-5


    (Murder brings its curse)
    The belief of life in matter sins at every step. It incurs divine displeasure, and it would kill Jesus that it might be rid of troublesome Truth. Material beliefs would slay the spiritual idea whenever and wherever it appears.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 559:10-16


    (Truth's volume)
    The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, "as when a lion roareth." It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the "seven thunders" of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, - made manifest in the destruction of error.


Section 3


Exodus 18:10

    10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the
Lord, who hath delivered you out of
the hand of the Egyptians, and out of
the hand of Pharaoh, who hath
delivered the people from under the
hand of the Egyptians.

***
II Samuel 22:33,34

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

    34 He maketh my feet like hinds'
feet: and setteth me upon my high
places.

***
Acts 12:1,5-9

    1 Now about that time Herod the
king stretched forth his hands to vex
certain of the church.

    5 Peter therefore was kept in
prison: but prayer was made without
ceasing of the church unto God for
him.

    6 And when Herod would have brought
him forth, the same night Peter was
sleeping between two soldiers, bound
with two chains: and the keepers
before the door kept the prison.

    7 And, behold, the angel of the
Lord came upon him, and a light
shined in the prison: and he smote
Peter on the side, and raised him up,
saying, Arise up quickly. And his
chains fell off from his hands.

    8 And the angel said unto him, Gird
thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And
so he did. And he saith unto him,
Cast thy garment about thee, and
follow me.

    9 And he went out, and followed
him; and wist not that it was true
which was done by the angel; but
thought he saw a vision.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:28-31


    (Mental emancipation)
    Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner is the Soul-inspired motto, "Slavery is abolished." The power of God brings deliverance to the captive.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:11-16

    (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.

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.

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 - 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 4


Psalm 34:21,22

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

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

***
II Chronicles 7:12,14

    12 #And the Lord appeared to
Solomon by night, and said unto him,
I have heard thy prayer, and have
chosen this place to myself for an
house of sacrifice.

    14 If my people, which are called
by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I
hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land.

***
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:

    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:11-15


    (Fear and sickness identical)
    The same power which heals sin heals also sickness. This is "the beauty of holiness," that when Truth heals the sick, it casts out evils, and when Truth casts out the evil called disease, it heals the sick.

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

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:26-29


    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:21


    (Spiritual proofs of existence) 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 136:32


    (Doubting disciples)
    Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being. His students saw this power of Truth heal the sick, cast out evil, raise the dead; but the ultimate of this wonderful work was not spiritually discerned, even by them, until after the crucifixion, when their immaculate Teacher stood before them, the victor over sickness, sin, disease, death, and the grave.


Section 5


Psalm 15:1-3

    1 Lord, who shall abide in thy
tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy
holy hill?

    2 He that walketh uprightly, and
worketh righteousness, and speaketh
the truth in his heart.

    3 He that backbiteth not with his
tongue, nor doeth evil to his
neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach
against his neighbour.
Psalm 51:6,7,13

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

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

    13 Then will I teach transgressors
thy ways; and sinners shall be
converted unto thee.

***
Matthew 7:3-5

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote
that is in thy brother's eye, but
considerest not the beam that is in
thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy
brother, Let me pull out the mote out
of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is
in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out
the beam out of thine own eye; and
then shalt thou see clearly to cast
out the mote out of thy brother's
eye.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 455:3-8,14


    (Weakness and guilt)
    A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in Truth are unsuitable conditions for healing the sick. Such mental states indicate weakness instead of strength. Hence the necessity of being right yourself in order to teach this Science of healing.
    "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:8

(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)
    In order to heal by Science, you must not be ignorant of the moral and spiritual demands of Science nor disobey them. Moral ignorance or sin affects your demonstration, and hinders its approach to the standard in Christian Science.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 452:22


    (Unwarranted expectations)
    When the spiritual sense of Truth unfolds its harmonies, you take no risks in the policy of error. Expect to heal simply by repeating the author's words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed. Such a practice does not demonstrate the Science by which divine Mind heals the sick.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:3


    (Moral evils to be cast out)
    In order to cure his patient, the metaphysician must first cast moral evils out of himself and thus attain the spiritual freedom which will enable him to cast physical evils out of his patient; but heal he cannot, while his own spiritual barrenness debars him from giving drink to the thirsty and hinders him from reaching his patient's thought, - yea, while mental penury chills his faith and understanding.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:24

    (The salt of the earth)
    The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a "still, small voice," through silent utterances and divine anointing which quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student's higher attainments in this line of light.


Section 6


Luke 3:9

    9 And now also the axe is laid unto
the root of the trees: every tree
therefore which bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
Luke 6:44

    44 For every tree is known by his
own fruit. For of thorns men do not
gather figs, nor of a bramble bush
gather they grapes.

***
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.
John 11:41-44

    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.

iii:12-16 Chapter PREFACE
The question, What is Truth, is answered by demonstration, - by
ealing both disease and sin; and this demonstration shows that
Christian healing confers the most health and makes the best men.
On this basis Christian Science will have a fair fight.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:1-3,7


    (Practical preaching)
    The best sermon ever preached is Truth practised and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death.
    We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:21-24


    (Immaculate conception)
    Jesus' spiritual origin and understanding enabled him to demonstrate the facts of being, - to prove irrefutably how spiritual Truth destroys material error, heals sickness, and overcomes death.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - The test of experience
04 1 - Science and Christianity
04 1 - Faith higher than belief
04 1 - Christianity still rejected
04 1 - Key to the kingdom
04 2 - Children and adults
04 2 - The error of carnality
04 2 - Truth's ordeal
04 2 - Murder brings its curse
04 2 - Truth's volume
04 3 - Mental emancipation
04 3 - God-given dominion
04 3 - Sickness akin to sin
04 3 - Ignorance of our rights
04 3 - Treatment of disease
04 4 - Fear and sickness identical
04 4 - Truth an alterative
04 4 - Belief and understanding
04 4 - Spiritual proofs of existence
04 4 - Doubting disciples
04 5 - Weakness and guilt
04 5 - True healing transcendent
04 5 - Unwarranted expectations
04 5 - Moral evils to be cast out
04 5 - The salt of the earth
04 6 - Biblical basis
04 6 - Practical preaching
04 6 - Immaculate conception


January 24,1904

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 13:2

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 69:13,16-18,30-36

    13 But as for me, my prayer is unto
thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time:
O God, in the multitude of thy mercy
hear me, in the truth of thy
salvation.

    16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy
lovingkindness is good: turn unto me
according to the multitude of thy
tender mercies.

    17 And hide not thy face from thy
servant; for I am in trouble: hear me
speedily.

    18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and
redeem it: deliver me because of mine
enemies.

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

    31 This also shall please the Lord
better than an ox or bullock that hath
horns and hoofs.

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

    33 For the Lord heareth the poor,
and despiseth not his prisoners.

    34 Let the heaven and earth praise
him, the seas, and every thing that
moveth therein.

    35 For God will save Zion, and will
build the cities of Judah: that they
may dwell there, and have it in
possession.

    36 The seed also of his servants
shall inherit it: and they that love
his name shall dwell therein.


Section 1


Isaiah 63:7,16

    7 I will mention the
lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the
praises of the Lord, according to all
that the Lord hath bestowed on us,
and the great goodness toward the
house of Israel, which he hath
bestowed on them according to his
mercies, and according to the
multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

    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.

***
Malachi 1:6

    6 #A son honoureth his father, and
a servant his master: if then I be a
father, where is mine honour? and if
I be a master, where is my fear?
saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O
priests, that despise my name. And ye
say, Wherein have we despised thy
name?

***
Luke 10:22

    22 All things are delivered to me
of my Father: and no man knoweth who
the Son is, but the Father; and who
the Father is, but the Son, and he to
whom the Son will reveal him.

***
John 6:44,45

    44 No man can come to me, except
the Father which hath sent me draw
him: and I will raise him up at the
last day.

    45 It is written in the prophets,
And they shall be all taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned of the Father,
cometh unto me.

***
I John 4:8

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7


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

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


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:25-29


    (Corporeal ignorance) Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God's image or reflection and of man's eternal incorporeal existence.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:32


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

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

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


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


Section 2


Proverbs 6:20

    20 #My son, keep thy father's
commandment, and forsake not the law
of thy mother:

***
Isaiah 66:13

    13 As one whom his mother
comforteth, so will I comfort you;
and ye shall be comforted in
Jerusalem.

***
Psalm 40:11

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

592:16 Chapter 17: Glossary
(MOSES)

    MOTHER. God; divine and eternal Principle; Life, Truth, and Love.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:10


    (Ideal man and woman) The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love. In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:8


    (Permanent affection) A mother's affection cannot be weaned from her child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal. Therefore maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 562:3-7(to .)


    (Spiritual idea revealed)
    As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God's motherhood.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 568:30-3

    (Paean of jubilee)
    Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, - as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother.


Section 3


Genesis 9:18,27

    18 #And the sons of Noah, that went
forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham,
and Japheth: and Ham is the father of
Canaan.

    27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and
he shall dwell in the tents of Shem;
and Canaan shall be his servant.

***
Ephesians 3:8,9

    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:

***
Matthew 18:1-5

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

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

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

    4 Whosoever therefore shall humble
himself as this little child, the same
is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


    5 And whoso shall receive one such
little child in my name receiveth me.

***
Galatians 3:26

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

***
Romans 8:19,21

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

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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:6


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

589:8 Chapter 17: Glossary
(JAPHET - Noah's son)

    JAPHET (Noah's son). A type of spiritual peace, flowing from the understanding that God is the divine Principle of all existence, and that man is His idea, the child of His care.

594:14 Chapter 17: Glossary

    (SHEM - Noah's son)
    SHEM (Noah's son). A corporeal mortal; kindly affection; love rebuking error; reproof of sensualism.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 528:19-22


    (Hypnotic surgery) Beginning creation with darkness instead of light, - materially rather than spiritually, - error now simulates the work of Truth, mocking Love and declaring what great things error has done.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:5

    (Mental midwifery)
    The first system of suggestive obstetrics has changed. Another change will come as to the nature and origin of man, and this revelation will destroy the dream of existence, reinstate reality, usher in Science and the glorious fact of creation, that both man and woman proceed from God and are His eternal children, belonging to no lesser parent.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 69:9-13,19-25(to ")


    (God's creation intact) Thus it is that the real, ideal man appears in proportion as the false and material disappears. No longer to marry or to be "given in marriage" neither closes man's continuity nor his sense of increasing number in God's infinite plan.
    Some day the child will ask his parent: "Do you keep the First Commandment? Do you have one God and creator, or is man a creator?" If the father replies, "God creates man through man," the child may ask, "Do you teach that Spirit creates materially, or do you declare that Spirit is infinite, therefore matter is out of the question?"


Section 4


Psalm 133:1

    1 Behold, how good and how
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity!

***
Galatians 5:13,14

    13 For, brethren, ye have been
called unto liberty; only use not
liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
but by love serve one another.

    14 For all the law is fulfilled in
one word, even in this; Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself.

***
I John 2:9-11

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

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

    11 But he that hateth his brother
is in darkness, and walketh in
darkness, and knoweth not whither he
goeth, because that darkness hath
blinded his eyes.
I John 4:20,21

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:9-13

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


    (Two chief commands) It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:30-5

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


    (The sole governor)
    With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:15


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1-9


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."


Section 5


Matthew 19:3-6

    3 #The Pharisees also came unto
him, tempting him, and saying unto
him, Is it lawful for a man to put
away his wife for every cause?

    4 And he answered and said unto
them, Have ye not read, that he which
made them at the beginning made them
male and female,

    5 And said, For this cause shall a
man leave father and mother, and shall
cleave to his wife: and they twain
shall be one flesh?

    6 Wherefore they are no more twain,
but one flesh. What therefore God
hath joined together, let not man put
asunder.

***
Revelation 12:1,3,9,11

    1 And there appeared a great
wonder in heaven; a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her
feet, and upon her head a crown of
twelve stars:

    3 And there appeared another wonder
in heaven; and behold a great red
dragon, having seven heads and ten
horns, and seven crowns upon his
heads.

    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.

    11 And they overcame him by the
blood of the Lamb, and by the word of
their testimony; and they loved not
their lives unto the death.
Revelation 19:6-9

    6 And I heard as it were the voice
of a great multitude, and as the voice
of many waters, and as the voice of
mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:
for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.


    7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and
give honour to him: for the marriage
of the Lamb is come, and his wife
hath made herself ready.

    8 And to her was granted that she
should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white: for the fine linen
is the righteousness of saints.

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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 561:8


    (Espousals supernal)
    The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. The Revelator saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light, a bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love. To John, "the bride" and "the Lamb" represented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea, God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 574:3-9,16-19,25

    (Vials of wrath and consolation)
    The Revelator also takes in another view, adapted to console the weary pilgrim, journeying "uphill all the way."



    He writes, in Revelation xxi. 9: -



    And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
    The beauty of this text is, that the sum total of human misery, represented by the seven angelic vials full of seven plagues, has full compensation in the law of Love.
    (Spiritual wedlock)
    Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sackcloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft-winged dove descending upon you. 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 - 577:4

    (Divine sense of Deity)
    The Lamb's wife presents the unity of male and female as no longer two wedded individuals, but as two individual natures in one; and this compounded spiritual individuality reflects God as Father-Mother, not as a corporeal being. In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss, - to the perfectibility of God's creation.


Section 6


Psalm 122:6

    6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
they shall prosper that love thee.

***
II Corinthians 5:1,2,6

    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:

    6 Therefore we are always
confident, knowing that, whilst we
are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord:

***
Revelation 21:2,22,23,27

    2 And I John saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down from God out
of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.

    22 And I saw no temple therein: for
the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb
are the temple of it.

    23 And the city had no need of the
sun, neither of the moon, to shine in
it: for the glory of God did lighten
it, and the Lamb is the light
thereof.

    27 And there shall in no wise enter
into it any thing that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh
abomination, or maketh a lie: but
they which are written in the Lamb's
book of life.

589:12(to .),15 Chapter 17: Glossary
(JERUSALEM)


    JERUSALEM. Home, heaven.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 254:31


    (The cross and crown)
    Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:10-15


    (True estimate of God's messenger)
    Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:14


    (Pardon and amendment)
    To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:9-20


    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.
    Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, - self-will, self-justification, and self-love, - which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:5-10


    (Impotence of hate)
    The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, - the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens." Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom.

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Fleshly ties temporal
05 1 - Corporeal ignorance
05 1 - Spiritual conception
05 1 - -8- Father-Mother
05 2 - Ideal man and woman
05 2 - Permanent affection
05 2 - Spiritual idea revealed
05 2 - Paean of jubilee
05 3 - Native nothingness of sin
05 3 - SHEM - Noah's son
05 3 - Hypnotic surgery
05 3 - Mental midwifery
05 3 - God's creation intact
05 4 - Two chief commands
05 4 - The sole governor
05 4 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 4 - Universal brotherhood
05 5 - Espousals supernal
05 5 - Vials of wrath and consolation
05 5 - Spiritual wedlock
05 5 - Divine sense of Deity
05 6 - The cross and crown
05 6 - True estimate of God's messenger
05 6 - Pardon and amendment
05 6 - The one only way
05 6 - Impotence of hate


January 31,1904

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 59:21

    21 As for me, this is my covenant
with them, saith the Lord; My spirit
that is upon thee, and my words which
I have put in thy mouth, shall not
depart out of thy mouth, nor out of
the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the
mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the
Lord, from henceforth and for ever.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 44:1-9,23

    1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my
servant; and Israel, whom I have
chosen:

    2 Thus saith the Lord that made
thee, and formed thee from the womb,
which will help thee; Fear not, O
Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun,
whom I have chosen.

    3 For I will pour water upon him
that is thirsty, and floods upon the
dry ground: I will pour my spirit
upon thy seed, and my blessing upon
thine offspring:

    4 And they shall spring up as among
the grass, as willows by the water
courses.

    5 One shall say, I am the Lord's;
and another shall call himself by the
name of Jacob; and another shall
subscribe with his hand unto the
Lord, and surname himself by the name
of Israel.

    6 Thus saith the Lord the King of
Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of
hosts; I am the first, and I am the
last; and beside me there is no God.

    7 And who, as I, shall call, and
shall declare it, and set it in order
for me, since I appointed the ancient
people? and the things that are
coming, and shall come, let them shew
unto them.

    8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid:
have not I told thee from that time,
and have declared it? ye are even my
witnesses. Is there a God beside me?
yea, there is no God; I know not any.


    9 #They that make a graven image
are all of them vanity; and their
delectable things shall not profit;
and they are their own witnesses;
they see not, nor know; that they may
be ashamed.

    23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord
hath done it: shout, ye lower parts
of the earth: break forth into
singing, ye mountains, O forest, and
every tree therein: for the Lord hath
redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself
in Israel.


Section 1


John 4:24

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

***
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.

***
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.
I Corinthians 12:13

    13 For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond
or free; and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 334:31-2

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


    (-17- Infinite Spirit)
    XVII. Spirit being God, there is but one Spirit, for there can be but one infinite and therefore one God. There are neither spirits many nor gods many. There is no evil in Spirit, because God is Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:28


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:4


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:28-30


    (Scientific foreknowing)
    All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science.


Section 2


II Samuel 23:1-3

    1 Now these be the last words of
David. David the son of Jesse said,
and the man who was raised up on
high, the anointed of the God of
Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of
Israel, said,

    2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by
me, and his word was in my tongue.

    3 The God of Israel said, the Rock
of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth
over men must be just, ruling in the
fear of God.

***
Zephaniah 3:9,13

    9 For then will I turn to the
people a pure language, that they may
all call upon the name of the Lord,
to serve him with one consent.

    13 The remnant of Israel shall not
do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither
shall a deceitful tongue be found in
their mouth: for they shall feed and
lie down, and none shall make them
afraid.

***
Matthew 8:5-8

    5 #And when Jesus was entered into
Capernaum, there came unto him a
centurion, beseeching him,

    6 And saying, Lord, my servant
lieth at home sick of the palsy,
grievously tormented.

    7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will
come and heal him.

    8 The centurion answered and said,
Lord, I am not worthy that thou
shouldest come under my roof: but
speak the word only, and my servant
shall be healed.

***
Acts 2:4

    4 And they were all filled with the
Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave
them utterance.

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


    (Spiritual language)
    God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit must be, and is, spiritual. Christian Science attaches no physical nature and significance to the Supreme Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do this. God's essential language is spoken of in the last chapter of Mark's Gospel as the new tongue, the spiritual meaning of which is attained through "signs following."
    (The miracles of Jesus)
    Ear hath not heard, nor hath lip spoken, the pure language of Spirit. Our Master taught spirituality by similitudes and parables. As a divine student he unfolded God to man, illustrating and demonstrating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over the sick and sinning.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 460:24


    (Author's early instructions)
    When the Science of Mind was a fresh revelation to the author, she had to impart, while teaching its grand facts, the hue of spiritual ideas from her own spiritual condition, and she had to do this orally through the meagre channel afforded by language and by her manuscript circulated among the students. As former beliefs were gradually expelled from her thought, the teaching became clearer, until finally the shadow of old errors was no longer cast upon divine Science.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:24-28


    (Language inadequate)
    Speaking of the things of Spirit while dwelling on a material plane, material terms must be generally employed. Mortal thought does not at once catch the higher meaning, and can do so only as thought is educated up to spiritual apprehension.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:20

    (Scientific consistency)
    If our words fail to express our deeds, God will redeem that weakness, and out of the mouth of babes He will perfect praise. The night of materiality is far spent, and with the dawn Truth will waken men spiritually to hear and to speak the new tongue.


Section 3


Psalm 40:8

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

***
Isaiah 42:21

    21 The Lord is well pleased for his
righteousness' sake; he will magnify
the law, and make it honourable.

***
Romans 10:4

    4 For Christ is the end of the law
for righteousness to every one that
believeth.

***
Galatians 5:24,25

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

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

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 - 183:16-21

    (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.

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


    (Certain contradictions)
    The definitions of material law, as given by natural science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against itself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they contradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:21


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:31


    (Begin rightly)
    Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed to the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine authority and having only human approval for their sanction.


Section 4


Psalm 143:10

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

***
I Kings 3:5,9,10

    5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to
Solomon in a dream by night: and God
said, Ask what I shall give thee.

    9 Give therefore thy servant an
understanding heart to judge thy
people, that I may discern between
good and bad: for who is able to
judge this thy so great a people?

    10 And the speech pleased the Lord,
that Solomon had asked this thing.

***
Acts 18:24-26

    24 #And a certain Jew named
Apollos, born at Alexandria, an
eloquent man, and mighty in the
scriptures, came to Ephesus.

    25 This man was instructed in the
way of the Lord; and being fervent in
the spirit, he spake and taught
diligently the things of the Lord,
knowing only the baptism of John.

    26 And he began to speak boldly in
the synagogue: whom when Aquila and
Priscilla had heard, they took him
unto them, and expounded unto him the
way of God more perfectly.

***
I Thessalonians 2:10-13

    10 Ye are witnesses, and God also,
how holily and justly and unblameably
we behaved ourselves among you that
believe:

    11 As ye know how we exhorted and
comforted and charged every one of
you, as a father doth his children,

    12 That ye would walk worthy of
God, who hath called you unto his
kingdom and glory.

    13 For this cause also thank we God
without ceasing, because, when ye
received the word of God which ye
heard of us, ye received it not as
the word of men, but as it is in
truth, the word of God, which
effectually worketh also in you that
believe.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:12


    (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. When what we erroneously term the five physical senses are misdirected, they are simply the manifested beliefs of mortal mind, which affirm that life, substance, and intelligence are material, instead of spiritual. These false beliefs and their products constitute the flesh, and the flesh wars against Spirit.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 486:23-26

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


    (Permanent sensibility)
    Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter, - hence their permanence.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:30


    (Ancient healers)
    It is a question to-day, whether the ancient inspired healers understood the Science of Christian healing, or whether they caught its sweet tones, as the natural musician catches the tones of harmony, without being able to explain them. So divinely imbued were they with the spirit of Science, that the lack of the letter could not hinder their work; and that letter, without the spirit, would have made void their practice.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:32


    (The senses of Soul)
    Spirit's senses are without pain, and they are forever at peace. Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and permanence of Truth.


Section 5


Ezekiel 13:3,8,9

    3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto
the foolish prophets, that follow
their own spirit, and have seen
nothing!

    8 Therefore thus saith the Lord
God; Because ye have spoken vanity,
and seen lies, therefore, behold, I
am against you, saith the Lord God.

    9 And mine hand shall be upon the
prophets that see vanity, and that
divine lies: they shall not be in the
assembly of my people, neither shall
they be written in the writing of the
house of Israel, neither shall they
enter into the land of Israel; and ye
shall know that I am the Lord God.

***
Jude 1:17-19

    17 But, beloved, remember ye the
words which were spoken before of the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    18 How that they told you there
should be mockers in the last time,
who should walk after their own
ungodly lusts.

    19 These be they who separate
themselves, sensual, having not the
Spirit.

***
Revelation 15:2,3

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8(only)

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


    (Matter's supposed selfhood)
    Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:26


    (Error unveiled) Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the objective supposition of Spirit's opposite. The five material senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally yield to Truth, - to the recognition of Spirit and of the spiritual creation.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 370:23


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 130:20


    (Children and adults)
    Laboring long to shake the adult's faith in matter and to inculcate a grain of faith in God, - an inkling of the ability of Spirit to make the body harmonious, - the author has often remembered our Master's love for little children, and understood how truly such as they belong to the heavenly kingdom.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 128:20

    (Practical Science)
    An odor becomes beneficent and agreeable only in proportion to its escape into the surrounding atmosphere. So it is with our knowledge of Truth. If one would not quarrel with his fellow-man for waking him from a cataleptic nightmare, he should not resist Truth, which banishes - yea, forever destroys with the higher testimony of Spirit - the so-called evidence of matter.


Section 6


Matthew 12:18

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

***
John 3:34,35

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

    35 The Father loveth the Son, and
hath given all things into his hand.

***
Hebrews 1:5

    5 For unto which of the angels said
he at any time, Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee? And again,
I will be to him a Father, and he
shall be to me a Son?

***
Galatians 4:6,7

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

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

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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 63:5


    (Spiritual origin)
    In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:31-5


    (Prophetic ignorance)
    The life of Christ Jesus was not miraculous, but it was indigenous to his spirituality, - the good soil wherein the seed of Truth springs up and bears much fruit. Christ's Christianity is the chain of scientific being reappearing in all ages, maintaining its obvious correspondence with the Scriptures and uniting all periods in the design of God.

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - -17- Infinite Spirit
06 1 - Mind's idea faultless
06 1 - Substance versus supposition
06 1 - Scientific foreknowing
06 2 - Spiritual language
06 2 - The miracles of Jesus
06 2 - Author's early instructions
06 2 - Language inadequate
06 2 - Scientific consistency
06 3 - No material law
06 3 - Laws of nature spiritual
06 3 - Certain contradictions
06 3 - Spiritual law the only law
06 3 - Begin rightly
06 4 - Five senses deceptive
06 4 - Permanent sensibility
06 4 - Ancient healers
06 4 - The senses of Soul
06 5 - Matter's supposed selfhood
06 5 - Error unveiled
06 5 - Transient potency of drugs
06 5 - Children and adults
06 5 - Practical Science
06 6 - Beatific presence
06 6 - Spiritual origin
06 6 - Godward gravitation
06 6 - Prophetic ignorance
06 6 - Christ's demonstration


February 7,1904

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Hebrews 10:38

    38 Now the just shall live by
faith: but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in him.


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 26:7-14,19,20

    7 The way of the just is
uprightness: thou, most upright, dost
weigh the path of the just.

    8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments,
O Lord, have we waited for thee; the
desire of our soul is to thy name,
and to the remembrance of thee.

    9 With my soul have I desired thee
in the night; yea, with my spirit
within me will I seek thee early: for
when thy judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world will
learn righteousness.

    10 Let favour be shewed to the
wicked, yet will he not learn
righteousness; in the land of
uprightness will he deal unjustly,
and will not behold the majesty of
the Lord.

    11 Lord, when thy hand is lifted
up, they will not see: but they shall
see, and be ashamed for their envy at
the people; yea, the fire of thine
enemies shall devour them.

    12 #Lord, thou wilt ordain peace
for us: for thou also hast wrought
all our works in us.

    13 O Lord our God, other lords
beside thee have had dominion over
us: but by thee only will we make
mention of thy name.

    14 They are dead, they shall not
live; they are deceased, they shall
not rise: therefore hast thou visited
and destroyed them, and made all
their memory to perish.

    19 Thy dead men shall live,
together with my dead body shall they
arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell
in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of
herbs, and the earth shall cast out
the dead.

    20 #Come, my people, enter thou
into thy chambers, and shut thy doors
about thee: hide thyself as it were
for a little moment, until the
indignation be overpast.


Section 1


Job 22:12,13

    12 Is not God in the height of
heaven? and behold the height of the
stars, how high they are!

    13 And thou sayest, How doth God
know? can he judge through the dark
cloud?
Job 23:13,14

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

    14 For he performeth the thing that
is appointed for me: and many such
things are with him.

***
Isaiah 42:1,8

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

    8 I am the Lord: that is my name:
and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven
images.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:9

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:19

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


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

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11


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


Section 2


Isaiah 64:8

    8 But now, O Lord, thou art our
father; we are the clay, and thou our
potter; and we all are the work of
thy hand.

***
Psalm 3:2,3,8

    2 Many there be which say of my
soul, There is no help for him in
God.

    3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield
for me; my glory, and the lifter up
of mine head.

    8 Salvation belongeth unto the
Lord: thy blessing is upon thy
people.
Psalm 33:18-20

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

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

    20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord:
he is our help and our shield.

***
Luke 1:46-48

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

    47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour.

    48 For he hath regarded the low
estate of his handmaiden: for,
behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:31


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 120:4


    (The sun and Soul) Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.

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.

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.

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


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


Section 3


Jeremiah 4:25,26,31

    25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no
man, and all the birds of the heavens
were fled.

    26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful
place was a wilderness, and all the
cities thereof were broken down at
the presence of the Lord, and by his
fierce anger.

    31 For I have heard a voice as of a
woman in travail, and the anguish as
of her that bringeth forth her first
child, the voice of the daughter of
Zion, that bewaileth herself, that
spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is
me now! for my soul is wearied
because of murderers.
Jeremiah 6:8,9,16

    8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem,
lest my soul depart from thee; lest I
make thee desolate, a land not
inhabited.

    9 #Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
They shall throughly glean the
remnant of Israel as a vine: turn
back thine hand as a grapegatherer
into the baskets.

    16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in
the ways, and see, and ask for the
old paths, where is the good way, and
walk therein, and ye shall find rest
for your souls. But they said, We
will not walk therein.

***
II Corinthians 4:3,4

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

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:20


    (A mortal not man)
    The suppositional antipode of divine infinite Spirit is the so-called human soul or spirit, in other words the five senses, - the flesh that warreth against Spirit. These so-called material senses must yield to the infinite Spirit, named God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:30


    (Unscientific theories)
    The belief that God lives in matter is pantheistic. The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, - all because of their blindness, their false sense concerning God and man.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:28-32


    (The senses of Soul)
    Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of Soul, and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its faculties.


Section 4


Matthew 16:24-26

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

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

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

***
Luke 12:16-21

    16 And he spake a parable unto
them, saying, The ground of a certain
rich man brought forth plentifully:

    17 And he thought within himself,
saying, What shall I do, because I
have no room where to bestow my
fruits?

    18 And he said, This will I do: I
will pull down my barns, and build
greater; and there will I bestow all
my fruits and my goods.

    19 And I will say to my soul, Soul,
thou hast much goods laid up for many
years; take thine ease, eat, drink,
and be merry.

    20 But God said unto him, Thou
fool, this night thy soul shall be
required of thee: then whose shall
those things be, which thou hast
provided?

    21 So is he that layeth up treasure
for himself, and is not rich toward
God.

***
Colossians 3:2,3

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:28

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


    (Sense and pure Soul) Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins, - hence the immortality of Soul. In Science we learn that it is material sense, not Soul, which sins; and it will be found that it is the sense of sin which is lost, and not a sinful soul. When reading the Scriptures, the substitution of the word sense for soul gives the exact meaning in a majority of cases.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:18


    (Soul imperishable)
    Soul changeth not. We are commonly taught that there is a human soul which sins and is spiritually lost, - that soul may be lost, and yet be immortal. If Soul could sin, Spirit, Soul, would be flesh instead of Spirit. It is the belief of the flesh and of material sense which sins. If Soul sinned, Soul would die. Sin is the element of self-destruction, and spiritual death is oblivion. If there was sin in Soul, the annihilation of Spirit would be inevitable. The only Life is Spirit, and if Spirit should lose Life as God, good, then Spirit, which has no other existence, would be annihilated.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:7-25

    (Sin only of the flesh)
    Soul is immortal because it is Spirit, which has no element of self-destruction. Is man lost spiritually? No, he can only lose a sense material. All sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains. It is a sense of sin, and not a sinful soul, which is lost. Evil is destroyed by the sense of good.
    (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 - 273:18

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


Section 5


Psalm 22:27,29

    27 All the ends of the world shall
remember and turn unto the Lord: and
all the kindreds of the nations shall
worship before thee.

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

***
Job 27:4,6,8

    4 My lips shall not speak
wickedness, nor my tongue utter
deceit.

    6 My righteousness I hold fast, and
will not let it go: my heart shall
not reproach me so long as I live.

    8 For what is the hope of the
hypocrite, though he hath gained,
when God taketh away his soul?

***
Mark 12:26,27

    26 And as touching the dead, that
they rise: have ye not read in the
book of Moses, how in the bush God
spake unto him, saying, I am the God
of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob?

    27 He is not the God of the dead,
but the God of the living: ye
therefore do greatly err.

***
I John 5:7

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

588:7 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HOLY GHOST)

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:9


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:9-12,23-32


    (Spirits obsolete)
    So-called spirits are but corporeal communicators. As light destroys darkness and in the place of darkness all is light, so (in absolute Science) Soul, or God, is the only truth-giver to man.
    (Scientific phenomena)
    In Science, individual good derived from God, the infinite All-in-all, may flow from the departed to mortals; but evil is neither communicable nor scientific. A sinning, earthly mortal is not the reality of Life nor the medium through which truth passes to earth. The joy of intercourse becomes the jest of sin, when evil and suffering are communicable. Not personal intercommunion but divine law is the communicator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:1


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 157:28


    (Drugging unchristian) Christian Science impresses the entire corporeality, - namely, mind and body, - and brings out the proof that Life is continuous and harmonious. Science both neutralizes error and destroys it. Mankind is the better for this spiritual and profound pathology.


Section 6


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.
Deuteronomy 11:13,14,18,21

    13 #And it shall come to pass, if
ye shall hearken diligently unto my
commandments which I command you this
day, to love the Lord your God, and
to serve him with all your heart and
with all your soul,

    14 That I will give you the rain of
your land in his due season, the
first rain and the latter rain, that
thou mayest gather in thy corn, and
thy wine, and thine oil.

    18 #Therefore shall ye lay up these
my words in your heart and in your
soul, and bind them for a sign upon
your hand, that they may be as
frontlets between your eyes.

    21 That your days may be
multiplied, and the days of your
children, in the land which the Lord
sware unto your fathers to give them,
as the days of heaven upon the earth.

***
Matthew 22:35-37,39

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

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

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

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

***
I Peter 1:22

    22 Seeing ye have purified your
souls in obeying the truth through
the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one
another with a pure heart fervently:

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:1-13

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


    (Two chief commands)
    Question. - What are the demands of the Science of Soul?
    Answer. - The first demand of this Science is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.

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.

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


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:23


    (Matter not medicine)
    The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the preventive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian Science, as would be readily seen, if psychology, or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood. Unscientific methods are finding their dead level. Limited to matter by their own law, what have they of the advantages of Mind and immortality?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:12

    (No laws of matter)
    The so-called laws of mortal belief are destroyed by the understanding that Soul is immortal, and that mortal mind cannot legislate the times, periods, and types of disease, with which mortals die. God is the lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes. In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.

Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 2 - Philosophical blunders
07 2 - The sun and Soul
07 2 - Definition of man
07 2 - Spiritual concord
07 2 - Rebukes helpful
07 3 - A mortal not man
07 3 - Unscientific theories
07 3 - Causation mental
07 3 - The senses of Soul
07 4 - Sense and pure Soul
07 4 - Soul imperishable
07 4 - Sin only of the flesh
07 4 - Soul impeccable
07 4 - Science versus sense
07 5 - Universal brotherhood
07 5 - Spirits obsolete
07 5 - Scientific phenomena
07 5 - Life not contingent on matter
07 5 - Drugging unchristian
07 6 - Two chief commands
07 6 - Practical religion
07 6 - The error of carnality
07 6 - Matter not medicine
07 6 - No laws of matter


February 14,1904

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 78:1-4,12-24

    1 Give ear, O my people, to my
law: incline your ears to the words
of my mouth.

    2 I will open my mouth in a
parable: I will utter dark sayings of
old:

    3 Which we have heard and known,
and our fathers have told us.

    4 We will not hide them from their
children, shewing to the generation to
come the praises of the Lord, and his
strength, and his wonderful works
that he hath done.

    12 Marvellous things did he in the
sight of their fathers, in the land of
Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

    13 He divided the sea, and caused
them to pass through; and he made the
waters to stand as an heap.

    14 In the daytime also he led them
with a cloud, and all the night with a
light of fire.

    15 He clave the rocks in the
wilderness, and gave them drink as
out of the great depths.

    16 He brought streams also out of
the rock, and caused waters to run
down like rivers.

    17 And they sinned yet more against
him by provoking the most High in the
wilderness.

    18 And they tempted God in their
heart by asking meat for their lust.

    19 Yea, they spake against God;
they said, Can God furnish a table in
the wilderness?

    20 Behold, he smote the rock, that
the waters gushed out, and the streams
overflowed; can he give bread also?
can he provide flesh for his people?

    21 Therefore the Lord heard this,
and was wroth; so a fire was kindled
against Jacob, and anger also came up
against Israel;

    22 Because they believed not in
God, and trusted not in his
salvation:

    23 Though he had commanded the
clouds from above, and opened the
doors of heaven,

    24 And had rained down manna upon
them to eat, and had given them of
the corn of heaven.


Section 1


Psalm 105:1,42,43

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

    42 For he remembered his holy
promise, and Abraham his servant.

    43 And he brought forth his people
with joy, and his chosen with
gladness:

***
Nehemiah 9:12,18-20

    12 Moreover thou leddest them in
the day by a cloudy pillar; and in
the night by a pillar of fire, to
give them light in the way wherein
they should go.

    18 Yea, when they had made them a
molten calf, and said, This is thy
God that brought thee up out of
Egypt, and had wrought great
provocations;

    19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies
forsookest them not in the
wilderness: the pillar of the cloud
departed not from them by day, to
lead them in the way; neither the
pillar of fire by night, to shew them
light, and the way wherein they
should go.

    20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit
to instruct them, and withheldest not
thy manna from their mouth, and
gavest them water for their thirst.

***
John 16:13

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

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

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


    (-5- Allness of Spirit)
    V. The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all. From this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence except the divine Mind and His ideas.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:8-15


    (Faith according to works)
    In Egypt, it was Mind which saved the Israelites from belief in the plagues. In the wilderness, streams flowed from the rock, and manna fell from the sky. The Israelites looked upon the brazen serpent, and straightway believed that they were healed of the poisonous stings of vipers. In national prosperity, miracles attended the successes of the Hebrews; but when they departed from the true idea, their demoralization began.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 309:17


    (Israel the new name) If these children should go astray, and forget that Life is God, good, and that good is not in elements which are not spiritual, - thus losing the divine power which heals the sick and sinning, - they were to be brought back through great tribulation, to be renamed in Christian Science and led to deny material sense, or mind in matter, even as the gospel teaches.

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


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


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

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


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


Section 2


Mark 5:2,6,8,15

    2 And when he was come out of the
ship, immediately there met him out
of the tombs a man with an unclean
spirit,

    6 But when he saw Jesus afar off,
he ran and worshipped him,

    8 For he said unto him, Come out of
the man, thou unclean spirit.

    15 And they come to Jesus, and see
him that was possessed with the devil,
and had the legion, sitting, and
clothed, and in his right mind: and
they were afraid.

***
John 5:19

    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.

***
Mark 16:19,20

    19 #So then after the Lord had
spoken unto them, he was received up
into heaven, and sat on the right
hand of God.

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

***
Acts 4:8-12

    8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of
the people, and elders of Israel,

    9 If we this day be examined of the
good deed done to the impotent man,
by what means he is made whole;

    10 Be it known unto you all, and to
all the people of Israel, that by the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified, whom God raised
from the dead, even by him doth this
man stand here before you whole.

    11 This is the stone which was set
at nought of you builders, which is
become the head of the corner.

    12 Neither is there salvation in
any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.

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


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 453:29-1


    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 157:1-10


    (A stately advance)
    Christian Science deals wholly with the mental cause in judging and destroying disease. It succeeds where homoeopathy fails, solely because its one recognized Principle of healing is Mind, and the whole force of the mental element is employed through the Science of Mind, which never shares its rights with inanimate matter.
    (The modus of homoeopathy)
    Christian Science exterminates the drug, and rests on Mind alone as the curative Principle, acknowledging that the divine Mind has all power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:28

    (Question of precedence)
    God being All-in-all, He made medicine; but that medicine was Mind. It could not have been matter, which departs from the nature and character of Mind, God. Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 143:27-7

    (Impossible coalescence)
    If Mind was first chronologically, is first potentially, and must be first eternally, then give to Mind the glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name. Inferior and unspiritual methods of healing may try to make Mind and drugs coalesce, but the two will not mingle scientifically. Why should we wish to make them do so, since no good can come of it?
    If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind, which needs no cooperation from lower powers, even if these so-called powers are real.


Naught is the squire, when the king is nigh;
Withdraws the star, when dawns the sun's brave light.


Section 3


Psalm 119:137

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

***
Zephaniah 3:5

    5 The just Lord is in the midst
thereof; he will not do iniquity:
every morning doth he bring his
judgment to light, he faileth not;
but the unjust knoweth no shame.

***
Lamentations 3:38

    38 Out of the mouth of the most
High proceedeth not evil and good?

***
Job 34:10,12,21,23

    10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye
men of understanding: far be it from
God, that he should do wickedness;
and from the Almighty, that he should
commit iniquity.

    12 Yea, surely God will not do
wickedly, neither will the Almighty
pervert judgment.

    21 For his eyes are upon the ways
of man, and he seeth all his goings.

    23 For he will not lay upon man
more than right; that he should enter
into judgment with God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:16

(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) 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. It is that which seemeth to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should have a self-evident absurdity-namely, erroneous truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:13(begin Mind)-20,28

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


    (True sense of infinitude) 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.
    (The sole governor)
    This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the spiritual presence of Life as infinite Truth without an unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever present and universal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:3


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


Section 4


Deuteronomy 4:39

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

***
Isaiah 45:20,21

    20 #Assemble yourselves and come;
draw near together, ye that are
escaped of the nations: they have no
knowledge that set up the wood of
their graven image, and pray unto a
god that cannot save.

    21 Tell ye, and bring them near;
yea, let them take counsel together:
who hath declared this from ancient
time? who hath told it from that
time? have not I the Lord? and there
is no God else beside me; a just God
and a Saviour; there is none beside
me.

***
Mark 12:29,32

    29 And Jesus answered him, The
first of all the commandments is,
Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is
one Lord:

    32 And the scribe said unto him,
Well, Master, thou hast said the
truth: for there is one God; and
there is none other but he:

***
Jude 1:25

    25 To the only wise God our
Saviour, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and
ever. Amen.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:11-18

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


    (The divine standard of perfection)
    Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: 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?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 415:1-5


    (Matter is not inflamed)
    Immortal Mind is the only cause; therefore disease is neither a cause nor an effect. Mind in every case is the eternal God, good. Sin, disease, and death have no foundations in Truth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:22(begin Is)


    (Shame the effect of sin) Is Mind in matter? Is Mind capable of error as well as of truth, of evil as well as of good, when God is All and He is Mind and there is but one God, hence one Mind?"

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:25

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


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


Section 5


Job 36:3

    3 I will fetch my knowledge from
afar, and will ascribe righteousness
to my Maker.

***
Psalm 135:6

    6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that
did he in heaven, and in earth, in
the seas, and all deep places.

***
Jeremiah 32:17

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

***
Ephesians 3:20,21

    20 Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power
that worketh in us,

    21 Unto him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:6


    (No material creation)
    Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:24-29


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:22


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:6,26


    (Material mortality)
    The doom of matter establishes the conclusion that matter, slime, or protoplasm never originated in the immortal Mind, and is therefore not eternal. Matter is neither created by Mind nor for the manifestation and support of Mind.
    (Pantheistic tendencies)
    A logical and scientific conclusion is reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, - Mind.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 488:23

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


    (All faculties from Mind)
    Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of organization and decomposition, - otherwise the very worms could unfashion man. If it were possible for the real senses of man to be injured, Soul could reproduce them in all their perfection; but they cannot be disturbed nor destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not in matter.


Section 6


John 14:6,10-12,28

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

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

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

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

    28 Ye have heard how I said unto
you, I go away, and come again unto
you. If ye loved me, ye would
rejoice, because I said, I go unto
the Father: for my Father is greater
than I.

***
Philipians 2:5

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

***
I Corinthians 1:10

    10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye all speak the same thing, and
that there be no divisions among you;
but that ye be perfectly joined
together in the same mind and in the
same judgment.

***
I Peter 3:8

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:28


    (The divine reflection)
    The universe reflects and expresses the divine substance or Mind; therefore God is seen only in the spiritual universe and spiritual man, as the sun is seen in the ray of light which goes out from it. God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, - yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action of the person in front of the mirror.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 303:25

    (Man's entity spiritual)
    God, without the image and likeness of Himself, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed. He would be without a witness or proof of His own nature. 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 (PLATFORM) - 337:7-19

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

    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ. According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.
    (-26- Purity the path to perfection)
    XXVI. Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
08 1 - Faith according to works
08 1 - Israel the new name
08 1 - Spiritual guidance
08 2 - Fallacious hypotheses
08 2 - Metaphysical treatment
08 2 - A stately advance
08 2 - The modus of homoeopathy
08 2 - Question of precedence
08 2 - Impossible coalescence
08 3 - Evanescent materiality
08 3 - True sense of infinitude
08 3 - The sole governor
08 3 - Soul imperishable
08 4 - The divine standard of perfection
08 4 - Matter is not inflamed
08 4 - Shame the effect of sin
08 4 - Scientific ultimatum
08 5 - No material creation
08 5 - Ever-appearing creation
08 5 - Human falsities
08 5 - Material mortality
08 5 - Pantheistic tendencies
08 5 - All faculties from Mind
08 6 - The divine reflection
08 6 - Man's entity spiritual
08 6 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
08 6 - -26- Purity the path to perfection


February 21,1904

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Luke 4:18

    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,


Responsive Reading


Matthew 11:2-6,16-19,25-30

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

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

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

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

    6 And blessed is he, whosoever
shall not be offended in me.

    16 #But whereunto shall I liken
this generation? It is like unto
children sitting in the markets, and
calling unto their fellows,

    17 And saying, We have piped unto
you, and ye have not danced; we have
mourned unto you, and ye have not
lamented.

    18 For John came neither eating nor
drinking, and they say, He hath a
devil.

    19 The Son of man came eating and
drinking, and they say, Behold a man
gluttonous, and a winebibber, a
friend of publicans and sinners. But
wisdom is justified of her children.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Section 1


Deuteronomy 18:15

    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;

***
Numbers 24:17

    17 I shall see him, but not now: I
shall behold him, but not nigh: there
shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a
Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and
shall smite the corners of Moab, and
destroy all the children of Sheth.

***
Jeremiah 33:14-16

    14 Behold, the days come, saith the
Lord, that I will perform that good
thing which I have promised unto the
house of Israel and to the house of
Judah.

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

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

593:4 Chapter 17: Glossary
(PROPHET)

    PROPHET. A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:14


    (Prophetic ignorance)
    The prophets of old looked for something higher than the systems of their times; hence their foresight of the new dispensation of Truth. But they knew not what would be the precise nature of the teaching and demonstration of God, divine Mind, in His more infinite meanings, - the demonstration which was to destroy sin, sickness, and death, establish the definition of omnipotence, and maintain the Science of Spirit.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:19


    (Christ's reappearance)
    We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality. Midnight foretells the dawn. Led by a solitary star amid the darkness, the Magi of old foretold the Messiahship of Truth. Is the wise man of to-day believed, when he beholds the light which heralds Christ's eternal dawn and describes its effulgence?


Section 2


Matthew 2:1-7,9

    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.

    3 When Herod the king had heard
these things, he was troubled, and
all Jerusalem with him.

    4 And when he had gathered all the
chief priests and scribes of the
people together, he demanded of them
where Christ should be born.

    5 And they said unto him, In
Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is
written by the prophet,

    6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land
of Juda, art not the least among the
princes of Juda: for out of thee
shall come a Governor, that shall
rule my people Israel.

    7 Then Herod, when he had privily
called the wise men, inquired of them
diligently what time the star
appeared.

    9 When they had heard the king,
they departed; and, lo, the star,
which they saw in the east, went
before them, till it came and stood
over where the young child was.

vii:1-10 Chapter PREFACE

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:16-9

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


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


Section 3


Psalm 2:7

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

***
Isaiah 9:6

    6 For unto us a child is born, unto
us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his
name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of
Peace.

***
Hebrews 1:1-5,8

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

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

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

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

    5 For unto which of the angels said
he at any time, Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee? And again,
I will be to him a Father, and he
shall be to me a Son?

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

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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:23

  (- MORTAL MIND - The belief that life has a beginning and therefore an end)

    (-11- Christ Jesus)
    XI. Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive. Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age. Into the real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter. Thus it is that Christ illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement, between God and man in His image.


Section 4


I Timothy 2:5,6

    5 For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus;

    6 Who gave himself a ransom for
all, to be testified in due time.

***
Luke 10:22

    22 All things are delivered to me
of my Father: and no man knoweth who
the Son is, but the Father; and who
the Father is, but the Son, and he to
whom the Son will reveal him.

***
Ephesians 2:14,17,18

    14 For he is our peace, who hath
made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between
us;

    17 And came and preached peace to
you which were afar off, and to them
that were nigh.

    18 For through him we both have
access by one Spirit unto the Father.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:29


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

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 38:24

    (Material pleasures)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:3-8


    (Loving God supremely)
    If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in the way of God's appointing. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." He, who would reach the source and find the divine remedy for every ill, must not try to climb the hill of Science by some other road.


Section 5


Luke 19:1-10

    1 And Jesus entered and passed
through Jericho.

    2 And, behold, there was a man
named Zacchaeus, which was the chief
among the publicans, and he was rich.


    3 And he sought to see Jesus who he
was; and could not for the press,
because he was little of stature.

    4 And he ran before, and climbed up
into a sycomore tree to see him: for
he was to pass that way.

    5 And when Jesus came to the place,
he looked up, and saw him, and said
unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and
come down; for to day I must abide at
thy house.

    6 And he made haste, and came down,
and received him joyfully.

    7 And when they saw it, they all
murmured, saying, That he was gone to
be guest with a man that is a sinner.


    8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said
unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half
of my goods I give to the poor; and
if I have taken any thing from any
man by false accusation, I restore
him fourfold.

    9 And Jesus said unto him, This day
is salvation come to this house,
forsomuch as he also is a son of
Abraham.

    10 For the Son of man is come to
seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 4:40,41

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

    41 And devils also came out of
many, crying out, and saying, Thou
art Christ the Son of God. And he
rebuking them suffered them not to
speak: for they knew that he was
Christ.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:6-15

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


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 136:1


    (The Christ-mission)
    Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing. He taught his followers that his religion had a divine Principle, which would cast out error and heal both the sick and the sinning. He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God. Despite the persecution this brought upon him, he used his divine power to save men both bodily and spiritually.

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


    (Present salvation)
    "Now," cried the apostle, "is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation," - meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science. To break this earthly spell, mortals must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists and governs the universe harmoniously. This thought is apprehended slowly, and the interval before its attainment is attended with doubts and defeats as well as triumphs.


Section 6


Matthew 26:59,63,64

    59 Now the chief priests, and
elders, and all the council, sought
false witness against Jesus, to put
him to death;

    63 But Jesus held his peace. And
the high priest answered and said
unto him, I adjure thee by the living
God, that thou tell us whether thou
be the Christ, the Son of God.

    64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast
said: nevertheless I say unto you,
Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man
sitting on the right hand of power,
and coming in the clouds of heaven.

***
Acts 1:9-11

    9 And when he had spoken these
things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him
out of their sight.

    10 And while they looked stedfastly
toward heaven as he went up, behold,
two men stood by them in white
apparel;

    11 Which also said, Ye men of
Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into
heaven? this same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall
so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven.

***
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.

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


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:12


    (Essential element of Christianity)
    Critics should consider that the so-called mortal man is not the reality of man. Then they would behold the signs of Christ's coming. Christ, as the spiritual or true idea of God, comes now as of old, preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the sick, and casting out evils. Is it error which is restoring an essential element of Christianity, - namely, apostolic, divine healing? No; it is the Science of Christianity which is restoring it, and is the light shining in darkness, which the darkness comprehends not.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:15-29


    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    Truth's immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself, - when he shall realize God's omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind. The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.
    In the words of St. John: "He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - Scientific foreseeing
09 1 - Prophetic ignorance
09 1 - Christ's reappearance
09 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 2 - -14- Spiritual oneness
09 3 - The one anointed
09 3 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Material pleasures
09 4 - Loving God supremely
09 5 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 5 - The Christ-mission
09 5 - Present salvation
09 6 - Spiritual foreshadowings
09 6 - Essential element of Christianity
09 6 - Injustice to the Saviour


February 28,1904

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Genesis 1:27

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 37:3-6,11,18,19,23-27

    3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and
verily thou shalt be fed.

    4 Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of
thine heart.

    5 Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring
it to pass.

    6 And he shall bring forth thy
righteousness as the light, and thy
judgment as the noonday.

    11 But the meek shall inherit the
earth; and shall delight themselves
in the abundance of peace.

    18 The Lord knoweth the days of the
upright: and their inheritance shall
be for ever.

    19 They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine
they shall be satisfied.

    23 The steps of a good man are
ordered by the Lord: and he
delighteth in his way.

    24 Though he fall, he shall not be
utterly cast down: for the Lord
upholdeth him with his hand.

    25 I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the
righteous forsaken, nor his seed
begging bread.

    26 He is ever merciful, and
lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

    27 Depart from evil, and do good;
and dwell for evermore.


Section 1


Colossians 1:3,4,12,13,15,19

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

    4 Since we heard of your faith in
Christ Jesus, and of the love which
ye have to all the saints,

    12 Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be
partakers of the inheritance of the
saints in light:

    13 Who hath delivered us from the
power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his
dear Son:

    15 Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every
creature:

    19 For it pleased the Father that
in him should all fulness dwell;

***
John 3:31,34,35

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

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

    35 The Father loveth the Son, and
hath given all things into his hand.

591:5 Chapter 17: Glossary
(MAN)

    MAN. The compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:9-21


    (Infinity's reflection)
    Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments in order to be immortal. Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.
    God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.
    The infinite Principle is reflected by the infinite idea and spiritual individuality, but the material so-called senses have no cognizance of either Principle or its idea.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:19-22


    (Divine personality)
    The only proper symbol of God as person is Mind's infinite ideal. What is this ideal? Who shall behold it? This ideal is God's own image, spiritual and infinite.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


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

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.


Section 2


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.

***
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:

    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 2:6,7

    6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among
them that are perfect: yet not the
wisdom of this world, nor of the
princes of this world, that come to
nought:

    7 But we speak the wisdom of God in
a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world
unto our glory:

***
Colossians 1:26-28

    26 Even the mystery which hath been
hid from ages and from generations,
but now is made manifest to his
saints:

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

    28 Whom we preach, warning every
man, and teaching every man in all
wisdom; that we may present every man
perfect in Christ Jesus:

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:16


    (A mortal not man)
    The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 527:4


    (Garden of Eden)
    Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:16-18,23-27

    (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.
    We lose our standard of perfection and set aside the proper conception of Deity, when we admit that the perfect is the author of aught that can become imperfect, that God bestows the power to sin, or that Truth confers the ability to err.

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.

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.


Section 3


John 8:34,35,46

    34 Jesus answered them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin.


    35 And the servant abideth not in
the house for ever: but the Son
abideth ever.

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

***
I John 3:7,9

    7 Little children, let no man
deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as
he is righteous.

    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.

***
John 5:26

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:28-1

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


    (Man unfallen)
    Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not God's man.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:14

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


    (Theories helpless)
    Human theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:15-17


    (Harmonious lifework)
    Outside of this Science all is mutable; but immortal man, in accord with the divine Principle of his being, God, neither sins, suffers, nor dies.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:1


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:8-12


    (Only one standard)
    What can be the standard of good, of Spirit, of Life, or of Truth, if they produce their opposites, such as evil, matter, error, and death? God could never impart an element of evil, and man possesses nothing which he has not derived from God.


Section 4


Psalm 72:1,7,8,11

    1 Give the king thy judgments, O
God, and thy righteousness unto the
king's son.

    7 In his days shall the righteous
flourish; and abundance of peace so
long as the moon endureth.

    8 He shall have dominion also from
sea to sea, and from the river unto
the ends of the earth.

    11 Yea, all kings shall fall down
before him: all nations shall serve
him.

***
Matthew 28:16,18-20

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

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

    19 #Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost:

    20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.

***
Colossians 2:10

    10 And ye are complete in him,
which is the head of all principality
and power:

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:27


    (Christian history)
    The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.

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.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:20(begin We)


    (Resist to the end) We can, and ultimately shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direction of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go on until we arrive at the fulness of God's idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die. Inharmony of any kind involves weakness and suffering, - a loss of control over the body.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 106:7


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


Section 5


Leviticus 18:4,5

    4 Ye shall do my judgments, and
keep mine ordinances, to walk
therein; I am the Lord your God.

    5 Ye shall therefore keep my
statutes, and my judgments: which if
a man do, he shall live in them: I am
the Lord.

***
Luke 2:43,48,49

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

    48 And when they saw him, they were
amazed: and his mother said unto him,
Son, why hast thou thus dealt with
us? behold, thy father and I have
sought thee sorrowing.

    49 And he said unto them, How is it
that ye sought me? wist ye not that I
must be about my Father's business?

***
Acts 5:25-29

    25 Then came one and told them,
saying, Behold, the men whom ye put
in prison are standing in the temple,
and teaching the people.

    26 Then went the captain with the
officers, and brought them without
violence: for they feared the people,
lest they should have been stoned.

    27 And when they had brought them,
they set them before the council: and
the high priest asked them,

    28 Saying, Did not we straitly
command you that ye should not teach
in this name? and, behold, ye have
filled Jerusalem with your doctrine,
and intend to bring this man's blood
upon us.

    29 #Then Peter and the other
apostles answered and said, We ought
to obey God rather than men.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:12-17


    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine statutes.
    (Laws of human belief)
    Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 187:22-24

    (Action of mortal mind)
    There is no involuntary action. The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 168:15

    (The divine authority)
    Because man-made systems insist that man becomes sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God's spiritual command relating to perfection, - an authority which Jesus proved to be false? He did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called material law, but in accordance with God's law, the law of Mind.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:28-5

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


    (The kingdom within)
    When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:10-12

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


    (Harmony from Spirit) Consciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, - is in God, the origin and governor of all that Science reveals.


Section 6


Matthew 16:13,16,17

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

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

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

***
II Corinthians 3:12-14

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

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

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

***
John 16:13,15

    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.

    15 All things that the Father hath
are mine: therefore said I, that he
shall take of mine, and shall shew it
unto you.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:10


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:8


    (The immortal birth)
    As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," - even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.

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


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

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


    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - Divine personality
10 1 - -22- The real manhood
10 1 - Mythical pleasure
10 2 - A mortal not man
10 2 - Garden of Eden
10 2 - The origin of divinity
10 2 - The present immortality
10 2 - Spiritual narrative
10 3 - Man unfallen
10 3 - Theories helpless
10 3 - Harmonious lifework
10 3 - Strong position
10 3 - Only one standard
10 4 - Higher statutes
10 4 - Christian history
10 4 - Birthright of man
10 4 - Mere negation
10 4 - Resist to the end
10 4 - Proper self-government
10 5 - Belief and understanding
10 5 - Laws of human belief
10 5 - Action of mortal mind
10 5 - The divine authority
10 5 - The kingdom within
10 5 - Harmony from Spirit
10 6 - Indestructible being
10 6 - The immortal birth
10 6 - Rebukes helpful
10 6 - Immaterial pleasure


March 6,1904

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 19:21

    21 Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
and come and follow me.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 23:1-6

    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.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me.

    5 Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies: thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup
runneth over.

    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 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.


Section 1


Hebrews 11:1-6,8,10

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    2 For by it the elders obtained a
good report.

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

    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.

    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.

    8 By faith Abraham, when he was
called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an
inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing whither he went.

    10 For he looked for a city which
hath foundations, whose builder and
maker is God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:12

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)


    (-18- The only substance)
    Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:6


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:18

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.


Section 2


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.

***
Jeremiah 15:13

    13 Thy substance and thy treasures
will I give to the spoil without
price, and that for all thy sins,
even in all thy borders.

***
Matthew 14:22,25-31

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

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

    26 And when the disciples saw him
walking on the sea, they were
troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and
they cried out for fear.

    27 But straightway Jesus spake unto
them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is
I; be not afraid.

    28 And Peter answered him and said,
Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto
thee on the water.

    29 And he said, Come. And when
Peter was come down out of the ship,
he walked on the water, to go to
Jesus.

    30 But when he saw the wind
boisterous, he was afraid; and
beginning to sink, he cried, saying,
Lord, save me.

    31 And immediately Jesus stretched
forth his hand, and caught him, and
said unto him, O thou of little
faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:12-19,30-3


    (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.
    (Substance is Spirit)
    Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal?

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:6-12


    (Mind is substance)
    The earth's orbit and the imaginary line called the equator are not substance. The earth's motion and position are sustained by Mind alone. Divest yourself of the thought that there can be substance in matter, and the movements and transitions now possible for mortal mind will be found to be equally possible for the body.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 423:29


    (Formation from thought)
    Bones have only the substance of thought which forms them. They are only phenomena of the mind of mortals. The so-called substance of bone is formed first by the parent's mind, through self-division. Soon the child becomes a separate, individualized mortal mind, which takes possession of itself and its own thoughts of bones.

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


Job 15:20,29

    20 The wicked man travaileth with
pain all his days, and the number of
years is hidden to the oppressor.

    29 He shall not be rich, neither
shall his substance continue, neither
shall he prolong the perfection
thereof upon the earth.

***
II Peter 3:10,13,14

    10 But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.

    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.

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 - 268:9-2

    (Materialistic challenge)
    Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat. In this revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy - with his sling, woman goes forth to battle with Goliath.
    (Confusion confounded)
    In this final struggle for supremacy, semi-metaphysical systems afford no substantial aid to scientific metaphysics, for their arguments are based on the false testimony of the material senses as well as on the facts of Mind. These semi-metaphysical systems are one and all pantheistic, and savor of Pandemonium, a house divided against itself.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:4


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


Section 4


Psalm 139:1,15-17

    1 O Lord, thou hast searched me,
and known me.

    15 My substance was not hid from
thee, when I was made in secret, and
curiously wrought in the lowest parts
of the earth.

    16 Thine eyes did see my substance,
yet being unperfect; and in thy book
all my members were written, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as
yet there was none of them.

    17 How precious also are thy
thoughts unto me, O God! how great is
the sum of them!

***
Isaiah 55:7-9

    7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the Lord, and
he will have mercy upon him; and to
our God, for he will abundantly
pardon.

    8 #For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, saith the Lord.

    9 For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher
than your ways, and my thoughts than
your thoughts.

***
Hebrews 4:12,16

    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.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:21


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, involving error, and since God, Spirit, is the only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal. Transitory thoughts are the antipodes of everlasting Truth, though (by the supposition of opposite qualities) error must also say, "I am true." But by this saying error, the lie, destroys itself.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:6-8

    (Thought seen as substance)
    Thought will finally be understood and seen in all form, substance, and color, but without material accompaniments.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:22


    (Immortal models)
    Mortal thought transmits its own images, and forms its offspring after human illusions. God, Spirit, works spiritually, not materially. Brain or matter never formed a human concept. Vibration is not intelligence; hence it is not a creator. Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 248:8-15,26


    (Love's endowment)
    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.
    (Mental sculpture)
    The sculptor turns from the marble to his model in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought.
    (Perfect models)
    We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love - the kingdom of heaven - reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.


Section 5


Matthew 17:1-8

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

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

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


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


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

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

    7 And Jesus came and touched them,
and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

    8 And when they had lifted up their
eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus
only.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:28-31


    (The divine reflection)
    The universe reflects and expresses the divine substance or Mind; therefore God is seen only in the spiritual universe and spiritual man, as the sun is seen in the ray of light which goes out from it.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:6-29

    To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.
    (Inverted images and ideas)
    As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:1


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


Section 6


Isaiah 6:11,13

    11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And
he answered, Until the cities be
wasted without inhabitant, and the
houses without man, and the land be
utterly desolate,

    13 #But yet in it shall be a tenth,
and it shall return, and shall be
eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak,
whose substance is in them, when they
cast their leaves: so the holy seed
shall be the substance thereof.

***
Proverbs 8:1,20-23

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

    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.

    22 The Lord possessed me in the
beginning of his way, before his
works of old.

    23 I was set up from everlasting,
from the beginning, or ever the earth
was.

***
Luke 24:36-39

    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.

***
Hebrews 10:32,34

    32 But call to remembrance the
former days, in which, after ye were
illuminated, ye endured a great fight
of afflictions;

    34 For ye had compassion of me in
my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in
yourselves that ye have in heaven a
better and an enduring substance.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:25


    (Spiritual translation)
    Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 313:23-7


    (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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - -18- The only substance
11 1 - Substance spiritual
11 1 - Matter is not substance
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 2 - One cause supreme
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Mind is substance
11 2 - Formation from thought
11 2 - Man's entity
11 3 - Soul impeccable
11 3 - Sense-dreams
11 3 - Materialistic challenge
11 3 - Confusion confounded
11 3 - Reflected likeness
11 4 - Spiritual thoughts
11 4 - Thought seen as substance
11 4 - Immortal models
11 4 - All force mental
11 4 - Love's endowment
11 4 - Mental sculpture
11 4 - Perfect models
11 5 - The divine reflection
11 5 - Inverted images and ideas
11 5 - God's man discerned
11 6 - Spiritual translation
11 6 - Jesus the Scientist
11 6 - The infinitude of God


March 13,1904

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Jeremiah 2:28

    28 But where are thy gods that thou
hast made thee? let them arise, if
they can save thee in the time of thy
trouble: for according to the number
of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.


Responsive Reading


Ecclesiastes 2:1-11,13

    1 I said in mine heart, Go to now,
I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and,
behold, this also is vanity.

    2 I said of laughter, It is mad:
and of mirth, What doeth it?

    3 I sought in mine heart to give
myself unto wine, yet acquainting
mine heart with wisdom; and to lay
hold on folly, till I might see what
was that good for the sons of men,
which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

    4 I made me great works; I builded
me houses; I planted me vineyards:

    5 I made me gardens and orchards,
and I planted trees in them of all
kind of fruits:

    6 I made me pools of water, to
water therewith the wood that
bringeth forth trees:

    7 I got me servants and maidens,
and had servants born in my house;
also I had great possessions of great
and small cattle above all that were
in Jerusalem before me:

    8 I gathered me also silver and
gold, and the peculiar treasure of
kings and of the provinces: I gat me
men singers and women singers, and
the delights of the sons of men, as
musical instruments, and that of all
sorts.

    9 So I was great, and increased
more than all that were before me in
Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained
with me.

    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.

    13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth
folly, as far as light excelleth
darkness.


Section 1


Psalm 135:15-18

    15 The idols of the heathen are
silver and gold, the work of men's
hands.

    16 They have mouths, but they speak
not; eyes have they, but they see
not;

    17 They have ears, but they hear
not; neither is there any breath in
their mouths.

    18 They that make them are like
unto them: so is every one that
trusteth in them.

***
Jeremiah 10:2,14,15

    2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not
the way of the heathen, and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven; for
the heathen are dismayed at them.

    14 Every man is brutish in his
knowledge: every founder is
confounded by the graven image: for
his molten image is falsehood, and
there is no breath in them.

    15 They are vanity, and the work of
errors: in the time of their
visitation they shall perish.

***
Zechariah 10:2

    2 For the idols have spoken vanity,
and the diviners have seen a lie, and
have told false dreams; they comfort
in vain: therefore they went their
way as a flock, they were troubled,
because there was no shepherd.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:7-9


    (Soul greater than body)
    Matter does not express Spirit. God is infinite omnipresent Spirit. If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what and where is matter?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 479:8

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


    (Matter's supposed selfhood)
    Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is all that the eye beholds. Matter cannot see, feel, hear, taste, nor smell. It is not self-cognizant, - cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand itself. Take away so-called mortal mind, which constitutes matter's supposed selfhood, and matter can take no cognizance of matter. Does that which we call dead ever see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical senses?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:25-28


    (Matter mindless)
    What is termed matter, being unintelligent, cannot say, "I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well." It is the so-called mortal mind which voices this and appears to itself to make good its claim.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 97:5-13


    (Dangerous resemblances)
    In reality, the more closely error simulates truth and so-called matter resembles its essence, mortal mind, the more impotent error becomes as a belief. According to human belief, the lightning is fierce and the electric current swift, yet in Christian Science the flight of one and the blow of the other will become harmless. The more destructive matter becomes, the more its nothingness will appear, until matter reaches its mortal zenith in illusion and forever disappears.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:6


    (Material mortality)
    The doom of matter establishes the conclusion that matter, slime, or protoplasm never originated in the immortal Mind, and is therefore not eternal. Matter is neither created by Mind nor for the manifestation and support of Mind.


Section 2


Exodus 20:2,3,23

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

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

    23 Ye shall not make with me gods
of silver, neither shall ye make unto
you gods of gold.

***
Leviticus 26:1

    1 Ye shall make you no idols nor
graven image, neither rear you up a
standing image, neither shall ye set
up any image of stone in your land,
to bow down unto it: for I am the
Lord your God.

***
Isaiah 42:8

    8 I am the Lord: that is my name:
and my glory will I not give to
another, neither my praise to graven
images.

***
Revelation 1:8

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:8-12

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 358:4


    (Matter impotent)
    If God is at the mercy of matter, then matter is omnipotent. Such doctrines are "confusion worse confounded." If two statements directly contradict each other and one is true, the other must be false. Is Science thus contradictory?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:30


    (Unscientific theories)
    The belief that God lives in matter is pantheistic. The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, - all because of their blindness, their false sense concerning God and man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:25


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


Section 3


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.

***
John 10:7,9,27,28

    7 Then said Jesus unto them again,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am
the door of the sheep.

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

    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.

***
Colossians 3:1-3

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:21-30


    (Death but an illusion)
    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:9-13


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:7-12


    (Creation perfect)
    When will the error of believing that there is life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering?

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:16


    (Man's genuine being)
    Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:27


    (Death no benefactor)
    We have no right to say that life depends on matter now, but will not depend on it after death. We cannot spend our days here in ignorance of the Science of Life, and expect to find beyond the grave a reward for this ignorance. Death will not make us harmonious and immortal as a recompense for ignorance. If here we give no heed to Christian Science, which is spiritual and eternal, we shall not be ready for spiritual Life hereafter.


Section 4


Ezekiel 28:1,2,4,17

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

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

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

    17 Thine heart was lifted up
because of thy beauty, thou hast
corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy
brightness: I will cast thee to the
ground, I will lay thee before kings,
that they may behold thee.

***
Isaiah 57:13,14

    13 #When thou criest, let thy
companies deliver thee; but the wind
shall carry them all away; vanity
shall take them: but he that putteth
his trust in me shall possess the
land, and shall inherit my holy
mountain;

    14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast
ye up, prepare the way, take up the
stumblingblock out of the way of my
people.

***
Habakkuk 2:18-20

    18 #What profiteth the graven image
that the maker thereof hath graven
it; the molten image, and a teacher
of lies, that the maker of his work
trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?


    19 Woe unto him that saith to the
wood, Awake; to the dumb stone,
Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is
laid over with gold and silver, and
there is no breath at all in the
midst of it.

    20 But the Lord is in his holy
temple: let all the earth keep
silence before him.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:31-2


    (Like evolving like)
    Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:14-23

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


    (Harmonious functions)
    Question. - Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?
    Answer. - No, not if God is true and mortal man a liar. The assertion that there can be pain or pleasure in matter is erroneous. That body is most harmonious in which the discharge of the natural functions is least noticeable. How can intelligence dwell in matter when matter is non-intelligent and brain-lobes cannot think? Matter cannot perform the functions of Mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:9


    (Mortal verdict)
    The belief that matter thinks, sees, or feels is not more real than the belief that matter enjoys and suffers. This mortal belief, misnamed man, is error, saying: "Matter has intelligence and sensation. Nerves feel. Brain thinks and sins. The stomach can make a man cross. Injury can cripple and matter can kill man." This verdict of the so-called material senses victimizes mortals, taught, as they are by physiology and pathology, to revere false testimony, even the errors that are destroyed by Truth through spiritual sense and Science.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:25


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


Section 5


Deuteronomy 33:27

    27 The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting
arms: and he shall thrust out the
enemy from before thee; and shall
say, Destroy them.

***
Exodus 23:24,25

    24 Thou shalt not bow down to their
gods, nor serve them; nor do after
their works: but thou shalt utterly
overthrow them, and quite break down
their images.

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

***
John 4:46,47,50

    46 So Jesus came again into Cana of
Galilee, where he made the water
wine. And there was a certain
nobleman, whose son was sick at
Capernaum.

    47 When he heard that Jesus was
come out of Judaea into Galilee, he
went unto him, and besought him that
he would come down, and heal his son:
for he was at the point of death.

    50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy
way; thy son liveth. And the man
believed the word that Jesus had
spoken unto him, and he went his way.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:26


    (Belief and practice)
    We admit that God has almighty power, is "a very present help in trouble;" and yet we rely on a drug or hypnotism to heal disease, as if senseless matter or erring mortal mind had more power than omnipotent Spirit.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 399:3-5


    (Corporeal combinations)
    You say that certain material combinations produce disease; but if the material body causes disease, can matter cure what matter has caused?

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 463:21


    (Unhesitating decision)
    To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of error - whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, or death - is the first step towards destroying error. Our Master treated error through Mind. He never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of matter, nor did he use drugs. There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they are. Such seeming medical effect or action is that of socalled mortal mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:7


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:24-32


    (Life independent of matter)
    Because matter has no consciousness or Ego, it cannot act; its conditions are illusions, and these false conditions are the source of all seeming sickness. Admit the existence of matter, and you admit that mortality (and therefore disease) has a foundation in fact. Deny the existence of matter, and you can destroy the belief in material conditions. When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone.


Section 6


Isaiah 43:1,2

    1 But now thus saith the Lord that
created thee, O Jacob, and he that
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for
I have redeemed thee, I have called
thee by thy name; thou art mine.

    2 When thou passest through the
waters, I will be with thee; and
through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be
burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.

***
Daniel 3:13-17,21,24,25

    13 #Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage
and fury commanded to bring Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego. Then they
brought these men before the king.

    14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said
unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye
serve my gods, nor worship the golden
image which I have set up?

    15 Now if ye be ready that at what
time ye hear the sound of the cornet,
flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and
dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye
fall down and worship the image which
I have made; well: but if ye worship
not, ye shall be cast the same hour
into the midst of a burning fiery
furnace; and who is that God that
shall deliver you out of my hands?

    16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
answered and said to the king, O
Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to
answer thee in this matter.

    17 If it be so, our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and he will
deliver us out of thine hand, O king.


    21 Then these men were bound in
their coats, their hosen, and their
hats, and their other garments, and
were cast into the midst of the
burning fiery furnace.

    24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was
astonied, and rose up in haste, and
spake, and said unto his counsellors,
Did not we cast three men bound into
the midst of the fire? They answered
and said unto the king, True, O king.


    25 He answered and said, Lo, I see
four men loose, walking in the midst
of the fire, and they have no hurt;
and the form of the fourth is like
the Son of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:6(begin Man)-13

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


    (Fleshly factors unreal) Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:9

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

    (Material body never God's idea)
    Whatever is material is mortal. To the five corporeal senses, man appears to be matter and mind united; but Christian Science reveals man as the idea of God, and declares the corporeal senses to be mortal and erring illusions. Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter's highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, - the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal. Were it otherwise, man would be annihilated.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 161:3


    (Mind over matter)
    You say, "I have burned my finger." This is an exact statement, more exact than you suppose; for mortal mind, and not matter, burns it. Holy inspiration has created states of mind which have been able to nullify the action of the flames, as in the Bible case of the three young Hebrew captives, cast into the Babylonian furnace; while an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous combustion.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:28-1


    (Personal identity)
    When you say, "Man's body is material," I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:11

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


    (Man linked with Spirit)
    Matter cannot connect mortals with the true origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Soul greater than body
12 1 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 1 - Matter mindless
12 1 - Dangerous resemblances
12 1 - Material mortality
12 2 - -18- The only substance
12 2 - Matter impotent
12 2 - Unscientific theories
12 2 - Impossible partnership
12 3 - Death but an illusion
12 3 - Spiritual offspring
12 3 - A mortal not man
12 3 - Creation perfect
12 3 - Man's genuine being
12 3 - Death no benefactor
12 4 - Like evolving like
12 4 - Harmonious functions
12 4 - Mortal verdict
12 4 - Matter versus Spirit
12 5 - Belief and practice
12 5 - Corporeal combinations
12 5 - Unhesitating decision
12 5 - Unscientific introspection
12 5 - Life independent of matter
12 6 - Fleshly factors unreal
12 6 - Material body never God's idea
12 6 - Mind over matter
12 6 - Personal identity
12 6 - Man linked with Spirit


March 20,1904

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 19:7

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


Responsive Reading


Matthew 5:3-16

    3 Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    4 Blessed are they that mourn: for
they shall be comforted.

    5 Blessed are the meek: for they
shall inherit the earth.

    6 Blessed are they which do hunger
and thirst after righteousness: for
they shall be filled.

    7 Blessed are the merciful: for
they shall obtain mercy.

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

    9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for
they shall be called the children of
God.

    10 Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    11 Blessed are ye, when men shall
revile you, and persecute you, and
shall say all manner of evil against
you falsely, for my sake.

    12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:
for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets
which were before you.

    13 #Ye are the salt of the earth:
but if the salt have lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be salted? it is
thenceforth good for nothing, but to
be cast out, and to be trodden under
foot of men.

    14 Ye are the light of the world. A
city that is set on an hill cannot be
hid.

    15 Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto
all that are in the house.

    16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.


Section 1


Exodus 3:13,14

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

    14 And God said unto Moses, I AM
THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt
thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.

***
Psalm 111:2,7

    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.

***
Revelation 2:17

    17 He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; To him that overcometh will
I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone, and
in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth saving he that
receiveth it.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:24(begin All)

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


    (Unrealities that seem real) All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:3


    (Spirit names and blesses)
    Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God. Spirit names and blesses all. Without natures particularly defined, objects and subjects would be obscure, and creation would be full of nameless offspring, - wanderers from the parent Mind, strangers in a tangled wilderness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:10


    (Divine synonyms)
    To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, - and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 12:20,21

    20 #When the Lord thy God shall
enlarge thy border, as he hath
promised thee, and thou shalt say, I
will eat flesh, because thy soul
longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat
flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth
after.

    21 If the place which the Lord thy
God hath chosen to put his name there
be too far from thee, then thou shalt
kill of thy herd and of thy flock,
which the Lord hath given thee, as I
have commanded thee, and thou shalt
eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul
lusteth after.

***
Psalm 78:18,19,29

    18 And they tempted God in their
heart by asking meat for their lust.

    19 Yea, they spake against God;
they said, Can God furnish a table in
the wilderness?

    29 So they did eat, and were well
filled: for he gave them their own
desire;

***
Romans 13:14

    14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and make not provision for
the flesh, to fulfil the lusts
thereof.

***
Hebrews 7:19

    19 For the law made nothing
perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by the which we draw
nigh unto God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:14-19


    (Soul impeccable)
    Through false estimates of soul as dwelling in sense and of mind as dwelling in matter, belief strays into a sense of temporary loss or absence of soul, spiritual truth. This state of error is the mortal dream of life and substance as existent in matter, and is directly opposite to the immortal reality of being.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:7


    (Real being never lost) Soul and matter are at variance from the very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:9-13


    (What the senses originate)
    The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased. They would put soul into soil, life into limbo, and doom all things to decay. We must silence this lie of material sense with the truth of spiritual sense.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 212:29-3


    (No miracles in Mind-methods)
    The realities of being, its normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus and action, are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:28-32

    (The senses of Soul)
    Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of Soul, and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its faculties.


Section 3


Numbers 11:24,25

    24 #And Moses went out, and told
the people the words of the Lord, and
gathered the seventy men of the
elders of the people, and set them
round about the tabernacle.

    25 And the Lord came down in a
cloud, and spake unto him, and took
of the spirit that was upon him, and
gave it unto the seventy elders: and
it came to pass, that, when the
spirit rested upon them, they
prophesied, and did not cease.

***
Isaiah 59:19,21

    19 So shall they fear the name of
the Lord from the west, and his glory
from the rising of the sun. When the
enemy shall come in like a flood, the
Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a
standard against him.

    21 As for me, this is my covenant
with them, saith the Lord; My spirit
that is upon thee, and my words which
I have put in thy mouth, shall not
depart out of thy mouth, nor out of
the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the
mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the
Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

***
Luke 9:38-42

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:32-1


    (No evil in Spirit)
    There are evil beliefs, often called evil spirits; but these evils are not Spirit, for there is no evil in Spirit.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 79:17-19


    (Fallacious hypotheses)
    Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs. The Apostle Paul bade men have the Mind that was in the Christ. Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 352:8


    (Spirit the tangible)
    To Jesus, not materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man's existence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangible and uncertain, if not the unreal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:24-28


    (Material error)
    The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness of Spirit is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, - it is a human concept. Matter is an error of statement. This error in the premise leads to errors in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:28

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)

    (-20- The one divine Mind)
    Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal. Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.


Section 4


Psalm 49:20

    20 Man that is in honour, and
understandeth not, is like the beasts
that perish.

***
Romans 8:6

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

***
Ephesians 4:17,18

    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:

***
Romans 12:2

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 488:23

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


    (All faculties from Mind)
    Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension. Therefore mental endowments are not at the mercy of organization and decomposition, - otherwise the very worms could unfashion man. If it were possible for the real senses of man to be injured, Soul could reproduce them in all their perfection; but they cannot be disturbed nor destroyed, since they exist in immortal Mind, not in matter.

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


    (Unnatural deflections)
    The decaying flower, the blighted bud, the gnarled oak, the ferocious beast, - like the discords of disease, sin, and death, - are unnatural. They are the falsities of sense, the changing deflections of mortal mind; they are not the eternal realities of Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 195:11


    (Useful knowledge)
    The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.

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.


Section 5


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?

***
Daniel 9:13

    13 As it is written in the law of
Moses, all this evil is come upon us:
yet made we not our prayer before the
Lord our God, that we might turn from
our iniquities, and understand thy
truth.

***
II Timothy 2:19

    19 Nevertheless the foundation of
God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth the
name of Christ depart from iniquity.

***
II Corinthians 1:18-20

    18 But as God is true, our word
toward you was not yea and nay.

    19 For the Son of God, Jesus
Christ, who was preached among you by
us, even by me and Silvanus and
Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but
in him was yea.

    20 For all the promises of God in
him are yea, and in him Amen, unto
the glory of God by us.

***
Romans 15:8

    8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a
minister of the circumcision for the
truth of God, to confirm the promises
made unto the fathers:

***
Matthew 5:37

    37 But let your communication be,
Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is
more than these cometh of evil.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:27-31


    (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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:7


    (The real and the unreal)
    How can a Christian, having the stronger evidence of Truth which contradicts the evidence of error, think of the latter as real or true, either in the form of sickness or of sin? All must admit that Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life," and that omnipotent Truth certainly does destroy error.

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 - 149:5-12

    (Blunders and blunderers)
    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. These states are not comprehended, and they are left without explanation except in Christian Science. The rule and its perfection of operation never vary in Science.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:25


    (Opposing power)
    We should blush to call that real which is only a mistake. The foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God. This belief tends to support two opposite powers, instead of urging the claims of Truth alone. The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.


Section 6


Psalm 27:1

    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?

***
Proverbs 10:16,17

    16 The labour of the righteous
tendeth to life: the fruit of the
wicked to sin.

    17 He is in the way of life that
keepeth instruction: but he that
refuseth reproof erreth.

***
John 6:27

    27 Labour not for the meat which
perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which
the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed.

***
I John 5:13

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

***
Romans 5:17

    17 For if by one man's offence
death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:14


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:18-24

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


    (Scientific translations) Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal. The belief that life can be in matter or soul in body, and that man springs from dust or from an egg, is the result of the mortal error which Christ, or Truth, destroys by fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which man is perfect, even as the "Father which is in heaven is perfect."


Section 7


John 13:35

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

***
Romans 8:28

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

***
I John 4:12

    12 No man hath seen God at any
time. If we love one another, God
dwelleth in us, and his love is
perfected in us.

***
Romans 13:10

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:19


    (Spirit transforms)
    The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:12


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:16

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


    (Divine fulfilment)
    If sin, sickness, and death are as real as Life, Truth, and Love, then they must all be from the same source; God must be their author. Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:23


    (Mind's pure thought)
    The intelligent individual idea, be it male or female, rising from the lesser to the greater, unfolds the infinitude of Love.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 340:12

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-Platform summation-)
    Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - Unrealities that seem real
13 1 - Spirit names and blesses
13 1 - Divine synonyms
13 2 - Soul impeccable
13 2 - Real being never lost
13 2 - What the senses originate
13 2 - No miracles in Mind-methods
13 2 - The senses of Soul
13 3 - No evil in Spirit
13 3 - Fallacious hypotheses
13 3 - Spirit the tangible
13 3 - Material error
13 3 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 4 - All faculties from Mind
13 4 - Unnatural deflections
13 4 - Useful knowledge
13 4 - Immortal man
13 5 - One primal cause
13 5 - The real and the unreal
13 5 - Conservative antagonism
13 5 - Blunders and blunderers
13 5 - Opposing power
13 6 - Vision opening
13 6 - Death but an illusion
13 6 - Scientific translations
13 7 - Spirit transforms
13 7 - Fulfilment of the Law
13 7 - Divine fulfilment
13 7 - Mind's pure thought
13 7 - Infinity measureless
13 7 - -Platform summation-


March 27,1904

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Proverbs 13:7

    7 There is that maketh himself
rich, yet hath nothing: there is that
maketh himself poor, yet hath great
riches.


Responsive Reading


II Kings 19:20-28,34-37

    20 #Then Isaiah the son of Amoz
sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith
the Lord God of Israel, That which
thou hast prayed to me against
Sennacherib king of Assyria I have
heard.

    21 This is the word that the Lord
hath spoken concerning him; The
virgin the daughter of Zion hath
despised thee, and laughed thee to
scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath
shaken her head at thee.

    22 Whom hast thou reproached and
blasphemed? and against whom hast
thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up
thine eyes on high? even against the
Holy One of Israel.

    23 By thy messengers thou hast
reproached the Lord, and hast said,
With the multitude of my chariots I
am come up to the height of the
mountains, to the sides of Lebanon,
and will cut down the tall cedar
trees thereof, and the choice fir
trees thereof: and I will enter into
the lodgings of his borders, and into
the forest of his Carmel.

    24 I have digged and drunk strange
waters, and with the sole of my feet
have I dried up all the rivers of
besieged places.

    25 Hast thou not heard long ago how
I have done it, and of ancient times
that I have formed it? now have I
brought it to pass, that thou
shouldest be to lay waste fenced
cities into ruinous heaps.

    26 Therefore their inhabitants were
of small power, they were dismayed
and confounded; they were as the
grass of the field, and as the green
herb, as the grass on the housetops,
and as corn blasted before it be
grown up.

    27 But I know thy abode, and thy
going out, and thy coming in, and thy
rage against me.

    28 Because thy rage against me and
thy tumult is come up into mine ears,
therefore I will put my hook in thy
nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and
I will turn thee back by the way by
which thou camest.

    34 For I will defend this city, to
save it, for mine own sake, and for my
servant David's sake.

    35 #And it came to pass that night,
that the angel of the Lord went out,
and smote in the camp of the
Assyrians an hundred fourscore and
five thousand: and when they arose
early in the morning, behold, they
were all dead corpses.

    36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria
departed, and went and returned, and
dwelt at Nineveh.

    37 And it came to pass, as he was
worshipping in the house of Nisroch
his god, that Adrammelech and
Sharezer his sons smote him with the
sword: and they escaped into the land
of Armenia, And Esarhaddon his son
reigned in his stead.


Section 1


Romans 8:19-25

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

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

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

    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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:13


    (The tares and wheat)
    The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:2-12

    (Faith higher than belief) Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding. As a cloud hides the sun it cannot extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony, but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition.
    (Truth's witness)
    What is termed material sense can report only a mortal temporary sense of things, whereas spiritual sense can bear witness only to Truth. To material sense, the unreal is the real until this sense is corrected by Christian Science.


Section 2


Isaiah 28:15-17

    15 Because ye have said, We have
made a covenant with death, and with
hell are we at agreement; when the
overflowing scourge shall pass
through, it shall not come unto us:
for we have made lies our refuge, and
under falsehood have we hid
ourselves:

    16 #Therefore thus saith the Lord
God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a
foundation a stone, a tried stone, a
precious corner stone, a sure
foundation: he that believeth shall
not make haste.

    17 Judgment also will I lay to the
line, and righteousness to the
plummet: and the hail shall sweep
away the refuge of lies, and the
waters shall overflow the hiding
place.

***
Psalm 119:118,119

    118 Thou hast trodden down all them
that err from thy statutes: for their
deceit is falsehood.

    119 Thou puttest away all the
wicked of the earth like dross:
therefore I love thy testimonies.

***
I John 2:21,22,27,29

    21 I have not written unto you
because ye know not the truth, but
because ye know it, and that no lie
is of the truth.

    22 Who is a liar but he that
denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He
is antichrist, that denieth the
Father and the Son.

    27 But the anointing which ye have
received of him abideth in you, and ye
need not that any man teach you: but
as the same anointing teacheth you of
all things, and is truth, and is no
lie, and even as it hath taught you,
ye shall abide in him.

    29 If ye know that he is righteous,
ye know that every one that doeth
righteousness is born of him.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 527:19


    (No temptation from God)
    Has evil the reality of good? Evil is unreal because it is a lie, - false in every statement.

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?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:11

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)


    (-31- Evil not produced by God) A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin, - would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up "wrath against the day of wrath." He is joining in a conspiracy against himself, - against his own awakening to the awful unreality by which he has been deceived. Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.

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.


Section 3


Isaiah 38:9,14,17,20

    9 #The writing of Hezekiah king of
Judah, when he had been sick, and was
recovered of his sickness:

    14 Like a crane or a swallow, so
did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove:
mine eyes fail with looking upward: O
Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for
me.

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

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

***
Psalm 37:12,35-37

    12 The wicked plotteth against the
just, and gnasheth upon him with his
teeth.

    35 I have seen the wicked in great
power, and spreading himself like a
green bay tree.

    36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he
was not: yea, I sought him, but he
could not be found.

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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:1-18


    (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. We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness? The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, - the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material. This dragon stands for the sum total of human error. The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken.
    (The sting of the serpent)
    The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God.

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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:26(begin Discord)


    (Perfection requisite) Discord is the nothingness named error. Harmony is the somethingness named Truth.


Section 4


Jeremiah 23:24-27,32

    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.

    25 I have heard what the prophets
said, that prophesy lies in my name,
saying, I have dreamed, I have
dreamed.

    26 How long shall this be in the
heart of the prophets that prophesy
lies? yea, they are prophets of the
deceit of their own heart;

    27 Which think to cause my people
to forget my name by their dreams
which they tell every man to his
neighbour, as their fathers have
forgotten my name for Baal.

    32 Behold, I am against them that
prophesy false dreams, saith the
Lord, and do tell them, and cause my
people to err by their lies, and by
their lightness; yet I sent them not,
nor commanded them: therefore they
shall not profit this people at all,
saith the Lord.

***
Job 13:2-4,7

    2 What ye know, the same do I know
also: I am not inferior unto you.

    3 Surely I would speak to the
Almighty, and I desire to reason with
God.

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

    7 Will ye speak wickedly for God?
and talk deceitfully for him?

***
Luke 8:43,44,46,48

    43 #And a woman having an issue of
blood twelve years, which had spent
all her living upon physicians,
neither could be healed of any,

    44 Came behind him, and touched the
border of his garment: and
immediately her issue of blood
stanched.

    46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath
touched me: for I perceive that
virtue is gone out of me.

    48 And he said unto her, Daughter,
be of good comfort: thy faith hath
made thee whole; go in peace.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 460:14


    (Mischievous imagination)
    Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal, - that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being. If Christian healing is abused by mere smatterers in Science, it becomes a tedious mischief-maker. Instead of scientifically effecting a cure, it starts a petty crossfire over every cripple and invalid, buffeting them with the superficial and cold assertion, "Nothing ails you."

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 461:16

    (Proof by induction)
    If you believe that you are sick, should you say, "I am sick"? No, but you should tell your belief sometimes, if this be requisite to protect others. If you commit a crime, should you acknowledge to yourself that you are a criminal? Yes. Your responses should differ because of the different effects they produce. Usually to admit that you are sick, renders your case less curable, while to recognize your sin, aids in destroying it. Both sin and sickness are error, and Truth is their remedy. The truth regarding error is, that error is not true, hence it is unreal. To prove scientifically the error or unreality of sin, you must first see the claim of sin, and then destroy it. Whereas, to prove scientifically the error or unreality of disease, you must mentally unsee the disease; then you will not feel it, and it is destroyed.

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.


Section 5


Ezekiel 21:24-27

    24 Therefore thus saith the Lord
God; Because ye have made your
iniquity to be remembered, in that
your transgressions are discovered,
so that in all your doings your sins
do appear; because, I say, that ye
are come to remembrance, ye shall be
taken with the hand.

    25 #And thou, profane wicked prince
of Israel, whose day is come, when
iniquity shall have an end,

    26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove
the diadem, and take off the crown:
this shall not be the same: exalt him
that is low, and abase him that is
high.

    27 I will overturn, overturn,
overturn, it: and it shall be no
more, until he come whose right it
is; and I will give it him.

***
Psalm 7:8,9

    8 The Lord shall judge the people:
judge me, O Lord, according to my
righteousness, and according to mine
integrity that is in me.

    9 Oh let the wickedness of the
wicked come to an end; but establish
the just: for the righteous God
trieth the hearts and reins.

***
Romans 6:20-22

    20 For when ye were the servants of
sin, ye were free from righteousness.


    21 What fruit had ye then in those
things whereof ye are now ashamed? for
the end of those things is death.

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:18


    (Real Life is God)
    Suffering, sinning, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, they will have no power over man, for man is immortal and lives by divine authority.

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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 346:6-20

    (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. It is self-evident that we are harmonious only as we cease to manifest evil or the belief that we suffer from the sins of others. Disbelief in error destroys error, and leads to the discernment of Truth. There are no vacuums. How then can this demonstration be "fraught with falsities painful to behold"?
    (Truth antidotes error)
    We treat error through the understanding of Truth, because Truth is error's antidote.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:7

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


    (Error only ephemeral)
    If the unimportant and evil appear, only soon to disappear because of their uselessness or their iniquity, then these ephemeral views of error ought to be obliterated by Truth. Why malign Christian Science for instructing mortals how to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more unreal?


Section 6


Isaiah 32:1,16,17

    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.

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

***
Matthew 16:27

    27 For the Son of man shall come in
the glory of his Father with his
angels; and then he shall reward
every man according to his works.

***
Revelation 12:10

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

***
I Corinthians 15:24-28

    24 Then cometh the end, when he
shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power.

    25 For he must reign, till he hath
put all enemies under his feet.

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

    27 For he hath put all things under
his feet. But when he saith, all
things are put under him, it is
manifest that he is excepted, which
did put all things under him.

    28 And when all things shall be
subdued unto him, then shall the Son
also himself be subject unto him that
put all things under him, that God
may be all in all.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:3-22


    (Spiritual gateway)
    Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests. Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.
    (Contrasted testimony)
    The sun, giving light and heat to the earth, is a figure of divine Life and Love, enlightening and sustaining the universe. The "tree of life" is significant of eternal reality or being. The "tree of knowledge" typifies unreality. The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good. Sin, sickness, and death have no record in the Elohistic introduction of Genesis, in which God creates the heavens, earth, and man. Until that which contradicts the truth of being enters into the arena, evil has no history, and evil is brought into view only as the unreal in contradistinction to the real and eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:24

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


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the destruction of error, must error still be immortal? Truth spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that the mission of Christ is to "destroy the works of the devil." Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is "no night there." To Truth there is no error, - all is Truth. To infinite Spirit there is no matter, - all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - The real and the unreal
14 1 - The tares and wheat
14 1 - Faith higher than belief
14 1 - Truth's witness
14 2 - No temptation from God
14 2 - The divine standard of perfection
14 2 - -31- Evil not produced by God
14 2 - Subordination of evil
14 3 - The dragon as a type
14 3 - The sting of the serpent
14 3 - Fruitless worship
14 3 - Essential element of Christianity
14 3 - Perfection requisite
14 4 - Mischievous imagination
14 4 - Proof by induction
14 4 - Disease to be made unreal
14 5 - Real Life is God
14 5 - Scientific consistency
14 5 - Nothingness of error
14 5 - Truth antidotes error
14 5 - Error only ephemeral
14 6 - Error unveiled
14 6 - Spiritual gateway
14 6 - Contrasted testimony
14 6 - Truth destroys falsity


April 3,1904

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Revelation 21:4

    4 And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any
more pain: for the former things are
passed away.


Responsive Reading


Luke 7:1-10,12-15,21

    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.

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


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

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

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

    21 And in that same hour he cured
many of their infirmities and
plagues, and of evil spirits; and
unto many that were blind he gave
sight.


Section 1


Romans 7:5,18-25

    5 For when we were in the flesh,
the motions of sins, which were by
the law, did work in our members to
bring forth fruit unto death.

    18 For I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
for to will is present with me; but
how to perform that which is good I
find not.

    19 For the good that I would I do
not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.

    20 Now if I do that I would not, it
is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.

    21 I find then a law, that, when I
would do good, evil is present with
me.

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

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

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

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

***
I John 3:5

    5 And ye know that he was
manifested to take away our sins; and
in him is no sin.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:9-12


    (Sin only of the flesh)
    All sin is of the flesh. It cannot be spiritual. Sin exists here or hereafter only so long as the illusion of mind in matter remains.

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:15


    (God never inconsistent)
    Good is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins. God, good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can cause evil and health occasion disease.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:12-29

    (Destruction of all evil)
    If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or material, creating and governing man through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
    (Superiority to sickness and sin)
    To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's relation to God, - to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.


Section 2


Matthew 12:25-28

    25 And Jesus knew their thoughts,
and said unto them, Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to
desolation; and every city or house
divided against itself shall not
stand:

    26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he
is divided against himself; how shall
then his kingdom stand?

    27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out
devils, by whom do your children cast
them out? therefore they shall be
your judges.

    28 But if I cast out devils by the
Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God
is come unto you.

***
Psalm 37:8-10

    8 Cease from anger, and forsake
wrath: fret not thyself in any wise
to do evil.

    9 For evildoers shall be cut off:
but those that wait upon the Lord,
they shall inherit the earth.

    10 For yet a little while, and the
wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt
diligently consider his place, and it
shall not be.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:28


    (Matter mindless)
    To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal sense has no error of sense, it has no sense of error; therefore it is without a destructive element.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:23-6

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


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Question. - Is there no sin?
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.
    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified as effects of error.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:19-27

(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)
    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.
    (Sense and pure Soul)
    If Soul sins, it must be mortal. Sin has the elements of self-destruction. It cannot sustain itself. If sin is supported, God must uphold it, and this is impossible, since Truth cannot support error.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:28

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    To get rid of sin through Science, is to divest sin of any supposed mind or reality, and never to admit that sin can have intelligence or power, pain or pleasure. You conquer error by denying its verity. Our various theories will never lose their imaginary power for good or evil, until we lose our faith in them and make life its own proof of harmony and God.


Section 3


Exodus 23:25

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

***
Psalm 67:1,2

    1 God be merciful unto us, and
bless us; and cause his face to shine
upon us;

    2 That thy way may be known upon
earth, thy saving health among all
nations.
Psalm 91:3,5,10,11

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from
the snare of the fowler, and from the
noisome pestilence.

    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the
terror by night; nor for the arrow
that flieth by day;

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

    11 For he shall give his angels
charge over thee, to keep thee in all
thy ways.
Psalm 84:11

    11 For the Lord God is a sun and
shield: the Lord will give grace and
glory: no good thing will he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:1-4


    (God the Principle of all)
    Matter and its claims of sin, sickness, and death are contrary to God, and cannot emanate from Him. There is no material truth. The physical senses can take no cognizance of God and spiritual Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:5-12

    (What the senses originate)
    Corporeal senses define diseases as realities; but the Scriptures declare that God made all, even while the corporeal senses are saying that matter causes disease and the divine Mind cannot or will not heal it. The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased. They would put soul into soil, life into limbo, and doom all things to decay.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:20


    (No baneful creation)
    Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, - hence its unreality. In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good." The corporeal senses declare otherwise; and if we give the same heed to the history of error as to the records of truth, the Scriptural record of sin and death favors the false conclusion of the material senses. Sin, sickness, and death must be deemed as devoid of reality as they are of good, God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 377:26-31


    (Mind governs body)
    The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it. Without this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of itself powerless to produce suffering.


Section 4


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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 418:12-16


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:30-24

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


    (Followers of Jesus)
    Our Master cast out devils (evils) and healed the sick. It should be said of his followers also, that they cast fear and all evil out of themselves and others and heal the sick. God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God. Truth casts out error now as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago. All of Truth is not understood; hence its healing power is not fully demonstrated.
    (Destruction of all evil)
    If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.
    (Steadfast and calm trust)
    When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious - as Life eternally is - can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.


Section 5


Mark 5:21-24,35,36,38-43

    21 And when Jesus was passed over
again by ship unto the other side,
much people gathered unto him: and he
was nigh unto the sea.

    22 And, behold, there cometh one of
the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus
by name; and when he saw him, he fell
at his feet,

    23 And besought him greatly,
saying, My little daughter lieth at
the point of death: I pray thee, come
and lay thy hands on her, that she
may be healed; and she shall live.

    24 And Jesus went with him; and
much people followed him, and
thronged him.

    35 While he yet spake, there came
from the ruler of the synagogue's
house certain which said, Thy
daughter is dead: why troublest thou
the Master any further?

    36 As soon as Jesus heard the word
that was spoken, he saith unto the
ruler of the synagogue, Be not
afraid, only believe.

    38 And he cometh to the house of
the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth
the tumult, and them that wept and
wailed greatly.

    39 And when he was come in, he
saith unto them, Why make ye this
ado, and weep? the damsel is not
dead, but sleepeth.

    40 And they laughed him to scorn.
But when he had put them all out, he
taketh the father and the mother of
the damsel, and them that were with
him, and entereth in where the damsel
was lying.

    41 And he took the damsel by the
hand, and said unto her, Talitha
cumi; which is, being interpreted,
Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

    42 And straightway the damsel
arose, and walked; for she was of the
age of twelve years. And they were
astonished with a great astonishment.


    43 And he charged them straitly
that no man should know it; and
commanded that something should be
given her to eat.

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


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:11-32

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


Section 6


I Corinthians 15:26,50-54,57

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

    51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed,

    52 In a moment, in the twinkling of
an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed.

    53 For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.

    54 So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is
swallowed up in victory.

    57 But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:17-22,26


    (Mortality vanquished)
    If man is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"? The tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory over death in proportion as we overcome sin. The great difficulty lies in ignorance of what God is.
    (No death nor inaction)
    Called to the bed of death, what material remedy has man when all such remedies have failed? Spirit is his last resort, but it should have been his first and only resort. The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought will waken from its own material declaration, "I am dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:25-28


    (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.

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?

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Sin only of the flesh
15 1 - Anthropomorphism
15 1 - God never inconsistent
15 1 - Destruction of all evil
15 1 - Superiority to sickness and sin
15 2 - Matter mindless
15 2 - Unrealities that seem real
15 2 - Christ the ideal Truth
15 2 - The fruit forbidden
15 2 - Sense and pure Soul
15 2 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
15 3 - God the Principle of all
15 3 - What the senses originate
15 3 - No baneful creation
15 3 - Mind governs body
15 4 - Truthful arguments
15 4 - Followers of Jesus
15 4 - Destruction of all evil
15 4 - Steadfast and calm trust
15 5 - Vision opening
15 5 - Our footsteps heavenward
15 5 - Christian standard
15 6 - Mortality vanquished
15 6 - No death nor inaction
15 6 - Heralds of Science
15 6 - Life all-inclusive


April 10,1904

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Galatians 5:24

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


Responsive Reading


John 3:3,12-21

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

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

    13 And no man hath ascended up to
heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of man which is
in heaven.

    14 #And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of man be lifted up:

    15 That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have eternal
life.

    16 #For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

    17 For God sent not his Son into
the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be
saved.

    18 #He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath
not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.

    19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.


    20 For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to
the light, lest his deeds should be
reproved.

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh
to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought
in God.


Section 1


John 17:6,19-21,23

    6 I have manifested thy name unto
the men which thou gavest me out of
the world: thine they were, and thou
gavest them me; and they have kept
thy word.

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

    20 Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also which shall believe
on me through their word;

    21 That they all may be one; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in
thee, that they also may be one in
us: that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me.

    23 I in them, and thou in me, that
they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

***
II Corinthians 5:18,19

    18 And all things are of God, who
hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;

    19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the
word of reconciliation.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:1-5


    (Divine oneness)
    Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:32

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


    (Indestructible relationship)
    The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:9


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:11


    (Radical changes)
    He to whom "the arm of the Lord" is revealed will believe our report, and rise into newness of life with regeneration. This is having part in the atonement; this is the understanding, in which Jesus suffered and triumphed. The time is not distant when the ordinary theological views of atonement will undergo a great change, - a change as radical as that which has come over popular opinions in regard to predestination and future punishment.


Section 2


Isaiah 53:7

    7 He was oppressed, and he was
afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the
slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so he openeth not
his mouth.
Isaiah 50:5,6

    5 #The Lord God hath opened mine
ear, and I was not rebellious,
neither turned away back.

    6 I gave my back to the smiters,
and my cheeks to them that plucked
off the hair: I hid not my face from
shame and spitting.

***
John 10:14,15,37,38

    14 I am the good shepherd, and know
my sheep, and am known of mine.

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

    37 If I do not the works of my
Father, believe me not.

    38 But if I do, though ye believe
not me, believe the works: that ye
may know, and believe, that the
Father is in me, and I in him.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:6-13,16


    (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."
    (The stone rolled away)
    Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:21-28

    (Death outdone)
    Because of the wondrous glory which God bestowed on His anointed, temptation, sin, sickness, and death had no terror for Jesus. Let men think they had killed the body! Afterwards he would show it to them unchanged. This demonstrates that in Christian Science the true man is governed by God - by good, not evil - and is therefore not a mortal but an immortal.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:10-17

    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    That he might liberally pour his dear-bought treasures into empty or sin-filled human storehouses, was the inspiration of Jesus' intense human sacrifice. In witness of his divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sick and the sinning, and triumph over death through Mind, not matter. This was the highest proof he could have offered of divine Love.

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

    (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.


Section 3


I John 4:7-10

    7 Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and every one
that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God.

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

    9 In this was manifested the love
of God toward us, because that God
sent his only begotten Son into the
world, that we might live through
him.

    10 Herein is love, not that we
loved God, but that he loved us, and
sent his Son to be the propitiation
for our sins.

***
John 1:11-13

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:6


    (Human reconciliation)
    Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:4-7


    (The things of God are beautiful) From Love and from the light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can come. All things beautiful and harmless are ideas of Mind.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:11-17


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:12-19


    (The true physician)
    The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power.

596:15 Chapter 17: Glossary
(URIM)

    The illuminations of Science give us a sense of the nothingness of error, and they show the spiritual inspiration of Love and Truth to be the only fit preparation for admission to the presence and power of the Most High.


Section 4


Isaiah 52:1,2

    1 Awake, awake; put on thy
strength, O Zion; put on thy
beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the
holy city: for henceforth there shall
no more come into thee the
uncircumcised and the unclean.

    2 Shake thyself from the dust;
arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:
loose thyself from the bands of thy
neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

***
Luke 9:28,29,32

    28 #And it came to pass about an
eight days after these sayings, he
took Peter and John and James, and
went up into a mountain to pray.

    29 And as he prayed, the fashion of
his countenance was altered, and his
raiment was white and glistering.

    32 But Peter and they that were
with him were heavy with sleep: and
when they were awake, they saw his
glory, and the two men that stood
with him.

***
Ephesians 5:14-17

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

    15 See then that ye walk
circumspectly, not as fools, but as
wise,

    16 Redeeming the time, because the
days are evil.

    17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the
Lord is.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:8


    (The immortal birth)
    As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," - even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:32-6


    (Better basis than embryology)
    Naturalists describe the origin of mortal and material existence in the various forms of embryology, and accompany their descriptions with important observations, which should awaken thought to a higher and purer contemplation of man's origin. This clearer consciousness must precede an understanding of the harmony of being.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:1-8


    (Sickness from mortal mind)
    If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true, it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs, or without, to destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:24


    (Need and supply)
    The true idea of God gives the true understanding of Life and Love, robs the grave of victory, takes away all sin and the delusion that there are other minds, and destroys mortality.


Section 5


I John 5:1,9,10,13-15,18,20

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

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

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

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

    14 And this is the confidence that
we have in him, that, if we ask any
thing according to his will, he
heareth us:

    15 And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we
have the petitions that we desired of
him.

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

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:1


    (Truth is not inverted)
    As mortals begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any true existence apart from God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:1-14


    (Spiritual baptism)
    Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.
    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:12

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


    (Theories helpless)
    The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Truth. Human theories are helpless to make man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man's divine Principle, Love.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:16-17,20


    (Understanding imparted)
    Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:7


    (Our belief and understanding)
    If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health. The accusation of the rabbis, "He made himself the Son of God," was really the justification of Jesus, for to the Christian the only true spirit is Godlike. This thought incites to a more exalted worship and self-abnegation. Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught but God, and so makes man the image of his Maker in deed and in truth.


Section 6


John 14:12,13

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

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

***
Acts 9:36-41

    36 #Now there was at Joppa a
certain disciple named Tabitha, which
by interpretation is called Dorcas:
this woman was full of good works and
almsdeeds which she did.

    37 And it came to pass in those
days, that she was sick, and died:
whom when they had washed, they laid
her in an upper chamber.

    38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh
to Joppa, and the disciples had heard
that Peter was there, they sent unto
him two men, desiring him that he
would not delay to come to them.

    39 Then Peter arose and went with
them. When he was come, they brought
him into the upper chamber: and all
the widows stood by him weeping, and
shewing the coats and garments which
Dorcas made, while she was with them.


    40 But Peter put them all forth,
and kneeled down, and prayed; and
turning him to the body said,
Tabitha, arise. And she opened her
eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat
up.

    41 And he gave her his hand, and
lifted her up, and when he had called
the saints and widows, presented her
alive.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 16:20


    (The prayer of Jesus Christ)
    Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:2(begin A)

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

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Indestructible relationship
16 1 - Universal brotherhood
16 1 - Radical changes
16 2 - Victory over the grave
16 2 - The stone rolled away
16 2 - Death outdone
16 2 - Inspiration of sacrifice
16 2 - Individual experience
16 3 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - The things of God are beautiful
16 3 - Five senses deceptive
16 3 - True estimate of God's messenger
16 3 - The true physician
16 4 - The immortal birth
16 4 - Better basis than embryology
16 4 - Ontology versus physiology
16 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
16 4 - Need and supply
16 5 - Truth is not inverted
16 5 - Spiritual baptism
16 5 - The one only way
16 5 - Theories helpless
16 5 - Understanding imparted
16 5 - Our belief and understanding
16 6 - The prayer of Jesus Christ
16 6 - Bodily presence
16 6 - Prayer for the sick


April 17,1904

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 26:19

    19 Thy dead men shall live,
together with my dead body shall they
arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell
in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of
herbs, and the earth shall cast out
the dead.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 28:1-8,16-20

    1 In the end of the sabbath, as it
began to dawn toward the first day of
the week, came Mary Magdalene and the
other Mary to see the sepulchre.

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

    3 His countenance was like
lightning, and his raiment white as
snow:

    4 And for fear of him the keepers
did shake, and became as dead men.

    5 And the angel answered and said
unto the women, Fear not ye: for I
know that ye seek Jesus, which was
crucified.

    6 He is not here: for he is risen,
as he said. Come, see the place where
the Lord lay.

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

    8 And they departed quickly from
the sepulchre with fear and great
joy; and did run to bring his
disciples word.

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

    17 And when they saw him, they
worshipped him: but some doubted.

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

    19 #Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost:

    20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Section 1


Psalm 90:1,2

    1 Lord, thou hast been our
dwelling place in all generations.

    2 Before the mountains were brought
forth, or ever thou hadst formed the
earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God.

***
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?

***
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 - 487:3-6

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:4

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


    (Eternity of Life)
    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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 347:6-7


    (Serving two masters) Nothing really has Life but God, who is infinite Life; hence all is Life, and death has no dominion.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:10

    (Law and gospel)
    Two essential points of Christian Science are, that neither Life nor man dies, and that God is not the author of sickness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:32-19


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


Section 2


I John 5:11

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

***
John 8:49,51,52,54,56-58

    49 Jesus answered, I have not a
devil; but I honour my Father, and ye
do dishonour me.

    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.

    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:

    56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to
see my day: and he saw it, and was
glad.

    57 Then said the Jews unto him,
Thou art not yet fifty years old, and
hast thou seen Abraham?

    58 Jesus said unto them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before
Abraham was, I am.

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 - 409:20


    (So-called superiority)
    The real man is spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect so-called "children of men" are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:14-21

    (Mortality vanquished)
    Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science. Man is the same after as before a bone is broken or the body guillotined. If man is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"? The tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory over death in proportion as we overcome sin.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:29


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


Section 3


Revelation 21:5-8

    5 And he that sat upon the throne
said, Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me, Write: for these
words are true and faithful.

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

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

    8 But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have
their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the
second death.
Revelation 20:6

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 77:5


    (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."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:17-24


    (Clay replying to the potter) Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies unseen by those who think that they bury the body.
    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:3


    (Death no advantage)
    If the Principle, rule, and demonstration of man's being are not in the least understood before what is termed death overtakes mortals, they will rise no higher spiritually in the scale of existence on account of that single experience, but will remain as material as before the transition, still seeking happiness through a material, instead of through a spiritual sense of life, and from selfish and inferior motives. That Life or Mind is finite and physical or is manifested through brain and nerves, is false. Hence Truth comes to destroy this error and its effects, - sickness, sin, and death. To the spiritual class, relates the Scripture: "On such the second death hath no power."


Section 4


Job 18:5,14,17

    5 Yea, the light of the wicked
shall be put out, and the spark of
his fire shall not shine.

    14 His confidence shall be rooted
out of his tabernacle, and it shall
bring him to the king of terrors.

    17 His remembrance shall perish
from the earth, and he shall have no
name in the street.

***
Psalm 55:1,4,6

    1 Give ear to my prayer, O God;
and hide not thyself from my
supplication.

    4 My heart is sore pained within
me: and the terrors of death are
fallen upon me.

    6 And I said, Oh that I had wings
like a dove! for then would I fly
away, and be at rest.

***
Isaiah 54:14,17

    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.

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:14,29


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:8-12


    (Illusion of death)
    In the illusion of death, mortals wake to the knowledge of two facts: (1) that they are not dead; (2) that they have but passed the portals of a new belief. Truth works out the nothingness of error in just these ways.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:24-2

    (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. The foam and fury of illegitimate living and of fearful and doleful dying should disappear on the shore of time; then the waves of sin, sorrow, and death beat in vain.
    God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life. God is at once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.

598:23-30 Chapter 17: Glossary
(YEAR)

    One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown.


Section 5


I Corinthians 15:19-26

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

    20 But now is Christ risen from the
dead, and become the firstfruits of
them that slept.

    21 For since by man came death, by
man came also the resurrection of the
dead.

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.

    23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming.

    24 Then cometh the end, when he
shall have delivered up the kingdom
to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power.

    25 For he must reign, till he hath
put all enemies under his feet.

    26 The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death.

***
II Timothy 1:7-10

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

    8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of
the testimony of our Lord, nor of me
his prisoner: but be thou partaker of
the afflictions of the gospel
according to the power of God;

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:29-32


    (The last breakfast)
    What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea!

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:10

    This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love. They celebrate their Lord's victory over death, his probation in the flesh after death, its exemplification of human probation, and his spiritual and final ascension above matter, or the flesh, when he rose out of material sight.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:20-26

    (Spiritual ascension)
    Jesus' unchanged physical condition after what seemed to be death was followed by his exaltation above all material conditions; and this exaltation explained his ascension, and revealed unmistakably a probationary and progressive state beyond the grave. Jesus was "the way;" that is, he marked the way for all men.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:5


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


Section 6


Psalm 138:8

    8 The Lord will perfect that which
concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord,
endureth for ever: forsake not the
works of thine own hands.

***
Philipians 1:3,6

    3 I thank my God upon every
remembrance of you,

    6 Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath begun a
good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:

***
Ephesians 4:7,11-13

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

    11 And he gave some, apostles; and
some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers;

    12 For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body 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:

***
Hebrews 13:20,21

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-20


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:9-27

    (Sin is punished)
    Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.
    (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.
    "In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be." So we read in Ecclesiastes. This text has been transformed into the popular proverb, "As the tree falls, so it must lie." As man falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change. Mind never becomes dust. No resurrection from the grave awaits Mind or Life, for the grave has no power over either.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:8


    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Exercise of Mind faculties
17 1 - Eternity of Life
17 1 - Serving two masters
17 1 - Law and gospel
17 1 - Abiding in Life
17 1 - Indestructible being
17 2 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 2 - So-called superiority
17 2 - Mortality vanquished
17 2 - Beatific presence
17 3 - Second death
17 3 - Clay replying to the potter
17 3 - Continuity of existence
17 3 - Death no advantage
17 4 - Death but an illusion
17 4 - Spiritual offspring
17 4 - Illusion of death
17 4 - Suicide and sin
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
17 5 - A belief suicidal
17 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
17 6 - Future purification
17 6 - Sin is punished
17 6 - Salvation and probation
17 6 - Perfection gained slowly


April 24,1904

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 55:7

    7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the Lord, and
he will have mercy upon him; and to
our God, for he will abundantly
pardon.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 32

PSALM 32
A Psalm of David, Maschil

    1 Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven, whose sin
is covered.

    2 Blessed is the man unto whom the
Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in
whose spirit there is no guile.

    3 When I kept silence, my bones
waxed old through my roaring all the
day long.

    4 For day and night thy hand was
heavy upon me: my moisture is turned
into the drought of summer.

    5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee,
and mine iniquity have I not hid. I
said, I will confess my
transgressions unto the Lord; and
thou forgavest the iniquity of my
sin.

    6 For this shall every one that is
godly pray unto thee in a time when
thou mayest be found: surely in the
floods of great waters they shall not
come nigh unto him.

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

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

    9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the
mule, which have no understanding:
whose mouth must be held in with bit
and bridle, lest they come near unto
thee.

    10 Many sorrows shall be to the
wicked: but he that trusteth in the
Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

    11 Be glad in the Lord, and
rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for
joy, all ye that are upright in
heart.


Section 1


Isaiah 59:1-3

    1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot
hear:

    2 But your iniquities have
separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from
you, that he will not hear.

    3 For your hands are defiled with
blood, and your fingers with
iniquity; your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue hath muttered
perverseness.

***
Micah 6:11-13

    11 Shall I count them pure with the
wicked balances, and with the bag of
deceitful weights?

    12 For the rich men thereof are
full of violence, and the inhabitants
thereof have spoken lies, and their
tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

    13 Therefore also will I make thee
sick in smiting thee, in making thee
desolate because of thy sins.

***
Nahum 1:3

    3 The Lord is slow to anger, and
great in power, and will not at all
acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his
way in the whirlwind and in the
storm, and the clouds are the dust of
his feet.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:2-21


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness) Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.
    (Mental conspirators)
    Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, - until you have balanced your account with God. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, - to destroy itself. Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:28


    (Mythical pleasure)
    The inebriate believes that there is pleasure in intoxication. The thief believes that he gains something by stealing, and the hypocrite that he is hiding himself. The Science of Mind corrects such mistakes, for Truth demonstrates the falsity of error.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:8

    (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.


Section 2


Proverbs 5:22,23

    22 #His own iniquities shall take
the wicked himself, and he shall be
holden with the cords of his sins.

    23 He shall die without
instruction; and in the greatness of
his folly he shall go astray.

***
John 5:2,3,5-8,14

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

    3 In these lay a great multitude of
impotent folk, of blind, halt,
withered, waiting for the moving of
the water.

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

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

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

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

    14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in
the temple, and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto
thee.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:22


    (Cumulative repentance)
    It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty conscience. The abiding consciousness of wrongdoing tends to destroy the ability to do right. If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are conquered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:6-18


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:6


    (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.


Section 3


Deuteronomy 24:16

    16 The fathers shall not be put to
death for the children, neither shall
the children be put to death for the
fathers: every man shall be put to
death for his own sin.

***
Job 24:19,24

    19 Drought and heat consume the
snow waters: so doth the grave those
which have sinned.

    24 They are exalted for a little
while, but are gone and brought low;
they are taken out of the way as all
other, and cut off as the tops of the
ears of corn.

***
Ecclesiastes 8:12,13

    12 #Though a sinner do evil an
hundred times, and his days be
prolonged, yet surely I know that it
shall be well with them that fear
God, which fear before him:

    13 But it shall not be well with
the wicked, neither shall he prolong
his days, which are as a shadow;
because he feareth not before God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:28


    (Christian standard)
    Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:30


    (Final purpose)
    The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:19

    (Righteous retribution)
    A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:20-27


    (Future purification)
    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.


Section 4


Mark 2:14-17

    14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi
the son of Alphaeus sitting at the
receipt of custom, and said unto him,
Follow me. And he arose and followed
him.

    15 And it came to pass, that, as
Jesus sat at meat in his house, many
publicans and sinners sat also
together with Jesus and his
disciples: for there were many, and
they followed him.

    16 And when the scribes and
Pharisees saw him eat with publicans
and sinners, they said unto his
disciples, How is it that he eateth
and drinketh with publicans and
sinners?

    17 When Jesus heard it, he saith
unto them, They that are whole have
no need of the physician, but they
that are sick: I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.

***
Titus 3:3-6

    3 For we ourselves also were
sometimes foolish, disobedient,
deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, and hating one another.

    4 But after that the kindness and
love of God our Saviour toward man
appeared,

    5 Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to
his mercy he saved us, by the washing
of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:29


    (Diabolism destroyed)
    An apostle says that the Son of God [Christ] came to "destroy the works of the devil." We should follow our divine Exemplar, and seek the destruction of all evil works, error and disease included. We cannot escape the penalty due for sin. The Scriptures say, that if we deny Christ, "he also will deny us."

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:16

    (Loving God supremely)
    The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. "Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth?"

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:6


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


Section 5


Psalm 130:3,4,7,8

    3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark
iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

    4 But there is forgiveness with
thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for
with the Lord there is mercy, and with
him is plenteous redemption.

    8 And he shall redeem Israel from
all his iniquities.

***
Colossians 3:12,13,24

    12 Put on therefore, as the elect
of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of
mind, meekness, longsuffering;

    13 Forbearing one another, and
forgiving one another, if any man
have a quarrel against any: even as
Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

    24 Knowing that of the Lord ye
shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord
Christ.

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?

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:23(begin Sin)


    (Cancellation of human sin) Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ, - Truth and Life. If prayer nourishes the belief that sin is cancelled, and that man is made better merely by praying, prayer is an evil. He grows worse who continues in sin because he fancies himself forgiven.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:20-5


    (The uses of truth)
    Grafting holiness upon unholiness, supposing that sin can be forgiven when it is not forsaken, is as foolish as straining out gnats and swallowing camels.
    The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.

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


    (Moral retrogression)
    Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, - selfishness and sensuality causing constant retrogression, - our moral progress will be slow. Waking to Christ's demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and through Christ's precious love these efforts are crowned with success.


Section 6


Romans 11:26,27

    26 And so all Israel shall be
saved: as it is written, There shall
come out of Sion the Deliverer, and
shall turn away ungodliness from
Jacob:

    27 For this is my covenant unto
them, when I shall take away their
sins.

***
I Timothy 1:15,16

    15 This is a faithful saying, and
worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to
save sinners; of whom I am chief.

    16 Howbeit for this cause I
obtained mercy, that in me first
Jesus Christ might shew forth all
longsuffering, for a pattern to them
which should hereafter believe on him
to life everlasting.

***
Hebrews 2:17,18

    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.

***
Revelation 15:2-4

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

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

    4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,
and glorify thy name? for thou only
art holy: for all nations shall come
and worship before thee; for thy
judgments are made manifest.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 568:24-30


    (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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22

    (Pure religion enthroned)
    Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism, furnishes the mirror in which mortals may see their own image. In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom. With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery, lust, and hypocrisy. He takes away mitre and sceptre. He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on high only those who have washed their robes white in obedience and suffering.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 388:1-4


    (Christian history)
    The Christian martyrs were prophets of Christian Science. Through the uplifting and consecrating power of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corporeal senses, a victory which Science alone can explain.

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

18 1 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 1 - Mental conspirators
18 1 - Mythical pleasure
18 1 - Wickedness is not man
18 2 - Pardon and amendment
18 2 - Cumulative repentance
18 2 - Scientific purgation
18 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 3 - Christian standard
18 3 - Final purpose
18 3 - Righteous retribution
18 3 - Future purification
18 3 - Sin is punished
18 4 - Diabolism destroyed
18 4 - Conversion of Saul
18 4 - Loving God supremely
18 4 - Divine study
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 5 - Cancellation of human sin
18 5 - The uses of truth
18 5 - Moral retrogression
18 6 - Paean of jubilee
18 6 - Pure religion enthroned
18 6 - Christian history
18 6 - Day of judgment


May 1,1904

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 11:22

    22 Behold therefore the goodness
and severity of God: on them which
fell, severity; but toward thee,
goodness, if thou continue in his
goodness: otherwise thou also shalt
be cut off.


Responsive Reading


Romans 11:1-15,26

    1 I say then, Hath God cast away
his people? God forbid. For I also am
an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham,
of the tribe of Benjamin.

    2 God hath not cast away his people
which he foreknew. Wot ye not what
the scripture saith of Elias? how he
maketh intercession to God against
Israel, saying,

    3 Lord, they have killed thy
prophets, and digged down thine
altars; and I am left alone, and they
seek my life.

    4 But what saith the answer of God
unto him? I have reserved to myself
seven thousand men, who have not
bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

    5 Even so then at this present time
also there is a remnant according to
the election of grace.

    6 And if by grace, then is it no
more of works: otherwise grace is no
more grace. But if it be of works,
then is it no more grace: otherwise
work is no more work.

    7 What then? Israel hath not
obtained that which he seeketh for;
but the election hath obtained it,
and the rest were blinded

    8 (According as it is written, God
hath given them the spirit of slumber,
eyes that they should not see, and
ears that they should not hear;) unto
this day.

    9 And David saith, Let their table
be made a snare, and a trap, and a
stumblingblock, and a recompence unto
them:

    10 Let their eyes be darkened, that
they may not see, and bow down their
back alway.

    11 I say then, Have they stumbled
that they should fall? God forbid:
but rather through their fall
salvation is come unto the Gentiles,
for to provoke them to jealousy.

    12 Now if the fall of them be the
riches of the world, and the
diminishing of them the riches of the
Gentiles; how much more their
fulness?

    13 For I speak to you Gentiles,
inasmuch as I am the apostle of the
Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

    14 If by any means I may provoke to
emulation them which are my flesh,
and might save some of them.

    15 For if the casting away of them
be the reconciling of the world, what
shall the receiving of them be, but
life from the dead?

    26 And so all Israel shall be
saved: as it is written, There shall
come out of Sion the Deliverer, and
shall turn away ungodliness from
Jacob:


Section 1


Genesis 2:6-8,20-22

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

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

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

    20 And Adam gave names to all
cattle, and to the fowl of the air,
and to every beast of the field; but
for Adam there was not found an help
meet for him.

    21 And the Lord God caused a deep
sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs,
and closed up the flesh instead
thereof;

    22 And the rib, which the Lord God
had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 527:26


    (Creation's counterfeit)
    Here the lie represents God as repeating creation, but doing so materially, not spiritually, and asking a prospective sinner to help Him. Is the Supreme Being retrograding, and is man giving up his dignity? Was it requisite for the formation of man that dust should become sentient, when all being is the reflection of the eternal Mind, and the record declares that God has already created man, both male and female? That Adam gave the name and nature of animals, is solely mythological and material. It cannot be true that man was ordered to create man anew in partnership with God; this supposition was a dream, a myth.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 528:22

    (Hypnotic surgery)
    Beholding the creations of his own dream and calling them real and God-given, Adam - alias error - gives them names. Afterwards he is supposed to become the basis of the creation of woman and of his own kind, calling them mankind, - that is, a kind of man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:17

    (The Christian's privilege) Did the origin and the enlightenment of the race come from the deep sleep which fell upon Adam? Sleep is darkness, but God's creative mandate was, "Let there be light." In sleep, cause and effect are mere illusions. They seem to be something, but are not. Oblivion and dreams, not realities, come with sleep. Even so goes on the Adam-belief, of which mortal and material life is the dream.


Section 2


Genesis 2:16,17

    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 3:6,7,13,16,17,24

    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.

    7 And the eyes of them both were
opened, and they knew that they were
naked; and they sewed fig leaves
together, and made themselves aprons.


    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.

    16 Unto the woman he said, I will
greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy
conception; in sorrow thou shalt
bring forth children; and thy desire
shall be to thy husband, and he shall
rule over thee.

    17 And unto Adam he said, Because
thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree,
of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life;

    24 So he drove out the man; and he
placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to keep the
way of the tree of life.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:12

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


    (The fruit forbidden)
    The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," - this growth of material belief, of which it is said: "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:19,29


    (Record of error)
    The "tree of knowledge" stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good. Was evil instituted through God, Love? Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contradiction of the first creation? This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.
    (Garden of Eden)
    The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight. In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body. God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it, - to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow. Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 533:12

    (The beguiling first lie)
    The allegory shows that the snake-talker utters the first voluble lie, which beguiles the woman and demoralizes the man. Adam, alias mortal error, charges God and woman with his own dereliction, saying, "The woman, whom Thou gavest me, is responsible." According to this belief, the rib taken from Adam's side has grown into an evil mind, named woman, who aids man to make sinners more rapidly than he can alone. Is this an help meet for man?


Section 3


Genesis 6:1,2,5,7

    1 And it came to pass, when men
began to multiply on the face of the
earth, and daughters were born unto
them,

    2 That the sons of God saw the
daughters of men that they were fair;
and they took them wives of all which
they chose.

    5 #And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.

    7 And the Lord said, I will destroy
man whom I have created from the face
of the earth; both man, and beast,
and the creeping thing, and the fowls
of the air; for it repenteth me that
I have made them.
Genesis 7:1,23

    1 And the Lord said unto Noah,
Come thou and all thy house into the
ark; for thee have I seen righteous
before me in this generation.

    23 And every living substance was
destroyed which was upon the face of
the ground, both man, and cattle, and
the creeping things, and the fowl of
the heaven; and they were destroyed
from the earth: and Noah only
remained alive, and they that were
with him in the ark.
Genesis 9:1,11,13

    1 And God blessed Noah and his
sons, and said unto them, Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth.

    11 And I will establish my covenant
with you; neither shall all flesh be
cut off any more by the waters of a
flood; neither shall there any more
be a flood to destroy the earth.

    13 I do set my bow in the cloud,
and it shall be for a token of a
covenant between me and the earth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:5


    (Progeny cursed)
    All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death? "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," was the prediction in the story under consideration. Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:21


    (Death but an illusion)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:21

    (The counterfeit forces)
    There is no vapid fury of mortal mind-expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity - and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, "The anger of the Lord." In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.


Section 4


Isaiah 40:3

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

***
Matthew 16:27

    27 For the Son of man shall come in
the glory of his Father with his
angels; and then he shall reward
every man according to his works.

***
John 5:26,27

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

    27 And hath given him authority to
execute judgment also, because he is
the Son of man.

***
Matthew 24:37-39

    37 But as the days of Noe were, so
shall also the coming of the Son of
man be.

    38 For as in the days that were
before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noe
entered into the ark,

    39 And knew not until the flood
came, and took them all away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of
man be.

***
Romans 5:17,19

    17 For if by one man's offence
death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness shall
reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    19 For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made
righteous.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:27

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


    (-29- Adam not ideal man) Jehovah declared the ground was accursed; and from this ground, or matter, sprang Adam, notwithstanding God had blessed the earth "for man's sake." From this it follows that Adam was not the ideal man for whom the earth was blessed. The ideal man was revealed in due time, and was known as Christ Jesus.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:16

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:27-8


    (Erroneous standpoint)
    Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."
    (Mortality mythical)
    "As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive." The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal. The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, - this belief alone is mortal. Spirit, God, never germinates, but is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:3


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


Section 5


I Corinthians 10:1,2,5,6

    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;

    5 But with many of them God was not
well pleased: for they were
overthrown in the wilderness.

    6 Now these things were our
examples, to the intent we should not
lust after evil things, as they also
lusted.

***
Luke 8:16,18

    16 #No man, when he hath lighted a
candle, covereth it with a vessel, or
putteth it under a bed; but setteth
it on a candlestick, that they which
enter in may see the light.

    18 Take heed therefore how ye hear:
for whosoever hath, to him shall be
given; and whosoever hath not, from
him shall be taken even that which he
seemeth to have.

***
Revelation 2:5

    5 Remember therefore from whence
thou art fallen, and repent, and do
the first works; or else I will come
unto thee quickly, and will remove
thy candlestick out of his place,
except thou repent.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 282:28-1


    (Truth is not inverted)
    Whatever indicates the fall of man or the opposite of God or God's absence, is the Adam-dream, which is neither Mind nor man, for it is not begotten of the Father. The rule of inversion infers from error its opposite, Truth; but Truth is the light which dispels error.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 238:12


    (Unimproved opportunities)
    To fall away from Truth in times of persecution, shows that we never understood Truth. From out the bridal chamber of wisdom there will come the warning, "I know you not." Unimproved opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an experience we have not made our own, try to reap the harvest we have not sown, and wish to enter unlawfully into the labors of others. Truth often remains unsought, until we seek this remedy for human woe because we suffer severely from error.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:25


    (Individual permanency)
    Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought. To him belongs eternal Life. Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:6-21

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


Section 6


Luke 23:39-43

    39 #And one of the malefactors
which were hanged railed on him,
saying, If thou be Christ, save
thyself and us.

    40 But the other answering rebuked
him, saying, Dost not thou fear God,
seeing thou art in the same
condemnation?

    41 And we indeed justly; for we
receive the due reward of our deeds:
but this man hath done nothing amiss.


    42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord,
remember me when thou comest into thy
kingdom.

    43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily
I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be
with me in paradise.

***
II Corinthians 12:2,4

    2 I knew a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago, (whether in the
body, I cannot tell; or whether out
of the body, I cannot tell: God
knoweth;) such an one caught up to
the third heaven.

    4 How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable
words, which it is not lawful for a
man to utter.

***
Revelation 2:7

    7 He that hath an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; To him that overcometh will
I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise
of God.

***
Psalm 46:4,5

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

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

585:16 Chapter 17: Glossary
(EUPHRATES - river)

    EUPHRATES (river). Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:4


    (Paradise regained)
    Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:3


    (Our physical insensibility to Spirit)
    This Science of being obtains not alone hereafter in what men call Paradise, but here and now; it is the great fact of being for time and eternity.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 67:30


    (Basis of true religion)
    Systems of religion and medicine treat of physical pains and pleasures, but Jesus rebuked the suffering from any such cause or effect. The epoch approaches when the understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion. At present mortals progress slowly for fear of being thought ridiculous. They are slaves to fashion, pride, and sense. Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science. We ought to weary of the fleeting and false and to cherish nothing which hinders our highest selfhood.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:6


    (Paul's experience)
    Medical schools may inform us that the healing work of Christian Science and Paul's peculiar Christian conversion and experience, - which prove Mind to be scientifically distinct from matter, - are indications of unnatural mental and bodily conditions, even of catalepsy and hysteria; yet if we turn to the Scriptures, what do we read? Why, this: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death!" and "Henceforth know we no man after the flesh!"

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Creation's counterfeit
19 1 - Mist, or false claim
19 1 - Hypnotic surgery
19 1 - The Christian's privilege
19 2 - The fruit forbidden
19 2 - Record of error
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - The beguiling first lie
19 3 - Progeny cursed
19 3 - Death but an illusion
19 3 - The counterfeit forces
19 4 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 4 - Sonship of Jesus
19 4 - Erroneous standpoint
19 4 - Mortality mythical
19 4 - Jesus as mediator
19 5 - Truth is not inverted
19 5 - Unimproved opportunities
19 5 - Individual permanency
19 5 - God's man discerned
19 5 - The divine image not lost
19 6 - Paradise regained
19 6 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
19 6 - Basis of true religion
19 6 - Paul's experience


May 8,1904

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Romans 8:5,16

    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.

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


Responsive Reading


Revelation 22:6-17

    6 And he said unto me, These
sayings are faithful and true: and
the Lord God of the holy prophets
sent his angel to shew unto his
servants the things which must
shortly be done.

    7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed
is he that keepeth the sayings of the
prophecy of this book.

    8 And I John saw these things, and
heard them. And when I had heard and
seen, I fell down to worship before
the feet of the angel which shewed me
these things.

    9 Then saith he unto me, See thou
do it not: for I am thy
fellowservant, and of thy brethren
the prophets, and of them which keep
the sayings of this book: worship
God.

    10 And he saith unto me, Seal not
the sayings of the prophecy of this
book: for the time is at hand.

    11 He that is unjust, let him be
unjust still: and he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that
is righteous, let him be righteous
still: and he that is holy, let him
be holy still.

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

    13 I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end, the first and
the last.

    14 Blessed are they that do his
commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the
city.

    15 For without are dogs, and
sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and
whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the
offspring of David, and the bright
and morning star.

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


Section 1


Genesis 6:5,11-13

    5 #And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.

    11 The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled
with violence.

    12 And God looked upon the earth,
and, behold, it was corrupt; for all
flesh had corrupted his way upon the
earth.

    13 And God said unto Noah, The end
of all flesh is come before me; for
the earth is filled with violence
through them; and, behold, I will
destroy them with the earth.

***
Psalm 14:2,3

    2 The Lord looked down from heaven
upon the children of men, to see if
there were any that did understand,
and seek God.

    3 They are all gone aside, they are
all together become filthy: there is
none that doeth good, no, not one.

***
Romans 5:12-14,18

    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by
sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned:

    13 (For until the law sin was in
the world: but sin is not imputed
when there is no law.

    14 Nevertheless death reigned from
Adam to Moses, even over them that had
not sinned after the similitude of
Adam's transgression, who is the
figure of him that was to come.

    18 Therefore as by the offence of
one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the
righteousness of one the free gift
came upon all men unto justification
of life.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:31-4

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


    (Man unfallen)
    A mortal sinner is not God's man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:23-6


    (Unscientific theories)
    False and self-assertive theories have given sinners the notion that they can create what God cannot, - namely, sinful mortals in God's image, thus usurping the name without the nature of the image or reflection of divine Mind; but in Science it can never be said that man has a mind of his own, distinct from God, the all Mind.
    The belief that God lives in matter is pantheistic. The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, - all because of their blindness, their false sense concerning God and man.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:18


    (Prediction of a naturalist)
    Speaking of the origin of mortals, a famous naturalist says: "It is very possible that many general statements now current, about birth and generation, will be changed with the progress of information." Had the naturalist, through his tireless researches, gained the diviner side in Christian Science, - so far apart from his material sense of animal growth and organization, - he would have blessed the human race more abundantly.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:8


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    Mortal mind would transform the spiritual into the material, and then recover man's original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error. Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.


Section 2


Psalm 51:5

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

***
James 1:15

    15 Then when lust hath conceived,
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when
it is finished, bringeth forth death.

***
John 8:34,35,38-40,44-46,51

    34 Jesus answered them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin.


    35 And the servant abideth not in
the house for ever: but the Son
abideth ever.

    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.

    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?

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:4


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 39:31-2


    (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. Remove error from thought, and it will not appear in effect.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:3-9,15-18


    (The dragon as a type) We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness? The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, - the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material.
    (The sting of the serpent)
    The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God.


Section 3


II Corinthians 5:18-20

    18 And all things are of God, who
hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;

    19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the
word of reconciliation.

    20 Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech you
by us: we pray you in Christ's stead,
be ye reconciled to God.

***
I Corinthians 1:29

    29 That no flesh should glory in
his presence.

***
John 3:16-19

    16 #For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

    17 For God sent not his Son into
the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be
saved.

    18 #He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath
not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.

    19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.

***
Luke 9:56(to .)

    56 For the Son of man is not come
to destroy men's lives, but to save
them.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:24-25


    (Beatific presence)
    Mortals must follow Jesus' sayings and his demonstrations, which dominate the flesh.

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 - 18:5-9

    (Divine oneness)
    His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, - to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility.

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


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


Section 4


John 16:7-11

    7 Nevertheless I tell you the
truth; It is expedient for you that I
go away: for if I go not away, the
Comforter will not come unto you; but
if I depart, I will send him unto
you.

    8 And when he is come, he will
reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:

    9 Of sin, because they believe not
on me;

    10 Of righteousness, because I go
to my Father, and ye see me no more;

    11 Of judgment, because the prince
of this world is judged.

***
Romans 6:16,17,22

    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?

    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.

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

***
Hebrews 12:12,13

    12 Wherefore lift up the hands
which hang down, and the feeble
knees;

    13 And make straight paths for your
feet, lest that which is lame be
turned out of the way; but let it
rather be healed.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 449:3


    (Adherence to righteousness)
    A grain of Christian Science does wonders for mortals, so omnipotent is Truth, but more of Christian Science must be gained in order to continue in well doing.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 459:24-26

    (Certainty of results)
    To mortal sense Christian Science seems abstract, but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science is understood.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:32


    (Uses of suffering)
    Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:25

    (Thought-forms) Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, - is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 485:4

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


    (Error only ephemeral)
    Science declares that Mind, not matter, sees, hears, feels, speaks. Whatever contradicts this statement is the false sense, which ever betrays mortals into sickness, sin, and death. If the unimportant and evil appear, only soon to disappear because of their uselessness or their iniquity, then these ephemeral views of error ought to be obliterated by Truth. Why malign Christian Science for instructing mortals how to make sin, disease, and death appear more and more unreal?


Section 5


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.

***
Romans 5:20,21

    20 Moreover the law entered, that
the offence might abound. But where
sin abounded, grace did much more
abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal
life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

***
Revelation 22:17

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:31


    (The Christ-element)
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:7-14


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."
    We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings - our efforts to find life and truth in matter - and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:11-14


    (Servants and masters)
    The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense.

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

    (Spirit transforms)
    One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; ;and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity.


Section 6


Galatians 4:6

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

***
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.

***
Revelation 21:6,7

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

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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:27


    (Charity to those opposed)
    Immortals, or God's children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the "children of men" in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:7-22,28-7

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


    (Mortals are not immortals) Error will cease to claim that soul is in body, that life and intelligence are in matter, and that this matter is man. God is the Principle of man, and man is the idea of God. Hence man is not mortal nor material. Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man. Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
    (Imperishable identity)
    Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood.
    (The kingdom within)
    When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Man unfallen
20 1 - Unscientific theories
20 1 - Prediction of a naturalist
20 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 2 - Final destruction of error
20 2 - Sin and penalty
20 2 - Essential element of Christianity
20 2 - The dragon as a type
20 2 - The sting of the serpent
20 3 - Beatific presence
20 3 - Perfect example
20 3 - Divine oneness
20 3 - Jesus as mediator
20 4 - Adherence to righteousness
20 4 - Certainty of results
20 4 - Uses of suffering
20 4 - Thought-forms
20 4 - Error only ephemeral
20 5 - The Christ-element
20 5 - Forgetfulness of self
20 5 - Servants and masters
20 5 - Spirit transforms
20 6 - Charity to those opposed
20 6 - Mortals are not immortals
20 6 - Imperishable identity
20 6 - The kingdom within


May 15,1904

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 35:9

    9 And my soul shall be joyful in
the Lord: it shall rejoice in his
salvation.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 35:1-4,7-13,17

    1 Plead my cause, O Lord, with
them that strive with me: fight
against them that fight against me.

    2 Take hold of shield and buckler,
and stand up for mine help.

    3 Draw out also the spear, and stop
the way against them that persecute
me: say unto my soul, I am thy
salvation.

    4 Let them be confounded and put to
shame that seek after my soul: let
them be turned back and brought to
confusion that devise my hurt.

    7 For without cause have they hid
for me their net in a pit, which
without cause they have digged for my
soul.

    8 Let destruction come upon him at
unawares; and let his net that he hath
hid catch himself: into that very
destruction let him fall.

    9 And my soul shall be joyful in
the Lord: it shall rejoice in his
salvation.

    10 All my bones shall say, Lord,
who is like unto thee, which
deliverest the poor from him that is
too strong for him, yea, the poor and
the needy from him that spoileth him?


    11 False witnesses did rise up;
they laid to my charge things that I
knew not.

    12 They rewarded me evil for good
to the spoiling of my soul.

    13 But as for me, when they were
sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I
humbled my soul with fasting; and my
prayer returned into mine own bosom.

    17 Lord, how long wilt thou look
on? rescue my soul from their
destructions, my darling from the
lions.


Section 1


Isaiah 46:9,10

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

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

***
Revelation 1:8

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

***
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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:7


    (Real and unreal identity)
    Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:16-18

  (- 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:3

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:16-18


    (Geology a failure)
    The sun is a metaphorical representation of Soul outside the body, giving existence and intelligence to the universe.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:12


    (The central intelligence)
    The sun is not affected by the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin and death, - as the central Life and intelligence around which circle harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.


Section 2


Isaiah 1:2,5

    2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O
earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I
have nourished and brought up
children, and they have rebelled
against me.

    5 Why should ye be stricken any
more? ye will revolt more and more:
the whole head is sick, and the whole
heart faint.

***
Job 17:11,14,15

    11 My days are past, my purposes
are broken off, even the thoughts of
my heart.

    14 I have said to corruption, Thou
art my father: to the worm, Thou art
my mother, and my sister.

    15 And where is now my hope? as for
my hope, who shall see it?

***
Psalm 62:5

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

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 219:11


    (Affirmation and result) Not muscles, nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the whole heart faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:9


    (What the senses originate)
    The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased. They would put soul into soil, life into limbo, and doom all things to decay. We must silence this lie of material sense with the truth of spiritual sense. We must cause the error to cease that brought the belief of sin and death and would efface the pure sense of omnipotence.

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

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:16


    (Man's genuine being)
    Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.


Section 3


Psalm 119:19,20,25,28

    19 I am a stranger in the earth:
hide not thy commandments from me.

    20 My soul breaketh for the longing
that it hath unto thy judgments at
all times.

    25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust:
quicken thou me according to thy word.


    28 My soul melteth for heaviness:
strengthen thou me according unto thy
word.
Psalm 143:1,3,4,6,7

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

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

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

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:7-28


    (Opposing testimony)
    The material senses' reversal of the Science of Soul was practically exposed nineteen hundred years ago by the demonstrations of Jesus; yet these so-called senses still make mortal mind tributary to mortal body, and ordain certain sections of matter, such as brain and nerves, as the seats of pain and pleasure, from which matter reports to this so-called mind its status of happiness or misery.
    (Testimony of the senses)
    The optical focus is another proof of the illusion of material sense. On the eye's retina, sky and tree-tops apparently join hands, clouds and ocean meet and mingle. The barometer, - that little prophet of storm and sunshine, denying the testimony of the senses, - points to fair weather in the midst of murky clouds and drenching rain. Experience is full of instances of similar illusions, which every thinker can recall for himself.
    (Spiritual sense of life)
    To material sense, the severance of the jugular vein takes away life; but to spiritual sense and in Science, Life goes on unchanged and being is eternal. Temporal life is a false sense of existence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:19-26

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (Reflection of Spirit)
    Question. - What are body and Soul?
    Answer. - Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.
    (Man inseperable from Spirit)
    Man is the expression of Soul.


Section 4


Psalm 119:133

    133 Order my steps in thy word: and
let not any iniquity have dominion
over me.

***
I Corinthians 9:24-27

    24 Know ye not that they which run
in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? So run, that ye may
obtain.

    25 And every man that striveth for
the mastery is temperate in all
things. Now they do it to obtain a
corruptible crown; but we an
incorruptible.

    26 I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one
that beateth the air:

    27 But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a
castaway.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:18


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:16-18


    (Servants and masters) servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:28-30


    (Sickness as discord)
    The governor is not subjected to the governed. In Science man is governed by God, divine Principle, as numbers are controlled and proved by His laws.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 400:26


    (Mortal mind controlled)
    The action of so-called mortal mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being. Without divine control there is discord, manifest as sin, sickness, and death.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:23

    (Mortality vanquished)
    Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:32


    (The age's privilege)
    Do you say the time has not yet come in which to recognize Soul as substantial and able to control the body? Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," and who also said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth." "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation," said Paul.


Section 5


Psalm 107:8-10,13,14

    8 Oh that men would praise the Lord
for his goodness, and for his
wonderful works to the children of
men!

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

    10 Such as sit in darkness and in
the shadow of death, being bound in
affliction and iron;

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

    14 He brought them out of darkness
and the shadow of death, and brake
their bands in sunder.

***
Luke 5:12,13

    12 #And it came to pass, when he
was in a certain city, behold a man
full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus
fell on his face, and besought him,
saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou
canst make me clean.

    13 And he put forth his hand, and
touched him, saying, I will: be thou
clean. And immediately the leprosy
departed from him.
Luke 11:14

    14 #And he was casting out a devil,
and it was dumb. And it came to pass,
when the devil was gone out, the dumb
spake; and the people wondered.

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


    (The error of carnality)
    The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:11-17

    (Fear and sickness identical)
    The same power which heals sin heals also sickness. This is "the beauty of holiness," that when Truth heals the sick, it casts out evils, and when Truth casts out the evil called disease, it heals the sick. When Christ cast out the devil of dumbness, "it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:1

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


    (Followers of Jesus) God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God. Truth casts out error now as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago. All of Truth is not understood; hence its healing power is not fully demonstrated.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 395:6


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


Section 6


Psalm 23:1,3

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

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.

***
Colossians 2:6,11,12

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

    11 In whom also ye are circumcised
with the circumcision made without
hands, in putting off the body of the
sins of the flesh by the circumcision
of Christ:

    12 Buried with him in baptism,
wherein also ye are risen with him
through the faith of the operation of
God, who hath raised him from the
dead.
Colossians 3:10

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

***
II Corinthians 5:17

    17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:13-14,27-14


    (Spirit transforms)
    The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit.
    The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.
    (Spiritual baptism)
    It is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.
    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:12


    (Corporeal changes)
    As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, - from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, - the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense. Reflecting God's government, man is self-governed. When subordinate to the divine Spirit, man cannot be controlled by sin or death, thus proving our material theories about laws of health to be valueless.

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

21 1 - Real and unreal identity
21 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
21 1 - Soul defined
21 1 - Geology a failure
21 1 - The central intelligence
21 2 - Mental and physical oneness
21 2 - Affirmation and result
21 2 - What the senses originate
21 2 - Sensationless body
21 2 - Man's genuine being
21 3 - Opposing testimony
21 3 - Testimony of the senses
21 3 - Spiritual sense of life
21 3 - Reflection of Spirit
21 3 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 4 - Science versus sense
21 4 - Servants and masters
21 4 - Sickness as discord
21 4 - Mortal mind controlled
21 4 - Mortality vanquished
21 4 - The age's privilege
21 5 - The error of carnality
21 5 - Causation mental
21 5 - Fear and sickness identical
21 5 - Followers of Jesus
21 5 - Divine authority
21 6 - Spirit transforms
21 6 - Spiritual baptism
21 6 - The one only way
21 6 - Corporeal changes
21 6 - Ultimate harmony


May 22,1904

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 5:20

    20 #Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!


Responsive Reading


Revelation 13:1-10

    1 And I stood upon the sand of the
sea, and saw a beast rise up out of
the sea, having seven heads and ten
horns, and upon his horns ten crowns,
and upon his heads the name of
blasphemy.

    2 And the beast which I saw was
like unto a leopard, and his feet
were as the feet of a bear, and his
mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the
dragon gave him his power, and his
seat, and great authority.

    3 And I saw one of his heads as it
were wounded to death; and his deadly
wound was healed: and all the world
wondered after the beast.

    4 And they worshipped the dragon
which gave power unto the beast: and
they worshipped the beast, saying,
Who is like unto the beast? who is
able to make war with him?

    5 And there was given unto him a
mouth speaking great things and
blasphemies; and power was given unto
him to continue forty and two months.


    6 And he opened his mouth in
blasphemy against God, to blaspheme
his name, and his tabernacle, and
them that dwell in heaven.

    7 And it was given unto him to make
war with the saints, and to overcome
them: and power was given him over
all kindreds, and tongues, and
nations.

    8 And all that dwell upon the earth
shall worship him, whose names are
not written in the book of life of
the Lamb slain from the foundation of
the world.

    9 If any man have an ear, let him
hear.

    10 He that leadeth into captivity
shall go into captivity: he that
killeth with the sword must be killed
with the sword. Here is the patience
and the faith of the saints.


Section 1


Job 1:6,7

    6 #Now there was a day when the
sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord, and Satan
came also among them.

    7 And the Lord said unto Satan,
Whence comest thou? Then Satan
answered the Lord, and said, From
going to and fro in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it.

***
Isaiah 19:11-13

    11 #Surely the princes of Zoan are
fools, the counsel of the wise
counsellors of Pharaoh is become
brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I
am the son of the wise, the son of
ancient kings?

    12 Where are they? where are thy
wise men? and let them tell thee now,
and let them know what the Lord of
hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.

    13 The princes of Zoan are become
fools, the princes of Noph are
deceived; they have also seduced
Egypt, even they that are the stay of
the tribes thereof.

***
Ephesians 2:1-3

    1 And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins;

    2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of
disobedience:

    3 Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind;
and were by nature the children of
wrath, even as others.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:18-24


    (The genus of error)
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:1-3

    (Mere negation)
    Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:21

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Animal magnetism error)
    Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal magnetism is the voluntary or involuntary action of error in all its forms; it is the human antipode of divine Science. Science must triumph over material sense, and Truth over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in all false theories and practices.


Section 2


Numbers 12:10,11,13

    10 And the cloud departed from off
the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam
became leprous, white as snow: and
Aaron looked upon Miriam, and,
behold, she was leprous.

    11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas,
my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the
sin upon us, wherein we have done
foolishly, and wherein we have
sinned.

    13 And Moses cried unto the Lord,
saying, Heal her now, O God, I
beseech thee.

***
Revelation 16:1,2,10,11

    1 And I heard a great voice out of
the temple saying to the seven angels,
Go your ways, and pour out the vials
of the wrath of God upon the earth.

    2 And the first went, and poured
out his vial upon the earth; and
there fell a noisome and grievous
sore upon the men which had the mark
of the beast, and upon them which
worshipped his image.

    10 And the fifth angel poured out
his vial upon the seat of the beast;
and his kingdom was full of darkness;
and they gnawed their tongues for
pain,

    11 And blasphemed the God of heaven
because of their pains and their
sores, and repented not of their
deeds.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 101:28-31


    (Personal conclusions)
    Discomfort under error is preferable to comfort. In no instance is the effect of animal magnetism, recently called hypnotism, other than the effect of illusion.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:2


    (Sickness as only thought)
    It is the mortal belief which makes the body discordant and diseased in proportion as ignorance, fear, or human will governs mortals.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 401:1


    (Mortal mind not a healer)
    Any human error is its own enemy, and works against itself; it does nothing in the right direction and much in the wrong. If so-called mind is cherishing evil passions and malicious purposes, it is not a healer, but it engenders disease and death.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:1

    (Sin or fear the root of sickness)
    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 176:17


    (Our modern Eves)
    Human fear of miasma would load with disease the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.


Section 3


Revelation 13:11-17

    11 And I beheld another beast
coming up out of the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he
spake as a dragon.

    12 And he exerciseth all the power
of the first beast before him, and
causeth the earth and them which
dwell therein to worship the first
beast, whose deadly wound was healed.


    13 And he doeth great wonders, so
that he maketh fire come down from
heaven on the earth in the sight of
men,

    14 And deceiveth them that dwell on
the earth by the means of those
miracles which he had power to do in
the sight of the beast; saying to
them that dwell on the earth, that
they should make an image to the
beast, which had the wound by a
sword, and did live.

    15 And he had power to give life
unto the image of the beast, that the
image of the beast should both speak,
and cause that as many as would not
worship the image of the beast should
be killed.

    16 And he causeth all, both small
and great, rich and poor, free and
bond, to receive a mark in their
right hand, or in their foreheads:

    17 And that no man might buy or
sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number
of his name.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:16-23


    (Hidden agents)
    The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 105:30

    (mental power)
    The distance from ordinary medical practice to Christian Science is full many a league in the line of light; but to go in healing from the use of inanimate drugs to the criminal misuse of human willpower, is to drop from the platform of common manhood into the very mire of iniquity, to work against the free course of honesty and justice, and to push vainly against the current running heavenward.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:14


    (Willpower detrimental)
    Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned. Willing the sick to recover is not the metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but is sheer animal magnetism. Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, and not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to disease, "Peace, be still."

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:1-7(to .),15-18


    (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. We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil.
    (The sting of the serpent)
    The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God.


Section 4


Mark 8:14-19

    14 #Now the disciples had forgotten
to take bread, neither had they in
the ship with them more than one
loaf.

    15 And he charged them, saying,
Take heed, beware of the leaven of
the Pharisees, and of the leaven of
Herod.

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

    17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith
unto them, Why reason ye, because ye
have no bread? perceive ye not yet,
neither understand? have ye your
heart yet hardened?

    18 Having eyes, see ye not? and
having ears, hear ye not? and do ye
not remember?

    19 When I brake the five loaves
among five thousand, how many baskets
full of fragments took ye up? They
say unto him, Twelve.

***
Luke 6:39

    39 And he spake a parable unto
them, Can the blind lead the blind?
shall they not both fall into the
ditch?

***
II Corinthians 4:3,4

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

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

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:29-2


    (False claims annihilated)
    Knowing the claim of animal magnetism, that all evil combines in the belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, electricity, animal nature, and organic life, who will deny that these are the errors which Truth must and will annihilate?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:11


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 38:24


    (Material pleasures)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:32


    (The hopeful outlook)
    Human resistance to divine Science weakens in proportion as mortals give up error for Truth and the understanding of being supersedes mere belief. Until the author of this book learned the vastness of Christian Science, the fixedness of mortal illusions, and the human hatred of Truth, she cherished sanguine hopes that Christian Science would meet with immediate and universal acceptance.

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

    The unbiased Christian thought is soonest touched by Truth, and convinced of it. Only those quarrel with her method who do not understand her meaning, or discerning the truth, come not to the light lest their works be reproved.


Section 5


John 15:19-21

    19 If ye were of the world, the
world would love his own: but because
ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.

    20 Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater
than his lord. If they have
persecuted me, they will also
persecute you; if they have kept my
saying, they will keep yours also.

    21 But all these things will they
do unto you for my name's sake,
because they know not him that sent
me.

***
Acts 7:51-53

    51 #Ye stiffnecked and
uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye
do always resist the Holy Ghost: as
your fathers did, so do ye.

    52 Which of the prophets have not
your fathers persecuted? and they
have slain them which shewed before
of the coming of the Just One; of
whom ye have been now the betrayers
and murderers:

    53 Who have received the law by the
disposition of angels, and have not
kept it.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 28:6


    (Help and hindrance)
    The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 52:15

    (Purity's rebuke) Herod and Pilate laid aside old feuds in order to unite in putting to shame and death the best man that ever trod the globe. To-day, as of old, error and evil again make common cause against the exponents of truth.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:5

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


    (Miracles rejected)
    Whoever introduces the Science of Christianity will be scoffed at and scourged with worse cords than those which cut the flesh. To the ignorant age in which it first appears, Science seems to be a mistake, - hence the misinterpretation and consequent maltreatment which it receives. Christian marvels (and marvel is the simple meaning of the Greek word rendered miracle in the New Testament) will be misunderstood and misused by many, until the glorious Principle of these marvels is gained.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 564:3-14,18


    (Animal tendency)
    As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error's own nature and methods. This malicious animal instinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime. This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a star.
    (Malicious barbarity)
    The author is convinced that the accusations against Jesus of Nazareth and even his crucifixion were instigated by the criminal instinct here described. The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God and of the dragon as warring against innocence.
    Jesus "opened not his mouth." Until the majesty of Truth should be demonstrated in divine Science, the spiritual idea was arraigned before the tribunal of so-called mortal mind, which was unloosed in order that the false claim of mind in matter might uncover its own crime of defying immortal Mind.


Section 6


Revelation 14:6-8,14-16

    6 And I saw another angel fly in
the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel to preach unto
them that dwell on the earth, and to
every nation, and kindred, and
tongue, and people,

    7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear
God, and give glory to him; for the
hour of his judgment is come: and
worship him that made heaven, and
earth, and the sea, and the fountains
of waters.

    8 And there followed another angel,
saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen,
that great city, because she made all
nations drink of the wine of the
wrath of her fornication.

    14 And I looked, and behold a white
cloud, and upon the cloud one sat
like unto the Son of man, having on
his head a golden crown, and in his
hand a sharp sickle.

    15 And another angel came out of
the temple, crying with a loud voice
to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust
in thy sickle, and reap: for the time
is come for thee to reap; for the
harvest of the earth is ripe.

    16 And he that sat on the cloud
thrust in his sickle on the earth;
and the earth was reaped.

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.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 570:1-3


    (Apathy to occultism)
    The march of mind and of honest investigation will bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of some sort, the growing occultism of this period.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 403:16-20


    (Error's power imaginary)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:26


    (Knowledge and Truth) Corporeal sense, or error, may seem to hide Truth, health, harmony, and Science, as the mist obscures the sun or the mountain; but Science, the sunshine of Truth, will melt away the shadow and reveal the celestial peaks.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:28-4


    (Divine victory) The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelligence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs.
    Love must triumph over hate. Truth and Life must seal the victory over error and death, before the thorns can be laid aside for a crown, the benediction follow, "Well done, good and faithful servant," and the supremacy of Spirit be demonstrated.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - The genus of error
22 1 - Mere negation
22 1 - Animal magnetism error
22 2 - Personal conclusions
22 2 - Sickness as only thought
22 2 - Mortal mind not a healer
22 2 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
22 2 - Our modern Eves
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - mental power
22 3 - Spirit intangible
22 3 - Willpower detrimental
22 3 - The dragon as a type
22 3 - The sting of the serpent
22 4 - Consecration required
22 4 - False claims annihilated
22 4 - The true sonship
22 4 - Material pleasures
22 4 - The hopeful outlook
22 5 - Help and hindrance
22 5 - Purity's rebuke
22 5 - Miracles rejected
22 5 - Animal tendency
22 5 - Malicious barbarity
22 6 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 6 - Perfection of divine government
22 6 - Apathy to occultism
22 6 - Error's power imaginary
22 6 - Knowledge and Truth
22 6 - Divine victory


May 29,1904

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 104:31

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 90:1,2,12,14,16,17

    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.

    12 So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto
wisdom.

    14 O satisfy us early with thy
mercy; that we may rejoice and be
glad all our days.

    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 92:1-5

    1 It is a good thing to give
thanks unto the Lord, and to sing
praises unto thy name, O most High:

    2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness
in the morning, and thy faithfulness
every night,

    3 Upon an instrument of ten
strings, and upon the psaltery; upon
the harp with a solemn sound.

    4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad
through thy work: I will triumph in
the works of thy hands.

    5 O Lord, how great are thy works!
and thy thoughts are very deep.


Section 1


Job 5:8,9

    8 I would seek unto God, and unto
God would I commit my cause:

    9 Which doeth great things and
unsearchable; marvellous things
without number:

***
Isaiah 17:7,8

    7 At that day shall a man look to
his Maker, and his eyes shall have
respect to the Holy One of Israel.

    8 And he shall not look to the
altars, the work of his hands,
neither shall respect that which his
fingers have made, either the groves,
or the images.

***
Matthew 9:20-22

    20 #And, behold, a woman, which was
diseased with an issue of blood
twelve years, came behind him, and
touched the hem of his garment:

    21 For she said within herself, If
I may but touch his garment, I shall
be whole.

    22 But Jesus turned him about, and
when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be
of good comfort; thy faith hath made
thee whole. And the woman was made
whole from that hour.
Matthew 14:14,34-36

    14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a
great multitude, and was moved with
compassion toward them, and he healed
their sick.

    34 #And when they were gone over,
they came into the land of
Gennesaret.

    35 And when the men of that place
had knowledge of him, they sent out
into all that country round about,
and brought unto him all that were
diseased;

    36 And besought him that they might
only touch the hem of his garment:
and as many as touched were made
perfectly whole.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:22


    (Causation considered)
    Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress. The age seems ready to approach this subject, to ponder somewhat the supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem of Truth's garment.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 417:10-14


    (Helpful encouragement)
    Maintain the facts of Christian Science, - that Spirit is God, and therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting through spiritual law.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:8


    (Poison defined mentally)
    Heredity is not a law. The remote cause or belief of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and the connection of past mortal thoughts with present. The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are mental.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:12


    (Salvation is through reform) Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.


Section 2


Isaiah 48:12,13

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

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

***
Jeremiah 51:10,15

    10 The Lord hath brought forth our
righteousness: come, and let us
declare in Zion the work of the Lord
our God.

    15 He hath made the earth by his
power, he hath established the world
by his wisdom, and hath stretched out
the heaven by his understanding.

***
Hebrews 11:8,10

    8 By faith Abraham, when he was
called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an
inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing whither he went.

    10 For he looked for a city which
hath foundations, whose builder and
maker is God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:12,25(only)


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 268:6


    (Materialistic challenge)
    Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect. Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat. In this revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy - with his sling, woman goes forth to battle with Goliath.

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 180:11-13,25-27


    (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.
    (Wrong and right way)
    When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.


Section 3


Romans 1:18,21,25

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness;

    21 Because that, when they knew
God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became
vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened.

    25 Who changed the truth of God
into a lie, and worshipped and served
the creature more than the Creator,
who is blessed for ever. Amen.

***
I Peter 4:1,2,15,16,19

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

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


    15 But let none of you suffer as a
murderer, or as a thief, or as an
evildoer, or as a busybody in other
men's matters.

    16 Yet if any man suffer as a
Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this
behalf.

    19 Wherefore let them that suffer
according to the will of God commit
the keeping of their souls to him in
well doing, as unto a faithful
Creator.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 386:25


    (Erroneous despatch) Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:30


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:30


    (The true healing)
    So-called mortal mind or the mind of mortals being the remote, predisposing, and the exciting cause of all suffering, the cause of disease must be obliterated through Christ in divine Science, or the so-called physical senses will get the victory.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 445:24


    (Divine energy)
    The human will which maketh and worketh a lie, hiding the divine Principle of harmony, is destructive to health, and is the cause of disease rather than its cure.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 411:20


    (Fear as the foundation)
    The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed. Disease is an image of thought externalized. The mental state is called a material state. Whatever is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is imaged forth on the body.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:25


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


Section 4


Jeremiah 33:1-3,6

    1 Moreover the word of the Lord
came unto Jeremiah the second time,
while he was yet shut up in the court
of the prison, saying,

    2 Thus saith the Lord the maker
thereof, the Lord that formed it, to
establish it; the Lord is his name;

    3 Call unto me, and I will answer
thee, and shew thee great and mighty
things, which thou knowest not.

    6 Behold, I will bring it health
and cure, and I will cure them, and
will reveal unto them the abundance
of peace and truth.
Jeremiah 30:10,17

    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.

    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.

***
Acts 3:11-13,16

    11 And as the lame man which was
healed held Peter and John, all the
people ran together unto them in the
porch that is called Solomon's,
greatly wondering.

    12 #And when Peter saw it, he
answered unto the people, Ye men of
Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why
look ye so earnestly on us, as though
by our own power or holiness we had
made this man to walk?

    13 The God of Abraham, and of
Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our
fathers, hath glorified his Son
Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and
denied him in the presence of Pilate,
when he was determined to let him go.


    16 And his name through faith in
his name hath made this man strong,
whom ye see and know: yea, the faith
which is by him hath given him this
perfect soundness in the presence of
you all.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 157:1-10


    (A stately advance)
    Christian Science deals wholly with the mental cause in judging and destroying disease. It succeeds where homoeopathy fails, solely because its one recognized Principle of healing is Mind, and the whole force of the mental element is employed through the Science of Mind, which never shares its rights with inanimate matter.
    (The modus of homoeopathy)
    Christian Science exterminates the drug, and rests on Mind alone as the curative Principle, acknowledging that the divine Mind has all power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:23-27

    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 377:26


    (Mind governs body)
    The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it. Without this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of itself powerless to produce suffering. It is latent belief in disease, as well as the fear of disease, which associates sickness with certain circumstances and causes the two to appear conjoined, even as poetry and music are reproduced in union by human memory. Disease has no intelligence.
    Unwittingly you sentence yourself to suffer. The understanding of this will enable you to commute this self-sentence, and meet every circumstance with truth. Disease is less than mind, and Mind can control it.


Section 5


Proverbs 22:2

    2 The rich and poor meet together:
the Lord is the maker of them all.

***
Isaiah 43:1,10,15,21

    1 But now thus saith the Lord that
created thee, O Jacob, and he that
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for
I have redeemed thee, I have called
thee by thy name; thou art mine.

    10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the
Lord, and my servant whom I have
chosen; that ye may know and believe
me, and understand that I am he:
before me there was no God formed,
neither shall there be after me.

    15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
the creator of Israel, your King.

    21 This people have I formed for
myself; they shall shew forth my
praise.
Isaiah 45:11,13

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

    13 I have raised him up in
righteousness, and I will direct all
his ways: he shall build my city, and
he shall let go my captives, not for
price nor reward, saith the Lord of
hosts.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:1,20


    (Human egotism)
    Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create. The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.
    (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.

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


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

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 69:13-30


    (God's creation intact)
    Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.
    If Christian Scientists educate their own offspring spiritually, they can educate others spiritually and not conflict with the scientific sense of God's creation. Some day the child will ask his parent: "Do you keep the First Commandment? Do you have one God and creator, or is man a creator?" If the father replies, "God creates man through man," the child may ask, "Do you teach that Spirit creates materially, or do you declare that Spirit is infinite, therefore matter is out of the question?" Jesus said, "The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage."


Section 6


Deuteronomy 4:39

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

***
Isaiah 40:25-31

    25 To whom then will ye liken me,
or shall I be equal? saith the Holy
One.

    26 Lift up your eyes on high, and
behold who hath created these things,
that bringeth out their host by
number: he calleth them all by names
by the greatness of his might, for
that he is strong in power; not one
faileth.

    27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and
speakest, O Israel, My way is hid
from the Lord, and my judgment is
passed over from my God?

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

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

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

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

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:30


    (Mind the only cause)
    Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:18-20

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)


    (-6- The universal cause)
    VI. God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:6,32


    (No material creation)
    Mind, not matter, is the creator. Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.
    (Limitless Mind)
    Infinite Mind is the creator, and creation is the infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind. If Mind is within and without all things, then all is Mind; and this definition is scientific.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:12

    (Matter is not substance)
    Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter. The material senses and human conceptions would translate spiritual ideas into material beliefs, and would say that an anthropomorphic God, instead of infinite Principle, - in other words, divine Love, - is the father of the rain, "who hath begotten the drops of dew," who bringeth "forth Mazzaroth in his season," and guideth "Arcturus with his sons."

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - Causation considered
23 1 - Inadequate theories of creation
23 1 - Helpful encouragement
23 1 - Poison defined mentally
23 1 - Scientific corrective
23 1 - Salvation is through reform
23 2 - Seemingly independent authority
23 2 - Sickness as only thought
23 2 - Materialistic challenge
23 2 - Unescapable dilemma
23 2 - The invalid's outlook
23 2 - Wrong and right way
23 3 - Erroneous despatch
23 3 - Medical errors
23 3 - The true healing
23 3 - Divine energy
23 3 - Fear as the foundation
23 3 - Matter versus Spirit
23 4 - A stately advance
23 4 - The modus of homoeopathy
23 4 - Causation mental
23 4 - Mind governs body
23 5 - Human egotism
23 5 - No new creation
23 5 - Fleshly ties temporal
23 5 - God's creation intact
23 6 - One primal cause
23 6 - Mind the only cause
23 6 - -6- The universal cause
23 6 - No material creation
23 6 - Limitless Mind
23 6 - Matter is not substance
23 6 - Impossible coalescence


June 5,1904

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

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.



Responsive Reading


Psalm 56:1-6,8-13

    1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for
man would swallow me up; he fighting
daily oppresseth me.

    2 Mine enemies would daily swallow
me up: for they be many that fight
against me, O thou most High.

    3 What time I am afraid, I will
trust in thee.

    4 In God I will praise his word, in
God I have put my trust; I will not
fear what flesh can do unto me.

    5 Every day they wrest my words:
all their thoughts are against me for
evil.

    6 They gather themselves together,
they hide themselves, they mark my
steps, when they wait for my soul.

    8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put
thou my tears into thy bottle: are
they not in thy book?

    9 When I cry unto thee, then shall
mine enemies turn back: this I know;
for God is for me.

    10 In God will I praise his word:
in the Lord will I praise his word.

    11 In God have I put my trust: I
will not be afraid what man can do
unto me.

    12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I
will render praises unto thee.

    13 For thou hast delivered my soul
from death: wilt not thou deliver my
feet from falling, that I may walk
before God in the light of the
living?



Section 1


Nehemiah 9:6

    6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone;
thou hast made heaven, the heaven of
heavens, with all their host, the
earth, and all things that are
therein, the seas, and all that is
therein, and thou preservest them
all; and the host of heaven
worshippeth thee.

***
Isaiah 11:6-9

    6 The wolf also shall dwell with
the lamb, and the leopard shall lie
down with the kid; and the calf and
the young lion and the fatling
together; and a little child shall
lead them.

    7 And the cow and the bear shall
feed; their young ones shall lie down
together: and the lion shall eat
straw like the ox.

    8 And the sucking child shall play
on the hole of the asp, and the weaned
child shall put his hand on the
cockatrice' den.

    9 They shall not hurt nor destroy
in all my holy mountain: for the
earth shall be full of the knowledge
of the Lord, as the waters cover the
sea.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:5-7


    (Deep-reaching interrogations) God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:5-11


    (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.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:6-3


    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind. Mind's infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness.
    (Qualities of thought)
    Moral courage is "the lion of the tribe of Juda," the king of the mental realm. Free and fearless it roams in the forest. Undisturbed it lies in the open field, or rests in "green pastures, . . . beside the still waters." In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to "the cattle upon a thousand hills." They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose. Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit. The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah:-


The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
And the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.



    (Creatures of God useful)
    Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus. "And God saw that it was good."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:4-10

    (The serpent harmless)
    Patience is symbolized by the tireless worm, creeping over lofty summits, persevering in its intent. The serpent of God's creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love's ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them, - the power which changeth the serpent into a staff.



Section 2


Psalm 55:22

    22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord,
and he shall sustain thee: he shall
never suffer the righteous to be
moved.

***
James 1:12

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

***
I Corinthians 10:13

    13 There hath no temptation taken
you but such as is common to man: but
God is faithful, who will not suffer
you to be tempted above that ye are
able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye
may be able to bear it.

***
Revelation 3:21

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


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:27


    (Christian history)
    The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.


ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 564:14-16


    (Malicious barbarity)
    Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form.


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.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:4


    (The spiritual mathematics)
    Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.


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


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



Section 3


II Chronicles 20:5-9

    5 #And Jehoshaphat stood in the
congregation of Judah and Jerusalem,
in the house of the Lord, before the
new court,

    6 And said, O Lord God of our
fathers, art not thou God in heaven?
and rulest not thou over all the
kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine
hand is there not power and might, so
that none is able to withstand thee?

    7 Art not thou our God, who didst
drive out the inhabitants of this
land before thy people Israel, and
gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy
friend for ever?

    8 And they dwelt therein, and have
built thee a sanctuary therein for thy
name, saying,

    9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as
the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or
famine, we stand before this house,
and in thy presence, (for thy name is
in this house,) and cry unto thee in
our affliction, then thou wilt hear
and help.

***
Psalm 91:2,3

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him
will I trust.

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from
the snare of the fowler, and from the
noisome pestilence.
Psalm 37:18,19

    18 The Lord knoweth the days of the
upright: and their inheritance shall
be for ever.

    19 They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine
they shall be satisfied.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:28


    (Matter mindless)
    To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal sense has no error of sense, it has no sense of error; therefore it is without a destructive element.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:24


    (Spiritual law the only law)
    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.


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


    (Arena of contest)
    The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.
    (Millennial glory)
    As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end. As material knowledge diminishes and spiritual understanding increases, real objects will be apprehended mentally instead of materially.
    During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.



Section 4


John 4:1,3,5-7,9-11,13,14

    1 When therefore the Lord knew how
the Pharisees had heard that Jesus
made and baptized more disciples than
John,

    3 He left Judaea, and departed
again into Galilee.

    5 Then cometh he to a city of
Samaria, which is called Sychar, near
to the parcel of ground that Jacob
gave to his son Joseph.

    6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus
therefore, being wearied with his
journey, sat thus on the well: and it
was about the sixth hour.

    7 There cometh a woman of Samaria
to draw water: Jesus saith unto her,
Give me to drink.

    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.

    11 The woman saith unto him, Sir,
thou hast nothing to draw with, and
the well is deep: from whence then
hast thou that living water?

    13 Jesus answered and said unto
her, Whosoever drinketh of this water
shall thirst again:

    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.

***
Hebrews 4:15,16

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

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


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:27


    (Sickness akin to sin)
    The Scriptures say, "They that wait upon the Lord . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their results. When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease. My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments, since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:18


    (Laws of human belief)
    We say man suffers from the effects of cold, heat, fatigue. This is human belief, not the truth of being, for matter cannot suffer. Mortal mind alone suffers, - not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed. I have demonstrated this as a rule of divine Science by destroying the delusion of suffering from what is termed a fatally broken physical law.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:19


    (Fatigue is mental)
    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.



Section 5


Psalm 64:1,2

    1 Hear my voice, O God, in my
prayer: preserve my life from fear of
the enemy.

    2 Hide me from the secret counsel
of the wicked; from the insurrection
of the workers of iniquity:

***
Isaiah 66:5

    5 #Hear the word of the Lord, ye
that tremble at his word; Your
brethren that hated you, that cast
you out for my name's sake, said, Let
the Lord be glorified: but he shall
appear to your joy, and they shall be
ashamed.

***
II Timothy 4:5,14-18

    5 But watch thou in all things,
endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist, make full proof of thy
ministry.

    14 Alexander the coppersmith did me
much evil: the Lord reward him
according to his works:

    15 Of whom be thou ware also; for
he hath greatly withstood our words.

    16 At my first answer no man stood
with me, but all men forsook me: I
pray God that it may not be laid to
their charge.

    17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood
with me, and strengthened me; that by
me the preaching might be fully
known, and that all the Gentiles
might hear: and I was delivered out
of the mouth of the lion.

    18 And the Lord shall deliver me
from every evil work, and will
preserve me unto his heavenly
kingdom: to whom be glory for ever
and ever. Amen.


ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 462:25-1


    (Anatomy defined)
    The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-inflicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate. It teaches the control of mad ambition. It unfolds the hallowed influences of unselfishness, philanthropy, spiritual love. It urges the government of the body both in health and in sickness. The Christian Scientist, through understanding mental anatomy, discerns and deals with the real cause of disease.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:8-12


    (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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:9


    (The doom of sin)
    Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth. Stripped of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!


ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:12-23


    (Truth's great results)
    Christian Science rises above the evidence of the corporeal senses; but if you have not risen above sin yourself, do not congratulate yourself upon your blindness to evil or upon the good you know and do not. A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Try to leave on every student's mind the strong impress of divine Science, a high sense of the moral and spiritual qualifications requisite for healing, well knowing it to be impossible for error, evil, and hate to accomplish the grand results of Truth and Love.



Section 6


Psalm 41:1-4

    1 Blessed is he that considereth
the poor: the Lord will deliver him
in time of trouble.

    2 The Lord will preserve him, and
keep him alive; and he shall be
blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt
not deliver him unto the will of his
enemies.

    3 The Lord will strengthen him upon
the bed of languishing: thou wilt
make all his bed in his sickness.

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

***
Isaiah 25:1,4,8,9

    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.

    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.

    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.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:30-4


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


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:17


    (Sickness akin to sin)
    Why pray for the recovery of the sick, if you are without faith in God's willingness and ability to heal them? If you do believe in God, why do you substitute drugs for the Almighty's power, and employ means which lead only into material ways of obtaining help, instead of turning in time of need to God, divine Love, who is an ever-present help?


ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:7


    (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."


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:16


    (Our footsteps heavenward)
    When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:6

    (Vision opening)
    Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - Allness of Truth
24 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
24 1 - Qualities of thought
24 1 - Creatures of God useful
24 1 - The serpent harmless
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Malicious barbarity
24 2 - Ignorance of our rights
24 2 - The spiritual mathematics
24 2 - Wait for reward
24 3 - Matter mindless
24 3 - Spiritual law the only law
24 3 - Arena of contest
24 3 - Millennial glory
24 4 - Sickness akin to sin
24 4 - Laws of human belief
24 4 - Fatigue is mental
24 5 - Anatomy defined
24 5 - Image of the beast
24 5 - The doom of sin
24 5 - Truth's great results
24 6 - No material law
24 6 - Sickness akin to sin
24 6 - Refuge and strength
24 6 - Our footsteps heavenward
24 6 - Vision opening


June 12,1904

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Luke 9:24,25

    24 For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: but whosoever will
lose his life for my sake, the same
shall save it.

    25 For what is a man advantaged, if
he gain the whole world, and lose
himself, or be cast away?


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 12:3-5,8,9,18,22-29

    3 For consider him that endured
such contradiction of sinners against
himself, lest ye be wearied and faint
in your minds.

    4 Ye have not yet resisted unto
blood, striving against sin.

    5 And ye have forgotten the
exhortation which speaketh unto you
as unto children, My son, despise not
thou the chastening of the Lord, nor
faint when thou art rebuked of him:

    8 But if ye be without
chastisement, whereof all are
partakers, then are ye bastards, and
not sons.

    9 Furthermore we have had fathers
of our flesh which corrected us, and
we gave them reverence: shall we not
much rather be in subjection unto the
Father of spirits, and live?

    18 For ye are not come unto the
mount that might be touched, and that
burned with fire, nor unto blackness,
and darkness, and tempest,

    22 But ye are come unto mount Sion,
and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
innumerable company of angels,

    23 To the general assembly and
church of the firstborn, which are
written in heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of
just men made perfect,

    24 And to Jesus the mediator of the
new covenant, and to the blood of
sprinkling, that speaketh better
things than that of Abel.

    25 See that ye refuse not him that
speaketh. For if they escaped not who
refused him that spake on earth, much
more shall not we escape, if we turn
away from him that speaketh from
heaven:

    26 Whose voice then shook the
earth: but now he hath promised,
saying, Yet once more I shake not the
earth only, but also heaven.

    27 And this word, Yet once more,
signifieth the removing of those
things that are shaken, as of things
that are made, that those things
which cannot be shaken may remain.

    28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom
which cannot be moved, let us have
grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly
fear:

    29 For our God is a consuming fire.


Section 1


Genesis 3:1,13,14

    1 Now the serpent was more subtil
than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said unto
the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the
garden?

    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:

***
Jeremiah 23:10,11

    10 For the land is full of
adulterers; for because of swearing
the land mourneth; the pleasant
places of the wilderness are dried
up, and their course is evil, and
their force is not right.

    11 For both prophet and priest are
profane; yea, in my house have I found
their wickedness, saith the Lord.

***
Ezekiel 34:4

    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.

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

    1 After this I looked, and,
behold, a door was opened in heaven:
and the first voice which I heard was
as it were of a trumpet talking with
me; which said, Come up hither, and I
will shew thee things which must be
hereafter.

    2 And immediately I was in the
spirit: and, behold, a throne was set
in heaven, and one sat on the throne.


    6 And before the throne there was a
sea of glass like unto crystal: and
in the midst of the throne, and round
about the throne, were four beasts
full of eyes before and behind.

    7 And the first beast was like a
lion, and the second beast like a
calf, and the third beast had a face
as a man, and the fourth beast was
like a flying eagle.
Revelation 6:1,2

    1 And I saw when the Lamb opened
one of the seals, and I heard, as it
were the noise of thunder, one of the
four beasts saying, Come and see.

    2 And I saw, and behold a white
horse: and he that sat on him had a
bow; and a crown was given unto him:
and he went forth conquering, and to
conquer.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:13-15

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Mindless methods)
    The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals. Physical force and mortal mind are one.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:11


    (Human power a blind force)
    Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind and not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest's breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:14-19,21-24


    (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. The first statement about evil, - the first suggestion of more than the one Mind, - is in the fable of the serpent.
    (Material personality)
    The serpent is supposed to say, "Ye shall be as gods," but these gods must be evolved from materiality and be the very antipodes of immortal and spiritual being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:16-20

    (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. It is false to say that Truth and error commingle in creation.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 564:28


    (Doom of the dragon)
    The serpent is perpetually close upon the heel of harmony. From the beginning to the end, the serpent pursues with hatred the spiritual idea. In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typifies mortal mind, "more subtle than any beast of the field." In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality, and ripe for destruction. It is full of lust and hate, loathing the brightness of divine glory.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 567:27-5

    (Dragon cast down to earth)
    The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep's clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.
    (Warfare with error)
    Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil.


Section 2


Genesis 4:8

    8 And Cain talked with Abel his
brother: and it came to pass, when
they were in the field, that Cain
rose up against Abel his brother, and
slew him.

***
Jeremiah 2:29,30

    29 Wherefore will ye plead with me?
ye all have transgressed against me,
saith the Lord.

    30 In vain have I smitten your
children; they received no
correction: your own sword hath
devoured your prophets, like a
destroying lion.

***
Matthew 23:34,35

    34 #Wherefore, behold, I send unto
you prophets, and wise men, and
scribes: and some of them ye shall
kill and crucify; and some of them
shall ye scourge in your synagogues,
and persecute them from city to city:


    35 That upon you may come all the
righteous blood shed upon the earth,
from the blood of righteous Abel unto
the blood of Zacharias son of
Barachias, whom ye slew between the
temple and the altar.

***
Revelation 6:3,4

    3 And when he had opened the second
seal, I heard the second beast say,
Come and see.

    4 And there went out another horse
that was red: and power was given to
him that sat thereon to take peace
from the earth, and that they should
kill one another: and there was given
unto him a great sword.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 541:16


    (Spiritual and material)
    The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:27


    (Divine origination)
    Cain very naturally concluded that if life was in the body, and man gave it, man had the right to take it away. This incident shows that the belief of life in matter was "a murderer from the beginning."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:30

    (Spiritual awakening) Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth. Humanity advances slowly out of sinning sense into spiritual understanding; unwillingness to learn all things rightly, binds Christendom with chains.

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:19,25


    (Embryonic evolution)
    Material evolution implies that the great First Cause must become material, and afterwards must either return to Mind or go down into dust and nothingness.
    (True theory of the universe)
    The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.


Section 3


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;

    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.

***
Luke 10:30,33,34

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

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

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

***
Revelation 6:5,6

    5 And when he had opened the third
seal, I heard the third beast say,
Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a
black horse; and he that sat on him
had a pair of balances in his hand.

    6 And I heard a voice in the midst
of the four beasts say, A measure of
wheat for a penny, and three measures
of barley for a penny; and see thou
hurt not the oil and the wine.

592:25 Chapter 17: Glossary
(OIL)

    OIL. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:10-12

(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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 392:5-7


    (Sin to be overcome)
    Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:6


    (Lawful wonders)
    The miracle introduces no disorder, but unfolds the primal order, establishing the Science of God's unchangeable law. Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 189:18


    (Ascending the scale)
    The human mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all things start from the lowest instead of from the highest mortal thought. The reverse is the case with all the formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we constantly ascend in infinite being.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:24


    (The salt of the earth)
    The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a "still, small voice," through silent utterances and divine anointing which quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student's higher attainments in this line of light.


Section 4


Daniel 12:8-10,13

    8 And I heard, but I understood
not: then said I, O my Lord, what
shall be the end of these things?

    9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel:
for the words are closed up and sealed
till the time of the end.

    10 Many shall be purified, and made
white, and tried; but the wicked
shall do wickedly: and none of the
wicked shall understand; but the wise
shall understand.

    13 But go thou thy way till the end
be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in
thy lot at the end of the days.

***
Matthew 24:3,4,15

    3 #And as he sat upon the mount of
Olives, the disciples came unto him
privately, saying, Tell us, when
shall these things be? and what shall
be the sign of thy coming, and of the
end of the world?

    4 And Jesus answered and said unto
them, Take heed that no man deceive
you.

    15 When ye therefore shall see the
abomination of desolation, spoken of
by Daniel the prophet, stand in the
holy place, (whoso readeth, let him
understand:)

***
Luke 17:34,37

    34 I tell you, in that night there
shall be two men in one bed; the one
shall be taken, and the other shall
be left.

    37 And they answered and said unto
him, Where, Lord? And he said unto
them, Wheresoever the body is,
thither will the eagles be gathered
together.

***
Revelation 6:7,8

    7 And when he had opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth
beast say, Come and see.

    8 And I looked, and behold a pale
horse: and his name that sat on him
was Death, and Hell followed with
him. And Power was given unto them
over the fourth part of the earth, to
kill with sword, and with hunger, and
with death, and with the beasts of
the earth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:18


    (Sin destroyed through suffering)
    Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:18


    (Retribution and remorse)
    "They that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine. Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does. Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God. To envy's own hell, justice consigns the lie which, to advance itself, breaks God's commandments.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:17-21

    (Man springs from Mind)
    All error proceeds from the evidence before the material senses. If man is material and originates in an egg, who shall say that he is not primarily dust? May not Darwin be right in thinking that apehood preceded mortal manhood?

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.

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."


Section 5


Luke 21:22,23

    22 For these be the days of
vengeance, that all things which are
written may be fulfilled.

    23 But woe unto them that are with
child, and to them that give suck, in
those days! for there shall be great
distress in the land, and wrath upon
this people.

***
Revelation 3:5

    5 He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.
Revelation 6:9-11

    9 And when he had opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls
of them that were slain for the word
of God, and for the testimony which
they held:

    10 And they cried with a loud
voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy
and true, dost thou not judge and
avenge our blood on them that dwell
on the earth?

    11 And white robes were given unto
every one of them; and it was said
unto them, that they should rest yet
for a little season, until their
fellowservants also and their
brethren, that should be killed as
they were, should be fulfilled.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22


    (Pure religion enthroned)
    Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism, furnishes the mirror in which mortals may see their own image. In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom. With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery, lust, and hypocrisy. He takes away mitre and sceptre. He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on high only those who have washed their robes white in obedience and suffering.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:8,22


    (The infinitude of God)
    It is generally conceded that God is Father, eternal, self-created, infinite. If this is so, the forever Father must have had children prior to Adam. The great I AM made all "that was made." Hence man and the spiritual universe coexist with God.


    (Waymarks to eternal Truth)
    Thought is borrowed from a higher source than matter, and by reversal, errors serve as waymarks to the one Mind, in which all error disappears in celestial Truth. The robes of Spirit are "white and glistering," like the raiment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, "let thy garments be always white." "Blessed is the man that endureth [overcometh] temptation: for when he is tried, [proved faithful], he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." (James i. 12.)

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 68:27


    (God's creation intact)
    Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; it manifests no material growth from molecule to mind, but an impartation of the divine Mind to man and the universe. Proportionately as human generation ceases, the unbroken links of eternal, harmonious being will be spiritually discerned; and man, not of the earth earthly but coexistent with God, will appear. The scientific fact that man and the universe are evolved from Spirit, and so are spiritual, is as fixed in divine Science as is the proof that mortals gain the sense of health only as they lose the sense of sin and disease. Mortals can never understand God's creation while believing that man is a creator. God's children already created will be cognized only as man finds the truth of being. Thus it is that the real, ideal man appears in proportion as the false and material disappears. No longer to marry or to be "given in marriage" neither closes man's continuity nor his sense of increasing number in God's infinite plan. Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.


Section 6


Luke 21:25-28

    25 #And there shall be signs in the
sun, and in the moon, and in the
stars; and upon the earth distress of
nations, with perplexity; the sea and
the waves roaring;

    26 Men's hearts failing them for
fear, and for looking after those
things which are coming on the earth:
for the powers of heaven shall be
shaken.

    27 And then shall they see the Son
of man coming in a cloud with power
and great glory.

    28 And when these things begin to
come to pass, then look up, and lift
up your heads; for your redemption
draweth nigh.

***
Revelation 6:12-14

    12 And I beheld when he had opened
the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became
black as sackcloth of hair, and the
moon became as blood;

    13 And the stars of heaven fell
unto the earth, even as a fig tree
casteth her untimely figs, when she
is shaken of a mighty wind.

    14 And the heaven departed as a
scroll when it is rolled together;
and every mountain and island were
moved out of their 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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:7


    (Practical preaching)
    We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:12-15,21


    (Arena of contest)
    This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace.
    Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:29-5(to .)


    (Beatific presence)
    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.
    (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 - 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.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Mindless methods
25 1 - Human power a blind force
25 1 - First evil suggestion
25 1 - Material personality
25 1 - A type of falsehood
25 1 - Doom of the dragon
25 1 - Dragon cast down to earth
25 1 - Warfare with error
25 2 - Spiritual and material
25 2 - Divine origination
25 2 - Spiritual awakening
25 2 - Opposing testimony
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - True theory of the universe
25 3 - Loftiest adoration
25 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
25 3 - Sin to be overcome
25 3 - Lawful wonders
25 3 - Ascending the scale
25 3 - The salt of the earth
25 4 - Sin destroyed through suffering
25 4 - Retribution and remorse
25 4 - Man springs from Mind
25 4 - The ascent of species
25 4 - Heralds of Science
25 5 - Pure religion enthroned
25 5 - The infinitude of God
25 5 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
25 5 - God's creation intact
25 6 - Practical preaching
25 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 6 - Arena of contest
25 6 - Beatific presence
25 6 - The infinitude of God
25 6 - Genera classified


June 19,1904

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 26:9

    9 With my soul have I desired thee
in the night; yea, with my spirit
within me will I seek thee early: for
when thy judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world will
learn righteousness.


Responsive Reading


Job 36:1-11,21-24

    1 Elihu also proceeded, and said,

    2 Suffer me a little, and I will
shew thee that I have yet to speak on
God's behalf.

    3 I will fetch my knowledge from
afar, and will ascribe righteousness
to my Maker.

    4 For truly my words shall not be
false: he that is perfect in
knowledge is with thee.

    5 Behold, God is mighty, and
despiseth not any: he is mighty in
strength and wisdom.

    6 He preserveth not the life of the
wicked: but giveth right to the poor.


    7 He withdraweth not his eyes from
the righteous: but with kings are they
on the throne; yea, he doth establish
them for ever, and they are exalted.

    8 And if they be bound in fetters,
and be holden in cords of affliction;

    9 Then he sheweth them their work,
and their transgressions that they
have exceeded.

    10 He openeth also their ear to
discipline, and commandeth that they
return from iniquity.

    11 If they obey and serve him, they
shall spend their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasures.

    21 Take heed, regard not iniquity:
for this hast thou chosen rather than
affliction.

    22 Behold, God exalteth by his
power: who teacheth like him?

    23 Who hath enjoined him his way?
or who can say, Thou hast wrought
iniquity?

    24 Remember that thou magnify his
work, which men behold.


Section 1


Matthew 16:13,16,17

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

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

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

***
II Corinthians 12:1-5,10

    1 It is not expedient for me
doubtless to glory. I will come to
visions and revelations of the Lord.

    2 I knew a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago, (whether in the
body, I cannot tell; or whether out
of the body, I cannot tell: God
knoweth;) such an one caught up to
the third heaven.

    3 And I knew such a man, (whether
in the body, or out of the body, I
cannot tell: God knoweth;)

    4 How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable
words, which it is not lawful for a
man to utter.

    5 Of such an one will I glory: yet
of myself I will not glory, but in
mine infirmities.

    10 Therefore I take pleasure in
infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses for Christ's sake: for
when I am weak, then am I strong.

***
Galatians 1:11,12,15-18,20

    11 But I certify you, brethren,
that the gospel which was preached of
me is not after man.

    12 For I neither received it of
man, neither was I taught it, but by
the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    15 But when it pleased God, who
separated me from my mother's womb,
and called me by his grace,

    16 To reveal his Son in me, that I
might preach him among the heathen;
immediately I conferred not with
flesh and blood:

    17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem
to them which were apostles before
me; but I went into Arabia, and
returned again unto Damascus.

    18 Then after three years I went up
to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode
with him fifteen days.

    20 Now the things which I write
unto you, behold, before God, I lie
not.

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 - 109:4-24

    (Scientific evidence)
    Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached.
    (Solitary research)
    For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration. The revelation of Truth in the understanding came to me gradually and apparently through divine power.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:23-27


    (Conversion of Saul)
    Saul of Tarsus beheld the way - the Christ, or Truth - only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense, which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual.

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.


Section 2


Jeremiah 10:2,3(to :)

    2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not
the way of the heathen, and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven; for
the heathen are dismayed at them.

    3 For the customs of the people are
vain:

***
I Corinthians 1:17,18,22-24

    17 For Christ sent me not to
baptize, but to preach the gospel:
not with wisdom of words, lest the
cross of Christ should be made of
none effect.

    18 For the preaching of the cross
is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved it is the
power of God.

    22 For the Jews require a sign, and
the Greeks seek after wisdom:

    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.

***
Revelation 1:1-3

    1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which God gave unto him, to shew unto
his servants things which must
shortly come to pass; and he sent and
signified it by his angel unto his
servant John:

    2 Who bare record of the word of
God, and of the testimony of Jesus
Christ, and of all things that he
saw.

    3 Blessed is he that readeth, and
they that hear the words of this
prophecy, and keep those things which
are written therein: for the time is
at hand.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 130:15-19


    (Children and adults)
    Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:1

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19-26


    (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.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:30-2


    (Mental despotism)
    Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness. Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.


Section 3


II Timothy 2:8-10,12

    8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the
seed of David was raised from the
dead according to my gospel:

    9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an
evil doer, even unto bonds; but the
word of God is not bound.

    10 Therefore I endure all things
for the elect's sakes, that they may
also obtain the salvation which is in
Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

    12 If we suffer, we shall also
reign with him: if we deny him, he
also will deny us:

***
Luke 6:22,23,26

    22 Blessed are ye, when men shall
hate you, and when they shall
separate you from their company, and
shall reproach you, and cast out your
name as evil, for the Son of man's
sake.

    23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap
for joy: for, behold, your reward is
great in heaven: for in the like
manner did their fathers unto the
prophets.

    26 Woe unto you, when all men shall
speak well of you! for so did their
fathers to the false prophets.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:22-28


    (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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:14

    (Final purpose)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:32


    (The hopeful outlook)
    Human resistance to divine Science weakens in proportion as mortals give up error for Truth and the understanding of being supersedes mere belief. Until the author of this book learned the vastness of Christian Science, the fixedness of mortal illusions, and the human hatred of Truth, she cherished sanguine hopes that Christian Science would meet with immediate and universal acceptance.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:32-8


    (Philologocal inadequacy)
    Apart from the usual opposition to everything new, the one great obstacle to the reception of that spirituality, through which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of material terms for metaphysical statements, and the consequent difficulty of so expressing metaphysical ideas as to make them comprehensible to any reader, who has not personally demonstrated Christian Science as brought forth in my discovery.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:19


    (The one divine method)
    There are various methods of treating disease, which are not included in the commonly accepted systems; but there is only one which should be presented to the whole world, and that is the Christian Science which Jesus preached and practised and left to us as his rich legacy.


Section 4


Acts 3:2,3,6-10

    2 And a certain man lame from his
mother's womb was carried, whom they
laid daily at the gate of the temple
which is called Beautiful, to ask
alms of them that entered into the
temple;

    3 Who seeing Peter and John about
to go into the temple asked an alms.

    6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold
have I none; but such as I have give I
thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth rise up and walk.

    7 And he took him by the right
hand, and lifted him up: and
immediately his feet and ancle bones
received strength.

    8 And he leaping up stood, and
walked, and entered with them into
the temple, walking, and leaping, and
praising God.

    9 And all the people saw him
walking and praising God:

    10 And they knew that it was he
which sat for alms at the Beautiful
gate of the temple: and they were
filled with wonder and amazement at
that which had happened unto him.
Acts 5:16

    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.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:9

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:31-7


    (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? Because our systems of religion are governed more or less by our systems of medicine. The first idolatry was faith in matter. The schools have rendered faith in drugs the fashion, rather than faith in Deity.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:26


    (No material law)
    Pleas for drugs and laws of health come from some sad incident, or else from ignorance of Christian Science and its transcendent power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 162:4,25


    (Truth an alterative)
    Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.
    (Practical success)
    Christian Science heals organic disease as surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.


Section 5


Job 5:8,9,16

    8 I would seek unto God, and unto
God would I commit my cause:

    9 Which doeth great things and
unsearchable; marvellous things
without number:

    16 So the poor hath hope, and
iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

***
Matthew 9:2,6-8

    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.

    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.

    8 But when the multitudes saw it,
they marvelled, and glorified God,
which had given such power unto men.

***
John 5:2,5,8,9,14

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

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

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

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

    14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in
the temple, and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto
thee.

***
I John 1:8,9

    8 If we say that we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the truth is
not in us.

    9 If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:12


    (The chalice sacrificial) Christian Science reveals a necessity for overcoming the world, the flesh, and evil, and thus destroying all error.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:5-11


    (Mental conspirators)
    Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:6

    (The leaves of healing)
    Sin will submit to Christian Science when, in place of modes and forms, the power of God is understood and demonstrated in the healing of mortals, both mind and body. "Perfect Love casteth out fear."

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"?


Section 6


Isaiah 43:6,7

    6 I will say to the north, Give up;
and to the south, Keep not back:
bring my sons from far, and my
daughters from the ends of the earth;


    7 Even every one that is called by
my name: for I have created him for my
glory, I have formed him; yea, I have
made him.

***
I Peter 2:9

    9 But ye are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew
forth the praises of him who hath
called you out of darkness into his
marvellous light:

***
Philipians 2:14,15

    14 Do all things without murmurings
and disputings:

    15 That ye may be blameless and
harmless, the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and
perverse nation, among whom ye shine
as lights in the world;

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:9-11


    (Divine metaphysics)
    Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike. The first is error; the latter is truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 120:17


    (Health and the senses)
    The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:19-28


    (Death outdone) The belief that man has existence or mind separate from God is a dying error. This error Jesus met with divine Science and proved its nothingness. Because of the wondrous glory which God bestowed on His anointed, temptation, sin, sickness, and death had no terror for Jesus. Let men think they had killed the body! Afterwards he would show it to them unchanged. This demonstrates that in Christian Science the true man is governed by God - by good, not evil - and is therefore not a mortal but an immortal.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:32


    (Thought-transference)
    In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 367:17


    (The salt of the earth)
    A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: "Ye are the salt of the earth." "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - Scientific evidence
26 1 - Solitary research
26 1 - Conversion of Saul
26 1 - A definite rule discovered
26 2 - Children and adults
26 2 - Opponents benefited
26 2 - Obligations of teachers
26 2 - Mental despotism
26 3 - Immortal achieval
26 3 - Final purpose
26 3 - The hopeful outlook
26 3 - Philologocal inadequacy
26 3 - The one divine method
26 4 - How healing was lost
26 4 - No material law
26 4 - Truth an alterative
26 4 - Practical success
26 5 - The chalice sacrificial
26 5 - Mental conspirators
26 5 - The leaves of healing
26 5 - Argument of good works
26 6 - Divine metaphysics
26 6 - Health and the senses
26 6 - Death outdone
26 6 - Thought-transference
26 6 - The salt of the earth

List of all subheadings



01 1 - Judaism antipathetic
01 1 - Priestly learning
01 1 - Elohistic plurality
01 1 - Deadness in sin
01 1 - Divine sense of Deity
01 2 - Scientific man
01 2 - Derivatives of spirit
01 2 - Real and unreal identity
01 2 - Real Life is God
01 2 - Spirit intangible
01 3 - God and His image
01 3 - Definition of man
01 3 - Infinity measureless
01 4 - Source of all life and action
01 4 - Divine personality
01 4 - Corporeal ignorance
01 4 - Deity unchangeable
01 4 - God's standard
01 4 - Anthropomorphism
01 5 - Darkness scattered
01 5 - Christian Science discovered
01 5 - Mission of Christian Science
01 5 - Solitary research
01 5 - Destruction of all evil
01 6 - Spirit the starting-point
01 6 - No material creation
01 6 - The darkest hours of all
01 6 - Spiritual insight
01 6 - Service and worship
01 6 - Immortal achieval
02 1 - Intelligent consecration
02 1 - Forgetfulness of self
02 1 - Injustice to the Saviour
02 1 - Incisive questions
02 1 - Millennial glory
02 2 - Universal brotherhood
02 2 - True estimate of God's messenger
02 2 - Will-power unrighteous
02 2 - Native nothingness of sin
02 2 - Fulfilment of the Law
02 3 - Spirituality of Scripture
02 3 - Unspiritual contrasts
02 3 - Spiritual refreshment
02 3 - Heavenly supplies
02 4 - Justice and substitution
02 4 - Advancement by sacrifice
02 4 - More than profession required
02 4 - Standpoints changed
02 4 - Mockery of truth
02 5 - Essential element of Christianity
02 5 - Christ's reappearance
02 5 - Divinity and humanity
02 5 - The immortal birth
02 5 - Leaven of Truth
02 6 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
03 1 - Eternity of Life
03 1 - The chief stones in the temple
03 1 - Spiritual offspring
03 1 - A mortal not man
03 1 - Perfection requisite
03 2 - Biological inventions
03 2 - Mind cures hip-disease
03 2 - Discontent with life
03 2 - Light shining in darkness
03 2 - Life not contingent on matter
03 2 - Redemption from selfishness
03 3 - Spiritual existence the one fact
03 3 - Mind one and all
03 3 - Immortal memory
03 3 - Narrow pathway
03 3 - So-called superiority
03 4 - Sin is punished
03 4 - A belief suicidal
03 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
03 4 - Final destruction of error
03 4 - Scientific translations
03 5 - True attainment
03 5 - Spiritual awakening
03 5 - Peremptory demands
03 5 - Moral courage
03 5 - Sickness from mortal mind
03 6 - Salvation is through reform
03 6 - Need and supply
03 6 - Truth is not inverted
03 6 - Understanding versus belief
03 6 - Confirmation by healing
03 6 - Condition of progress
03 6 - Self-completeness
04 1 - The test of experience
04 1 - Science and Christianity
04 1 - Faith higher than belief
04 1 - Christianity still rejected
04 1 - Key to the kingdom
04 2 - Children and adults
04 2 - The error of carnality
04 2 - Truth's ordeal
04 2 - Murder brings its curse
04 2 - Truth's volume
04 3 - Mental emancipation
04 3 - God-given dominion
04 3 - Sickness akin to sin
04 3 - Ignorance of our rights
04 3 - Treatment of disease
04 4 - Fear and sickness identical
04 4 - Truth an alterative
04 4 - Belief and understanding
04 4 - Spiritual proofs of existence
04 4 - Doubting disciples
04 5 - Weakness and guilt
04 5 - True healing transcendent
04 5 - Unwarranted expectations
04 5 - Moral evils to be cast out
04 5 - The salt of the earth
04 6 - Biblical basis
04 6 - Practical preaching
04 6 - Immaculate conception
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - Fleshly ties temporal
05 1 - Corporeal ignorance
05 1 - Spiritual conception
05 1 - -8- Father-Mother
05 2 - Ideal man and woman
05 2 - Permanent affection
05 2 - Spiritual idea revealed
05 2 - Paean of jubilee
05 3 - Native nothingness of sin
05 3 - SHEM - Noah's son
05 3 - Hypnotic surgery
05 3 - Mental midwifery
05 3 - God's creation intact
05 4 - Two chief commands
05 4 - The sole governor
05 4 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 4 - Universal brotherhood
05 5 - Espousals supernal
05 5 - Vials of wrath and consolation
05 5 - Spiritual wedlock
05 5 - Divine sense of Deity
05 6 - The cross and crown
05 6 - True estimate of God's messenger
05 6 - Pardon and amendment
05 6 - The one only way
05 6 - Impotence of hate
06 1 - -17- Infinite Spirit
06 1 - Mind's idea faultless
06 1 - Substance versus supposition
06 1 - Scientific foreknowing
06 2 - Spiritual language
06 2 - The miracles of Jesus
06 2 - Author's early instructions
06 2 - Language inadequate
06 2 - Scientific consistency
06 3 - No material law
06 3 - Laws of nature spiritual
06 3 - Certain contradictions
06 3 - Spiritual law the only law
06 3 - Begin rightly
06 4 - Five senses deceptive
06 4 - Permanent sensibility
06 4 - Ancient healers
06 4 - The senses of Soul
06 5 - Matter's supposed selfhood
06 5 - Error unveiled
06 5 - Transient potency of drugs
06 5 - Children and adults
06 5 - Practical Science
06 6 - Beatific presence
06 6 - Spiritual origin
06 6 - Godward gravitation
06 6 - Prophetic ignorance
06 6 - Christ's demonstration
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 2 - Philosophical blunders
07 2 - The sun and Soul
07 2 - Definition of man
07 2 - Spiritual concord
07 2 - Rebukes helpful
07 3 - A mortal not man
07 3 - Unscientific theories
07 3 - Causation mental
07 3 - The senses of Soul
07 4 - Sense and pure Soul
07 4 - Soul imperishable
07 4 - Sin only of the flesh
07 4 - Soul impeccable
07 4 - Science versus sense
07 5 - Universal brotherhood
07 5 - Spirits obsolete
07 5 - Scientific phenomena
07 5 - Life not contingent on matter
07 5 - Drugging unchristian
07 6 - Two chief commands
07 6 - Practical religion
07 6 - The error of carnality
07 6 - Matter not medicine
07 6 - No laws of matter
08 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
08 1 - Faith according to works
08 1 - Israel the new name
08 1 - Spiritual guidance
08 2 - Fallacious hypotheses
08 2 - Metaphysical treatment
08 2 - A stately advance
08 2 - The modus of homoeopathy
08 2 - Question of precedence
08 2 - Impossible coalescence
08 3 - Evanescent materiality
08 3 - True sense of infinitude
08 3 - The sole governor
08 3 - Soul imperishable
08 4 - The divine standard of perfection
08 4 - Matter is not inflamed
08 4 - Shame the effect of sin
08 4 - Scientific ultimatum
08 5 - No material creation
08 5 - Ever-appearing creation
08 5 - Human falsities
08 5 - Material mortality
08 5 - Pantheistic tendencies
08 5 - All faculties from Mind
08 6 - The divine reflection
08 6 - Man's entity spiritual
08 6 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
08 6 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
09 1 - Scientific foreseeing
09 1 - Prophetic ignorance
09 1 - Christ's reappearance
09 2 - -13- The divine Principle and idea
09 2 - -14- Spiritual oneness
09 3 - The one anointed
09 3 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Material pleasures
09 4 - Loving God supremely
09 5 - Christ the ideal Truth
09 5 - The Christ-mission
09 5 - Present salvation
09 6 - Spiritual foreshadowings
09 6 - Essential element of Christianity
09 6 - Injustice to the Saviour
10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - Divine personality
10 1 - -22- The real manhood
10 1 - Mythical pleasure
10 2 - A mortal not man
10 2 - Garden of Eden
10 2 - The origin of divinity
10 2 - The present immortality
10 2 - Spiritual narrative
10 3 - Man unfallen
10 3 - Theories helpless
10 3 - Harmonious lifework
10 3 - Strong position
10 3 - Only one standard
10 4 - Higher statutes
10 4 - Christian history
10 4 - Birthright of man
10 4 - Mere negation
10 4 - Resist to the end
10 4 - Proper self-government
10 5 - Belief and understanding
10 5 - Laws of human belief
10 5 - Action of mortal mind
10 5 - The divine authority
10 5 - The kingdom within
10 5 - Harmony from Spirit
10 6 - Indestructible being
10 6 - The immortal birth
10 6 - Rebukes helpful
10 6 - Immaterial pleasure
11 1 - -18- The only substance
11 1 - Substance spiritual
11 1 - Matter is not substance
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 2 - One cause supreme
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Mind is substance
11 2 - Formation from thought
11 2 - Man's entity
11 3 - Soul impeccable
11 3 - Sense-dreams
11 3 - Materialistic challenge
11 3 - Confusion confounded
11 3 - Reflected likeness
11 4 - Spiritual thoughts
11 4 - Thought seen as substance
11 4 - Immortal models
11 4 - All force mental
11 4 - Love's endowment
11 4 - Mental sculpture
11 4 - Perfect models
11 5 - The divine reflection
11 5 - Inverted images and ideas
11 5 - God's man discerned
11 6 - Spiritual translation
11 6 - Jesus the Scientist
11 6 - The infinitude of God
12 1 - Soul greater than body
12 1 - Matter's supposed selfhood
12 1 - Matter mindless
12 1 - Dangerous resemblances
12 1 - Material mortality
12 2 - -18- The only substance
12 2 - Matter impotent
12 2 - Unscientific theories
12 2 - Impossible partnership
12 3 - Death but an illusion
12 3 - Spiritual offspring
12 3 - A mortal not man
12 3 - Creation perfect
12 3 - Man's genuine being
12 3 - Death no benefactor
12 4 - Like evolving like
12 4 - Harmonious functions
12 4 - Mortal verdict
12 4 - Matter versus Spirit
12 5 - Belief and practice
12 5 - Corporeal combinations
12 5 - Unhesitating decision
12 5 - Unscientific introspection
12 5 - Life independent of matter
12 6 - Fleshly factors unreal
12 6 - Material body never God's idea
12 6 - Mind over matter
12 6 - Personal identity
12 6 - Man linked with Spirit
13 1 - Unrealities that seem real
13 1 - Spirit names and blesses
13 1 - Divine synonyms
13 2 - Soul impeccable
13 2 - Real being never lost
13 2 - What the senses originate
13 2 - No miracles in Mind-methods
13 2 - The senses of Soul
13 3 - No evil in Spirit
13 3 - Fallacious hypotheses
13 3 - Spirit the tangible
13 3 - Material error
13 3 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 4 - All faculties from Mind
13 4 - Unnatural deflections
13 4 - Useful knowledge
13 4 - Immortal man
13 5 - One primal cause
13 5 - The real and the unreal
13 5 - Conservative antagonism
13 5 - Blunders and blunderers
13 5 - Opposing power
13 6 - Vision opening
13 6 - Death but an illusion
13 6 - Scientific translations
13 7 - Spirit transforms
13 7 - Fulfilment of the Law
13 7 - Divine fulfilment
13 7 - Mind's pure thought
13 7 - Infinity measureless
13 7 - -Platform summation-
14 1 - The real and the unreal
14 1 - The tares and wheat
14 1 - Faith higher than belief
14 1 - Truth's witness
14 2 - No temptation from God
14 2 - The divine standard of perfection
14 2 - -31- Evil not produced by God
14 2 - Subordination of evil
14 3 - The dragon as a type
14 3 - The sting of the serpent
14 3 - Fruitless worship
14 3 - Essential element of Christianity
14 3 - Perfection requisite
14 4 - Mischievous imagination
14 4 - Proof by induction
14 4 - Disease to be made unreal
14 5 - Real Life is God
14 5 - Scientific consistency
14 5 - Nothingness of error
14 5 - Truth antidotes error
14 5 - Error only ephemeral
14 6 - Error unveiled
14 6 - Spiritual gateway
14 6 - Contrasted testimony
14 6 - Truth destroys falsity
15 1 - Sin only of the flesh
15 1 - Anthropomorphism
15 1 - God never inconsistent
15 1 - Destruction of all evil
15 1 - Superiority to sickness and sin
15 2 - Matter mindless
15 2 - Unrealities that seem real
15 2 - Christ the ideal Truth
15 2 - The fruit forbidden
15 2 - Sense and pure Soul
15 2 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
15 3 - God the Principle of all
15 3 - What the senses originate
15 3 - No baneful creation
15 3 - Mind governs body
15 4 - Truthful arguments
15 4 - Followers of Jesus
15 4 - Destruction of all evil
15 4 - Steadfast and calm trust
15 5 - Vision opening
15 5 - Our footsteps heavenward
15 5 - Christian standard
15 6 - Mortality vanquished
15 6 - No death nor inaction
15 6 - Heralds of Science
15 6 - Life all-inclusive
16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Indestructible relationship
16 1 - Universal brotherhood
16 1 - Radical changes
16 2 - Victory over the grave
16 2 - The stone rolled away
16 2 - Death outdone
16 2 - Inspiration of sacrifice
16 2 - Individual experience
16 3 - Human reconciliation
16 3 - The things of God are beautiful
16 3 - Five senses deceptive
16 3 - True estimate of God's messenger
16 3 - The true physician
16 4 - The immortal birth
16 4 - Better basis than embryology
16 4 - Ontology versus physiology
16 4 - Sickness from mortal mind
16 4 - Need and supply
16 5 - Truth is not inverted
16 5 - Spiritual baptism
16 5 - The one only way
16 5 - Theories helpless
16 5 - Understanding imparted
16 5 - Our belief and understanding
16 6 - The prayer of Jesus Christ
16 6 - Bodily presence
16 6 - Prayer for the sick
17 1 - Exercise of Mind faculties
17 1 - Eternity of Life
17 1 - Serving two masters
17 1 - Law and gospel
17 1 - Abiding in Life
17 1 - Indestructible being
17 2 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 2 - So-called superiority
17 2 - Mortality vanquished
17 2 - Beatific presence
17 3 - Second death
17 3 - Clay replying to the potter
17 3 - Continuity of existence
17 3 - Death no advantage
17 4 - Death but an illusion
17 4 - Spiritual offspring
17 4 - Illusion of death
17 4 - Suicide and sin
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
17 5 - A belief suicidal
17 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
17 6 - Future purification
17 6 - Sin is punished
17 6 - Salvation and probation
17 6 - Perfection gained slowly
18 1 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 1 - Mental conspirators
18 1 - Mythical pleasure
18 1 - Wickedness is not man
18 2 - Pardon and amendment
18 2 - Cumulative repentance
18 2 - Scientific purgation
18 2 - Sin destroyed through suffering
18 3 - Christian standard
18 3 - Final purpose
18 3 - Righteous retribution
18 3 - Future purification
18 3 - Sin is punished
18 4 - Diabolism destroyed
18 4 - Conversion of Saul
18 4 - Loving God supremely
18 4 - Divine study
18 5 - -30- Divine pardon
18 5 - Cancellation of human sin
18 5 - The uses of truth
18 5 - Moral retrogression
18 6 - Paean of jubilee
18 6 - Pure religion enthroned
18 6 - Christian history
18 6 - Day of judgment
19 1 - Creation's counterfeit
19 1 - Mist, or false claim
19 1 - Hypnotic surgery
19 1 - The Christian's privilege
19 2 - The fruit forbidden
19 2 - Record of error
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - The beguiling first lie
19 3 - Progeny cursed
19 3 - Death but an illusion
19 3 - The counterfeit forces
19 4 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 4 - Sonship of Jesus
19 4 - Erroneous standpoint
19 4 - Mortality mythical
19 4 - Jesus as mediator
19 5 - Truth is not inverted
19 5 - Unimproved opportunities
19 5 - Individual permanency
19 5 - God's man discerned
19 5 - The divine image not lost
19 6 - Paradise regained
19 6 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
19 6 - Basis of true religion
19 6 - Paul's experience
20 1 - Man unfallen
20 1 - Unscientific theories
20 1 - Prediction of a naturalist
20 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 2 - Final destruction of error
20 2 - Sin and penalty
20 2 - Essential element of Christianity
20 2 - The dragon as a type
20 2 - The sting of the serpent
20 3 - Beatific presence
20 3 - Perfect example
20 3 - Divine oneness
20 3 - Jesus as mediator
20 4 - Adherence to righteousness
20 4 - Certainty of results
20 4 - Uses of suffering
20 4 - Thought-forms
20 4 - Error only ephemeral
20 5 - The Christ-element
20 5 - Forgetfulness of self
20 5 - Servants and masters
20 5 - Spirit transforms
20 6 - Charity to those opposed
20 6 - Mortals are not immortals
20 6 - Imperishable identity
20 6 - The kingdom within
21 1 - Real and unreal identity
21 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
21 1 - Soul defined
21 1 - Geology a failure
21 1 - The central intelligence
21 2 - Mental and physical oneness
21 2 - Affirmation and result
21 2 - What the senses originate
21 2 - Sensationless body
21 2 - Man's genuine being
21 3 - Opposing testimony
21 3 - Testimony of the senses
21 3 - Spiritual sense of life
21 3 - Reflection of Spirit
21 3 - Man inseperable from Spirit
21 4 - Science versus sense
21 4 - Servants and masters
21 4 - Sickness as discord
21 4 - Mortal mind controlled
21 4 - Mortality vanquished
21 4 - The age's privilege
21 5 - The error of carnality
21 5 - Causation mental
21 5 - Fear and sickness identical
21 5 - Followers of Jesus
21 5 - Divine authority
21 6 - Spirit transforms
21 6 - Spiritual baptism
21 6 - The one only way
21 6 - Corporeal changes
21 6 - Ultimate harmony
22 1 - The genus of error
22 1 - Mere negation
22 1 - Animal magnetism error
22 2 - Personal conclusions
22 2 - Sickness as only thought
22 2 - Mortal mind not a healer
22 2 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
22 2 - Our modern Eves
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - mental power
22 3 - Spirit intangible
22 3 - Willpower detrimental
22 3 - The dragon as a type
22 3 - The sting of the serpent
22 4 - Consecration required
22 4 - False claims annihilated
22 4 - The true sonship
22 4 - Material pleasures
22 4 - The hopeful outlook
22 5 - Help and hindrance
22 5 - Purity's rebuke
22 5 - Miracles rejected
22 5 - Animal tendency
22 5 - Malicious barbarity
22 6 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 6 - Perfection of divine government
22 6 - Apathy to occultism
22 6 - Error's power imaginary
22 6 - Knowledge and Truth
22 6 - Divine victory
23 1 - Causation considered
23 1 - Inadequate theories of creation
23 1 - Helpful encouragement
23 1 - Poison defined mentally
23 1 - Scientific corrective
23 1 - Salvation is through reform
23 2 - Seemingly independent authority
23 2 - Sickness as only thought
23 2 - Materialistic challenge
23 2 - Unescapable dilemma
23 2 - The invalid's outlook
23 2 - Wrong and right way
23 3 - Erroneous despatch
23 3 - Medical errors
23 3 - The true healing
23 3 - Divine energy
23 3 - Fear as the foundation
23 3 - Matter versus Spirit
23 4 - A stately advance
23 4 - The modus of homoeopathy
23 4 - Causation mental
23 4 - Mind governs body
23 5 - Human egotism
23 5 - No new creation
23 5 - Fleshly ties temporal
23 5 - God's creation intact
23 6 - One primal cause
23 6 - Mind the only cause
23 6 - -6- The universal cause
23 6 - No material creation
23 6 - Limitless Mind
23 6 - Matter is not substance
23 6 - Impossible coalescence
24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - Allness of Truth
24 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
24 1 - Qualities of thought
24 1 - Creatures of God useful
24 1 - The serpent harmless
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Malicious barbarity
24 2 - Ignorance of our rights
24 2 - The spiritual mathematics
24 2 - Wait for reward
24 3 - Matter mindless
24 3 - Spiritual law the only law
24 3 - Arena of contest
24 3 - Millennial glory
24 4 - Sickness akin to sin
24 4 - Laws of human belief
24 4 - Fatigue is mental
24 5 - Anatomy defined
24 5 - Image of the beast
24 5 - The doom of sin
24 5 - Truth's great results
24 6 - No material law
24 6 - Sickness akin to sin
24 6 - Refuge and strength
24 6 - Our footsteps heavenward
24 6 - Vision opening
25 1 - Mindless methods
25 1 - Human power a blind force
25 1 - First evil suggestion
25 1 - Material personality
25 1 - A type of falsehood
25 1 - Doom of the dragon
25 1 - Dragon cast down to earth
25 1 - Warfare with error
25 2 - Spiritual and material
25 2 - Divine origination
25 2 - Spiritual awakening
25 2 - Opposing testimony
25 2 - Embryonic evolution
25 2 - True theory of the universe
25 3 - Loftiest adoration
25 3 - Christ the ideal Truth
25 3 - Sin to be overcome
25 3 - Lawful wonders
25 3 - Ascending the scale
25 3 - The salt of the earth
25 4 - Sin destroyed through suffering
25 4 - Retribution and remorse
25 4 - Man springs from Mind
25 4 - The ascent of species
25 4 - Heralds of Science
25 5 - Pure religion enthroned
25 5 - The infinitude of God
25 5 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
25 5 - God's creation intact
25 6 - Practical preaching
25 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 6 - Arena of contest
25 6 - Beatific presence
25 6 - The infinitude of God
25 6 - Genera classified
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - Scientific evidence
26 1 - Solitary research
26 1 - Conversion of Saul
26 1 - A definite rule discovered
26 2 - Children and adults
26 2 - Opponents benefited
26 2 - Obligations of teachers
26 2 - Mental despotism
26 3 - Immortal achieval
26 3 - Final purpose
26 3 - The hopeful outlook
26 3 - Philologocal inadequacy
26 3 - The one divine method
26 4 - How healing was lost
26 4 - No material law
26 4 - Truth an alterative
26 4 - Practical success
26 5 - The chalice sacrificial
26 5 - Mental conspirators
26 5 - The leaves of healing
26 5 - Argument of good works
26 6 - Divine metaphysics
26 6 - Health and the senses
26 6 - Death outdone
26 6 - Thought-transference
26 6 - The salt of the earth

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