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June 26,1904

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

Psalm 48:1

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 50:1-3,6,7,14-21,23

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

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

    3 Our God shall come, and shall not
keep silence: a fire shall devour
before him, and it shall be very
tempestuous round about him.

    6 And the heavens shall declare his
righteousness: for God is judge
himself.

    7 Hear, O my people, and I will
speak; O Israel, and I will testify
against thee: I am God, even thy God.


    14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and
pay thy vows unto the most High:

    15 And call upon me in the day of
trouble: I will deliver thee, and
thou shalt glorify me.

    16 But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my
statutes, or that thou shouldest take
my covenant in thy mouth?

    17 Seeing thou hatest instruction,
and castest my words behind thee.

    18 When thou sawest a thief, then
thou consentedst with him, and hast
been partaker with adulterers.

    19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil,
and thy tongue frameth deceit.

    20 Thou sittest and speakest
against thy brother; thou slanderest
thine own mother's son.

    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.

    23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth
me: and to him that ordereth his
conversation aright will I shew the
salvation of God.


Section 1


Psalm 77:13-15

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

    14 Thou art the God that doest
wonders: thou hast declared thy
strength among the people.

    15 Thou hast with thine arm
redeemed thy people, the sons of
Jacob and Joseph.

***
Matthew 11:27

    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.

***
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.

***
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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:8-14

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


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



    Question. - Are these terms synonymous?
    Answer. - They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:4(begin Divine)


    (Day of judgment) Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:1-6,19


    (Infinite physique impossible)
    A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. Hence the unsatisfied human craving for something better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a material belief in a physical God and man.
    (Infinity's reflection)
    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. The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:9,24

    (Tritheism impossible)
    The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM. "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord."


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:3-5

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."


Section 2


Deuteronomy 5:6,7

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

    7 Thou shalt have none other gods
before me.

***
Ezekiel 20:7

    7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye
away every man the abominations of
his eyes, and defile not yourselves
with the idols of Egypt: I am the
Lord your God.

***
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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25-27


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:18-21

    (Idolatrous illusions)
    We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to fear and to obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:32-12


    (Ignorant idolatry) The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning, having other gods and believing in more than the one Mind.
    As mortals do not comprehend even mortal existence, how ignorant must they be of the all-knowing Mind and of His creations.
    Here you may see how so-called material sense creates its own forms of thought, gives them material names, and then worships and fears them. With pagan blindness, it attributes to some material god or medicine an ability beyond itself. The beliefs of the human mind rob and enslave it, and then impute this result to another illusive personification, named Satan.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:17-21


    (Belief in many gods)
    Moses declared as Jehovah's first command of the Ten: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me!" But behold the zeal of belief to establish the opposite error of many minds.

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


    (How healing was lost)
    The first idolatry was faith in matter. The schools have rendered faith in drugs the fashion, rather than faith in Deity. By trusting matter to destroy its own discord, health and harmony have been sacrificed. Such systems are barren of the vitality of spiritual power, by which material sense is made the servant of Science and religion becomes Christlike.


Section 3


Deuteronomy 7:9

    9 Know therefore that the Lord thy
God, he is God, the faithful God,
which keepeth covenant and mercy with
them that love him and keep his
commandments to a thousand
generations;
Deuteronomy 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.

***
Job 8:3

    3 Doth God pervert judgment? or
doth the Almighty pervert justice?
Job 23:6

    6 Will he plead against me with his
great power? No; but he would put
strength in me.

***
Ezekiel 18:25

    25 #Yet ye say, The way of the Lord
is not equal. Hear now, O house of
Israel; Is not my way equal? are not
your ways unequal?

***
Psalm 19:7-9

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

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

    9 The fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring for ever: the judgments of
the Lord are true and righteous
altogether.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:21


    (God and nature)
    God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:19-32


    (Copartnership impossible) God is as incapable of producing sin, sickness, and death as He is of experiencing these errors. How then is it possible for Him to create man subject to this triad of errors, - man who is made in the divine likeness?
    Does God create a material man out of Himself, Spirit? Does evil proceed from good? Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it? Would any one call it wise and good to create the primitive, and then punish its derivative?
    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    Does subsequent follow its antecedent? It does. Was there original self-creative sin? Then there must have been more than one creator, more than one God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:25


    (Birth and death unreal)
    Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God? Instead of God sending sickness and death, He destroys them, and brings to light immortality. Omnipotent and infinite Mind made all and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes and subsequently correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to die.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 345:3


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:23-27


    (The origin of divinity)
    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.


Section 4


Psalm 24:3-5

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

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

    5 He shall receive the blessing
from the Lord, and righteousness from
the God of his salvation.
Psalm 51:6

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

***
Isaiah 33:15-17

    15 He that walketh righteously, and
speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth
the gain of oppressions, that shaketh
his hands from holding of bribes,
that stoppeth his ears from hearing
of blood, and shutteth his eyes from
seeing evil;

    16 He shall dwell on high: his
place of defence shall be the
munitions of rocks: bread shall be
given him; his waters shall be sure.

    17 Thine eyes shall see the king in
his beauty: they shall behold the
land that is very far off.

***
Matthew 5:8

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

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 15:26-30


    (Trustworthy beneficence)
    Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:3-7


    (Wicked evasions)
    When the Publican's wail went out to the great heart of Love, it won his humble desire. Evil which obtains in the bodily senses, but which the heart condemns, has no foundation; but if evil is uncondemned, it is undenied and nurtured.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:23


    (Spirit transforms)
    One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; ;and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:23(only),26-29

  (- MORTAL MIND - The belief that life has a beginning and therefore an end)


    (-11- Christ Jesus)
    XI.
    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:26


    (Immortal models)
    Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results.


Section 5


Jeremiah 29:11-13

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

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

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

***
Matthew 6:6

    6 But thou, when thou prayest,
enter into thy closet, and when thou
hast shut thy door, pray to thy
Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall
reward thee openly.
Matthew 7:7,8

    7 #Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you:

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

***
John 15:7

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

***
I John 3:22,23

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

    23 And this is his commandment,
That we should believe on the name of
his Son Jesus Christ, and love one
another, as he gave us commandment.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:15-17


    (Deity unchangeable)
    Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it. Goodness attains the demonstration of Truth.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 11:22-31

    (Desire for holiness)
    We know that a desire for holiness is requisite in order to gain holiness; but if we desire holiness above all else, we shall sacrifice everything for it. We must be willing to do this, that we may walk securely in the only practical road to holiness. Prayer cannot change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth; but prayer, coupled with a fervent habitual desire to know and do the will of God, will bring us into all Truth.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 16:1-4,20

    (Loftiest adoration)
    A great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding. The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration.
    (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 - 4:12-22

    (Efficacious petitions)
    The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, - blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.
    (Watchfulness requisite)
    Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.


Section 6


Isaiah 43:8-11,18-20

    8 #Bring forth the blind people
that have eyes, and the deaf that
have ears.

    9 Let all the nations be gathered
together, and let the people be
assembled: who among them can declare
this, and shew us former things? let
them bring forth their witnesses,
that they may be justified: or let
them hear, and say, It is truth.

    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.

    18 #Remember ye not the former
things, neither consider the things
of old.

    19 Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall ye
not know it? I will even make a way
in the wilderness, and rivers in the
desert.

    20 The beast of the field shall
honour me, the dragons and the owls:
because I give waters in the
wilderness, and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my people, my
chosen.

***
Matthew 9:28,29

    28 And when he was come into the
house, the blind men came to him: and
Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye
that I am able to do this? They said
unto him, Yea, Lord.

    29 Then touched he their eyes,
saying, According to your faith be it
unto you.

***
Job 22:21

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:7-8,13


    (Our belief and understanding)
    If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health.
    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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:26

    (The divine completeness) The true understanding of God is spiritual. It robs the grave of victory. It destroys the false evidence that misleads thought and points to other gods, or other so-called powers, such as matter, disease, sin, and death, superior or contrary to the one Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:7-15

    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:26-28


    (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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - Day of judgment
01 1 - Infinite physique impossible
01 1 - Infinity's reflection
01 1 - Tritheism impossible
01 1 - No divine corporeality
01 1 - Vapor and nothingness
01 2 - Priestly pride humbled
01 2 - Idolatrous illusions
01 2 - Ignorant idolatry
01 2 - Belief in many gods
01 2 - How healing was lost
01 3 - God and nature
01 3 - Copartnership impossible
01 3 - Two infinite creators absurd
01 3 - Birth and death unreal
01 3 - Omnipotence set forth
01 3 - The origin of divinity
01 4 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
01 4 - Trustworthy beneficence
01 4 - Wicked evasions
01 4 - Spirit transforms
01 4 - -11- Christ Jesus
01 4 - Immortal models
01 5 - Deity unchangeable
01 5 - Desire for holiness
01 5 - Loftiest adoration
01 5 - The prayer of Jesus Christ
01 5 - Bodily presence
01 5 - Efficacious petitions
01 5 - Watchfulness requisite
01 6 - Our belief and understanding
01 6 - Prophetic ignorance
01 6 - The divine completeness
01 6 - Narrow pathway
01 6 - Creatures of God useful
01 6 - Redemption from selfishness


July 10,1904

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 10:16

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


Responsive Reading


Matthew 20:20-34

    20 #Then came to him the mother of
Zebedee's children with her sons,
worshipping him, and desiring a
certain thing of him.

    21 And he said unto her, What wilt
thou? She saith unto him, Grant that
these my two sons may sit, the one on
thy right hand, and the other on the
left, in thy kingdom.

    22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye
know not what ye ask. Are ye able to
drink of the cup that I shall drink
of, and to be baptized with the
baptism that I am baptized with? They
say unto him, We are able.

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


    24 And when the ten heard it, they
were moved with indignation against
the two brethren.

    25 But Jesus called them unto him,
and said, Ye know that the princes of
the Gentiles exercise dominion over
them, and they that are great
exercise authority upon them.

    26 But it shall not be so among
you: but whosoever will be great
among you, let him be your minister;

    27 And whosoever will be chief
among you, let him be your servant:

    28 Even as the Son of man came not
to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give his life a
ransom for many.

    29 And as they departed from
Jericho, a great multitude followed
him.

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

    31 And the multitude rebuked them,
because they should hold their peace:
but they cried the more, saying, Have
mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of
David.

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

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

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


Section 1


Exodus 12:21,26,27

    21 #Then Moses called for all the
elders of Israel, and said unto them,
Draw out and take you a lamb
according to your families, and kill
the passover.

    26 And it shall come to pass, when
your children shall say unto you, What
mean ye by this service?

    27 That ye shall say, It is the
sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who
passed over the houses of the
children of Israel in Egypt, when he
smote the Egyptians, and delivered
our houses. And the people bowed the
head and worshipped.

***
Luke 22:14,15

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

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

***
I Corinthians 5:7,8

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:3,20-21,28


    (Sacred sacrament)
    In ancient Rome a soldier was required to swear allegiance to his general. The Latin word for this oath was sacramentum, and our English word sacrament is derived from it. Among the Jews it was an ancient custom for the master of a feast to pass each guest a cup of wine. But the Eucharist does not commemorate a Roman soldier's oath, nor was the wine, used on convivial occasions and in Jewish rites, the cup of our Lord. The cup shows forth his bitter experience, - the cup which he prayed might pass from him, though he bowed in holy submission to the divine decree.
    (Spiritual refreshment)
    The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine.
    (Jesus' sad repast)
    The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 66:9,30


    (Salutary sorrow)
    Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God's care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.
    (The gold and dross)
    Sorrow has its reward. It never leaves us where it found us. The furnace separates the gold from the dross that the precious metal may be graven with the image of God. The cup our Father hath given, shall we not drink it and learn the lessons He teaches?

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 96:4-5,11


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


Section 2


John 21:4-6,9,12-14

    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.

    14 This is now the third time that
Jesus shewed himself to his disciples,
after that he was risen from the
dead.

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


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:6


    (Found wanting)
    A condition precedent to communion with Spirit is the gain of spiritual life.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:14

    (Scientific foreseeing)
    Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, - yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.


Section 3


Deuteronomy 8:2,3

    2 And thou shalt remember all the
way which the Lord thy God led thee
these forty years in the wilderness,
to humble thee, and to prove thee, to
know what was in thine heart, whether
thou wouldest keep his commandments,
or no.

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

***
John 6:32-35

    32 Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses
gave you not that bread from heaven;
but my Father giveth you the true
bread from heaven.

    33 For the bread of God is he which
cometh down from heaven, and giveth
life unto the world.

    34 Then said they unto him, Lord,
evermore give us this bread.

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

***
I Corinthians 11:23,24,28-30

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

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

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

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:9


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

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


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


Section 4


Psalm 116:12,13

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

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

***
Luke 22:17,18,20,39-43

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

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

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

    39 #And he came out, and went, as
he was wont, to the mount of Olives;
and his disciples also followed him.

    40 And when he was at the place, he
said unto them, Pray that ye enter
not into temptation.

    41 And he was withdrawn from them
about a stone's cast, and kneeled
down, and prayed,

    42 Saying, Father, if thou be
willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine,
be done.

    43 And there appeared an angel unto
him from heaven, strengthening him.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 33:18-5


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

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 50:30

    (The real pillory)
    The real cross, which Jesus bore up the hill of grief, was the world's hatred of Truth and Love. Not the spear nor the material cross wrung from his faithful lips the plaintive cry, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" It was the possible loss of something more important than human life which moved him, - the possible misapprehension of the sublimest influence of his career. This dread added the drop of gall to his cup.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:8-10,21-22,26

    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    Who is ready to follow his teaching and example? All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God.
    (Spiritual friendship)
    His earthly cup of bitterness was drained to the dregs.
    He said that those who followed him should drink of his cup, and history has confirmed the prediction.


Section 5


Exodus 24:8

    8 And Moses took the blood, and
sprinkled it on the people, and said,
Behold the blood of the covenant,
which the Lord hath made with you
concerning all these words.

***
Jeremiah 31:31,33,34

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

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

    34 And they shall teach no more
every man his neighbour, and every
man his brother, saying, Know the
Lord: for they shall all know me,
from the least of them unto the
greatest of them, saith the Lord: for
I will forgive their iniquity, and I
will remember their sin no more.

***
Matthew 26:27-29

    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.

***
I Peter 1:18,19,22,23

    18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye
were not redeemed with corruptible
things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation received by
tradition from your fathers;

    19 But with the precious blood of
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:

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

    23 Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.

598:17(to understanding.) Chapter 17: Glossary
(WINE)


    WINE. Inspiration; understanding.

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


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

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


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

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.

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.


Section 6


Acts 2:41,42,46,47

    41 #Then they that gladly received
his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about
three thousand souls.

    42 And they continued stedfastly in
the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread,
and in prayers.

    46 And they, continuing daily with
one accord in the temple, and breaking
bread from house to house, did eat
their meat with gladness and
singleness of heart,

    47 Praising God, and having favour
with all the people. And the Lord
added to the church daily such as
should be saved.

***
II Corinthians 13:11,14

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:5-17


    (Incisive questions)
    If Christ, Truth, has come to us in demonstration, no other commemoration is requisite, for demonstration is Immanuel, or God with us; and if a friend be with us, why need we memorials of that friend?
    (Millennial glory)
    If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world. If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, - the receptive thought, - they will bring in the millennium.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:22-25

    (Complete emulation)
    It is possible, - yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, - to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:6

    (Within the veil) Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 43:27-4

    (Divine victory) The divine must overcome the human at every point. The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelligence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs.
    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.

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

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

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - Sacred sacrament
02 1 - Spiritual refreshment
02 1 - Jesus' sad repast
02 1 - Salutary sorrow
02 1 - The gold and dross
02 1 - The darkest hours of all
02 2 - The last breakfast
02 2 - Found wanting
02 2 - Scientific foreseeing
02 3 - Heavenly supplies
02 3 - Life eternal and present
02 3 - Healing primary
02 4 - The holy struggle
02 4 - Incisive questions
02 4 - Mockery of truth
02 4 - The real pillory
02 4 - Inspiration of sacrifice
02 4 - Spiritual friendship
02 5 - True flesh and blood
02 5 - Efficacy of truth
02 5 - Crumbs of comfort
02 5 - Fulfilment of the Law
02 6 - Incisive questions
02 6 - Millennial glory
02 6 - Complete emulation
02 6 - Within the veil
02 6 - Divine victory
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist


July 3,1904

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

I John 2:25

    25 And this is the promise that he
hath promised us, even eternal life.


Responsive Reading


Luke 18:18-30

    18 And a certain ruler asked him,
saying, Good Master, what shall I do
to inherit eternal life?

    19 And Jesus said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? none is good,
save one, that is, God.

    20 Thou knowest the commandments,
Do not commit adultery, Do not kill,
Do not steal, Do not bear false
witness, Honour thy father and thy
mother.

    21 And he said, All these have I
kept from my youth up.

    22 Now when Jesus heard these
things, he said unto him, Yet lackest
thou one thing: sell all that thou
hast, and distribute unto the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come, follow me.

    23 And when he heard this, he was
very sorrowful: for he was very rich.


    24 And when Jesus saw that he was
very sorrowful, he said, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter
into the kingdom of God!

    25 For it is easier for a camel to
go through a needle's eye, than for a
rich man to enter into the kingdom of
God.

    26 And they that heard it said, Who
then can be saved?

    27 And he said, The things which
are impossible with men are possible
with God.

    28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have
left all, and followed thee,

    29 And he said unto them, Verily I
say unto you, There is no man that
hath left house, or parents, or
brethren, or wife, or children, for
the kingdom of God's sake,

    30 Who shall not receive manifold
more in this present time, and in the
world to come life everlasting.


Section 1


Revelation 22:1

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

***
Psalm 36:9

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

***
Acts 17:22,23,28-31

    22 #Then Paul stood in the midst of
Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of
Athens, I perceive that in all things
ye are too superstitious.

    23 For as I passed by, and beheld
your devotions, I found an altar with
this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship,
him declare I unto you.

    28 For in him we live, and move,
and have our being; as certain also
of your own poets have said, For we
are also his offspring.

    29 Forasmuch then as we are the
offspring of God, we ought not to
think that the Godhead is like unto
gold, or silver, or stone, graven by
art and man's device.

    30 And the times of this ignorance
God winked at; but now commandeth all
men every where to repent:

    31 Because he hath appointed a day,
in the which he will judge the world
in righteousness by that man whom he
hath ordained; whereof he hath given
assurance unto all men, in that he
hath raised him from the dead.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:31-32


    (Thought-transference)
    Life and being are of God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:17


    (No laws of matter) 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.

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

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:15-31


    (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.
    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.


Section 2


John 1:1,2,4,5

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

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

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

    5 And the light shineth in
darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.
John 3:14-16

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:10-16


    (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.

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

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

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 3


Psalm 34:12-14

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

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

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

***
Romans 8:6

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

***
I John 5:12

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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:1-3


    (Found wanting)
    There is but one spiritual existence, - the Life of which corporeal sense can take no cognizance. The divine Principle of man speaks through immortal sense.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:5


    (Music, rhythm of head and heart)
    If Enoch's perception had been confined to the evidence before his material senses, he could never have "walked with God," nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:6-16,28-32


    (Spiritual insight)
    We approach God, or Life, in proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love; and in that ratio we know all human need and are able to discern the thought of the sick and the sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind cannot hide from the law of God.
    Whoever reaches this point of moral culture and goodness cannot injure others, and must do them good. The greater or lesser ability of a Christian Scientist to discern thought scientifically, depends upon his genuine spirituality.
    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 99:23

    (Key to the kingdom)
    The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.


Section 4


Job 9:25-28

    25 Now my days are swifter than a
post: they flee away, they see no
good.

    26 They are passed away as the
swift ships: as the eagle that
hasteth to the prey.

    27 If I say, I will forget my
complaint, I will leave off my
heaviness, and comfort myself:

    28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I
know that thou wilt not hold me
innocent.

***
Psalm 39:7,12,13

    7 And now, Lord, what wait I for?
my hope is in thee.

    12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give
ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace
at my tears: for I am a stranger with
thee, and a sojourner, as all my
fathers were.

    13 O spare me, that I may recover
strength, before I go hence, and be
no more.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:27


    (Spiritual sense of life)
    Temporal life is a false sense of existence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:3-7


    (The serpent of error)
    Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may be dead to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues? Here theories cease, and Science unveils the mystery and solves the problem of man.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:24


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:20


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 303:16

    (Mental propagation)
    Divine Science lays the axe at the root of the illusion that life, or mind, is formed by or is in the material body, and Science will eventually destroy this illusion through the self-destruction of all error and the beatified understanding of the Science of Life.


Section 5


Deuteronomy 4:1

    1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel,
unto the statutes and unto the
judgments, which I teach you, for to
do them, that ye may live, and go in
and possess the land which the Lord
God of your fathers giveth you.

***
Matthew 19:16,17

    16 #And, behold, one came and said
unto him, Good Master, what good thing
shall I do, that I may have eternal
life?

    17 And he said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God: but if
thou wilt enter into life, keep the
commandments.

***
John 12:49,50

    49 For I have not spoken of myself;
but the Father which sent me, he gave
me a commandment, what I should say,
and what I should speak.

    50 And I know that his commandment
is life everlasting: whatsoever I
speak therefore, even as the Father
said unto me, so I speak.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:29


    (Jesus' sinless career)
    Jesus urged the commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," which may be rendered: Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal; thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life, - even God, good. He rendered "unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." He at last paid no homage to forms of doctrine or to theories of man, but acted and spake as he was moved, not by spirits but by Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 340:15-22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-Platform summation-)
    "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal.

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


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


Section 6


II Timothy 1:7,9,10

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

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

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

***
Acts 2:22,24-28

    22 Ye men of Israel, hear these
words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man
approved of God among you by miracles
and wonders and signs, which God did
by him in the midst of you, as ye
yourselves also know:

    24 Whom God hath raised up, having
loosed the pains of death: because it
was not possible that he should be
holden of it.

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

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

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

    28 Thou hast made known to me the
ways of life; thou shalt make me full
of joy with thy countenance.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:15-30


    (No proof of immortality)
    Life, Love, Truth, is the only proof of immortality.
    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal. Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing, governing, divine Principle lives on, - in the case of man as truly as in the case of numbers and of music, - despite the so-called laws of matter, which define man as mortal. Though the inharmony resulting from material sense hides the harmony of Science, inharmony cannot destroy the divine Principle of Science. In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22-10


    (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.


    (Careful guidance)
    The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life, and this Life must be brought to light by the understanding that there is no death, as well as by other graces of Spirit. We must begin, however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 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.

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Thought-transference
03 1 - No laws of matter
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 1 - Self-completeness
03 1 - Spiritual proofs of existence
03 2 - Christ's demonstration
03 2 - Life-power indestructible
03 2 - Abiding in Life
03 2 - Indestructible being
03 3 - Found wanting
03 3 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
03 3 - The immortal birth
03 3 - Spiritual insight
03 3 - Spiritual awakening
03 3 - Key to the kingdom
03 4 - Spiritual sense of life
03 4 - The serpent of error
03 4 - Inexhaustible divine Love
03 4 - Inverted images
03 4 - Mental propagation
03 5 - Jesus' sinless career
03 5 - -Platform summation-
03 5 - Effective triumph
03 6 - No proof of immortality
03 6 - Mind's manifestations immortal
03 6 - The present immortality
03 6 - Careful guidance
03 6 - Life not contingent on matter


July 17,1904

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

I Kings 17:23,24

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

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 61:1-8

    1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto
my prayer.

    2 From the end of the earth will I
cry unto thee, when my heart is
overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that
is higher than I.

    3 For thou hast been a shelter for
me, and a strong tower from the enemy.


    4 I will abide in thy tabernacle
for ever: I will trust in the covert
of thy wings.

    5 For thou, O God, hast heard my
vows: thou hast given me the heritage
of those that fear thy name.

    6 Thou wilt prolong the king's
life: and his years as many
generations.

    7 He shall abide before God for
ever: O prepare mercy and truth,
which may preserve him.

    8 So will I sing praise unto thy
name for ever, that I may daily
perform my vows.
Psalm 85:7-13

    7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and
grant us thy salvation.

    8 I will hear what God the Lord
will speak: for he will speak peace
unto his people, and to his saints:
but let them not turn again to folly.


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

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

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

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

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


Section 1


Psalm 115:1

    1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto
us, but unto thy name give glory, for
thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

***
Daniel 4:34,35,37

    34 And at the end of the days I
Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes
unto heaven, and mine understanding
returned unto me, and I blessed the
most High, and I praised and honoured
him that liveth for ever, whose
dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom is from generation to
generation:

    35 And all the inhabitants of the
earth are reputed as nothing: and he
doeth according to his will in the
army of heaven, and among the
inhabitants of the earth: and none
can stay his hand, or say unto him,
What doest thou?

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and
extol and honour the King of heaven,
all whose works are truth, and his
ways judgment: and those that walk in
pride he is able to abase.

***
Zechariah 8:7,8

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

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

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:17-19

    (Vain ecstasies)
    Mortals try to believe without understanding Truth; yet God is Truth.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 357:17


    (Anthropomorphism)
    History teaches that the popular and false notions about the Divine Being and character have originated in the human mind. As there is in reality but one God, one Mind, wrong notions about God must have originated in a false supposition, not in immortal Truth, and they are fading out. They are false claims, which will eventually disappear, according to the vision of St. John in the Apocalypse.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:16

    (Fatal premises)
    We cannot bring out the practical proof of Christianity, which Jesus required, while error seems as potent and real to us as Truth, and while we make a personal devil and an anthropomorphic God our starting-points, - especially if we consider Satan as a being coequal in power with Deity, if not superior to Him. Because such starting-points are neither spiritual nor scientific, they cannot work out the Spirit-rule of Christian healing, which proves the nothingness of error, discord, by demonstrating the all-inclusiveness of harmonious Truth.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 361:25

    (Choose ye today)
    A germ of infinite Truth, though least in the kingdom of heaven, is the higher hope on earth, but it will be rejected and reviled until God prepares the soil for the seed. That which when sown bears immortal fruit, enriches mankind only when it is understood, - hence the many readings given the Scriptures, and the requisite revisions of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.


Section 2


Jeremiah 9:2-5

    2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a
lodging place of wayfaring men; that
I might leave my people, and go from
them! for they be all adulterers, an
assembly of treacherous men.

    3 And they bend their tongues like
their bow for lies: but they are not
valiant for the truth upon the earth;
for they proceed from evil to evil,
and they know not me, saith the Lord.


    4 Take ye heed every one of his
neighbour, and trust ye not in any
brother: for every brother will
utterly supplant, and every neighbour
will walk with slanders.

    5 And they will deceive every one
his neighbour, and will not speak the
truth: they have taught their tongue
to speak lies, and weary themselves
to commit iniquity.

***
II Timothy 2:15,16

    15 Study to shew thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.

    16 But shun profane and vain
babblings: for they will increase
unto more ungodliness.

***
Ephesians 4:14,15

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

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

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:31-2

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


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    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."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:6

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


    (Celestial evidence)
    The unlikeness of Truth, - named error, - the opposite of Science, and the evidence before the five corporeal senses, afford no indication of the grand facts of being; even as these so-called senses receive no intimation of the earth's motions or of the science of astronomy, but yield assent to astronomical propositions on the authority of natural science.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 211:1


    (Matter mindless)
    If brain, nerves, stomach, are intelligent, - if they talk to us, tell us their condition, and report how they feel, - then Spirit and matter, Truth and error, commingle and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and death; and who shall say whether Truth or error is the greater?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:3


    (Spiritual gateway)
    Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests. Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.


Section 3


Mark 1:14,34,35

    14 Now after that John was put in
prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of God,

    34 And he healed many that were
sick of divers diseases, and cast out
many devils; and suffered not the
devils to speak, because they knew
him.

    35 And in the morning, rising up a
great while before day, he went out,
and departed into a solitary place,
and there prayed.
Mark 3:13-15

    13 And he goeth up into a mountain,
and calleth unto him whom he would:
and they came unto him.

    14 And he ordained twelve, that
they should be with him, and that he
might send them forth to preach,

    15 And to have power to heal
sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

***
John 15:16

    16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained you,
that ye should go and bring forth
fruit, and that your fruit should
remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask
of the Father in my name, he may give
it you.
John 16:13

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

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


    (Healing early lost)
    The proofs of Truth, Life, and Love, which Jesus gave by casting out error and healing the sick, completed his earthly mission; but in the Christian Church this demonstration of healing was early lost, about three centuries after the crucifixion. No ancient school of philosophy, materia medica, or scholastic theology ever taught or demonstrated the divine healing of absolute Science.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:26

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


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

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:2

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


    (Followers of Jesus)
    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.


Section 4


Isaiah 33:13

    13 #Hear, ye that are far off, what
I have done; and, ye that are near,
acknowledge my might.

***
Jeremiah 4:2

    2 And thou shalt swear, The Lord
liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in
righteousness; and the nations shall
bless themselves in him, and in him
shall they glory.

***
Matthew 15:21-28

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

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

    23 But he answered her not a word.
And his disciples came and besought
him, saying, Send her away; for she
crieth after us.

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

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

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

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:26


    (Recognition of benefits)
    In Christian Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what it has done for us is an effectual help. If pride, superstition, or any error prevents the honest recognition of benefits received, this will be a hindrance to the recovery of the sick and the success of the student.

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:15

    (Touchstone of Science)
    Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a struggle, and many are reluctant to acknowledge that they have yielded; but unless this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good. The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God's power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.


Section 5


Luke 17:11-18

    11 #And it came to pass, as he went
to Jerusalem, that he passed through
the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

    12 And as he entered into a certain
village, there met him ten men that
were lepers, which stood afar off:

    13 And they lifted up their voices,
and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy
on us.

    14 And when he saw them, he said
unto them, Go shew yourselves unto
the priests. And it came to pass,
that, as they went, they were
cleansed.

    15 And one of them, when he saw
that he was healed, turned back, and
with a loud voice glorified God,

    16 And fell down on his face at his
feet, giving him thanks: and he was a
Samaritan.

    17 And Jesus answering said, Were
there not ten cleansed? but where are
the nine?

    18 There are not found that
returned to give glory to God, save
this stranger.

***
Matthew 10:32,33

    32 Whosoever therefore shall
confess me before men, him will I
confess also before my Father which
is in heaven.

    33 But whosoever shall deny me
before men, him will I also deny
before my Father which is in heaven.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:1(begin The)


    (Diabolism destroyed) The Scriptures say, that if we deny Christ, "he also will deny us."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 94:17


    (Ingratitude and denial)
    The progress of truth confirms its claims, and our Master confirmed his words by his works. His healing-power evoked denial, ingratitude, and betrayal, arising from sensuality. Of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed, but one returned to give God thanks, - that is, to acknowledge the divine Principle which had healed him.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 53:16


    (Inspiring discontent)
    The world could not interpret aright the discomfort which Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings which might flow from such discomfort. Science shows the cause of the shock so often produced by the truth, - namely, that this shock arises from the great distance between the individual and Truth. Like Peter, we should weep over the warning, instead of denying the truth or mocking the lifelong sacrifice which goodness makes for the destruction of evil.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 342:5


    (Commands of Jesus)
    In the result of some unqualified condemnations of scientific Mind-healing, one may see with sorrow the sad effects on the sick of denying Truth. He that decries this Science does it presumptuously, in the face of Bible history and in defiance of the direct command of Jesus, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," to which command was added the promise that his students should cast out evils and heal the sick. He bade the seventy disciples, as well as the twelve, heal the sick in any town where they should be hospitably received.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:22-25


    (Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty) No impossible thing do I ask when urging the claims of Christian Science; but because this teaching is in advance of the age, we should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment.


Section 6


John 8:31,32,51

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

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

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

***
I John 2:21,25,27,28

    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.

    25 And this is the promise that he
hath promised us, even eternal life.

    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.

    28 And now, little children, abide
in him; that, when he shall appear, we
may have confidence, and not be
ashamed before him at his coming.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:1-2


    (The Christ-element)
    Truth demonstrated is eternal life.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:12


    (Spirits obsolete)
    Truth destroys mortality, and brings to light immortality. Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated.

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?

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:26


    (Signs following)
    In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - -2- The deific definitions
04 1 - Vain ecstasies
04 1 - Anthropomorphism
04 1 - The divine life-link
04 1 - Fatal premises
04 1 - Choose ye today
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Truth destroys falsity
04 2 - Celestial evidence
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Matter mindless
04 2 - Spiritual gateway
04 3 - Healing early lost
04 3 - Sickness erroneous
04 3 - The main purpose
04 3 - Followers of Jesus
04 4 - Recognition of benefits
04 4 - Proof by induction
04 4 - Touchstone of Science
04 5 - Diabolism destroyed
04 5 - Ingratitude and denial
04 5 - Inspiring discontent
04 5 - Commands of Jesus
04 5 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
04 6 - The Christ-element
04 6 - Spirits obsolete
04 6 - Life all-inclusive
04 6 - Primitive error
04 6 - Signs following


July 24,1904

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

John 14:15

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.


Responsive Reading


John 14:21-31

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

    22 Judas saith unto him, not
Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou
wilt manifest thyself unto us, and
not unto the world?

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

    24 He that loveth me not keepeth
not my sayings: and the word which ye
hear is not mine, but the Father's
which sent me.

    25 These things have I spoken unto
you, being yet present with you.

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

    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace
I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid.

    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.

    29 And now I have told you before
it come to pass, that, when it is
come to pass, ye might believe.

    30 Hereafter I will not talk much
with you: for the prince of this
world cometh, and hath nothing in me.


    31 But that the world may know that
I love the Father; and as the Father
gave me commandment, even so I do.
Arise, let us go hence.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 6:5,6

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

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

***
Jeremiah 31:1,3

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

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

***
I John 4:16

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:25-26


    (Definition of man)
    God is Love. He is therefore the divine, infinite Principle, called Person or God.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:14-17

    (Vain ecstasies)
    People go into ecstasies over the sense of a corporeal Jehovah, though with scarcely a spark of love in their hearts; yet God is Love, and without Love, God, immortality cannot appear.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:19


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:17


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


Section 2


Matthew 23:9

    9 And call no man your father upon
the earth: for one is your Father,
which is in heaven.

***
I Corinthians 8:3,5,6

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

    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.

***
Galatians 4:22-26

    22 For it is written, that Abraham
had two sons, the one by a bondmaid,
the other by a freewoman.

    23 But he who was of the bondwoman
was born after the flesh; but he of
the freewoman was by promise.

    24 Which things are an allegory:
for these are the two covenants; the
one from the mount Sinai, which
gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

    25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in
Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem
which now is, and is in bondage with
her children.

    26 But Jerusalem which is above is
free, which is the mother of us all.

***
Revelation 3:12

    12 Him that overcometh will I make
a pillar in the temple of my God, and
he shall go no more out: and I will
write upon him the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God,
which is new Jerusalem, which cometh
down out of heaven from my God: and I
will write upon him my new name.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7,13,24


    (No material creation)
    Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.
    (No divine corporeality)
    The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love?
    No form nor physical combination is adequate to represent infinite Love. A finite and material sense of God leads to formalism and narrowness; it chills the spirit of Christianity.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 508:21


    (Mind's pure thought)
    The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation. The intelligent individual idea, be it male or female, rising from the lesser to the greater, unfolds the infinitude of Love.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:7-11


    (Infinity measureless)
    Genesis ii. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.



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


Section 3


John 15:9,10,13,14,19,21,22,24

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

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

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

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

    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.

    21 But all these things will they
do unto you for my name's sake,
because they know not him that sent
me.

    22 If I had not come and spoken
unto them, they had not had sin: but
now they have no cloak for their sin.


    24 If I had not done among them the
works which none other man did, they
had not had sin: but now have they
both seen and hated both me and my
Father.

***
Romans 8:35-39

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

    36 As it is written, For thy sake
we are killed all the day long; we
are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter.

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

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:18

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 26:21-23


    (Proof in practice)
    Jesus' teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:1,13

    (Bearing our sins)
    Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error. The world acknowledged not his righteousness, seeing it not; but earth received the harmony his glorified example introduced.
    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    In witness of his divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sick and the sinning, and triumph over death through Mind, not matter. This was the highest proof he could have offered of divine Love. His hearers understood neither his words nor his works. They would not accept his meek interpretation of life nor follow his example.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:21

    (Example for our salvation)
    His purpose in healing was not alone to restore health, but to demonstrate his divine Principle. He was inspired by God, by Truth and Love, in all that he said and did. The motives of his persecutors were pride, envy, cruelty, and vengeance, inflicted on the physical Jesus, but aimed at the divine Principle, Love, which rebuked their sensuality.

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

    (Help and hindrance)
    If the Master had not taken a student and taught the unseen verities of God, he would not have been crucified. The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love.


Section 4


John 13:34,35

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

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

***
I John 2:3-6

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

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

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

    6 He that saith he abideth in him
ought himself also so to walk, even
as he walked.
I John 4:21

    21 And this commandment have we
from him, That he who loveth God love
his brother also.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:5-16


    (Efficacious petitions)
    To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
    The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring, - blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love.

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.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:12


    (The true physician)
    The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scientists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels of bigoted pedantry.

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.


Section 5


John 14:15,16

    15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments.

    16 And I will pray the Father, and
he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever;
John 15:26

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

***
Revelation 12:1,5

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

    5 And she brought forth a man
child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was
caught up unto God, and to his
throne.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:21-29


    (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.
    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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 565:13


    (The conflict with purity)
    The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but "of his kingdom there shall be no end," for Christ, God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples - imperatively, absolutely, finally - with divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character. After the stars sang together and all was primeval harmony, the material lie made war upon the spiritual idea; but this only impelled the idea to rise to the zenith of demonstration, destroying sin, sickness, and death, and to be caught up unto God, - to be found in its divine Principle.

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:9


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


Section 6


Matthew 5:13,14,16

    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.

    16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.

***
Ephesians 5:1,2

    1 Be ye therefore followers of
God, as dear children:

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

***
I Corinthians 4:15,16

    15 For though ye have ten thousand
instructors in Christ, yet have ye not
many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I
have begotten you through the gospel.


    16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye
followers of me.

***
I Thessalonians 5:12,13

    12 And we beseech you, brethren, to
know them which labour among you, and
are over you in the Lord, and
admonish you;

    13 And to esteem them very highly
in love for their work's sake. And be
at peace among yourselves.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 560:11-17,22-28


    (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.
    (Persecution harmful)
    Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from view the apostle's character, which made him equal to his great mission. Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:22


    (Sectarianism and opposition)
    A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:5-13

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


    (Rudiments of growth)
    You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
    (Condition of progress)
    We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 113:3


    (Principle and practice)
    The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit comes only in small degrees. The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, - pulseless, cold, inanimate.

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:2


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

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - Definition of man
05 1 - -Platform summation-
05 1 - Vain ecstasies
05 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 1 - Practical religion
05 2 - No material creation
05 2 - No divine corporeality
05 2 - Mind's pure thought
05 2 - Fleshly ties temporal
05 2 - Infinity measureless
05 3 - Jesus not God
05 3 - Proof in practice
05 3 - Bearing our sins
05 3 - Inspiration of sacrifice
05 3 - Example for our salvation
05 3 - Help and hindrance
05 4 - Efficacious petitions
05 4 - Native nothingness of sin
05 4 - Charity to those opposed
05 4 - The true physician
05 4 - The sole governor
05 5 - Injustice to the Saviour
05 5 - The conflict with purity
05 5 - Seeming and being
05 5 - Man inseparable from Love
05 6 - True estimate of God's messenger
05 6 - Persecution harmful
05 6 - Sectarianism and opposition
05 6 - Rudiments of growth
05 6 - Condition of progress
05 6 - Principle and practice
05 6 - The salt of the earth
05 6 - Love impartial and universal


July 31,1904

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Ephesians 4:4

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


Responsive Reading


John 4:7,9-14,19-24

    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?

    12 Art thou greater than our father
Jacob, which gave us the well, and
drank thereof himself, and his
children, and his cattle?

    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.

    19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I
perceive that thou art a prophet.

    20 Our fathers worshipped in this
mountain; and ye say, that in
Jerusalem is the place where men
ought to worship.

    21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman,
believe me, the hour cometh, when ye
shall neither in this mountain, nor
yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.


    22 Ye worship ye know not what: we
know what we worship: for salvation is
of the Jews.

    23 But the hour cometh, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in
truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him.

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


Section 1


Genesis 1:2

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

***
I Corinthians 12:4-6

    4 Now there are diversities of
gifts, but the same Spirit.

    5 And there are differences of
administrations, but the same Lord.

    6 And there are diversities of
operations, but it is the same God
which worketh all in all.

***
Ephesians 4:4-6

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

    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:25-26(to .)


    (All force mental)
    Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)


    (-1- The deific supremacy)
    The individuality of Spirit, or the infinite, is unknown, and thus a knowledge of it is left either to human conjecture or to the revelation of divine Science.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)

    (-6- The universal cause)
    He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:17-19


    (The one real power)
    Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the "wind in His fists;" and this teaching accords with Science and harmony.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:18-19


    (Qualities of thought)
    Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:15(to .),23


    (Material misconceptions)


    Is God a physical personality? Spirit is not physical.
    (Salvation is through reform)
    By interpreting God as a corporeal Saviour but not as the saving Principle, or divine Love, we shall continue to seek salvation through pardon and not through reform, and resort to matter instead of Spirit for the cure of the sick. As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.


Section 2


Daniel 4:2,3

    2 I thought it good to shew the
signs and wonders that the high God
hath wrought toward me.

    3 How great are his signs! and how
mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is
an everlasting kingdom, and his
dominion is from generation to
generation.
Daniel 6:26

    26 I make a decree, That in every
dominion of my kingdom men tremble
and fear before the God of Daniel:
for he is the living God, and
stedfast for ever, and his kingdom
that which shall not be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be even unto
the end.

***
Matthew 6:31,33

    31 Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What
shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed?

    33 But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.

***
Romans 14:17

    17 For the kingdom of God is not
meat and drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

***
Luke 17:20,21

    20 #And when he was demanded of the
Pharisees, when the kingdom of God
should come, he answered them and
said, The kingdom of God cometh not
with observation:

    21 Neither shall they say, Lo here!
or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:2-3

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


    (Eternity of Life) What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal.

iii:9-12 Chapter PREFACE

    Theology and physics teach that both Spirit and matter are real and good, whereas the fact is that Spirit is good and real, and matter is Spirit's opposite.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:28-32


    (Substance is Spirit)
    All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal.

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 421:11-18(to 2nd .)


    (How to treat a crisis)
    If a crisis occurs in your treatment, you must treat the patient less for the disease and more for the mental disturbance or fermentation, and subdue the symptoms by removing the belief that this chemicalization produces pain or disease. Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him. There is no disease.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:1-5

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


    (Spiritual reflection) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized. Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit.


Section 3


I Corinthians 15:50

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

***
John 6:63

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

***
Romans 8:5-7

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

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

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

***
I Thessalonians 4:7,8

    7 For God hath not called us unto
uncleanness, but unto holiness.

    8 He therefore that despiseth,
despiseth not man, but God, who hath
also given unto us his holy Spirit.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:7


    (False stimulus)
    Erring human mind-forces can work only evil under whatever name or pretence they are employed; for Spirit and matter, good and evil, light and darkness, cannot mingle.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:1


    (Definition of mortal mind)
    Usage classes both evil and good together as mind; therefore, to be understood, the author calls sick and sinful humanity mortal mind, - meaning by this term the flesh opposed to Spirit, the human mind and evil in contradistinction to the divine Mind, or Truth and good. The spiritually unscientific definition of mind is based on the evidence of the physical senses, which makes minds many and calls mind both human and divine.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:10,24-26


    (The fall of error)
    The way of error is awful to contemplate. The illusion of sin is without hope or God. If man's spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we "live, and move, and have our being," should be lost, and if man should be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated. Created by flesh instead of by Spirit, starting from matter instead of from God, mortal man would be governed by himself. The blind leading the blind, both would fall.
    (True attainment)
    Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:12


    (The strength of Spirit) Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.


Section 4


Luke 11:13

    13 If ye then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to them that ask him?

***
Hosea 11:1,3

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

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

***
Malachi 4:2

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

***
I Corinthians 6:19,20

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

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

***
Hebrews 2:3,4

    3 How shall we escape, if we
neglect so great salvation; which at
the first began to be spoken by the
Lord, and was confirmed unto us by
them that heard him;

    4 God also bearing them witness,
both with signs and wonders, and with
divers miracles, and gifts of the
Holy Ghost, according to his own
will?
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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:30


    (Cumulative repentance)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 422:18

    (Disease neutralized)
    These changes which go on in mortal mind serve to reconstruct the body. Thus Christian Science, by the alchemy of Spirit, destroys sin and death.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:22


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

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 417:3-18


    (Helpful encouragement)
    Give sick people credit for sometimes knowing more than their doctors. Always support their trust in the power of Mind to sustain the body. Never tell the sick that they have more courage than strength. Tell them rather, that their strength is in proportion to their courage. If you make the sick realize this great truism, there will be no reaction from over-exertion or from excited conditions. 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. Then hold your ground with the unshaken understanding of Truth and Love, and you will win. When you silence the witness against your plea, you destroy the evidence, for the disease disappears.


Section 5


Ephesians 5:9

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

***
Galatians 5:16,17,22,23,25

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

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

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

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

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:20-31


    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:20


    (Spiritual government) Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs. Christ illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man dominion over all the earth.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:27


    (Scientific offspring)
    The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation, and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs man and the universe. The Science of creation, so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus, inspired his wisest and least-understood sayings, and was the basis of his marvellous demonstrations. Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit creates neither a wicked nor a mortal man, lapsing into sin, sickness, and death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:17

    (Continuity of thoughts)
    Spirit diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof.


Section 6


Ephesians 1:3

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in
Christ:

***
Romans 5:1,3-5

    1 Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:

    3 And not only so, but we glory in
tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience;

    4 And patience, experience; and
experience, hope:

    5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us.

***
I Peter 3:8,9

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

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

***
Matthew 10:19,20

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

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

***
Revelation 22:14

    14 Blessed are they that do his
commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the
city.

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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:16


    (Treasure in heaven)
    If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:27-29


    (Beatific presence)
    Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:16

    (Understanding imparted)
    Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth. The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, - Life, Truth, and Love, - and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

Subheadings in this lesson

06 1 - All force mental
06 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
06 1 - -6- The universal cause
06 1 - The one real power
06 1 - Qualities of thought
06 1 - Material misconceptions
06 1 - Salvation is through reform
06 2 - Eternity of Life
06 2 - Substance is Spirit
06 2 - Spiritual tangibility
06 2 - How to treat a crisis
06 2 - Spiritual reflection
06 3 - False stimulus
06 3 - Definition of mortal mind
06 3 - The fall of error
06 3 - True attainment
06 3 - Human reconciliation
06 3 - The strength of Spirit
06 4 - Cumulative repentance
06 4 - Disease neutralized
06 4 - No material law
06 4 - Children and adults
06 4 - Helpful encouragement
06 5 - Spiritual proofs of existence
06 5 - Spiritual government
06 5 - Scientific offspring
06 5 - Continuity of thoughts
06 6 - Spirit intangible
06 6 - Treasure in heaven
06 6 - Beatific presence
06 6 - Spirit names and blesses
06 6 - Understanding imparted


August 7,1904

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 11:1

    1 In the Lord put I my trust: how
say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain?


Responsive Reading


Psalm 30

PSALM 30 A Psalm and
Song at the dedication
of the house of David

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

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

    3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my
soul from the grave: thou hast kept
me alive, that I should not go down
to the pit.

    4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints
of his, and give thanks at the
remembrance of his holiness.

    5 For his anger endureth but a
moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but
joy cometh in the morning.

    6 And in my prosperity I said, I
shall never be moved.

    7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast
made my mountain to stand strong:
thou didst hide thy face, and I was
troubled.

    8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto
the Lord I made supplication.

    9 What profit is there in my blood,
when I go down to the pit? Shall the
dust praise thee? shall it declare
thy truth?

    10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy
upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

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

    12 To the end that my glory may
sing praise to thee, and not be
silent. O Lord my God, I will give
thanks unto thee for ever.


Section 1


Isaiah 57:15

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

***
Lamentations 5:19

    19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for
ever; thy throne from generation to
generation.

***
Malachi 3:6

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

***
Revelation 22:13

    13 I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end, the first and
the last.

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.

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

    (Ptolemaic and psychical error)
    Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that soul is in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical science has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies, and Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as to our terrestrial bodies. The true idea and Principle of man will then appear. The Ptolemaic blunder could not affect the harmony of being as does the error relating to soul and body, which reverses the order of Science and assigns to matter the power and prerogative of Spirit, so that man becomes the most absolutely weak and inharmonious creature in the universe.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:11,31


    (The central intelligence)
    Day may decline and shadows fall, but darkness flees when the earth has again turned upon its axis. The sun is not affected by the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin and death, - as the central Life and intelligence around which circle harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.
    (Soul imperishable) There is neither growth, maturity, nor decay in Soul. These changes are the mutations of material sense, the varying clouds of mortal belief, which hide the truth of being.

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.


Section 2


Isaiah 42:1,6,7

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

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

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

***
John 1:14

    14 And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full of
grace and truth.
John 5:17-20

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

    18 Therefore the Jews sought the
more to kill him, because he not only
had broken the sabbath, but said also
that God was his Father, making
himself equal with God.

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

    20 For the Father loveth the Son,
and sheweth him all things that
himself doeth: and he will shew him
greater works than these, that ye may
marvel.

***
Luke 9:1,2

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

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

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:17-23

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


    (Soul not confined in body)
    Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter.

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 52:23

    (Saviour's prediction)
    The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;" and "These signs shall follow them that believe."

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:12


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


Section 3


Psalm 119:175,176

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

    176 I have gone astray like a lost
sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not
forget thy commandments.
Psalm 25:7,16-18,20

    7 Remember not the sins of my
youth, nor my transgressions:
according to thy mercy remember thou
me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.

    16 Turn thee unto me, and have
mercy upon me; for I am desolate and
afflicted.

    17 The troubles of my heart are
enlarged: O bring thou me out of my
distresses.

    18 Look upon mine affliction and my
pain; and forgive all my sins.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:18-25


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:24-5

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:21


    (Belief in many gods)
    The argument of the serpent in the allegory, "Ye shall be as gods," urges through every avenue the belief that Soul is in body, and that infinite Spirit, and Life, is in finite forms.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 535:10


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


Section 4


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.

***
Genesis 32:1,24-28,30

    1 And Jacob went on his way, and
the angels of God met him.

    24 #And Jacob was left alone; and
there wrestled a man with him until
the breaking of the day.

    25 And when he saw that he
prevailed not against him, he touched
the hollow of his thigh; and the
hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of
joint, as he wrestled with him.

    26 And he said, Let me go, for the
day breaketh. And he said, I will not
let thee go, except thou bless me.

    27 And he said unto him, What is
thy name? And he said, Jacob.

    28 And he said, Thy name shall be
called no more Jacob, but Israel: for
as a prince hast thou power with God
and with men, and hast prevailed.

    30 And Jacob called the name of the
place Peniel: for I have seen God
face to face, and my life is
preserved.

***
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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 308:14-12


    (The great question)
    The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.
    (Wrestling of Jacob)
    Jacob was alone, wrestling with error, - struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains, - when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood, gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science. Then said the spiritual evangel: "Let me go, for the day breaketh;" that is, the light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee. But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed. When Jacob was asked, "What is thy name?" he straightway answered; and then his name was changed to Israel, for "as a prince" had he prevailed and had "power with God and with men." Then Jacob questioned his deliverer, "Tell me, I pray thee, thy name;" but this appellation was withheld, for the messenger was not a corporeal being, but a nameless, incorporeal impartation of divine Love to man, which, to use the word of the Psalmist, restored his Soul, - gave him the spiritual sense of being and rebuked his material sense.
    (Israel the new name)
    The result of Jacob's struggle thus appeared. He had conquered material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual power. This changed the man. He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, - a prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight.


Section 5


Psalm 54:4

    4 Behold, God is mine helper: the
Lord is with them that uphold my
soul.
Psalm 103:2,3

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

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

***
James 5:14,15,19,20

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


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

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

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:1-6


    (Health from reliance on spirituality)
    Should we implore a corporeal God to heal the sick out of His personal volition, or should we understand the infinite divine Principle which heals? If we rise no higher than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained, and Soul-existence, in the place of sense-existence, is not comprehended.

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.

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


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

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 254:10-23


    (Patience and final perfection)
    When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.
    During the sensual ages, absolute Christian Science may not be achieved prior to the change called death, for we have not the power to demonstrate what we do not understand. But the human self must be evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual.


Section 6


Proverbs 10:22

    22 The blessing of the Lord, it
maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow
with it.

***
Psalm 94:19

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

***
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.

***
Ephesians 1:3-6

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in
Christ:

    4 According as he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:

    5 Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ
to himself, according to the good
pleasure of his will,

    6 To the praise of the glory of his
grace, wherein he hath made us
accepted in the beloved.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:29-1


    (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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 58:7-16

    (Chord and discord)
    Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, - these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.
    (Mutual freedom)
    There is moral freedom in Soul. Never contract the horizon of a worthy outlook by the selfish exaction of all another's time and thoughts. With additional joys, benevolence should grow more diffusive.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:31


    (Within the veil)
    The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

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


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

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

07 1 - The sun and Soul
07 1 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 1 - The central intelligence
07 1 - Soul imperishable
07 1 - Indestructible relationship
07 2 - Philosophical blunders
07 2 - Soul not confined in body
07 2 - Rebukes helpful
07 2 - Saviour's prediction
07 2 - The spiritual mathematics
07 3 - Soul imperishable
07 3 - Sense and pure Soul
07 3 - Soul defined
07 3 - Belief in many gods
07 3 - Judgment on error
07 4 - The great question
07 4 - Wrestling of Jacob
07 4 - Israel the new name
07 5 - Health from reliance on spirituality
07 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 5 - Rebukes helpful
07 5 - Need and supply
07 5 - Patience and final perfection
07 6 - Spiritual concord
07 6 - Chord and discord
07 6 - Mutual freedom
07 6 - Within the veil
07 6 - Trustworthy beneficence
07 6 - Immaterial pleasure


August 14,1904

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 94:10

    10 He that chastiseth the heathen,
shall not he correct? he that teacheth
man knowledge, shall not he know?


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 1:18-31

    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.

    19 For it is written, I will
destroy the wisdom of the wise, and
will bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.

    20 Where is the wise? where is the
scribe? where is the disputer of this
world? hath not God made foolish the
wisdom of this world?

    21 For after that in the wisdom of
God the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of
preaching to save them that believe.

    22 For the Jews require a sign, and
the Greeks seek after wisdom:

    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.

    25 Because the foolishness of God
is wiser than men; and the weakness
of God is stronger than men.

    26 For ye see your calling,
brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called:

    27 But God hath chosen the foolish
things of the world to confound the
wise; and God hath chosen the weak
things of the world to confound the
things which are mighty;

    28 And base things of the world,
and things which are despised, hath
God chosen, yea, and things which are
not, to bring to nought things that
are:

    29 That no flesh should glory in
his presence.

    30 But of him are ye in Christ
Jesus, who of God is made unto us
wisdom, and righteousness, and
sanctification, and redemption:

    31 That, according as it is
written, He that glorieth, let him
glory in the Lord.


Section 1


Job 11:7

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

***
Psalm 139:1,5,6

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

    5 Thou hast beset me behind and
before, and laid thine hand upon me.

    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful
for me; it is high, I cannot attain
unto it.

***
Romans 11:33,34

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

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

***
Job 28:20,23,24

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

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 115:12-18


    (Philologocal inadequacy) SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND



    (Divine synonyms)
    GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind.



    (Divine image)
    MAN: God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal.



    (Divine reflection)
    IDEA: An image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:20


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

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:4


    (Homer and Moses)
    Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter, and illustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:9-13,29-3

(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.
    (Sinlessness of Mind, Soul)
    Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter. Thus we arrive at Truth, or intelligence, which evolves its own unerring idea and never can be coordinate with human illusions.


Section 2


II Chronicles 20:5-7

    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?

***
Daniel 4:3,35

    3 How great are his signs! and how
mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is
an everlasting kingdom, and his
dominion is from generation to
generation.

    35 And all the inhabitants of the
earth are reputed as nothing: and he
doeth according to his will in the
army of heaven, and among the
inhabitants of the earth: and none
can stay his hand, or say unto him,
What doest thou?

***
Revelation 11:16,17

    16 And the four and twenty elders,
which sat before God on their seats,
fell upon their faces, and worshipped
God,

    17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O
Lord God Almighty, which art, and
wast, and art to come; because thou
hast taken to thee thy great power,
and hast reigned.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:12


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

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:10-16

(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. Material sense has its realm apart from Science in the unreal. Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 187:22


    (Action of mortal mind)
    There is no involuntary action. The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind. The human mind tries to classify action as voluntary and involuntary, and suffers from the attempt.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:24-28


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:5-15


    (Allness of Truth)
    Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind. The material and mortal body or mind is not the man.
    The world would collapse without Mind, without the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The immanent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.


Section 3


Proverbs 16:1

    1 The preparations of the heart in
man, and the answer of the tongue, is
from the Lord.
Proverbs 20:12

    12 The hearing ear, and the seeing
eye, the Lord hath made even both of
them.

***
II Chronicles 16:9(to .)

    9 For the eyes of the Lord run to
and fro throughout the whole earth,
to shew himself strong in the behalf
of them whose heart is perfect toward
him.

***
Isaiah 35:3-6

    3 #Strengthen ye the weak hands,
and confirm the feeble knees.

    4 Say to them that are of a fearful
heart, Be strong, fear not: behold,
your God will come with vengeance,
even God with a recompence; he will
come and save you.

    5 Then the eyes of the blind shall
be opened, and the ears of the deaf
shall be unstopped.

    6 Then shall the lame man leap as
an hart, and the tongue of the dumb
sing: for in the wilderness shall
waters break out, and streams in the
desert.

***
Matthew 6:22,23

    22 The light of the body is the
eye: if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full
of light.

    23 But if thine eye be evil, thy
whole body shall be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in
thee be darkness, how great is that
darkness!

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 488:23-27

(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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 486:23

(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. If this were not so, man would be speedily annihilated. If the five corporeal senses were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those "having no hope, and without God in the world;" but as a matter of fact, these calamities often drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 489:24-28

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


    (Organic construction valueless)
    The corporeal senses are the only source of evil or error. Christian Science shows them to be false, because matter has no sensation, and no organic construction can give it hearing and sight nor make it the medium of Mind.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:25


    (No pain in matter)
    When Jesus declares that "the light of the body is the eye," he certainly means that light depends upon Mind, not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 211:24


    (Nerves painless)
    If it is true that nerves have sensation, that matter has intelligence, that the material organism causes the eyes to see and the ears to hear, then, when the body is dematerialized, these faculties must be lost, for their immortality is not in Spirit; whereas the fact is that only through dematerialization and spiritualization of thought can these faculties be conceived of as immortal.


Section 4


John 4:5,7(to :),16-19,28,29

    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.

    7 There cometh a woman of Samaria
to draw water:

    16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call
thy husband, and come hither.

    17 The woman answered and said, I
have no husband. Jesus said unto her,
Thou hast well said, I have no
husband:

    18 For thou hast had five husbands;
and he whom thou now hast is not thy
husband: in that saidst thou truly.

    19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I
perceive that thou art a prophet.

    28 The woman then left her
waterpot, and went her way into the
city, and saith to the men,

    29 Come, see a man, which told me
all things that ever I did: is not
this the Christ?

***
Hebrews 4:12

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 83:25-31


    (Conflicting standpoints)
    There is mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading. The latter is a revelation of divine purpose through spiritual understanding, by which man gains the divine Principle and explanation of all things. Mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading are distinctly opposite standpoints, from which cause and effect are interpreted.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:3-18

    (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.
    Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, - yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:9

    (Value of intuition)
    You will reach the perfect Science of healing when you are able to read the human mind after this manner and discern the error you would destroy. The Samaritan woman said: "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?"

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 94:24-3

    (Spiritual insight)
    Our Master easily read the thoughts of mankind, and this insight better enabled him to direct those thoughts aright; but what would be said at this period of an infidel blasphemer who should hint that Jesus used his incisive power injuriously? Our Master read mortal mind on a scientific basis, that of the omnipresence of Mind. An approximation of this discernment indicates spiritual growth and union with the infinite capacities of the one Mind. Jesus could injure no one by his Mind-reading. The effect of his Mind was always to heal and to save, and this is the only genuine Science of reading mortal mind.


Section 5


Acts 4:8,10,12-14,23-25,29,30

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

    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.

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

    13 #Now when they saw the boldness
of Peter and John, and perceived that
they were unlearned and ignorant men,
they marvelled; and they took
knowledge of them, that they had been
with Jesus.

    14 And beholding the man which was
healed standing with them, they could
say nothing against it.

    23 #And being let go, they went to
their own company, and reported all
that the chief priests and elders had
said unto them.

    24 And when they heard that, they
lifted up their voice to God with one
accord, and said, Lord, thou art God,
which hast made heaven, and earth,
and the sea, and all that in them is:


    25 Who by the mouth of thy servant
David hast said, Why did the heathen
rage, and the people imagine vain
things?

    29 And now, Lord, behold their
threatenings: and grant unto thy
servants, that with all boldness they
may speak thy word,

    30 By stretching forth thine hand
to heal; and that signs and wonders
may be done by the name of thy holy
child Jesus.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:26


    (Immortal models)
    Immortal ideas, pure, perfect, and enduring, are transmitted by the divine Mind through divine Science, which corrects error with truth and demands spiritual thoughts, divine concepts, to the end that they may produce harmonious results.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:19-20


    (So-called superiority)
    The animate should be governed by God alone.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 251:17


    (Mortal mind's disappearance) We should learn whether they govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and death, sin and pardon, or govern it from the higher understanding that the divine Mind makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind through truth, leads the human mind to relinquish all error, to find the divine Mind to be the only Mind, and the healer of sin, disease, death. This process of higher spiritual understanding improves mankind until error disappears, and nothing is left which deserves to perish or to be punished.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:8-13


    (The struggle and victory)
    The struggle for the recovery of invalids goes on, not between material methods, but between mortal minds and immortal Mind. The victory will be on the patient's side only as immortal Mind through Christ, Truth, subdues the human belief in disease.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:26


    (Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty) Mankind will improve through Science and Christianity. The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it "every whit whole."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:4-8


    (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. Body cannot be saved except through Mind.


Section 6


I Kings 3:7,9,11,12

    7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast
made thy servant king instead of
David my father: and I am but a
little child: I know not how to go
out or come in.

    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?

    11 And God said unto him, Because
thou hast asked this thing, and hast
not asked for thyself long life;
neither hast asked riches for
thyself, nor hast asked the life of
thine enemies; but hast asked for
thyself understanding to discern
judgment;

    12 Behold, I have done according to
thy words: lo, I have given thee a
wise and an understanding heart; so
that there was none like thee before
thee, neither after thee shall any
arise like unto thee.

***
Jeremiah 9:23,24

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

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

***
Philipians 2:1,2,5

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

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:1


    (Perfect models)
    Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 248:26

    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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 455:8


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:19-23

    (Truth's great results)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:17


    (God the only Mind)
    Mystery, miracle, sin, and death will disappear when it becomes fairly understood that the divine Mind controls man and man has no Mind but God.

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - Philologocal inadequacy
08 1 - Divine synonyms
08 1 - Divine image
08 1 - Divine reflection
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Scientific evidence
08 1 - Homer and Moses
08 1 - Two chief commands
08 1 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
08 2 - A closed question
08 2 - Mortality vanquished
08 2 - Harmony from Spirit
08 2 - Action of mortal mind
08 2 - Ever-appearing creation
08 2 - Allness of Truth
08 3 - All faculties from Mind
08 3 - Permanent sensibility
08 3 - Organic construction valueless
08 3 - No pain in matter
08 3 - Nerves painless
08 4 - Conflicting standpoints
08 4 - Scientific foreseeing
08 4 - Value of intuition
08 4 - Spiritual insight
08 5 - Immortal models
08 5 - So-called superiority
08 5 - Mortal mind's disappearance
08 5 - The struggle and victory
08 5 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
08 5 - Spiritual foreshadowings
08 6 - Perfect models
08 6 - Weakness and guilt
08 6 - Truth's great results
08 6 - God the only Mind


August 21,1904

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

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-- Golden Text --

John 14:6

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


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 9:1-11,24,28

    1 Then verily the first covenant
had also ordinances of divine
service, and a worldly sanctuary.

    2 For there was a tabernacle made;
the first, wherein was the
candlestick, and the table, and the
shewbread; which is called the
sanctuary.

    3 And after the second veil, the
tabernacle which is called the
Holiest of all;

    4 Which had the golden censer, and
the ark of the covenant overlaid round
about with gold, wherein was the
golden pot that had manna, and
Aaron's rod that budded, and the
tables of the covenant;

    5 And over it the cherubims of
glory shadowing the mercyseat; of
which we cannot now speak
particularly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Section 1


Exodus 25:1,2,8,9

    1 And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    2 Speak unto the children of
Israel, that they bring me an
offering: of every man that giveth it
willingly with his heart ye shall
take my offering.

    8 And let them make me a sanctuary;
that I may dwell among them.

    9 According to all that I shew
thee, after the pattern of the
tabernacle, and the pattern of all
the instruments thereof, even so
shall ye make it.

***
Matthew 12:6,8

    6 But I say unto you, That in this
place is one greater than the temple.

    8 For the Son of man is Lord even
of the sabbath day.

***
Acts 7:44,48,49

    44 Our fathers had the tabernacle
of witness in the wilderness, as he
had appointed, speaking unto Moses,
that he should make it according to
the fashion that he had seen.

    48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth
not in temples made with hands; as
saith the prophet,

    49 Heaven is my throne, and earth
is my footstool: what house will ye
build me? saith the Lord: or what is
the place of my rest?

***
II Corinthians 6:16

    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.

595:7 Chapter 17: Glossary
(TEMPLE)

    TEMPLE. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 576:8-25


    (The shrine celestial)
    In Revelation xxi. 22, further describing this holy city, the beloved Disciple writes: -



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



    There was no temple, - that is, no material structure in which to worship God, for He must be worshipped in spirit and in love. The word temple also means body. The Revelator was familiar with Jesus' use of this word, as when Jesus spoke of his material body as the temple to be temporarily rebuilt (John ii. 21). What further indication need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw heaven and earth with "no temple [body] therein"? This kingdom of God "is within you," - is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it. In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:23-25

    (Man's present possibilities)
    The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional stage in human experience called death, but he already saw a new heaven and a new earth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:13-17

    (Nearness of Deity)
    Accompanying this scientific consciousness was another revelation, even the declaration from heaven, supreme harmony, that God, the divine Principle of harmony, is ever with men, and they are His people.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:8


    (Vision opening)
    To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder and maker is God."


Section 2


Exodus 40:29

    29 And he put the altar of burnt
offering by the door of the
tabernacle of the tent of the
congregation, and offered upon it the
burnt offering and the meat offering;
as the Lord commanded Moses.

***
Matthew 9:13

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

***
Hebrews 13:10,12,15,16

    10 We have an altar, whereof they
have no right to eat which serve the
tabernacle.

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


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

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

***
Ephesians 5:1,2

    1 Be ye therefore followers of
God, as dear children:

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

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 - 23:1-5

    (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. The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner's part.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 15:28-2


    (Trustworthy beneficence) Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings. Trustworthiness is the foundation of enlightened faith. Without a fitness for holiness, we cannot receive holiness.
    (Loftiest adoration)
    A great sacrifice of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding.

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

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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:32-7


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard." Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness.


Section 3


Exodus 30:17-19

    17 #And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    18 Thou shalt also make a laver of
brass, and his foot also of brass, to
wash withal: and thou shalt put it
between the tabernacle of the
congregation and the altar, and thou
shalt put water therein.

    19 For Aaron and his sons shall
wash their hands and their feet
thereat:

***
Zechariah 13:1

    1 In that day there shall be a
fountain opened to the house of David
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
for sin and for uncleanness.

***
John 4:13,14

    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.

***
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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:28-10


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

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


    (Spirit transforms)
    One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; ;and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.
    (Spiritual baptism)
    It is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final triumph over the body.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:4


    (Childlike receptivity)
    The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)

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


Section 4


Exodus 25:23,30

    23 #Thou shalt also make a table of
shittim wood: two cubits shall be the
length thereof, and a cubit the
breadth thereof, and a cubit and a
half the height thereof.

    30 And thou shalt set upon the
table shewbread before me alway.

***
Deuteronomy 8:1,3

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

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

***
John 6:32-35,58

    32 Then Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses
gave you not that bread from heaven;
but my Father giveth you the true
bread from heaven.

    33 For the bread of God is he which
cometh down from heaven, and giveth
life unto the world.

    34 Then said they unto him, Lord,
evermore give us this bread.

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

    58 This is that bread which came
down from heaven: not as your fathers
did eat manna, and are dead: he that
eateth of this bread shall live for
ever.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:9


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 221:1-4,10


    (Starvation and dyspepsia)
    I knew a person who when quite a child adopted the Graham system to cure dyspepsia. For many years, he ate only bread and vegetables, and drank nothing but water.
    He passed many weary years in hunger and weakness, almost in starvation, and finally made up his mind to die, having exhausted the skill of the doctors, who kindly informed him that death was indeed his only alternative. At this point Christian Science saved him, and he is now in perfect health without a vestige of the old complaint.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 222:4

    (Mind and stomach)
    This person learned that food affects the body only as mortal mind has its material methods of working, one of which is to believe that proper food supplies nutriment and strength to the human system. He learned also that mortal mind makes a mortal body, whereas Truth regenerates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 248:8

    (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.


Section 5


Exodus 25:31,40

    31 #And thou shalt make a
candlestick of pure gold: of beaten
work shall the candlestick be made:
his shaft, and his branches, his
bowls, his knops, and his flowers,
shall be of the same.

    40 And look that thou make them
after their pattern, which was shewed
thee in the mount.

***
Isaiah 60:1,3,20

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

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

    20 Thy sun shall no more go down;
neither shall thy moon withdraw
itself: for the Lord shall be thine
everlasting light, and the days of
thy mourning shall be ended.

***
John 8:12

    12 #Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the
light of life.

***
Matthew 5:14,16

    14 Ye are the light of the world. A
city that is set on an hill cannot be
hid.

    16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.

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?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:9


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:12-21


    (Real being never lost) Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.
    (Light and darkness)
    We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 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.


Section 6


Exodus 25:21,22

    21 And thou shalt put the mercy
seat above upon the ark; and in the
ark thou shalt put the testimony that
I shall give thee.

    22 And there I will meet with thee,
and I will commune with thee from
above the mercy seat, from between
the two cherubims which are upon the
ark of the testimony, of all things
which I will give thee in commandment
unto the children of Israel.

***
Psalm 132:8,13

    8 Arise, O Lord, into thy rest;
thou, and the ark of thy strength.

    13 For the Lord hath chosen Zion;
he hath desired it for his
habitation.

***
John 17:3,19,21,23

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.

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

    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.

***
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.

581:8-13 Chapter 17: Glossary
(ARK)

    ARK. Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.
    God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:31


    (Within the veil)
    The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

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."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:2

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - The shrine celestial
09 1 - Man's present possibilities
09 1 - Nearness of Deity
09 1 - Vision opening
09 2 - Inspiration of sacrifice
09 2 - Justice and substitution
09 2 - Trustworthy beneficence
09 2 - Loftiest adoration
09 2 - Desire for holiness
09 2 - Advancement by sacrifice
09 3 - Example for our salvation
09 3 - Master's business
09 3 - Purity's rebuke
09 3 - Spirit transforms
09 3 - Spiritual baptism
09 3 - Childlike receptivity
09 3 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
09 4 - Heavenly supplies
09 4 - Life eternal and present
09 4 - Starvation and dyspepsia
09 4 - Mind and stomach
09 4 - Love's endowment
09 5 - Christ's reappearance
09 5 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
09 5 - Real being never lost
09 5 - Light and darkness
09 5 - The salt of the earth
09 6 - Within the veil
09 6 - Christian Science discovered
09 6 - Mission of Christian Science
09 6 - Vapor and nothingness


August 28,1904

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Hebrews 2:6,7

    6 But one in a certain place
testified, saying, What is man, that
thou art mindful of him? or the son
of man, that thou visitest him?

    7 Thou madest him a little lower
than the angels; thou crownedst him
with glory and honour, and didst set
him over the works of thy hands:


Responsive Reading


II Corinthians 12:1-10

    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.

    6 For though I would desire to
glory, I shall not be a fool; for I
will say the truth: but now I
forbear, lest any man should think of
me above that which he seeth me to
be, or that he heareth of me.

    7 And lest I should be exalted
above measure through the abundance
of the revelations, there was given
to me a thorn in the flesh, the
messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest
I should be exalted above measure.

    8 For this thing I besought the
Lord thrice, that it might depart
from me.

    9 And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength
is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory
in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me.

    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.


Section 1


Genesis 1:26,27

    26 #And God said, Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over
all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.

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

***
Psalm 100:3

    3 Know ye that the Lord he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we
ourselves; we are his people, and the
sheep of his pasture.

***
Hebrews 1:5,6,13

    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?

    6 And again, when he bringeth in
the firstbegotten into the world, he
saith, And let all the angels of God
worship him.

    13 But to which of the angels said
he at any time, Sit on my right hand,
until I make thine enemies thy
footstool?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:5-22

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


    (Fleshly factors unreal)
    Question. - What is man?
    Answer. - 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. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:9


    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:32

    (Immortal models)
    Deducing one's conclusions as to man from imperfection instead of perfection, one can no more arrive at the true conception or understanding of man, and make himself like it, than the sculptor can perfect his outlines from an imperfect model, or the painter can depict the form and face of Jesus, while holding in thought the character of Judas.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


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


Section 2


Psalm 8:1,3,4,6

    1 O Lord our Lord, how excellent
is thy name in all the earth! who
hast set thy glory above the heavens.


    3 When I consider thy heavens, the
work of thy fingers, the moon and the
stars, which thou hast ordained;

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

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

***
I Chronicles 4:10

    10 And Jabez called on the God of
Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest
bless me indeed, and enlarge my
coast, and that thine hand might be
with me, and that thou wouldest keep
me from evil, that it may not grieve
me! And God granted him that which he
requested.

***
Luke 10:1,17-20

    1 After these things the Lord
appointed other seventy also, and
sent them two and two before his face
into every city and place, whither he
himself would come.

    17 #And the seventy returned again
with joy, saying, Lord, even the
devils are subject unto us through
thy name.

    18 And he said unto them, I beheld
Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

    19 Behold, I give unto you power to
tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and
nothing shall by any means hurt you.

    20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice
not, that the spirits are subject unto
you; but rather rejoice, because your
names are written in heaven.

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 - 381:20-26


    (God-given dominion)
    Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you will sooner grasp man's God-given dominion. You must understand your way out of human theories relating to health, or you will never believe that you are quite free from some ailment. The harmony and immortality of man will never be reached without the understanding that Mind is not in matter.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:21-2


    (The time and tide)
    The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agriculturist will find that these changes cannot affect his crops. "As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed." The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, - he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed.
    (Mortal nothingness)
    Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man through its supposed organic action or supposed existence.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31


    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.


Section 3


I Samuel 2:2,9

    2 There is none holy as the Lord:
for there is none beside thee:
neither is there any rock like our
God.

    9 He will keep the feet of his
saints, and the wicked shall be
silent in darkness; for by strength
shall no man prevail.

***
Ecclesiastes 3:16,17

    16 #And moreover I saw under the
sun the place of judgment, that
wickedness was there; and the place
of righteousness, that iniquity was
there.

    17 I said in mine heart, God shall
judge the righteous and the wicked:
for there is a time there for every
purpose and for every work.

***
Jeremiah 5:25,26,28

    25 #Your iniquities have turned
away these things, and your sins have
withholden good things from you.

    26 For among my people are found
wicked men: they lay wait, as he that
setteth snares; they set a trap, they
catch men.

    28 They are waxen fat, they shine:
yea, they overpass the deeds of the
wicked: they judge not the cause, the
cause of the fatherless, yet they
prosper; and the right of the needy
do they not judge.
Jeremiah 17:10

    10 I the Lord search the heart, I
try the reins, even to give every man
according to his ways, and according
to the fruit of his doings.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:28


    (No new creation)
    A sensual thought, like an atom of dust thrown into the face of spiritual immensity, is dense blindness instead of a scientific eternal consciousness of creation.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 8:3


    (Danger from audible prayer) We never need to despair of an honest heart; but there is little hope for those who come only spasmodically face to face with their wickedness and then seek to hide it. Their prayers are indexes which do not correspond with their character. They hold secret fellowship with sin, and such externals are spoken of by Jesus as "like unto whited sepulchres . . . full . . . of all uncleanness."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:23-28


    (Man governed by Mind)
    The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:11


    (Right views of humanity)
    The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."


Section 4


Micah 6:6,8

    6 #Wherewith shall I come before
the Lord, and bow myself before the
high God? shall I come before him
with burnt offerings, with calves of
a year old?

    8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what
is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly,
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with thy God?

***
Ephesians 4:29,31,32

    29 Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying,
that it may minister grace unto the
hearers.

    31 Let all bitterness, and wrath,
and anger, and clamour, and evil
speaking, be put away from you, with
all malice:

    32 And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath
forgiven you.

***
Colossians 3:9,10

    9 Lie not one to another, seeing
that ye have put off the old man with
his deeds;

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:7


    (Eternal man recognized)
    When false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 396:14


    (False testimony refuted)
    The refutation of the testimony of material sense is not a difficult task in view of the conceded falsity of this testimony. The refutation becomes arduous, not because the testimony of sin or disease is true, but solely on account of the tenacity of belief in its truth, due to the force of education and the overwhelming weight of opinions on the wrong side, - all teaching that the body suffers, as if matter could have sensation.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 238:25


    (Society and intolerance)
    Society is a foolish juror, listening only to one side of the case. Justice often comes too late to secure a verdict. People with mental work before them have no time for gossip about false law or testimony. To reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the falsehood, is the work of time.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:7


    (Forgetfulness of self)
    By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."


Section 5


John 9:24,25,28-38

    24 Then again called they the man
that was blind, and said unto him,
Give God the praise: we know that
this man is a sinner.

    25 He answered and said, Whether he
be a sinner or no, I know not: one
thing I know, that, whereas I was
blind, now I see.

    28 Then they reviled him, and said,
Thou art his disciple; but we are
Moses' disciples.

    29 We know that God spake unto
Moses: as for this fellow, we know
not from whence he is.

    30 The man answered and said unto
them, Why herein is a marvellous
thing, that ye know not from whence
he is, and yet he hath opened mine
eyes.

    31 Now we know that God heareth not
sinners: but if any man be a
worshipper of God, and doeth his
will, him he heareth.

    32 Since the world began was it not
heard that any man opened the eyes of
one that was born blind.

    33 If this man were not of God, he
could do nothing.

    34 They answered and said unto him,
Thou wast altogether born in sins,
and dost thou teach us? And they cast
him out.

    35 Jesus heard that they had cast
him out; and when he had found him,
he said unto him, Dost thou believe
on the Son of God?

    36 He answered and said, Who is he,
Lord, that I might believe on him?

    37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou
hast both seen him, and it is he that
talketh with thee.

    38 And he said, Lord, I believe.
And he worshipped him.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:1-2

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


    (Followers of Jesus) God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 146:2


    (How healing was lost)
    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. By trusting matter to destroy its own discord, health and harmony have been sacrificed. Such systems are barren of the vitality of spiritual power, by which material sense is made the servant of Science and religion becomes Christlike.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:25(begin The)


    (The panoply of wisdom) The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind. He must prove, through living as well as healing and teaching, that Christ's way is the only one by which mortals are radically saved from sin and sickness.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:30


    (Superiority to sickness and sin)
    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, - planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," - can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.


Section 6


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.

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

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

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

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

***
I Timothy 1:17

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:1-2


    (Sickness as only thought)
    Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:22


    (The present immortality)
    The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold forever the consciousness of existence, and sooner or later, through Christ and Christian Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 90:24-27


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Fleshly factors unreal
10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - Immortal models
10 1 - -24- God the parent Mind
10 2 - Higher statutes
10 2 - God-given dominion
10 2 - The time and tide
10 2 - Mortal nothingness
10 2 - Birthright of man
10 3 - Wickedness is not man
10 3 - No new creation
10 3 - Danger from audible prayer
10 3 - Man governed by Mind
10 3 - Right views of humanity
10 4 - Eternal man recognized
10 4 - False testimony refuted
10 4 - Society and intolerance
10 4 - Practical preaching
10 4 - Forgetfulness of self
10 5 - Followers of Jesus
10 5 - How healing was lost
10 5 - The panoply of wisdom
10 5 - Superiority to sickness and sin
10 6 - Sickness as only thought
10 6 - The present immortality
10 6 - Scientific finalities


September 4,1904

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 13:40,43

    40 As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this world.


    43 Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Who hath ears to hear,
let him hear.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 24:29-39

    29 Immediately after the
tribulation of those days shall the
sun be darkened, and the moon shall
not give her light, and the stars
shall fall from heaven, and the
powers of the heavens shall be
shaken:

    30 And then shall appear the sign
of the Son of man in heaven: and then
shall all the tribes of the earth
mourn, and they shall see the Son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory.

    31 And he shall send his angels
with a great sound of a trumpet, and
they shall gather together his elect
from the four winds, from one end of
heaven to the other.

    32 Now learn a parable of the fig
tree; When his branch is yet tender,
and putteth forth leaves, ye know
that summer is nigh:

    33 So likewise ye, when ye shall
see all these things, know that it is
near, even at the doors.

    34 Verily I say unto you, This
generation shall not pass, till all
these things be fulfilled.

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass
away.

    36 #But of that day and hour
knoweth no man, no, not the angels of
heaven, but my Father only.

    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.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1-3,25,31

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

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

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

    25 And God made the beast of the
earth after his kind, and cattle
after their kind, and every thing
that creepeth upon the earth after
his kind: and God saw that it was
good.

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning
were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:1

    1 Thus the heavens and the earth
were finished, and all the host of
them.

***
Hebrews 11:1,3

    1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:16-24

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    Question. - What is substance?
    Answer. - Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:20


    (Mind's idea faultless)
    Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God: first, in light; second, in reflection; third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness. But this Mind creates no element nor symbol of discord and decay. God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


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


Section 2


Genesis 6:11-13

    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.
Genesis 7:1,4,23

    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.

    4 For yet seven days, and I will
cause it to rain upon the earth forty
days and forty nights; and every
living substance that I have made
will I destroy from off the face of
the earth.

    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.

***
Hebrews 11:7

    7 By faith Noah, being warned of
God of things not seen as yet, moved
with fear, prepared an ark to the
saving of his house; by the which he
condemned the world, and became heir
of the righteousness which is by
faith.

592:22 Chapter 17: Glossary
(NOAH)

    NOAH. A corporeal mortal; knowledge of the nothingness of material things and of the immortality of all that is spiritual.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:29-10


    (Substance is Spirit)
    We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes faith, a quality of mind, as "the substance of things hoped for."
    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:12-15


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:30


    (Erroneous conception)
    Eve's declaration, "I have gotten a man from the Lord," supposes God to be the author of sin and sin's progeny. This false sense of existence is fratricidal. In the words of Jesus, it (evil, devil) is "a murderer from the beginning." Error begins by reckoning life as separate from Spirit, thus sapping the foundations of immortality, as if life and immortality were something which matter can both give and take away.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 254:10


    (Patience and final perfection)
    When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:25

    (Divided vestments) The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly garment of righteousness.


Section 3


Isaiah 40:28-31

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

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

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

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

***
Daniel 4:34,36,37

    34 And at the end of the days I
Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes
unto heaven, and mine understanding
returned unto me, and I blessed the
most High, and I praised and honoured
him that liveth for ever, whose
dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom is from generation to
generation:

    36 At the same time my reason
returned unto me; and for the glory
of my kingdom, mine honour and
brightness returned unto me; and my
counsellors and my lords sought unto
me; and I was established in my
kingdom, and excellent majesty was
added unto me.

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and
extol and honour the King of heaven,
all whose works are truth, and his
ways judgment: and those that walk in
pride he is able to abase.

***
Mark 10:29,30

    29 And Jesus answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, There is no
man that hath left house, or
brethren, or sisters, or father, or
mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,


    30 But he shall receive an
hundredfold now in this time, houses,
and brethren, and sisters, and
mothers, and children, and lands,
with persecutions; and in the world
to come eternal life.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 238:23


    (Unimproved opportunities)
    He who leaves all for Christ forsakes popularity and gains Christianity.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:1-7


    (Christian warfare)
    Are the protests of Christian Science against the notion that there can be material life, substance, or mind "utter falsities and absurdities," as some aver? Why then do Christians try to obey the Scriptures and war against "the world, the flesh, and the devil"? Why do they invoke the divine aid to enable them to leave all for Christ, Truth?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 442:19(begin When)-25


    (Christ the great physician) When Christ changes a belief of sin or of sickness into a better belief, then belief melts into spiritual understanding, and sin, disease, and death disappear. Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually.

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


    (Practical success)
    Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms. Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions. I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:17-23


    (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.


Section 4


Psalm 16:8,10

    8 I have set the Lord always before
me: because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved.

    10 For thou wilt not leave my soul
in hell; neither wilt thou suffer
thine Holy One to see corruption.

***
Acts 13:36-38

    36 For David, after he had served
his own generation by the will of
God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto
his fathers, and saw corruption:

    37 But he, whom God raised again,
saw no corruption.

    38 #Be it known unto you therefore,
men and brethren, that through this
man is preached unto you the
forgiveness of sins:

***
John 1:29,34

    29 #The next day John seeth Jesus
coming unto him, and saith, Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world.

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:26


    (Soul impeccable)
    The objects cognized by the physical senses have not the reality of substance. They are only what mortal belief calls them. Matter, sin, and mortality lose all supposed consciousness or claim to life or existence, as mortals lay off a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence. But the spiritual, eternal man is not touched by these phases of mortality.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:26

    (Consecration required)
    The time cometh when the spiritual origin of man, the divine Science which ushered Jesus into human presence, will be understood and demonstrated.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:23-29

  (- 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:27


    (Scientific offspring)
    The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation, and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs man and the universe. The Science of creation, so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus, inspired his wisest and least-understood sayings, and was the basis of his marvellous demonstrations. Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit creates neither a wicked nor a mortal man, lapsing into sin, sickness, and death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 313:30-22


    (Jesus the Scientist)
    To show that the substance of himself was Spirit and the body no more perfect because of death and no less material until the ascension (his further spiritual exaltation), Jesus waited until the mortal or fleshly sense had relinquished the belief of substance-matter, and spiritual sense had quenched all earthly yearnings. Thus he found the eternal Ego, and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and His reflection or spiritual man. Our Master gained the solution of being, demonstrating the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.
    (The bodily resurrection)
    The Jews, who sought to kill this man of God, showed plainly that their material views were the parents of their wicked deeds. When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body, - knowing, as he did, that Mind was the builder, - and said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up," they thought that he meant their material temple instead of his body. To such materialists, the real man seemed a spectre, unseen and unfamiliar, and the body, which they laid in a sepulchre, seemed to be substance. This materialism lost sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary saw him, and he presented to her, more than ever before, the true idea of Life and substance.


Section 5


John 20:29

    29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas,
because thou hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have
not seen, and yet have believed.

***
Romans 8:11-14

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

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are
debtors, not to the flesh, to live
after the flesh.

    13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live.

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:7


    (Man's entity)
    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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:24

    (Material skepticism)
    To the materialistic Thomas, looking for the ideal Saviour in matter instead of in Spirit and to the testimony of the material senses and the body, more than to Soul, for an earnest of immortality, - to him Jesus furnished the proof that he was unchanged by the crucifixion. To this dull and doubting disciple Jesus remained a fleshly reality, so long as the Master remained an inhabitant of the earth. Nothing but a display of matter could make existence real to Thomas. For him to believe in matter was no task, but for him to conceive of the substantiality of Spirit - to know that nothing can efface Mind and immortality, in which Spirit reigns - was more difficult.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:12-16

    (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.


Section 6


II Peter 3:9,10,13

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

    10 But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.

    13 Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.

***
I Thessalonians 5:4,9

    4 But ye, brethren, are not in
darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief.

    9 For God hath not appointed us to
wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ,

***
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;

    14 And the heaven departed as a
scroll when it is rolled together;
and every mountain and island were
moved out of their places.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 97:26


    (Dangerous resemblances)
    "He uttered His voice, the earth melted." This Scripture indicates that all matter will disappear before the supremacy of Spirit.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:1

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


    (Spiritual reflection) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized. Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, - the opposite of the something of Spirit. If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:16-30


    (Spiritual translation)
    The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.
    Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 1 - Mind's idea faultless
11 1 - -18- The only substance
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Material mortality
11 2 - Matter is not substance
11 2 - Erroneous conception
11 2 - Patience and final perfection
11 2 - Divided vestments
11 3 - Unimproved opportunities
11 3 - Christian warfare
11 3 - Christ the great physician
11 3 - Practical success
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 4 - Soul impeccable
11 4 - Consecration required
11 4 - -11- Christ Jesus
11 4 - Scientific offspring
11 4 - Jesus the Scientist
11 4 - The bodily resurrection
11 5 - Man's entity
11 5 - Jesus as mediator
11 5 - Material skepticism
11 5 - One cause supreme
11 6 - Dangerous resemblances
11 6 - Spiritual reflection
11 6 - The infinitude of God
11 6 - Spiritual translation


September 11,1904

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

Ecclesiastes 6:11

    11 #Seeing there be many things
that increase vanity, what is man the
better?



Responsive Reading


Ecclesiastes 1:1-14

    1 The words of the Preacher, the
son of David, king in Jerusalem.

    2 Vanity of vanities, saith the
Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is
vanity.

    3 What profit hath a man of all his
labour which he taketh under the sun?


    4 One generation passeth away, and
another generation cometh: but the
earth abideth for ever.

    5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun
goeth down, and hasteth to his place
where he arose.

    6 The wind goeth toward the south,
and turneth about unto the north; it
whirleth about continually, and the
wind returneth again according to his
circuits.

    7 All the rivers run into the sea;
yet the sea is not full; unto the
place from whence the rivers come,
thither they return again.

    8 All things are full of labour;
man cannot utter it: the eye is not
satisfied with seeing, nor the ear
filled with hearing.

    9 The thing that hath been, it is
that which shall be; and that which
is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the
sun.

    10 Is there any thing whereof it
may be said, See, this is new? it
hath been already of old time, which
was before us.

    11 There is no remembrance of
former things; neither shall there be
any remembrance of things that are to
come with those that shall come
after.

    12 I the Preacher was king over
Israel in Jerusalem.

    13 And I gave my heart to seek and
search out by wisdom concerning all
things that are done under heaven:
this sore travail hath God given to
the sons of man to be exercised
therewith.

    14 I have seen all the works that
are done under the sun; and, behold,
all is vanity and vexation of spirit.



Section 1


Jeremiah 2:26-28

    26 As the thief is ashamed when he
is found, so is the house of Israel
ashamed; they, their kings, their
princes, and their priests, and their
prophets,

    27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my
father; and to a stone, Thou hast
brought me forth: for they have
turned their back unto me, and not
their face: but in the time of their
trouble they will say, Arise, and
save us.

    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.

***
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 - 275:1-6


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    Matter has no life to lose, and Spirit never dies. A partnership of mind with matter would ignore omnipresent and omnipotent Mind. This shows that matter did not originate in God, Spirit, and is not eternal. Therefore matter is neither substantial, living, nor intelligent.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:17-23

(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)
    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.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:1-6


    (Brain not intelligent)
    Remember, brain is not mind. Matter cannot be sick, and Mind is immortal. The mortal body is only an erroneous mortal belief of mind in matter. What you call matter was originally error in solution, elementary mortal mind, - likened by Milton to "chaos and old night."


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:18-21


    (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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 217:24


    (Fatigue is mental)
    The scientific and permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or any illusion of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary and heavy-laden.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:18-21

    (Right endeavor possible)
    If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.



Section 2


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.

***
Exodus 23:13,24,25

    13 And in all things that I have
said unto you be circumspect: and
make no mention of the name of other
gods, neither let it be heard out of
thy mouth.

    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.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:28


    (Ignorant idolatry)
    Mortal mind is ignorant of self, or it could never be self-deceived. If mortal mind knew how to be better, it would be better. Since it must believe in something besides itself, it enthrones matter as deity. The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning, having other gods and believing in more than the one Mind.


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.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:24


    (Right never punishable)
    It is a law of so-called mortal mind, misnamed matter, which causes all things discordant.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:18


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



Section 3


II Kings 17:36,37

    36 But the Lord, who brought you up
out of the land of Egypt with great
power and a stretched out arm, him
shall ye fear, and him shall ye
worship, and to him shall ye do
sacrifice.

    37 And the statutes, and the
ordinances, and the law, and the
commandment, which he wrote for you,
ye shall observe to do for evermore;
and ye shall not fear other gods.

***
Jeremiah 10:3-5

    3 For the customs of the people are
vain: for one cutteth a tree out of
the forest, the work of the hands of
the workman, with the axe.

    4 They deck it with silver and with
gold; they fasten it with nails and
with hammers, that it move not.

    5 They are upright as the palm
tree, but speak not: they must needs
be borne, because they cannot go. Be
not afraid of them; for they cannot
do evil, neither also is it in them
to do good.

***
Proverbs 13:21

    21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to
the righteous good shall be repayed.

***
III John 1:11

    11 Beloved, follow not that which
is evil, but that which is good. He
that doeth good is of God: but he
that doeth evil hath not seen God.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:28-29


    (Substance is Spirit)
    All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:1(after .)

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)

    (-17- Infinite Spirit) There is no evil in Spirit, because God is Spirit. The theory, that Spirit is distinct from matter but must pass through it, or into it, to be individualized, would reduce God to dependency on matter, and establish a basis for pantheism.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:8


    (Soul and sense)
    The various mortal beliefs formulated in human philosophy, physiology, hygiene, are mainly predicated of matter, and afford faint gleams of God, or Truth. The more material a belief, the more obstinately tenacious its error; the stronger are the manifestations of the corporeal senses, the weaker the indications of Soul.


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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:3


    (Hebrew theology)
    That saying of our Master, "I and my Father are one," separated him from the scholastic theology of the rabbis. His better understanding of God was a rebuke to them. He knew of but one Mind and laid no claim to any other. He knew that the Ego was Mind instead of body and that matter, sin, and evil were not Mind; and his understanding of this divine Science brought upon him the anathemas of the age.


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 4


Hosea 13:1-4

    1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he
exalted himself in Israel; but when he
offended in Baal, he died.

    2 And now they sin more and more,
and have made them molten images of
their silver, and idols according to
their own understanding, all of it
the work of the craftsmen: they say
of them, Let the men that sacrifice
kiss the calves.

    3 Therefore they shall be as the
morning cloud, and as the early dew
that passeth away, as the chaff that
is driven with the whirlwind out of
the floor, and as the smoke out of
the chimney.

    4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from
the land of Egypt, and thou shalt
know no god but me: for there is no
saviour beside me.

***
Jeremiah 29:11,13

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

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

***
Romans 8:11

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

***
Ephesians 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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 208:25(only)


    (Sickness as only thought)
    Mind, not matter, is causation.


ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:11


    (Impotence of hate) That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:22


    (Pantheistic tendencies)
    Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic belief that there is mind in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning. A logical and scientific conclusion is reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, - Mind.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:3


    (Sure reward of righteousness)
    In the Science of Christianity, Mind - omnipotence - has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 195:12


    (Useful knowledge)
    We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.



Section 5


Habakkuk 3:17,18

    17 #Although the fig tree shall not
blossom, neither shall fruit be in
the vines; the labour of the olive
shall fail, and the fields shall
yield no meat; the flock shall be cut
off from the fold, and there shall be
no herd in the stalls:

    18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

***
Mark 6:34,41,42,45,48-52

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

    41 And when he had taken the five
loaves and the two fishes, he looked
up to heaven, and blessed, and brake
the loaves, and gave them to his
disciples to set before them; and the
two fishes divided he among them all.


    42 And they did all eat, and were
filled.

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

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

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

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

    51 And he went up unto them into
the ship; and the wind ceased: and
they were sore amazed in themselves
beyond measure, and wondered.

    52 For they considered not the
miracle of the loaves: for their
heart was hardened.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:7,16


    (Substance versus supposition)
    In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil. It is a false supposition, the notion that there is real substance-matter, the opposite of Spirit. Spirit, God, is infinite, all. Spirit can have no opposite.
    (One cause supreme)
    The admission that there can be material substance requires another admission, - namely, that Spirit is not infinite and that matter is self-creative, self-existent, and eternal. From this it would follow that there are two eternal causes, warring forever with each other; and yet we say that Spirit is supreme and all-presence.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 293:6

    (Elementary electricity)
    Matter and mortal mind are but different strata of human belief. The grosser substratum is named matter or body; the more ethereal is called mind. This so-called mind and body is the illusion called a mortal, a mind in matter. In reality and in Science, both strata, mortal mind and mortal body, are false representatives of man.


o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 123:11


    (Seeming and being)
    The verity of Mind shows conclusively how it is that matter seems to be, but is not. Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:1


    (Sense-dreams)
    How true it is that whatever is learned through material sense must be lost because such so-called knowledge is reversed by the spiritual facts of being in Science. That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears.



Section 6


Romans 1:1,3,4

    1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle, separated
unto the gospel of God,

    3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ
our Lord, which was made of the seed
of David according to the flesh;

    4 And declared to be the Son of God
with power, according to the spirit
of holiness, by the resurrection from
the dead:

***
II Corinthians 4:11,14,16

    11 For we which live are alway
delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,
that the life also of Jesus might be
made manifest in our mortal flesh.

    14 Knowing that he which raised up
the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also
by Jesus, and shall present us with
you.

    16 For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by
day.
II Corinthians 5:4,16,17

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

    16 Wherefore henceforth know we no
man after the flesh: yea, though we
have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we him no
more.

    17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:28-30


    (The true new idea)
    Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit.


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.


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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:15-18


    (Death outdone)
    The resurrection of the great demonstrator of God's power was the proof of his final triumph over body and matter, and gave full evidence of divine Science, - evidence so important to mortals.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:16-18


    (The cup of Jesus)
    The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of matter.


oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:20


    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being. Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit. Sin is unsustained by Truth, and sickness and death were overcome by Jesus, who proved them to be forms of error. Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - Spirit the starting-point
12 1 - Harmonious functions
12 1 - Brain not intelligent
12 1 - Laws of human belief
12 1 - Fatigue is mental
12 1 - Right endeavor possible
12 2 - Ignorant idolatry
12 2 - Unescapable dilemma
12 2 - Right never punishable
12 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
12 3 - Substance is Spirit
12 3 - -17- Infinite Spirit
12 3 - Soul and sense
12 3 - Life independent of matter
12 3 - Hebrew theology
12 3 - Redemption from selfishness
12 4 - Sickness as only thought
12 4 - Impotence of hate
12 4 - Pantheistic tendencies
12 4 - Sure reward of righteousness
12 4 - Useful knowledge
12 5 - Substance versus supposition
12 5 - One cause supreme
12 5 - Elementary electricity
12 5 - Seeming and being
12 5 - Sense-dreams
12 6 - The true new idea
12 6 - Man linked with Spirit
12 6 - Essential element of Christianity
12 6 - Death outdone
12 6 - The cup of Jesus
12 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence


September 18,1904

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Philipians 4:8

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


Responsive Reading


Psalm 81:1,2,4,5,8-16

    1 Sing aloud unto God our
strength: make a joyful noise unto
the God of Jacob.

    2 Take a psalm, and bring hither
the timbrel, the pleasant harp with
the psaltery.

    4 For this was a statute for
Israel, and a law of the God of
Jacob.

    5 This he ordained in Joseph for a
testimony, when he went out through
the land of Egypt: where I heard a
language that I understood not.

    8 Hear, O my people, and I will
testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou
wilt hearken unto me;

    9 There shall no strange god be in
thee; neither shalt thou worship any
strange god.

    10 I am the Lord thy God, which
brought thee out of the land of
Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I
will fill it.

    11 But my people would not hearken
to my voice; and Israel would none of
me.

    12 So I gave them up unto their own
hearts' lust: and they walked in
their own counsels.

    13 Oh that my people had hearkened
unto me, and Israel had walked in my
ways!

    14 I should soon have subdued their
enemies, and turned my hand against
their adversaries.

    15 The haters of the Lord should
have submitted themselves unto him:
but their time should have endured
for ever.

    16 He should have fed them also
with the finest of the wheat: and
with honey out of the rock should I
have satisfied thee.


Section 1


Matthew 5:3-5

    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.

***
Psalm 25:9

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

***
John 13:3-5,12-15

    3 Jesus knowing that the Father had
given all things into his hands, and
that he was come from God, and went
to God;

    4 He riseth from supper, and laid
aside his garments; and took a towel,
and girded himself.

    5 After that he poureth water into
a bason, and began to wash the
disciples' feet, and to wipe them
with the towel wherewith he was
girded.

    12 So after he had washed their
feet, and had taken his garments, and
was set down again, he said unto
them, Know ye what I have done to
you?

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:23-24


    (Prophetic ignorance)
    Meekness and charity have divine authority.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:3-5


    (Efficacious petitions)
    What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:26-27


    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 514:6

    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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 8:14-24


    (Aspiration and love)
    If we feel the aspiration, humility, gratitude, and love which our words express, - this God accepts; and it is wise not to try to deceive ourselves or others, for "there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed." Professions and audible prayers are like charity in one respect, - they "cover the multitude of sins." Praying for humility with whatever fervency of expression does not always mean a desire for it. If we turn away from the poor, we are not ready to receive the reward of Him who blesses the poor.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:13


    (Love imparts beauty)
    The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, "The meek shall inherit the earth." The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth. Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.


Section 2


Matthew 5:6

    6 Blessed are they which do hunger
and thirst after righteousness: for
they shall be filled.

***
II Chronicles 1:7,8,10-12

    7 In that night did God appear unto
Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what
I shall give thee.

    8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou
hast shewed great mercy unto David my
father, and hast made me to reign in
his stead.

    10 Give me now wisdom and
knowledge, that I may go out and come
in before this people: for who can
judge this thy people, that is so
great?

    11 And God said to Solomon, Because
this was in thine heart, and thou
hast not asked riches, wealth, or
honour, nor the life of thine
enemies, neither yet hast asked long
life; but hast asked wisdom and
knowledge for thyself, that thou
mayest judge my people, over whom I
have made thee king:

    12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted
unto thee; and I will give thee
riches, and wealth, and honour, such
as none of the kings have had that
have been before thee, neither shall
there any after thee have the like.

***
Matthew 6:33

    33 But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:4


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:1


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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:31(begin In)-19


    (Love impartial and universal) In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble." Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."
    (Public exaggerations)
    In public prayer we often go beyond our convictions, beyond the honest standpoint of fervent desire. If we are not secretly yearning and openly striving for the accomplishment of all we ask, our prayers are "vain repetitions," such as the heathen use. If our petitions are sincere, we labor for what we ask; and our Father, who seeth in secret, will reward us openly. Can the mere public expression of our desires increase them? Do we gain the omnipotent ear sooner by words than by thoughts? Even if prayer is sincere, God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it. If we cherish the desire honestly and silently and humbly, God will bless it, and we shall incur less risk of overwhelming our real wishes with a torrent of words.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 1:11

    ( - Prayer -)
    Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.


Section 3


Matthew 5:7

    7 Blessed are the merciful: for
they shall obtain mercy.

***
Jonah 4:5-11

    5 So Jonah went out of the city,
and sat on the east side of the city,
and there made him a booth, and sat
under it in the shadow, till he might
see what would become of the city.

    6 And the Lord God prepared a
gourd, and made it to come up over
Jonah, that it might be a shadow over
his head, to deliver him from his
grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of
the gourd.

    7 But God prepared a worm when the
morning rose the next day, and it
smote the gourd that it withered.

    8 And it came to pass, when the sun
did arise, that God prepared a
vehement east wind; and the sun beat
upon the head of Jonah, that he
fainted, and wished in himself to
die, and said, It is better for me to
die than to live.

    9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou
well to be angry for the gourd? And
he said, I do well to be angry, even
unto death.

    10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast
had pity on the gourd, for the which
thou hast not laboured, neither
madest it grow; which came up in a
night, and perished in a night:

    11 And should not I spare Nineveh,
that great city, wherein are more than
sixscore thousand persons that cannot
discern between their right hand and
their left hand; and also much
cattle?

***
Psalm 18:24,25

    24 Therefore hath the Lord
recompensed me according to my
righteousness, according to the
cleanness of my hands in his
eyesight.

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:14

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:7


    (Spiritual gateway) 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:26


    (Error destroyed, not pardoned) The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error. If men understood their real spiritual source to be all blessedness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mortal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to spirituality, till error yields to Truth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 248:29


    (Perfect models)
    Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love - the kingdom of heaven - reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 365:19


    (Speedy healing) If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Magdalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to practise scientifically and deal with his patients compassionately; ;and the result will correspond with the spiritual intent.


Section 4


Matthew 5:8

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

***
Revelation 21:10,11,27

    10 And he carried me away in the
spirit to a great and high mountain,
and shewed me that great city, the
holy Jerusalem, descending out of
heaven from God,

    11 Having the glory of God: and her
light was like unto a stone most
precious, even like a jasper stone,
clear as crystal;

    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.

***
Psalm 24:3-5

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

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

    5 He shall receive the blessing
from the Lord, and righteousness from
the God of his salvation.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:1-4


    (Final purpose)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:32


    (Childlike receptivity)
    Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, - this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:19-25


    (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.


Section 5


Matthew 5:9

    9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for
they shall be called the children of
God.

***
Genesis 13:8,9,14,15

    8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let
there be no strife, I pray thee,
between me and thee, and between my
herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be
brethren.

    9 Is not the whole land before
thee? separate thyself, I pray thee,
from me: if thou wilt take the left
hand, then I will go to the right; or
if thou depart to the right hand,
then I will go to the left.

    14 #And the Lord said unto Abram,
after that Lot was separated from
him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look
from the place where thou art
northward, and southward, and
eastward, and westward:

    15 For all the land which thou
seest, to thee will I give it, and to
thy seed for ever.

***
Psalm 122:6-8

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

    7 Peace be within thy walls, and
prosperity within thy palaces.

    8 For my brethren and companions'
sakes, I will now say, Peace be
within thee.

***
John 14:27

    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace
I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:22


    (Sectarianism and opposition)
    A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:22-27


    (Charity to those opposed) If ecclesiastical sects or medical schools turn a deaf ear to the teachings of Christian Science, then part from these opponents as did Abraham when he parted from Lot, and say in thy heart: "Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren."

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 (PLATFORM) - 335:27

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-20- The one divine Mind) Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal. Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:31


    (The divine loveliness)
    The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.


Section 6


Matthew 5:10-12

    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.

***
Hebrews 11:24,26,27

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

    26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ
greater riches than the treasures in
Egypt: for he had respect unto the
recompence of the reward.

    27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not
fearing the wrath of the king: for he
endured, as seeing him who is
invisible.

***
Revelation 21:7

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 28:22


    (Persecution prolonged)
    Remember, thou Christian martyr, it is enough if thou art found worthy to unloose the sandals of thy Master's feet! To suppose that persecution for righteousness' sake belongs to the past, and that Christianity to-day is at peace with the world because it is honored by sects and societies, is to mistake the very nature of religion. Error repeats itself. The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, "of whom the world was not worthy," await, in some form, every pioneer of truth.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:9

    (Martyrs inevitable) Martyrs are the human links which connect one stage with another in the history of religion. They are earth's luminaries, which serve to cleanse and rarefy the atmosphere of material sense and to permeate humanity with purer ideals. Consciousness of right-doing brings its own reward; but not amid the smoke of battle is merit seen and appreciated by lookers-on.

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

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 353:16-19


    (Superstition obsolete)
    All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly real. All things will continue to disappear, until perfection appears and reality is reached.

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


    (Christianity still rejected)
    Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a new step in Christianity; but the spiritual recompense of the persecuted is assured in the elevation of existence above mortal discord and in the gift of divine Love.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - Prophetic ignorance
13 1 - Efficacious petitions
13 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 1 - Aspiration and love
13 1 - Love imparts beauty
13 2 - Right motives
13 2 - Infinite physique impossible
13 2 - Love impartial and universal
13 2 - Public exaggerations
13 2 - - Prayer -
13 3 - Spiritual gateway
13 3 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
13 3 - Perfect models
13 3 - Speedy healing
13 4 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
13 4 - Final purpose
13 4 - Childlike receptivity
13 4 - So-called superiority
13 4 - Unspiritual contrasts
13 5 - Sectarianism and opposition
13 5 - Charity to those opposed
13 5 - Godward gravitation
13 5 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 5 - The divine loveliness
13 6 - Persecution prolonged
13 6 - Martyrs inevitable
13 6 - Christian warfare
13 6 - Superstition obsolete
13 6 - Christianity still rejected


September 25,1904

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Daniel 5:27

    27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the
balances, and art found wanting.


Responsive Reading


Daniel 5:1-6,13,14,16-18,20,22,26

    1 Belshazzar the king made a great
feast to a thousand of his lords, and
drank wine before the thousand.

    2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the
wine, commanded to bring the golden
and silver vessels which his father
Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the
temple which was in Jerusalem; that
the king, and his princes, his wives,
and his concubines, might drink
therein.

    3 Then they brought the golden
vessels that were taken out of the
temple of the house of God which was
at Jerusalem; and the king, and his
princes, his wives, and his
concubines, drank in them.

    4 They drank wine, and praised the
gods of gold, and of silver, of brass,
of iron, of wood, and of stone.

    5 In the same hour came forth
fingers of a man's hand, and wrote
over against the candlestick upon the
plaister of the wall of the king's
palace: and the king saw the part of
the hand that wrote.

    6 Then the king's countenance was
changed, and his thoughts troubled
him, so that the joints of his loins
were loosed, and his knees smote one
against another.

    13 Then was Daniel brought in
before the king. And the king spake
and said unto Daniel, Art thou that
Daniel, which art of the children of
the captivity of Judah, whom the king
my father brought out of Jewry?

    14 I have even heard of thee, that
the spirit of the gods is in thee, and
that light and understanding and
excellent wisdom is found in thee.

    16 And I have heard of thee, that
thou canst make interpretations, and
dissolve doubts: now if thou canst
read the writing, and make known to
me the interpretation thereof, thou
shalt be clothed with scarlet, and
have a chain of gold about thy neck,
and shalt be the third ruler in the
kingdom.

    17 #Then Daniel answered and said
before the king, Let thy gifts be to
thyself, and give thy rewards to
another; yet I will read the writing
unto the king, and make known to him
the interpretation.

    18 O thou king, the most high God
gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a
kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and
honour:

    20 But when his heart was lifted
up, and his mind hardened in pride,
he was deposed from his kingly
throne, and they took his glory from
him:

    22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar,
hast not humbled thine heart, though
thou knewest all this;

    26 This is the interpretation of
the thing: MENE; God hath numbered
thy kingdom, and finished it.


Section 1


Matthew 7:24-27

    24 #Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise
man, which built his house upon a
rock:

    25 And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell
not: for it was founded upon a rock.

    26 And every one that heareth these
sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man,
which built his house upon the sand:

    27 And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; and it fell:
and great was the fall of it.

***
II Peter 3:9-12

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

    10 But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.

    11 Seeing then that all these
things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in
all holy conversation and godliness,

    12 Looking for and hasting unto the
coming of the day of God, wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 277:24


    (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. Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immortal, for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:32-8


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 73:26-30


    (No mediumship)
    It is a grave mistake to suppose that matter is any part of the reality of intelligent existence, or that Spirit and matter, intelligence and non-intelligence, can commune together. This error Science will destroy.


Section 2


Mark 6:45,47-51

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

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

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

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

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

    51 And he went up unto them into
the ship; and the wind ceased: and
they were sore amazed in themselves
beyond measure, and wondered.

***
Colossians 2:8,13-15

    8 Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after
Christ.

    13 And you, being dead in your sins
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses;

    14 Blotting out the handwriting of
ordinances that was against us, which
was contrary to us, and took it out
of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    15 And having spoiled
principalities and powers, he made a
shew of them openly, triumphing over
them in it.

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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:15


    (Self-constituted law)
    By universal consent, mortal belief has constituted itself a law to bind mortals to sickness, sin, and death. This customary belief is misnamed material law, and the individual who upholds it is mistaken in theory and in practice. The so-called law of mortal mind, conjectural and speculative, is made void by the law of immortal Mind, and false law should be trampled under foot.

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 - 184:3,12

    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should not be recognized as reality.
    Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine statutes.


Section 3


Ecclesiastes 2:1,2,8,10,11,22,23

    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?

    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.

    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.

    22 For what hath man of all his
labour, and of the vexation of his
heart, wherein he hath laboured under
the sun?

    23 For all his days are sorrows,
and his travail grief; yea, his heart
taketh not rest in the night. This is
also vanity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:19-24,28


    (Mythical pleasure)
    The lines of demarcation between immortal man, representing Spirit, and mortal man, representing the error that life and intelligence are in matter, show the pleasures and pains of matter to be myths, and human belief in them to be the father of mythology, in which matter is represented as divided into intelligent gods.
    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 - 296:14

    (Scientific purgation)
    The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:9

    (Identity not lost)
    The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.

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.

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.


Section 4


II Chronicles 16:12-14

    12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth
year of his reign was diseased in his
feet, until his disease was exceeding
great: yet in his disease he sought
not to the Lord, but to the
physicians.

    13 #And Asa slept with his fathers,
and died in the one and fortieth year
of his reign.

    14 And they buried him in his own
sepulchres, which he had made for
himself in the city of David, and
laid him in the bed which was filled
with sweet odours and divers kinds of
spices prepared by the apothecaries'
art: and they made a very great
burning for him.

***
Jeremiah 8:19,22

    19 Behold the voice of the cry of
the daughter of my people because of
them that dwell in a far country: Is
not the Lord in Zion? is not her king
in her? Why have they provoked me to
anger with their graven images, and
with strange vanities?

    22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is
there no physician there? why then is
not the health of the daughter of my
people recovered?
Jeremiah 6:14

    14 They have healed also the hurt
of the daughter of my people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when
there is no peace.
Jeremiah 17:13,14

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

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:23-31


    (Mind the only healer)
    It is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never really healed except by means of the divine power. Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.
    (Modes of matter)
    Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 155:3-8


    (Drug-power mental)
    When the sick recover by the use of drugs, it is the law of a general belief, culminating in individual faith, which heals; and according to this faith will the effect be. Even when you take away the individual confidence in the drug, you have not yet divorced the drug from the general faith.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:19


    (Denials of divine power)
    Jesus never taught that drugs, food, air, and exercise could make a man healthy, or that they could destroy human life; nor did he illustrate these errors by his practice. He referred man's harmony to Mind, not to matter, and never tried to make of none effect the sentence of God, which sealed God's condemnation of sin, sickness, and death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:22-2

    (Mental narcotics)
    According to Holy Writ, the sick are never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any material method. These merely evade the question. They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy mortal belief, and quiet fear.
    (The true healing)
    We think that we are healed when a disease disappears, though it is liable to reappear; but we are never thoroughly healed until the liability to be ill is removed. 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 157:8-10


    (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.


Section 5


Revelation 20:7-9

    7 And when the thousand years are
expired, Satan shall be loosed out of
his prison,

    8 And shall go out to deceive the
nations which are in the four
quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog,
to gather them together to battle:
the number of whom is as the sand of
the sea.

    9 And they went up on the breadth
of the earth, and compassed the camp
of the saints about, and the beloved
city: and fire came down from God out
of heaven, and devoured them.

***
Hebrews 12:28,29

    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.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:1


    (Mere negation)
    Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human. Its basis being a belief and this belief animal, in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind.

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?

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 101:21-32


    (Personal conclusions)
    The author's own observations of the workings of animal magnetism convince her that it is not a remedial agent, and that its effects upon those who practise it, and upon their subjects who do not resist it, lead to moral and to physical death.
    If animal magnetism seems to alleviate or to cure disease, this appearance is deceptive, since error cannot remove the effects of error. Discomfort under error is preferable to comfort. In no instance is the effect of animal magnetism, recently called hypnotism, other than the effect of illusion. Any seeming benefit derived from it is proportional to one's faith in esoteric magic.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:24


    (The one real power)
    Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.


Section 6


Matthew 24:37-39,42,44,46,47

    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.

    42 #Watch therefore: for ye know
not what hour your Lord doth come.

    44 Therefore be ye also ready: for
in such an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh.

    46 Blessed is that servant, whom
his lord when he cometh shall find so
doing.

    47 Verily I say unto you, That he
shall make him ruler over all his
goods.

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?

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:11-16

    (Sickness will abate)
    The Science of being unveils the errors of sense, and spiritual perception, aided by Science, reaches Truth. Then error disappears. Sin and sickness will abate and seem less real as we approach the scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and all that is unlike the true likeness disappears.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 403:14-20

    (Error's power imaginary)
    You command the situation if you understand that mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being. Mortal mind is constantly producing on mortal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:17


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

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - Material error
14 1 - Mind's true camera
14 1 - No mediumship
14 2 - Spiritual law the only law
14 2 - Matter versus Spirit
14 2 - Self-constituted law
14 2 - No material law
14 2 - Belief and understanding
14 3 - Mythical pleasure
14 3 - Scientific purgation
14 3 - Identity not lost
14 3 - Sin and penalty
14 3 - Conversion of Saul
14 4 - Mind the only healer
14 4 - Modes of matter
14 4 - Drug-power mental
14 4 - Denials of divine power
14 4 - Mental narcotics
14 4 - The true healing
14 4 - The modus of homoeopathy
14 5 - Mere negation
14 5 - False claims annihilated
14 5 - Personal conclusions
14 5 - The one real power
14 6 - Error only ephemeral
14 6 - Truthful arguments
14 6 - Sickness will abate
14 6 - Error's power imaginary
14 6 - Rise of thought


October 2,1904

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 11:5

    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.



Responsive Reading


Luke 8:41,42,49-56

    41 #And, behold, there came a man
named Jairus, and he was a ruler of
the synagogue: and he fell down at
Jesus' feet, and besought him that he
would come into his house:

    42 For he had one only daughter,
about twelve years of age, and she
lay a dying. But as he went the
people thronged him.

    49 #While he yet spake, there
cometh one from the ruler of the
synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy
daughter is dead; trouble not the
Master.

    50 But when Jesus heard it, he
answered him, saying, Fear not:
believe only, and she shall be made
whole.

    51 And when he came into the house,
he suffered no man to go in, save
Peter, and James, and John, and the
father and the mother of the maiden.

    52 And all wept, and bewailed her:
but he said, Weep not; she is not
dead, but sleepeth.

    53 And they laughed him to scorn,
knowing that she was dead.

    54 And he put them all out, and
took her by the hand, and called,
saying, Maid, arise.

    55 And her spirit came again, and
she arose straightway: and he
commanded to give her meat.

    56 And her parents were astonished:
but he charged them that they should
tell no man what was done.
Luke 9:1,2,6

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

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


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



Section 1


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 3:6,13,17

    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.

    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.

    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;

***
Matthew 3:10

    10 And now also the axe is laid
unto the root of the trees: therefore
every tree which bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
Matthew 7:15-20

    15 #Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    16 Ye shall know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?

    17 Even so every good tree bringeth
forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit.

    18 A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
tree bring forth good fruit.

    19 Every tree that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye
shall know them.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 299:18


    (Knowledge and Truth)
    Knowledge gained from material sense is figuratively represented in Scripture as a tree, bearing the fruits of sin, sickness, and death. Ought we not then to judge the knowledge thus obtained to be untrue and dangerous, since "the tree is known by his fruit"?


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:13


    (Contrasted testimony)
    The "tree of life" is significant of eternal reality or being. The "tree of knowledge" typifies unreality. The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good. Sin, sickness, and death have no record in the Elohistic introduction of Genesis, in which God creates the heavens, earth, and man. Until that which contradicts the truth of being enters into the arena, evil has no history, and evil is brought into view only as the unreal in contradistinction to the real and eternal.


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"?


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:17


    (Temperance reform)
    The temperance reform, felt all over our land, results from metaphysical healing, which cuts down every tree that brings not forth good fruit. This conviction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and increases his ability to master evil and to love good.



Section 2


Matthew 13:36-43

    36 Then Jesus sent the multitude
away, and went into the house: and
his disciples came unto him, saying,
Declare unto us the parable of the
tares of the field.

    37 He answered and said unto them,
He that soweth the good seed is the
Son of man;

    38 The field is the world; the good
seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the
wicked one;

    39 The enemy that sowed them is the
devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the
angels.

    40 As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so
shall it be in the end of this world.


    41 The Son of man shall send forth
his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity;

    42 And shall cast them into a
furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    43 Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. Who hath ears to hear,
let him hear.


595:5 Chapter 17: Glossary
(TARES)

    TARES. Mortality; error; sin; sickness; disease; death.


1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:13


    (Spirits obsolete)
    Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated.


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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:16,23


    (Evident impossibilities)
    The Science of being repudiates self-evident impossibilities, such as the amalgamation of Truth and error in cause or effect. Science separates the tares and wheat in time of harvest.
    (One primal cause)
    Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 535:1


    (Bruising sin's head)
    The seed of Truth and the seed of error, of belief and of understanding, - yea, the seed of Spirit and the seed of matter, - are the wheat and tares which time will separate, the one to be burned, the other to be garnered into heavenly places.



Section 3


Job 21:7,18

    7 Wherefore do the wicked live,
become old, yea, are mighty in power?


    18 They are as stubble before the
wind, and as chaff that the storm
carrieth away.

***
Isaiah 5:20,21,24

    20 #Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!

    21 Woe unto them that are wise in
their own eyes, and prudent in their
own sight!

    24 Therefore as the fire devoureth
the stubble, and the flame consumeth
the chaff, so their root shall be as
rottenness, and their blossom shall
go up as dust: because they have cast
away the law of the Lord of hosts,
and despised the word of the Holy One
of Israel.

***
Luke 3:15-17

    15 And as the people were in
expectation, and all men mused in
their hearts of John, whether he were
the Christ, or not;

    16 John answered, saying unto them
all, I indeed baptize you with water;
but one mightier than I cometh, the
latchet of whose shoes I am not
worthy to unloose: he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghost and with
fire:

    17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he
will throughly purge his floor, and
will gather the wheat into his
garner; but the chaff he will burn
with fire unquenchable.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:5


    (Confusion confounded)
    Jesus' demonstrations sift the chaff from the wheat, and unfold the unity and the reality of good, the unreality, the nothingness, of evil.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:23

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


    (Mankind redeemed)
    Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.


ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 565:13


    (The conflict with purity)
    The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but "of his kingdom there shall be no end," for Christ, God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples - imperatively, absolutely, finally - with divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character. After the stars sang together and all was primeval harmony, the material lie made war upon the spiritual idea; but this only impelled the idea to rise to the zenith of demonstration, destroying sin, sickness, and death, and to be caught up unto God, - to be found in its divine Principle.



Section 4


Deuteronomy 13:1,3,5

    1 If there arise among you a
prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and
giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

    3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the
words of that prophet, or that
dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your
God proveth you, to know whether ye
love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul.

    5 And that prophet, or that dreamer
of dreams, shall be put to death;
because he hath spoken to turn you
away from the Lord your God, which
brought you out of the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you out of the house of
bondage, to thrust thee out of the
way which the Lord thy God commanded
thee to walk in. So shalt thou put
the evil away from the midst of thee.

***
Jeremiah 23:32

    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.

***
Jude 1:8,20,21

    8 Likewise also these filthy
dreamers defile the flesh, despise
dominion, and speak evil of
dignities.

    20 But ye, beloved, building up
yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,

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


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 - 418:29


    (Morality required)
    Tumors, ulcers, tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are waking dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which flee before the light of Truth.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:6-11


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


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:24

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    That man is material, and that matter suffers, - these propositions can only seem real and natural in illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:19

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

    (Reason and Science)
    Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.


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


I John 3:8

    8 He that committeth sin is of the
devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son
of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil.

***
Luke 13:11-17

    11 #And, behold, there was a woman
which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift
up herself.

    12 And when Jesus saw her, he
called her to him, and said unto her,
Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity.

    13 And he laid his hands on her:
and immediately she was made
straight, and glorified God.

    14 And the ruler of the synagogue
answered with indignation, because
that Jesus had healed on the sabbath
day, and said unto the people, There
are six days in which men ought to
work: in them therefore come and be
healed, and not on the sabbath day.

    15 The Lord then answered him, and
said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each
one of you on the sabbath loose his
ox or his ass from the stall, and
lead him away to watering?

    16 And ought not this woman, being
a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath
bound, lo, these eighteen years, be
loosed from this bond on the sabbath
day?

    17 And when he had said these
things, all his adversaries were
ashamed: and all the people rejoiced
for all the glorious things that were
done by him.


584:17-21 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DEVIL)

    DEVIL. Evil; a lie; error; neither corporeality nor mind; the opposite of Truth; a belief in sin, sickness, and death; animal magnetism or hypnotism; the lust of the flesh, which saith: "I am life and intelligence in matter.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 5:29-32


    (Diabolism destroyed)
    An apostle says that the Son of God [Christ] came to "destroy the works of the devil." We should follow our divine Exemplar, and seek the destruction of all evil works, error and disease included.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:11,23-27

    (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.
    (Divine severity)
    Jesus uncovered and rebuked sin before he cast it out. Of a sick woman he said that Satan had bound her, and to Peter he said, "Thou art an offence unto me." He came teaching and showing men how to destroy sin, sickness, and death.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 7:1-6

    The only civil sentence which he had for error was, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Still stronger evidence that Jesus' reproof was pointed and pungent is found in his own words, - showing the necessity for such forcible utterance, when he cast out devils and healed the sick and sinning.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 474:29-2(to .)

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


    (Truth destroys falsity)
    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."



Section 6


Proverbs 4:18,19

    18 But the path of the just is as
the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day.

    19 The way of the wicked is as
darkness: they know not at what they
stumble.

***
Luke 11:33-36

    33 No man, when he hath lighted a
candle, putteth it in a secret place,
neither under a bushel, but on a
candlestick, that they which come in
may see the light.

    34 The light of the body is the
eye: therefore when thine eye is
single, thy whole body also is full
of light; but when thine eye is evil,
thy body also is full of darkness.

    35 Take heed therefore that the
light which is in thee be not
darkness.

    36 If thy whole body therefore be
full of light, having no part dark,
the whole shall be full of light, as
when the bright shining of a candle
doth give thee light.

***
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.


o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:9-14

    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.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:28-31


    (Spirit versus darkness) Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light. Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit.


vii:2 Chapter PREFACE

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


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 191:8


    (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.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 378:22-28


    (Disease powerless)
    Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into its own hands. Sickness is not a God-given, nor a self-constituted material power, which copes astutely with Mind and finally conquers it. God never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 511:11


    (Darkness scattered)
    In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has the impress of heaven, God is revealed as infinite light. In the eternal Mind, no night is there.

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Knowledge and Truth
15 1 - Contrasted testimony
15 1 - Argument of good works
15 1 - Temperance reform
15 2 - Spirits obsolete
15 2 - The tares and wheat
15 2 - Evident impossibilities
15 2 - One primal cause
15 2 - Bruising sin's head
15 3 - Confusion confounded
15 3 - Mankind redeemed
15 3 - The conflict with purity
15 4 - Sickness akin to sin
15 4 - Morality required
15 4 - Spirit the one Ego
15 4 - Mind destroys all ills
15 4 - Reason and Science
15 4 - Heralds of Science
15 5 - Diabolism destroyed
15 5 - Pardon and amendment
15 5 - Divine severity
15 5 - Truth destroys falsity
15 6 - Spirit versus darkness
15 6 - The immortal birth
15 6 - Disease powerless
15 6 - Darkness scattered


October 9,1904

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 17:11,22

    11 And now I am no more in the
world, but these are in the world,
and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep
through thine own name those whom
thou hast given me, that they may be
one, as we are.

    22 And the glory which thou gavest
me I have given them; that they may be
one, even as we are one:


Responsive Reading


Hebrews 6:1,7-20

    1 Therefore leaving the principles
of the doctrine of Christ, let us go
on unto perfection; not laying again
the foundation of repentance from
dead works, and of faith toward God,

    7 For the earth which drinketh in
the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet for them by
whom it is dressed, receiveth
blessing from God:

    8 But that which beareth thorns and
briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned.

    9 But, beloved, we are persuaded
better things of you, and things that
accompany salvation, though we thus
speak.

    10 For God is not unrighteous to
forget your work and labour of love,
which ye have shewed toward his name,
in that ye have ministered to the
saints, and do minister.

    11 And we desire that every one of
you do shew the same diligence to the
full assurance of hope unto the end:

    12 That ye be not slothful, but
followers of them who through faith
and patience inherit the promises.

    13 For when God made promise to
Abraham, because he could swear by no
greater, he sware by himself,

    14 Saying, Surely blessing I will
bless thee, and multiplying I will
multiply thee.

    15 And so, after he had patiently
endured, he obtained the promise.

    16 For men verily swear by the
greater: and an oath for confirmation
is to them an end of all strife.

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

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

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

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


Section 1


John 17:1,4,6,19-23

    1 These words spake Jesus, and
lifted up his eyes to heaven, and
said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee:

    4 I have glorified thee on the
earth: I have finished the work which
thou gavest me to do.

    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.

    22 And the glory which thou gavest
me I have given them; that they may be
one, even as we are one:

    23 I in them, and thou in me, that
they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:1


    (Divine oneness)
    Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, - to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility. Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:5-9

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


    (Inexhaustible divine Love)
    Is it not a species of infidelity to believe that so great a work as the Messiah's was done for himself or for God, who needed no help from Jesus' example to preserve the eternal harmony? But mortals did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for them.

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 - 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.


Section 2


Leviticus 23:26,27

    26 #And the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying,

    27 Also on the tenth day of this
seventh month there shall be a day of
atonement: it shall be an holy
convocation unto you; and ye shall
afflict your souls, and offer an
offering made by fire unto the Lord.

***
Daniel 9:3-5

    3 #And I set my face unto the Lord
God, to seek by prayer and
supplications, with fasting, and
sackcloth, and ashes:

    4 And I prayed unto the Lord my
God, and made my confession, and
said, O Lord, the great and dreadful
God, keeping the covenant and mercy
to them that love him, and to them
that keep his commandments;

    5 We have sinned, and have
committed iniquity, and have done
wickedly, and have rebelled, even by
departing from thy precepts and from
thy judgments:

***
Proverbs 28:13

    13 He that covereth his sins shall
not prosper: but whoso confesseth and
forsaketh them shall have mercy.

***
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 - 8:24-1


    (Aspiration and love)
    We confess to having a very wicked heart and ask that it may be laid bare before us, but do we not already know more of this heart than we are willing to have our neighbor see?
    (Searching the heart)
    We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are. If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the rebuke and credit what is said? Do we not rather give thanks that we are "not as other men"?

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 461:16-23


    (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.

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


    (Justice and substitution)
    The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner's part. That God's wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made. The atonement is a hard problem in theology, but its scientific explanation is, that suffering is an error of sinful sense which Truth destroys, and that eventually both sin and suffering will fall at the feet of everlasting Love.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:12-19


    (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."


Section 3


Ezekiel 14:6,11

    6 #Therefore say unto the house of
Israel, Thus saith the Lord God;
Repent, and turn yourselves from your
idols; and turn away your faces from
all your abominations.

    11 That the house of Israel may go
no more astray from me, neither be
polluted any more with all their
transgressions; but that they may be
my people, and I may be their God,
saith the Lord God.

***
II Corinthians 7:1,10

    1 Having therefore these promises,
dearly beloved, let us cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness
in the fear of God.

    10 For godly sorrow worketh
repentance to salvation not to be
repented of: but the sorrow of the
world worketh death.

***
II Peter 3:9

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 19:17


    (Efficacious repentance)
    Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus' atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, - in the at-one-ment with God, - for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom. Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:9


    (Appetites to be abandoned) A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them. If the evil is over in the repentant mortal mind, while its effects still remain on the individual, you can remove this disorder as God's law is fulfilled and reformation cancels the crime. The healthy sinner is the hardened sinner.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:21


    (Error destroyed, not pardoned)
    There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is imperative. You cannot mock it by human will. Science is a divine demand, not a human. Always right, its divine Principle never repents, but maintains the claim of Truth by quenching error. The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error. If men understood their real spiritual source to be all blessedness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mortal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to spirituality, till error yields to Truth.


Section 4


II Chronicles 29:20,23,24,30,31

    20 #Then Hezekiah the king rose
early, and gathered the rulers of the
city, and went up to the house of the
Lord.

    23 And they brought forth the he
goats for the sin offering before the
king and the congregation; and they
laid their hands upon them:

    24 And the priests killed them, and
they made reconciliation with their
blood upon the altar, to make an
atonement for all Israel: for the
king commanded that the burnt
offering and the sin offering should
be made for all Israel.

    30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and
the princes commanded the Levites to
sing praise unto the Lord with the
words of David, and of Asaph the
seer. And they sang praises with
gladness, and they bowed their heads
and worshipped.

    31 Then Hezekiah answered and said,
Now ye have consecrated yourselves
unto the Lord, come near and bring
sacrifices and thank offerings into
the house of the Lord. And the
congregation brought in sacrifices
and thank offerings; and as many as
were of a free heart burnt offerings.

***
Romans 5:8,10,11

    8 But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his
life.

    11 And not only so, but we also joy
in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom we have now received the
atonement.

***
II Corinthians 5:20

    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 18:13


    (Human reconciliation)
    The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God, not God to man; for the divine Principle of Christ is God, and how can God propitiate Himself? Christ is Truth, which reaches no higher than itself. The fountain can rise no higher than its source. Christ, Truth, could conciliate no nature above his own, derived from the eternal Love. It was therefore Christ's purpose to reconcile man to God, not God to man. Love and Truth are not at war with God's image and likeness. Man cannot exceed divine Love, and so atone for himself. Even Christ cannot reconcile Truth to error, for Truth and error are irreconcilable. Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit, - the law of divine Love.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 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 - 45:6-13

    (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."


Section 5


Matthew 19:23,24,27-29

    23 #Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a rich man shall hardly enter
into the kingdom of heaven.

    24 And again I say unto you, It is
easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man
to enter into the kingdom of God.

    27 #Then answered Peter and said
unto him, Behold, we have forsaken
all, and followed thee; what shall we
have therefore?

    28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily
I say unto you, That ye which have
followed me, in the regeneration when
the Son of man shall sit in the
throne of his glory, ye also shall
sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.

    29 And every one that hath forsaken
houses, or brethren, or sisters, or
father, or mother, or wife, or
children, or lands, for my name's
sake, shall receive an hundredfold,
and shall inherit everlasting life.

***
Titus 3:3-7

    3 For we ourselves also were
sometimes foolish, disobedient,
deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, and hating one another.

    4 But after that the kindness and
love of God our Saviour toward man
appeared,

    5 Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to
his mercy he saved us, by the washing
of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost;

    6 Which he shed on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:31


    (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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:9


    (The clouds dissolving)
    How little light or heat reach our earth when clouds cover the sun's face! So Christian Science can be seen only as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away. Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.


Section 6


Psalm 98:1,3

    1 O sing unto the Lord a new song;
for he hath done marvellous things:
his right hand, and his holy arm,
hath gotten him the victory.

    3 He hath remembered his mercy and
his truth toward the house of Israel:
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

***
I John 5:4,18

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

    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.

***
Revelation 15:2,3

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

    3 And they sing the song of Moses
the servant of God, and the song of
the Lamb, saying, Great and
marvellous are thy works, Lord God
Almighty; just and true are thy ways,
thou King of saints.
Revelation 19:6

    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.

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.

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


    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love. Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:16

    (The stone rolled away)
    Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Inexhaustible divine Love
16 1 - Jesus the way-shower
16 1 - Christ's demonstration
16 2 - Aspiration and love
16 2 - Searching the heart
16 2 - Proof by induction
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 2 - Truth's great results
16 3 - Efficacious repentance
16 3 - Appetites to be abandoned
16 3 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
16 4 - Human reconciliation
16 4 - Perfect example
16 4 - Victory over the grave
16 5 - Spiritual baptism
16 5 - Radical changes
16 5 - The clouds dissolving
16 6 - Paean of jubilee
16 6 - Moral victory
16 6 - Divine victory
16 6 - The stone rolled away


October 16,1904

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Revelation 14:13

    13 And I heard a voice from heaven
saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the
dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their
labours; and their works do follow
them.


Responsive Reading


Luke 16:19-31

    19 #There was a certain rich man,
which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and fared sumptuously every
day:

    20 And there was a certain beggar
named Lazarus, which was laid at his
gate, full of sores,

    21 And desiring to be fed with the
crumbs which fell from the rich man's
table: moreover the dogs came and
licked his sores.

    22 And it came to pass, that the
beggar died, and was carried by the
angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich
man also died, and was buried;

    23 And in hell he lift up his eyes,
being in torments, and seeth Abraham
afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

    24 And he cried and said, Father
Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of
his finger in water, and cool my
tongue; for I am tormented in this
flame.

    25 But Abraham said, Son, remember
that thou in thy lifetime receivedst
thy good things, and likewise Lazarus
evil things: but now he is comforted,
and thou art tormented.

    26 And beside all this, between us
and you there is a great gulf fixed:
so that they which would pass from
hence to you cannot; neither can they
pass to us, that would come from
thence.

    27 Then he said, I pray thee
therefore, father, that thou wouldest
send him to my father's house:

    28 For I have five brethren; that
he may testify unto them, lest they
also come into this place of torment.


    29 Abraham saith unto him, They
have Moses and the prophets; let them
hear them.

    30 And he said, Nay, father
Abraham: but if one went unto them
from the dead, they will repent.

    31 And he said unto him, If they
hear not Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded,
though one rose from the dead.


Section 1


Job 7:1,13-15

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

    13 When I say, My bed shall comfort
me, my couch shall ease my complaint;


    14 Then thou scarest me with
dreams, and terrifiest me through
visions:

    15 So that my soul chooseth
strangling, and death rather than my
life.
Job 14:14-16

    14 If a man die, shall he live
again? all the days of my appointed
time will I wait, till my change
come.

    15 Thou shalt call, and I will
answer thee: thou wilt have a desire
to the work of thine hands.

    16 For now thou numberest my steps:
dost thou not watch over my sin?

***
Matthew 9:18,23-25

    18 #While he spake these things
unto them, behold, there came a
certain ruler, and worshipped him,
saying, My daughter is even now dead:
but come and lay thy hand upon her,
and she shall live.

    23 And when Jesus came into the
ruler's house, and saw the minstrels
and the people making a noise,

    24 He said unto them, Give place:
for the maid is not dead, but
sleepeth. And they laughed him to
scorn.

    25 But when the people were put
forth, he went in, and took her by
the hand, and the maid arose.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 306:31-2


    (Thought-forms)


    (The serpent's whisper)
    The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 491:17-22

(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


    (Material man as a dream)
    The belief that matter and mind are one, - that matter is awake at one time and asleep at another, sometimes presenting no appearance of mind, - this belief culminates in another belief, that man dies. Science reveals material man as never the real being.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:22


    (Salvation and probation)
    As man falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change. Mind never becomes dust. No resurrection from the grave awaits Mind or Life, for the grave has no power over either.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:28-2

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man's entire action?

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 398:10-13


    (Naming maladies)
    To the synagogue ruler's daughter, whom they called dead but of whom he said, "she is not dead, but sleepeth," he simply said, "Damsel, I say unto thee, arise!"


Section 2


Job 17:14,15

    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 42:5

    5 Why art thou cast down, O my
soul? and why art thou disquieted in
me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet
praise him for the help of his
countenance.

***
Galatians 5:5

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

***
I Corinthians 15:19-23

    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:31-3


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 190:21-31


    (Human frailty)
    The Hebrew bard, swayed by mortal thoughts, thus swept his lyre with saddening strains on human existence:


As for man, his days are as grass:
As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
And the place thereof shall know it no more.

When hope rose higher in the human heart, he sang:


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


For with Thee is the fountain of life;
In Thy light shall we see light.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 361:25


    (Choose ye today)
    A germ of infinite Truth, though least in the kingdom of heaven, is the higher hope on earth, but it will be rejected and reviled until God prepares the soil for the seed. That which when sown bears immortal fruit, enriches mankind only when it is understood, - hence the many readings given the Scriptures, and the requisite revisions of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:16


    (Treasure in heaven)
    If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:31


    (Within the veil)
    The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:29


    (No death nor inaction)
    The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought will waken from its own material declaration, "I am dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction."


Section 3


John 5:25,28,29

    25 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
The hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead shall hear the voice of the
Son of God: and they that hear shall
live.

    28 Marvel not at this: for the hour
is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice,

    29 And shall come forth; they that
have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done
evil, unto the resurrection of
damnation.

***
Acts 26:8,22,23

    8 Why should it be thought a thing
incredible with you, that God should
raise the dead?

    22 Having therefore obtained help
of God, I continue unto this day,
witnessing both to small and great,
saying none other things than those
which the prophets and Moses did say
should come:

    23 That Christ should suffer, and
that he should be the first that
should rise from the dead, and should
shew light unto the people, and to
the Gentiles.

***
Matthew 27:51-53

    51 And, behold, the veil of the
temple was rent in twain from the top
to the bottom; and the earth did
quake, and the rocks rent;

    52 And the graves were opened; and
many bodies of the saints which slept
arose,

    53 And came out of the graves after
his resurrection, and went into the
holy city, and appeared unto many.

597:10 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VEIL)

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:22


    (After the resurrection)
    They who earliest saw Jesus after the resurrection and beheld the final proof of all that he had taught, misconstrued that event. Even his disciples at first called him a spirit, ghost, or spectre, for they believed his body to be dead. His reply was: "Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." The reappearing of Jesus was not the return of a spirit. He presented the same body that he had before his crucifixion, and so glorified the supremacy of Mind over matter.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:20

    (Purpose of crucifixion)
    Does erudite theology regard the crucifixion of Jesus chiefly as providing a ready pardon for all sinners who ask for it and are willing to be forgiven? Does spiritualism find Jesus' death necessary only for the presentation, after death, of the material Jesus, as a proof that spirits can return to earth? Then we must differ from them both.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:13-26

    (Corporeality and Spirit)
    The Master said plainly that physique was not Spirit, and after his resurrection he proved to the physical senses that his body was not changed until he himself ascended, - or, in other words, rose even higher in the understanding of Spirit, God. To convince Thomas of this, Jesus caused him to examine the nail-prints and the spear-wound.
    (Spiritual ascension)
    Jesus' unchanged physical condition after what seemed to be death was followed by his exaltation above all material conditions; and this exaltation explained his ascension, and revealed unmistakably a probationary and progressive state beyond the grave. Jesus was "the way;" that is, he marked the way for all men.


Section 4


Psalm 23:4

    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.

***
Romans 6:8,11

    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we
believe that we shall also live with
him:

    11 Likewise reckon ye also
yourselves to be dead indeed unto
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus
Christ our Lord.

***
Revelation 2:8-11

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

    9 I know thy works, and
tribulation, and poverty, (but thou
art rich) and I know the blasphemy of
them which say they are Jews, and are
not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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

    11 He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall
not be hurt of the second death.
Revelation 7:13,14

    13 And one of the elders answered,
saying unto me, What are these which
are arrayed in white robes? and
whence came they?

    14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou
knowest. And he said to me, These are
they which came out of great
tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 14:13

    13 And I heard a voice from heaven
saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the
dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their
labours; and their works do follow
them.

596:20-27 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VALLEY)

    VALLEY. Depression; meekness; darkness.
    "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." (Psalm xxiii. 4.)
    Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 82:9-13


    (Impossible intercommunion)
    If spiritual life has been won by the departed, they cannot return to material existence, because different states of consciousness are involved, and one person cannot exist in two different states of consciousness at the same time.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 83:21-25

    (Conflicting standpoints)
    It is contrary to Christian Science to suppose that life is either material or organically spiritual. Between Christian Science and all forms of superstition a great gulf is fixed, as impassable as that between Dives and Lazarus.

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 5


Revelation 20:11-15

    11 And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it, from whose
face the earth and the heaven fled
away; and there was found no place
for them.

    12 And I saw the dead, small and
great, stand before God; and the
books were opened: and another book
was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged out of
those things which were written in
the books, according to their works.

    13 And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in
them: and they were judged every man
according to their works.

    14 And death and hell were cast
into the lake of fire. This is the
second death.

    15 And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:7,8

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16,27


    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The murderer, though slain in the act, does not thereby forsake sin. He is no more spiritual for believing that his body died and learning that his cruel mind died not. His thoughts are no purer until evil is disarmed by good. His body is as material as his mind, and vice versa.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 556:10-16


    (The Christian's privilege)
    Mortal belief infolds the conditions of sin. Mortal belief dies to live again in renewed forms, only to go out at last forever; for life everlasting is not to be gained by dying. Christian Science may absorb the attention of sage and philosopher, but the Christian alone can fathom it. It is made known most fully to him who understands best the divine Life.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:8


    (The thorns and flowers)
    The God-inspired walk calmly on though it be with bleeding footprints, and in the hereafter they will reap what they now sow. The pampered hypocrite may have a flowery pathway here, but he cannot forever break the Golden Rule and escape the penalty due.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 77:5-21


    (Second death)
    Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the Science of being is reached. Error brings its own self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates its own physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."
    (A dream vanishing)
    The period required for this dream of material life, embracing its so-called pleasures and pains, to vanish from consciousness, "knoweth no man . . . neither the Son, but the Father." This period will be of longer or shorter duration according to the tenacity of error. Of what advantage, then, would it be to us, or to the departed, to prolong the material state and so prolong the illusion either of a soul inert or of a sinning, suffering sense, - a so-called mind fettered to matter.


Section 6


John 8:51

    51 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
If a man keep my saying, he shall
never see death.
John 11:26

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

***
Romans 8:1,2

    1 THERE is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 170:10


    (Physiology unscientific)
    The text, "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die," not only contradicts human systems, but points to the self-sustaining and eternal Truth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31-7


    (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.

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.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Thought-forms
17 1 - The serpent's whisper
17 1 - Material man as a dream
17 1 - Death no benefactor
17 1 - Salvation and probation
17 1 - Mind destroys all ills
17 1 - Naming maladies
17 2 - Mortality mythical
17 2 - Human frailty
17 2 - Choose ye today
17 2 - Treasure in heaven
17 2 - Within the veil
17 2 - No death nor inaction
17 3 - After the resurrection
17 3 - Purpose of crucifixion
17 3 - Corporeality and Spirit
17 3 - Spiritual ascension
17 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
17 4 - Impossible intercommunion
17 4 - Conflicting standpoints
17 4 - Death no advantage
17 5 - Future purification
17 5 - Sin is punished
17 5 - The Christian's privilege
17 5 - The thorns and flowers
17 5 - Second death
17 5 - A dream vanishing
17 6 - Physiology unscientific
17 6 - Life all-inclusive
17 6 - Real Life is God


October 23,1904

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Proverbs 16:6

    6 By mercy and truth iniquity is
purged: and by the fear of the Lord
men depart from evil.


Responsive Reading


Jeremiah 30:10-22

    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.

    11 For I am with thee, saith the
Lord, to save thee: though I make a
full end of all nations whither I
have scattered thee, yet will I not
make a full end of thee: but I will
correct thee in measure, and will not
leave thee altogether unpunished.

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

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

    14 All thy lovers have forgotten
thee; they seek thee not; for I have
wounded thee with the wound of an
enemy, with the chastisement of a
cruel one, for the multitude of thine
iniquity; because thy sins were
increased.

    15 Why criest thou for thine
affliction? thy sorrow is incurable
for the multitude of thine iniquity:
because thy sins were increased, I
have done these things unto thee.

    16 Therefore all they that devour
thee shall be devoured; and all thine
adversaries, every one of them, shall
go into captivity; and they that
spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all
that prey upon thee will I give for a
prey.

    17 For I will restore health unto
thee, and I will heal thee of thy
wounds, saith the Lord; because they
called thee an Outcast, saying, This
is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

    18 #Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I
will bring again the captivity of
Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his
dwellingplaces; and the city shall be
builded upon her own heap, and the
palace shall remain after the manner
thereof.

    19 And out of them shall proceed
thanksgiving and the voice of them
that make merry: and I will multiply
them, and they shall not be few; I
will also glorify them, and they
shall not be small.

    20 Their children also shall be as
aforetime, and their congregation
shall be established before me, and I
will punish all that oppress them.

    21 And their nobles shall be of
themselves, and their governor shall
proceed from the midst of them; and I
will cause him to draw near, and he
shall approach unto me: for who is
this that engaged his heart to
approach unto me? saith the Lord.

    22 And ye shall be my people, and I
will be your God.


Section 1


Jeremiah 30:23

    23 Behold, the whirlwind of the
Lord goeth forth with fury, a
continuing whirlwind: it shall fall
with pain upon the head of the
wicked.

***
Genesis 18:20-22

    20 And the Lord said, Because the
cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great,
and because their sin is very
grievous;

    21 I will go down now, and see
whether they have done altogether
according to the cry of it, which is
come unto me; and if not, I will
know.

    22 And the men turned their faces
from thence, and went toward Sodom:
but Abraham stood yet before the
Lord.
Genesis 19:27,28

    27 #And Abraham gat up early in the
morning to the place where he stood
before the Lord:

    28 And he looked toward Sodom and
Gomorrah, and toward all the land of
the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the
smoke of the country went up as the
smoke of a furnace.

***
Ezekiel 16:49

    49 Behold, this was the iniquity of
thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of
bread, and abundance of idleness was
in her and in her daughters, neither
did she strengthen the hand of the
poor and needy.

***
Matthew 11:20,21,23

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

    21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe
unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the
mighty works, which were done in you,
had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they
would have repented long ago in
sackcloth and ashes.

    23 And thou, Capernaum, which art
exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought
down to hell: for if the mighty
works, which have been done in thee,
had been done in Sodom, it would have
remained until this day.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:31-20


    (Asking amiss)
    Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin? Then "ye ask amiss." Without punishment, sin would multiply. Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."
    (Remission of penalty)
    A magistrate sometimes remits the penalty, but this may be no moral benefit to the criminal, and at best, it only saves the criminal from one form of punishment. The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before mortals can "go up higher." Broken law brings penalty in order to compel this progress.
    (Truth annihilates error)
    Mere legal pardon (and there is no other, for divine Principle never pardons our sins or mistakes till they are corrected) leaves the offender free to repeat the offence, if indeed, he has not already suffered sufficiently from vice to make him turn from it with loathing. Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner. Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable suffering.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:30


    (Final purpose)
    The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 36:19

    (Righteous retribution)
    A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.


Section 2


Proverbs 28:10

    10 Whoso causeth the righteous to
go astray in an evil way, he shall
fall himself into his own pit: but
the upright shall have good things in
possession.

***
Lamentations 3:39

    39 Wherefore doth a living man
complain, a man for the punishment of
his sins?

***
Hosea 12:2

    2 The Lord hath also a controversy
with Judah, and will punish Jacob
according to his ways; according to
his doings will he recompense him.

***
Romans 6:20,21,23

    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.

    23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 447:12-14


    (Expose sin without believing in it)
    Ignorance, subtlety, or false charity does not forever conceal error; evil will in time disclose and punish itself.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:13-15


    (Justice and recompense)
    "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Error excludes itself from harmony. Sin is its own punishment.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:11-16


    (God never inconsistent)
    It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His volition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 356:25-6


    (Copartnership impossible) Does evil proceed from good? Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it? Would any one call it wise and good to create the primitive, and then punish its derivative?
    (Two infinite creators absurd)
    Does subsequent follow its antecedent? It does. Was there original self-creative sin? Then there must have been more than one creator, more than one God. In common justice, we must admit that God will not punish man for doing what He created man capable of doing, and knew from the outset that man would do. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 435:23


    (Counsel for defence)
    If mortals sin, our Supreme Judge in equity decides what penalty is due for the sin, and Mortal Man can suffer only for his sin. For naught else can he be punished, according to the law of Spirit, God.


Section 3


Zechariah 8:13-17

    13 And it shall come to pass, that
as ye were a curse among the heathen,
O house of Judah, and house of
Israel; so will I save you, and ye
shall be a blessing: fear not, but
let your hands be strong.

    14 For thus saith the Lord of
hosts; As I thought to punish you,
when your fathers provoked me to
wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I
repented not:

    15 So again have I thought in these
days to do well unto Jerusalem and to
the house of Judah: fear ye not.

    16 #These are the things that ye
shall do; speak ye every man the
truth to his neighbour; execute the
judgment of truth and peace in your
gates:

    17 And let none of you imagine evil
in your hearts against his neighbour;
and love no false oath: for all these
are things that I hate, saith the
Lord.

***
I Peter 3:13-16

    13 And who is he that will harm
you, if ye be followers of that which
is good?

    14 But and if ye suffer for
righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror,
neither be troubled;

    15 But sanctify the Lord God in
your hearts: and be ready always to
give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope that
is in you with meekness and fear:

    16 Having a good conscience; that,
whereas they speak evil of you, as of
evildoers, they may be ashamed that
falsely accuse your good conversation
in Christ.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 384:6


    (Corporeal penalties)
    God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his protest against this belief in order to annul it. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, the student will prove to himself, by small beginnings, the grand verities of Christian Science.

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

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


Section 4


Proverbs 15:26,28,29

    26 The thoughts of the wicked are
an abomination to the Lord: but the
words of the pure are pleasant words.


    28 The heart of the righteous
studieth to answer: but the mouth of
the wicked poureth out evil things.

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

***
Micah 7:8,9

    8 #Rejoice not against me, O mine
enemy: when I fall, I shall arise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord
shall be a light unto me.

    9 I will bear the indignation of
the Lord, because I have sinned
against him, until he plead my cause,
and execute judgment for me: he will
bring me forth to the light, and I
shall behold his righteousness.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 105:3-27


    (Mental crimes)
    Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish them. To say that these tribunals have no jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind, would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy. Can matter commit a crime? Can matter be punished? Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive.
    (Important decision)
    When our laws eventually take cognizance of mental crime and no longer apply legal rulings wholly to physical offences, these words of Judge Parmenter of Boston will become historic: "I see no reason why metaphysics is not as important to medicine as to mechanics or mathematics."
    (Evil let loose)
    Whoever uses his developed mental powers like an escaped felon to commit fresh atrocities as opportunity occurs is never safe. God will arrest him. Divine justice will manacle him. His sins will be millstones about his neck, weighing him down to the depths of ignominy and death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:7


    (Murder brings its curse)
    Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast. Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished. The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:4


    (Embryonic sinful thoughts)
    The belief of sin, which has grown terrible in strength and influence, is an unconscious error in the beginning, - an embryonic thought without motive; but afterwards it governs the so-called man. Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:27-29

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-20- The one divine Mind) Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal.


Section 5


Leviticus 26:40,42

    40 If they shall confess their
iniquity, and the iniquity of their
fathers, with their trespass which
they trespassed against me, and that
also they have walked contrary unto
me;

    42 Then will I remember my covenant
with Jacob, and also my covenant with
Isaac, and also my covenant with
Abraham will I remember; and I will
remember the land.

***
Daniel 9:20-22

    20 #And whiles I was speaking, and
praying, and confessing my sin and the
sin of my people Israel, and
presenting my supplication before the
Lord my God for the holy mountain of
my God;

    21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in
prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I
had seen in the vision at the
beginning, being caused to fly
swiftly, touched me about the time of
the evening oblation.

    22 And he informed me, and talked
with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now
come forth to give thee skill and
understanding.

***
II Corinthians 2:5-8

    5 But if any have caused grief, he
hath not grieved me, but in part: that
I may not overcharge you all.

    6 Sufficient to such a man is this
punishment, which was inflicted of
many.

    7 So that contrariwise ye ought
rather to forgive him, and comfort
him, lest perhaps such a one should
be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.


    8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye
would confirm your love toward him.

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


    (Justice and substitution)
    Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 569:14-25


    (The robe of Science)
    Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness! They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.
    (Expiation by suffering)
    What must the end be? They must eventually expiate their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal.


Section 6


Proverbs 16:6

    6 By mercy and truth iniquity is
purged: and by the fear of the Lord
men depart from evil.

***
Psalm 103:8,12

    8 The Lord is merciful and
gracious, slow to anger, and
plenteous in mercy.

    12 As far as the east is from the
west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us.
Psalm 85:8-11

    8 I will hear what God the Lord
will speak: for he will speak peace
unto his people, and to his saints:
but let them not turn again to folly.


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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 340:23

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-Platform summation-) One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, "Love thy neighbor as thyself;" annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, - whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:3


    (Man inseparable from Love)
    It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God." This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man - governed by God, his perfect Principle - is sinless and eternal.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Asking amiss
18 1 - Remission of penalty
18 1 - Truth annihilates error
18 1 - Final purpose
18 1 - Righteous retribution
18 2 - Expose sin without believing in it
18 2 - Justice and recompense
18 2 - God never inconsistent
18 2 - Copartnership impossible
18 2 - Two infinite creators absurd
18 2 - Counsel for defence
18 3 - Corporeal penalties
18 3 - Right never punishable
18 4 - Mental crimes
18 4 - Important decision
18 4 - Evil let loose
18 4 - Murder brings its curse
18 4 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 4 - -20- The one divine Mind
18 5 - Justice and substitution
18 5 - Moral retrogression
18 5 - The robe of Science
18 5 - Expiation by suffering
18 6 - -Platform summation-
18 6 - Ultimate harmony
18 6 - Man inseparable from Love


October 30,1904

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

I Corinthians 15:22

    22 For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive.


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 15:45-50,54-58

    45 And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening
spirit.

    46 Howbeit that was not first which
is spiritual, but that which is
natural; and afterward that which is
spiritual.

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.

    48 As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy: and as is the
heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly.

    49 And as we have borne the image
of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

    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.

    55 O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory?

    56 The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law.

    57 But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.

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


Section 1


Genesis 2:7

    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.

***
I Corinthians 15:22-25,47

    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.

    47 The first man is of the earth,
earthy: the second man is the Lord
from heaven.

***
John 3:31

    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:30-2


    (Adam)
    Adam, the synonym for error, stands for a belief of material mind. He begins his reign over man somewhat mildly, but he increases in falsehood and his days become shorter.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 282:28


    (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. As mortals begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any true existence apart from God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:2-11

    (Our physical insensibility to Spirit)
    Man's individuality is not material. 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.
    (The human counterfeit)
    What, then, is the material personality which suffers, sins, and dies? It is not man, the image and likeness of God, but man's counterfeit, the inverted likeness, the unlikeness called sin, sickness, and death.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:27


    (Individual permanency)
    Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate.


Section 2


Genesis 2:8,15

    8 #And the Lord God planted a
garden eastward in Eden; and there he
put the man whom he had formed.

    15 And the Lord God took the man,
and put him into the garden of Eden
to dress it and to keep it.

***
Matthew 6:25,28,29,31,33

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

    28 And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin:

    29 And yet I say unto you, That
even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.

    31 Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What
shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed?

    33 But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.

***
II Corinthians 5:6,8

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

    8 We are confident, I say, and
willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the
Lord.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:29


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:32-7


    (Sickness as discord)
    The body does not include soul, but manifests mortality, a false sense of soul. The delusion that there is life in matter has no kinship with the Life supernal.
    (Unscientific introspection)
    Science depicts disease as error, as matter versus Mind, and error reversed as subserving the facts of health. To calculate one's life-prospects from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and misguide human hope.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:29-5


    (Corporeal ignorance)
    The world of error is ignorant of the world of Truth, - blind to the reality of man's existence, - for the world of sensation is not cognizant of life in Soul, not in body.
    (Bodily presence)
    If we are sensibly with the body and regard omnipotence as a corporeal, material person, whose ear we would gain, we are not "absent from the body" and "present with the Lord" in the demonstration of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:21


    (Belief in many gods)
    The argument of the serpent in the allegory, "Ye shall be as gods," urges through every avenue the belief that Soul is in body, and that infinite Spirit, and Life, is in finite forms.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:18-20

    (God and His image)
    The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:5


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


Section 3


Genesis 2:9,16,17

    9 And out of the ground made the
Lord God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for
food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil.

    16 And the Lord God commanded the
man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

***
Proverbs 3:13,18

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

    18 She is a tree of life to them
that lay hold upon her: and happy is
every one that retaineth her.
Proverbs 11:30

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

***
Matthew 7:18-20

    18 A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
tree bring forth good fruit.

    19 Every tree that bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire.

    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye
shall know them.

***
Revelation 22:2

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:13-15


    (Contrasted testimony)
    The "tree of life" is significant of eternal reality or being. The "tree of knowledge" typifies unreality.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:19

    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 197:2


    (Pangs caused by the press)
    A new name for an ailment affects people like a Parisian name for a novel garment. Every one hastens to get it. A minutely described disease costs many a man his earthly days of comfort. What a price for human knowledge! But the price does not exceed the original cost. God said of the tree of knowledge, which bears the fruit of sin, disease, and death, "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 214:18


    (Idolatrous illusions)
    We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to fear and to obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God. All material knowledge, like the original "tree of knowledge," multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, slay man, and meanwhile would spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:1-6


    (The leaves of healing)
    The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. "The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Sin and sickness are both healed by the same Principle. The tree is typical of man's divine Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering full salvation from sin, sickness, and death.


Section 4


Genesis 2:21-23

    21 And the Lord God caused a deep
sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs,
and closed up the flesh instead
thereof;

    22 And the rib, which the Lord God
had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.

    23 And Adam said, This is now bone
of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:
she shall be called Woman, because
she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 3:20

    20 And Adam called his wife's name
Eve; because she was the mother of all
living.

***
Jeremiah 50:4,5

    4 In those days, and in that time,
saith the Lord, the children of Israel
shall come, they and the children of
Judah together, going and weeping:
they shall go, and seek the Lord
their God.

    5 They shall ask the way to Zion
with their faces thitherward, saying,
Come, and let us join ourselves to
the Lord in a perpetual covenant that
shall not be forgotten.

***
I Corinthians 6:15(to ?),17

    15 Know ye not that your bodies are
the members of Christ?

    17 But he that is joined unto the
Lord is one spirit.

585:23 Chapter 17: Glossary
(EVE)

    EVE. A beginning; mortality; that which does not last forever; a finite belief concerning life, substance, and intelligence in matter; error; the belief that the human race originated materially instead of spiritually, - that man started first from dust, second from a rib, and third from an egg.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 529:6


    (Mental midwifery)
    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:6-10


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 223:3


    (Life only in Spirit)
    Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:29-1


    (Limitless Mind) Finiteness cannot present the idea or the vastness of infinity. A mind originating from a finite or material source must be limited and finite. Infinite Mind is the creator, and creation is the infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:9

    (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.


Section 5


Genesis 3:1,4,5,14,15

    1 Now the serpent was more subtil
than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said unto
the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the
garden?

    4 And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5 For God doth know that in the day
ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.

    14 And the Lord God said unto the
serpent, Because thou hast done this,
thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust
shalt thou eat all the days of thy
life:

    15 And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy
seed and her seed; it shall bruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his
heel.

***
Revelation 12:9,10

    9 And the great dragon was cast
out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out
with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day
and night.

594:1-2(to error;),8 Chapter 17: Glossary
(SERPENT)

    SERPENT (ophis, in Greek; nacash, in Hebrew). Subtlety; a lie; the opposite of Truth, named error;
    The first audible claim that God was not omnipotent and that there was another power, named evil, which was as real and eternal as God, good.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:11


    (Knowledge of good and evil)
    In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve. This represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit. The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common conception of mortal man - a burlesque of God's man - is an outgrowth of human knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 533:26-2


    (False womanhood)
    Truth, cross-questioning man as to his knowledge of error, finds woman the first to confess her fault. She says, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat;" as much as to say in meek penitence, "Neither man nor God shall father my fault." She has already learned that corporeal sense is the serpent. Hence she is first to abandon the belief in the material origin of man and to discern spiritual creation.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:24-30

    (Bruising sin's head)
    There will be greater mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has ever been since the Christian era began. The serpent, material sense, will bite the heel of the woman, - will struggle to destroy the spiritual idea of Love; and the woman, this idea, will bruise the head of lust.


Section 6


Genesis 3:24

    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.

***
Luke 22:35,36,38

    35 And he said unto them, When I
sent you without purse, and scrip,
and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And
they said, Nothing.

    36 Then said he unto them, But now,
he that hath a purse, let him take
it, and likewise his scrip: and he
that hath no sword, let him sell his
garment, and buy one.

    38 And they said, Lord, behold,
here are two swords. And he said unto
them, It is enough.

***
Ephesians 6:13,17,18

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

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

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

***
Revelation 1:12,13,16,18

    12 And I turned to see the voice
that spake with me. And being turned,
I saw seven golden candlesticks;

    13 And in the midst of the seven
candlesticks one like unto the Son of
man, clothed with a garment down to
the foot, and girt about the paps
with a golden girdle.

    16 And he had in his right hand
seven stars: and out of his mouth
went a sharp twoedged sword: and his
countenance was as the sun shineth in
his strength.

    18 I am he that liveth, and was
dead; and, behold, I am alive for
evermore, Amen; and have the keys of
hell and of death.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:17-19


    (Record of error)
    The "tree of life" stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:14

    (Justice and recompense)
    Error excludes itself from harmony. Sin is its own punishment. Truth guards the gateway to harmony. Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:3

    (Spiritual gateway)
    Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests. Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 458:17


    (Divinity ever ready)
    The two-edged sword of Truth must turn in every direction to guard "the tree of life."

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 37:6-8


    (Martyrs inevitable)
    Mortals try in vain to slay Truth with the steel or the stake, but error falls only before the sword of Spirit.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:31


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

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Adam
19 1 - Truth is not inverted
19 1 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
19 1 - The human counterfeit
19 1 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 1 - Individual permanency
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - Sickness as discord
19 2 - Unscientific introspection
19 2 - Corporeal ignorance
19 2 - Bodily presence
19 2 - Belief in many gods
19 2 - God and His image
19 2 - Divine providence
19 3 - Contrasted testimony
19 3 - Record of error
19 3 - Pangs caused by the press
19 3 - Idolatrous illusions
19 3 - The leaves of healing
19 4 - Mental midwifery
19 4 - Real Life is God
19 4 - Life only in Spirit
19 4 - Limitless Mind
19 4 - Infinity's reflection
19 5 - Knowledge of good and evil
19 5 - False womanhood
19 5 - Bruising sin's head
19 6 - Record of error
19 6 - Justice and recompense
19 6 - Spiritual gateway
19 6 - Divinity ever ready
19 6 - Martyrs inevitable
19 6 - Decapitation of error


November 6,1904

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 37:27

    27 Depart from evil, and do good;
and dwell for evermore.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 38:1-4,6,8,11,12

    1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy
wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot
displeasure.

    2 For thine arrows stick fast in
me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

    3 There is no soundness in my flesh
because of thine anger; neither is
there any rest in my bones because of
my sin.

    4 For mine iniquities are gone over
mine head: as an heavy burden they
are too heavy for me.

    6 I am troubled; I am bowed down
greatly; I go mourning all the day
long.

    8 I am feeble and sore broken: I
have roared by reason of the
disquietness of my heart.

    11 My lovers and my friends stand
aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen
stand afar off.

    12 They also that seek after my
life lay snares for me: and they that
seek my hurt speak mischievous
things, and imagine deceits all the
day long.
Psalm 41:8-13

    8 An evil disease, say they,
cleaveth fast unto him: and now that
he lieth he shall rise up no more.

    9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in
whom I trusted, which did eat of my
bread, hath lifted up his heel
against me.

    10 But thou, O Lord, be merciful
unto me, and raise me up, that I may
requite them.

    11 By this I know that thou
favourest me, because mine enemy doth
not triumph over me.

    12 And as for me, thou upholdest me
in mine integrity, and settest me
before thy face for ever.

    13 Blessed be the Lord God of
Israel from everlasting, and to
everlasting. Amen, and Amen.


Section 1


Jeremiah 8:6,12

    6 I hearkened and heard, but they
spake not aright: no man repented him
of his wickedness, saying, What have
I done? every one turned to his
course, as the horse rusheth into the
battle.

    12 Were they ashamed when they had
committed abomination? nay, they were
not at all ashamed, neither could
they blush: therefore shall they fall
among them that fall: in the time of
their visitation they shall be cast
down, saith the Lord.

***
Isaiah 29:13,14

    13 #Wherefore the Lord said,
Forasmuch as this people draw near me
with their mouth, and with their lips
do honour me, but have removed their
heart far from me, and their fear
toward me is taught by the precept of
men:

    14 Therefore, behold, I will
proceed to do a marvellous work among
this people, even a marvellous work
and a wonder: for the wisdom of their
wise men shall perish, and the
understanding of their prudent men
shall be hid.

***
Romans 8:10,13-16

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

    13 For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live.

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

    15 For ye have not received the
spirit of bondage again to fear; but
ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
Father.

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:9-27

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


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    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. Remember that the Scriptures say of mortal man: "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:30

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


    (Immortal birthright)
    Mortal man is really a self-contradictory phrase, for man is not mortal, "neither indeed can be;" man is immortal. If a child is the offspring of physical sense and not of Soul, the child must have a material, not a spiritual origin. With what truth, then, could the Scriptural rejoicing be uttered by any mother, "I have gotten a man from the Lord"? On the contrary, if aught comes from God, it cannot be mortal and material; it must be immortal and spiritual.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 345:21


    (Contradictions not found)
    Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:4


    (Being is immortal)
    There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, like Deity, - or, rather, being and Deity are inseparable.


Section 2


Matthew 5:17,21-24,27,28,43-45

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

    21 #Ye have heard that it was said
by them of old time, Thou shalt not
kill; and whosoever shall kill shall
be in danger of the judgment:

    22 But I say unto you, That
whosoever is angry with his brother
without a cause shall be in danger of
the judgment: and whosoever shall say
to his brother, Raca, shall be in
danger of the council: but whosoever
shall say, Thou fool, shall be in
danger of hell fire.

    23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift
to the altar, and there rememberest
that thy brother hath ought against
thee;

    24 Leave there thy gift before the
altar, and go thy way; first be
reconciled to thy brother, and then
come and offer thy gift.

    27 #Ye have heard that it was said
by them of old time, Thou shalt not
commit adultery:

    28 But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed adultery
with her already in his heart.

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:4-5


    (Final destruction of error)
    Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:29-1


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness) Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:5-11,17-27

    (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.
    "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.
    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:12


    (Image of the beast)
    The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning. There is no other way. Sin is the image of the beast to be effaced by the sweat of agony. It is a moral madness which rushes forth to clamor with midnight and tempest.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:21-26

    (Error destroyed, not pardoned)
    There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is imperative. You cannot mock it by human will. Science is a divine demand, not a human. Always right, its divine Principle never repents, but maintains the claim of Truth by quenching error. The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error.


Section 3


Colossians 3:1,5,6

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

    5 Mortify therefore your members
which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:

    6 For which things' sake the wrath
of God cometh on the children of
disobedience:

***
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.

Romans 13:12

    12 The night is far spent, the day
is at hand: let us therefore cast off
the works of darkness, and let us put
on the armour of light.

***
II Corinthians 10:4,5

    4 (For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strong
holds;)

    5 Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

***
I Corinthians 9:26,27

    26 I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one
that beateth the air:

    27 But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a
castaway.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:26


    (The present immortality)
    The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 402:8-13

    (Indestructible life of man)
    The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when immortal Mind and its formations will be apprehended in Science, and material beliefs will not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible and eternal.

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.

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


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:19

    (So-called superiority)
    The animate should be governed by God alone. 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


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.

***
Matthew 22:32

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

***
Ephesians 2:4-6

    4 But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith he loved
us,

    5 Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

    6 And hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus:

***
John 11:25

    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:

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:24


    (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.

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5,19-28


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.
    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:11-14


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:17-21

    (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.


Section 5


I Corinthians 2:1,4,5,11,12,14

    1 And I, brethren, when I came to
you, came not with excellency of
speech or of wisdom, declaring unto
you the testimony of God.

    4 And my speech and my preaching
was not with enticing words of man's
wisdom, but in demonstration of the
Spirit and of power:

    5 That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men, but in the power
of God.

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

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

    14 But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.

***
John 17:3

    3 And this is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.

***
Isaiah 60:19,20

    19 The sun shall be no more thy
light by day; neither for brightness
shall the moon give light unto thee:
but the Lord shall be unto thee an
everlasting light, and thy God thy
glory.

    20 Thy sun shall no more go down;
neither shall thy moon withdraw
itself: for the Lord shall be thine
everlasting light, and the days of
thy mourning shall be ended.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:3-7,11


    (The serpent of error)
    Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may be dead to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues? Here theories cease, and Science unveils the mystery and solves the problem of man.
    (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. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., 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. The great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God's image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good and evil.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:1-6


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:12-21


    (Real Life is God)
    When advanced to spiritual being and the understanding of God, man can no longer commune with matter; neither can he return to it, any more than a tree can return to its seed. Neither will man seem to be corporeal, but he will be an individual consciousness, characterized by the divine Spirit as idea, not matter.
    Suffering, sinning, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, they will have no power over man, for man is immortal and lives by divine authority.


Section 6


Luke 1:68,69,71,77-79

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

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

    71 That we should be saved from our
enemies, and from the hand of all
that hate us;

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

    78 Through the tender mercy of our
God; whereby the dayspring from on
high hath visited us,

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

***
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.

***
Ephesians 5:8,10

    8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:

    10 Proving what is acceptable unto
the Lord.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:27-28

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-24- God the parent Mind) The Science of being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light.

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)

    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:13


    (The clouds dissolving)
    Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:7-12

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


    (Mind one and all)
    Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, will uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy all error, and bring immortality to light.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - Immortal birthright
20 1 - Contradictions not found
20 1 - Being is immortal
20 2 - Final destruction of error
20 2 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
20 2 - Mental conspirators
20 2 - Cumulative repentance
20 2 - Image of the beast
20 2 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
20 3 - The present immortality
20 3 - Indestructible life of man
20 3 - Spiritual baptism
20 3 - The one only way
20 3 - Resist to the end
20 3 - So-called superiority
20 4 - Suicide and sin
20 4 - Death but an illusion
20 4 - A belief in death
20 4 - Death outdone
20 4 - Our footsteps heavenward
20 4 - Mortality vanquished
20 5 - The serpent of error
20 5 - Servants and masters
20 5 - Infinite physique impossible
20 5 - Real Life is God
20 6 - -24- God the parent Mind
20 6 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
20 6 - The clouds dissolving
20 6 - Mind one and all


November 13,1904

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 84:2

    2 My soul longeth, yea, even
fainteth for the courts of the Lord:
my heart and my flesh crieth out for
the living God.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 71:1,3,8-16,22,23

    1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my
trust: let me never be put to
confusion.

    3 Be thou my strong habitation,
whereunto I may continually resort:
thou hast given commandment to save
me; for thou art my rock and my
fortress.

    8 Let my mouth be filled with thy
praise and with thy honour all the
day.

    9 Cast me not off in the time of
old age; forsake me not when my
strength faileth.

    10 For mine enemies speak against
me; and they that lay wait for my
soul take counsel together,

    11 Saying, God hath forsaken him:
persecute and take him; for there is
none to deliver him.

    12 O God, be not far from me: O my
God, make haste for my help.

    13 Let them be confounded and
consumed that are adversaries to my
soul; let them be covered with
reproach and dishonour that seek my
hurt.

    14 But I will hope continually, and
will yet praise thee more and more.

    15 My mouth shall shew forth thy
righteousness and thy salvation all
the day; for I know not the numbers
thereof.

    16 I will go in the strength of the
Lord God: I will make mention of thy
righteousness, even of thine only.

    22 I will also praise thee with the
psaltery, even thy truth, O my God:
unto thee will I sing with the harp,
O thou Holy One of Israel.

    23 My lips shall greatly rejoice
when I sing unto thee; and my soul,
which thou hast redeemed.


Section 1


Psalm 11:1

    1 In the Lord put I my trust: how
say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain?
Psalm 63:1,2

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

    2 To see thy power and thy glory,
so as I have seen thee in the
sanctuary.

***
Ephesians 3:1-6

    1 For this cause I Paul, the
prisoner of Jesus Christ for you
Gentiles,

    2 If ye have heard of the
dispensation of the grace of God
which is given me to you-ward:

    3 How that by revelation he made
known unto me the mystery; (as I
wrote afore in few words,

    4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may
understand my knowledge in the
mystery of Christ)

    5 Which in other ages was not made
known unto the sons of men, as it is
now revealed unto his holy apostles
and prophets by the Spirit;

    6 That the Gentiles should be
fellowheirs, and of the same body,
and partakers of his promise in
Christ by the gospel:

***
I Corinthians 12:12,13

    12 For as the body is one, and hath
many members, and all the members of
that one body, being many, are one
body: so also is Christ.

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:19-25

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (Reflection of Spirit)
    Question. - What are body and Soul?
    Answer. - Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, Life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:16-18(to .)

  (- 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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 240:10-14


    (Perpetual motion)
    In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this statement, suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the keynote of being, and there is continual discord.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:25


    (The sun and Soul)
    In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.


Section 2


Psalm 34:2,3

    2 My soul shall make her boast in
the Lord: the humble shall hear
thereof, and be glad.

    3 O magnify the Lord with me, and
let us exalt his name together.

***
Matthew 12:18,21

    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.

    21 And in his name shall the
Gentiles trust.

***
John 12:26-28

    26 If any man serve me, let him
follow me; and where I am, there
shall also my servant be: if any man
serve me, him will my Father honour.

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

    28 Father, glorify thy name. Then
came there a voice from heaven,
saying, I have both glorified it, and
will glorify it again.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:28-32

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


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:3

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


    (Sinlessness of Mind, Soul)
    If Soul sinned, it would be mortal, for sin is mortality's self, because it kills itself. If Truth is immortal, error must be mortal, because error is unlike Truth. Because Soul is immortal, Soul cannot sin, for sin is not the eternal verity of being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:19


    (Soul impeccable)
    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.

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


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:27

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


Section 3


Lamentations 3:24

    24 The Lord is my portion, saith my
soul; therefore will I hope in him.

***
Jeremiah 31:11,12

    11 For the Lord hath redeemed
Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand
of him that was stronger than he.

    12 Therefore they shall come and
sing in the height of Zion, and shall
flow together to the goodness of the
Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and
for oil, and for the young of the
flock and of the herd: and their soul
shall be as a watered garden; and
they shall not sorrow any more at
all.

***
Romans 7:4-6

    4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also
are become dead to the law by the
body of Christ; that ye should be
married to another, even to him who
is raised from the dead, that we
should bring forth fruit unto God.

    5 For when we were in the flesh,
the motions of sins, which were by
the law, did work in our members to
bring forth fruit unto death.

    6 But now we are delivered from the
law, that being dead wherein we were
held; that we should serve in newness
of spirit, and not in the oldness of
the letter.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 204:30(after .)


    (Unscientific theories) 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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:15-16

    (Evident impossibilities)
    Body is not first and Soul last, nor is evil mightier than good.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 478:3

(15) Question: What are body and Soul?
ADAM = A so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many."
Topic: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?


    (A vacant domicile)
    What evidence of Soul or of immortality have you within mortality? Even according to the teachings of natural science, man has never beheld Spirit or Soul leaving a body or entering it. What basis is there for the theory of indwelling spirit, except the claim of mortal belief? What would be thought of the declaration that a house was inhabited, and by a certain class of persons, when no such persons were ever seen to go into the house or to come out of it, nor were they even visible through the windows? Who can see a soul in the body?

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:25


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


Section 4


Job 3:20,25

    20 Wherefore is light given to him
that is in misery, and life unto the
bitter in soul;

    25 For the thing which I greatly
feared is come upon me, and that
which I was afraid of is come unto
me.

***
Psalm 18:6

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

***
Luke 7:19-22

    19 #And John calling unto him two
of his disciples sent them to Jesus,
saying, Art thou he that should come?
or look we for another?

    20 When the men were come unto him,
they said, John Baptist hath sent us
unto thee, saying, Art thou he that
should come? or look we for another?

    21 And in that same hour he cured
many of their infirmities and
plagues, and of evil spirits; and
unto many that were blind he gave
sight.

    22 Then Jesus answering said unto
them, Go your way, and tell John what
things ye have seen and heard; how
that the blind see, the lame walk,
the lepers are cleansed, the deaf
hear, the dead are raised, to the
poor the gospel is preached.
Luke 12:4-7

    4 And I say unto you my friends, Be
not afraid of them that kill the
body, and after that have no more
that they can do.

    5 But I will forewarn you whom ye
shall fear: Fear him, which after he
hath killed hath power to cast into
hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

    6 Are not five sparrows sold for
two farthings, and not one of them is
forgotten before God?

    7 But even the very hairs of your
head are all numbered. Fear not
therefore: ye are of more value than
many sparrows.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 218:9


    (Coalition of sin and sickness)
    The body is supposed to say, "I am ill." The reports of sickness may form a coalition with the reports of sin, and say, "I am malice, lust, appetite, envy, hate." What renders both sin and sickness difficult of cure is, that the human mind is the sinner, disinclined to self-correction, and believing that the body can be sick independently of mortal mind and that the divine Mind has no jurisdiction over the body.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:4-11


    (The strength of Spirit)
    The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their results, - ignorant that the predisposing, remote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter. Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:31


    (Thoughts are things)
    If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:29-32


    (Sin to be overcome)
    Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love, - as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit.


Section 5


Exodus 16:2,3

    2 And the whole congregation of the
children of Israel murmured against
Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

    3 And the children of Israel said
unto them, Would to God we had died
by the hand of the Lord in the land
of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh
pots, and when we did eat bread to
the full; for ye have brought us
forth into this wilderness, to kill
this whole assembly with hunger.

***
Matthew 6:24,25

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

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

***
Hebrews 13:5,9

    5 Let your conversation be without
covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye have: for he hath said,
I will never leave thee, nor forsake
thee.

    9 Be not carried about with divers
and strange doctrines. For it is a
good thing that the heart be
established with grace; not with
meats, which have not profited them
that have been occupied therein.

***
I Peter 2:11

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 388:31-5


    (Diet and digestion)
    If mortals think that food disturbs the harmonious functions of mind and body, either the food or this thought must be dispensed with, for the penalty is coupled with the belief. Which shall it be? If this decision be left to Christian Science, it will be given in behalf of the control of Mind over this belief and every erroneous belief, or material condition.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 389:28

    (Ancient confusion)
    A case of convulsions, produced by indigestion, came under my observation. In her belief the woman had chronic liver-complaint, and was then suffering from a complication of symptoms connected with this belief. I cured her in a few minutes. One instant she spoke despairingly of herself. The next minute she said, "My food is all digested, and I should like something more to eat."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 222:29


    (Life only in Spirit)
    In seeking a cure for dyspepsia consult matter not at all, and eat what is set before you, "asking no question for conscience sake." We must destroy the false belief that life and intelligence are in matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and perfect. Paul said, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter instead of in Spirit.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 220:26

    (Volition far-reaching)
    The belief that either fasting or feasting makes men better morally or physically is one of the fruits of "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil," concerning which God said, "Thou shalt not eat of it." Mortal mind forms all conditions of the mortal body, and controls the stomach, bones, lungs, heart, blood, etc., as directly as the volition or will moves the hand.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 461:1-4


    (Proof by induction)
    I do not maintain that anyone can exist in the flesh without food and raiment; but I do believe that the real man is immortal and that he lives in Spirit, not matter.


Section 6


II Corinthians 5:1,4

    1 For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.

    4 For we that are in this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened:
not for that we would be unclothed,
but clothed upon, that mortality
might be swallowed up of life.

***
Philipians 3:13,14,21

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I
do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before,

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

    21 Who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to
subdue all things unto himself.

***
James 5:7,8

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

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:26-28


    (Halfway success)
    The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:28-1


    (Personal identity)
    When you say, "Man's body is material," I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 383:3


    (A clean mind and body)
    We need a clean body and a clean mind, - a body rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water. One says: "I take good care of my body." To do this, the pure and exalting influence of the divine Mind on the body is requisite, and the Christian Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 92:32-7


    (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."

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
21 1 - Perpetual motion
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Sense and pure Soul
21 2 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
21 2 - Soul impeccable
21 2 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 2 - Faith of Socrates
21 3 - Unscientific theories
21 3 - Evident impossibilities
21 3 - A vacant domicile
21 3 - Sensationless body
21 4 - Coalition of sin and sickness
21 4 - The strength of Spirit
21 4 - Thoughts are things
21 4 - Sin to be overcome
21 5 - Diet and digestion
21 5 - Ancient confusion
21 5 - Life only in Spirit
21 5 - Volition far-reaching
21 5 - Proof by induction
21 6 - Halfway success
21 6 - Personal identity
21 6 - A clean mind and body
21 6 - The age's privilege


November 20,1904

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

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-- Golden Text --

Acts 13:9,10

    9 Then Saul, (who also is called
Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost,
set his eyes on him,

    10 And said, O full of all subtilty
and all mischief, thou child of the
devil, thou enemy of all
righteousness, wilt thou not cease to
pervert the right ways of the Lord?


Responsive Reading


Isaiah 47:1,3-5,7-15

    1 Come down, and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on
the ground: there is no throne, O
daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou
shalt no more be called tender and
delicate.

    3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered,
yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will
take vengeance, and I will not meet
thee as a man.

    4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of
hosts is his name, the Holy One of
Israel.

    5 Sit thou silent, and get thee
into darkness, O daughter of the
Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be
called, The lady of kingdoms.

    7 #And thou saidst, I shall be a
lady for ever: so that thou didst not
lay these things to thy heart,
neither didst remember the latter end
of it.

    8 Therefore hear now this, thou
that art given to pleasures, that
dwellest carelessly, that sayest in
thine heart, I am, and none else
beside me; I shall not sit as a
widow, neither shall I know the loss
of children:

    9 But these two things shall come
to thee in a moment in one day, the
loss of children, and widowhood: they
shall come upon thee in their
perfection for the multitude of thy
sorceries, and for the great
abundance of thine enchantments.

    10 #For thou hast trusted in thy
wickedness: thou hast said, None
seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy
knowledge, it hath perverted thee;
and thou hast said in thine heart, I
am, and none else beside me.

    11 #Therefore shall evil come upon
thee; thou shalt not know from whence
it riseth: and mischief shall fall
upon thee; thou shalt not be able to
put it off: and desolation shall come
upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt
not know.

    12 Stand now with thine
enchantments, and with the multitude
of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast
laboured from thy youth; if so be
thou shalt be able to profit, if so
be thou mayest prevail.

    13 Thou art wearied in the
multitude of thy counsels. Let now
the astrologers, the stargazers, the
monthly prognosticators, stand up,
and save thee from these things that
shall come upon thee.

    14 Behold, they shall be as
stubble; the fire shall burn them;
they shall not deliver themselves
from the power of the flame: there
shall not be a coal to warm at, nor
fire to sit before it.

    15 Thus shall they be unto thee
with whom thou hast laboured, even
thy merchants, from thy youth: they
shall wander every one to his
quarter; none shall save thee.


Section 1


Numbers 22:7,11,12

    7 And the elders of Moab and the
elders of Midian departed with the
rewards of divination in their hand;
and they came unto Balaam, and spake
unto him the words of Balak.

    11 Behold, there is a people come
out of Egypt, which covereth the face
of the earth: come now, curse me
them; peradventure I shall be able to
overcome them, and drive them out.

    12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou
shalt not go with them; thou shalt
not curse the people: for they are
blessed.
Numbers 23:19,20,23

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

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

    23 Surely there is no enchantment
against Jacob, neither is there any
divination against Israel: according
to this time it shall be said of
Jacob and of Israel, What hath God
wrought!
Numbers 24:1,2

    1 And when Balaam saw that it
pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he
went not, as at other times, to seek
for enchantments, but he set his face
toward the wilderness.

    2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes,
and he saw Israel abiding in his
tents according to their tribes; and
the spirit of God came upon him.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 375:14-17


    (Science versus hypnotism) No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be understood and so rendered fruitless.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 442:16-19

    (Christ the great physician)
    Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism enters into the practice of Christian Science, in which truth cannot be reversed, but the reverse of error is true. An improved belief cannot retrograde.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:23-15


    (Hidden agents)
    The following is an extract from the Boston Herald:
    "Mesmerism is a problem not lending itself to an easy explanation and development. It implies the exercise of despotic control, and is much more likely to be abused by its possessor, than otherwise employed, for the individual or society."
    (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. The Apostle Paul refers to the personification of evil as "the god of this world," and further defines it as dishonesty and craftiness. Sin was the Assyrian moon-god.
    (Liberation of mental powers)
    The destruction of the claims of mortal mind through Science, by which man can escape from sin and mortality, blesses the whole human family. As in the beginning, however, this liberation does not scientifically show itself in a knowledge of both good and evil, for the latter is unreal.
    On the other hand, Mind-science is wholly separate from any half-way impertinent knowledge, because Mind-science is of God and demonstrates the divine Principle, working out the purposes of good only.


Section 2


Leviticus 19:31

    31 #Regard not them that have
familiar spirits, neither seek after
wizards, to be defiled by them: I am
the Lord your God.

***
Deuteronomy 17:12

    12 And the man that will do
presumptuously, and will not hearken
unto the priest that standeth to
minister there before the Lord thy
God, or unto the judge, even that man
shall die: and thou shalt put away
the evil from Israel.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12,14

    9 #When thou art come into the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the
abominations of those nations.

    10 There shall not be found among
you any one that maketh his son or
his daughter to pass through the
fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter,
or a witch,

    11 Or a charmer, or a consulter
with familiar spirits, or a wizard,
or a necromancer.

    12 For all that do these things are
an abomination unto the Lord: and
because of these abominations the
Lord thy God doth drive them out from
before thee.

    14 For these nations, which thou
shalt possess, hearkened unto
observers of times, and unto
diviners: but as for thee, the Lord
thy God hath not suffered thee so to
do.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:1


    (Mere negation)
    Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human. Its basis being a belief and this belief animal, in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:20

    (The genus of error) It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they annihilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into dust.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 82:31-11


    (Impossible intercommunion)
    In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one. What the prophets of Jehovah did, the worshippers of Baal failed to do; yet artifice and delusion claimed that they could equal the work of wisdom.
    Science only can explain the incredible good and evil elements now coming to the surface. Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days. Nothing is more antagonistic to Christian Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such a belief hides Truth and builds on error.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 342:5-12


    (Commands of Jesus)
    In the result of some unqualified condemnations of scientific Mind-healing, one may see with sorrow the sad effects on the sick of denying Truth. He that decries this Science does it presumptuously, in the face of Bible history and in defiance of the direct command of Jesus, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," to which command was added the promise that his students should cast out evils and heal the sick.


Section 3


I Samuel 15:16-19,23,28

    16 Then Samuel said unto Saul,
Stay, and I will tell thee what the
Lord hath said to me this night. And
he said unto him, Say on.

    17 And Samuel said, When thou wast
little in thine own sight, wast thou
not made the head of the tribes of
Israel, and the Lord anointed thee
king over Israel?

    18 And the Lord sent thee on a
journey, and said, Go and utterly
destroy the sinners the Amalekites,
and fight against them until they be
consumed.

    19 Wherefore then didst thou not
obey the voice of the Lord, but didst
fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in
the sight of the Lord?

    23 For rebellion is as the sin of
witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because thou
hast rejected the word of the Lord,
he hath also rejected thee from being
king.

    28 And Samuel said unto him, The
Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel
from thee this day, and hath given it
to a neighbour of thine, that is
better than thou.
I Samuel 28:4,7,8

    4 And the Philistines gathered
themselves together, and came and
pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered
all Israel together, and they pitched
in Gilboa.

    7 #Then said Saul unto his
servants, Seek me a woman that hath a
familiar spirit, that I may go to
her, and inquire of her. And his
servants said to him, Behold, there
is a woman that hath a familiar
spirit at Endor.

    8 And Saul disguised himself, and
put on other raiment, and he went,
and two men with him, and they came
to the woman by night: and he said, I
pray thee, divine unto me by the
familiar spirit, and bring me him up,
whom I shall name unto thee.

***
I Chronicles 10:13,14

    13 #So Saul died for his
transgression which he committed
against the Lord, even against the
word of the Lord, which he kept not,
and also for asking counsel of one
that had a familiar spirit, to
inquire of it;

    14 And inquired not of the Lord:
therefore he slew him, and turned the
kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 110:32


    (Mystical antagonists)
    No analogy exists between the vague hypotheses of agnosticism, pantheism, theosophy, spiritualism, or millenarianism and the demonstrable truths of Christian Science; and I find the will, or sensuous reason of the human mind, to be opposed to the divine Mind as expressed through divine Science.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 73:8


    (One government)
    The belief that one man, as spirit, can control another man, as matter, upsets both the individuality and the Science of man, for man is image. God controls man, and God is the only Spirit. Any other control or attraction of so-called spirit is a mortal belief, which ought to be known by its fruit, - the repetition of evil.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 95:13

    (Spiritual insight)
    The greater or lesser ability of a Christian Scientist to discern thought scientifically, depends upon his genuine spirituality. This kind of mind-reading is not clairvoyance, but it is important to success in healing, and is one of the special characteristics thereof.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:22-31


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.
    Ignorant of the methods and the basis of metaphysical healing, you may attempt to unite with it hypnotism, spiritualism, electricity; but none of these methods can be mingled with metaphysical healing.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 99:18


    (Key to the kingdom)
    Those individuals, who adopt theosophy, spiritualism, or hypnotism, may possess natures above some others who eschew their false beliefs. Therefore my contest is not with the individual, but with the false system. I love mankind, and shall continue to labor and to endure.


Section 4


Ezekiel 13:3,22,23

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

    22 Because with lies ye have made
the heart of the righteous sad, whom
I have not made sad; and strengthened
the hands of the wicked, that he
should not return from his wicked
way, by promising him life:

    23 Therefore ye shall see no more
vanity, nor divine divinations: for I
will deliver my people out of your
hand: and ye shall know that I am the
Lord.

***
Luke 11:14,15,17-20

    14 #And he was casting out a devil,
and it was dumb. And it came to pass,
when the devil was gone out, the dumb
spake; and the people wondered.

    15 But some of them said, He
casteth out devils through Beelzebub
the chief of the devils.

    17 But he, knowing their thoughts,
said unto them, Every kingdom divided
against itself is brought to
desolation; and a house divided
against a house falleth.

    18 If Satan also be divided against
himself, how shall his kingdom stand?
because ye say that I cast out devils
through Beelzebub.

    19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out
devils, by whom do your sons cast
them out? therefore shall they be
your judges.

    20 But if I with the finger of God
cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom
of God is come upon you.

***
Matthew 7:21-23

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

    22 Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast
out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?

    23 And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from
me, ye that work iniquity.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:13-28


    (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.
    (Adulteration of Truth)
    The medicine of Science is divine Mind; and dishonesty, sensuality, falsehood, revenge, malice, are animal propensities and by no means the mental qualities which heal the sick. The hypnotizer employs one error to destroy another. If he heals sickness through a belief, and a belief originally caused the sickness, it is a case of the greater error overcoming the lesser. This greater error thereafter occupies the ground, leaving the case worse than before it was grasped by the stronger error.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 185:6-25


    (A so-called mind-cure)
    No system of hygiene but Christian Science is purely mental. Before this book was published, other books were in circulation, which discussed "mental medicine" and "mind-cure," operating through the power of the earth's magnetic currents to regulate life and health. Such theories and such systems of so-called mind-cure, which have sprung up, are as material as the prevailing systems of medicine. They have their birth in mortal mind, which puts forth a human conception in the name of Science to match the divine Science of immortal Mind, even as the necromancers of Egypt strove to emulate the wonders wrought by Moses. Such theories have no relationship to Christian Science, which rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and intelligence, and excludes the human mind as a spiritual factor in the healing work.
    (Jesus and hypnotism)
    Jesus cast out evil and healed the sick, not only without drugs, but without hypnotism, which is the reverse of ethical and pathological Truth-power.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:20-30


    (Mystery of godliness)
    If there is any mystery in Christian healing, it is the mystery which godliness always presents to the ungodly, - the mystery always arising from ignorance of the laws of eternal and unerring Mind.
    (Matter versus matter)
    Other methods undertake to oppose error with error, and thus they increase the antagonism of one form of matter towards other forms of matter or error, and the warfare between Spirit and the flesh goes on. By this antagonism mortal mind must continually weaken its own assumed power.


Section 5


Acts 16:16-19,23

    16 #And it came to pass, as we went
to prayer, a certain damsel possessed
with a spirit of divination met us,
which brought her masters much gain
by soothsaying:

    17 The same followed Paul and us,
and cried, saying, These men are the
servants of the most high God, which
shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18 And this did she many days. But
Paul, being grieved, turned and said
to the spirit, I command thee in the
name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her. And he came out the same hour.

    19 #And when her masters saw that
the hope of their gains was gone,
they caught Paul and Silas, and drew
them into the marketplace unto the
rulers,

    23 And when they had laid many
stripes upon them, they cast them
into prison, charging the jailor to
keep them safely:

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:3


    (Thought-transference)
    When Christian Science and animal magnetism are both comprehended, as they will be at no distant date, it will be seen why the author of this book has been so unjustly persecuted and belied by wolves in sheep's clothing.

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


    (Persecution prolonged)
    To suppose that persecution for righteousness' sake belongs to the past, and that Christianity to-day is at peace with the world because it is honored by sects and societies, is to mistake the very nature of religion. Error repeats itself. The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, "of whom the world was not worthy," await, in some form, every pioneer of truth.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:26

    (Immortal achieval) Persecuted from city to city, his apostles still went about doing good deeds, for which they were maligned and stoned. The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 106:7-14


    (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.
    Man's rights are invaded when the divine order is interfered with, and the mental trespasser incurs the divine penalty due this crime.


Section 6


Revelation 18:1,2,4,20-24

    1 And after these things I saw
another angel come down from heaven,
having great power; and the earth was
lightened with his glory.

    2 And he cried mightily with a
strong voice, saying, Babylon the
great is fallen, is fallen, and is
become the habitation of devils, and
the hold of every foul spirit, and a
cage of every unclean and hateful
bird.

    4 And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, Come out of her, my
people, that ye be not partakers of
her sins, and that ye receive not of
her plagues.

    20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven,
and ye holy apostles and prophets;
for God hath avenged you on her.

    21 And a mighty angel took up a
stone like a great millstone, and
cast it into the sea, saying, Thus
with violence shall that great city
Babylon be thrown down, and shall be
found no more at all.

    22 And the voice of harpers, and
musicians, and of pipers, and
trumpeters, shall be heard no more at
all in thee; and no craftsman, of
whatsoever craft he be, shall be
found any more in thee; and the sound
of a millstone shall be heard no more
at all in thee;

    23 And the light of a candle shall
shine no more at all in thee; and the
voice of the bridegroom and of the
bride shall be heard no more at all
in thee: for thy merchants were the
great men of the earth; for by thy
sorceries were all nations deceived.

    24 And in her was found the blood
of prophets, and of saints, and of
all that were slain upon the earth.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 450:26-2


    (Touchstone of Science)


    (False claims annihilated)
    Who, that has felt the perilous beliefs in life, substance, and intelligence separated from God, can say that there is no error of belief? 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?

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19

    (Obligations of teachers)
    Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Science versus hypnotism
22 1 - Christ the great physician
22 1 - Hidden agents
22 1 - Mental despotism
22 1 - Liberation of mental powers
22 2 - Mere negation
22 2 - The genus of error
22 2 - Impossible intercommunion
22 2 - Commands of Jesus
22 3 - Mystical antagonists
22 3 - One government
22 3 - Spiritual insight
22 3 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 3 - Key to the kingdom
22 4 - Perfection of divine government
22 4 - Adulteration of Truth
22 4 - A so-called mind-cure
22 4 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 4 - Mystery of godliness
22 4 - Matter versus matter
22 5 - Thought-transference
22 5 - Persecution prolonged
22 5 - Immortal achieval
22 5 - Proper self-government
22 6 - Touchstone of Science
22 6 - False claims annihilated
22 6 - Obligations of teachers
22 6 - Pure religion enthroned


November 27,1904

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 45:11,12

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

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


Responsive Reading


Job 9:1-15

    1 Then Job answered and said,

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

    3 If he will contend with him, he
cannot answer him one of a thousand.

    4 He is wise in heart, and mighty
in strength: who hath hardened
himself against him, and hath
prospered?

    5 Which removeth the mountains, and
they know not: which overturneth them
in his anger.

    6 Which shaketh the earth out of
her place, and the pillars thereof
tremble.

    7 Which commandeth the sun, and it
riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

    8 Which alone spreadeth out the
heavens, and treadeth upon the waves
of the sea.

    9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and
Pleiades, and the chambers of the
south.

    10 Which doeth great things past
finding out; yea, and wonders without
number.

    11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see
him not: he passeth on also, but I
perceive him not.

    12 Behold, he taketh away, who can
hinder him? who will say unto him,
What doest thou?

    13 If God will not withdraw his
anger, the proud helpers do stoop
under him.

    14 How much less shall I answer
him, and choose out my words to
reason with him?

    15 Whom, though I were righteous,
yet would I not answer, but I would
make supplication to my judge.


Section 1


Isaiah 45:8,11,12,18

    8 Drop down, ye heavens, from
above, and let the skies pour down
righteousness: let the earth open,
and let them bring forth salvation,
and let righteousness spring up
together; I the Lord have created it.


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

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

    18 For thus saith the Lord that
created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in
vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I
am the Lord; and there is none else.

***
Psalm 86:9,10

    9 All nations whom thou hast made
shall come and worship before thee, O
Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

    10 For thou art great, and doest
wondrous things: thou art God alone.

***
Isaiah 63:7,8,16

    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.

    8 For he said, Surely they are my
people, children that will not lie:
so he was their Saviour.

    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.

***
Romans 11:34,36

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

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

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.

583:20 Chapter 17: Glossary
(CREATOR)

    CREATOR. Spirit; Mind; intelligence; the animating divine Principle of all that is real and good; self-existent Life, Truth, and Love; that which is perfect and eternal; the opposite of matter and evil, which have no Principle; God, who made all that was made and could not create an atom or an element the opposite of Himself.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:20


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:12-16


    (Renewed selfhood)
    Mind is not the author of matter, and the creator of ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no omnipotence, or omnipotence is the only power. God is the infinite, and infinity never began, will never end, and includes nothing unlike God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:27


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


Section 2


Isaiah 65:2,6,7,16-18

    2 I have spread out my hands all
the day unto a rebellious people,
which walketh in a way that was not
good, after their own thoughts;

    6 Behold, it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but will
recompense, even recompense into
their bosom,

    7 Your iniquities, and the
iniquities of your fathers together,
saith the Lord, which have burned
incense upon the mountains, and
blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former
work into their bosom.

    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.

    17 #For, behold, I create new
heavens and a new earth: and the
former shall not be remembered, nor
come into mind.

    18 But be ye glad and rejoice for
ever in that which I create: for,
behold, I create Jerusalem a
rejoicing, and her people a joy.

***
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.

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.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:28


    (Limitless Mind)
    A limitless Mind cannot proceed from physical limitations. Finiteness cannot present the idea or the vastness of infinity. A mind originating from a finite or material source must be limited and finite. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:15,25


    (Embryonic evolution)
    In its history of mortality, Darwin's theory of evolution from a material basis is more consistent than most theories. Briefly, this is Darwin's theory, - that Mind produces its opposite, matter, and endues matter with power to recreate the universe, including man. Material evolution implies that the great First Cause must become material, and afterwards must either return to Mind or go down into dust and nothingness.
    (True theory of the universe)
    The 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:9


    (Lawful wonders) Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:29-32


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


Section 3


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.

***
Revelation 4:11

    11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to
receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and
for thy pleasure they are and were
created.

***
Luke 8:22-25

    22 #Now it came to pass on a
certain day, that he went into a ship
with his disciples: and he said unto
them, Let us go over unto the other
side of the lake. And they launched
forth.

    23 But as they sailed he fell
asleep: and there came down a storm
of wind on the lake; and they were
filled with water, and were in
jeopardy.

    24 And they came to him, and awoke
him, saying, Master, master, we
perish. Then he arose, and rebuked
the wind and the raging of the water:
and they ceased, and there was a
calm.

    25 And he said unto them, Where is
your faith? And they being afraid
wondered, saying one to another, What
manner of man is this! for he
commandeth even the winds and water,
and they obey him.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:7


    (Spiritual firmament)
    Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament. The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:21-29

    (Divine propagation)
    A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:22

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 379:6


    (Jurisdiction of Mind) The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind.


Section 4


Isaiah 44:6-9,24,25

    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.

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


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

***
Revelation 14:6,7

    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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:25-26


    (Man springs from Mind)
    When Spirit made all, did it leave aught for matter to create?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:3


    (Sure reward of righteousness)
    In the Science of Christianity, Mind - omnipotence - has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:12-27


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:10-17


    (Material inception)
    Matter cannot change the eternal fact that man exists because God exists. Nothing is new to the infinite Mind.
    (First evil suggestion)
    In Science, Mind neither produces matter nor does matter produce mind. No mortal mind has the might or right or wisdom to create or to destroy. All is under the control of the one Mind, even God.


Section 5


Zephaniah 3:14,15

    14 #Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice
with all the heart, O daughter of
Jerusalem.

    15 The Lord hath taken away thy
judgments, he hath cast out thine
enemy: the king of Israel, even the
Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou
shalt not see evil any more.

***
Jeremiah 50:33-37

    33 #Thus saith the Lord of hosts;
The children of Israel and the
children of Judah were oppressed
together: and all that took them
captives held them fast; they refused
to let them go.

    34 Their Redeemer is strong; the
Lord of hosts is his name: he shall
throughly plead their cause, that he
may give rest to the land, and
disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

    35 #A sword is upon the Chaldeans,
saith the Lord, and upon the
inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her
princes, and upon her wise men.

    36 A sword is upon the liars; and
they shall dote: a sword is upon her
mighty men; and they shall be
dismayed.

    37 A sword is upon their horses,
and upon their chariots, and upon all
the mingled people that are in the
midst of her; and they shall become
as women: a sword is upon her
treasures; and they shall be robbed.

***
Psalm 34:16,17,21,22

    16 The face of the Lord is against
them that do evil, to cut off the
remembrance of them from the earth.

    17 The righteous cry, and the Lord
heareth, and delivereth them out of
all their troubles.

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:13


    (Logic and revelation)
    Good never causes evil, nor creates aught that can cause evil.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:12


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 206:26

    (Birth and death unreal)
    Instead of God sending sickness and death, He destroys them, and brings to light immortality. Omnipotent and infinite Mind made all and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes and subsequently correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to die.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:31-5


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which simulates the creations of Truth. All creations of Spirit are eternal; but creations of matter must return to dust.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:22


    (Disease a dream)
    Sickness is a growth of error, springing from mortal ignorance or fear. Error rehearses error. What causes disease cannot cure it. The soil of disease is mortal mind, and you have an abundant or scanty crop of disease, according to the seedlings of fear. Sin and the fear of disease must be uprooted and cast out.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 526:15-17


    (Record of error)
    God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all.


Section 6


Colossians 1:3,12-19

    3 We give thanks to God and the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you,

    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:

    14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood, even the
forgiveness of sins:

    15 Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every
creature:

    16 For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or
powers: all things were created by
him, and for him:

    17 And he is before all things, and
by him all things consist.

    18 And he is the head of the body,
the church: who is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead; that in all
things he might have the preeminence.


    19 For it pleased the Father that
in him should all fulness dwell;

***
Mark 2:19

    19 And Jesus said unto them, Can
the children of the bridechamber
fast, while the bridegroom is with
them? as long as they have the
bridegroom with them, they cannot
fast.

582:17 Chapter 17: Glossary
(BRIDEGROOM)

    BRIDEGROOM. Spiritual understanding; the pure consciousness that God, the divine Principle, creates man as His own spiritual idea, and that God is the only creative power.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:20


    (Spiritual government) Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs. Christ illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man dominion over all the earth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:16

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:27


    (Scientific offspring)
    The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation, and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs man and the universe. The Science of creation, so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus, inspired his wisest and least-understood sayings, and was the basis of his marvellous demonstrations. Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit creates neither a wicked nor a mortal man, lapsing into sin, sickness, and death.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 333:4-10

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


    (-12- Messiah or Christ)
    Jesus was a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus. Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - Impossible coalescence
23 1 - No new creation
23 1 - Renewed selfhood
23 1 - Ideas and identities
23 2 - The ascent of species
23 2 - Ascending the scale
23 2 - Limitless Mind
23 2 - Embryonic evolution
23 2 - True theory of the universe
23 2 - Lawful wonders
23 2 - Biological inventions
23 3 - Salvation is through reform
23 3 - Spiritual firmament
23 3 - Divine propagation
23 3 - Ever-appearing creation
23 3 - Elohistic plurality
23 3 - Jurisdiction of Mind
23 4 - Man springs from Mind
23 4 - Sure reward of righteousness
23 4 - One cause supreme
23 4 - Material inception
23 4 - First evil suggestion
23 5 - Logic and revelation
23 5 - Destruction of all evil
23 5 - Birth and death unreal
23 5 - Spiritual thoughts
23 5 - Disease a dream
23 5 - Record of error
23 6 - Spiritual government
23 6 - The cup of Jesus
23 6 - Scientific offspring
23 6 - -12- Messiah or Christ


December 4,1904

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 145:9,20

    9 The Lord is good to all: and his
tender mercies are over all his works.


    20 The Lord preserveth all them
that love him: but all the wicked
will he destroy.


Responsive Reading


Exodus 15:1,2,6,7,11,13-18

    1 Then sang Moses and the children
of Israel this song unto the Lord,
and spake, saying, I will sing unto
the Lord, for he hath triumphed
gloriously: the horse and his rider
hath he thrown into the sea.

    2 The Lord is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation: he is
my God, and I will prepare him an
habitation; my father's God, and I
will exalt him.

    6 Thy right hand, O Lord, is become
glorious in power: thy right hand, O
Lord, hath dashed in pieces the
enemy.

    7 And in the greatness of thine
excellency thou hast overthrown them
that rose up against thee: thou
sentest forth thy wrath, which
consumed them as stubble.

    11 Who is like unto thee, O Lord,
among the gods? who is like thee,
glorious in holiness, fearful in
praises, doing wonders?

    13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth
the people which thou hast redeemed:
thou hast guided them in thy strength
unto thy holy habitation.

    14 The people shall hear, and be
afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the
inhabitants of Palestina.

    15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be
amazed; the mighty men of Moab,
trembling shall take hold upon them;
all the inhabitants of Canaan shall
melt away.

    16 Fear and dread shall fall upon
them; by the greatness of thine arm
they shall be as still as a stone;
till thy people pass over, O Lord,
till the people pass over, which thou
hast purchased.

    17 Thou shalt bring them in, and
plant them in the mountain of thine
inheritance, in the place, O Lord,
which thou hast made for thee to
dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord,
which thy hands have established.

    18 The Lord shall reign for ever
and ever.


Section 1


Exodus 20:2,3

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

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

***
Isaiah 43:1,2,11

    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.

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

***
Psalm 62:5-7

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

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

    7 In God is my salvation and my
glory: the rock of my strength, and
my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 4:8

    8 I will both lay me down in peace,
and sleep: for thou, Lord, only
makest me dwell in safety.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 307:31-8


    (The great question)
    Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?" Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind governing man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and will hide from the demand, "Where art thou?"

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?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:25-27

    (Priestly pride humbled)
    There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:13

(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)
    Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.


Section 2


Psalm 40:4

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

***
Isaiah 57:13

    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;

***
II Corinthians 1:8-11

    8 For we would not, brethren, have
you ignorant of our trouble which came
to us in Asia, that we were pressed
out of measure, above strength,
insomuch that we despaired even of
life:

    9 But we had the sentence of death
in ourselves, that we should not trust
in ourselves, but in God which
raiseth the dead:

    10 Who delivered us from so great a
death, and doth deliver: in whom we
trust that he will yet deliver us;

    11 Ye also helping together by
prayer for us, that for the gift
bestowed upon us by the means of many
persons thanks may be given by many
on our behalf.

***
Psalm 5:11,12

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:27

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


    (Understanding versus belief) The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:29-5


    (Continuity of interest)
    The superiority of spiritual power over sensuous is the central point of Christian Science. Remember that the letter and mental argument are only human auxiliaries to aid in bringing thought into accord with the spirit of Truth and Love, which heals the sick and the sinner.
    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:18


    (Mind the only healer)
    Science not only reveals the origin of all disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine Mind. There can be no healing except by this Mind, however much we trust a drug or any other means towards which human faith or endeavor is directed. It is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never really healed except by means of the divine power. Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:14-20

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


    (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.


Section 3


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.
Psalm 34:9,10

    9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that
fear him.

    10 The young lions do lack, and
suffer hunger: but they that seek the
Lord shall not want any good thing.

***
Nehemiah 9:13,15,20

    13 Thou camest down also upon mount
Sinai, and spakest with them from
heaven, and gavest them right
judgments, and true laws, good
statutes and commandments:

    15 And gavest them bread from
heaven for their hunger, and
broughtest forth water for them out
of the rock for their thirst, and
promisedst them that they should go
in to possess the land which thou
hadst sworn to give them.

    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.

***
Matthew 7:9-11

    9 Or what man is there of you, whom
if his son ask bread, will he give
him a stone?

    10 Or if he ask a fish, will he
give him a serpent?

    11 If ye then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your
Father which is in heaven give good
things to them that ask him?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 530:5


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

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:3-6


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:19

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


Section 4


Jeremiah 31:10,12,16,25

    10 #Hear the word of the Lord, O ye
nations, and declare it in the isles
afar off, and say, He that scattered
Israel will gather him, and keep him,
as a shepherd doth his flock.

    12 Therefore they shall come and
sing in the height of Zion, and shall
flow together to the goodness of the
Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and
for oil, and for the young of the
flock and of the herd: and their soul
shall be as a watered garden; and
they shall not sorrow any more at
all.

    16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy
voice from weeping, and thine eyes
from tears: for thy work shall be
rewarded, saith the Lord; and they
shall come again from the land of the
enemy.

    25 For I have satiated the weary
soul, and I have replenished every
sorrowful soul.

***
Isaiah 61:1-3

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:9


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:16-30


    (Mortal birth and death)
    The senses represent birth as untimely and death as irresistible, as if man were a weed growing apace or a flower withered by the sun and nipped by untimely frosts; but this is true only of a mortal, not of a man in God's image and likeness. The truth of being is perennial, and the error is unreal and obsolete.
    (Blessings from pain)
    Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy? The aspiration after heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 66:11


    (Salutary sorrow)
    Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 57:24

    (Help and discipline)
    The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.


Section 5


Genesis 32:24,28,30

    24 #And Jacob was left alone; and
there wrestled a man with him until
the breaking of the day.

    28 And he said, Thy name shall be
called no more Jacob, but Israel: for
as a prince hast thou power with God
and with men, and hast prevailed.

    30 And Jacob called the name of the
place Peniel: for I have seen God
face to face, and my life is
preserved.

***
Matthew 15:29-31

    29 And Jesus departed from thence,
and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee;
and went up into a mountain, and sat
down there.

    30 And great multitudes came unto
him, having with them those that were
lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many
others, and cast them down at Jesus'
feet; and he healed them:

    31 Insomuch that the multitude
wondered, when they saw the dumb to
speak, the maimed to be whole, the
lame to walk, and the blind to see:
and they glorified the God of Israel.

***
I Corinthians 15:50,54,57

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:4,16


    (Destruction of all evil)
    If God destroys not sin, sickness, and death, they are not destroyed in the mind of mortals, but seem to this so-called mind to be immortal. What God cannot do, man need not attempt. 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.
    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:15

    (Light and darkness)
    We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.


Section 6


Isaiah 54:8,10

    8 In a little wrath I hid my face
from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting kindness will I have
mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy
Redeemer.

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

***
John 17:25,26

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

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

***
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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:29-31


    (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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 231:20-2


    (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.
    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, - planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," - can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 252:15-16,31-8

    (Eternal man recognized)
    The false evidence of material sense contrasts strikingly with the testimony of Spirit.
    (Testimony of sense)
    Spirit, bearing opposite testimony, saith:
    (Testimony of Soul)
    I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual, is my likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, imperishable glory, - all are Mine, for I am God. I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM.

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - The great question
24 1 - Sickness akin to sin
24 1 - Priestly pride humbled
24 1 - Two chief commands
24 2 - Understanding versus belief
24 2 - Continuity of interest
24 2 - Weakness and guilt
24 2 - Mind the only healer
24 2 - Steadfast and calm trust
24 3 - Divine providence
24 3 - Will-power unrighteous
24 3 - Spirit names and blesses
24 3 - Assistance in brotherhood
24 4 - Man inseparable from Love
24 4 - Mortal birth and death
24 4 - Blessings from pain
24 4 - Salutary sorrow
24 4 - Help and discipline
24 5 - Destruction of all evil
24 5 - Light and darkness
24 6 - Spiritual concord
24 6 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 6 - Eternal man recognized
24 6 - Testimony of sense
24 6 - Testimony of Soul


December 11,1904

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

John 3:3

    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.


Responsive Reading


John 1:1-5,9-14

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

    2 The same was in the beginning
with God.

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

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

    5 And the light shineth in
darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.

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

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

    11 He came unto his own, and his
own received him not.

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

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

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


Section 1


Genesis 1:31(to .)

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good.

***
Job 12:1,2,7-10

    1 And Job answered and said,

    2 No doubt but ye are the people,
and wisdom shall die with you.

    7 But ask now the beasts, and they
shall teach thee; and the fowls of the
air, and they shall tell thee:

    8 Or speak to the earth, and it
shall teach thee: and the fishes of
the sea shall declare unto thee.

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:9


    (Spiritual harmony)
    The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, - heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown. No supposition of error enters there. Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, "God is All-in-all," and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe. Hence the eternal wonder, - that infinite space is peopled with God's ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:27


    (Mind the only cause)
    The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man's origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely. 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 - 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:28


    (Growth is from Mind)
    Because Mind makes all, there is nothing left to be made by a lower power. Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing man to till the ground, but making him superior to the soil. Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

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 2


Genesis 2:7

    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.

***
Ecclesiastes 3:18-20

    18 I said in mine heart concerning
the estate of the sons of men, that
God might manifest them, and that
they might see that they themselves
are beasts.

    19 For that which befalleth the
sons of men befalleth beasts; even
one thing befalleth them: as the one
dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they
have all one breath; so that a man
hath no preeminence above a beast:
for all is vanity.

    20 All go unto one place; all are
of the dust, and all turn to dust
again.

***
Isaiah 52:2,3

    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.

    3 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have
sold yourselves for nought; and ye
shall be redeemed without money.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 521:29


    (The story of error)
    The history of error or matter, if veritable, would set aside the omnipotence of Spirit; but it is the false history in contradistinction to the true.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:20-28

    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:12

    (The two records)
    This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter. It records pantheism, opposed to the supremacy of divine Spirit; but this state of things is declared to be temporary and this man to be mortal, - dust returning to dust.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:28-1

    (Creation reversed) Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:11-15

    (Mental tillage)
    The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind. Such fundamental errors send falsity into all human doctrines and conclusions, and do not accord infinity to Deity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 303:10-16


    (Mental propagation)
    Whatever reflects Mind, Life, Truth, and Love, is spiritually conceived and brought forth; but the statement that man is conceived and evolved both spiritually and materially, or by both God and man, contradicts this eternal truth. All the vanity of the ages can never make both these contraries true.


Section 3


Genesis 2:21,22

    21 And the Lord God caused a deep
sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs,
and closed up the flesh instead
thereof;

    22 And the rib, which the Lord God
had taken from man, made he a woman,
and brought her unto the man.
Genesis 29:12,14

    12 And Jacob told Rachel that he
was her father's brother, and that he
was Rebekah's son: and she ran and
told her father.

    14 And Laban said to him, Surely
thou art my bone and my flesh. And he
abode with him the space of a month.

***
Ezekiel 37:1,3-5,7,9,10

    1 The hand of the Lord was upon
me, and carried me out in the spirit
of the Lord, and set me down in the
midst of the valley which was full of
bones,

    3 And he said unto me, Son of man,
can these bones live? And I answered,
O Lord God, thou knowest.

    4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy
upon these bones, and say unto them,
O ye dry bones, hear the word of the
Lord.

    5 Thus saith the Lord God unto
these bones; Behold, I will cause
breath to enter into you, and ye
shall live:

    7 So I prophesied as I was
commanded: and as I prophesied, there
was a noise, and behold a shaking,
and the bones came together, bone to
his bone.

    9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy
unto the wind, prophesy, son of man,
and say to the wind, thus saith the
Lord God; Come from the four winds, O
breath, and breathe upon these slain,
that they may live.

    10 So I prophesied as he commanded
me, and the breath came into them, and
they lived, and stood up upon their
feet, an exceeding great army.

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 - 553:19

    (All nativity in thought) Eve was formed from Adam's rib, not from a foetal ovum. Whatever theory may be adopted by general mortal thought to account for human origin, that theory is sure to become the signal for the appearance of its method in finite forms and operations. If consentaneous human belief agrees upon an ovum as the point of emergence for the human race, this potent belief will immediately supersede the more ancient superstition about the creation from dust or from the rib of our primeval father.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 423:29-32


    (Formation from thought)
    Bones have only the substance of thought which forms them. They are only phenomena of the mind of mortals.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 461:11


    (Proof by induction) Only by the illumination of the spiritual sense, can the light of understanding be thrown upon this Science, because Science reverses the evidence before the material senses and furnishes the eternal interpretation of God and man.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 406:11-13


    (Sickness will abate)
    The Science of being unveils the errors of sense, and spiritual perception, aided by Science, reaches Truth. Then error disappears.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 272:19-25


    (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.


Section 4


Genesis 4:1

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

***
Deuteronomy 32:3,5,6

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

    5 They have corrupted themselves,
their spot is not the spot of his
children: they are a perverse and
crooked generation.

    6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O
foolish people and unwise? is not he
thy father that hath bought thee?
hath he not made thee, and
established thee?

***
Isaiah 45:5,8

    5 I am the Lord, and there is none
else, there is no God beside me: I
girded thee, though thou hast not
known me:

    8 Drop down, ye heavens, from
above, and let the skies pour down
righteousness: let the earth open,
and let them bring forth salvation,
and let righteousness spring up
together; I the Lord have created it.

***
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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:30-3


    (Erroneous conception)
    Eve's declaration, "I have gotten a man from the Lord," supposes God to be the author of sin and sin's progeny. This false sense of existence is fratricidal. In the words of Jesus, it (evil, devil) is "a murderer from the beginning."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:9-12

    (The ascent of species)
    One distinguished naturalist argues that mortals spring from eggs and in races. Mr. Darwin admits this, but he adds that mankind has ascended through all the lower grades of existence.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:13-17

    (Emergence of mortals)
    Human experience in mortal life, which starts from an egg, corresponds with that of Job, when he says, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." Mortals must emerge from this notion of material life as all-in-all.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 68:27-10


    (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.


Section 5


Luke 1:26,28,30-35

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

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

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

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

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

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

    34 Then said Mary unto the angel,
How shall this be, seeing I know not
a man?

    35 And the angel answered and said
unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the power of the
Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which
shall be born of thee shall be called
the Son of God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 29:14-1


    (The Fatherhood of God)
    Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man. The Virgin-mother conceived this idea of God, and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus - that is, Joshua, or Saviour.
    (Spiritual conception)
    The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men. The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recognition that being is Spirit. The Christ dwelt forever an idea in the bosom of God, the divine Principle of the man Jesus, and woman perceived this spiritual idea, though at first faintly developed.
    Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal. Jesus was the offspring of Mary's self-conscious communion with God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:16-20

(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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:21-26


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:26

    (Consecration required)
    The time cometh when the spiritual origin of man, the divine Science which ushered Jesus into human presence, will be understood and demonstrated.


Section 6


John 3:5-8

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

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

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

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

***
II Samuel 7:18,23,24

    18 #Then went king David in, and
sat before the Lord, and he said, Who
am I, O Lord God? and what is my
house, that thou hast brought me
hitherto?

    23 And what one nation in the earth
is like thy people, even like Israel,
whom God went to redeem for a people
to himself, and to make him a name,
and to do for you great things and
terrible, for thy land, before thy
people, which thou redeemedst to thee
from Egypt, from the nations and
their gods?

    24 For thou hast confirmed to
thyself thy people Israel to be a
people unto thee for ever: and thou,
Lord, art become their God.

***
I Peter 1:3-5

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according
to his abundant mercy hath begotten
us again unto a lively hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead,

    4 To an inheritance incorruptible,
and undefiled, and that fadeth not
away, reserved in heaven for you,

    5 Who are kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation ready to
be revealed in the last time.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:13


    (The clouds dissolving)
    Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.

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


    (The Christ-element)
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 561:20


    (Divinity and humanity)
    In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:7


    (Spiritual discovery)
    The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal. Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:4-9


    (Scientific purgation)
    Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Spiritual harmony
25 1 - Mind the only cause
25 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 1 - Growth is from Mind
25 1 - Spiritual narrative
25 2 - The story of error
25 2 - No baneful creation
25 2 - The two records
25 2 - Creation reversed
25 2 - Mental tillage
25 2 - Mental propagation
25 3 - Hypnotic surgery
25 3 - All nativity in thought
25 3 - Formation from thought
25 3 - Proof by induction
25 3 - Sickness will abate
25 3 - Unspiritual contrasts
25 4 - Erroneous conception
25 4 - The ascent of species
25 4 - Emergence of mortals
25 4 - God's creation intact
25 5 - The Fatherhood of God
25 5 - Spiritual conception
25 5 - Sonship of Jesus
25 5 - Immaculate conception
25 5 - Consecration required
25 6 - The clouds dissolving
25 6 - The Christ-element
25 6 - Divinity and humanity
25 6 - Spiritual discovery
25 6 - Scientific purgation
25 6 - The immortal birth


December 18,1904

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Deuteronomy 1:8

    8 Behold, I have set the land
before you: go in and possess the
land which the Lord sware unto your
fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
to give unto them and to their seed
after them.


Responsive Reading


Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-8,10-12,14,17-20

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

    2 And thou shalt remember all the
way which the Lord thy God led thee
these forty years in the wilderness,
to humble thee, and to prove thee, to
know what was in thine heart, whether
thou wouldest keep his commandments,
or no.

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

    6 Therefore thou shalt keep the
commandments of the Lord thy God, to
walk in his ways, and to fear him.

    7 For the Lord thy God bringeth
thee into a good land, a land of
brooks of water, of fountains and
depths that spring out of valleys and
hills;

    8 A land of wheat, and barley, and
vines, and fig trees, and
pomegranates; a land of oil olive,
and honey;

    10 When thou hast eaten and art
full, then thou shalt bless the Lord
thy God for the good land which he
hath given thee.

    11 Beware that thou forget not the
Lord thy God, in not keeping his
commandments, and his judgments, and
his statutes, which I command thee
this day:

    12 Lest when thou hast eaten and
art full, and hast built goodly
houses, and dwelt therein;

    14 Then thine heart be lifted up,
and thou forget the Lord thy God,
which brought thee forth out of the
land of Egypt, from the house of
bondage;

    17 And thou say in thine heart, My
power and the might of mine hand hath
gotten me this wealth.

    18 But thou shalt remember the Lord
thy God: for it is he that giveth
thee power to get wealth, that he may
establish his covenant which he sware
unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

    19 And it shall be, if thou do at
all forget the Lord thy God, and walk
after other gods, and serve them, and
worship them, I testify against you
this day that ye shall surely perish.


    20 As the nations which the Lord
destroyeth before your face, so shall
ye perish; because ye would not be
obedient unto the voice of the Lord
your God.


Section 1


Deuteronomy 5:1

    1 And Moses called all Israel, and
said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the
statutes and judgments which I speak
in your ears this day, that ye may
learn them, and keep, and do them.
Deuteronomy 6:3

    3 #Hear therefore, O Israel, and
observe to do it; that it may be well
with thee, and that ye may increase
mightily, as the Lord God of thy
fathers hath promised thee, in the
land that floweth with milk and
honey.
Deuteronomy 34:1,4(to :)

    1 And Moses went up from the
plains of Moab unto the mountain of
Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is
over against Jericho. And the Lord
shewed him all the land of Gilead,
unto Dan,

    4 And the Lord said unto him, This
is the land which I sware unto
Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob,
saying, I will give it unto thy seed:

***
Acts 2:39

    39 For the promise is unto you, and
to your children, and to all that are
afar off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call.

***
Hebrews 8:10,11

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

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 128:4-6


    (Practical Science)
    The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 107:1-14

    (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." Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 226:29


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

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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:21-29


    (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.
    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.


Section 2


Deuteronomy 16:19,20

    19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment;
thou shalt not respect persons,
neither take a gift: for a gift doth
blind the eyes of the wise, and
pervert the words of the righteous.

    20 That which is altogether just
shalt thou follow, that thou mayest
live, and inherit the land which the
Lord thy God giveth thee.
Deuteronomy 15:7,8,10

    7 If there be among you a poor man
of one of thy brethren within any of
thy gates in thy land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not
harden thine heart, nor shut thine
hand from thy poor brother:

    8 But thou shalt open thine hand
wide unto him, and shalt surely lend
him sufficient for his need, in that
which he wanteth.

    10 Thou shalt surely give him, and
thine heart shall not be grieved when
thou givest unto him: because that
for this thing the Lord thy God shall
bless thee in all thy works, and in
all that thou puttest thine hand
unto.

***
Isaiah 5:8

    8 #Woe unto them that join house to
house, that lay field to field, till
there be no place, that they may be
placed alone in the midst of the
earth!

***
Psalm 85:9,10

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 224:22-25


    (Sectarianism and opposition)
    A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 540:17-21


    (Allegiance to Spirit)
    Science renders "unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." It saith to the human sense of sin, sickness, and death, "God never made you, and you are a false sense which hath no knowledge of God."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:7

    (Spiritual gateway) Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, - the unreal and the real.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:17-18,24(begin D)


    (Contradict error)
    Justice is the moral signification of law. Injustice declares the absence of law. Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name. Mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself and to others.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:12-18

    (Unnecessary prostration)
    When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science. Let your higher sense of justice destroy the false process of mortal opinions which you name law, and then you will not be confined to a sick-room nor laid upon a bed of suffering in payment of the last farthing, the last penalty demanded by error.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:10


    (Murder brings its curse)
    The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.


Section 3


Deuteronomy 7:12,15

    12 #Wherefore it shall come to
pass, if ye hearken to these
judgments, and keep, and do them,
that the Lord thy God shall keep unto
thee the covenant and the mercy which
he sware unto thy fathers:

    15 And the Lord will take away from
thee all sickness, and will put none
of the evil diseases of Egypt, which
thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay
them upon all them that hate thee.

***
Jeremiah 33:6,8,14-16

    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.

    8 And I will cleanse them from all
their iniquity, whereby they have
sinned against me; and I will pardon
all their iniquities, whereby they
have sinned, and whereby they have
transgressed against me.

    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.

***
Malachi 4:2

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

***
III John 1:2

    2 Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in
health, even as thy soul prospereth.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:3-16


    (Sure reward of righteousness)
    In the Science of Christianity, Mind - omnipotence - has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.
    (Our belief and understanding)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 412:13


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 246:20


    (Undesirable records)
    Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

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.


Section 4


Deuteronomy 11:10-12

    10 #For the land, whither thou
goest in to possess it, is not as the
land of Egypt, from whence ye came
out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and
wateredst it with thy foot, as a
garden of herbs:

    11 But the land, whither ye go to
possess it, is a land of hills and
valleys, and drinketh water of the
rain of heaven:

    12 A land which the Lord thy God
careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy
God are always upon it, from the
beginning of the year even unto the
end of the year.
Deuteronomy 28:12

    12 The Lord shall open unto thee
his good treasure, the heaven to give
the rain unto thy land in his season,
and to bless all the work of thine
hand: and thou shalt lend unto many
nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

***
Isaiah 3:10

    10 Say ye to the righteous, that it
shall be well with him: for they
shall eat the fruit of their doings.

***
I Corinthians 3:21,23

    21 Therefore let no man glory in
men. For all things are yours;

    23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ
is God's.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 40:31-5


    (Within the veil)
    The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and this advance beyond matter must come through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:3-9


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:28

    (Childlike receptivity)
    The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, - this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:24-31


    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.


Section 5


Deuteronomy 9:1

    1 Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass
over Jordan this day, to go in to
possess nations greater and mightier
than thyself, cities great and fenced
up to heaven,
Deuteronomy 7:18,21-23

    18 Thou shalt not be afraid of
them: but shalt well remember what
the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh,
and unto all Egypt;

    21 Thou shalt not be affrighted at
them: for the Lord thy God is among
you, a mighty God and terrible.

    22 And the Lord thy God will put
out those nations before thee by
little and little: thou mayest not
consume them at once, lest the beasts
of the field increase upon thee.

    23 But the Lord thy God shall
deliver them unto thee, and shall
destroy them with a mighty
destruction, until they be destroyed.

Deuteronomy 10:12,13

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

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

***
Revelation 2:26-29

    26 And he that overcometh, and
keepeth my works unto the end, to him
will I give power over the nations:

    27 And he shall rule them with a
rod of iron; as the vessels of a
potter shall they be broken to
shivers: even as I received of my
Father.

    28 And I will give him the morning
star.

    29 He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches.

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


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:21


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

vii:27-4 Chapter PREFACE

    Since the author's discovery of the might of Truth in the treatment of disease as well as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting; but to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 233:1-5


    (Profession and proof)
    Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:17-22(to .)


    (Healing primary)
    Obeying his precious precepts, - following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, - we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.


Section 6


Deuteronomy 1:21

    21 Behold, the Lord thy God hath
set the land before thee: go up and
possess it, as the Lord God of thy
fathers hath said unto thee; fear
not, neither be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 4:9

    9 Only take heed to thyself, and
keep thy soul diligently, lest thou
forget the things which thine eyes
have seen, and lest they depart from
thy heart all the days of thy life:
but teach them thy sons, and thy
sons' sons;

***
Joshua 1:8,9

    8 This book of the law shall not
depart out of thy mouth; but thou
shalt meditate therein day and night,
that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written
therein: for then thou shalt make thy
way prosperous, and then thou shalt
have good success.

    9 Have not I commanded thee? Be
strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for
the Lord thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.

***
Hebrews 6:1,11,12

    1 Therefore leaving the principles
of the doctrine of Christ, let us go
on unto perfection; not laying again
the foundation of repentance from
dead works, and of faith toward God,

    11 And we desire that every one of
you do shew the same diligence to the
full assurance of hope unto the end:

    12 That ye be not slothful, but
followers of them who through faith
and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 12:28

    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:

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 457:19-24


    (Backsliders and mistakes)
    Christian Science is not an exception to the general rule, that there is no excellence without labor in a direct line. One cannot scatter his fire, and at the same time hit the mark. To pursue other vocations and advance rapidly in the demonstration of this Science, is not possible.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:11-14


    (Wait for reward)
    "Work out your own salvation," is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. "Occupy till I come!" Wait for your reward, and "be not weary in well doing."

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 4:17


    (Watchfulness requisite)
    Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness. We reach the Science of Christianity through demonstration of the divine nature; but in this wicked world goodness will "be evil spoken of," and patience must bring experience.

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


    (Persecution prolonged)
    There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage. Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:13


    (Narrow pathway) Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter, - certainly before we can reach the goal of Spirit, or life in God.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Practical Science
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - Mission of Christian Science
26 1 - House of bondage
26 1 - Prophetic ignorance
26 1 - Injustice to the Saviour
26 2 - Sectarianism and opposition
26 2 - Allegiance to Spirit
26 2 - Spiritual gateway
26 2 - Contradict error
26 2 - Unnecessary prostration
26 2 - Murder brings its curse
26 3 - Sure reward of righteousness
26 3 - Our belief and understanding
26 3 - Eloquent silence
26 3 - Undesirable records
26 3 - Health and the senses
26 4 - Within the veil
26 4 - Standpoints changed
26 4 - Childlike receptivity
26 4 - Spiritual proofs of existence
26 5 - Scientific finalities
26 5 - Laws of nature spiritual
26 5 - Divine victory
26 5 - Profession and proof
26 5 - Healing primary
26 6 - Backsliders and mistakes
26 6 - Wait for reward
26 6 - Watchfulness requisite
26 6 - Persecution prolonged
26 6 - Narrow pathway

List of all subheadings



01 1 - Day of judgment
01 1 - Infinite physique impossible
01 1 - Infinity's reflection
01 1 - Tritheism impossible
01 1 - No divine corporeality
01 1 - Vapor and nothingness
01 2 - Priestly pride humbled
01 2 - Idolatrous illusions
01 2 - Ignorant idolatry
01 2 - Belief in many gods
01 2 - How healing was lost
01 3 - God and nature
01 3 - Copartnership impossible
01 3 - Two infinite creators absurd
01 3 - Birth and death unreal
01 3 - Omnipotence set forth
01 3 - The origin of divinity
01 4 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
01 4 - Trustworthy beneficence
01 4 - Wicked evasions
01 4 - Spirit transforms
01 4 - -11- Christ Jesus
01 4 - Immortal models
01 5 - Deity unchangeable
01 5 - Desire for holiness
01 5 - Loftiest adoration
01 5 - The prayer of Jesus Christ
01 5 - Bodily presence
01 5 - Efficacious petitions
01 5 - Watchfulness requisite
01 6 - Our belief and understanding
01 6 - Prophetic ignorance
01 6 - The divine completeness
01 6 - Narrow pathway
01 6 - Creatures of God useful
01 6 - Redemption from selfishness
02 1 - Sacred sacrament
02 1 - Spiritual refreshment
02 1 - Jesus' sad repast
02 1 - Salutary sorrow
02 1 - The gold and dross
02 1 - The darkest hours of all
02 2 - The last breakfast
02 2 - Found wanting
02 2 - Scientific foreseeing
02 3 - Heavenly supplies
02 3 - Life eternal and present
02 3 - Healing primary
02 4 - The holy struggle
02 4 - Incisive questions
02 4 - Mockery of truth
02 4 - The real pillory
02 4 - Inspiration of sacrifice
02 4 - Spiritual friendship
02 5 - True flesh and blood
02 5 - Efficacy of truth
02 5 - Crumbs of comfort
02 5 - Fulfilment of the Law
02 6 - Incisive questions
02 6 - Millennial glory
02 6 - Complete emulation
02 6 - Within the veil
02 6 - Divine victory
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
03 1 - Thought-transference
03 1 - No laws of matter
03 1 - -4- Life the creator
03 1 - Self-completeness
03 1 - Spiritual proofs of existence
03 2 - Christ's demonstration
03 2 - Life-power indestructible
03 2 - Abiding in Life
03 2 - Indestructible being
03 3 - Found wanting
03 3 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
03 3 - The immortal birth
03 3 - Spiritual insight
03 3 - Spiritual awakening
03 3 - Key to the kingdom
03 4 - Spiritual sense of life
03 4 - The serpent of error
03 4 - Inexhaustible divine Love
03 4 - Inverted images
03 4 - Mental propagation
03 5 - Jesus' sinless career
03 5 - -Platform summation-
03 5 - Effective triumph
03 6 - No proof of immortality
03 6 - Mind's manifestations immortal
03 6 - The present immortality
03 6 - Careful guidance
03 6 - Life not contingent on matter
04 1 - -2- The deific definitions
04 1 - Vain ecstasies
04 1 - Anthropomorphism
04 1 - The divine life-link
04 1 - Fatal premises
04 1 - Choose ye today
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Truth destroys falsity
04 2 - Celestial evidence
04 2 - Error unveiled
04 2 - Matter mindless
04 2 - Spiritual gateway
04 3 - Healing early lost
04 3 - Sickness erroneous
04 3 - The main purpose
04 3 - Followers of Jesus
04 4 - Recognition of benefits
04 4 - Proof by induction
04 4 - Touchstone of Science
04 5 - Diabolism destroyed
04 5 - Ingratitude and denial
04 5 - Inspiring discontent
04 5 - Commands of Jesus
04 5 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
04 6 - The Christ-element
04 6 - Spirits obsolete
04 6 - Life all-inclusive
04 6 - Primitive error
04 6 - Signs following
05 1 - Definition of man
05 1 - -Platform summation-
05 1 - Vain ecstasies
05 1 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 1 - Practical religion
05 2 - No material creation
05 2 - No divine corporeality
05 2 - Mind's pure thought
05 2 - Fleshly ties temporal
05 2 - Infinity measureless
05 3 - Jesus not God
05 3 - Proof in practice
05 3 - Bearing our sins
05 3 - Inspiration of sacrifice
05 3 - Example for our salvation
05 3 - Help and hindrance
05 4 - Efficacious petitions
05 4 - Native nothingness of sin
05 4 - Charity to those opposed
05 4 - The true physician
05 4 - The sole governor
05 5 - Injustice to the Saviour
05 5 - The conflict with purity
05 5 - Seeming and being
05 5 - Man inseparable from Love
05 6 - True estimate of God's messenger
05 6 - Persecution harmful
05 6 - Sectarianism and opposition
05 6 - Rudiments of growth
05 6 - Condition of progress
05 6 - Principle and practice
05 6 - The salt of the earth
05 6 - Love impartial and universal
06 1 - All force mental
06 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
06 1 - -6- The universal cause
06 1 - The one real power
06 1 - Qualities of thought
06 1 - Material misconceptions
06 1 - Salvation is through reform
06 2 - Eternity of Life
06 2 - Substance is Spirit
06 2 - Spiritual tangibility
06 2 - How to treat a crisis
06 2 - Spiritual reflection
06 3 - False stimulus
06 3 - Definition of mortal mind
06 3 - The fall of error
06 3 - True attainment
06 3 - Human reconciliation
06 3 - The strength of Spirit
06 4 - Cumulative repentance
06 4 - Disease neutralized
06 4 - No material law
06 4 - Children and adults
06 4 - Helpful encouragement
06 5 - Spiritual proofs of existence
06 5 - Spiritual government
06 5 - Scientific offspring
06 5 - Continuity of thoughts
06 6 - Spirit intangible
06 6 - Treasure in heaven
06 6 - Beatific presence
06 6 - Spirit names and blesses
06 6 - Understanding imparted
07 1 - The sun and Soul
07 1 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
07 1 - The central intelligence
07 1 - Soul imperishable
07 1 - Indestructible relationship
07 2 - Philosophical blunders
07 2 - Soul not confined in body
07 2 - Rebukes helpful
07 2 - Saviour's prediction
07 2 - The spiritual mathematics
07 3 - Soul imperishable
07 3 - Sense and pure Soul
07 3 - Soul defined
07 3 - Belief in many gods
07 3 - Judgment on error
07 4 - The great question
07 4 - Wrestling of Jacob
07 4 - Israel the new name
07 5 - Health from reliance on spirituality
07 5 - Jesus' disregard of matter
07 5 - Rebukes helpful
07 5 - Need and supply
07 5 - Patience and final perfection
07 6 - Spiritual concord
07 6 - Chord and discord
07 6 - Mutual freedom
07 6 - Within the veil
07 6 - Trustworthy beneficence
07 6 - Immaterial pleasure
08 1 - Philologocal inadequacy
08 1 - Divine synonyms
08 1 - Divine image
08 1 - Divine reflection
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Scientific evidence
08 1 - Homer and Moses
08 1 - Two chief commands
08 1 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
08 2 - A closed question
08 2 - Mortality vanquished
08 2 - Harmony from Spirit
08 2 - Action of mortal mind
08 2 - Ever-appearing creation
08 2 - Allness of Truth
08 3 - All faculties from Mind
08 3 - Permanent sensibility
08 3 - Organic construction valueless
08 3 - No pain in matter
08 3 - Nerves painless
08 4 - Conflicting standpoints
08 4 - Scientific foreseeing
08 4 - Value of intuition
08 4 - Spiritual insight
08 5 - Immortal models
08 5 - So-called superiority
08 5 - Mortal mind's disappearance
08 5 - The struggle and victory
08 5 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
08 5 - Spiritual foreshadowings
08 6 - Perfect models
08 6 - Weakness and guilt
08 6 - Truth's great results
08 6 - God the only Mind
09 1 - The shrine celestial
09 1 - Man's present possibilities
09 1 - Nearness of Deity
09 1 - Vision opening
09 2 - Inspiration of sacrifice
09 2 - Justice and substitution
09 2 - Trustworthy beneficence
09 2 - Loftiest adoration
09 2 - Desire for holiness
09 2 - Advancement by sacrifice
09 3 - Example for our salvation
09 3 - Master's business
09 3 - Purity's rebuke
09 3 - Spirit transforms
09 3 - Spiritual baptism
09 3 - Childlike receptivity
09 3 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
09 4 - Heavenly supplies
09 4 - Life eternal and present
09 4 - Starvation and dyspepsia
09 4 - Mind and stomach
09 4 - Love's endowment
09 5 - Christ's reappearance
09 5 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
09 5 - Real being never lost
09 5 - Light and darkness
09 5 - The salt of the earth
09 6 - Within the veil
09 6 - Christian Science discovered
09 6 - Mission of Christian Science
09 6 - Vapor and nothingness
10 1 - Fleshly factors unreal
10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - Immortal models
10 1 - -24- God the parent Mind
10 2 - Higher statutes
10 2 - God-given dominion
10 2 - The time and tide
10 2 - Mortal nothingness
10 2 - Birthright of man
10 3 - Wickedness is not man
10 3 - No new creation
10 3 - Danger from audible prayer
10 3 - Man governed by Mind
10 3 - Right views of humanity
10 4 - Eternal man recognized
10 4 - False testimony refuted
10 4 - Society and intolerance
10 4 - Practical preaching
10 4 - Forgetfulness of self
10 5 - Followers of Jesus
10 5 - How healing was lost
10 5 - The panoply of wisdom
10 5 - Superiority to sickness and sin
10 6 - Sickness as only thought
10 6 - The present immortality
10 6 - Scientific finalities
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 1 - Mind's idea faultless
11 1 - -18- The only substance
11 2 - Substance is Spirit
11 2 - Material mortality
11 2 - Matter is not substance
11 2 - Erroneous conception
11 2 - Patience and final perfection
11 2 - Divided vestments
11 3 - Unimproved opportunities
11 3 - Christian warfare
11 3 - Christ the great physician
11 3 - Practical success
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 4 - Soul impeccable
11 4 - Consecration required
11 4 - -11- Christ Jesus
11 4 - Scientific offspring
11 4 - Jesus the Scientist
11 4 - The bodily resurrection
11 5 - Man's entity
11 5 - Jesus as mediator
11 5 - Material skepticism
11 5 - One cause supreme
11 6 - Dangerous resemblances
11 6 - Spiritual reflection
11 6 - The infinitude of God
11 6 - Spiritual translation
12 1 - Spirit the starting-point
12 1 - Harmonious functions
12 1 - Brain not intelligent
12 1 - Laws of human belief
12 1 - Fatigue is mental
12 1 - Right endeavor possible
12 2 - Ignorant idolatry
12 2 - Unescapable dilemma
12 2 - Right never punishable
12 2 - Animal magnetism destroyed
12 3 - Substance is Spirit
12 3 - -17- Infinite Spirit
12 3 - Soul and sense
12 3 - Life independent of matter
12 3 - Hebrew theology
12 3 - Redemption from selfishness
12 4 - Sickness as only thought
12 4 - Impotence of hate
12 4 - Pantheistic tendencies
12 4 - Sure reward of righteousness
12 4 - Useful knowledge
12 5 - Substance versus supposition
12 5 - One cause supreme
12 5 - Elementary electricity
12 5 - Seeming and being
12 5 - Sense-dreams
12 6 - The true new idea
12 6 - Man linked with Spirit
12 6 - Essential element of Christianity
12 6 - Death outdone
12 6 - The cup of Jesus
12 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence
13 1 - Prophetic ignorance
13 1 - Efficacious petitions
13 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 1 - Aspiration and love
13 1 - Love imparts beauty
13 2 - Right motives
13 2 - Infinite physique impossible
13 2 - Love impartial and universal
13 2 - Public exaggerations
13 2 - - Prayer -
13 3 - Spiritual gateway
13 3 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
13 3 - Perfect models
13 3 - Speedy healing
13 4 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
13 4 - Final purpose
13 4 - Childlike receptivity
13 4 - So-called superiority
13 4 - Unspiritual contrasts
13 5 - Sectarianism and opposition
13 5 - Charity to those opposed
13 5 - Godward gravitation
13 5 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 5 - The divine loveliness
13 6 - Persecution prolonged
13 6 - Martyrs inevitable
13 6 - Christian warfare
13 6 - Superstition obsolete
13 6 - Christianity still rejected
14 1 - Material error
14 1 - Mind's true camera
14 1 - No mediumship
14 2 - Spiritual law the only law
14 2 - Matter versus Spirit
14 2 - Self-constituted law
14 2 - No material law
14 2 - Belief and understanding
14 3 - Mythical pleasure
14 3 - Scientific purgation
14 3 - Identity not lost
14 3 - Sin and penalty
14 3 - Conversion of Saul
14 4 - Mind the only healer
14 4 - Modes of matter
14 4 - Drug-power mental
14 4 - Denials of divine power
14 4 - Mental narcotics
14 4 - The true healing
14 4 - The modus of homoeopathy
14 5 - Mere negation
14 5 - False claims annihilated
14 5 - Personal conclusions
14 5 - The one real power
14 6 - Error only ephemeral
14 6 - Truthful arguments
14 6 - Sickness will abate
14 6 - Error's power imaginary
14 6 - Rise of thought
15 1 - Knowledge and Truth
15 1 - Contrasted testimony
15 1 - Argument of good works
15 1 - Temperance reform
15 2 - Spirits obsolete
15 2 - The tares and wheat
15 2 - Evident impossibilities
15 2 - One primal cause
15 2 - Bruising sin's head
15 3 - Confusion confounded
15 3 - Mankind redeemed
15 3 - The conflict with purity
15 4 - Sickness akin to sin
15 4 - Morality required
15 4 - Spirit the one Ego
15 4 - Mind destroys all ills
15 4 - Reason and Science
15 4 - Heralds of Science
15 5 - Diabolism destroyed
15 5 - Pardon and amendment
15 5 - Divine severity
15 5 - Truth destroys falsity
15 6 - Spirit versus darkness
15 6 - The immortal birth
15 6 - Disease powerless
15 6 - Darkness scattered
16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - Inexhaustible divine Love
16 1 - Jesus the way-shower
16 1 - Christ's demonstration
16 2 - Aspiration and love
16 2 - Searching the heart
16 2 - Proof by induction
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 2 - Truth's great results
16 3 - Efficacious repentance
16 3 - Appetites to be abandoned
16 3 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
16 4 - Human reconciliation
16 4 - Perfect example
16 4 - Victory over the grave
16 5 - Spiritual baptism
16 5 - Radical changes
16 5 - The clouds dissolving
16 6 - Paean of jubilee
16 6 - Moral victory
16 6 - Divine victory
16 6 - The stone rolled away
17 1 - Thought-forms
17 1 - The serpent's whisper
17 1 - Material man as a dream
17 1 - Death no benefactor
17 1 - Salvation and probation
17 1 - Mind destroys all ills
17 1 - Naming maladies
17 2 - Mortality mythical
17 2 - Human frailty
17 2 - Choose ye today
17 2 - Treasure in heaven
17 2 - Within the veil
17 2 - No death nor inaction
17 3 - After the resurrection
17 3 - Purpose of crucifixion
17 3 - Corporeality and Spirit
17 3 - Spiritual ascension
17 4 - Exercise of Mind faculties
17 4 - Impossible intercommunion
17 4 - Conflicting standpoints
17 4 - Death no advantage
17 5 - Future purification
17 5 - Sin is punished
17 5 - The Christian's privilege
17 5 - The thorns and flowers
17 5 - Second death
17 5 - A dream vanishing
17 6 - Physiology unscientific
17 6 - Life all-inclusive
17 6 - Real Life is God
18 1 - Asking amiss
18 1 - Remission of penalty
18 1 - Truth annihilates error
18 1 - Final purpose
18 1 - Righteous retribution
18 2 - Expose sin without believing in it
18 2 - Justice and recompense
18 2 - God never inconsistent
18 2 - Copartnership impossible
18 2 - Two infinite creators absurd
18 2 - Counsel for defence
18 3 - Corporeal penalties
18 3 - Right never punishable
18 4 - Mental crimes
18 4 - Important decision
18 4 - Evil let loose
18 4 - Murder brings its curse
18 4 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 4 - -20- The one divine Mind
18 5 - Justice and substitution
18 5 - Moral retrogression
18 5 - The robe of Science
18 5 - Expiation by suffering
18 6 - -Platform summation-
18 6 - Ultimate harmony
18 6 - Man inseparable from Love
19 1 - Adam
19 1 - Truth is not inverted
19 1 - Our physical insensibility to Spirit
19 1 - The human counterfeit
19 1 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 1 - Individual permanency
19 2 - Garden of Eden
19 2 - Sickness as discord
19 2 - Unscientific introspection
19 2 - Corporeal ignorance
19 2 - Bodily presence
19 2 - Belief in many gods
19 2 - God and His image
19 2 - Divine providence
19 3 - Contrasted testimony
19 3 - Record of error
19 3 - Pangs caused by the press
19 3 - Idolatrous illusions
19 3 - The leaves of healing
19 4 - Mental midwifery
19 4 - Real Life is God
19 4 - Life only in Spirit
19 4 - Limitless Mind
19 4 - Infinity's reflection
19 5 - Knowledge of good and evil
19 5 - False womanhood
19 5 - Bruising sin's head
19 6 - Record of error
19 6 - Justice and recompense
19 6 - Spiritual gateway
19 6 - Divinity ever ready
19 6 - Martyrs inevitable
19 6 - Decapitation of error
20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - Immortal birthright
20 1 - Contradictions not found
20 1 - Being is immortal
20 2 - Final destruction of error
20 2 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
20 2 - Mental conspirators
20 2 - Cumulative repentance
20 2 - Image of the beast
20 2 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
20 3 - The present immortality
20 3 - Indestructible life of man
20 3 - Spiritual baptism
20 3 - The one only way
20 3 - Resist to the end
20 3 - So-called superiority
20 4 - Suicide and sin
20 4 - Death but an illusion
20 4 - A belief in death
20 4 - Death outdone
20 4 - Our footsteps heavenward
20 4 - Mortality vanquished
20 5 - The serpent of error
20 5 - Servants and masters
20 5 - Infinite physique impossible
20 5 - Real Life is God
20 6 - -24- God the parent Mind
20 6 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
20 6 - The clouds dissolving
20 6 - Mind one and all
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
21 1 - Perpetual motion
21 1 - The sun and Soul
21 2 - Sense and pure Soul
21 2 - Sinlessness of Mind, Soul
21 2 - Soul impeccable
21 2 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 2 - Faith of Socrates
21 3 - Unscientific theories
21 3 - Evident impossibilities
21 3 - A vacant domicile
21 3 - Sensationless body
21 4 - Coalition of sin and sickness
21 4 - The strength of Spirit
21 4 - Thoughts are things
21 4 - Sin to be overcome
21 5 - Diet and digestion
21 5 - Ancient confusion
21 5 - Life only in Spirit
21 5 - Volition far-reaching
21 5 - Proof by induction
21 6 - Halfway success
21 6 - Personal identity
21 6 - A clean mind and body
21 6 - The age's privilege
22 1 - Science versus hypnotism
22 1 - Christ the great physician
22 1 - Hidden agents
22 1 - Mental despotism
22 1 - Liberation of mental powers
22 2 - Mere negation
22 2 - The genus of error
22 2 - Impossible intercommunion
22 2 - Commands of Jesus
22 3 - Mystical antagonists
22 3 - One government
22 3 - Spiritual insight
22 3 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 3 - Key to the kingdom
22 4 - Perfection of divine government
22 4 - Adulteration of Truth
22 4 - A so-called mind-cure
22 4 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 4 - Mystery of godliness
22 4 - Matter versus matter
22 5 - Thought-transference
22 5 - Persecution prolonged
22 5 - Immortal achieval
22 5 - Proper self-government
22 6 - Touchstone of Science
22 6 - False claims annihilated
22 6 - Obligations of teachers
22 6 - Pure religion enthroned
23 1 - Impossible coalescence
23 1 - No new creation
23 1 - Renewed selfhood
23 1 - Ideas and identities
23 2 - The ascent of species
23 2 - Ascending the scale
23 2 - Limitless Mind
23 2 - Embryonic evolution
23 2 - True theory of the universe
23 2 - Lawful wonders
23 2 - Biological inventions
23 3 - Salvation is through reform
23 3 - Spiritual firmament
23 3 - Divine propagation
23 3 - Ever-appearing creation
23 3 - Elohistic plurality
23 3 - Jurisdiction of Mind
23 4 - Man springs from Mind
23 4 - Sure reward of righteousness
23 4 - One cause supreme
23 4 - Material inception
23 4 - First evil suggestion
23 5 - Logic and revelation
23 5 - Destruction of all evil
23 5 - Birth and death unreal
23 5 - Spiritual thoughts
23 5 - Disease a dream
23 5 - Record of error
23 6 - Spiritual government
23 6 - The cup of Jesus
23 6 - Scientific offspring
23 6 - -12- Messiah or Christ
24 1 - Deep-reaching interrogations
24 1 - The great question
24 1 - Sickness akin to sin
24 1 - Priestly pride humbled
24 1 - Two chief commands
24 2 - Understanding versus belief
24 2 - Continuity of interest
24 2 - Weakness and guilt
24 2 - Mind the only healer
24 2 - Steadfast and calm trust
24 3 - Divine providence
24 3 - Will-power unrighteous
24 3 - Spirit names and blesses
24 3 - Assistance in brotherhood
24 4 - Man inseparable from Love
24 4 - Mortal birth and death
24 4 - Blessings from pain
24 4 - Salutary sorrow
24 4 - Help and discipline
24 5 - Destruction of all evil
24 5 - Light and darkness
24 6 - Spiritual concord
24 6 - Superiority to sickness and sin
24 6 - Eternal man recognized
24 6 - Testimony of sense
24 6 - Testimony of Soul
25 1 - Spiritual harmony
25 1 - Mind the only cause
25 1 - Mortals unlike immortals
25 1 - Growth is from Mind
25 1 - Spiritual narrative
25 2 - The story of error
25 2 - No baneful creation
25 2 - The two records
25 2 - Creation reversed
25 2 - Mental tillage
25 2 - Mental propagation
25 3 - Hypnotic surgery
25 3 - All nativity in thought
25 3 - Formation from thought
25 3 - Proof by induction
25 3 - Sickness will abate
25 3 - Unspiritual contrasts
25 4 - Erroneous conception
25 4 - The ascent of species
25 4 - Emergence of mortals
25 4 - God's creation intact
25 5 - The Fatherhood of God
25 5 - Spiritual conception
25 5 - Sonship of Jesus
25 5 - Immaculate conception
25 5 - Consecration required
25 6 - The clouds dissolving
25 6 - The Christ-element
25 6 - Divinity and humanity
25 6 - Spiritual discovery
25 6 - Scientific purgation
25 6 - The immortal birth
26 1 - Practical Science
26 1 - Christian Science discovered
26 1 - Mission of Christian Science
26 1 - House of bondage
26 1 - Prophetic ignorance
26 1 - Injustice to the Saviour
26 2 - Sectarianism and opposition
26 2 - Allegiance to Spirit
26 2 - Spiritual gateway
26 2 - Contradict error
26 2 - Unnecessary prostration
26 2 - Murder brings its curse
26 3 - Sure reward of righteousness
26 3 - Our belief and understanding
26 3 - Eloquent silence
26 3 - Undesirable records
26 3 - Health and the senses
26 4 - Within the veil
26 4 - Standpoints changed
26 4 - Childlike receptivity
26 4 - Spiritual proofs of existence
26 5 - Scientific finalities
26 5 - Laws of nature spiritual
26 5 - Divine victory
26 5 - Profession and proof
26 5 - Healing primary
26 6 - Backsliders and mistakes
26 6 - Wait for reward
26 6 - Watchfulness requisite
26 6 - Persecution prolonged
26 6 - Narrow pathway

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