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January 3,1909

Subject: 01

GOD.

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-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 45:22,23

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

    23 I have sworn by myself, the word
is gone out of my mouth in
righteousness, and shall not return,
That unto me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.


Responsive Reading


Job 35:1-14

    1 Elihu spake moreover, and said,

    2 Thinkest thou this to be right,
that thou saidst, My righteousness is
more than God's?

    3 For thou saidst, What advantage
will it be unto thee? and, What
profit shall I have, if I be cleansed
from my sin?

    4 I will answer thee, and thy
companions with thee.

    5 Look unto the heavens, and see;
and behold the clouds which are
higher than thou.

    6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou
against him? or if thy transgressions
be multiplied, what doest thou unto
him?

    7 If thou be righteous, what givest
thou him? or what receiveth he of
thine hand?

    8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as
thou art; and thy righteousness may
profit the son of man.

    9 By reason of the multitude of
oppressions they make the oppressed
to cry: they cry out by reason of the
arm of the mighty.

    10 But none saith, Where is God my
maker, who giveth songs in the night;

    11 Who teacheth us more than the
beasts of the earth, and maketh us
wiser than the fowls of heaven?

    12 There they cry, but none giveth
answer, because of the pride of evil
men.

    13 Surely God will not hear vanity,
neither will the Almighty regard it.

    14 Although thou sayest thou shalt
not see him, yet judgment is before
him; therefore trust thou in him.


Section 1


Isaiah 43:10-13(to ;)

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

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

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

    13 Yea, before the day was I am he;

***
Psalm 90:1,2,4

    1 Lord, thou hast been our
dwelling place in all generations.

    2 Before the mountains were brought
forth, or ever thou hadst formed the
earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God.

    4 For a thousand years in thy sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
and as a watch in the night.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 465:8-1

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


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



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



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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:11

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


    (-1- The deific supremacy)
    I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man. Eye hath neither seen God nor His image and likeness. Neither God nor the perfect man can be discerned by the material senses. 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:7-10


    (Spiritual language)
    Christian Science attaches no physical nature and significance to the Supreme Being or His manifestation; mortals alone do this.

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

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


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


Section 2


Deuteronomy 3:24

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

***
Isaiah 12:6

    6 Cry out and shout, thou
inhabitant of Zion: for great is the
Holy One of Israel in the midst of
thee.

***
Psalm 63:1,2,6,7

    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.

    6 When I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the night
watches.

    7 Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings
will I rejoice.

***
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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:17-18


    (Suicide and sin)
    We are prone to believe either in more than one Supreme Ruler or in some power less than God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:28


    (A higher discovery)
    Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that God endows this opposing power with strength to be used against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.

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 - 473:7-12

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


    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 249:8,13-16


    (Renewed selfhood)
    Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be." Such is the true Science of being. Any other theory of Life, or God, is delusive and mythological.
    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.


Section 3


Isaiah 45:19,24

    19 I have not spoken in secret, in
a dark place of the earth: I said not
unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in
vain: I the Lord speak righteousness,
I declare things that are right.

    24 Surely, shall one say, in the
Lord have I righteousness and
strength: even to him shall men come;
and all that are incensed against him
shall be ashamed.

***
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.

***
I Peter 1:15,16

    15 But as he which hath called you
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner
of conversation;

    16 Because it is written, Be ye
holy; for I am holy.

***
Habakkuk 1:12,13

    12 #Art thou not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, mine Holy One? we shall
not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained
them for judgment; and, O mighty God,
thou hast established them for
correction.

    13 Thou art of purer eyes than to
behold evil, and canst not look on
iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon
them that deal treacherously, and
holdest thy tongue when the wicked
devoureth the man that is more
righteous than he?

***
Psalm 71:16,22

    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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 229:9


    (No union of opposites) Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which unites such opposites as sickness and health, holiness and unholiness, calls both the offspring of spirit, and at the same time admits that Spirit is God, - virtually declaring Him good in one instance and evil in another.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:7-11

(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


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:5


    (Mortality mythical)
    If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:3-4

(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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:2


    (Testimony of Soul)
    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.


Section 4


Numbers 23:3-5,17-19

    3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand
by thy burnt offering, and I will go:
peradventure the Lord will come to
meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me
I will tell thee. And he went to an
high place.

    4 And God met Balaam: and he said
unto him, I have prepared seven
altars, and I have offered upon every
altar a bullock and a ram.

    5 And the Lord put a word in
Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto
Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

    17 And when he came to him, behold,
he stood by his burnt offering, and
the princes of Moab with him. And
Balak said unto him, What hath the
Lord spoken?

    18 And he took up his parable, and
said, Rise up, Balak, and hear;
hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

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

***
I John 4:12,20

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

    20 If a man say, I love God, and
hateth his brother, he is a liar: for
he that loveth not his brother whom
he hath seen, how can he love God
whom he hath not seen?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 116:24


    (Divine personality)
    As the words person and personal are commonly and ignorantly employed, they often lead, when applied to Deity, to confused and erroneous conceptions of divinity and its distinction from humanity. If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is infinite Person, - in the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense. An infinite Mind in a finite form is an absolute impossibility.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:11-18


    (Finite views of Deity)
    Mortal man has made a covenant with his eyes to belittle Deity with human conceptions. In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things. That God is corporeal or material, no man should affirm.
    The human form, or physical finiteness, cannot be made the basis of any true idea of the infinite Godhead. Eye hath not seen Spirit, nor hath ear heard His voice.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:13-16,25

    (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.
    A finite and material sense of God leads to formalism and narrowness; it chills the spirit of Christianity.

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.


Section 5


Job 32:8

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

***
Psalm 119:27,130

    27 Make me to understand the way of
thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy
wondrous works.

    130 The entrance of thy words
giveth light; it giveth understanding
unto the simple.

***
John 17:24-26

    24 Father, I will that they also,
whom thou hast given me, be with me
where I am; that they may behold my
glory, which thou hast given me: for
thou lovedst me before the foundation
of the world.

    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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:7-9

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


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:20


    (Understanding imparted)
    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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:19,31-1


    (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.
    (God's man discerned)
    Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:11

    The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, - perfect God and perfect man, - as the basis of thought and demonstration.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:7-8,12


    (Our belief and understanding)
    If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health.
    This thought incites to a more exalted worship and self-abnegation. Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught but God, and so makes man the image of his Maker in deed and in truth.


Section 6


Isaiah 45:14

    14 Thus saith the Lord, The labour
of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia
and of the Sabeans, men of stature,
shall come over unto thee, and they
shall be thine: they shall come after
thee; in chains they shall come over,
and they shall fall down unto thee,
they shall make supplication unto
thee, saying, Surely God is in thee;
and there is none else, there is no
God.

***
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?

***
I Chronicles 29:11-13

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

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

    13 Now therefore, our God, we thank
thee, and praise thy glorious name.

***
Revelation 19:5,6

    5 And a voice came out of the
throne, saying, Praise our God, all
ye his servants, and ye that fear
him, both small and great.

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:1-6,17


    (Lawful wonders)
    The Psalmist sang: "What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? Thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye little hills, like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob."
    (Fear and sickness identical)
    There is to-day danger of repeating the offence of the Jews by limiting the Holy One of Israel and asking: "Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" What cannot God do?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:29-1

    (Priestly learning)
    The Jewish conception of God, as Yawah, Jehovah, or only a mighty hero and king, has not quite given place to the true knowledge of God. Creeds and rituals have not cleansed their hands of rabbinical lore.

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


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

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

  (- 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. 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.

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

01 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
01 1 - Spiritual language
01 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
01 2 - Suicide and sin
01 2 - A higher discovery
01 2 - Priestly pride humbled
01 2 - Christ the ideal Truth
01 2 - Renewed selfhood
01 3 - No union of opposites
01 3 - Mind one and all
01 3 - Mortality mythical
01 3 - Vapor and nothingness
01 3 - Testimony of Soul
01 4 - Divine personality
01 4 - Finite views of Deity
01 4 - No divine corporeality
01 4 - Infinite physique impossible
01 5 - The fruit forbidden
01 5 - Understanding imparted
01 5 - Infinity's reflection
01 5 - God's man discerned
01 5 - Our belief and understanding
01 6 - Lawful wonders
01 6 - Fear and sickness identical
01 6 - Priestly learning
01 6 - Divine sense of Deity
01 6 - -Platform summation-
01 6 - Anthropomorphism


January 10,1909

Subject: 02

SACRAMENT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 9:12

    12 For the administration of this
service not only supplieth the want
of the saints, but is abundant also
by many thanksgivings unto God;


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 11:1,2,23-32

    1 Be ye followers of me, even as I
also am of Christ.

    2 Now I praise you, brethren, that
ye remember me in all things, and keep
the ordinances, as I delivered them
to you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    31 For if we would judge ourselves,
we should not be judged.

    32 But when we are judged, we are
chastened of the Lord, that we should
not be condemned with the world.


Section 1


II Kings 23:21-24

    21 #And the king commanded all the
people, saying, Keep the passover unto
the Lord your God, as it is written
in the book of this covenant.

    22 Surely there was not holden such
a passover from the days of the
judges that judged Israel, nor in all
the days of the kings of Israel, nor
of the kings of Judah;

    23 But in the eighteenth year of
king Josiah, wherein this passover
was holden to the Lord in Jerusalem.

    24 #Moreover the workers with
familiar spirits, and the wizards,
and the images, and the idols, and
all the abominations that were spied
in the land of Judah and in
Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that
he might perform the words of the law
which were written in the book that
Hilkiah the priest found in the house
of the Lord.

***
John 2:13-16

    13 #And the Jews' passover was at
hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,


    14 And found in the temple those
that sold oxen and sheep and doves,
and the changers of money sitting:

    15 And when he had made a scourge
of small cords, he drove them all out
of the temple, and the sheep, and the
oxen; and poured out the changers'
money, and overthrew the tables;

    16 And said unto them that sold
doves, Take these things hence; make
not my Father's house an house of
merchandise.

***
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.

597:3-4 Chapter 17: Glossary
(VEIL)

    The Judaic religion consisted mostly of rites and ceremonies.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 135:26


    (The unity of Science and Christianity)
    Christianity as Jesus taught it was not a creed, nor a system of ceremonies, nor a special gift from a ritualistic Jehovah; but it was the demonstration of divine Love casting out error and healing the sick, not merely in the name of Christ, or Truth, but in demonstration of Truth, as must be the case in the cycles of divine light.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:28-12


    (Jesus' sad repast)
    The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.
    (Heavenly supplies)
    His followers, sorrowful and silent, anticipating the hour of their Master's betrayal, partook of the heavenly manna, which of old had fed in the wilderness the persecuted followers of Truth. Their bread indeed came down from heaven. It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error. 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:18


    (Temple cleansed)
    As in Jesus' time, so to-day, tyranny and pride need to be whipped out of the temple, and humility and divine Science to be welcomed in. The strong cords of scientific demonstration, as twisted and wielded by Jesus, are still needed to purge the temples of their vain traffic in worldly worship and to make them meet dwelling-places for the Most High.


Section 2


Psalm 141:1,2

    1 Lord, I cry unto thee: make
haste unto me; give ear unto my
voice, when I cry unto thee.

    2 Let my prayer be set forth before
thee as incense; and the lifting up
of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

***
Mark 14:32,35-38

    32 And they came to a place which
was named Gethsemane: and he saith to
his disciples, Sit ye here, while I
shall pray.

    35 And he went forward a little,
and fell on the ground, and prayed
that, if it were possible, the hour
might pass from him.

    36 And he said, Abba, Father, all
things are possible unto thee; take
away this cup from me: nevertheless
not what I will, but what thou wilt.

    37 And he cometh, and findeth them
sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon,
sleepest thou? couldest not thou
watch one hour?

    38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter
into temptation. The spirit truly is
ready, but the flesh is weak.

***
I Thessalonians 5:17,18

    17 Pray without ceasing.

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 47:31


    (The traitor's conspiracy)
    During his night of gloom and glory in the garden, Jesus realized the utter error of a belief in any possible material intelligence. The pangs of neglect and the staves of bigoted ignorance smote him sorely. His students slept. He said unto them: "Could ye not watch with me one hour?" Could they not watch with him who, waiting and struggling in voiceless agony, held uncomplaining guard over a world? There was no response to that human yearning, and so Jesus turned forever away from earth to heaven, from sense to Soul.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 10:5


    (The chalice sacrificial)
    The world must grow to the spiritual understanding of prayer. If good enough to profit by Jesus' cup of earthly sorrows, God will sustain us under these sorrows. Until we are thus divinely qualified and are willing to drink his cup, millions of vain repetitions will never pour into prayer the unction of Spirit in demonstration of power and "with signs following." Christian Science reveals a necessity for overcoming the world, the flesh, and evil, and thus destroying all error.

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.


Section 3


Joshua 24:14

    14 #Now therefore fear the Lord,
and serve him in sincerity and in
truth: and put away the gods which
your fathers served on the other side
of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve
ye the Lord.

***
I Corinthians 16:13

    13 Watch ye, stand fast in the
faith, quit you like men, be strong.

***
II Corinthians 1:12

    12 For our rejoicing is this, the
testimony of our conscience, that in
simplicity and godly sincerity, not
with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace
of God, we have had our conversation
in the world, and more abundantly to
you-ward.
II Corinthians 2:17

    17 For we are not as many, which
corrupt the word of God: but as of
sincerity, but as of God, in the
sight of God speak we in Christ.
II Corinthians 3:5

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

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 8:10-12


    (Aspiration and love)
    If a man, though apparently fervent and prayerful, is impure and therefore insincere, what must be the comment upon him?

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 3:27-30

    (Prayerful ingratitude)
    If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are insincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pronounces on hypocrites.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:30


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 238:12-19

    (Unimproved opportunities)
    To fall away from Truth in times of persecution, shows that we never understood Truth. From out the bridal chamber of wisdom there will come the warning, "I know you not." Unimproved opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an experience we have not made our own, try to reap the harvest we have not sown, and wish to enter unlawfully into the labors of others.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 462:9


    (Divided loyalty)
    If the student goes away to practise Truth's teachings only in part, dividing his interests between God and mammon and substituting his own views for Truth, he will inevitably reap the error he sows. Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.


Section 4


Psalm 119:33,37

    33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy
statutes; and I shall keep it unto
the end.

    37 Turn away mine eyes from
beholding vanity; and quicken thou me
in thy way.

***
II Timothy 2:1,4,15,16,19

    1 Thou therefore, my son, be
strong in the grace that is in Christ
Jesus.

    4 No man that warreth entangleth
himself with the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who hath
chosen him to be a soldier.

    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.

    19 Nevertheless the foundation of
God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth the
name of Christ depart from iniquity.
II Timothy 3:14,17

    14 But continue thou in the things
which thou hast learned and hast been
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast
learned them;

    17 That the man of God may be
perfect, throughly furnished unto all
good works.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:31-32


    (Spiritual translation)
    Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:31


    (Reluctant guests)
    The sinner sees, in the system taught in this book, that the demands of God must be met. The petty intellect is alarmed by constant appeals to Mind. The licentious disposition is discouraged over its slight spiritual prospects. When all men are bidden to the feast, the excuses come. One has a farm, another has merchandise, and therefore they cannot accept.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:2


    (False claims annihilated) Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.

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


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


Section 5


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.

***
I Peter 5:6

    6 Humble yourselves therefore under
the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time:

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 8:14-18


    (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."

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 448:2-5


    (Wicked evasions)
    Blindness and self-righteousness cling fast to iniquity. When the Publican's wail went out to the great heart of Love, it won his humble desire.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 326:23


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 228:27


    (Priestly pride humbled)
    The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless. It should have humbled the pride of the priests, when they saw the demonstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 48:10


    (Gethsemane glorified)
    Remembering the sweat of agony which fell in holy benediction on the grass of Gethsemane, shall the humblest or mightiest disciple murmur when he drinks from the same cup, and think, or even wish, to escape the exalting ordeal of sin's revenge on its destroyer? Truth and Love bestow few palms until the consummation of a life-work.


Section 6


Isaiah 6:6,7

    6 Then flew one of the seraphims
unto me, having a live coal in his
hand, which he had taken with the
tongs from off the altar:

    7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and
said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips;
and thine iniquity is taken away, and
thy sin purged.

***
Mark 14:22,23

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

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

***
I Corinthians 10:16,31

    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?

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 32:6


    (Sacred sacrament)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:10,29-32

    (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.
    (The last breakfast)
    What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea!

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:10-29

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

Subheadings in this lesson

02 1 - The unity of Science and Christianity
02 1 - Jesus' sad repast
02 1 - Heavenly supplies
02 1 - Temple cleansed
02 2 - The traitor's conspiracy
02 2 - The chalice sacrificial
02 2 - Trustworthy beneficence
02 3 - Aspiration and love
02 3 - Prayerful ingratitude
02 3 - Divided vestments
02 3 - Unimproved opportunities
02 3 - Divided loyalty
02 4 - Spiritual translation
02 4 - Reluctant guests
02 4 - False claims annihilated
02 4 - Moral victory
02 5 - Aspiration and love
02 5 - Wicked evasions
02 5 - Conversion of Saul
02 5 - Priestly pride humbled
02 5 - Gethsemane glorified
02 6 - Sacred sacrament
02 6 - Millennial glory
02 6 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist


January 17,1909

Subject: 03

LIFE.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Colossians 3:3

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



Responsive Reading


I John 3:14-24

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

    15 Whosoever hateth his brother is
a murderer: and ye know that no
murderer hath eternal life abiding in
him.

    16 Hereby perceive we the love of
God, because he laid down his life
for us: and we ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren.

    17 But whoso hath this world's
good, and seeth his brother have
need, and shutteth up his bowels of
compassion from him, how dwelleth the
love of God in him?

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

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

    20 For if our heart condemn us, God
is greater than our heart, and
knoweth all things.

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

    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.

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



Section 1


Psalm 36:7,9

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

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

***
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.
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 8:6

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


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:32


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


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:20-23


    (Stages of existence)
    If Life has any starting-point whatsoever, then the great I AM is a myth. If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:30-4


    (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.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 471:29

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


    (The test of experience)
    Since then her highest creed has been divine Science, which, reduced to human apprehension, she has named Christian Science. This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out suppositional error and heals the sick.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:13-24


    (Source of all life and action)
    But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-called. They speak of both Truth and error as mind, and of good and evil as spirit. They claim that to be life which is but the objective state of material sense, - such as the structural life of the tree and of material man, - and deem this the manifestation of the one Life, God.
    (Spiritual structure)
    This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God's character and nature, that the true sense of His power is lost to all who cling to this falsity.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:1

    (The Christ-element)
    Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.



Section 2


Ecclesiastes 2:3,10,11,17

    3 I sought in mine heart to give
myself unto wine, yet acquainting
mine heart with wisdom; and to lay
hold on folly, till I might see what
was that good for the sons of men,
which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.

    10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired
I kept not from them, I withheld not
my heart from any joy; for my heart
rejoiced in all my labour: and this
was my portion of all my labour.

    11 Then I looked on all the works
that my hands had wrought, and on the
labour that I had laboured to do:
and, behold, all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no
profit under the sun.

    17 Therefore I hated life; because
the work that is wrought under the sun
is grievous unto me: for all is
vanity and vexation of spirit.

***
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?

***
Proverbs 15:24

    24 The way of life is above to the
wise, that he may depart from hell
beneath.

***
Luke 12:15

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


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:1,5-7


    (Sickness as discord)
    The delusion that there is life in matter has no kinship with the Life supernal.
    (Unscientific introspection)
    To calculate one's life-prospects from a material basis, would infringe upon spiritual law and misguide human hope.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:9-13


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


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:24


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


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:1

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


    (Eternity of Life)
    Life is neither in nor of matter. What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human concept. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited. Death and finiteness are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 239:29


    (Antagonistic sources)
    The perfect Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imperfect mortal mind sends forth its own resemblances, of which the wise man said, "All is vanity."


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:10


    (Deep-reaching interrogations)
    Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness? The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.



Section 3


Job 33:14,27,28

    14 For God speaketh once, yea
twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

    27 He looketh upon men, and if any
say, I have sinned, and perverted that
which was right, and it profited me
not;

    28 He will deliver his soul from
going into the pit, and his life
shall see the light.

***
Isaiah 50:10,11

    10 #Who is among you that feareth
the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of
his servant, that walketh in
darkness, and hath no light? let him
trust in the name of the Lord, and
stay upon his God.

    11 Behold, all ye that kindle a
fire, that compass yourselves about
with sparks: walk in the light of
your fire, and in the sparks that ye
have kindled. This shall ye have of
mine hand; ye shall lie down in
sorrow.

***
John 3:19,21

    19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.


    21 But he that doeth truth cometh
to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought
in God.
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.
John 12:35,36

    35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a
little while is the light with you.
Walk while ye have the light, lest
darkness come upon you: for he that
walketh in darkness knoweth not
whither he goeth.

    36 While ye have light, believe in
the light, that ye may be the children
of light. These things spake Jesus,
and departed, and did hide himself
from them.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:9-13


    (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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:11-21


    (Real being never lost)
    Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric altitudes. 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.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:9


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

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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.



Section 4


Psalm 30:4,5

    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.

***
Proverbs 6:23

    23 For the commandment is a lamp;
and the law is light; and reproofs of
instruction are the way of life:

***
Romans 8:3,4

    3 For what the law could not do, in
that it was weak through the flesh,
God sending his own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh, and for
sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    4 That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who walk
not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit.

***
Galatians 2:18-20

    18 For if I build again the things
which I destroyed, I make myself a
transgressor.

    19 For I through the law am dead to
the law, that I might live unto God.

    20 I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live
by the faith of the Son of God, who
loved me, and gave himself for me.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:15


    (No laws of matter)
    God is the lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes. In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:25


    (Right endeavor possible)
    Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:26


    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, - the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:7


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


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.


o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:6


    (Health from reliance on spirituality) We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it. Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, - our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.



Section 5


Psalm 118:17,18

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

    18 The Lord hath chastened me sore:
but he hath not given me over unto
death.

***
I Corinthians 15:19,20

    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.

***
I Peter 4:6

    6 For for this cause was the gospel
preached also to them that are dead,
that they might be judged according
to men in the flesh, but live
according to God in the spirit.

***
John 5:26

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;
John 12:25

    25 He that loveth his life shall
lose it; and he that hateth his life
in this world shall keep it unto life
eternal.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 436:12


    (Counsel for defence)
    Laying down his life for a good deed, Mortal Man should find it again. Such acts bear their own justification, and are under the protection of the Most High.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 254:16


    (Patience and final perfection)
    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.


1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 77:9-21


    (Second death) Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."
    (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.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31-3


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 430:9

    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?


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:14


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



Section 6


John 5:26

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;
John 6:57

    57 As the living Father hath sent
me, and I live by the Father: so he
that eateth me, even he shall live by
me.

***
I John 5:11,12

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

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

***
John 5:26

    26 For as the Father hath life in
himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself;
John 6:40

    40 And this is the will of him that
sent me, that every one which seeth
the Son, and believeth on him, may
have everlasting life: and I will
raise him up at the last day.


oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 410:4-9


    (Life eternal and present)
    "This is life eternal," says Jesus, - is, not shall be; and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his Father and of himself, - the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent."


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 51:12


    (Life-power indestructible)
    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 (PLATFORM) - 337:16

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sin)


    (-26- Purity the path to perfection)
    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.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:27-29

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


    (Eternity of Life) Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:32


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

Subheadings in this lesson

03 1 - Spiritual offspring
03 1 - Stages of existence
03 1 - Careful guidance
03 1 - The test of experience
03 1 - Source of all life and action
03 1 - Spiritual structure
03 1 - The Christ-element
03 2 - Sickness as discord
03 2 - Unscientific introspection
03 2 - A mortal not man
03 2 - Error unveiled
03 2 - Eternity of Life
03 2 - Antagonistic sources
03 2 - Deep-reaching interrogations
03 3 - The clouds dissolving
03 3 - Real being never lost
03 3 - Light and darkness
03 3 - Rise of thought
03 3 - The immortal birth
03 3 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
03 4 - No laws of matter
03 4 - Right endeavor possible
03 4 - Belief and understanding
03 4 - Deformity and perfection
03 4 - Soul impeccable
03 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
03 5 - Counsel for defence
03 5 - Patience and final perfection
03 5 - Second death
03 5 - A dream vanishing
03 5 - Life all-inclusive
03 5 - Pardon and amendment
03 6 - Life eternal and present
03 6 - Life-power indestructible
03 6 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
03 6 - Eternity of Life
03 6 - Abiding in Life


January 24,1909

Subject: 04

TRUTH.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 3:21

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh
to the light, that his deeds may be
made manifest, that they are wrought
in God.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 119:49-52,54-60,65-67,72

    49 Remember the word unto thy
servant, upon which thou hast caused
me to hope.

    50 This is my comfort in my
affliction: for thy word hath
quickened me.

    51 The proud have had me greatly in
derision: yet have I not declined
from thy law.

    52 I remembered thy judgments of
old, O Lord; and have comforted
myself.

    54 Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

    55 I have remembered thy name, O
Lord, in the night, and have kept thy
law.

    56 This I had, because I kept thy
precepts.

    57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I
have said that I would keep thy
words.

    58 I intreated thy favour with my
whole heart: be merciful unto me
according to thy word.

    59 I thought on my ways, and turned
my feet unto thy testimonies.

    60 I made haste, and delayed not to
keep thy commandments.

    65 Thou hast dealt well with thy
servant, O Lord, according unto thy
word.

    66 Teach me good judgment and
knowledge: for I have believed thy
commandments.

    67 Before I was afflicted I went
astray: but now have I kept thy word.


    72 The law of thy mouth is better
unto me than thousands of gold and
silver.


Section 1


Isaiah 56:1

    1 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye
judgment, and do justice: for my
salvation is near to come, and my
righteousness to be revealed.
Isaiah 54:11-13

    11 #O thou afflicted, tossed with
tempest, and not comforted, behold, I
will lay thy stones with fair
colours, and lay thy foundations with
sapphires.

    12 And I will make thy windows of
agates, and thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of pleasant
stones.

    13 And all thy children shall be
taught of the Lord; and great shall
be the peace of thy children.
Isaiah 46:12,13

    12 #Hearken unto me, ye
stouthearted, that are far from
righteousness:

    13 I bring near my righteousness:
it shall not be far off, and my
salvation shall not tarry: and I will
place salvation in Zion for Israel my
glory.
Isaiah 12:5

    5 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath
done excellent things: this is known
in all the earth.

***
Colossians 2:1-3

    1 For I would that ye knew what
great conflict I have for you, and
for them at Laodicea, and for as many
as have not seen my face in the flesh;


    2 That their hearts might be
comforted, being knit together in
love, and unto all riches of the full
assurance of understanding, to the
acknowledgement of the mystery of
God, and of the Father, and of
Christ;

    3 In whom are hid all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 72:9(begin As)


    (Spirits obsolete) As light destroys darkness and in the place of darkness all is light, so (in absolute Science) Soul, or God, is the only truth-giver to man. 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.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:25


    (The genus of error) 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:23


    (No physical science)
    There is no physical science, inasmuch as all truth proceeds from the divine Mind. Therefore truth is not human, and is not a law of matter, for matter is not a lawgiver. Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, - the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 11:27-31


    (Desire for 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.


Section 2


Isaiah 53:11

    11 He shall see of the travail of
his soul, and shall be satisfied: by
his knowledge shall my righteous
servant justify many; for he shall
bear their iniquities.

***
John 5:33,34,36

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

    34 But I receive not testimony from
man: but these things I say, that ye
might be saved.

    36 #But I have greater witness than
that of John: for the works which the
Father hath given me to finish, the
same works that I do, bear witness of
me, that the Father hath sent me.
John 7:18

    18 He that speaketh of himself
seeketh his own glory: but he that
seeketh his glory that sent him, the
same is true, and no unrighteousness
is in him.
John 17:11,13,17,19

    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.

    13 And now come I to thee; and
these things I speak in the world,
that they might have my joy fulfilled
in themselves.

    17 Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth.

    19 And for their sakes I sanctify
myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.
John 18:37

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:29


    (The Christ-element) The Christ-element in the Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.

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


    (Human reconciliation)
    The Master forbore not to speak the whole truth, declaring precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death, although his teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.

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

    (Immortal achieval)
    The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:15-28


    (The miracles of Jesus)
    Our Master taught spirituality by similitudes and parables. As a divine student he unfolded God to man, illustrating and demonstrating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over the sick and sinning. Human theories are inadequate to interpret the divine Principle involved in the miracles (marvels) wrought by Jesus and especially in his mighty, crowning, unparalleled, and triumphant exit from the flesh.
    (Opacity of the senses)
    Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relates solely to human reason; and because of opacity to the true light, human reason dimly reflects and feebly transmits Jesus' works and words. Truth is a revelation.

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.


Section 3


II Thessalonians 2:13,14

    13 But we are bound to give thanks
alway to God for you, brethren beloved
of the Lord, because God hath from
the beginning chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the Spirit
and belief of the truth:

    14 Whereunto he called you by our
gospel, to the obtaining of the glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

***
John 14:25,26,28,29

    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.

    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.

***
II Corinthians 3:7-9

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

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

    9 For if the ministration of
condemnation be glory, much more doth
the ministration of righteousness
exceed in glory.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 271:20-22,26-30


    (New Testament basis)
    Our Master said, "But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things." When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth.
    (Modern evangel)
    Those, who are willing to leave their nets or to cast them on the right side for Truth, have the opportunity now, as aforetime, to learn and to practise Christian healing. The Scriptures contain it. The spiritual import of the Word imparts this power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:1


    (Scriptural perception) . . . and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:32


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:25-31


    (Annihilation of error)
    Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.
    (Deformity and perfection)
    Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life. They are inharmonies which Truth destroys.

vii:27 Chapter PREFACE

    Since the author's discovery of the might of Truth in the treatment of disease as well as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting; but to reach the heights of Christian Science, man must live in obedience to its divine Principle. To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.


Section 4


James 3:2,13

    2 For in many things we offend all.
If any man offend not in word, the
same is a perfect man, and able also
to bridle the whole body.

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

***
II Timothy 2:23-25

    23 But foolish and unlearned
questions avoid, knowing that they do
gender strifes.

    24 And the servant of the Lord must
not strive; but be gentle unto all
men, apt to teach, patient,

    25 In meekness instructing those
that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them
repentance to the acknowledging of
the truth;

***
Isaiah 32:8,17

    8 But the liberal deviseth liberal
things; and by liberal things shall he
stand.

    17 And the work of righteousness
shall be peace; and the effect of
righteousness quietness and assurance
for ever.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:4-5,27


    (No physical affinity)
    We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the true.
    (The one real power)
    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 344:11


    (Efficacy may be attested)
    Were it more fully understood that Truth heals and that error causes disease, the opponents of a demonstrable Science would perhaps mercifully withhold their misrepresentations, which harm the sick; and until the enemies of Christian Science test its efficacy according to the rules which disclose its merits or demerits, it would be just to observe the Scriptural precept, "Judge not."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 145:16-17


    (Mystery of godliness)
    Scientific healing has this advantage over other methods, - that in it Truth controls error.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:22


    (Halfway success)
    It is not wise to take a halting and half-way position or to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is but one way - namely, God and His idea - which leads to spiritual being. The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. On this fundamental point, timid conservatism is absolutely inadmissible. Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.


Section 5


Isaiah 50:7-9

    7 #For the Lord God will help me;
therefore shall I not be confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a
flint, and I know that I shall not be
ashamed.

    8 He is near that justifieth me;
who will contend with me? let us
stand together: who is mine
adversary? let him come near to me.

    9 Behold, the Lord God will help
me; who is he that shall condemn me?
lo, they all shall wax old as a
garment; the moth shall eat them up.

***
I Peter 2:15,16

    15 For so is the will of God, that
with well doing ye may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men:

    16 As free, and not using your
liberty for a cloak of maliciousness,
but as the servants of God.

***
Titus 3:8

    8 This is a faithful saying, and
these things I will that thou affirm
constantly, that they which have
believed in God might be careful to
maintain good works. These things are
good and profitable unto men.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 323:13-16


    (Need and supply)
    In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 495:2-13

(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.
    (Destruction of all evil)
    If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.

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 - 142:31


    (Question of precedence)
    Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue. Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:27

    (Conservative antagonism) When the Science of being is universally understood, every man will be his own physician, and Truth will be the universal panacea.


Section 6


Isaiah 35:1,2

    1 The wilderness and the solitary
place shall be glad for them; and the
desert shall rejoice, and blossom as
the rose.

    2 It shall blossom abundantly, and
rejoice even with joy and singing: the
glory of Lebanon shall be given unto
it, the excellency of Carmel and
Sharon, they shall see the glory of
the Lord, and the excellency of our
God.

***
Colossians 1:3-5

    3 We give thanks to God and the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you,

    4 Since we heard of your faith in
Christ Jesus, and of the love which
ye have to all the saints,

    5 For the hope which is laid up for
you in heaven, whereof ye heard
before in the word of the truth of
the gospel;

***
I Thessalonians 2:11-13

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

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

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 361:25-28


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:30-4


    (Sensationless body)
    The only excuse for entertaining human opinions and rejecting the Science of being is our mortal ignorance of Spirit, - ignorance which yields only to the understanding of divine Science, the understanding by which we enter into the kingdom of Truth on earth and learn that Spirit is infinite and supreme.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:23


    (Evenings and mornings)
    The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 267:19-25


    (Waymarks to eternal Truth)
    When examined in the light of divine Science, mortals present more than is detected upon the surface, since inverted thoughts and erroneous beliefs must be counterfeits of Truth. Thought is borrowed from a higher source than matter, and by reversal, errors serve as waymarks to the one Mind, in which all error disappears in celestial Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 292:1


    (Day of judgment)
    When the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and mortality; "but of that day and hour, knoweth no man." Here prophecy pauses. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:31-1

    (The Christ-element)
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light.

Subheadings in this lesson

04 1 - Spirits obsolete
04 1 - The genus of error
04 1 - No physical science
04 1 - Desire for holiness
04 2 - The Christ-element
04 2 - Human reconciliation
04 2 - Immortal achieval
04 2 - The miracles of Jesus
04 2 - Opacity of the senses
04 2 - Rise of thought
04 3 - New Testament basis
04 3 - Modern evangel
04 3 - Scriptural perception
04 3 - Error unveiled
04 3 - Annihilation of error
04 3 - Deformity and perfection
04 4 - No physical affinity
04 4 - The one real power
04 4 - Efficacy may be attested
04 4 - Mystery of godliness
04 4 - Halfway success
04 5 - Need and supply
04 5 - Followers of Jesus
04 5 - Destruction of all evil
04 5 - Sickness erroneous
04 5 - Question of precedence
04 5 - Conservative antagonism
04 6 - Choose ye today
04 6 - Sensationless body
04 6 - Evenings and mornings
04 6 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
04 6 - Day of judgment
04 6 - The Christ-element


January 31,1909

Subject: 05

LOVE.

ooo1



-- Golden Text --

II John 1:3,6

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

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


Responsive Reading


Mark 7:1,2,5-7,24-30

    1 Then came together unto him the
Pharisees, and certain of the
scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

    2 And when they saw some of his
disciples eat bread with defiled,
that is to say, with unwashen, hands,
they found fault.

    5 Then the Pharisees and scribes
asked him, Why walk not thy disciples
according to the tradition of the
elders, but eat bread with unwashen
hands?

    6 He answered and said unto them,
Well hath Esaias prophesied of you
hypocrites, as it is written, This
people honoureth me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me.

    7 Howbeit in vain do they worship
me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.

    24 #And from thence he arose, and
went into the borders of Tyre and
Sidon, and entered into an house, and
would have no man know it: but he
could not be hid.

    25 For a certain woman, whose young
daughter had an unclean spirit, heard
of him, and came and fell at his
feet:

    26 The woman was a Greek, a
Syrophenician by nation; and she
besought him that he would cast forth
the devil out of her daughter.

    27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the
children first be filled: for it is
not meet to take the children's
bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

    28 And she answered and said unto
him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under
the table eat of the children's
crumbs.

    29 And he said unto her, For this
saying go thy way; the devil is gone
out of thy daughter.

    30 And when she was come to her
house, she found the devil gone out,
and her daughter laid upon the bed.


Section 1


Psalm 103:2-4

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

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

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

***
Jeremiah 31:3

    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.

***
Romans 15:30

    30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for
the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for
the love of the Spirit, that ye
strive together with me in your
prayers to God for me;

***
I John 4:8,12,16

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

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:6-17


    (Spirit the starting-point)
    The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.
    (Divine synonyms)
    To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, - and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love.

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:7-8,13


    (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?


Section 2


Psalm 145:8,9,14,16

    8 The Lord is gracious, and full of
compassion; slow to anger, and of
great mercy.

    9 The Lord is good to all: and his
tender mercies are over all his works.


    14 The Lord upholdeth all that
fall, and raiseth up all those that
be bowed down.

    16 Thou openest thine hand, and
satisfiest the desire of every living
thing.
Psalm 146:8

    8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the
blind: the Lord raiseth them that are
bowed down: the Lord loveth the
righteous:
Psalm 147:3

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

***
Romans 10:12,13

    12 For there is no difference
between the Jew and the Greek: for
the same Lord over all is rich unto
all that call upon him.

    13 For whosoever shall call upon
the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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."

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:9-18

    (Bodily presence)
    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.
    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, - neither in nor of matter, - and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:23


    (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.

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 3


Isaiah 64:1

    1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the
heavens, that thou wouldest come
down, that the mountains might flow
down at thy presence,
Isaiah 65:1,2

    1 I am sought of them that asked
not for me; I am found of them that
sought me not: I said, Behold me,
behold me, unto a nation that was not
called by my name.

    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;

***
John 7:28,29

    28 Then cried Jesus in the temple
as he taught, saying, Ye both know
me, and ye know whence I am: and I am
not come of myself, but he that sent
me is true, whom ye know not.

    29 But I know him: for I am from
him, and he hath sent me.
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.

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 2:8,23

    (Deity unchangeable)
    God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love. We can do more for ourselves by humble fervent petitions, but the All-loving does not grant them simply on the ground of lip-service, for He already knows all.
    (God's standard)
    God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? God is intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of anything He does not already comprehend? Do we expect to change perfection? Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept? The unspoken desire does bring us nearer the source of all existence and blessedness.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:2(begin A mere)

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


Section 4


Luke 7:11-16,21

    11 #And it came to pass the day
after, that he went into a city
called Nain; and many of his
disciples went with him, and much
people.

    12 Now when he came nigh to the
gate of the city, behold, there was a
dead man carried out, the only son of
his mother, and she was a widow: and
much people of the city was with her.


    13 And when the Lord saw her, he
had compassion on her, and said unto
her, Weep not.

    14 And he came and touched the
bier: and they that bare him stood
still. And he said, Young man, I say
unto thee, Arise.

    15 And he that was dead sat up, and
began to speak. And he delivered him
to his mother.

    16 And there came a fear on all:
and they glorified God, saying, That
a great prophet is risen up among us;
and, That God hath visited his
people.

    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.

***
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.

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


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 30:14-21

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 31:12-17

    (Healing primary)
    First in the list of Christian duties, he taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love. He attached no importance to dead ceremonies. It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus "the resurrection and the life" to all who follow him in deed.

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 54:8-17

    (Inspiration of sacrifice)
    Who is ready to follow his teaching and example? All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God. That he might liberally pour his dear-bought treasures into empty or sin-filled human storehouses, was the inspiration of Jesus' intense human sacrifice. In witness of his divine commission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sick and the sinning, and triumph over death through Mind, not matter. This was the highest proof he could have offered of divine Love.


Section 5


Matthew 5:43-45

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

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

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

***
I John 2:10

    10 He that loveth his brother
abideth in the light, and there is
none occasion of stumbling in him.
I John 3:14,18

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:12-19


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 418:22

    (Truthful arguments)
    By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 419:1

    (Morality required)
    A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors of all sorts tend in this direction. Your true course is to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone are real and harmonious.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:5,18-23


    (Impotence of hate)
    The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, - the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens." Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned. 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.
    (Love the incentive)
    Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept.

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


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


Section 6


Isaiah 4:2,5

    2 In that day shall the branch of
the Lord be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the earth shall be
excellent and comely for them that
are escaped of Israel.

    5 And the Lord will create upon
every dwelling place of mount Zion,
and upon her assemblies, a cloud and
smoke by day, and the shining of a
flaming fire by night: for upon all
the glory shall be a defence.

***
John 15:1,8,9

    1 I am the true vine, and my
Father is the husbandman.

    8 Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye
be my disciples.

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

***
Romans 6:22

    22 But now being made free from
sin, and become servants to God, ye
have your fruit unto holiness, and
the end everlasting life.

***
Galatians 5:22

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

***
James 3:18

    18 And the fruit of righteousness
is sown in peace of them that make
peace.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:19(after .)-25


    (Spiritual Eucharist) 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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 9:5


    (Summit of aspiration)
    The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of this asking? Do we pursue the old selfishness, satisfied with having prayed for something better, though we give no evidence of the sincerity of our requests by living consistently with our prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness, we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition of our hope and faith.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 496:9(begin Ask)

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


    (Condition of progress) Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter "unto the perfect day." Your fruits will prove what the understanding of God brings to man. Hold perpetually this thought, - that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.

Subheadings in this lesson

05 1 - Spirit the starting-point
05 1 - Divine synonyms
05 1 - Corporeal ignorance
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - No divine corporeality
05 2 - Love impartial and universal
05 2 - Bodily presence
05 2 - Spiritualized consciousness
05 2 - Salvation is through reform
05 2 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 3 - The spiritual mathematics
05 3 - Deity unchangeable
05 3 - God's standard
05 3 - Prayer for the sick
05 4 - Spiritual conception
05 4 - Jesus the way-shower
05 4 - Rebukes helpful
05 4 - Healing primary
05 4 - The holy struggle
05 4 - Inspiration of sacrifice
05 5 - The true physician
05 5 - Truthful arguments
05 5 - Morality required
05 5 - Impotence of hate
05 5 - Love the incentive
05 5 - The robe of Science
05 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
05 6 - Summit of aspiration
05 6 - Condition of progress


February 7,1909

Subject: 06

SPIRIT.

oo1o



-- Golden Text --

Nehemiah 9:20

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 139:1-12,17,18,23,24

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

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

    3 Thou compassest my path and my
lying down, and art acquainted with
all my ways.

    4 For there is not a word in my
tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest
it altogether.

    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.

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

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

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

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


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

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

    17 How precious also are thy
thoughts unto me, O God! how great is
the sum of them!

    18 If I should count them, they are
more in number than the sand: when I
awake, I am still with thee.

    23 Search me, O God, and know my
heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

    24 And see if there be any wicked
way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting.


Section 1


I Chronicles 29:11,12

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

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

***
Acts 17:24,25,29,30

    24 God that made the world and all
things therein, seeing that he is Lord
of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in
temples made with hands;

    25 Neither is worshipped with men's
hands, as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and
breath, and all things;

    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:

***
John 4:23,24

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:11-14,22

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:3

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


    (Truth destroys falsity) To infinite Spirit there is no matter, - all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 250:7-11


    (Spirit the one Ego)
    Spirit is the Ego which never dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies.

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 - 510:28

    (Spiritual subdivision)
    Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony. This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, "whose seed is in itself." Thus God's ideas "multiply and replenish the earth." The divine Mind supports the sublimity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation.


Section 2


Psalm 19:7-11

    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.

    10 More to be desired are they than
gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the
honeycomb.

    11 Moreover by them is thy servant
warned: and in keeping of them there
is great reward.

***
Luke 16:17

    17 And it is easier for heaven and
earth to pass, than one tittle of the
law to fail.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 183:19-32


    (Laws of nature spiritual) Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of Spirit. 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.
    (Belief and understanding)
    Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, - the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to honor.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 328:20-24


    (Promise perpetual)
    Understanding spiritual law and knowing that there is no material law, Jesus said: "These signs shall follow them that believe, . . . they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:23-29


    (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.
    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:32-4


    (No material law)
    The law of Christ, or Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker.


Section 3


Galatians 5:16,17,19-25

    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.

    19 Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness,

    20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,
variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies,

    21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the
which I tell you before, as I have
also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.

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

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

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

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

***
John 3:6

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 319:13


    (Unscientific introspection)
    Throughout the infinite cycles of eternal existence, Spirit and matter neither concur in man nor in the universe.

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 - 284:15-20

    (Material recognition impossible)
    Can Deity be known through the material senses? Can the material senses, which receive no direct evidence of Spirit, give correct testimony as to spiritual life, truth, and love?
    The answer to all these questions must forever be in the negative.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 543:8


    (Dwelling in dreamland)
    In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dream-land, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination. The great verities of existence are never excluded by falsity.


Section 4


I Samuel 3:1-5,8-10

    1 And the child Samuel ministered
unto the Lord before Eli. And the
word of the Lord was precious in
those days; there was no open vision.


    2 And it came to pass at that time,
when Eli was laid down in his place,
and his eyes began to wax dim, that
he could not see;

    3 And ere the lamp of God went out
in the temple of the Lord, where the
ark of God was, and Samuel was laid
down to sleep;

    4 That the Lord called Samuel: and
he answered, Here am I.

    5 And he ran unto Eli, and said,
Here am I; for thou calledst me. And
he said, I called not; lie down
again. And he went and lay down.

    8 And the Lord called Samuel again
the third time. And he arose and went
to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou
didst call me. And Eli perceived that
the Lord had called the child.

    9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel,
Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he
call thee, that thou shalt say,
Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.
So Samuel went and lay down in his
place.

    10 And the Lord came, and stood,
and called as at other times, Samuel,
Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak;
for thy servant heareth.

***
Habakkuk 2:20(begin the)

***
he Lord is in his holy temple: let
all the earth keep silence before
him.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:20-21


    (Scientific improvisation)
    Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:4


    (Spiritual ideas apprehended)
    To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 14:1-9,31-13


    (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. We cannot "serve two masters." To be "present with the Lord" is to have, not mere emotional ecstasy or faith, but the actual demonstration and understanding of Life as revealed in Christian Science.
    (Spiritualized consciousness)
    "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."
    (Spiritual sanctuary)
    So spake Jesus. The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love. Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa. The Father in secret is unseen to the physical senses, but He knows all things and rewards according to motives, not according to speech. To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.


Section 5


Daniel 4:34

    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:
Daniel 7:13,14

    13 I saw in the night visions, and,
behold, one like the Son of man came
with the clouds of heaven, and came
to the Ancient of days, and they
brought him near before him.

    14 And there was given him
dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,
that all people, nations, and
languages, should serve him: his
dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away, and his
kingdom that which shall not be
destroyed.

***
Mark 1:30-32,34

    30 But Simon's wife's mother lay
sick of a fever, and anon they tell
him of her.

    31 And he came and took her by the
hand, and lifted her up; and
immediately the fever left her, and
she ministered unto them.

    32 And at even, when the sun did
set, they brought unto him all that
were diseased, and them that were
possessed with devils.

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 79:19-20


    (Fallacious hypotheses) Jesus did his own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 473:26-31

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


    (Jesus not understood)
    Jesus established what he said by demonstration, thus making his acts of higher importance than his words. He proved what he taught. This is the Science of Christianity. Jesus proved the Principle, which heals the sick and casts out error, to be divine.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 494:15(begin Jesus)

(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) Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 141:13


    (No ecclesiastical monopoly)
    In healing the sick and sinning, Jesus elaborated the fact that the healing effect followed the understanding of the divine Principle and of the Christ-spirit which governed the corporeal Jesus. For this Principle there is no dynasty, no ecclesiastical monopoly. Its only crowned head is immortal sovereignty. Its only priest is the spiritualized man. The Bible declares that all believers are made "kings and priests unto God." The outsiders did not then, and do not now, understand this ruling of the Christ; therefore they cannot demonstrate God's healing power. Neither can this manifestation of Christ be comprehended, until its divine Principle is scientifically understood.


Section 6


Daniel 7:27

    27 And the kingdom and dominion,
and the greatness of the kingdom
under the whole heaven, shall be
given to the people of the saints of
the most High, whose kingdom is an
everlasting kingdom, and all
dominions shall serve and obey him.

***
Isaiah 49:22,23

    22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold,
I will lift up mine hand to the
Gentiles, and set up my standard to
the people: and they shall bring thy
sons in their arms, and thy daughters
shall be carried upon their
shoulders.

    23 And kings shall be thy nursing
fathers, and their queens thy nursing
mothers: they shall bow down to thee
with their face toward the earth, and
lick up the dust of thy feet; and
thou shalt know that I am the Lord:
for they shall not be ashamed that
wait for me.

***
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.

Luke 10:17-19

    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 317:16-20


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:28-32

    (Sickness as discord)
    The governor is not subjected to the governed. In Science man is governed by God, divine Principle, as numbers are controlled and proved by His laws. Intelligence does not originate in numbers, but is manifested through them.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 168:15


    (The divine authority)
    Because man-made systems insist that man becomes sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God's spiritual command relating to perfection, - an authority which Jesus proved to be false? He did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called material law, but in accordance with God's law, the law of Mind.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:2


    (The age's privilege)
    Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," and who also said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth." "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation," said Paul.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 505:16-17,22


    (Understanding imparted)
    Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.
    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 - -5- Allness of Spirit
06 1 - -6- The universal cause
06 1 - Truth destroys falsity
06 1 - Continuity of thoughts
06 1 - Spirit the one Ego
06 1 - Spirit names and blesses
06 1 - Spiritual subdivision
06 2 - Laws of nature spiritual
06 2 - Belief and understanding
06 2 - Promise perpetual
06 2 - One primal cause
06 2 - No material law
06 3 - Unscientific introspection
06 3 - Material skepticism
06 3 - Material recognition impossible
06 3 - Dwelling in dreamland
06 4 - Scientific improvisation
06 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
06 4 - Bodily presence
06 4 - Spiritualized consciousness
06 4 - Spiritual sanctuary
06 5 - Fallacious hypotheses
06 5 - Jesus not understood
06 5 - Reason and Science
06 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
06 6 - The cup of Jesus
06 6 - Sickness as discord
06 6 - The divine authority
06 6 - The age's privilege
06 6 - Understanding imparted


February 14,1909

Subject: 07

SOUL.

o1oo



-- Golden Text --

Luke 12:29,31

    29 And seek not ye what ye shall
eat, or what ye shall drink, neither
be ye of doubtful mind.

    31 #But rather seek ye the kingdom
of God; and all these things shall be
added unto you.


Responsive Reading


I Kings 17:1-4,7-16

    1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was
of the inhabitants of Gilead, said
unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel
liveth, before whom I stand, there
shall not be dew nor rain these
years, but according to my word.

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

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


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

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

    8 #And the word of the Lord came
unto him, saying,

    9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath,
which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell
there: behold, I have commanded a
widow woman there to sustain thee.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Section 1


Exodus 15:11

    11 Who is like unto thee, O Lord,
among the gods? who is like thee,
glorious in holiness, fearful in
praises, doing wonders?

***
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.

***
Psalm 113:4-5

    4 The Lord is high above all
nations, and his glory above the
heavens.

    5 Who is like unto the Lord our
God, who dwelleth on high,

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 71:7


    (Real and unreal identity)
    Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:16-20

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)


    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    XIX. Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a limited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 466:19-23

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


    (Mankind redeemed)
    The term souls or spirits is as improper as the term gods. Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. There is no finite soul nor spirit. Soul or Spirit means only one Mind, and cannot be rendered in the plural.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:6

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


    (Soul defined) The proper use of the word soul can always be gained by substituting the word God, where the deific meaning is required. In other cases, use the word sense, and you will have the scientific signification. As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with sense, with material sensation.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:1-8

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


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


Section 2


Psalm 57:11

    11 Be thou exalted, O God, above
the heavens: let thy glory be above
all the earth.
Psalm 139:8-12

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

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

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


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

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

***
Job 34:22

    22 There is no darkness, nor shadow
of death, where the workers of
iniquity may hide themselves.

***
Psalm 24:3-4

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:3-5

(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


    (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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:21-23

(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)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 309:24-26


    (Life never structural)
    The Science of being shows it to be impossible for infinite Spirit or Soul to be in a finite body or for man to have an intelligence separate from his Maker.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 62:27-1


    (Superior law of Soul)
    The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Our false views of life hide eternal harmony, and produce the ills of which we complain. Because mortals believe in material laws and reject the Science of Mind, this does not make materiality first and the superior law of Soul last.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:20


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


Section 3


Genesis 32:24-28,30

    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.

***
Psalm 23:1-3

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

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

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.
Psalm 22:23

    23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise
him; all ye the seed of Jacob,
glorify him; and fear him, all ye the
seed of Israel.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 477:6

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


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

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 308:14-6


    (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.


Section 4


Exodus 17:1-3

    1 And all the congregation of the
children of Israel journeyed from the
wilderness of Sin, after their
journeys, according to the
commandment of the Lord, and pitched
in Rephidim: and there was no water
for the people to drink.

    2 Wherefore the people did chide
with Moses, and said, Give us water
that we may drink. And Moses said
unto them, Why chide ye with me?
wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

    3 And the people thirsted there for
water; and the people murmured
against Moses, and said, Wherefore is
this that thou hast brought us up out
of Egypt, to kill us and our children
and our cattle with thirst?

***
Numbers 20:6

    6 And Moses and Aaron went from the
presence of the assembly unto the
door of the tabernacle of the
congregation, and they fell upon
their faces: and the glory of the
Lord appeared unto them.

***
Amos 8:11

    11 #Behold, the days come, saith
the Lord God, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of
bread, nor a thirst for water, but of
hearing the words of the Lord:

***
Luke 4:25-27

    25 But I tell you of a truth, many
widows were in Israel in the days of
Elias, when the heaven was shut up
three years and six months, when
great famine was throughout all the
land;

    26 But unto none of them was Elias
sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of
Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.


    27 And many lepers were in Israel
in the time of Eliseus the prophet;
and none of them was cleansed, saving
Naaman the Syrian.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 13:29


    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:3-6


    (Health from reliance on spirituality)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:3


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:28-2


    (True theory of the universe) Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
    (Scriptural perception)
    It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith. "The Spirit and the bride say, Come! . . . and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."


Section 5


Psalm 42:1,2

    1 As the hart panteth after the
water brooks, so panteth my soul
after thee, O God.

    2 My soul thirsteth for God, for
the living God: when shall I come and
appear before God?

***
Isaiah 55:2

    2 Wherefore do ye spend money for
that which is not bread? and your
labour for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me, and eat
ye that which is good, and let your
soul delight itself in fatness.

***
Jonah 2:7

    7 When my soul fainted within me I
remembered the Lord: and my prayer
came in unto thee, into thine holy
temple.

***
John 4:10,11,13,14

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

    11 The woman saith unto him, Sir,
thou hast nothing to draw with, and
the well is deep: from whence then
hast thou that living water?

    13 Jesus answered and said unto
her, Whosoever drinketh of this water
shall thirst again:

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

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:29


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

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:2-14


    (Scientific foreknowing)
    It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.
    (Value of intuition)
    Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil. 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 - 89:21

    (Scientific improvisation)
    We are all capable of more than we do. The influence or action of Soul confers a freedom, which explains the phenomena of improvisation and the fervor of untutored lips.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Material senses)


    (-19- Soul and Spirit one)
    Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.


Section 6


Jeremiah 31:10,12,25

    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.

    25 For I have satiated the weary
soul, and I have replenished every
sorrowful soul.

***
Ezekiel 36:25,28,30

    25 #Then will I sprinkle clean
water upon you, and ye shall be
clean: from all your filthiness, and
from all your idols, will I cleanse
you.

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

    30 And I will multiply the fruit of
the tree, and the increase of the
field, that ye shall receive no more
reproach of famine among the heathen.

***
Revelation 7:13-17

    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.

    15 Therefore are they before the
throne of God, and serve him day and
night in his temple: and he that
sitteth on the throne shall dwell
among them.

    16 They shall hunger no more,
neither thirst any more; neither
shall the sun light on them, nor any
heat.

    17 For the Lamb which is in the
midst of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them unto living
fountains of waters: and God shall
wipe away all tears from their eyes.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:23-18(to 2nd .)


    (Causation mental)
    Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought. In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal. Science shows that what is termed matter is but the subjective state of what is termed by the author mortal mind.
    (Philologocal inadequacy)
    Apart from the usual opposition to everything new, the one great obstacle to the reception of that spirituality, through which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of material terms for metaphysical statements, and the consequent difficulty of so expressing metaphysical ideas as to make them comprehensible to any reader, who has not personally demonstrated Christian Science as brought forth in my discovery. Job says: "The ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat." The great difficulty is to give the right impression, when translating material terms back into the original spiritual tongue.


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. - Webster.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 310:11


    (The central intelligence)
    Day may decline and shadows fall, but darkness flees when the earth has again turned upon its axis. The sun is not affected by the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin and death, - as the central Life and intelligence around which circle harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:4


    (Crumbs of comfort)
    Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love - be it song, sermon, or Science - blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 570:14-18


    (Receptive hearts)
    Millions of unprejudiced minds - simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert - are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 566:1-9

    (Spiritual guidance)
    As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, - as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, - so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God.

Subheadings in this lesson

07 1 - Real and unreal identity
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Two chief commands
07 2 - Soul defined
07 2 - Soul not confined in body
07 2 - Life never structural
07 2 - Superior law of Soul
07 2 - The chief stones in the temple
07 3 - The kingdom within
07 3 - The sun and Soul
07 3 - The great question
07 3 - Wrestling of Jacob
07 4 - Corporeal ignorance
07 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
07 4 - Moral evils to be cast out
07 4 - True theory of the universe
07 4 - Scriptural perception
07 5 - Spiritual concord
07 5 - Scientific foreknowing
07 5 - Value of intuition
07 5 - Scientific improvisation
07 5 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 6 - Causation mental
07 6 - Philologocal inadequacy
07 6 - Divine synonyms
07 6 - Divine image
07 6 - Divine reflection
07 6 - The central intelligence
07 6 - Crumbs of comfort
07 6 - Receptive hearts
07 6 - Spiritual guidance


February 21,1909

Subject: 08

MIND.

1ooo



-- Golden Text --

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.


Responsive Reading


Philipians 1:1-6,10,11,27-29

    1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants
of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in
Christ Jesus which are at Philippi,
with the bishops and deacons:

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

    3 I thank my God upon every
remembrance of you,

    4 Always in every prayer of mine
for you all making request with joy,

    5 For your fellowship in the gospel
from the first day until now;

    6 Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath begun a
good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:

    10 That ye may approve things that
are excellent; that ye may be sincere
and without offence till the day of
Christ;

    11 Being filled with the fruits of
righteousness, which are by Jesus
Christ, unto the glory and praise of
God.

    27 Only let your conversation be as
it becometh the gospel of Christ:
that whether I come and see you, or
else be absent, I may hear of your
affairs, that ye stand fast in one
spirit, with one mind striving
together for the faith of the gospel;


    28 And in nothing terrified by your
adversaries: which is to them an
evident token of perdition, but to
you of salvation, and that of God.

    29 For unto you it is given in the
behalf of Christ, not only to believe
on him, but also to suffer for his
sake;
Philipians 2:1,2

    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.


Section 1


Job 36:26

    26 Behold, God is great, and we
know him not, neither can the number
of his years be searched out.
Job 23:13

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

***
Psalm 145:10,11

    10 All thy works shall praise thee,
O Lord; and thy saints shall bless
thee.

    11 They shall speak of the glory of
thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

***
Romans 11:34-36

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

    35 Or who hath first given to him,
and it shall be recompensed unto him
again?

    36 For of him, and through him, and
to him, are all things: to whom be
glory for ever. Amen.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 256:32


    (Limitless Mind)
    Infinite Mind is the creator, and creation is the infinite image or idea emanating from this Mind. If Mind is within and without all things, then all is Mind; and this definition is scientific.

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.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:10


    (Allness of Truth)
    The world would collapse without Mind, without the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The immanent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 187:3


    (Ignorant idolatry)
    As mortals do not comprehend even mortal existence, how ignorant must they be of the all-knowing Mind and of His creations.

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


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


Section 2


Ezekiel 11:5,12

    5 And the Spirit of the Lord fell
upon me, and said unto me, Speak;
Thus saith the Lord; Thus have ye
said, O house of Israel: for I know
the things that come into your mind,
every one of them.

    12 And ye shall know that I am the
Lord: for ye have not walked in my
statutes, neither executed my
judgments, but have done after the
manners of the heathen that are round
about you.
Ezekiel 38:10-12

    10 Thus saith the Lord God; It
shall also come to pass, that at the
same time shall things come into thy
mind, and thou shalt think an evil
thought:

    11 And thou shalt say, I will go up
to the land of unwalled villages; I
will go to them that are at rest,
that dwell safely, all of them
dwelling without walls, and having
neither bars nor gates,

    12 To take a spoil, and to take a
prey; to turn thine hand upon the
desolate places that are now
inhabited, and upon the people that
are gathered out of the nations,
which have gotten cattle and goods,
that dwell in the midst of the land.
Ezekiel 22:29,30

    29 The people of the land have used
oppression, and exercised robbery,
and have vexed the poor and needy:
yea, they have oppressed the stranger
wrongfully.

    30 And I sought for a man among
them, that should make up the hedge,
and stand in the gap before me for
the land, that I should not destroy
it: but I found none.

***
Ephesians 4:17,22,23

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

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

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind;

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 280:1-3


    (The things of God are beautiful)
    In the infinitude of Mind, matter must be unknown. Symbols and elements of discord and decay are not products of the infinite, perfect, and eternal All.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:25

    (Impossible partnership)
    The conventional firm, called matter and mind, God never formed. Science and understanding, governed by the unerring and eternal Mind, destroy the imaginary copartnership, matter and mind, formed only to be destroyed in a manner and at a period as yet unknown. This suppositional partnership is already obsolete, for matter, examined in the light of divine metaphysics, disappears.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:1(begin A)

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:3

    (Confusion confounded)
    From first to last the supposed coexistence of Mind and matter and the mingling of good and evil have resulted from the philosophy of the serpent. Jesus' demonstrations sift the chaff from the wheat, and unfold the unity and the reality of good, the unreality, the nothingness, of evil.

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.


Section 3


Isaiah 26:3

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

***
I Chronicles 28:9

    9 #And thou, Solomon my son, know
thou the God of thy father, and serve
him with a perfect heart and with a
willing mind: for the Lord searcheth
all hearts, and understandeth all the
imaginations of the thoughts: if thou
seek him, he will be found of thee;
but if thou forsake him, he will cast
thee off for ever.

***
Colossians 3:12,15

    12 Put on therefore, as the elect
of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of
mind, meekness, longsuffering;

    15 And let the peace of God rule in
your hearts, to the which also ye are
called in one body; and be ye
thankful.

***
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.

***
Romans 15:5,6

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

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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 184:16-18


    (Laws of human belief)
    Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal. Whatever is governed by a false belief is discordant and mortal.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:10-12

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


    (Harmony from Spirit) Consciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, - is in God, the origin and governor of all that Science reveals.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:11-18


    (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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:1,17


    (Universal brotherhood)
    Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.
    (Perfection requisite)
    If God is admitted to be the only Mind and Life, there ceases to be any opportunity for sin and death. When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, - towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.

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 4


Psalm 101:7

    7 He that worketh deceit shall not
dwell within my house: he that telleth
lies shall not tarry in my sight.

***
Jeremiah 32:35

    35 And they built the high places
of Baal, which are in the valley of
the son of Hinnom, to cause their
sons and their daughters to pass
through the fire unto Molech; which I
commanded them not, neither came it
into my mind, that they should do
this abomination, to cause Judah to
sin.
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?

***
Ephesians 2:1-3

    1 And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins;

    2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of
disobedience:

    3 Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind;
and were by nature the children of
wrath, even as others.

***
I Corinthians 1:10

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 144:3,8


    (Impossible coalescence)
    If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind, which needs no cooperation from lower powers, even if these so-called powers are real.
    (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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 148:25-29

    (Physiology deficient)
    Physiology exalts matter, dethrones Mind, and claims to rule man by material law, instead of spiritual. When physiology fails to give health or life by this process, it ignores the divine Spirit as unable or unwilling to render help in time of physical need.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 166:23


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

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 182:9

    (Physiology or Spirit)
    We cannot obey both physiology and Spirit, for one absolutely destroys the other, and one or the other must be supreme in the affections. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we shall presently "hold to the one, and despise the other."

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:7-8

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


    (True healing transcendent) Mind transcends all other power, and will ultimately supersede all other means in healing.


Section 5


Isaiah 46:8,12,13

    8 Remember this, and shew
yourselves men: bring it again to
mind, O ye transgressors.

    12 #Hearken unto me, ye
stouthearted, that are far from
righteousness:

    13 I bring near my righteousness:
it shall not be far off, and my
salvation shall not tarry: and I will
place salvation in Zion for Israel my
glory.

***
Jeremiah 3:22

    22 Return, ye backsliding children,
and I will heal your backslidings.
Behold, we come unto thee; for thou
art the Lord our God.

***
Lamentations 3:21-23

    21 This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope.

    22 It is of the Lord's mercies that
we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not.

    23 They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.

***
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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 393:8


    (The strength of Spirit)
    Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 391:32

    (Sin to be overcome)
    Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease. Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death. To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 179:5


    (Absent patients)
    Science can heal the sick, who are absent from their healers, as well as those present, since space is no obstacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye hath not seen; but the spiritual capacity to apprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power, is won only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but reflecting the divine nature.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:27

    (The one real power)
    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 180:25

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


Section 6


Psalm 15:1-3

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

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

    3 He that backbiteth not with his
tongue, nor doeth evil to his
neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach
against his neighbour.
Psalm 24:4-5

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

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

***
I 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.

***
II Corinthians 13:11(begin Be)

***
Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of
one mind, live in peace; and the God
of love and peace shall be with 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 151:23


    (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. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:17


    (Man's genuine being)
    The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 531:8


    (Higher hope)
    It is well that the upper portions of the brain represent the higher moral sentiments, as if hope were ever prophesying thus: The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness. Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:31

    (Birthright of man)
    Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.

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

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

Subheadings in this lesson

08 1 - Limitless Mind
08 1 - Ever-appearing creation
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Allness of Truth
08 1 - Ignorant idolatry
08 1 - Impossible coalescence
08 2 - The things of God are beautiful
08 2 - Impossible partnership
08 2 - Spirit the starting-point
08 2 - Confusion confounded
08 2 - Seeming and being
08 3 - Laws of human belief
08 3 - Harmony from Spirit
08 3 - Servants and masters
08 3 - Universal brotherhood
08 3 - Perfection requisite
08 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
08 4 - Impossible coalescence
08 4 - Soul and sense
08 4 - Physiology deficient
08 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
08 4 - Physiology or Spirit
08 4 - True healing transcendent
08 5 - The strength of Spirit
08 5 - Sin to be overcome
08 5 - Absent patients
08 5 - The one real power
08 5 - Wrong and right way
08 6 - Man governed by Mind
08 6 - Man's genuine being
08 6 - Higher hope
08 6 - Birthright of man
08 6 - Love and man coexistent


February 28,1909

Subject: 09

CHRIST JESUS.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Matthew 16:16,17

    16 And Simon Peter answered and
said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of
the living God.

    17 And Jesus answered and said unto
him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona:
for flesh and blood hath not revealed
it unto thee, but my Father which is
in heaven.


Responsive Reading


II Peter 1:1-11,17,18

    1 Simon Peter, a servant and an
apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that
have obtained like precious faith
with us through the righteousness of
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

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

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

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

    5 And beside this, giving all
diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;

    6 And to knowledge temperance; and
to temperance patience; and to
patience godliness;

    7 And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness
charity.

    8 For if these things be in you,
and abound, they make you that ye
shall neither be barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ.

    9 But he that lacketh these things
is blind, and cannot see afar off, and
hath forgotten that he was purged
from his old sins.

    10 Wherefore the rather, brethren,
give diligence to make your calling
and election sure: for if ye do these
things, ye shall never fall:

    11 For so an entrance shall be
ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    17 For he received from God the
Father honour and glory, when there
came such a voice to him from the
excellent glory, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    18 And this voice which came from
heaven we heard, when we were with
him in the holy mount.


Section 1


Matthew 2:1,2

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

    2 Saying, Where is he that is born
King of the Jews? for we have seen his
star in the east, and are come to
worship him.
Matthew 3:1-3

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

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

    3 For this is he that was spoken of
by the prophet Esaias, saying, The
voice of one crying in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
Lord, make his paths straight.

***
John 1:29,32-34

    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.

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

    33 And I knew him not: but he that
sent me to baptize with water, the
same said unto me, Upon whom thou
shalt see the Spirit descending, and
remaining on him, the same is he
which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

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

***
I John 4:15

    15 Whosoever shall confess that
Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth
in him, and he in God.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:23

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


    (-11- Christ Jesus)
    XI. Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive. Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age. Into the real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter. Thus it is that Christ illustrates the coincidence, or spiritual agreement, between God and man in His image.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 312:31

    (The one anointed)
    Jesus' spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship in Science. He was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or Jesus the Christ (to give the full and proper translation of the Greek), may be rendered "Jesus the anointed," Jesus the God-crowned or the divinely royal man, as it is said of him in the first chapter of Hebrews: -

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 561:32-7(to .)


    (Spiritual idea revealed)
    John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the immaculate Jesus, and John saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost, - divine Science. As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God's motherhood.


Section 2


John 1:40,41

    40 One of the two which heard John
speak, and followed him, was Andrew,
Simon Peter's brother.

    41 He first findeth his own brother
Simon, and saith unto him, We have
found the Messias, which is, being
interpreted, the Christ.
John 4:21,24-26

    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.


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

    25 The woman saith unto him, I know
that Messias cometh, which is called
Christ: when he is come, he will tell
us all things.

    26 Jesus saith unto her, I that
speak unto thee am he.

***
Luke 7:19,22,23

    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?

    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.

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

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?

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


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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 360:32-13


    (Choose ye today)
    The Jew believes that the Messiah or Christ has not yet come; the Christian believes that Christ is God. Here Christian Science intervenes, explains these doctrinal points, cancels the disagreement, and settles the question. Christ, as the true spiritual idea, is the ideal of God now and forever, here and everywhere. The Jew who believes in the First Commandment is a monotheist; he has one omnipresent God. Thus the Jew unites with the Christian's doctrine that God is come and is present now and forever. The Christian who believes in the First Commandment is a monotheist. Thus he virtually unites with the Jew's belief in one God, and recognizes that Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:19

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


    (Sonship of Jesus)
    Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah, - the divine idea of God outside the flesh. This enabled Jesus to demonstrate his control over matter. Angels announced to the Wisemen of old this dual appearing, and angels whisper it, through faith, to the hungering heart in every age.


Section 3


Matthew 15:22,24

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

    24 But he answered and said, I am
not sent but unto the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.
Matthew 18:11

    11 For the Son of man is come to
save that which was lost.

***
II Corinthians 4:3,4

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

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

***
Acts 3:22,25,26

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

    25 Ye are the children of the
prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying
unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall
all the kindreds of the earth be
blessed.

    26 Unto you first God, having
raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to
bless you, in turning away every one
of you from his iniquities.
Acts 13:46

    46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed
bold, and said, It was necessary that
the word of God should first have
been spoken to you: but seeing ye put
it from you, and judge yourselves
unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we
turn to the Gentiles.

***
John 1:11,12

    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:

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 140:23-24


    (Anthropomorphism)
    The Jewish tribal Jehovah was a man-projected God, liable to wrath, repentance, and human changeableness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:8


    (Jehovah a tribal deity)
    In that name of Jehovah, the true idea of God seems almost lost. God becomes "a man of war," a tribal god to be worshipped, rather than Love, the divine Principle to be lived and loved.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:11


    (The true sonship)
    The opposite and false views of the people hid from their sense Christ's sonship with God. They could not discern his spiritual existence. Their carnal minds were at enmity with it. Their thoughts were filled with mortal error, instead of with God's spiritual idea as presented by Christ Jesus. The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 133:24


    (Judaism antipathetic) That he made "himself equal with God," was one of the Jewish accusations against him who planted Christianity on the foundation of Spirit, who taught as he was inspired by the Father and would recognize no life, intelligence, nor substance outside of God.

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


    (Immortal achieval)
    The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:12


    (Sin only of the flesh)
    It is a sense of sin, and not a sinful soul, which is lost. Evil is destroyed by the sense of good.


Section 4


John 14:5,6

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

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

***
I Timothy 2:5

    5 For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus;

***
John 6:44,45

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

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:29


    (The Christ-element) The Christ-element in the Messiah made him the Way-shower, Truth and Life.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 332:11

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

    (-9- The Son of God)
    The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, - yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death. As Paul says: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." The corporeal man Jesus was human.

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 315:29-3


    (Jesus as mediator)
    Wearing in part a human form (that is, as it seemed to mortal view), being conceived by a human mother, Jesus was the mediator between Spirit and the flesh, between Truth and error. Explaining and demonstrating the way of divine Science, he became the way of salvation to all who accepted his word. From him mortals may learn how to escape from evil.


Section 5


John 5:22,26,27

    22 For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment unto
the Son:

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

    27 And hath given him authority to
execute judgment also, because he is
the Son of man.
John 8:15,16

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

    16 And yet if I judge, my judgment
is true: for I am not alone, but I and
the Father that sent me.
John 12:31,32

    31 Now is the judgment of this
world: now shall the prince of this
world be cast out.

    32 And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men unto me.

***
Acts 10:42

    42 And he commanded us to preach
unto the people, and to testify that
it is he which was ordained of God to
be the Judge of quick and dead.
Acts 17:31

    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.

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.

4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 6:23-6


    (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. He said of the fruitless tree, "[It] is hewn down."
    It is believed by many that a certain magistrate, who lived in the time of Jesus, left this record: "His rebuke is fearful." The strong language of our Master confirms this description.
    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.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:16-19


    (Charity to those opposed)
    Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to "judge righteous judgment," and never to condemn rashly.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:28


    (Day of judgment)
    No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error. As for spiritual error there is none.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 441:33


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


Section 6


John 14:12,16,17

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

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

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

***
Hebrews 9:28

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

***
II Peter 3:10,13

    10 But the day of the Lord will
come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the
earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up.

    13 Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 117:29-9


    (Leaven of Truth)
    Jesus bade his disciples beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, which he defined as human doctrines. His parable of the "leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened," impels the inference that the spiritual leaven signifies the Science of Christ and its spiritual interpretation, - an inference far above the merely ecclesiastical and formal applications of the illustration.
    Did not this parable point a moral with a prophecy, foretelling the second appearing in the flesh of the Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the visible world?

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 126:22

    (Biblical basis)
    I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in "the straight and narrow way" of Truth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:26

    (No physical science)
    Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, - the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 565:13-22


    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

09 1 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 1 - The one anointed
09 1 - Spiritual idea revealed
09 2 - Christ's reappearance
09 2 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 2 - Choose ye today
09 2 - Sonship of Jesus
09 3 - Anthropomorphism
09 3 - Jehovah a tribal deity
09 3 - The true sonship
09 3 - Judaism antipathetic
09 3 - Immortal achieval
09 3 - Sin only of the flesh
09 4 - The Christ-element
09 4 - -9- The Son of God
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 5 - Rebukes helpful
09 5 - Divine severity
09 5 - Charity to those opposed
09 5 - Day of judgment
09 5 - Charge of the Chief Justice
09 6 - Leaven of Truth
09 6 - Biblical basis
09 6 - No physical science
09 6 - The conflict with purity


March 7,1909

Subject: 10

MAN.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Proverbs 9:9

    9 Give instruction to a wise man,
and he will be yet wiser: teach a
just man, and he will increase in
learning.


Responsive Reading


Ecclesiastes 8:1-9,11,12

    1 Who is as the wise man? and who
knoweth the interpretation of a
thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face
to shine, and the boldness of his
face shall be changed.

    2 I counsel thee to keep the king's
commandment, and that in regard of
the oath of God.

    3 Be not hasty to go out of his
sight: stand not in an evil thing;
for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.


    4 Where the word of a king is,
there is power: and who may say unto
him, What doest thou?

    5 Whoso keepeth the commandment
shall feel no evil thing: and a wise
man's heart discerneth both time and
judgment.

    6 #Because to every purpose there
is time and judgment, therefore the
misery of man is great upon him.

    7 For he knoweth not that which
shall be: for who can tell him when
it shall be?

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

    9 All this have I seen, and applied
my heart unto every work that is done
under the sun: there is a time
wherein one man ruleth over another
to his own hurt.

    11 Because sentence against an evil
work is not executed speedily,
therefore the heart of the sons of
men is fully set in them to do evil.

    12 #Though a sinner do evil an
hundred times, and his days be
prolonged, yet surely I know that it
shall be well with them that fear
God, which fear before him:


Section 1


Psalm 112:4-7

    4 Unto the upright there ariseth
light in the darkness: he is
gracious, and full of compassion, and
righteous.

    5 A good man sheweth favour, and
lendeth: he will guide his affairs
with discretion.

    6 Surely he shall not be moved for
ever: the righteous shall be in
everlasting remembrance.

    7 He shall not be afraid of evil
tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting
in the Lord.

***
Habakkuk 3:2,17-19(to .)

    2 O Lord, I have heard thy speech,
and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy
work in the midst of the years, in
the midst of the years make known; in
wrath remember mercy.

    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.


    19 The Lord God is my strength, and
he will make my feet like hinds'
feet, and he will make me to walk
upon mine high places.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 258:11-24


    (Infinity's reflection)
    Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.
    God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God.
    The infinite Principle is reflected by the infinite idea and spiritual individuality, but the material so-called senses have no cognizance of either Principle or its idea. The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:21(begin Man)-8


    (Elohistic plurality) Man is the family name for all ideas, - the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
    (Reflected likeness)
    Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 305:27


    (Inverted images)
    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.


Section 2


Ecclesiastes 9:11,12,14-16

    11 I returned, and saw under the
sun, that the race is not to the
swift, nor the battle to the strong,
neither yet bread to the wise, nor
yet riches to men of understanding,
nor yet favour to men of skill; but
time and chance happeneth to them
all.

    12 For man also knoweth not his
time: as the fishes that are taken in
an evil net, and as the birds that
are caught in the snare; so are the
sons of men snared in an evil time,
when it falleth suddenly upon them.

    14 There was a little city, and few
men within it; and there came a great
king against it, and besieged it, and
built great bulwarks against it:

    15 Now there was found in it a poor
wise man, and he by his wisdom
delivered the city; yet no man
remembered that same poor man.

    16 Then said I, Wisdom is better
than strength: nevertheless the poor
man's wisdom is despised, and his
words are not heard.

***
Revelation 14:1,5,9-11

    1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb
stood on the mount Sion, and with him
an hundred forty and four thousand,
having his Father's name written in
their foreheads.

    5 And in their mouth was found no
guile: for they are without fault
before the throne of God.

    9 And the third angel followed
them, saying with a loud voice, If
any man worship the beast and his
image, and receive his mark in his
forehead, or in his hand,

    10 The same shall drink of the wine
of the wrath of God, which is poured
out without mixture into the cup of
his indignation; and he shall be
tormented with fire and brimstone in
the presence of the holy angels, and
in the presence of the Lamb:

    11 And the smoke of their torment
ascendeth up for ever and ever: and
they have no rest day nor night, who
worship the beast and his image, and
whosoever receiveth the mark of his
name.

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 - 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 - 304:25

    (Harmony natural) To be master of chords and discords, the science of music must be understood. Left to the decisions of material sense, music is liable to be misapprehended and lost in confusion. Controlled by belief, instead of understanding, music is, must be, imperfectly expressed. So man, not understanding the Science of being, - thrusting aside his divine Principle as incomprehensible, - is abandoned to conjectures, left in the hands of ignorance, placed at the disposal of illusions, subjected to material sense which is discord. A discontented, discordant mortal is no more a man than discord is music.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 173:17


    (Man not structural)
    Anatomy declares man to be structural. Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and sinews, and human life by material law. Man is spiritual, individual, and eternal; material structure is mortal.

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.


Section 3


Habakkuk 2:2,4-6

    2 And the Lord answered me, and
said, Write the vision, and make it
plain upon tables, that he may run
that readeth it.

    4 Behold, his soul which is lifted
up is not upright in him: but the just
shall live by his faith.

    5 #Yea also, because he
transgresseth by wine, he is a proud
man, neither keepeth at home, who
enlargeth his desire as hell, and is
as death, and cannot be satisfied,
but gathereth unto him all nations,
and heapeth unto him all people:

    6 Shall not all these take up a
parable against him, and a taunting
proverb against him, and say, Woe to
him that increaseth that which is not
his! how long? and to him that ladeth
himself with thick clay!

***
Proverbs 21:6,12,21

    6 The getting of treasures by a
lying tongue is a vanity tossed to
and fro of them that seek death.

    12 The righteous man wisely
considereth the house of the wicked:
but God overthroweth the wicked for
their wickedness.

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

***
I Peter 4:3,4,7

    3 For the time past of our life may
suffice us to have wrought the will
of the Gentiles, when we walked in
lasciviousness, lusts, excess of
wine, revellings, banquetings, and
abominable idolatries:

    4 Wherein they think it strange
that ye run not with them to the same
excess of riot, speaking evil of you:


    7 But the end of all things is at
hand: be ye therefore sober, and
watch unto prayer.

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 489:19-30

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


    (Decalogue disregarded) Who dares to say that the senses of man can be at one time the medium for sinning against God, at another the medium for obeying God? An affirmative reply would contradict the Scripture, for the same fountain sendeth not forth sweet waters and bitter.
    (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. Outside the material sense of things, all is harmony. A wrong sense of God, man, and creation is non-sense, want of sense.

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

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


    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    Sensualism is not bliss, but bondage. For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ. According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 201:9


    (Practical preaching)
    Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.


Section 4


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.

***
James 5:16

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

***
I Peter 2:1,2,13-15

    1 Wherefore laying aside all
malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
speakings,

    2 As newborn babes, desire the
sincere milk of the word, that ye may
grow thereby:

    13 Submit yourselves to every
ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:
whether it be to the king, as
supreme;

    14 Or unto governors, as unto them
that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the
praise of them that do well.

    15 For so is the will of God, that
with well doing ye may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men:

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:26


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness)
    Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require the same method and are inseparable in Truth. Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:6


    (Universal panacea)
    Man's enslavement to the most relentless masters - passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge - is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood. Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, - strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, - and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.


Section 5


I Peter 2:21,22,25

    21 For even hereunto were ye
called: because Christ also suffered
for us, leaving us an example, that
ye should follow his steps:

    22 Who did no sin, neither was
guile found in his mouth:

    25 For ye were as sheep going
astray; but are now returned unto the
Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

***
II Corinthians 13:4,5

    4 For though he was crucified
through weakness, yet he liveth by
the power of God. For we also are
weak in him, but we shall live with
him by the power of God toward you.

    5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be
in the faith; prove your own selves.
Know ye not your own selves, how that
Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be
reprobates?

***
Romans 8:10,11

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

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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:6


    (God's man discerned)
    In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, - thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, - perfect God and perfect man, - as the basis of thought and demonstration.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 244:7


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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 52:19


    (Saviour's prediction)
    The "man of sorrows" best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love. 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."

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 395:6


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


Section 6


II Peter 1:2-8,10,11

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

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

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

    5 And beside this, giving all
diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;

    6 And to knowledge temperance; and
to temperance patience; and to
patience godliness;

    7 And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness
charity.

    8 For if these things be in you,
and abound, they make you that ye
shall neither be barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ.

    10 Wherefore the rather, brethren,
give diligence to make your calling
and election sure: for if ye do these
things, ye shall never fall:

    11 For so an entrance shall be
ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.

***
Revelation 22:3,4

    3 And there shall be no more curse:
but the throne of God and of the Lamb
shall be in it; and his servants
shall serve him:

    4 And they shall see his face; and
his name shall be in their foreheads.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 469:30-6

(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. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 467:9

(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. 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:5-8


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.

587:25 Chapter 17: Glossary
(HEAVEN)

    HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 576:23


    (The shrine celestial)
    In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.

Subheadings in this lesson

10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - Elohistic plurality
10 1 - Reflected likeness
10 1 - Inverted images
10 2 - So-called superiority
10 2 - Standpoints changed
10 2 - Harmony natural
10 2 - Man not structural
10 2 - Godward gravitation
10 3 - The error of carnality
10 3 - Decalogue disregarded
10 3 - Organic construction valueless
10 3 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
10 3 - Practical preaching
10 4 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
10 4 - Conversion of Saul
10 4 - Universal panacea
10 5 - God's man discerned
10 5 - Deformity and perfection
10 5 - Saviour's prediction
10 5 - Divine authority
10 6 - The sole governor
10 6 - Two chief commands
10 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
10 6 - The shrine celestial


March 14,1909

Subject: 11

SUBSTANCE.

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

Proverbs 23:5

    5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon
that which is not? for riches
certainly make themselves wings; they
fly away as an eagle toward heaven.


Responsive Reading


Luke 13:6-17

    6 #He spake also this parable; A
certain man had a fig tree planted in
his vineyard; and he came and sought
fruit thereon, and found none.

    7 Then said he unto the dresser of
his vineyard, Behold, these three
years I come seeking fruit on this
fig tree, and find none: cut it down;
why cumbereth it the ground?

    8 And he answering said unto him,
Lord, let it alone this year also,
till I shall dig about it, and dung
it:

    9 And if it bear fruit, well: and
if not, then after that thou shalt
cut it down.

    10 And he was teaching in one of
the synagogues on the sabbath.

    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.


Section 1


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.

***
Isaiah 40:5-8

    5 And the glory of the Lord shall
be revealed, and all flesh shall see
it together: for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it.

    6 The voice said, Cry. And he said,
What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as
the flower of the field:

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

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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 468:16-24

(07) Question: What is Substance?
ADAM = A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality.
Topic: Soul


    (Spiritual synonyms)
    Question. - What is substance?
    Answer. - Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 330:11-12

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


    (-1- The deific supremacy)
    I. God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man.

588:24 Chapter 17: Glossary
(INTELLIGENCE)

    INTELLIGENCE. Substance; self-existent and eternal Mind; that which is never unconscious nor limited.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 483:13-19

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


    (Terms adopted by the author)
    After the author's sacred discovery, she affixed the name "Science" to Christianity, the name "error" to corporeal sense, and the name "substance" to Mind. Science has called the world to battle over this issue and its demonstration, which heals the sick, destroys error, and reveals the universal harmony.


Section 2


Isaiah 41:1,2,10,15,18,20

    1 Keep silence before me, O
islands; and let the people renew
their strength: let them come near;
then let them speak: let us come near
together to judgment.

    2 Who raised up the righteous man
from the east, called him to his
foot, gave the nations before him,
and made him rule over kings? he gave
them as the dust to his sword, and as
driven stubble to his bow.

    10 #Fear thou not; for I am with
thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I
will help thee; yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of my
righteousness.

    15 Behold, I will make thee a new
sharp threshing instrument having
teeth: thou shalt thresh the
mountains, and beat them small, and
shalt make the hills as chaff.

    18 I will open rivers in high
places, and fountains in the midst of
the valleys: I will make the
wilderness a pool of water, and the
dry land springs of water.

    20 That they may see, and know, and
consider, and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord hath done
this, and the Holy One of Israel hath
created it.

***
Matthew 24:35

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but my words shall not pass
away.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:1-2

(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


    (Spiritual reflection) When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:12

  (- MORTAL MIND - The subjective states of error)


    (-18- The only substance)
    Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:4-21


    (Matter is not substance)
    If matter, so-called, is substance, then Spirit, matter's unlikeness, must be shadow; and shadow cannot produce substance. The theory that Spirit is not the only substance and creator is pantheistic heterodoxy, which ultimates in sickness, sin, and death; it is the belief in a bodily soul and a material mind, a soul governed by the body and a mind in matter. This belief is shallow pantheism.
    Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter. Hence the Father Mind is not the father of matter. The material senses and human conceptions would translate spiritual ideas into material beliefs, and would say that an anthropomorphic God, instead of infinite Principle, - in other words, divine Love, - is the father of the rain, "who hath begotten the drops of dew," who bringeth "forth Mazzaroth in his season," and guideth "Arcturus with his sons."


Section 3


Genesis 1:26

    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.

***
Daniel 3:8-12,19,21-25

    8 #Wherefore at that time certain
Chaldeans came near, and accused the
Jews.

    9 They spake and said to the king
Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for
ever.

    10 Thou, O king, hast made a
decree, that every man that shall
hear the sound of the cornet, flute,
harp, sackbut, psaltery, and
dulcimer, and all kinds of musick,
shall fall down and worship the
golden image:

    11 And whoso falleth not down and
worshippeth, that he should be cast
into the midst of a burning fiery
furnace.

    12 There are certain Jews whom thou
hast set over the affairs of the
province of Babylon, Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O
king, have not regarded thee: they
serve not thy gods, nor worship the
golden image which thou hast set up.

    19 #Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of
fury, and the form of his visage was
changed against Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego: therefore he spake, and
commanded that they should heat the
furnace one seven times more than it
was wont to be heated.

    21 Then these men were bound in
their coats, their hosen, and their
hats, and their other garments, and
were cast into the midst of the
burning fiery furnace.

    22 Therefore because the king's
commandment was urgent, and the
furnace exceeding hot, the flame of
the fire slew those men that took up
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

    23 And these three men, Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, fell down
bound into the midst of the burning
fiery furnace.

    24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was
astonied, and rose up in haste, and
spake, and said unto his counsellors,
Did not we cast three men bound into
the midst of the fire? They answered
and said unto the king, True, O king.


    25 He answered and said, Lo, I see
four men loose, walking in the midst
of the fire, and they have no hurt;
and the form of the fourth is like
the Son of God.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 259:1


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 301:5-32(to 2nd .)


    (The divine reflection)
    Few persons comprehend what Christian Science means by the word reflection. To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
    On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man's substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.
    (Inverted images and ideas)
    As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is "image" (idea). Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down.
    This falsity presupposes soul to be an unsubstantial dweller in material forms, and man to be material instead of spiritual. Immortality is not bounded by mortality.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 161:5


    (Mind over matter)
    Holy inspiration has created states of mind which have been able to nullify the action of the flames, as in the Bible case of the three young Hebrew captives, cast into the Babylonian furnace; while an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous combustion.


Section 4


John 20:19,20,24-29

    19 #Then the same day at evening,
being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut where the
disciples were assembled for fear of
the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the
midst, and saith unto them, Peace be
unto you.

    20 And when he had so said, he
shewed unto them his hands and his
side. Then were the disciples glad,
when they saw the Lord.

    24 #But Thomas, one of the twelve,
called Didymus, was not with them when
Jesus came.

    25 The other disciples therefore
said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
But he said unto them, Except I shall
see in his hands the print of the
nails, and put my finger into the
print of the nails, and thrust my
hand into his side, I will not
believe.

    26 #And after eight days again his
disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors
being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, Peace be unto you.

    27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach
hither thy finger, and behold my
hands; and reach hither thy hand, and
thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing.

    28 And Thomas answered and said
unto him, My Lord and my God.

    29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas,
because thou hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have
not seen, and yet have believed.

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 - 314:10


    (The bodily resurrection)
    The Jews, who sought to kill this man of God, showed plainly that their material views were the parents of their wicked deeds. When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body, - knowing, as he did, that Mind was the builder, - and said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up," they thought that he meant their material temple instead of his body. To such materialists, the real man seemed a spectre, unseen and unfamiliar, and the body, which they laid in a sepulchre, seemed to be substance. This materialism lost sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary saw him, and he presented to her, more than ever before, the true idea of Life and substance.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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 - 329:7-12(to .)

    (Imitation of Jesus)
    Because you cannot walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to question the great might of divine Science in these directions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demonstrator of Science, did these things, and left his example for us.


Section 5


Proverbs 8:18-21

    18 Riches and honour are with me;
yea, durable riches and
righteousness.

    19 My fruit is better than gold,
yea, than fine gold; and my revenue
than choice silver.

    20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the
paths of judgment:

    21 That I may cause those that love
me to inherit substance; and I will
fill their treasures.

***
Acts 4:33-35

    33 And with great power gave the
apostles witness of the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus: and great grace
was upon them all.

    34 Neither was there any among them
that lacked: for as many as were
possessors of lands or houses sold
them, and brought the prices of the
things that were sold,

    35 And laid them down at the
apostles' feet: and distribution was
made unto every man according as he
had need.
Acts 5:14,16

    14 And believers were the more
added to the Lord, multitudes both of
men and women.)

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 278:28


    (Substance is Spirit)
    All that we term sin, sickness, and death is a mortal belief. We define matter as error, because it is the opposite of life, substance, and intelligence. Matter, with its mortality, cannot be substantial if Spirit is substantial and eternal. Which ought to be substance to us, - the erring, changing, and dying, the mutable and mortal, or the unerring, immutable, and immortal? A New Testament writer plainly describes faith, a quality of mind, as "the substance of things hoped for."

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:31-11


    (Substance spiritual)
    In Christian Science, substance is understood to be Spirit, while the opponents of Christian Science believe substance to be matter. They think of matter as something and almost the only thing, and of the things which pertain to Spirit as next to nothing, or as very far removed from daily experience. Christian Science takes exactly the opposite view.
    (Both words and works)
    To understand all our Master's sayings as recorded in the New Testament, sayings infinitely important, his followers must grow into that stature of manhood in Christ Jesus which enables them to interpret his spiritual meaning. Then they know how Truth casts out error and heals the sick.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 351:27

    (Fruitless worship)
    The Israelites centred their thoughts on the material in their attempted worship of the spiritual. To them matter was substance, and Spirit was shadow. They thought to worship Spirit from a material standpoint, but this was impossible. They might appeal to Jehovah, but their prayer brought down no proof that it was heard, because they did not sufficiently understand God to be able to demonstrate His power to heal, - to make harmony the reality and discord the unreality.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 359:29

    (Two different artists)
    A Christian Scientist and an opponent are like two artists. One says: "I have spiritual ideals, indestructible and glorious. When others see them as I do, in their true light and loveliness, - and know that these ideals are real and eternal because drawn from Truth, - they will find that nothing is lost, and all is won, by a right estimate of what is real."


Section 6


Luke 3:5,8,9

    5 Every valley shall be filled, and
every mountain and hill shall be
brought low; and the crooked shall be
made straight, and the rough ways
shall be made smooth;

    8 Bring forth therefore fruits
worthy of repentance, and begin not
to say within yourselves, We have
Abraham to our father: for I say unto
you, That God is able of these stones
to raise up children unto Abraham.

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

***
Matthew 6:19-21

    19 #Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves
break through and steal:

    20 But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where
thieves do not break through nor
steal:

    21 For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:5-7,19-24


    (The doom of sin)
    Sensual treasures are laid up "where moth and rust doth corrupt." Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in upon them, and carries off their fleeting joys.
    (Spirit transforms)
    The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
    One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 70:2-5


    (The infinite one Spirit)
    The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 369:5


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:3


    (Godward gravitation)
    Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, - they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, - in order that sin and mortality may be put off.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:14


    (Treasure in heaven)
    Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

Subheadings in this lesson

11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 1 - Terms adopted by the author
11 2 - Spiritual reflection
11 2 - -18- The only substance
11 2 - Matter is not substance
11 3 - God's man discerned
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 3 - Mind over matter
11 4 - Death outdone
11 4 - The bodily resurrection
11 4 - Material skepticism
11 4 - Imitation of Jesus
11 5 - Substance is Spirit
11 5 - Substance spiritual
11 5 - Both words and works
11 5 - Fruitless worship
11 5 - Two different artists
11 6 - The doom of sin
11 6 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - The infinite one Spirit
11 6 - Man's entity
11 6 - Godward gravitation
11 6 - Treasure in heaven


March 21,1909

Subject: 12

MATTER.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

II Corinthians 4:18

    18 While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.


Responsive Reading


Ecclesiastes 3:14,16

    14 I know that, whatsoever God
doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing
can be put to it, nor any thing taken
from it: and God doeth it, that men
should fear before him.

    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.
Ecclesiastes 6:1-8,11,12

    1 There is an evil which I have
seen under the sun, and it is common
among men:

    2 A man to whom God hath given
riches, wealth, and honour, so that
he wanteth nothing for his soul of
all that he desireth, yet God giveth
him not power to eat thereof, but a
stranger eateth it: this is vanity,
and it is an evil disease.

    3 If a man beget an hundred
children, and live many years, so
that the days of his years be many,
and his soul be not filled with good,
and also that he have no burial; I
say, that an untimely birth is better
than he.

    4 For he cometh in with vanity, and
departeth in darkness, and his name
shall be covered with darkness.

    5 Moreover he hath not seen the
sun, nor known any thing: this hath
more rest than the other.

    6 #Yea, though he live a thousand
years twice told, yet hath he seen no
good: do not all go to one place?

    7 All the labour of man is for his
mouth, and yet the appetite is not
filled.

    8 For what hath the wise more than
the fool? what hath the poor, that
knoweth to walk before the living?

    11 #Seeing there be many things
that increase vanity, what is man the
better?

    12 For who knoweth what is good for
man in this life, all the days of his
vain life which he spendeth as a
shadow? for who can tell a man what
shall be after him under the sun?


Section 1


I Kings 18:20,21

    20 So Ahab sent unto all the
children of Israel, and gathered the
prophets together unto mount Carmel.

    21 And Elijah came unto all the
people, and said, How long halt ye
between two opinions? if the Lord be
God, follow him: but if Baal, then
follow him. And the people answered
him not a word.

***
Matthew 6:24

    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.

***
II Corinthians 6:14,16-18

    14 Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness?

    16 And what agreement hath the
temple of God with idols? for ye are
the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and
walk in them; and I will be their
God, and they shall be my people.

    17 Wherefore come out from among
them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you,

    18 And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:31-10

    (Like evolving like)
    Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence. To all that is unlike unerring and eternal Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality. Matter never produces mind. The immortal never produces the mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be immortal.
    Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 492:14

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


    (Mind one and all)
    These two contradictory theories - that matter is something, or that all is Mind - will dispute the ground, until one is acknowledged to be the victor. Discussing his campaign, General Grant said: "I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer." Science says: All is Mind and Mind's idea. You must fight it out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 268:6-9


    (Materialistic challenge)
    Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect.


Section 2


Genesis 1:31(to .)

    31 And God saw every thing that he
had made, and, behold, it was very
good.
Genesis 2:6,9(to ;),19

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    9 And out of the ground made the
Lord God to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight, and good for
food;

    19 And out of the ground the Lord
God formed every beast of the field,
and every fowl of the air; and
brought them unto Adam to see what he
would call them: and whatsoever Adam
called every living creature, that
was the name thereof.
Genesis 6:5,11,12

    5 #And God saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually.

    11 The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled
with violence.

    12 And God looked upon the earth,
and, behold, it was corrupt; for all
flesh had corrupted his way upon the
earth.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:27


    (Causation mental)
    In divine Science, the universe, including man, is spiritual, harmonious, and eternal. Science shows that what is termed matter is but the subjective state of what is termed by the author mortal mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:3-7,17


    (Material knowledge illusive) Unnecessary knowledge gained from the five senses is only temporal, - the conception of mortal mind, the offspring of sense, not of Soul, Spirit, - and symbolizes all that is evil and perishable.
    (Five senses deceptive)
    When what we erroneously term the five physical senses are misdirected, they are simply the manifested beliefs of mortal mind, which affirm that life, substance, and intelligence are material, instead of spiritual. These false beliefs and their products constitute the flesh, and the flesh wars against Spirit.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 282:23

    (Opposite symbols)
    There is no inherent power in matter; for all that is material is a material, human, mortal thought, always governing itself erroneously.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 283:8-11(to .)

    (Source of all life and action) Matter and its effects - sin, sickness, and death - are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are not ideas, but illusions.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 287:24

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


Section 3


Matthew 8:28-34

    28 #And when he was come to the
other side into the country of the
Gergesenes, there met him two
possessed with devils, coming out of
the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that
no man might pass by that way.

    29 And, behold, they cried out,
saying, What have we to do with thee,
Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come
hither to torment us before the time?


    30 And there was a good way off
from them an herd of many swine
feeding.

    31 So the devils besought him,
saying, If thou cast us out, suffer
us to go away into the herd of swine.


    32 And he said unto them, Go. And
when they were come out, they went
into the herd of swine: and, behold,
the whole herd of swine ran violently
down a steep place into the sea, and
perished in the waters.

    33 And they that kept them fled,
and went their ways into the city,
and told every thing, and what was
befallen to the possessed of the
devils.

    34 And, behold, the whole city came
out to meet Jesus: and when they saw
him, they besought him that he would
depart out of their coasts.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:25-28


    (Matter mindless)
    What is termed matter, being unintelligent, cannot say, "I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well." It is the so-called mortal mind which voices this and appears to itself to make good its claim.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 368:24-27


    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 376:18-21

    (Remedy for fever)
    Because the so-called material body is a mental concept and governed by mortal mind, it manifests only what that so-called mind expresses.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 377:12-18

    (Mind governs body)
    Through different states of mind, the body becomes suddenly weak or abnormally strong, showing mortal mind to be the producer of strength or weakness. A sudden joy or grief has caused what is termed instantaneous death. Because a belief originates unseen, the mental state should be continually watched that it may not produce blindly its bad effects.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 400:20-23,26

    (Mortal mind controlled)
    When we remove disease by addressing the disturbed mind, giving no heed to the body, we prove that thought alone creates the suffering. Mortal mind rules all that is mortal.
    The action of so-called mortal mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being. Without divine control there is discord, manifest as sin, sickness, and death.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 195:11


    (Useful knowledge)
    The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.


Section 4


Proverbs 23:6,7(to :)

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

    7 For as he thinketh in his heart,
so is he:

***
Revelation 13:11-17

    11 And I beheld another beast
coming up out of the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he
spake as a dragon.

    12 And he exerciseth all the power
of the first beast before him, and
causeth the earth and them which
dwell therein to worship the first
beast, whose deadly wound was healed.


    13 And he doeth great wonders, so
that he maketh fire come down from
heaven on the earth in the sight of
men,

    14 And deceiveth them that dwell on
the earth by the means of those
miracles which he had power to do in
the sight of the beast; saying to
them that dwell on the earth, that
they should make an image to the
beast, which had the wound by a
sword, and did live.

    15 And he had power to give life
unto the image of the beast, that the
image of the beast should both speak,
and cause that as many as would not
worship the image of the beast should
be killed.

    16 And he causeth all, both small
and great, rich and poor, free and
bond, to receive a mark in their
right hand, or in their foreheads:

    17 And that no man might buy or
sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number
of his name.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 157:23


    (Drugging unchristian) Matter is not self-creative, for it is unintelligent. Erring mortal mind confers the power which the drug seems to possess.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 155:3-6,15-25

    (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.
    (Belief in physics)
    The universal belief in physics weighs against the high and mighty truths of Christian metaphysics. This erroneous general belief, which sustains medicine and produces all medical results, works against Christian Science; and the percentage of power on the side of this Science must mightily outweigh the power of popular belief in order to heal a single case of disease. The human mind acts more powerfully to offset the discords of matter and the ills of flesh, in proportion as it puts less weight into the material or fleshly scale and more weight into the spiritual scale.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:19


    (Adulteration of Truth)
    The medicine of Science is divine Mind; and dishonesty, sensuality, falsehood, revenge, malice, are animal propensities and by no means the mental qualities which heal the sick. The hypnotizer employs one error to destroy another. If he heals sickness through a belief, and a belief originally caused the sickness, it is a case of the greater error overcoming the lesser. This greater error thereafter occupies the ground, leaving the case worse than before it was grasped by the stronger error.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 169:23


    (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.


Section 5


Genesis 6:13

    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

    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.

***
Psalm 46:6,7,9-11

    6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms
were moved: he uttered his voice, the
earth melted.

    7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the
God of Jacob is our refuge.

    9 He maketh wars to cease unto the
end of the earth; he breaketh the bow,
and cutteth the spear in sunder; he
burneth the chariot in the fire.

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

    11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

***
Revelation 19:11,20,21(to :)

    11 And I saw heaven opened, and
behold a white horse; and he that sat
upon him was called Faithful and
True, and in righteousness he doth
judge and make war.

    20 And the beast was taken, and
with him the false prophet that
wrought miracles before him, with
which he deceived them that had
received the mark of the beast, and
them that worshipped his image. These
both were cast alive into a lake of
fire burning with brimstone.

    21 And the remnant were slain with
the sword of him that sat upon the
horse, which sword proceeded out of
his mouth:

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 281:28


    (The true new idea)
    Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit. The old belief must be cast out or the new idea will be spilled, and the inspiration, which is to change our standpoint, will be lost. Now, as of old, Truth casts out evils and heals the sick.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:25

    (The divine completeness)
    Our material human theories are destitute of Science. 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 - 273:24

    (Spiritual law the only law)
    Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 372:8


    (Brain not intelligent)
    The Science of being, in which all is divine Mind, or God and His idea, would be clearer in this age, but for the belief that matter is the medium of man, or that man can enter his own embodied thought, bind himself with his own beliefs, and then call his bonds material and name them divine law.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 279:16


    (Spiritual tangibility)
    In proportion as the belief disappears that life and intelligence are in or of matter, the immortal facts of being are seen, and their only idea or intelligence is in God. Spirit is reached only through the understanding and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and Love.


Section 6


Genesis 8:1-3,15,16,20

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

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

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

    15 #And God spake unto Noah,
saying,

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

    20 #And Noah builded an altar unto
the Lord; and took of every clean
beast, and of every clean fowl, and
offered burnt offerings on the altar.

***
II Peter 3:11-13

    11 Seeing then that all these
things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in
all holy conversation and godliness,

    12 Looking for and hasting unto the
coming of the day of God, wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat?

    13 Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.

581:8 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.

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.

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

    (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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 425:23


    (The lungs reformed)
    Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend God, and you will never believe that heart or any portion of the body can destroy you.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:8-12,15

    (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.
    (Intelligent consecration)
    We should consecrate existence, not "to the unknown God" whom we "ignorantly worship," but to the eternal builder, the everlasting Father, to the Life which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy. We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.

Subheadings in this lesson

12 1 - No mediumship
12 1 - Spirit the starting-point
12 1 - Like evolving like
12 1 - Mind one and all
12 1 - Materialistic challenge
12 2 - Causation mental
12 2 - Material knowledge illusive
12 2 - Five senses deceptive
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Source of all life and action
12 2 - Error unveiled
12 3 - Matter mindless
12 3 - Life independent of matter
12 3 - Remedy for fever
12 3 - Mind governs body
12 3 - Mortal mind controlled
12 3 - Useful knowledge
12 4 - Drugging unchristian
12 4 - Drug-power mental
12 4 - Belief in physics
12 4 - Adulteration of Truth
12 4 - Mind the only healer
12 5 - The true new idea
12 5 - The divine completeness
12 5 - Spiritual law the only law
12 5 - Brain not intelligent
12 5 - Spiritual tangibility
12 6 - Within the veil
12 6 - Divine victory
12 6 - The lungs reformed
12 6 - Vision opening
12 6 - Intelligent consecration


March 28,1909

Subject: 13

REALITY.

ooo2



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 68:16

    16 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this
is the hill which God desireth to
dwell in; yea, the Lord will dwell in
it for ever.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 118:14-27

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

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

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

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

    18 The Lord hath chastened me sore:
but he hath not given me over unto
death.

    19 Open to me the gates of
righteousness: I will go into them,
and I will praise the Lord:

    20 This gate of the Lord, into
which the righteous shall enter.

    21 I will praise thee: for thou
hast heard me, and art become my
salvation.

    22 The stone which the builders
refused is become the head stone of
the corner.

    23 This is the Lord's doing; it is
marvellous in our eyes.

    24 This is the day which the Lord
hath made; we will rejoice and be
glad in it.

    25 Save now, I beseech thee, O
Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send
now prosperity.

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

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


Section 1


Psalm 80:1

    1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
thou that leadest Joseph like a
flock; thou that dwellest between the
cherubims, shine forth.

***
Isaiah 45:5,12,19

    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:

    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.

    19 I have not spoken in secret, in
a dark place of the earth: I said not
unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in
vain: I the Lord speak righteousness,
I declare things that are right.

***
Romans 1:20(to ;)

    20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead;
Romans 11:36

    36 For of him, and through him, and
to him, are all things: to whom be
glory for ever. Amen.

587:5 Chapter 17: Glossary
(GOD)

    GOD. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

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

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


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

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:24(begin All)-29

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


    (Unrealities that seem real) All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 513:26-6


    (God's thoughts are spiritual realities)
    God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities. So-called mortal mind - being non-existent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence - could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all-inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator.

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


    (Divine synonyms)
    To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is.


Section 2


Proverbs 2:1-4,9

    1 My son, if thou wilt receive my
words, and hide my commandments with
thee;

    2 So that thou incline thine ear
unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to
understanding;

    3 Yea, if thou criest after
knowledge, and liftest up thy voice
for understanding;

    4 If thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid
treasures;

    9 Then shalt thou understand
righteousness, and judgment, and
equity; yea, every good path.

***
Psalm 119:89-91

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

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

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

***
Luke 13:18-21

    18 #Then said he, Unto what is the
kingdom of God like? and whereunto
shall I resemble it?

    19 It is like a grain of mustard
seed, which a man took, and cast into
his garden; and it grew, and waxed a
great tree; and the fowls of the air
lodged in the branches of it.

    20 And again he said, Whereunto
shall I liken the kingdom of God?

    21 It is like leaven, which a woman
took and hid in three measures of
meal, till the whole was leavened.

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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 129:22-28


    (Ontology needed)
    We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things. Can we gather peaches from a pine-tree, or learn from discord the concord of being? Yet quite as rational are some of the leading illusions along the path which Science must tread in its reformatory mission among mortals.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 337:5,22

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


    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God) Material personality is not realism; it is not the reflection or likeness of Spirit, the perfect God. Sensualism is not bliss, but bondage. For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ. According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.
    (-27- True idea of man)
    The visible universe and material man are the poor counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man. Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real. Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 360:13-17(to .)


    (Choose ye today)
    Dear reader, which mind-picture or externalized thought shall be real to you, - the material or the spiritual? Both you cannot have. You are bringing out your own ideal. This ideal is either temporal or eternal.


Section 3


Daniel 2:19-22,29,30

    19 #Then was the secret revealed
unto Daniel in a night vision. Then
Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

    20 Daniel answered and said,
Blessed be the name of God for ever
and ever: for wisdom and might are
his:

    21 And he changeth the times and
the seasons: he removeth kings, and
setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom
unto the wise, and knowledge to them
that know understanding:

    22 He revealeth the deep and secret
things: he knoweth what is in the
darkness, and the light dwelleth with
him.

    29 As for thee, O king, thy
thoughts came into thy mind upon thy
bed, what should come to pass
hereafter: and he that revealeth
secrets maketh known to thee what
shall come to pass.

    30 But as for me, this secret is
not revealed to me for any wisdom
that I have more than any living, but
for their sakes that shall make known
the interpretation to the king, and
that thou mightest know the thoughts
of thy heart.

***
John 7:15-18

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

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

    17 If any man will do his will, he
shall know of the doctrine, whether it
be of God, or whether I speak of
myself.

    18 He that speaketh of himself
seeketh his own glory: but he that
seeketh his glory that sent him, the
same is true, and no unrighteousness
is in him.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 207:27(only)


    (One primal cause)
    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 285:32


    (Salvation is through reform)
    It is essential to understand, instead of believe, what relates most nearly to the happiness of being. To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite. We must not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for this is fatal to a knowledge of Science. The understanding of Truth gives full faith in Truth, and spiritual understanding is better than all burnt offerings.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 91:1-21


    (Scientific finalities)
    The Revelator tells us of "a new heaven and a new earth." Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?
    Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.
    (Man's genuine being)
    It is difficult for the sinner to accept divine Science, because Science exposes his nothingness; but the sooner error is reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner man's great reality will appear and his genuine being will be understood. The destruction of error is by no means the destruction of Truth or Life, but is the acknowledgment of them.
    Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.

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.


Section 4


I Corinthians 14:9-12

    9 So likewise ye, except ye utter
by the tongue words easy to be
understood, how shall it be known
what is spoken? for ye shall speak
into the air.

    10 There are, it may be, so many
kinds of voices in the world, and
none of them is without
signification.

    11 Therefore if I know not the
meaning of the voice, I shall be unto
him that speaketh a barbarian, and he
that speaketh shall be a barbarian
unto me.

    12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are
zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that
ye may excel to the edifying of the
church.
I Corinthians 2:9-13

    9 But as it is written, Eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the
things which God hath prepared for
them that love him.

    10 But God hath revealed them unto
us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep
things of God.

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

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

    13 Which things also we speak, not
in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost
teacheth; comparing spiritual things
with spiritual.
I Corinthians 14:15

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:32


    (Philologocal inadequacy)
    Apart from the usual opposition to everything new, the one great obstacle to the reception of that spirituality, through which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of material terms for metaphysical statements, and the consequent difficulty of so expressing metaphysical ideas as to make them comprehensible to any reader, who has not personally demonstrated Christian Science as brought forth in my discovery. Job says: "The ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat." The great difficulty is to give the right impression, when translating material terms back into the original spiritual tongue.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 174:9-21


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 366:31


    (Genuine healing)
    If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.


Section 5


Isaiah 42:1

    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.

***
John 7:28,29

    28 Then cried Jesus in the temple
as he taught, saying, Ye both know
me, and ye know whence I am: and I am
not come of myself, but he that sent
me is true, whom ye know not.

    29 But I know him: for I am from
him, and he hath sent me.
John 12:1,9,12,13

    1 Then Jesus six days before the
passover came to Bethany, where
Lazarus was which had been dead, whom
he raised from the dead.

    9 Much people of the Jews therefore
knew that he was there: and they came
not for Jesus' sake only, but that
they might see Lazarus also, whom he
had raised from the dead.

    12 #On the next day much people
that were come to the feast, when
they heard that Jesus was coming to
Jerusalem,

    13 Took branches of palm trees, and
went forth to meet him, and cried,
Hosanna: Blessed is the King of
Israel that cometh in the name of the
Lord.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:9


    (Salvation is through reform)
    The Master said, "No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, "I am the way." Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:27


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

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:9


    (The one only way)
    There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality - to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.


Section 6


Deuteronomy 30:11-14

    11 #For this commandment which I
command thee this day, it is not
hidden from thee, neither is it far
off.

    12 It is not in heaven, that thou
shouldest say, Who shall go up for us
to heaven, and bring it unto us, that
we may hear it, and do it?

    13 Neither is it beyond the sea,
that thou shouldest say, Who shall go
over the sea for us, and bring it
unto us, that we may hear it, and do
it?

    14 But the word is very nigh unto
thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart,
that thou mayest do it.

***
Psalm 87:3

    3 Glorious things are spoken of
thee, O city of God.

***
Zechariah 2:10,11

    10 #Sing and rejoice, O daughter of
Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will
dwell in the midst of thee, saith the
Lord.

    11 And many nations shall be joined
to the Lord in that day, and shall be
my people: and I will dwell in the
midst of thee, and thou shalt know
that the Lord of hosts hath sent me
unto thee.

***
Revelation 21:2,26,27

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

    26 And they shall bring the glory
and honour of the nations into it.

    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.

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.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 572:23


    (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. Through what sense came this vision to St. John? Not through the material visual organs for seeing, for optics are inadequate to take in so wonderful a scene. Were this new heaven and new earth terrestrial or celestial, material or spiritual? They could not be the former, for the human sense of space is unable to grasp such a view. The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding what the eye cannot see, - that which is invisible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness, that consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This shows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and spirit indicates states and stages of consciousness.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:29

    (Nearness of Deity) Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, "The kingdom of God is within you." This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.

Subheadings in this lesson

13 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
13 1 - Unrealities that seem real
13 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 1 - Divine synonyms
13 2 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 2 - Ontology needed
13 2 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
13 2 - -27- True idea of man
13 2 - Choose ye today
13 3 - One primal cause
13 3 - Salvation is through reform
13 3 - Scientific finalities
13 3 - Man's genuine being
13 3 - Standpoints changed
13 4 - Philologocal inadequacy
13 4 - Rise of thought
13 4 - Genuine healing
13 5 - Salvation is through reform
13 5 - The divine life-link
13 5 - Paul's enlightenment
13 5 - Confusion confounded
13 5 - The one only way
13 6 - Superstition obsolete
13 6 - Man's present possibilities
13 6 - Nearness of Deity


April 4,1909

Subject: 14

UNREALITY.

oo2o



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 92:7,8

    7 When the wicked spring as the
grass, and when all the workers of
iniquity do flourish; it is that they
shall be destroyed for ever:

    8 But thou, Lord, art most high for
evermore.


Responsive Reading


Job 21:1-9,11-16,18,22

    1 But Job answered and said,

    2 Hear diligently my speech, and
let this be your consolations.

    3 Suffer me that I may speak; and
after that I have spoken, mock on.

    4 As for me, is my complaint to
man? and if it were so, why should
not my spirit be troubled?

    5 Mark me, and be astonished, and
lay your hand upon your mouth.

    6 Even when I remember I am afraid,
and trembling taketh hold on my
flesh.

    7 Wherefore do the wicked live,
become old, yea, are mighty in power?


    8 Their seed is established in
their sight with them, and their
offspring before their eyes.

    9 Their houses are safe from fear,
neither is the rod of God upon them.

    11 They send forth their little
ones like a flock, and their children
dance.

    12 They take the timbrel and harp,
and rejoice at the sound of the organ.


    13 They spend their days in wealth,
and in a moment go down to the grave.


    14 Therefore they say unto God,
Depart from us; for we desire not the
knowledge of thy ways.

    15 What is the Almighty, that we
should serve him? and what profit
should we have, if we pray unto him?

    16 Lo, their good is not in their
hand: the counsel of the wicked is
far from me.

    18 They are as stubble before the
wind, and as chaff that the storm
carrieth away.

    22 Shall any teach God knowledge?
seeing he judgeth those that are
high.


Section 1


Job 3:2,3

    2 And Job spake, and said,

    3 Let the day perish wherein I was
born, and the night in which it was
said, There is a man child conceived.

***
Psalm 51:5

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

***
John 3:1-7

    1 There was a man of the
Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler
of the Jews:

    2 The same came to Jesus by night,
and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that
thou art a teacher come from God: for
no man can do these miracles that
thou doest, except God be with him.

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

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

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

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 539:19-22


    (A type of falsehood)
    It is false to say that Truth and error commingle in creation. In parable and argument, this falsity is exposed by our Master as self-evidently wrong.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:8(begin Any)

    (Our conscious development) Any statement of life, following from a misconception of life, is erroneous, because it is destitute of any knowledge of the so-called selfhood of life, destitute of any knowledge of its origin or existence. The mortal is unconscious of his foetal and infantile existence; but as he grows up into another false claim, that of self-conscious matter, he learns to say, "I am somebody; but who made me?" Error replies, "God made you." The first effort of error has been and is to impute to God the creation of whatever is sinful and mortal; but infinite Mind sets at naught such a mistaken belief.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 190:14


    (Human frailty)
    Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterwards to wither and return to its native nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal; it never merges into immortal being, but finally disappears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 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 2


Psalm 90:10,12

    10 The days of our years are
threescore years and ten; and if by
reason of strength they be fourscore
years, yet is their strength labour
and sorrow; for it is soon cut off,
and we fly away.

    12 So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto
wisdom.

***
Jeremiah 10:23,24

    23 #O Lord, I know that the way of
man is not in himself: it is not in
man that walketh to direct his steps.


    24 O Lord, correct me, but with
judgment; not in thine anger, lest
thou bring me to nothing.

***
I Peter 1:24

    24 For all flesh is as grass, and
all the glory of man as the flower of
grass. The grass withereth, and the
flower thereof falleth away:

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:8


    (Real being never lost)
    Mortals are unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 550:15-20


    (Stages of existence)
    Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The continual contemplation of existence as material and corporeal - as beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as its component stages - hides the true and spiritual Life, and causes our standard to trail in the dust.

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.

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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:7-10


    (Mortal man a mis-creator)
    When mortal man blends his thoughts of existence with the spiritual and works only as God works, he will no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because he has not tasted heaven.


Section 3


Mark 10:17-24

    17 #And when he was gone forth into
the way, there came one running, and
kneeled to him, and asked him, Good
Master, what shall I do that I may
inherit eternal life?

    18 And Jesus said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God.

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

    20 And he answered and said unto
him, Master, all these have I
observed from my youth.

    21 Then Jesus beholding him loved
him, and said unto him, One thing
thou lackest: go thy way, sell
whatsoever thou hast, and give to the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come, take up the cross,
and follow me.

    22 And he was sad at that saying,
and went away grieved: for he had
great possessions.

    23 #And Jesus looked round about,
and saith unto his disciples, How
hardly shall they that have riches
enter into the kingdom of God!

    24 And the disciples were
astonished at his words. But Jesus
answereth again, and saith unto them,
Children, how hard is it for them
that trust in riches to enter into
the kingdom of God!

***
I Timothy 6:17-19

    17 Charge them that are rich in
this world, that they be not
highminded, nor trust in uncertain
riches, but in the living God, who
giveth us richly all things to enjoy;


    18 That they do good, that they be
rich in good works, ready to
distribute, willing to communicate;

    19 Laying up in store for
themselves a good foundation against
the time to come, that they may lay
hold on eternal life.

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


    (Advancement by sacrifice)
    Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling's affections, motives, and aims.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:9


    (Cruel desertion)
    The "man of sorrows" was in no peril from salary or popularity. Though entitled to the homage of the world and endorsed pre-eminently by the approval of God, his brief triumphal entry into Jerusalem was followed by the desertion of all save a few friends, who sadly followed him to the foot of the cross.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 142:11


    (Selfishness and loss)
    If the soft palm, upturned to a lordly salary, and architectural skill, making dome and spire tremulous with beauty, turn the poor and the stranger from the gate, they at the same time shut the door on progress. In vain do the manger and the cross tell their story to pride and fustian. Sensuality palsies the right hand, and causes the left to let go its grasp on the divine.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:15-19


    (Assistance in brotherhood)
    The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.


Section 4


Ecclesiastes 2:1

    1 I said in mine heart, Go to now,
I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and,
behold, this also is vanity.

***
Proverbs 21:17

    17 He that loveth pleasure shall be
a poor man: he that loveth wine and
oil shall not be rich.

***
Isaiah 5:11-13

    11 #Woe unto them that rise up
early in the morning, that they may
follow strong drink; that continue
until night, till wine inflame them!

    12 And the harp, and the viol, the
tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in
their feasts: but they regard not the
work of the Lord, neither consider
the operation of his hands.

    13 #Therefore my people are gone
into captivity, because they have no
knowledge: and their honourable men
are famished, and their multitude
dried up with thirst.

***
I John 2:16,17

    16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the
world.

    17 And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth for ever.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:8


    (The doom of sin) The sensualist's affections are as imaginary, whimsical, and unreal as his pleasures. Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth. Stripped of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:28


    (Mythical pleasure)
    The inebriate believes that there is pleasure in intoxication. The thief believes that he gains something by stealing, and the hypocrite that he is hiding himself. The Science of Mind corrects such mistakes, for Truth demonstrates the falsity of error.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:20-29


    (The fall of error)
    Passions and appetites must end in pain. They are "of few days, and full of trouble." Their supposed joys are cheats. Their narrow limits belittle their gratifications, and hedge about their achievements with thorns.
    (True attainment)
    Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Through toil, struggle, and sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is reached.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:1


    (Conversion of Saul)
    Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for good according to Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful appetites of the human mind.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 329:26(begin If)

    (Error destroyed, not pardoned) 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 5


Psalm 55:1,12-14,21

    1 Give ear to my prayer, O God;
and hide not thyself from my
supplication.

    12 For it was not an enemy that
reproached me; then I could have
borne it: neither was it he that
hated me that did magnify himself
against me; then I would have hid
myself from him:

    13 But it was thou, a man mine
equal, my guide, and mine
acquaintance.

    14 We took sweet counsel together,
and walked unto the house of God in
company.

    21 The words of his mouth were
smoother than butter, but war was in
his heart: his words were softer than
oil, yet were they drawn swords.

***
Matthew 5:11,12

    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.
Matthew 18:21-22

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

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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:31-3


    (Cleansing the mind)
    Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 186:11-22


    (Evil negative and self-destructive)
    Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.
    Evil is self-assertive. It says: "I am a real entity, overmastering good." This falsehood should strip evil of all pretensions. The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good. Every attempt of evil to destroy good is a failure, and only aids in peremptorily punishing the evil-doer.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 563:1-18


    (The dragon as a type)
    Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal. We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness? The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, - the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material. This dragon stands for the sum total of human error. The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken.
    (The sting of the serpent)
    The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:22-27

    (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.


Section 6


Psalm 39:4

    4 Lord, make me to know mine end,
and the measure of my days, what it
is: that I may know how frail I am.

***
Jeremiah 12:5

    5 #If thou hast run with the
footmen, and they have wearied thee,
then how canst thou contend with
horses? and if in the land of peace,
wherein thou trustedst, they wearied
thee, then how wilt thou do in the
swelling of Jordan?

***
John 11:21,25,26

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

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

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

***
Revelation 3:21

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

584:9-16 Chapter 17: Glossary
(DEATH)

    DEATH. An illusion, the lie of life in matter; the unreal and untrue; the opposite of Life.
    Matter has no life, hence it has no real existence. Mind is immortal. The flesh, warring against Spirit; that which frets itself free from one belief only to be fettered by another, until every belief of life where Life is not yields to eternal Life. Any material evidence of death is false, for it contradicts the spiritual facts of being.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:23


    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:7

    (Life not contingent on matter)
    If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 428:19

    (Intelligent consecration)
    We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:31-5

    (Life all-inclusive)
    Jesus said (John viii. 51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." That statement is not confined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of existence. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 409:23

    (So-called superiority)
    This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.

Subheadings in this lesson

14 1 - A type of falsehood
14 1 - Our conscious development
14 1 - Human frailty
14 1 - Consecration required
14 2 - Real being never lost
14 2 - Stages of existence
14 2 - Unspiritual contrasts
14 2 - Key to the kingdom
14 2 - Mortal man a mis-creator
14 3 - Advancement by sacrifice
14 3 - Cruel desertion
14 3 - Selfishness and loss
14 3 - Assistance in brotherhood
14 4 - The doom of sin
14 4 - Mythical pleasure
14 4 - The fall of error
14 4 - True attainment
14 4 - Conversion of Saul
14 4 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
14 5 - Cleansing the mind
14 5 - Evil negative and self-destructive
14 5 - The dragon as a type
14 5 - The sting of the serpent
14 5 - Pure religion enthroned
14 6 - Christian standard
14 6 - Life not contingent on matter
14 6 - Intelligent consecration
14 6 - Life all-inclusive
14 6 - So-called superiority


April 11,1909

Subject: 15

ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL?

o2oo



-- Golden Text --

James 1:13,14

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

    14 But every man is tempted, when
he is drawn away of his own lust, and
enticed.


Responsive Reading


Romans 6:12-23

    12 Let not sin therefore reign in
your mortal body, that ye should obey
it in the lusts thereof.

    13 Neither yield ye your members as
instruments of unrighteousness unto
sin: but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the
dead, and your members as instruments
of righteousness unto God.

    14 For sin shall not have dominion
over you: for ye are not under the
law, but under grace.

    15 What then? shall we sin, because
we are not under the law, but under
grace? God forbid.

    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?

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

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

    19 I speak after the manner of men
because of the infirmity of your
flesh: for as ye have yielded your
members servants to uncleanness and
to iniquity unto iniquity; even so
now yield your members servants to
righteousness unto holiness.

    20 For when ye were the servants of
sin, ye were free from righteousness.


    21 What fruit had ye then in those
things whereof ye are now ashamed? for
the end of those things is death.

    22 But now being made free from
sin, and become servants to God, ye
have your fruit unto holiness, and
the end everlasting life.

    23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Section 1


Genesis 1:1,31

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

    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 2:2

    2 And on the seventh day God ended
his work which he had made; and he
rested on the seventh day from all
his work which he had made.

***
Exodus 20:1,3

    1 And God spake all these words,
saying,

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods
before me.

***
John 1:3

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:31-1


    (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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:17


    (No baneful creation)
    In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were made through the Word of God, "and without Him [the logos, or word] was not anything made that was made." Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, - hence its unreality. In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good." The corporeal senses declare otherwise; and if we give the same heed to the history of error as to the records of truth, the Scriptural record of sin and death favors the false conclusion of the material senses. Sin, sickness, and death must be deemed as devoid of reality as they are of good, God.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 475:28(begin Man)-31

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


    (Man unfallen) Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.

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


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

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.


Section 2


Genesis 4:8-11

    8 And Cain talked with Abel his
brother: and it came to pass, when
they were in the field, that Cain
rose up against Abel his brother, and
slew him.

    9 #And the Lord said unto Cain,
Where is Abel thy brother? And he
said, I know not: Am I my brother's
keeper?

    10 And he said, What hast thou
done? the voice of thy brother's
blood crieth unto me from the ground.


    11 And now art thou cursed from the
earth, which hath opened her mouth to
receive thy brother's blood from thy
hand;

***
John 6:70,71

    70 Jesus answered them, Have not I
chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
devil?

    71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the
son of Simon: for he it was that
should betray him, being one of the
twelve.

***
I John 3:8,11,12

    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.

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

    12 Not as Cain, who was of that
wicked one, and slew his brother. And
wherefore slew he him? Because his
own works were evil, and his
brother's righteous.

***
John 8:39,40,44

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

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 538:17,27-3


    (Contrasted testimony)
    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.
    (Erroneous conception)
    As both mortal man and sin have a beginning, they must consequently have an end, while the sinless, real man is eternal. Eve's declaration, "I have gotten a man from the Lord," supposes God to be the author of sin and sin's progeny. This false sense of existence is fratricidal. In the words of Jesus, it (evil, devil) is "a murderer from the beginning."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 554:20

    (Mendacity of error)
    Jesus defined this opposite of God and His creation better than we can, when he said, "He is a liar, and the father of it." Jesus also said, "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" This he said of Judas, one of Adam's race. Jesus never intimated that God made a devil, but he did say, "Ye are of your father, the devil." All these sayings were to show that mind in matter is the author of itself, and is simply a falsity and illusion.

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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 89:27


    (Divine origination)
    Cain very naturally concluded that if life was in the body, and man gave it, man had the right to take it away. This incident shows that the belief of life in matter was "a murderer from the beginning."


Section 3


Deuteronomy 4:1,2

    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.

    2 Ye shall not add unto the word
which I command you, neither shall ye
diminish ought from it, that ye may
keep the commandments of the Lord
your God which I command you.

***
Proverbs 30:5,6

    5 Every word of God is pure: he is
a shield unto them that put their
trust in him.

    6 Add thou not unto his words, lest
he reprove thee, and thou be found a
liar.

***
Matthew 12:25,27

    25 And Jesus knew their thoughts,
and said unto them, Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to
desolation; and every city or house
divided against itself shall not
stand:

    27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out
devils, by whom do your children cast
them out? therefore they shall be
your judges.

***
Revelation 22:18,19

    18 For I testify unto every man
that heareth the words of the
prophecy of this book, If any man
shall add unto these things, God
shall add unto him the plagues that
are written in this book:

    19 And if any man shall take away
from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his
part out of the book of life, and out
of the holy city, and from the things
which are written in this book.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 524:22


    (Creation reversed)
    Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:7


    (Creation perfect)
    When will the error of believing that there is life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence, life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of all suffering? God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal. Where then is the necessity for recreation or procreation?

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 354:26


    (Scientific consistency)
    Sin should become unreal to every one. It is in itself inconsistent, a divided kingdom. Its supposed realism has no divine authority, and I rejoice in the apprehension of this grand verity.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 421:30


    (No perversion of Mind-science)
    The perversion of Mind-science is like asserting that the products of eight multiplied by five, and of seven by ten, are both forty, and that their combined sum is fifty, and then calling the process mathematics. Wiser than his persecutors, Jesus said: "If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out?"


Section 4


Psalm 19:12,13

    12 Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.

    13 Keep back thy servant also from
presumptuous sins; let them not have
dominion over me: then shall I be
upright, and I shall be innocent from
the great transgression.

***
John 15:22,24,25

    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.

    25 But this cometh to pass, that
the word might be fulfilled that is
written in their law, They hated me
without a cause.

***
James 4:17

    17 Therefore to him that knoweth to
do good, and doeth it not, to him it
is sin.

***
Luke 12:47

    47 And that servant, which knew his
lord's will, and prepared not
himself, neither did according to his
will, shall be beaten with many
stripes.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:5


    (Murder brings its curse)
    Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. 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.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 343:14


    (Proof from miracles)
    Jesus strips all disguise from error, when his teachings are fully understood. By parable and argument he explains the impossibility of good producing evil; and he also scientifically demonstrates this great fact, proving by what are wrongly called miracles, that sin, sickness, and death are beliefs - illusive errors - which he could and did destroy.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 555:6-11


    (Ignorance the sign of error)
    An inquirer once said to the discoverer of Christian Science: "I like your explanations of truth, but I do not comprehend what you say about error." This is the nature of error. The mark of ignorance is on its forehead, for it neither understands nor can be understood.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:29-3

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


    (Vapor and nothingness)
    If sin, sickness, and death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear. As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of good. One must hide the other. How important, then, to choose good as the reality! Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else.


Section 5


Proverbs 14:12

    12 There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death.

***
Luke 8:18

    18 Take heed therefore how ye hear:
for whosoever hath, to him shall be
given; and whosoever hath not, from
him shall be taken even that which he
seemeth to have.

***
Romans 7:18-24

    18 For I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
for to will is present with me; but
how to perform that which is good I
find not.

    19 For the good that I would I do
not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.

    20 Now if I do that I would not, it
is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.

    21 I find then a law, that, when I
would do good, evil is present with
me.

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

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

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

***
I Corinthians 15:56,57

    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.

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 - 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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 481:19

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


    (The fruit forbidden)
    Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:11


    (Mortal man a mis-creator) Carnal beliefs defraud us. They make man an involuntary hypocrite, - producing evil when he would create good, forming deformity when he would outline grace and beauty, injuring those whom he would bless. He becomes a general mis-creator, who believes he is a semi-god. His "touch turns hope to dust, the dust we all have trod." He might say in Bible language: "The good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:25


    (Right endeavor possible)
    Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.


Section 6


Exodus 3:16,20

    16 Go, and gather the elders of
Israel together, and say unto them,
The Lord God of your fathers, the God
of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob,
appeared unto me, saying, I have
surely visited you, and seen that
which is done to you in Egypt:

    20 And I will stretch out my hand,
and smite Egypt with all my wonders
which I will do in the midst thereof:
and after that he will let you go.

***
Psalm 105:26,27,36

    26 He sent Moses his servant; and
Aaron whom he had chosen.

    27 They shewed his signs among
them, and wonders in the land of Ham.


    36 He smote also all the firstborn
in their land, the chief of all their
strength.

***
Acts 3:20,21

    20 And he shall send Jesus Christ,
which before was preached unto you:

    21 Whom the heaven must receive
until the times of restitution of all
things, which God hath spoken by the
mouth of all his holy prophets since
the world began.

***
John 1:11-13

    11 He came unto his own, and his
own received him not.

    12 But as many as received him, to
them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on
his name:

    13 Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of
the will of man, but of God.

***
Revelation 21:4

    4 And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any
more pain: for the former things are
passed away.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 417:18-26


    (Helpful encouragement) The evidence before the corporeal senses is not the Science of immortal man.
    (Disease to be made unreal)
    To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened. Disease should not appear real to the physician, since it is demonstrable that the way to cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To do this, the physician must understand the unreality of disease in Science.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 442:19-22

    (Christ the great physician) An improved belief cannot retrograde. 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.

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.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:23-10

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


    (Unrealities that seem real)
    Question. - Is there no sin?
    Answer. - All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.
    (Christ the ideal Truth)
    The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified as effects of error. Christ came to destroy the belief of sin. The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 573:23-31


    (Nearness of Deity)
    This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, - that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away.

Subheadings in this lesson

15 1 - Spiritual thoughts
15 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
15 1 - No baneful creation
15 1 - Man unfallen
15 1 - Matter is not inflamed
15 1 - Birth and death unreal
15 2 - Contrasted testimony
15 2 - Erroneous conception
15 2 - Mendacity of error
15 2 - Divine origination
15 3 - Creation reversed
15 3 - Creation perfect
15 3 - Scientific consistency
15 3 - No perversion of Mind-science
15 4 - Murder brings its curse
15 4 - Proof from miracles
15 4 - Ignorance the sign of error
15 4 - Vapor and nothingness
15 5 - Self-constituted law
15 5 - Action of mortal mind
15 5 - The fruit forbidden
15 5 - Mortal man a mis-creator
15 5 - Right endeavor possible
15 6 - Helpful encouragement
15 6 - Disease to be made unreal
15 6 - Christ the great physician
15 6 - Spirit intangible
15 6 - Unrealities that seem real
15 6 - Christ the ideal Truth
15 6 - Nearness of Deity


April 18,1909

Subject: 16

DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

2ooo



-- Golden Text --

John 14:20

    20 At that day ye shall know that I
am in my Father, and ye in me, and I
in you.



Responsive Reading


Jonah 3:4-10

    4 And Jonah began to enter into the
city a day's journey, and he cried,
and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh
shall be overthrown.

    5 #So the people of Nineveh
believed God, and proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth, from the
greatest of them even to the least of
them.

    6 For word came unto the king of
Nineveh, and he arose from his
throne, and he laid his robe from
him, and covered him with sackcloth,
and sat in ashes.

    7 And he caused it to be proclaimed
and published through Nineveh by the
decree of the king and his nobles,
saying, Let neither man nor beast,
herd nor flock, taste any thing: let
them not feed, nor drink water:

    8 But let man and beast be covered
with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto
God: yea, let them turn every one
from his evil way, and from the
violence that is in their hands.

    9 Who can tell if God will turn and
repent, and turn away from his fierce
anger, that we perish not?

    10 #And God saw their works, that
they turned from their evil way; and
God repented of the evil, that he had
said that he would do unto them; and
he did it not.
Jonah 4:1,4-11

    1 But it displeased Jonah
exceedingly, and he was very angry.

    4 #Then said the Lord, Doest thou
well to be angry?

    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?



Section 1


Psalm 86:11,16

    11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will
walk in thy truth: unite my heart to
fear thy name.

    16 O turn unto me, and have mercy
upon me; give thy strength unto thy
servant, and save the son of thine
handmaid.

***
John 14:6-11

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

    7 If ye had known me, ye should
have known my Father also: and from
henceforth ye know him, and have seen
him.

    8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew
us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

    9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been
so long time with you, and yet hast
thou not known me, Philip? he that
hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and how sayest thou then, Shew us the
Father?

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

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


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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 202:3-14


    (The uses of truth)
    The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.
    (Divine study)
    If men would bring to bear upon the study of the Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-called pains and pleasures of material sense, they would not go on from bad to worse, until disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but the whole human family would be redeemed through the merits of Christ, - through the perception and acceptance of Truth. For this glorious result Christian Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 269:9-11


    (Divine metaphysics)
    Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike. The first is error; the latter is truth.


4ooo Chapter 1: Prayer - 12:10


    (Prayer for the sick)
    It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, - of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love.



Section 2


Ephesians 4:17,18,22-25,31,32

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

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

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

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind;

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

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

    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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 23:4-20


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

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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 241:31-3


    (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.



Section 3


James 1:17,18,22

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

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

    22 But be ye doers of the word, and
not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves.
James 2:14,18,26

    14 What doth it profit, my
brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, and have not works? can faith
save him?

    18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast
faith, and I have works: shew me thy
faith without thy works, and I will
shew thee my faith by my works.

    26 For as the body without the
spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also.

***
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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:23


    (Deliverance not vicarious)
    Final deliverance from error, whereby we rejoice in immortality, boundless freedom, and sinless sense, is not reached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one's faith without works to another's vicarious effort. Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 24:20-28

    (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.
    The efficacy of the crucifixion lay in the practical affection and goodness it demonstrated for mankind.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 25:6-16,22-26

    (True flesh and blood)
    The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon "the accursed tree," than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father's business. His true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life.


    (Effective triumph)
    Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death.
    Though demonstrating his control over sin and disease, the great Teacher by no means relieved others from giving the requisite proofs of their own piety. He worked for their guidance, that they might demonstrate this power as he did and understand its divine Principle.



Section 4


Ephesians 2:11-19

    11 Wherefore remember, that ye
being in time past Gentiles in the
flesh, who are called Uncircumcision
by that which is called the
Circumcision in the flesh made by
hands;

    12 That at that time ye were
without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers
from the covenants of promise, having
no hope, and without God in the
world:

    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh
by the blood of Christ.

    14 For he is our peace, who hath
made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between
us;

    15 Having abolished in his flesh
the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one
new man, so making peace;

    16 And that he might reconcile both
unto God in one body by the cross,
having slain the enmity thereby:

    17 And came and preached peace to
you which were afar off, and to them
that were nigh.

    18 For through him we both have
access by one Spirit unto the Father.


    19 Now therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and
of the household of 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 - 19:17-24

    (Efficacious repentance)
    Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus' atonement for sin and aid its efficacy; but if the sinner continues to pray and repent, sin and be sorry, he has little part in the atonement, - in the at-one-ment with God, - for he lacks the practical repentance, which reforms the heart and enables man to do the will of wisdom.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 21:1-12

    (Moral victory)
    If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love. Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.
    If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit.



Section 5


John 17:1,6,15,19-23

    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:

    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.

    15 I pray not that thou shouldest
take them out of the world, but that
thou shouldest keep them from the
evil.

    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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:25-26

  (- 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.


3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:17


    (The stone rolled away) 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.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:24


    (Ideas and identities)
    The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, - that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe. The creative Principle - Life, Truth, and Love - is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 506:10

    (Exalted thought)
    Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace. Thus the dawn of ideas goes on, forming each successive stage of progress.

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.



Section 6


Ezekiel 37:15-23,26

    15 #The word of the Lord came again
unto me, saying,

    16 Moreover, thou son of man, take
thee one stick, and write upon it, For
Judah, and for the children of Israel
his companions: then take another
stick, and write upon it, For Joseph,
the stick of Ephraim, and for all the
house of Israel his companions:

    17 And join them one to another
into one stick; and they shall become
one in thine hand.

    18 #And when the children of thy
people shall speak unto thee, saying,
Wilt thou not shew us what thou
meanest by these?

    19 Say unto them, Thus saith the
Lord God; Behold, I will take the
stick of Joseph, which is in the hand
of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel
his fellows, and will put them with
him, even with the stick of Judah,
and make them one stick, and they
shall be one in mine hand.

    20 #And the sticks whereon thou
writest shall be in thine hand before
their eyes.

    21 And say unto them, Thus saith
the Lord God; Behold, I will take the
children of Israel from among the
heathen, whither they be gone, and
will gather them on every side, and
bring them into their own land:

    22 And I will make them one nation
in the land upon the mountains of
Israel; and one king shall be king to
them all: and they shall be no more
two nations, neither shall they be
divided into two kingdoms any more at
all:

    23 Neither shall they defile
themselves any more with their idols,
nor with their detestable things, nor
with any of their transgressions: but
I will save them out of all their
dwellingplaces, wherein they have
sinned, and will cleanse them: so
shall they be my people, and I will
be their God.

    26 Moreover I will make a covenant
of peace with them; it shall be an
everlasting covenant with them: and I
will place them, and multiply them,
and will set my sanctuary in the
midst of them for evermore.


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.


2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 57:32


    (Help and discipline)
    To happify existence by constant intercourse with those adapted to elevate it, should be the motive of society. Unity of spirit gives new pinions to joy, or else joy's drooping wings trail in dust.


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


    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    Truth's immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself, - when he shall realize God's omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind. The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.


ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:19


    (The armor of divinity)
    The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 577:9

    (Divine sense of Deity) In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss, - to the perfectibility of God's creation.

Subheadings in this lesson

16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - The uses of truth
16 1 - Divine study
16 1 - Divine metaphysics
16 1 - Prayer for the sick
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 2 - Doctrines and faith
16 2 - Radical changes
16 2 - Spiritual baptism
16 3 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 3 - Purpose of crucifixion
16 3 - True flesh and blood
16 3 - Effective triumph
16 4 - Human reconciliation
16 4 - Efficacious repentance
16 4 - Moral victory
16 5 - -24- God the parent Mind
16 5 - The stone rolled away
16 5 - Ideas and identities
16 5 - Exalted thought
16 5 - Spirit names and blesses
16 6 - The sole governor
16 6 - Help and discipline
16 6 - Injustice to the Saviour
16 6 - The armor of divinity
16 6 - Divine sense of Deity


April 25,1909

Subject: 17

PROBATION AFTER DEATH.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

John 14:2

    2 In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you.


Responsive Reading


Matthew 18:2-14

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

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

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


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

    6 But whoso shall offend one of
these little ones which believe in
me, it were better for him that a
millstone were hanged about his neck,
and that he were drowned in the depth
of the sea.

    7 #Woe unto the world because of
offences! for it must needs be that
offences come; but woe to that man by
whom the offence cometh!

    8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot
offend thee, cut them off, and cast
them from thee: it is better for thee
to enter into life halt or maimed,
rather than having two hands or two
feet to be cast into everlasting
fire.

    9 And if thine eye offend thee,
pluck it out, and cast it from thee:
it is better for thee to enter into
life with one eye, rather than having
two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

    10 Take heed that ye despise not
one of these little ones; for I say
unto you, That in heaven their angels
do always behold the face of my
Father which is in heaven.

    11 For the Son of man is come to
save that which was lost.

    12 How think ye? if a man have an
hundred sheep, and one of them be
gone astray, doth he not leave the
ninety and nine, and goeth into the
mountains, and seeketh that which is
gone astray?

    13 And if so be that he find it,
verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth
more of that sheep, than of the
ninety and nine which went not
astray.

    14 Even so it is not the will of
your Father which is in heaven, that
one of these little ones should
perish.


Section 1


Job 14:14

    14 If a man die, shall he live
again? all the days of my appointed
time will I wait, till my change
come.

***
Mark 12:18,19,23-27

    18 #Then come unto him the
Sadducees, which say there is no
resurrection; and they asked him,
saying,

    19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If
a man's brother die, and leave his
wife behind him, and leave no
children, that his brother should
take his wife, and raise up seed unto
his brother.

    23 In the resurrection therefore,
when they shall rise, whose wife
shall she be of them? for the seven
had her to wife.

    24 And Jesus answering said unto
them, Do ye not therefore err,
because ye know not the scriptures,
neither the power of God?

    25 For when they shall rise from
the dead, they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage; but are as the
angels which are in heaven.

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

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

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 349:10


    (Law and gospel)
    Two essential points of Christian Science are, that neither Life nor man dies, and that God is not the author of sickness.

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.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 203:31


    (Suicide and sin)
    God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life. God is at once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 486:9-15

(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


    (Sense versus Soul)
    Earth's preparatory school must be improved to the utmost. In reality man never dies. The belief that he dies will not establish his scientific harmony. Death is not the result of Truth but of error, and one error will not correct another.
    (Death an error)
    Jesus proved by the prints of the nails, that his body was the same immediately after death as before.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 291:23


    (Salvation and probation)
    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.


Section 2


Ecclesiastes 12:1,6,7

    1 Remember now thy Creator in the
days of thy youth, while the evil
days come not, nor the years draw
nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no
pleasure in them;

    6 Or ever the silver cord be
loosed, or the golden bowl be broken,
or the pitcher be broken at the
fountain, or the wheel broken at the
cistern.

    7 Then shall the dust return to the
earth as it was: and the spirit shall
return unto God who gave it.

***
Isaiah 38:4,5,9-11,14-17

    4 #Then came the word of the Lord
to Isaiah, saying,

    5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus
saith the Lord, the God of David thy
father, I have heard thy prayer, I
have seen thy tears: behold, I will
add unto thy days fifteen years.

    9 #The writing of Hezekiah king of
Judah, when he had been sick, and was
recovered of his sickness:

    10 I said in the cutting off of my
days, I shall go to the gates of the
grave: I am deprived of the residue
of my years.

    11 I said, I shall not see the
Lord, even the Lord, in the land of
the living: I shall behold man no
more with the inhabitants of the
world.

    14 Like a crane or a swallow, so
did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove:
mine eyes fail with looking upward: O
Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for
me.

    15 What shall I say? he hath both
spoken unto me, and himself hath done
it: I shall go softly all my years in
the bitterness of my soul.

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

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

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 42:5


    (A belief in death)
    The universal belief in death is of no advantage. It cannot make Life or Truth apparent. Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 290:16-25


    (Future purification)
    If the change called death destroyed the belief in sin, sickness, and death, happiness would be won at the moment of dissolution, and be forever permanent; but this is not so. Perfection is gained only by perfection. They who are unrighteous shall be unrighteous still, until in divine Science Christ, Truth, removes all ignorance and sin.
    (Sin is punished)
    The sin and error which possess us at the instant of death do not cease at that moment, but endure until the death of these errors.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 427:13-21,29-30


    (Mortality vanquished)
    Death is but another phase of the dream that existence can be material. Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science. Man is the same after as before a bone is broken or the body guillotined. If man is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"? The tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory over death in proportion as we overcome sin.
    (No death nor inaction)
    The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:28

    (Christian standard)
    Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.


Section 3


Psalm 36:9

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

***
Mark 9:1-4,7,9,10

    1 And he said unto them, Verily I
say unto you, That there be some of
them that stand here, which shall not
taste of death, till they have seen
the kingdom of God come with power.

    2 #And after six days Jesus taketh
with him Peter, and James, and John,
and leadeth them up into an high
mountain apart by themselves: and he
was transfigured before them.

    3 And his raiment became shining,
exceeding white as snow; so as no
fuller on earth can white them.

    4 And there appeared unto them
Elias with Moses: and they were
talking with Jesus.

    7 And there was a cloud that
overshadowed them: and a voice came
out of the cloud, saying, This is my
beloved Son: hear him.

    9 And as they came down from the
mountain, he charged them that they
should tell no man what things they
had seen, till the Son of man were
risen from the dead.

    10 And they kept that saying with
themselves, questioning one with
another what the rising from the dead
should mean.

593:9 Chapter 17: Glossary
(RESURRECTION)

    RESURRECTION. Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.

585:9-12 Chapter 17: Glossary

    (ELIAS)
    ELIAS. Prophecy; spiritual evidence opposed to material sense; Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold; the basis of immortality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 232:26-7


    (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.
    (Profession and proof)
    There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.

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.

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


    (Scientific finalities)
    The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle. At present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man reflects God.


Section 4


Isaiah 40:1,5,8

    1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my
people, saith your God.

    5 And the glory of the Lord shall
be revealed, and all flesh shall see
it together: for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it.

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

***
John 5:19,21,24

    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.

    21 For as the Father raiseth up the
dead, and quickeneth them; even so
the Son quickeneth whom he will.

    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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 81:17


    (Mind's manifestations immortal)
    Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science cannot help being immortal. Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing, governing, divine Principle lives on, - in the case of man as truly as in the case of numbers and of music, - despite the so-called laws of matter, which define man as mortal. Though the inharmony resulting from material sense hides the harmony of Science, inharmony cannot destroy the divine Principle of Science. In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 289:14-30


    (Death but an illusion)
    The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.
    The belief that matter has life results, by the universal law of mortal mind, in a belief in death. So man, tree, and flower are supposed to die; but the fact remains, that God's universe is spiritual and immortal.
    (Spiritual offspring)
    The spiritual fact and the material belief of things are contradictions; but the spiritual is true, and therefore the material must be untrue. Life is not in matter. Therefore it cannot be said to pass out of matter. Matter and death are mortal illusions. Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.


Section 5


Matthew 28:1,2,5-7,9,10,16,17

    1 In the end of the sabbath, as it
began to dawn toward the first day of
the week, came Mary Magdalene and the
other Mary to see the sepulchre.

    2 And, behold, there was a great
earthquake: for the angel of the Lord
descended from heaven, and came and
rolled back the stone from the door,
and sat upon it.

    5 And the angel answered and said
unto the women, Fear not ye: for I
know that ye seek Jesus, which was
crucified.

    6 He is not here: for he is risen,
as he said. Come, see the place where
the Lord lay.

    7 And go quickly, and tell his
disciples that he is risen from the
dead; and, behold, he goeth before
you into Galilee; there shall ye see
him: lo, I have told you.

    9 #And as they went to tell his
disciples, behold, Jesus met them,
saying, All hail. And they came and
held him by the feet, and worshipped
him.

    10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be
not afraid: go tell my brethren that
they go into Galilee, and there shall
they see me.

    16 #Then the eleven disciples went
away into Galilee, into a mountain
where Jesus had appointed them.

    17 And when they saw him, they
worshipped him: but some doubted.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 46:20


    (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. In his final demonstration, called the ascension, which closed the earthly record of Jesus, he rose above the physical knowledge of his disciples, and the material senses saw him no more.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 34:18-23

    (Fellowship with Christ)
    Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 35:6-12,14

    (The last breakfast)
    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 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 429:19


    (Continuity of existence)
    If man did not exist before the material organization began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. If we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even according to the calculations of natural science. Do you believe this? No! Do you understand it? No! This is why you doubt the statement and do not demonstrate the facts it involves. We must have faith in all the sayings of our Master, though they are not included in the teachings of the schools, and are not understood generally by our ethical instructors.


Section 6


John 14:1,19,20

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

    19 Yet a little while, and the
world seeth me no more; but ye see
me: because I live, ye shall live
also.

    20 At that day ye shall know that I
am in my Father, and ye in me, and I
in you.

***
I Corinthians 15:19,20

    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.

***
I Thessalonians 4:14,18

    14 For if we believe that Jesus
died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring with him.

    18 Wherefore comfort one another
with these words.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:6,22


    (Real Life is God)
    When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, - as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed. Then it will be understood that Spirit never entered matter and was therefore never raised from matter. When advanced to spiritual being and the understanding of God, man can no longer commune with matter; neither can he return to it, any more than a tree can return to its seed. Neither will man seem to be corporeal, but he will be an individual consciousness, characterized by the divine Spirit as idea, not matter.
    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 266:24


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

Subheadings in this lesson

17 1 - Law and gospel
17 1 - Material man as a dream
17 1 - Suicide and sin
17 1 - Sense versus Soul
17 1 - Death an error
17 1 - Salvation and probation
17 2 - A belief in death
17 2 - Future purification
17 2 - Sin is punished
17 2 - Mortality vanquished
17 2 - No death nor inaction
17 2 - Christian standard
17 3 - ELIAS
17 3 - Signs following
17 3 - Profession and proof
17 3 - Salutary sorrow
17 3 - Scientific finalities
17 4 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 4 - Death but an illusion
17 4 - Spiritual offspring
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
17 5 - Fellowship with Christ
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Continuity of existence
17 6 - Real Life is God
17 6 - Immaterial pleasure
17 6 - Beatific presence


May 2,1909

Subject: 18

EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Proverbs 16:5

    5 Every one that is proud in heart
is an abomination to the Lord: though
hand join in hand, he shall not be
unpunished.


Responsive Reading


Proverbs 11:3-7,19-21,26-29,31

    3 The integrity of the upright
shall guide them: but the
perverseness of transgressors shall
destroy them.

    4 Riches profit not in the day of
wrath: but righteousness delivereth
from death.

    5 The righteousness of the perfect
shall direct his way: but the wicked
shall fall by his own wickedness.

    6 The righteousness of the upright
shall deliver them: but transgressors
shall be taken in their own
naughtiness.

    7 When a wicked man dieth, his
expectation shall perish: and the
hope of unjust men perisheth.

    19 As righteousness tendeth to
life: so he that pursueth evil
pursueth it to his own death.

    20 They that are of a froward heart
are abomination to the Lord: but such
as are upright in their way are his
delight.

    21 Though hand join in hand, the
wicked shall not be unpunished: but
the seed of the righteous shall be
delivered.

    26 He that withholdeth corn, the
people shall curse him: but blessing
shall be upon the head of him that
selleth it.

    27 He that diligently seeketh good
procureth favour: but he that seeketh
mischief, it shall come unto him.

    28 He that trusteth in his riches
shall fall; but the righteous shall
flourish as a branch.

    29 He that troubleth his own house
shall inherit the wind: and the fool
shall be servant to the wise of
heart.

    31 Behold, the righteous shall be
recompensed in the earth: much more
the wicked and the sinner.


Section 1


Isaiah 17:12-14

    12 #Woe to the multitude of many
people, which make a noise like the
noise of the seas; and to the rushing
of nations, that make a rushing like
the rushing of mighty waters!

    13 The nations shall rush like the
rushing of many waters: but God shall
rebuke them, and they shall flee far
off, and shall be chased as the chaff
of the mountains before the wind, and
like a rolling thing before the
whirlwind.

    14 And behold at eveningtide
trouble; and before the morning he is
not. This is the portion of them that
spoil us, and the lot of them that
rob us.

***
Malachi 4:1,3

    1 For, behold, the day cometh,
that shall burn as an oven; and all
the proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and the
day that cometh shall burn them up,
saith the Lord of hosts, that it
shall leave them neither root nor
branch.

    3 And ye shall tread down the
wicked; for they shall be ashes under
the soles of your feet in the day
that I shall do this, saith the Lord
of hosts.

***
I Corinthians 6:9,10

    9 Know ye not that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
with mankind,

    10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God.

***
Romans 1:18

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness;

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 537:13


    (Justice and recompense)
    "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Error excludes itself from harmony. Sin is its own punishment. Truth guards the gateway to harmony. Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 404:29


    (Sin or fear the root of sickness) Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, make a man sick, and neither material medicine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body, unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 270:24-26


    (Prophetic ignorance)
    Mortals think wickedly; consequently they are wicked. They think sickly thoughts, and so become sick.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:31-7

    (Belief an autocrat)
    Mortal belief is a liar from the beginning, not deserving power. It says to mortals, "You are wretched!" and they think they are so; and nothing can change this state, until the belief changes. Mortal belief says, "You are happy!" and mortals are so; and no circumstance can alter the situation, until the belief on this subject changes. Human belief says to mortals, "You are sick!" and this testimony manifests itself on the body as sickness.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 297:16

    (Self-improvement)
    The only fact concerning any material concept is, that it is neither scientific nor eternal, but subject to change and dissolution.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:8


    (Embryonic sinful thoughts)
    Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.


Section 2


II Chronicles 15:1-4

    1 And the Spirit of God came upon
Azariah the son of Oded:

    2 And he went out to meet Asa, and
said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and
all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is
with you, while ye be with him; and
if ye seek him, he will be found of
you; but if ye forsake him, he will
forsake you.

    3 Now for a long season Israel hath
been without the true God, and
without a teaching priest, and
without law.

    4 But when they in their trouble
did turn unto the Lord God of Israel,
and sought him, he was found of them.

***
Psalm 1:6

    6 For the Lord knoweth the way of
the righteous: but the way of the
ungodly shall perish.

***
Luke 6:49

    49 But he that heareth, and doeth
not, is like a man that without a
foundation built an house upon the
earth; against which the stream did
beat vehemently, and immediately it
fell; and the ruin of that house was
great.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 480:14

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:31-4


    (Spiritual thoughts)
    Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They are without a real origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which simulates the creations of Truth.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 311:28-31

    (Soul impeccable)
    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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 300:1,13

    (Old and new man)
    Human logic is awry when it attempts to draw correct spiritual conclusions regarding life from matter. Finite sense has no true appreciation of infinite Principle, God, or of His infinite image or reflection, man. The mirage, which makes trees and cities seem to be where they are not, illustrates the illusion of material man, who cannot be the image of God.
    (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.


Section 3


Ezekiel 18:1,4,29,31,32

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

    4 Behold, all souls are mine; as
the soul of the father, so also the
soul of the son is mine: the soul
that sinneth, it shall die.

    29 Yet saith the house of Israel,
The way of the Lord is not equal. O
house of Israel, are not my ways
equal? are not your ways unequal?

    31 #Cast away from you all your
transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new
heart and a new spirit: for why will
ye die, O house of Israel?

    32 For I have no pleasure in the
death of him that dieth, saith the
Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves,
and live ye.

***
Isaiah 1:18

    18 Come now, and let us reason
together, saith the Lord: though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as
white as snow; though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool.

***
Romans 1:20,21

    20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that
they are without excuse:

    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 403:16-20


    (Error's power imaginary)
    Mortal mind is constantly producing on mortal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 487:21-23

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


    (Understanding versus belief)
    Mere belief is blindness without Principle from which to explain the reason of its hope.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:5-10


    (Physical science a blind belief)
    When this human belief lacks organizations to support it, its foundations are gone. Having neither moral might, spiritual basis, nor holy Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in matter, thus limiting Life and holding fast to discord and death.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 192:11


    (Human power a blind force)
    Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind and not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest's breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 540:11


    (Cleansing upheaval)
    In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.


Section 4


Genesis 4:3-5,8-11

    3 And in process of time it came to
pass, that Cain brought of the fruit
of the ground an offering unto the
Lord.

    4 And Abel, he also brought of the
firstlings of his flock and of the fat
thereof. And the Lord had respect
unto Abel and to his offering:

    5 But unto Cain and to his offering
he had not respect. And Cain was very
wroth, and his countenance fell.

    8 And Cain talked with Abel his
brother: and it came to pass, when
they were in the field, that Cain
rose up against Abel his brother, and
slew him.

    9 #And the Lord said unto Cain,
Where is Abel thy brother? And he
said, I know not: Am I my brother's
keeper?

    10 And he said, What hast thou
done? the voice of thy brother's
blood crieth unto me from the ground.


    11 And now art thou cursed from the
earth, which hath opened her mouth to
receive thy brother's blood from thy
hand;

***
Matthew 23:25,34,35

    25 Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make
clean the outside of the cup and of
the platter, but within they are full
of extortion and excess.

    34 #Wherefore, behold, I send unto
you prophets, and wise men, and
scribes: and some of them ye shall
kill and crucify; and some of them
shall ye scourge in your synagogues,
and persecute them from city to city:


    35 That upon you may come all the
righteous blood shed upon the earth,
from the blood of righteous Abel unto
the blood of Zacharias son of
Barachias, whom ye slew between the
temple and the altar.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:22-29


    (Cumulative repentance)
    It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty conscience. The abiding consciousness of wrongdoing tends to destroy the ability to do right. If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are conquered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:14-15,19-21

    (Love frees from fear)
    The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources of man's enslavement.
    The fear occasioned by ignorance can be cured; but to remove the effects of fear produced by sin, you must rise above both fear and sin.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 188:4-8


    (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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:5-10,21


    (Murder brings its curse)
    Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. 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.
    (Retribution and remorse)
    Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does. Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God. To envy's own hell, justice consigns the lie which, to advance itself, breaks God's commandments.


Section 5


Acts 5:1-3,5,7-11

    1 But a certain man named Ananias,
with Sapphira his wife, sold a
possession,

    2 And kept back part of the price,
his wife also being privy to it, and
brought a certain part, and laid it
at the apostles' feet.

    3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath
Satan filled thine heart to lie to
the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part
of the price of the land?

    5 And Ananias hearing these words
fell down, and gave up the ghost: and
great fear came on all them that
heard these things.

    7 And it was about the space of
three hours after, when his wife, not
knowing what was done, came in.

    8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell
me whether ye sold the land for so
much? And she said, Yea, for so much.


    9 Then Peter said unto her, How is
it that ye have agreed together to
tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold,
the feet of them which have buried
thy husband are at the door, and
shall carry thee out.

    10 Then fell she down straightway
at his feet, and yielded up the
ghost: and the young men came in, and
found her dead, and, carrying her
forth, buried her by her husband.

    11 And great fear came upon all the
church, and upon as many as heard
these things.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:5-17


    (Mental conspirators)
    Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid, - until you have balanced your account with God.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:3-7


    (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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 85:2-12

    (Scientific foreknowing)
    It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.
    (Value of intuition)
    Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil. 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.


Section 6


Isaiah 4:2-6

    2 In that day shall the branch of
the Lord be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the earth shall be
excellent and comely for them that
are escaped of Israel.

    3 And it shall come to pass, that
he that is left in Zion, and he that
remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be
called holy, even every one that is
written among the living in
Jerusalem:

    4 When the Lord shall have washed
away the filth of the daughters of
Zion, and shall have purged the blood
of Jerusalem from the midst thereof
by the spirit of judgment, and by the
spirit of burning.

    5 And the Lord will create upon
every dwelling place of mount Zion,
and upon her assemblies, a cloud and
smoke by day, and the shining of a
flaming fire by night: for upon all
the glory shall be a defence.

    6 And there shall be a tabernacle
for a shadow in the daytime from the
heat, and for a place of refuge, and
for a covert from storm and from
rain.

***
Galatians 5:22(begin the),23

***
he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:7


    (Ultimate harmony)
    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.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 22:23-27


    (Deliverance not vicarious)
    Final deliverance from error, whereby we rejoice in immortality, boundless freedom, and sinless sense, is not reached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one's faith without works to another's vicarious effort.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:31


    (The Christ-element)
    The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man's real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life. Mortal man can never rise from the temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life. The belief that life and sensation are in the body should be overcome by the understanding of what constitutes man as the image of God. Then Spirit will have overcome the flesh.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 296:6

    (Scientific purgation)
    Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 276:17

    (Perfection requisite)
    If God is admitted to be the only Mind and Life, there ceases to be any opportunity for sin and death. When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, - towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.

Subheadings in this lesson

18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 1 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 1 - Prophetic ignorance
18 1 - Belief an autocrat
18 1 - Self-improvement
18 1 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 2 - Harmony from Spirit
18 2 - Spiritual thoughts
18 2 - Soul impeccable
18 2 - Old and new man
18 2 - The tares and wheat
18 3 - Error's power imaginary
18 3 - Understanding versus belief
18 3 - Physical science a blind belief
18 3 - Human power a blind force
18 3 - Cleansing upheaval
18 4 - Cumulative repentance
18 4 - Love frees from fear
18 4 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 4 - Murder brings its curse
18 4 - Retribution and remorse
18 5 - Wickedness is not man
18 5 - Mental conspirators
18 5 - Scientific foreseeing
18 5 - Scientific foreknowing
18 5 - Value of intuition
18 6 - Ultimate harmony
18 6 - Deliverance not vicarious
18 6 - The Christ-element
18 6 - Scientific purgation
18 6 - Perfection requisite


May 9,1909

Subject: 19

ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Psalm 37:7,10

    7 Rest in the Lord, and wait
patiently for him: fret not thyself
because of him who prospereth in his
way, because of the man who bringeth
wicked devices to pass.

    10 For yet a little while, and the
wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt
diligently consider his place, and it
shall not be.


Responsive Reading


Ecclesiastes 5:1-3,7,10,13-17

    1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to
the house of God, and be more ready to
hear, than to give the sacrifice of
fools: for they consider not that
they do evil.

    2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and
let not thine heart be hasty to utter
any thing before God: for God is in
heaven, and thou upon earth:
therefore let thy words be few.

    3 For a dream cometh through the
multitude of business; and a fool's
voice is known by multitude of words.


    7 For in the multitude of dreams
and many words there are also divers
vanities: but fear thou God.

    10 He that loveth silver shall not
be satisfied with silver; nor he that
loveth abundance with increase: this
is also vanity.

    13 There is a sore evil which I
have seen under the sun, namely,
riches kept for the owners thereof to
their hurt.

    14 But those riches perish by evil
travail: and he begetteth a son, and
there is nothing in his hand.

    15 As he came forth of his mother's
womb, naked shall he return to go as
he came, and shall take nothing of
his labour, which he may carry away
in his hand.

    16 And this also is a sore evil,
that in all points as he came, so
shall he go: and what profit hath he
that hath laboured for the wind?

    17 All his days also he eateth in
darkness, and he hath much sorrow and
wrath with his sickness.
Ecclesiastes 6:11,12

    11 #Seeing there be many things
that increase vanity, what is man the
better?

    12 For who knoweth what is good for
man in this life, all the days of his
vain life which he spendeth as a
shadow? for who can tell a man what
shall be after him under the sun?


Section 1


Genesis 1:27,28,31

    27 So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them.


    28 And God blessed them, and God
said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth,
and subdue it: and have dominion over
the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over every
living thing that moveth upon the
earth.

    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.

***
Psalm 37:18,19,30,31

    18 The Lord knoweth the days of the
upright: and their inheritance shall
be for ever.

    19 They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine
they shall be satisfied.

    30 The mouth of the righteous
speaketh wisdom, and his tongue
talketh of judgment.

    31 The law of his God is in his
heart; none of his steps shall slide.

***
Isaiah 40:18,21

    18 #To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto
him?

    21 Have ye not known? have ye not
heard? hath it not been told you from
the beginning? have ye not understood
from the foundations of the earth?

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 470:21-24

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


    (Indestructible relationship)
    God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God's being.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 93:15-17


    (Logic and revelation)
    Good does not create a mind susceptible of causing evil, for evil is the opposing error and not the truth of creation.

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

    (Scientific man)
    Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter. Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love. The nature of man, thus understood, includes all that is implied by the terms "image" and "likeness" as used in Scripture.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:27-3


    (Ideal man and woman)
    To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit. It follows that man is a generic term. Masculine, feminine, and neuter genders are human concepts. In one of the ancient languages the word for man is used also as the synonym of mind. This definition has been weakened by anthropomorphism, or a humanization of Deity.

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 2


Genesis 2:6,7

    6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of
the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul.

***
Isaiah 2:22

    22 Cease ye from man, whose breath
is in his nostrils: for wherein is he
to be accounted of?

***
Ecclesiastes 4:15,16

    15 I considered all the living
which walk under the sun, with the
second child that shall stand up in
his stead.

    16 There is no end of all the
people, even of all that have been
before them: they also that come
after shall not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and
vexation of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 6:4,6

    4 For he cometh in with vanity, and
departeth in darkness, and his name
shall be covered with darkness.

    6 #Yea, though he live a thousand
years twice told, yet hath he seen no
good: do not all go to one place?

***
Romans 8:8

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 338:12-13,17-21,27-31

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


    (-29- Adam not ideal man)
    XXIX. The word Adam is from the Hebrew adamah, signifying the red color of the ground, dust, nothingness.
    It further suggests the thought of that "darkness . . . upon the face of the deep," when matter or dust was deemed the agent of Deity in creating man, - when matter, as that which is accursed, stood opposed to Spirit. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:3


    (Creation reversed)
    In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations. Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.

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 - 526:3-8,11


    (Contradicting first creation)
    The previous and more scientific record of creation declares that God made "every plant of the field before it was in the earth." This opposite declaration, this statement that life issues from matter, contradicts the teaching of the first chapter, - namely, that all Life is God. The appetites and passions, sin, sickness, and death, follow in the train of this error of a belief in intelligent matter.

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.


Section 3


Genesis 3:17-19

    17 And unto Adam he said, Because
thou hast hearkened unto the voice of
thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree,
of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life;

    18 Thorns also and thistles shall
it bring forth to thee; and thou
shalt eat the herb of the field;

    19 In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

***
Romans 7:5,14,17,20

    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.

    14 For we know that the law is
spiritual: but I am carnal, sold
under sin.

    17 Now then it is no more I that do
it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

    20 Now if I do that I would not, it
is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 532:5


    (Progeny cursed)
    All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death? "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," was the prediction in the story under consideration. Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 536:10-29

    (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.
    Passions and appetites must end in pain. They are "of few days, and full of trouble." Their supposed joys are cheats. Their narrow limits belittle their gratifications, and hedge about their achievements with thorns.
    (True attainment)
    Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Through toil, struggle, and sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is reached.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 304:17


    (Harmony natural)
    Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.


Section 4


Romans 5:12-14,18,19

    12 Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by
sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned:

    13 (For until the law sin was in
the world: but sin is not imputed
when there is no law.

    14 Nevertheless death reigned from
Adam to Moses, even over them that had
not sinned after the similitude of
Adam's transgression, who is the
figure of him that was to come.

    18 Therefore as by the offence of
one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the
righteousness of one the free gift
came upon all men unto justification
of life.

    19 For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of one shall many be made
righteous.

***
I Corinthians 15:21,22,45

    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.

    45 And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening
spirit.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:12(begin The Son)-23


    (Spirit and flesh) The Son of the Virgin-mother unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error; and the Apostle Paul explains this warfare between the idea of divine power, which Jesus presented, and mythological material intelligence called energy and opposed to Spirit.
    Paul says in his epistle to the Romans: "The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwell in you."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 542:1-5

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

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.


Section 5


Ephesians 2:1-5,14,15,17,18

    1 And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins;

    2 Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the
power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of
disobedience:

    3 Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind;
and were by nature the children of
wrath, even as others.

    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;)

    14 For he is our peace, who hath
made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between
us;

    15 Having abolished in his flesh
the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one
new man, so making peace;

    17 And came and preached peace to
you which were afar off, and to them
that were nigh.

    18 For through him we both have
access by one Spirit unto the Father.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 171:4


    (Paradise regained)
    Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:26-12


    (Science as foreign to all religion)
    Mystery does not enshroud Christ's teachings, and they are not theoretical and fragmentary, but practical and complete; and being practical and complete, they are not deprived of their essential vitality.
    (Key to the kingdom)
    The way through which immortality and life are learned is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual. Human philosophy, ethics, and superstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which mortals can escape from sin; yet to escape from sin, is what the Bible demands. "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," says the apostle, and he straightway adds: "for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians ii. 12, 13). Truth has furnished the key to the kingdom, and with this key Christian Science has opened the door of the human understanding. None may pick the lock nor enter by some other door.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 535:10-14


    (Judgment on error)
    Divine Science deals its chief blow at the supposed material foundations of life and intelligence. It dooms idolatry. A belief in other gods, other creators, and other creations must go down before Christian Science.


Section 6


Ephesians 4:1,2,22-24

    1 I therefore, the prisoner of the
Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are
called,

    2 With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love;

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

    23 And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind;

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

***
Revelation 3:3,5,6

    3 Remember therefore how thou hast
received and heard, and hold fast, and
repent. If therefore thou shalt not
watch, I will come on thee as a
thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee.

    5 He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.

    6 He that hath an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit saith unto the
churches.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 544:3-7


    (Material inception)
    In God's creation ideas became productive, obedient to Mind. There was no rain and "not a man to till the ground." Mind, instead of matter, being the producer, Life was self-sustained.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:7-11

    (Mental tillage)
    The condemnation of mortals to till the ground means this, - that mortals should so improve material belief by thought tending spiritually upward as to destroy materiality. Man, created by God, was given dominion over the whole earth.

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?"

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:7

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

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


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

Subheadings in this lesson

19 1 - Indestructible relationship
19 1 - Logic and revelation
19 1 - Scientific man
19 1 - Ideal man and woman
19 1 - Birthright of man
19 2 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 2 - Creation reversed
19 2 - Knowledge of good and evil
19 2 - Contradicting first creation
19 2 - The two records
19 3 - Progeny cursed
19 3 - The fall of error
19 3 - True attainment
19 3 - Harmony natural
19 4 - Spirit and flesh
19 4 - Murder brings its curse
19 4 - Scientific offspring
19 5 - Paradise regained
19 5 - Science as foreign to all religion
19 5 - Key to the kingdom
19 5 - Judgment on error
19 6 - Material inception
19 6 - Mental tillage
19 6 - The great question
19 6 - Narrow pathway
19 6 - Moral victory


May 16,1909

Subject: 20

MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

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.



Responsive Reading


Luke 18:1-17

    1 And he spake a parable unto them
to this end, that men ought always to
pray, and not to faint;

    2 Saying, There was in a city a
judge, which feared not God, neither
regarded man:

    3 And there was a widow in that
city; and she came unto him, saying,
Avenge me of mine adversary.

    4 And he would not for a while: but
afterward he said within himself,
Though I fear not God, nor regard
man;

    5 Yet because this widow troubleth
me, I will avenge her, lest by her
continual coming she weary me.

    6 And the Lord said, Hear what the
unjust judge saith.

    7 And shall not God avenge his own
elect, which cry day and night unto
him, though he bear long with them?

    8 I tell you that he will avenge
them speedily. Nevertheless when the
Son of man cometh, shall he find
faith on the earth?

    9 And he spake this parable unto
certain which trusted in themselves
that they were righteous, and
despised others:

    10 Two men went up into the temple
to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the
other a publican.

    11 The Pharisee stood and prayed
thus with himself, God, I thank thee,
that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or
even as this publican.

    12 I fast twice in the week, I give
tithes of all that I possess.

    13 And the publican, standing afar
off, would not lift up so much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his
breast, saying, God be merciful to me
a sinner.

    14 I tell you, this man went down
to his house justified rather than
the other: for every one that
exalteth himself shall be abased; and
he that humbleth himself shall be
exalted.

    15 And they brought unto him also
infants, that he would touch them:
but when his disciples saw it, they
rebuked them.

    16 But Jesus called them unto him,
and said, Suffer little children to
come unto me, and forbid them not:
for of such is the kingdom of God.

    17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child shall in no wise
enter therein.



Section 1


Psalm 51:5

    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

***
Jeremiah 15:10

    10 #Woe is me, my mother, that thou
hast borne me a man of strife and a
man of contention to the whole earth!
I have neither lent on usury, nor men
have lent to me on usury; yet every
one of them doth curse me.

***
Romans 7:24

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

***
II Corinthians 5:4

    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.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:1-4,13-27

(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


    (Man unfallen) God's man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo.
    (Mortals are not immortals)
    Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
    (Imperishable identity)
    Learn this, O mortal, and earnestly seek the spiritual status of man, which is outside of all material selfhood. 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."


oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 263:1


    (Human egotism)
    Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create. The creations of mortal mind are material. Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 265:5

    (Godward gravitation)
    Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, - they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, - in order that sin and mortality may be put off.

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.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 215:22


    (Light and darkness)
    With its divine proof, Science reverses the evidence of material sense. Every quality and condition of mortality is lost, swallowed up in immortality. Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man in origin, in existence, and in his relation to God.



Section 2


Psalm 58:1-3

    1 Do ye indeed speak
righteousness, O congregation? do ye
judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

    2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness;
ye weigh the violence of your hands
in the earth.

    3 The wicked are estranged from the
womb: they go astray as soon as they
be born, speaking lies.

***
Jeremiah 50:33,34

    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.

***
John 5:2,3,5-8,14

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

    3 In these lay a great multitude of
impotent folk, of blind, halt,
withered, waiting for the moving of
the water.

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

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

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

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

    14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in
the temple, and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto
thee.


oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 260:19-30


    (Requisite change of our ideals)
    Mortals must change their ideals in order to improve their models. A sick body is evolved from sick thoughts. Sickness, disease, and death proceed from fear. Sensualism evolves bad physical and moral conditions.
    Selfishness and sensualism are educated in mortal mind by the thoughts ever recurring to one's self, by conversation about the body, and by the expectation of perpetual pleasure or pain from it; and this education is at the expense of spiritual growth. If we array thought in mortal vestures, it must lose its immortal nature.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 230:27


    (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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 327:17


    (Peremptory demands)
    To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.


oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 262:17-23


    (The true sense)
    Job said: "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee." Mortals will echo Job's thought, when the supposed pain and pleasure of matter cease to predominate. They will then drop the false estimate of life and happiness, of joy and sorrow, and attain the bliss of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God.



Section 3


Jeremiah 3:21,22

    21 A voice was heard upon the high
places, weeping and supplications of
the children of Israel: for they have
perverted their way, and they have
forgotten the Lord their God.

    22 Return, ye backsliding children,
and I will heal your backslidings.
Behold, we come unto thee; for thou
art the Lord our God.

***
Psalm 73:25,26,28

    25 Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I
desire beside thee.

    26 My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.

    28 But it is good for me to draw
near to God: I have put my trust in
the Lord God, that I may declare all
thy works.

***
Galatians 2:20

    20 I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live
by the faith of the Son of God, who
loved me, and gave himself for me.

***
Philipians 3:13,14

    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.


oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 295:11


    (Mortals unlike immortals)
    Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 253:32


    (Patience and final perfection)
    The divine demand, "Be ye therefore perfect," is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are indispensable. Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can "run, and not be weary; . . . walk, and not faint," who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement. God requires perfection, but not until the battle between Spirit and flesh is fought and the victory won. To stop eating, drinking, or being clothed materially before the spiritual facts of existence are gained step by step, is not legitimate. 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.


ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 519:14


    (Infinity measureless)
    Mortals can never know the infinite, until they throw off the old man and reach the spiritual image and likeness. What can fathom infinity! How shall we declare Him, till, in the language of the apostle, "we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"?


ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 562:11(after .)


    (Spiritual idea crowned) The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, - separated by belief from man's divine origin and the true idea, - will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man in the harmony of Science. These are the stars in the crown of rejoicing. They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting the light which shines "unto the perfect day" as the night of materialism wanes.



Section 4


Psalm 65:4

    4 Blessed is the man whom thou
choosest, and causest to approach
unto thee, that he may dwell in thy
courts: we shall be satisfied with
the goodness of thy house, even of
thy holy temple.

***
Jeremiah 51:5,10

    5 For Israel hath not been
forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of
the Lord of hosts; though their land
was filled with sin against the Holy
One of Israel.

    10 The Lord hath brought forth our
righteousness: come, and let us
declare in Zion the work of the Lord
our God.

***
I Peter 1:13-15,23

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

    14 As obedient children, not
fashioning yourselves according to
the former lusts in your ignorance:

    15 But as he which hath called you
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner
of conversation;

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


ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 444:27


    (Charity to those opposed)
    Immortals, or God's children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the "children of men" in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.


ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 476:11-13,28-5

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


    (Mortals are not immortals)
    Mortals will disappear, and immortals, or the children of God, will appear as the only and eternal verities of man.
    (The kingdom within)
    When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.


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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Idolatry)


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 288:27-28

    (The Christ-element)
    Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses.



Section 5


Psalm 16:5,6

    5 The Lord is the portion of mine
inheritance and of my cup: thou
maintainest my lot.

    6 The lines are fallen unto me in
pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly
heritage.
Psalm 31:19,20

    19 Oh how great is thy goodness,
which thou hast laid up for them that
fear thee; which thou hast wrought
for them that trust in thee before
the sons of men!

    20 Thou shalt hide them in the
secret of thy presence from the pride
of man: thou shalt keep them secretly
in a pavilion from the strife of
tongues.

***
Isaiah 33:17,20,24

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

    20 Look upon Zion, the city of our
solemnities: thine eyes shall see
Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a
tabernacle that shall not be taken
down; not one of the stakes thereof
shall ever be removed, neither shall
any of the cords thereof be broken.

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

***
Revelation 22:4,5

    4 And they shall see his face; and
his name shall be in their foreheads.

    5 And there shall be no night
there; and they need no candle,
neither light of the sun; for the
Lord God giveth them light: and they
shall reign for ever and ever.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 242:6


    (Spiritual baptism) 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 - 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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 298:13

    (Truth's witness)
    Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality. Material sense expresses the belief that mind is in matter. This human belief, alternating between a sense of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, life and death, never reaches beyond the boundary of the mortal or the unreal. When the real is attained, which is announced by Science, joy is no longer a trembler, nor is hope a cheat. Spiritual ideas, like numbers and notes, start from Principle, and admit no materialistic beliefs. Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense of being.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 247:15


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



Section 6


Genesis 5:24

    24 And Enoch walked with God: and
he was not; for God took him.

***
Acts 1:1-3,9

    1 The former treatise have I made,
O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began
both to do and teach,

    2 Until the day in which he was
taken up, after that he through the
Holy Ghost had given commandments
unto the apostles whom he had chosen:


    3 To whom also he shewed himself
alive after his passion by many
infallible proofs, being seen of them
forty days, and speaking of the
things pertaining to the kingdom of
God:

    9 And when he had spoken these
things, while they beheld, he was
taken up; and a cloud received him
out of their sight.

***
I Peter 1:3,4

    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,

***
Acts 20:32

    32 And now, brethren, I commend you
to God, and to the word of his grace,
which is able to build you up, and to
give you an inheritance among all
them which are sanctified.


o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 209:1-2


    (Sickness as only thought)
    Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.

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.


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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 76:22

    (Immaterial pleasure)
    The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, - a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.


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 - Man unfallen
20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - Human egotism
20 1 - Godward gravitation
20 1 - Spiritual discovery
20 1 - Light and darkness
20 2 - Requisite change of our ideals
20 2 - The true healing
20 2 - Peremptory demands
20 2 - The true sense
20 3 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 3 - Patience and final perfection
20 3 - Infinity measureless
20 3 - Spiritual idea crowned
20 4 - Charity to those opposed
20 4 - Mortals are not immortals
20 4 - The kingdom within
20 4 - -22- The real manhood
20 4 - The Christ-element
20 5 - Spiritual baptism
20 5 - Man inseparable from Love
20 5 - Truth's witness
20 5 - Eternal beauty
20 6 - Sickness as only thought
20 6 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
20 6 - Scientific finalities
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure


May 23,1909

Subject: 21

SOUL AND BODY.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

I Thessalonians 5:23

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


Responsive Reading


I Corinthians 15:34-44,48-50

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

    35 But some man will say, How are
the dead raised up? and with what
body do they come?

    36 Thou fool, that which thou
sowest is not quickened, except it
die:

    37 And that which thou sowest, thou
sowest not that body that shall be,
but bare grain, it may chance of
wheat, or of some other grain:

    38 But God giveth it a body as it
hath pleased him, and to every seed
his own body.

    39 All flesh is not the same flesh:
but there is one kind of flesh of
men, another flesh of beasts, another
of fishes, and another of birds.

    40 There are also celestial bodies,
and bodies terrestrial: but the glory
of the celestial is one, and the
glory of the terrestrial is another.

    41 There is one glory of the sun,
and another glory of the moon, and
another glory of the stars: for one
star differeth from another star in
glory.

    42 So also is the resurrection of
the dead. It is sown in corruption;
it is raised in incorruption:

    43 It is sown in dishonour; it is
raised in glory: it is sown in
weakness; it is raised in power:

    44 It is sown a natural body; it is
raised a spiritual body. There is a
natural body, and there is a
spiritual body.

    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.


Section 1


Malachi 4:1,2,5

    1 For, behold, the day cometh,
that shall burn as an oven; and all
the proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and the
day that cometh shall burn them up,
saith the Lord of hosts, that it
shall leave them neither root nor
branch.

    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.

    5 #Behold, I will send you Elijah
the prophet before the coming of the
great and dreadful day of the Lord:

***
Matthew 17:12,13

    12 But I say unto you, That Elias
is come already, and they knew him
not, but have done unto him
whatsoever they listed. Likewise
shall also the Son of man suffer of
them.

    13 Then the disciples understood
that he spake unto them of John the
Baptist.

***
I Corinthians 14:2,3

    2 For he that speaketh in an
unknown tongue speaketh not unto men,
but unto God: for no man
understandeth him; howbeit in the
spirit he speaketh mysteries.

    3 But he that prophesieth speaketh
unto men to edification, and
exhortation, and comfort.
I Corinthians 2:11,14

    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.

    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.

***
Acts 3:22,23

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

    23 And it shall come to pass, that
every soul, which will not hear that
prophet, shall be destroyed from
among the people.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 84:3-7,28


    (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.
    (Scientific foreknowing)
    All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science. If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read the stars or calculate an eclipse. This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 167:3-6


    (Health from reliance on spirituality)
    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.

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.

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.

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


    (Spiritual foreshadowings)
    The prophet of to-day beholds in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of the Christianity which heals the sick and destroys error, and no other sign shall be given.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:5

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)


    (-30- Divine pardon) Does not God's pardon, destroying any one sin, prophesy and involve the final destruction of all sin?


Section 2


Psalm 66:8,9

    8 O bless our God, ye people, and
make the voice of his praise to be
heard:

    9 Which holdeth our soul in life,
and suffereth not our feet to be
moved.

***
Romans 8:12,13

    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.

***
II Corinthians 5:6,8,10

    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.

    10 For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done
in his body, according to that he
hath done, whether it be good or bad.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 318:32


    (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.

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 - 300:26-28


    (The divine reflection) The theory that soul, spirit, intelligence, inhabits matter is taught by the schools. This theory is unscientific.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 336:32-4

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

    (-25- Man reflects the perfect God)
    XXV. God is individual and personal in a scientific sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. Therefore man, reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as material sensation, or a soul in the body, blind mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 216:28


    (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. The loss of man's identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.


Section 3


Psalm 56:11,13

    11 In God have I put my trust: I
will not be afraid what man can do
unto me.

    13 For thou hast delivered my soul
from death: wilt not thou deliver my
feet from falling, that I may walk
before God in the light of the
living?

***
Matthew 10:28

    28 And fear not them which kill the
body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in
hell.
Matthew 5:30

    30 And if thy right hand offend
thee, cut it off, and cast it from
thee: for it is profitable for thee
that one of thy members should
perish, and not that thy whole body
should be cast into hell.

***
Luke 16:19,23-25

    19 #There was a certain rich man,
which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and fared sumptuously every
day:

    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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 196:11


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 405:29


    (Cumulative repentance)
    The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 390:4

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


Section 4


Psalm 19:7

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

***
Romans 7:22,23

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

    23 But I see another law in my
members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.
Romans 8:22,23,31

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

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

    31 What shall we then say to these
things? If God be for us, who can be
against us?

***
Luke 21:19,22,28

    19 In your patience possess ye your
souls.

    22 For these be the days of
vengeance, that all things which are
written may be fulfilled.

    28 And when these things begin to
come to pass, then look up, and lift
up your heads; for your redemption
draweth nigh.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 98:7-8


    (Spiritual foreshadowings)
    Body cannot be saved except through Mind.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 119:27


    (The sun and Soul)
    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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 122:29-3

    (Ptolemaic and psychical error)
    Our theories make the same mistake regarding Soul and body that Ptolemy made regarding the solar system. They insist that soul is in body and mind therefore tributary to matter. Astronomical science has destroyed the false theory as to the relations of the celestial bodies, and Christian Science will surely destroy the greater error as to our terrestrial bodies.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 257:6


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

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 210:11


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


Section 5


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.
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.

***
Philipians 3:20,21

    20 For our conversation is in
heaven; from whence also we look for
the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

    21 Who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to
subdue all things unto himself.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 125:12


    (Corporeal changes)
    As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, - from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, - the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense. Reflecting God's government, man is self-governed. When subordinate to the divine Spirit, man cannot be controlled by sin or death, thus proving our material theories about laws of health to be valueless.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 493:26-4

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


    (Mind destroys all ills)
    Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.
    If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man's entire action? Jesus said: "Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I [Mind] will raise it up;" and he did this for tired humanity's reassurance.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 325:20


    (Consecration required)
    Paul had a clear sense of the demands of Truth upon mortals physically and spiritually, when he said: "Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." But he, who is begotten of the beliefs of the flesh and serves them, can never reach in this world the divine heights of our Lord. The time cometh when the spiritual origin of man, the divine Science which ushered Jesus into human presence, will be understood and demonstrated.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 316:7

    (Jesus as mediator)
    Christ, Truth, was demonstrated through Jesus to prove the power of Spirit over the flesh, - to show that Truth is made manifest by its effects upon the human mind and body, healing sickness and destroying sin.

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 6


Psalm 25:1,20

    1 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up
my soul.

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

***
Numbers 21:6-9

    6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents
among the people, and they bit the
people; and much people of Israel
died.

    7 #Therefore the people came to
Moses, and said, We have sinned, for
we have spoken against the Lord, and
against thee; pray unto the Lord,
that he take away the serpents from
us. And Moses prayed for the people.

    8 And the Lord said unto Moses,
Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it
upon a pole: and it shall come to
pass, that every one that is bitten,
when he looketh upon it, shall live.

    9 And Moses made a serpent of
brass, and put it upon a pole, and it
came to pass, that if a serpent had
bitten any man, when he beheld the
serpent of brass, he lived.

***
John 3:14,15

    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.
John 12:32

    32 And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men unto me.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 45:28


    (After the resurrection) 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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 60:2,29-31


    (Permanent obligation) Science inevitably lifts one's being higher in the scale of harmony and happiness.
    (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.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 200:2


    (Homer and Moses)
    Pagan worship began with muscularity, but the law of Sinai lifted thought into the song of David. 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.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 114:23-27


    (Causation mental)
    Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical. It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body. It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 302:26


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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:30


    (Growth is from Mind)
    Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing man to till the ground, but making him superior to the soil. Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

Subheadings in this lesson

21 1 - Scientific foreseeing
21 1 - Scientific foreknowing
21 1 - Health from reliance on spirituality
21 1 - Decapitation of error
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - Spiritual foreshadowings
21 1 - -30- Divine pardon
21 2 - Sickness as discord
21 2 - A vacant domicile
21 2 - The divine reflection
21 2 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
21 2 - Personal identity
21 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
21 3 - Cumulative repentance
21 3 - Ultimate harmony
21 4 - Spiritual foreshadowings
21 4 - The sun and Soul
21 4 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
21 4 - Matter is not substance
21 4 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 5 - Corporeal changes
21 5 - Mind destroys all ills
21 5 - Consecration required
21 5 - Jesus as mediator
21 5 - Vision opening
21 6 - After the resurrection
21 6 - Permanent obligation
21 6 - Spiritual concord
21 6 - Homer and Moses
21 6 - Causation mental
21 6 - Definition of man
21 6 - Growth is from Mind


May 30,1909

Subject: 22

ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM, DENOUNCED.

ooo3



-- Golden Text --

Habakkuk 2:4

    4 Behold, his soul which is lifted
up is not upright in him: but the just
shall live by his faith.


Responsive Reading


Micah 7:1-8,18-20

    1 Woe is me! for I am as when they
have gathered the summer fruits, as
the grapegleanings of the vintage:
there is no cluster to eat: my soul
desired the firstripe fruit.

    2 The good man is perished out of
the earth: and there is none upright
among men: they all lie in wait for
blood; they hunt every man his
brother with a net.

    3 #That they may do evil with both
hands earnestly, the prince asketh,
and the judge asketh for a reward;
and the great man, he uttereth his
mischievous desire: so they wrap it
up.

    4 The best of them is as a brier:
the most upright is sharper than a
thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen
and thy visitation cometh; now shall
be their perplexity.

    5 #Trust ye not in a friend, put ye
not confidence in a guide: keep the
doors of thy mouth from her that
lieth in thy bosom.

    6 For the son dishonoureth the
father, the daughter riseth up
against her mother, the daughter in
law against her mother in law; a
man's enemies are the men of his own
house.

    7 Therefore I will look unto the
Lord; I will wait for the God of my
salvation: my God will hear me.

    8 #Rejoice not against me, O mine
enemy: when I fall, I shall arise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord
shall be a light unto me.

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

    19 He will turn again, he will have
compassion upon us; he will subdue
our iniquities; and thou wilt cast
all their sins into the depths of the
sea.

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


Section 1


Isaiah 1:18,25-27

    18 Come now, and let us reason
together, saith the Lord: though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as
white as snow; though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    25 #And I will turn my hand upon
thee, and purely purge away thy
dross, and take away all thy tin:

    26 And I will restore thy judges as
at the first, and thy counsellors as
at the beginning: afterward thou
shalt be called, The city of
righteousness, the faithful city.

    27 Zion shall be redeemed with
judgment, and her converts with
righteousness.

***
John 12:46,49,50

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

    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.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:13


    (Perfection of divine government)
    Christian Science goes to the bottom of mental action, and reveals the theodicy which indicates the rightness of all divine action, as the emanation of divine Mind, and the consequent wrongness of the opposite so-called action, - evil, occultism, necromancy, mesmerism, animal magnetism, hypnotism.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 403:16-20


    (Error's power imaginary)
    Mortal mind is constantly producing on mortal body the results of false opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth, which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:3-7


    (Standpoints changed)
    When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 484:21

(18) Question: Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?
ADAM = A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit.
Topic: Everlasting Punishment


    (Animal magnetism error)
    Mesmerism is mortal, material illusion. Animal magnetism is the voluntary or involuntary action of error in all its forms; it is the human antipode of divine Science. Science must triumph over material sense, and Truth over error, thus putting an end to the hypotheses involved in all false theories and practices.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 78:24-32


    (Spirit intangible)
    God is not in the medley where matter cares for matter, where spiritism makes many gods, and hypnotism and electricity are claimed to be the agents of God's government.
    Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.


Section 2


Hosea 8:7

    7 For they have sown the wind, and
they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath
no stalk: the bud shall yield no
meal: if so be it yield, the
strangers shall swallow it up.

***
Isaiah 30:12-15

    12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy
One of Israel, Because ye despise
this word, and trust in oppression
and perverseness, and stay thereon:

    13 Therefore this iniquity shall be
to you as a breach ready to fall,
swelling out in a high wall, whose
breaking cometh suddenly at an
instant.

    14 And he shall break it as the
breaking of the potters' vessel that
is broken in pieces; he shall not
spare: so that there shall not be
found in the bursting of it a sherd
to take fire from the hearth, or to
take water withal out of the pit.

    15 For thus saith the Lord God, the
Holy One of Israel; In returning and
rest shall ye be saved; in quietness
and in confidence shall be your
strength: and ye would not.
Isaiah 33:1,2,6

    1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and
thou wast not spoiled; and dealest
treacherously, and they dealt not
treacherously with thee! when thou
shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be
spoiled; and when thou shalt make an
end to deal treacherously, they shall
deal treacherously with thee.

    2 O Lord, be gracious unto us; we
have waited for thee: be thou their
arm every morning, our salvation also
in the time of trouble.

    6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be
the stability of thy times, and
strength of salvation: the fear of
the Lord is his treasure.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 322:15-17


    (Saving the inebriate)
    The necromancy of yesterday foreshadowed the mesmerism and hypnotism of to-day.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 104:22


    (Adulteration of Truth)
    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 - 185:22,32-10


    (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.
    (False stimulus)
    A patient under the influence of mortal mind is healed only by removing the influence on him of this mind, by emptying his thought of the false stimulus and reaction of will-power and filling it with the divine energies of Truth.
    Christian Science destroys material beliefs through the understanding of Spirit, and the thoroughness of this work determines health. 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 398:27


    (The action of faith)
    Even a blind faith removes bodily ailments for a season, but hypnotism changes such ills into new and more difficult forms of disease. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue, to work a radical cure. Then we understand the process. The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All.


Section 3


Isaiah 26:10-13

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

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

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

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

***
Luke 21:34-36

    34 #And take heed to yourselves,
lest at any time your hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting, and
drunkenness, and cares of this life,
and so that day come upon you
unawares.

    35 For as a snare shall it come on
all them that dwell on the face of the
whole earth.

    36 Watch ye therefore, and pray
always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things
that shall come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of man.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 490:28

(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


    (Sleep an illusion)
    Sleep and mesmerism explain the mythical nature of material sense. Sleep shows material sense as either oblivion, nothingness, or an illusion or dream. Under the mesmeric illusion of belief, a man will think that he is freezing when he is warm, and that he is swimming when he is on dry land. Needle-thrusts will not hurt him. A delicious perfume will seem intolerable. Animal magnetism thus uncovers material sense, and shows it to be a belief without actual foundation or validity. Change the belief, and the sensation changes. Destroy the belief, and the sensation disappears.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 102:1,16-2


    (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.
    (Hidden agents)
    The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires. 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.


Section 4


Job 4:7,8

    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever
perished, being innocent? or where
were the righteous cut off?

    8 Even as I have seen, they that
plow iniquity, and sow wickedness,
reap the same.

***
Isaiah 13:11,12

    11 And I will punish the world for
their evil, and the wicked for their
iniquity; and I will cause the
arrogancy of the proud to cease, and
will lay low the haughtiness of the
terrible.

    12 I will make a man more precious
than fine gold; even a man than the
golden wedge of Ophir.

***
Habakkuk 2:12,14

    12 #Woe to him that buildeth a town
with blood, and stablisheth a city by
iniquity!

    14 For the earth shall be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of
the Lord, as the waters cover the
sea.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 103:6-9,18-2


    (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.
    (The genus of error)
    As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth. It is either ignorant or malicious. The malicious form of hypnotism ultimates in moral idiocy. The truths of immortal Mind sustain man, and they annihilate the fables of mortal mind, whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into dust.
    (Thought-transference)
    In reality there is no mortal mind, and consequently no transference of mortal thought and will-power. Life and being are of God. In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.

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 5


Zechariah 8:7,8,12

    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.

    12 For the seed shall be
prosperous; the vine shall give her
fruit, and the ground shall give her
increase, and the heavens shall give
their dew; and I will cause the
remnant of this people to possess all
these things.

***
Revelation 3:1-5

    1 And unto the angel of the church
in Sardis write; These things saith
he that hath the seven Spirits of
God, and the seven stars; I know thy
works, that thou hast a name that
thou livest, and art dead.

    2 Be watchful, and strengthen the
things which remain, that are ready
to die: for I have not found thy
works perfect before God.

    3 Remember therefore how thou hast
received and heard, and hold fast, and
repent. If therefore thou shalt not
watch, I will come on thee as a
thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee.

    4 Thou hast a few names even in
Sardis which have not defiled their
garments; and they shall walk with me
in white: for they are worthy.

    5 He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 442:16-22


    (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. 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.

1ooo Chapter 4: Christian Science versus Spiritualism - 79:9


    (Fallacious hypotheses)
    Science must go over the whole ground, and dig up every seed of error's sowing. Spiritualism relies upon human beliefs and hypotheses. Christian Science removes these beliefs and hypotheses through the higher understanding of God, for Christian Science, resting on divine Principle, not on material personalities, in its revelation of immortality, introduces the harmony of being.

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - 101:26-31


    (Personal conclusions)
    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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 375:11


    (Science versus hypnotism)
    The Christian Scientist demonstrates that divine Mind heals, while the hypnotist dispossesses the patient of his individuality in order to control him. No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be understood and so rendered fruitless. The genuine Christian Scientist is adding to his patient's mental and moral power, and is increasing his patient's spirituality while restoring him physically through divine Love.


Section 6


Isaiah 5:1-4,7

    1 Now will I sing to my
wellbeloved a song of my beloved
touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved
hath a vineyard in a very fruitful
hill:

    2 And he fenced it, and gathered
out the stones thereof, and planted
it with the choicest vine, and built
a tower in the midst of it, and also
made a winepress therein: and he
looked that it should bring forth
grapes, and it brought forth wild
grapes.

    3 And now, O inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I
pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.


    4 What could have been done more to
my vineyard, that I have not done in
it? wherefore, when I looked that it
should bring forth grapes, brought it
forth wild grapes?

    7 For the vineyard of the Lord of
hosts is the house of Israel, and the
men of Judah his pleasant plant: and
he looked for judgment, but behold
oppression; for righteousness, but
behold a cry.

***
Proverbs 11:18,19,21

    18 The wicked worketh a deceitful
work: but to him that soweth
righteousness shall be a sure reward.


    19 As righteousness tendeth to
life: so he that pursueth evil
pursueth it to his own death.

    21 Though hand join in hand, the
wicked shall not be unpunished: but
the seed of the righteous shall be
delivered.

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


    (Metaphysical treatment) A Christian Scientist's medicine is Mind, the divine Truth that makes man free. A Christian Scientist never recommends material hygiene, never manipulates. He does not trespass on the rights of mind nor can he practise animal magnetism or hypnotism.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 451:19-3

    (Obligations of teachers)
    Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.
    (Indispensable defence)
    Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life. Instruct him how to bar the door of his thought against this seeming power, - a task not difficult, when one understands that evil has in reality no power.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 454:4

    (Impotence of hate)
    Teach your students the omnipotence of Truth, which illustrates the impotence of error. The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, - the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens." Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned. 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.

Subheadings in this lesson

22 1 - Perfection of divine government
22 1 - Error's power imaginary
22 1 - Standpoints changed
22 1 - Animal magnetism error
22 1 - Spirit intangible
22 2 - Saving the inebriate
22 2 - Adulteration of Truth
22 2 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 2 - False stimulus
22 2 - The action of faith
22 3 - Sleep an illusion
22 3 - Mere negation
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - Mental despotism
22 4 - Liberation of mental powers
22 4 - The genus of error
22 4 - Thought-transference
22 4 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 5 - Christ the great physician
22 5 - Fallacious hypotheses
22 5 - Personal conclusions
22 5 - Science versus hypnotism
22 6 - Metaphysical treatment
22 6 - Obligations of teachers
22 6 - Indispensable defence
22 6 - Impotence of hate


June 6,1909

Subject: 23

GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 40:28

    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.


Responsive Reading


Psalm 104:1-7,24,25,27,28,30,31,33,34

    1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O
Lord my God, thou art very great;
thou art clothed with honour and
majesty.

    2 Who coverest thyself with light
as with a garment: who stretchest out
the heavens like a curtain:

    3 Who layeth the beams of his
chambers in the waters: who maketh
the clouds his chariot: who walketh
upon the wings of the wind:

    4 Who maketh his angels spirits;
his ministers a flaming fire:

    5 Who laid the foundations of the
earth, that it should not be removed
for ever.

    6 Thou coveredst it with the deep
as with a garment: the waters stood
above the mountains.

    7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the
voice of thy thunder they hasted
away.

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


    25 So is this great and wide sea,
wherein are things creeping
innumerable, both small and great
beasts.

    27 These wait all upon thee; that
thou mayest give them their meat in
due season.

    28 That thou givest them they
gather: thou openest thine hand, they
are filled with good.

    30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit,
they are created: and thou renewest
the face of the earth.

    31 The glory of the Lord shall
endure for ever: the Lord shall
rejoice in his works.

    33 I will sing unto the Lord as
long as I live: I will sing praise to
my God while I have my being.

    34 My meditation of him shall be
sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.


Section 1


Isaiah 40:13,26

    13 Who hath directed the Spirit of
the Lord, or being his counsellor hath
taught him?

    26 Lift up your eyes on high, and
behold who hath created these things,
that bringeth out their host by
number: he calleth them all by names
by the greatness of his might, for
that he is strong in power; not one
faileth.

***
Hebrews 11:3

    3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do
appear.

***
John 1:1-3

    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.

***
Revelation 4:11

    11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to
receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and
for thy pleasure they are and were
created.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 335:7-12

  (- 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."

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 331:18-22

  (- MORTAL MIND - Mythology)

    (-6- The universal cause)
    VI. God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence. He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 502:29


    (Ideas and identities) 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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 69:13


    (God's creation intact)
    Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 286:12


    (Salvation is through reform) Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.


Section 2


Hosea 8:1,14

    1 SET the trumpet to thy mouth. He
shall come as an eagle against the
house of the Lord, because they have
transgressed my covenant, and
trespassed against my law.

    14 For Israel hath forgotten his
Maker, and buildeth temples; and
Judah hath multiplied fenced cities:
but I will send a fire upon his
cities, and it shall devour the
palaces thereof.

***
Isaiah 43:10,12,13,15

    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.

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

    13 Yea, before the day was I am he;
and there is none that can deliver
out of my hand: I will work, and who
shall let it?

    15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
the creator of Israel, your King.

***
Matthew 3:1,7,9,10

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

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

    9 And think not to say within
yourselves, We have Abraham to our
father: for I say unto you, that God
is able of these stones to raise up
children unto Abraham.

    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.

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."

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 525:17-28

    (No baneful creation)
    In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were made through the Word of God, "and without Him [the logos, or word] was not anything made that was made." 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 - 536:11

    (The fall of error)
    If man's spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we "live, and move, and have our being," should be lost, and if man should be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated. 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.


Section 3


Genesis 1:1,3,4

    1 In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth.

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

    4 And God saw the light, that it
was good: and God divided the light
from the darkness.

***
Psalm 43:3

    3 O send out thy light and thy
truth: let them lead me; let them
bring me unto thy holy hill, and to
thy tabernacles.

***
Isaiah 60:1,2

    1 Arise, shine; for thy light is
come, and the glory of the Lord is
risen upon thee.

    2 For, behold, the darkness shall
cover the earth, and gross darkness
the people: but the Lord shall arise
upon thee, and his glory shall be
seen upon thee.

***
Luke 11:35,36

    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.

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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 504:3-15,23

    (Light preceding the sun)
    Genesis i. 5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.



    All questions as to the divine creation being both spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for though solar beams are not yet included in the record of creation, still there is light. This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas. This also shows that there is no place where God's light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-present. Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?
    (Evenings and mornings)
    The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 510:9,27-1

    (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.
    (Spiritual subdivision)
    Light is a symbol of Mind, of Life, Truth, and Love, and not a vitalizing property of matter. Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony.


Section 4


Genesis 1:11,12,25

    11 And God said, Let the earth
bring forth grass, the herb yielding
seed, and the fruit tree yielding
fruit after his kind, whose seed is
in itself, upon the earth: and it was
so.

    12 And the earth brought forth
grass, and herb yielding seed after
his kind, and the tree yielding
fruit, whose seed was in itself,
after his kind: and God saw that it
was good.

    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.

***
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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 507:15-6


    (Divine propagation)
    The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
    (Ever-appearing creation)
    Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe. Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material. Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to the level of a human or material belief, called mortal man. But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all - as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind's infinite idea, man and the universe, is the product. The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 509:29

    (Spiritual ideas apprehended)
    Knowing the Science of creation, in which all is Mind and its ideas, Jesus rebuked the material thought of his fellow-countrymen: "Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense! To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 534:30

    (Bruising sin's head)
    The spiritual idea has given the understanding a foothold in Christian Science. The seed of Truth and the seed of error, of belief and of understanding, - yea, the seed of Spirit and the seed of matter, - are the wheat and tares which time will separate, the one to be burned, the other to be garnered into heavenly places.


Section 5


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.

***
Isaiah 35:1,5,6,9,10

    1 The wilderness and the solitary
place shall be glad for them; and the
desert shall rejoice, and blossom as
the rose.

    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.

    9 No lion shall be there, nor any
ravenous beast shall go up thereon,
it shall not be found there; but the
redeemed shall walk there:

    10 And the ransomed of the Lord
shall return, and come to Zion with
songs and everlasting joy upon their
heads: they shall obtain joy and
gladness, and sorrow and sighing
shall flee away.

***
Revelation 3:14,21

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

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 515:21(begin Man)


    (Elohistic plurality) Man is the family name for all ideas, - the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 516:4,19

    (Reflected likeness)
    The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.
    (Love imparts beauty)
    Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 517:30

    (Birthright of man)
    Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply, - to manifest His power. Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, - himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 518:21

    (Assistance in brotherhood)
    All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality - infinite Life, Truth, and Love.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 67:28


    (Spiritual power)
    Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.


Section 6


Job 37:23

    23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot
find him out: he is excellent in
power, and in judgment, and in plenty
of justice: he will not afflict.
Job 36:24

    24 Remember that thou magnify his
work, which men behold.

***
Isaiah 43:1,2,6,7

    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.

    6 I will say to the north, Give up;
and to the south, Keep not back:
bring my sons from far, and my
daughters from the ends of the earth;


    7 Even every one that is called by
my name: for I have created him for my
glory, I have formed him; yea, I have
made him.

***
Revelation 21:7

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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:7-8

  (- MORTAL MIND - Sickness)


    (-31- Evil not produced by God)
    XXXI. Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 546:5


    (Mortality mythical)
    If Mind, God, creates error, that error must exist in the divine Mind, and this assumption of error would dethrone the perfection of Deity.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 205:15


    (Perceiving the divine image)
    Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear glimpses of God only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we perceive the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, - the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

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


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

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:3-7,28


    (Mind's true camera)
    The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal.
    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man's spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God's creation, - all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

Subheadings in this lesson

23 1 - -18- The only substance
23 1 - -6- The universal cause
23 1 - Ideas and identities
23 1 - God's creation intact
23 1 - Salvation is through reform
23 2 - Judgment on error
23 2 - No baneful creation
23 2 - The fall of error
23 3 - Mind's idea faultless
23 3 - Light preceding the sun
23 3 - Evenings and mornings
23 3 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
23 3 - Spiritual subdivision
23 4 - Divine propagation
23 4 - Ever-appearing creation
23 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
23 4 - Bruising sin's head
23 5 - Elohistic plurality
23 5 - Reflected likeness
23 5 - Love imparts beauty
23 5 - Birthright of man
23 5 - Assistance in brotherhood
23 5 - Spiritual power
23 6 - -31- Evil not produced by God
23 6 - Mortality mythical
23 6 - Perceiving the divine image
23 6 - God's allness learned
23 6 - Mind's true camera
23 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence


June 13,1909

Subject: 24

GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

oo3o



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 40:29

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


Responsive Reading


Genesis 21:9-11,14-20

    9 #And Sarah saw the son of Hagar
the Egyptian, which she had born unto
Abraham, mocking.

    10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham,
Cast out this bondwoman and her son:
for the son of this bondwoman shall
not be heir with my son, even with
Isaac.

    11 And the thing was very grievous
in Abraham's sight because of his son.


    14 And Abraham rose up early in the
morning, and took bread, and a bottle
of water, and gave it unto Hagar,
putting it on her shoulder, and the
child, and sent her away: and she
departed, and wandered in the
wilderness of Beersheba.

    15 And the water was spent in the
bottle, and she cast the child under
one of the shrubs.

    16 And she went, and sat her down
over against him a good way off, as
it were a bowshot: for she said, Let
me not see the death of the child.
And she sat over against him, and
lift up her voice, and wept.

    17 And God heard the voice of the
lad; and the angel of God called to
Hagar out of heaven, and said unto
her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear
not; for God hath heard the voice of
the lad where he is.

    18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold
him in thine hand; for I will make
him a great nation.

    19 And God opened her eyes, and she
saw a well of water; and she went,
and filled the bottle with water, and
gave the lad drink.

    20 And God was with the lad; and he
grew, and dwelt in the wilderness,
and became an archer.


Section 1


Psalm 34:17

    17 The righteous cry, and the Lord
heareth, and delivereth them out of
all their troubles.

***
Isaiah 54:11-13,17

    11 #O thou afflicted, tossed with
tempest, and not comforted, behold, I
will lay thy stones with fair
colours, and lay thy foundations with
sapphires.

    12 And I will make thy windows of
agates, and thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of pleasant
stones.

    13 And all thy children shall be
taught of the Lord; and great shall
be the peace of thy children.

    17 #No weapon that is formed
against thee shall prosper; and every
tongue that shall rise against thee
in judgment thou shalt condemn. This
is the heritage of the servants of
the Lord, and their righteousness is
of me, saith the Lord.

***
Matthew 8:1-3

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

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

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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 387:27


    (Christian history)
    The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:7-11

    (Benefit of philanthropy)
    The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 482:26

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


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:27


    (Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty) 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."


Section 2


Isaiah 54:14,15

    14 In righteousness shalt thou be
established: thou shalt be far from
oppression; for thou shalt not fear:
and from terror; for it shall not
come near thee.

    15 Behold, they shall surely gather
together, but not by me: whosoever
shall gather together against thee
shall fall for thy sake.
Isaiah 14:3-5,7

    3 And it shall come to pass in the
day that the Lord shall give thee rest
from thy sorrow, and from thy fear,
and from the hard bondage wherein
thou wast made to serve.

    4 #That thou shalt take up this
proverb against the king of Babylon,
and say, How hath the oppressor
ceased! the golden city ceased!

    5 The Lord hath broken the staff of
the wicked, and the sceptre of the
rulers.

    7 The whole earth is at rest, and
is quiet: they break forth into
singing.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 371:11


    (Ghost-stories inducing fear)
    As frightened children look everywhere for the imaginary ghost, so sick humanity sees danger in every direction, and looks for relief in all ways except the right one. Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bondage to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive sufferings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine Science is the only way out of this condition.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 388:1-4


    (Christian history)
    The Christian martyrs were prophets of Christian Science. Through the uplifting and consecrating power of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corporeal senses, a victory which Science alone can explain.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 243:4-13


    (Ancient and modern miracles)
    The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed power and love. But the same "Mind . . . which was also in Christ Jesus" must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles.


Section 3


Psalm 31:19,21,23,24

    19 Oh how great is thy goodness,
which thou hast laid up for them that
fear thee; which thou hast wrought
for them that trust in thee before
the sons of men!

    21 Blessed be the Lord: for he hath
shewed me his marvellous kindness in
a strong city.

    23 O love the Lord, all ye his
saints: for the Lord preserveth the
faithful, and plentifully rewardeth
the proud doer.

    24 Be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen your heart, all ye that
hope in the Lord.

***
Luke 10:17-19

    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.

***
Ezekiel 2:6

    6 #And thou, son of man, be not
afraid of them, neither be afraid of
their words, though briers and thorns
be with thee, and thou dost dwell
among scorpions: be not afraid of
their words, nor be dismayed at their
looks, though they be a rebellious
house.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 374:5-6,15


    (Mind can destroy all ills)
    Hatred and its effects on the body are removed by Love. Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.

o1oo Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth - 234:31-3


    (Cleansing the mind)
    Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:29-3


    (Material knowledge illusive)
    Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science. Truth and Love antidote this mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain existence.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 392:27


    (Guarding the door) When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 462:25-31


    (Anatomy defined)
    The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-inflicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate. It teaches the control of mad ambition. It unfolds the hallowed influences of unselfishness, philanthropy, spiritual love. It urges the government of the body both in health and in sickness.


Section 4


Galatians 3:13,14

    13 Christ hath redeemed us from the
curse of the law, being made a curse
for us: for it is written, Cursed is
every one that hangeth on a tree:

    14 That the blessing of Abraham
might come on the Gentiles through
Jesus Christ; that we might receive
the promise of the Spirit through
faith.
Galatians 5:1,16-18

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

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

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

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

***
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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 380:32-4


    (Ignorance of our rights)
    Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 273:21


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

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 385:11


    (Benefit of philanthropy)
    Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but those due for wrong-doing.

ooo3 Chapter 14: Recapitulation - 472:9

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


    (God's law destroys evil) Sickness, sin, and death, being inharmonious, do not originate in God nor belong to His government. His law, rightly understood, destroys them. Jesus furnished proofs of these statements.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 381:12-15,27


    (No laws of matter)
    The so-called laws of mortal belief are destroyed by the understanding that Soul is immortal, and that mortal mind cannot legislate the times, periods, and types of disease, with which mortals die.
    (God-given dominion) Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, - God's law. It is man's moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.


Section 5


Isaiah 19:19,20,22

    19 In that day shall there be an
altar to the Lord in the midst of the
land of Egypt, and a pillar at the
border thereof to the Lord.

    20 And it shall be for a sign and
for a witness unto the Lord of hosts
in the land of Egypt: for they shall
cry unto the Lord because of the
oppressors, and he shall send them a
saviour, and a great one, and he
shall deliver them.

    22 And the Lord shall smite Egypt:
he shall smite and heal it: and they
shall return even to the Lord, and he
shall be intreated of them, and shall
heal them.

***
Ezekiel 36:25,26

    25 #Then will I sprinkle clean
water upon you, and ye shall be
clean: from all your filthiness, and
from all your idols, will I cleanse
you.

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

***
I Peter 1:13,18,19,21

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

    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:

    21 Who by him do believe in God,
that raised him up from the dead, and
gave him glory; that your faith and
hope might be in God.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 373:14


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 294:28


    (Mythical pleasure)
    The inebriate believes that there is pleasure in intoxication. The thief believes that he gains something by stealing, and the hypocrite that he is hiding himself. The Science of Mind corrects such mistakes, for Truth demonstrates the falsity of error.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 407:10-20,24

    (Universal panacea) If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood. Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, - strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, - and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.
    Let the slave of wrong desire learn the lessons of Christian Science, and he will get the better of that desire, and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness, and existence.
    (Immortal memory)
    Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.


Section 6


John 11:25,26

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

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

***
Acts 14:19,20

    19 #And there came thither certain
Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who
persuaded the people, and, having
stoned Paul, drew him out of the
city, supposing he had been dead.

    20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood
round about him, he rose up, and came
into the city: and the next day he
departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
Acts 20:9,10,12

    9 And there sat in a window a
certain young man named Eutychus,
being fallen into a deep sleep: and
as Paul was long preaching, he sunk
down with sleep, and fell down from
the third loft, and was taken up
dead.

    10 And Paul went down, and fell on
him, and embracing him said, Trouble
not yourselves; for his life is in
him.

    12 And they brought the young man
alive, and were not a little
comforted.

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.

oo1o Chapter 12: Christian Science Practice - 426:23-9


    (Christian standard)
    The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and the body cannot die, because matter has no life to surrender. The human concepts named matter, death, disease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.
    (Life not contingent on matter)
    If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that man dies. Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Man's individual being can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal. If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless.

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.

Subheadings in this lesson

24 1 - Christian history
24 1 - No laws of matter
24 1 - Benefit of philanthropy
24 1 - Sickness erroneous
24 1 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
24 2 - Ghost-stories inducing fear
24 2 - Man inseparable from Love
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 3 - Mind can destroy all ills
24 3 - Cleansing the mind
24 3 - Material knowledge illusive
24 3 - Guarding the door
24 3 - Anatomy defined
24 4 - Ignorance of our rights
24 4 - Spiritual law the only law
24 4 - Benefit of philanthropy
24 4 - God's law destroys evil
24 4 - No laws of matter
24 4 - God-given dominion
24 5 - Love frees from fear
24 5 - Mythical pleasure
24 5 - Appetites to be abandoned
24 5 - Universal panacea
24 5 - Immortal memory
24 6 - The divine completeness
24 6 - Christian standard
24 6 - Life not contingent on matter
24 6 - Death but an illusion


June 20,1909

Subject: 25

IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?

o3oo



-- Golden Text --

Isaiah 45:23

    23 I have sworn by myself, the word
is gone out of my mouth in
righteousness, and shall not return,
That unto me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.


Responsive Reading


Job 31:2-8,13-15

    2 For what portion of God is there
from above? and what inheritance of
the Almighty from on high?

    3 Is not destruction to the wicked?
and a strange punishment to the
workers of iniquity?

    4 Doth not he see my ways, and
count all my steps?

    5 If I have walked with vanity, or
if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

    6 Let me be weighed in an even
balance that God may know mine
integrity.

    7 If my step hath turned out of the
way, and mine heart walked after mine
eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to
mine hands;

    8 Then let me sow, and let another
eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted
out.

    13 If I did despise the cause of my
manservant or of my maidservant, when
they contended with me;

    14 What then shall I do when God
riseth up? and when he visiteth, what
shall I answer him?

    15 Did not he that made me in the
womb make him? and did not one
fashion us in the womb?

***
Psalm 33:8-12

    8 Let all the earth fear the Lord:
let all the inhabitants of the world
stand in awe of him.

    9 For he spake, and it was done; he
commanded, and it stood fast.

    10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of
the heathen to nought: he maketh the
devices of the people of none effect.


    11 The counsel of the Lord standeth
for ever, the thoughts of his heart
to all generations.

    12 Blessed is the nation whose God
is the Lord: and the people whom he
hath chosen for his own inheritance.


Section 1


Isaiah 48:1,3,5,12,13

    1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob,
which are called by the name of
Israel, and are come forth out of the
waters of Judah, which swear by the
name of the Lord, and make mention of
the God of Israel, but not in truth,
nor in righteousness.

    3 I have declared the former things
from the beginning; and they went
forth out of my mouth, and I shewed
them; I did them suddenly, and they
came to pass.

    5 I have even from the beginning
declared it to thee; before it came
to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou
shouldest say, Mine idol hath done
them, and my graven image, and my
molten image, hath commanded them.

    12 #Hearken unto me, O Jacob and
Israel, my called; I am he; I am the
first, I also am the last.

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

***
John 1:1,3

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

    3 All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made
that was made.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 520:23


    (Growth is from Mind)
    Here is the emphatic declaration that God creates all through Mind, not through matter, - that the plant grows, not because of seed or soil, but because growth is the eternal mandate of Mind. Mortal thought drops into the ground, but the immortal creating thought is from above, not from beneath. Because Mind makes all, there is nothing left to be made by a lower power. 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 - 518:27

    (Perfection of creation)
    The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?


Section 2


Job 34:12-18

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

    13 Who hath given him a charge over
the earth? or who hath disposed the
whole world?

    14 If he set his heart upon man if
he gather unto himself his spirit and
his breath;

    15 All flesh shall perish together,
and man shall turn again unto dust.

    16 If now thou hast understanding,
hear this: hearken to the voice of my
words.

    17 Shall even he that hateth right
govern? and wilt thou condemn him that
is most just?

    18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou
art wicked? and to princes, Ye are
ungodly?

***
Isaiah 45:9

    9 Woe unto him that striveth with
his Maker! Let the potsherd strive
with the potsherds of the earth.
Shall the clay say to him that
fashioneth it, What makest thou? or
thy work, He hath no hands?

***
I Corinthians 2:14(begin the)

***
he 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.

***
I Corinthians 3:19,20
19 For the wisdom of this world is
foolishness with God. For it is
written, He taketh the wise in their
own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the
thoughts of the wise, that they are
vain.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 545:11


    (Mental tillage)
    The notion of a material universe is utterly opposed to the theory of man as evolved from Mind. Such fundamental errors send falsity into all human doctrines and conclusions, and do not accord infinity to Deity. Error tills the whole ground in this material theory, which is entirely a false view, destructive to existence and happiness. Outside of Christian Science all is vague and hypothetical, the opposite of Truth; yet this opposite, in its false view of God and man, impudently demands a blessing.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 522:18

    (Erroneous representation)
    In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit. Matter is represented as the life-giving principle of the earth. Spirit is represented as entering matter in order to create man. God's glowing denunciations of man when not found in His image, the likeness of Spirit, convince reason and coincide with revelation in declaring this material creation false.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 189:18-21


    (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.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 255:11-14


    (Finite views of Deity)
    Mortal man has made a covenant with his eyes to belittle Deity with human conceptions. In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:14


    (Right interpretation)
    The universe, like man, is to be interpreted by Science from its divine Principle, God, and then it can be understood; but when explained on the basis of physical sense and represented as subject to growth, maturity, and decay, the universe, like man, is, and must continue to be, an enigma.


Section 3


Job 14:4

    4 Who can bring a clean thing out
of an unclean? not one.

***
Galatians 4:22-25

    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.

***
I John 3:9,10

    9 Whosoever is born of God doth not
commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is
born of God.

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 552:32-4


    (Better basis than embryology)
    Naturalists describe the origin of mortal and material existence in the various forms of embryology, and accompany their descriptions with important observations, which should awaken thought to a higher and purer contemplation of man's origin.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 553:10

    One of our ablest naturalists has said: "We have no right to assume that individuals have grown or been formed under circumstances which made material conditions essential to their maintenance and reproduction, or important to their origin and first introduction." Why, then, is the naturalist's basis so materialistic, and why are his deductions generally material?

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 549:13

    (The three processes)
    According to recent lore, successive generations do not begin with the birth of new individuals, or personalities, but with the formation of the nucleus, or egg, from which one or more individualities subsequently emerge; and we must therefore look upon the simple ovum as the germ, the starting-point, of the most complicated corporeal structures, including those which we call human. Here these material researches culminate in such vague hypotheses as must necessarily attend false systems, which rely upon physics and are devoid of metaphysics.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 124:7


    (Physical science a blind belief) Having neither moral might, spiritual basis, nor holy Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in matter, thus limiting Life and holding fast to discord and death. In a word, human belief is a blind conclusion from material reasoning. This is a mortal, finite sense of things, which immortal Spirit silences forever.


Section 4


Job 32:4,5,7-9

    4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had
spoken, because they were elder than
he.

    5 When Elihu saw that there was no
answer in the mouth of these three
men, then his wrath was kindled.

    7 I said, Days should speak, and
multitude of years should teach
wisdom.

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

    9 Great men are not always wise:
neither do the aged understand
judgment.

***
I Corinthians 1:20,26,27,29

    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?

    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;

    29 That no flesh should glory in
his presence.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 548:18-29


    (Prediction of a naturalist)
    Speaking of the origin of mortals, a famous naturalist says: "It is very possible that many general statements now current, about birth and generation, will be changed with the progress of information." Had the naturalist, through his tireless researches, gained the diviner side in Christian Science, - so far apart from his material sense of animal growth and organization, - he would have blessed the human race more abundantly.
    (Methods of reproduction)
    Natural history is richly endowed by the labors and genius of great men. Modern discoveries have brought to light important facts in regard to so-called embryonic life.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 547:9

    (Embryonic evolution)
    The late Louis Agassiz, by his microscopic examination of a vulture's ovum, strengthens the thinker's conclusions as to the scientific theory of creation. Agassiz was able to see in the egg the earth's atmosphere, the gathering clouds, the moon and stars, while the germinating speck of so-called embryonic life seemed a small sun. 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.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 551:22-28(to 2nd .)

    (Transmitted peculiarities) The question of the naturalist amounts to this: How can matter originate or transmit mind? We answer that it cannot. Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, "Canst thou by searching find out God?" All must be Mind, or else all must be matter. Neither can produce the other.


Section 5


Jeremiah 6:16-19

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

    17 Also I set watchmen over you,
saying, Hearken to the sound of the
trumpet. But they said, We will not
hearken.

    18 #Therefore hear, ye nations, and
know, O congregation, what is among
them.

    19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will
bring evil upon this people, even the
fruit of their thoughts, because they
have not hearkened unto my words, nor
to my law, but rejected it.

***
Philipians 3:13-16

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I
do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before,

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

    15 Let us therefore, as many as be
perfect, be thus minded: and if in any
thing ye be otherwise minded, God
shall reveal even this unto you.

    16 Nevertheless, whereto we have
already attained, let us walk by the
same rule, let us mind the same
thing.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 62:27-1


    (Superior law of Soul)
    The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Our false views of life hide eternal harmony, and produce the ills of which we complain. Because mortals believe in material laws and reject the Science of Mind, this does not make materiality first and the superior law of Soul last.

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:30


    (No physical science)
    Christian Science eschews what is called natural science, in so far as this is built on the false hypotheses that matter is its own lawgiver, that law is founded on material conditions, and that these are final and overrule the might of divine Mind. Good is natural and primitive. It is not miraculous to itself.

oo4o Chapter 9: Creation - 264:7-19,24


    (Mind's true camera)
    Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.
    (Self-completeness)
    As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.
    (Spiritual proofs of existence)
    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.

2ooo Chapter 3: Marriage - 69:2-5


    (God's creation intact)
    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.


Section 6


Colossians 2:8,9

    8 Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after
Christ.

    9 For in him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily.

***
I John 1:5

    5 This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.
I John 2:15-17

    15 Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him.

    16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the
world.

    17 And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth for ever.

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.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 274:7

    (Material knowledge illusive)
    Natural science, as it is commonly called, is not really natural nor scientific, because it is deduced from the evidence of the material senses. Ideas, on the contrary, are born of Spirit, and are not mere inferences drawn from material premises.

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 275:14-24

    (Divine synonyms)
    All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.


    (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.

Subheadings in this lesson

25 1 - Growth is from Mind
25 1 - Perfection of creation
25 2 - Mental tillage
25 2 - Erroneous representation
25 2 - Ascending the scale
25 2 - Finite views of Deity
25 2 - Right interpretation
25 3 - Better basis than embryology
25 3 - The three processes
25 3 - Physical science a blind belief
25 4 - Prediction of a naturalist
25 4 - Methods of reproduction
25 4 - Embryonic evolution
25 4 - Transmitted peculiarities
25 5 - Superior law of Soul
25 5 - No physical science
25 5 - Mind's true camera
25 5 - Self-completeness
25 5 - Spiritual proofs of existence
25 5 - God's creation intact
25 6 - Pantheistic tendencies
25 6 - Material knowledge illusive
25 6 - Divine synonyms
25 6 - The divine completeness


June 27,1909

Subject: 26

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.

3ooo



-- Golden Text --

Zephaniah 3:9

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


Responsive Reading


Zechariah 2:1-13

    1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and
looked, and behold a man with a
measuring line in his hand.

    2 Then said I, Whither goest thou?
And he said unto me, To measure
Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth
thereof, and what is the length
thereof.

    3 And, behold, the angel that
talked with me went forth, and
another angel went out to meet him,

    4 And said unto him, Run, speak to
this young man, saying, Jerusalem
shall be inhabited as towns without
walls for the multitude of men and
cattle therein:

    5 For I, saith the Lord, will be
unto her a wall of fire round about,
and will be the glory in the midst of
her.

    6 #Ho, ho, come forth, and flee
from the land of the north, saith the
Lord: for I have spread you abroad as
the four winds of the heaven, saith
the Lord.

    7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that
dwellest with the daughter of
Babylon.

    8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts;
After the glory hath he sent me unto
the nations which spoiled you: for he
that toucheth you toucheth the apple
of his eye.

    9 For, behold, I will shake mine
hand upon them, and they shall be a
spoil to their servants: and ye shall
know that the Lord of hosts hath sent
me.

    10 #Sing and rejoice, O daughter of
Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will
dwell in the midst of thee, saith the
Lord.

    11 And many nations shall be joined
to the Lord in that day, and shall be
my people: and I will dwell in the
midst of thee, and thou shalt know
that the Lord of hosts hath sent me
unto thee.

    12 And the Lord shall inherit Judah
his portion in the holy land, and
shall choose Jerusalem again.

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


Section 1


Psalm 119:105

    105 Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.

***
Jeremiah 15:16

    16 Thy words were found, and I did
eat them; and thy word was unto me the
joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for
I am called by thy name, O Lord God
of hosts.

***
Psalm 68:11

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

***
John 1:14,17

    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.

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

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 503:12-15


    (Spiritual harmony)
    Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, "God is All-in-all," and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe.

ooo2 Chapter 15: Genesis - 501:1-10

    (Spiritual interpretation)
    Scientific interpretation of the Scriptures properly starts with the beginning of the Old Testament, chiefly because the spiritual import of the Word, in its earliest articulations, often seems so smothered by the immediate context as to require explication; whereas the New Testament narratives are clearer and come nearer the heart. Jesus illumines them, showing the poverty of mortal existence, but richly recompensing human want and woe with spiritual gain.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 350:24-2


    (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.
    (Truth a present help)
    In Jewish worship the Word was materially explained, and the spiritual sense was scarcely perceived. The religion which sprang from half-hidden Israelitish history was pedantic and void of healing power.

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


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


Section 2


Zechariah 1:12,13,16,17

    12 #Then the angel of the Lord
answered and said, O Lord of hosts,
how long wilt thou not have mercy on
Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah,
against which thou hast had
indignation these threescore and ten
years?

    13 And the Lord answered the angel
that talked with me with good words
and comfortable words.

    16 Therefore thus saith the Lord; I
am returned to Jerusalem with
mercies: my house shall be built in
it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a
line shall be stretched forth upon
Jerusalem.

    17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the
Lord of hosts; My cities through
prosperity shall yet be spread
abroad; and the Lord shall yet
comfort Zion, and shall yet choose
Jerusalem.

***
John 14:1,16,17,26,27

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

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

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

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

    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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

  (- MORTAL MIND - Error creating other errors)

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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 127:26


    (No physical science)
    Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, - the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 55:27


    (Injustice to the Saviour)
    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 3


Isaiah 61:1,2

    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;

***
Matthew 9:35

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

***
Galatians 1:2,3,11,12,15-17

    2 And all the brethren which are
with me, unto the churches of
Galatia:

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

    11 But I certify you, brethren,
that the gospel which was preached of
me is not after man.

    12 For I neither received it of
man, neither was I taught it, but by
the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    15 But when it pleased God, who
separated me from my mother's womb,
and called me by his grace,

    16 To reveal his Son in me, that I
might preach him among the heathen;
immediately I conferred not with
flesh and blood:

    17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem
to them which were apostles before
me; but I went into Arabia, and
returned again unto Damascus.

***
II Timothy 4:1,2

    1 I charge thee therefore before
God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
shall judge the quick and the dead at
his appearing and his kingdom;

    2 Preach the word; be instant in
season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering
and doctrine.

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


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being - 324:19


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

o4oo Chapter 5: Animal Magnetism Unmasked - xi:22

    When God called the author to proclaim His Gospel to this age, there came also the charge to plant and water His vineyard.

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


    (Christian Science discovered)
    In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.

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

    (Solitary research) The revelation of Truth in the understanding came to me gradually and apparently through divine power. When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: "Unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful."

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 110:13-20

    (Scriptural foundations)
    In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue taught me the Science contained in this book, SCIENCE AND HEALTH; and neither tongue nor pen can overthrow it.


Section 4


Psalm 30:10

    10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy
upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.
Psalm 32:5-7

    5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee,
and mine iniquity have I not hid. I
said, I will confess my
transgressions unto the Lord; and
thou forgavest the iniquity of my
sin.

    6 For this shall every one that is
godly pray unto thee in a time when
thou mayest be found: surely in the
floods of great waters they shall not
come nigh unto him.

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

***
I John 5:18

    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 3:5

    5 He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out
of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.

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 - 406:1


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

ooo4 Chapter 13: Teaching Christian Science - 449:3


    (Adherence to righteousness)
    A grain of Christian Science does wonders for mortals, so omnipotent is Truth, but more of Christian Science must be gained in order to continue in well doing.

oo2o Chapter 11: Some Objections Answered - 355:9


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

oo3o Chapter 10: Science of Being (PLATFORM) - 339:20-25

  (- MORTAL MIND - Death)


    (-32- Basis of health and immortality)
    XXXII. As the mythology of pagan Rome has yielded to a more spiritual idea of Deity, so will our material theories yield to spiritual ideas, until the finite gives place to the infinite, sickness to health, sin to holiness, and God's kingdom comes "in earth, as it is in heaven."


Section 5


Exodus 23:20,25

    20 #Behold, I send an Angel before
thee, to keep thee in the way, and to
bring thee into the place which I
have prepared.

    25 And ye shall serve the Lord your
God, and he shall bless thy bread,
and thy water; and I will take
sickness away from the midst of thee.

***
John 4:46-53

    46 So Jesus came again into Cana of
Galilee, where he made the water
wine. And there was a certain
nobleman, whose son was sick at
Capernaum.

    47 When he heard that Jesus was
come out of Judaea into Galilee, he
went unto him, and besought him that
he would come down, and heal his son:
for he was at the point of death.

    48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except
ye see signs and wonders, ye will not
believe.

    49 The nobleman saith unto him,
Sir, come down ere my child die.

    50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy
way; thy son liveth. And the man
believed the word that Jesus had
spoken unto him, and he went his way.


    51 And as he was now going down,
his servants met him, and told him,
saying, Thy son liveth.

    52 Then inquired he of them the
hour when he began to amend. And they
said unto him, Yesterday at the
seventh hour the fever left him.

    53 So the father knew that it was
at the same hour, in the which Jesus
said unto him, Thy son liveth: and
himself believed, and his whole
house.

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


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

o3oo Chapter 6: Science, Theology, Medicine - 139:28

    (Opponents benefited)
    Atheism, pantheism, theosophy, and agnosticism are opposed to Christian Science, as they are to ordinary religion; ;but it does not follow that the profane or atheistic invalid cannot be healed by Christian Science. The moral condition of such a man demands the remedy of Truth more than it is needed in most cases; and Science is more than usually effectual in the treatment of moral ailments.

o2oo Chapter 7: Physiology - 178:28-11


    (Animal magnetism destroyed)
    Ignorant of the methods and the basis of metaphysical healing, you may attempt to unite with it hypnotism, spiritualism, electricity; but none of these methods can be mingled with metaphysical healing.
    Whoever reaches the understanding of Christian Science in its proper signification will perform the sudden cures of which it is capable; but this can be done only by taking up the cross and following Christ in the daily life.
    (Absent patients)
    Science can heal the sick, who are absent from their healers, as well as those present, since space is no obstacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye hath not seen; but the spiritual capacity to apprehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power, is won only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but reflecting the divine nature.


Section 6


Psalm 17:6,7

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

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

***
Acts 13:44-47,50

    44 #And the next sabbath day came
almost the whole city together to
hear the word of God.

    45 But when the Jews saw the
multitudes, they were filled with
envy, and spake against those things
which were spoken by Paul,
contradicting and blaspheming.

    46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed
bold, and said, It was necessary that
the word of God should first have
been spoken to you: but seeing ye put
it from you, and judge yourselves
unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we
turn to the Gentiles.

    47 For so hath the Lord commanded
us, saying, I have set thee to be a
light of the Gentiles, that thou
shouldest be for salvation unto the
ends of the earth.

    50 But the Jews stirred up the
devout and honourable women, and the
chief men of the city, and raised
persecution against Paul and
Barnabas, and expelled them out of
their coasts.

***
John 15:20

    20 Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater
than his lord. If they have
persecuted me, they will also
persecute you; if they have kept my
saying, they will keep yours also.

***
Mark 13:13

    13 And ye shall be hated of all men
for my name's sake: but he that shall
endure unto the end, the same shall
be saved.

3ooo Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist - 41:22


    (Immortal achieval)
    Jesus foresaw the reception Christian Science would have before it was understood, but this foreknowledge hindered him not. He fulfilled his God-mission, and then sat down at the right hand of the Father. Persecuted from city to city, his apostles still went about doing good deeds, for which they were maligned and stoned. The truth taught by Jesus, the elders scoffed at. Why? Because it demanded more than they were willing to practise. It was enough for them to believe in a national Deity; but that belief, from their time to ours, has never made a disciple who could cast out evils and heal the sick.

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.

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


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

ooo1 Chapter 16: The Apocalypse - 571:15


    (The armor of divinity)
    At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.

Subheadings in this lesson

26 1 - Spiritual harmony
26 1 - Spiritual interpretation
26 1 - The divine life-link
26 1 - Truth a present help
26 1 - Spiritual interpretation
26 2 - New Testament basis
26 2 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
26 2 - -7- Divine trinity
26 2 - No physical science
26 2 - Injustice to the Saviour
26 3 - Proof in practice
26 3 - Paul's enlightenment
26 3 - Christian Science discovered
26 3 - Solitary research
26 3 - Scriptural foundations
26 4 - Argument of good works
26 4 - The leaves of healing
26 4 - Adherence to righteousness
26 4 - Practical arguments
26 4 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
26 5 - Truth an alterative
26 5 - Opponents benefited
26 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
26 5 - Absent patients
26 6 - Immortal achieval
26 6 - Persecution prolonged
26 6 - Christianity still rejected
26 6 - The armor of divinity

List of all subheadings



01 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
01 1 - Spiritual language
01 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
01 2 - Suicide and sin
01 2 - A higher discovery
01 2 - Priestly pride humbled
01 2 - Christ the ideal Truth
01 2 - Renewed selfhood
01 3 - No union of opposites
01 3 - Mind one and all
01 3 - Mortality mythical
01 3 - Vapor and nothingness
01 3 - Testimony of Soul
01 4 - Divine personality
01 4 - Finite views of Deity
01 4 - No divine corporeality
01 4 - Infinite physique impossible
01 5 - The fruit forbidden
01 5 - Understanding imparted
01 5 - Infinity's reflection
01 5 - God's man discerned
01 5 - Our belief and understanding
01 6 - Lawful wonders
01 6 - Fear and sickness identical
01 6 - Priestly learning
01 6 - Divine sense of Deity
01 6 - -Platform summation-
01 6 - Anthropomorphism
02 1 - The unity of Science and Christianity
02 1 - Jesus' sad repast
02 1 - Heavenly supplies
02 1 - Temple cleansed
02 2 - The traitor's conspiracy
02 2 - The chalice sacrificial
02 2 - Trustworthy beneficence
02 3 - Aspiration and love
02 3 - Prayerful ingratitude
02 3 - Divided vestments
02 3 - Unimproved opportunities
02 3 - Divided loyalty
02 4 - Spiritual translation
02 4 - Reluctant guests
02 4 - False claims annihilated
02 4 - Moral victory
02 5 - Aspiration and love
02 5 - Wicked evasions
02 5 - Conversion of Saul
02 5 - Priestly pride humbled
02 5 - Gethsemane glorified
02 6 - Sacred sacrament
02 6 - Millennial glory
02 6 - The last breakfast
02 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
03 1 - Spiritual offspring
03 1 - Stages of existence
03 1 - Careful guidance
03 1 - The test of experience
03 1 - Source of all life and action
03 1 - Spiritual structure
03 1 - The Christ-element
03 2 - Sickness as discord
03 2 - Unscientific introspection
03 2 - A mortal not man
03 2 - Error unveiled
03 2 - Eternity of Life
03 2 - Antagonistic sources
03 2 - Deep-reaching interrogations
03 3 - The clouds dissolving
03 3 - Real being never lost
03 3 - Light and darkness
03 3 - Rise of thought
03 3 - The immortal birth
03 3 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
03 4 - No laws of matter
03 4 - Right endeavor possible
03 4 - Belief and understanding
03 4 - Deformity and perfection
03 4 - Soul impeccable
03 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
03 5 - Counsel for defence
03 5 - Patience and final perfection
03 5 - Second death
03 5 - A dream vanishing
03 5 - Life all-inclusive
03 5 - Pardon and amendment
03 6 - Life eternal and present
03 6 - Life-power indestructible
03 6 - -26- Purity the path to perfection
03 6 - Eternity of Life
03 6 - Abiding in Life
04 1 - Spirits obsolete
04 1 - The genus of error
04 1 - No physical science
04 1 - Desire for holiness
04 2 - The Christ-element
04 2 - Human reconciliation
04 2 - Immortal achieval
04 2 - The miracles of Jesus
04 2 - Opacity of the senses
04 2 - Rise of thought
04 3 - New Testament basis
04 3 - Modern evangel
04 3 - Scriptural perception
04 3 - Error unveiled
04 3 - Annihilation of error
04 3 - Deformity and perfection
04 4 - No physical affinity
04 4 - The one real power
04 4 - Efficacy may be attested
04 4 - Mystery of godliness
04 4 - Halfway success
04 5 - Need and supply
04 5 - Followers of Jesus
04 5 - Destruction of all evil
04 5 - Sickness erroneous
04 5 - Question of precedence
04 5 - Conservative antagonism
04 6 - Choose ye today
04 6 - Sensationless body
04 6 - Evenings and mornings
04 6 - Waymarks to eternal Truth
04 6 - Day of judgment
04 6 - The Christ-element
05 1 - Spirit the starting-point
05 1 - Divine synonyms
05 1 - Corporeal ignorance
05 1 - No material creation
05 1 - No divine corporeality
05 2 - Love impartial and universal
05 2 - Bodily presence
05 2 - Spiritualized consciousness
05 2 - Salvation is through reform
05 2 - Assistance in brotherhood
05 3 - The spiritual mathematics
05 3 - Deity unchangeable
05 3 - God's standard
05 3 - Prayer for the sick
05 4 - Spiritual conception
05 4 - Jesus the way-shower
05 4 - Rebukes helpful
05 4 - Healing primary
05 4 - The holy struggle
05 4 - Inspiration of sacrifice
05 5 - The true physician
05 5 - Truthful arguments
05 5 - Morality required
05 5 - Impotence of hate
05 5 - Love the incentive
05 5 - The robe of Science
05 6 - Spiritual Eucharist
05 6 - Summit of aspiration
05 6 - Condition of progress
06 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
06 1 - -6- The universal cause
06 1 - Truth destroys falsity
06 1 - Continuity of thoughts
06 1 - Spirit the one Ego
06 1 - Spirit names and blesses
06 1 - Spiritual subdivision
06 2 - Laws of nature spiritual
06 2 - Belief and understanding
06 2 - Promise perpetual
06 2 - One primal cause
06 2 - No material law
06 3 - Unscientific introspection
06 3 - Material skepticism
06 3 - Material recognition impossible
06 3 - Dwelling in dreamland
06 4 - Scientific improvisation
06 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
06 4 - Bodily presence
06 4 - Spiritualized consciousness
06 4 - Spiritual sanctuary
06 5 - Fallacious hypotheses
06 5 - Jesus not understood
06 5 - Reason and Science
06 5 - No ecclesiastical monopoly
06 6 - The cup of Jesus
06 6 - Sickness as discord
06 6 - The divine authority
06 6 - The age's privilege
06 6 - Understanding imparted
07 1 - Real and unreal identity
07 1 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 1 - Mankind redeemed
07 1 - Soul defined
07 1 - Two chief commands
07 2 - Soul defined
07 2 - Soul not confined in body
07 2 - Life never structural
07 2 - Superior law of Soul
07 2 - The chief stones in the temple
07 3 - The kingdom within
07 3 - The sun and Soul
07 3 - The great question
07 3 - Wrestling of Jacob
07 4 - Corporeal ignorance
07 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
07 4 - Moral evils to be cast out
07 4 - True theory of the universe
07 4 - Scriptural perception
07 5 - Spiritual concord
07 5 - Scientific foreknowing
07 5 - Value of intuition
07 5 - Scientific improvisation
07 5 - -19- Soul and Spirit one
07 6 - Causation mental
07 6 - Philologocal inadequacy
07 6 - Divine synonyms
07 6 - Divine image
07 6 - Divine reflection
07 6 - The central intelligence
07 6 - Crumbs of comfort
07 6 - Receptive hearts
07 6 - Spiritual guidance
08 1 - Limitless Mind
08 1 - Ever-appearing creation
08 1 - The divine completeness
08 1 - Allness of Truth
08 1 - Ignorant idolatry
08 1 - Impossible coalescence
08 2 - The things of God are beautiful
08 2 - Impossible partnership
08 2 - Spirit the starting-point
08 2 - Confusion confounded
08 2 - Seeming and being
08 3 - Laws of human belief
08 3 - Harmony from Spirit
08 3 - Servants and masters
08 3 - Universal brotherhood
08 3 - Perfection requisite
08 3 - Superiority to sickness and sin
08 4 - Impossible coalescence
08 4 - Soul and sense
08 4 - Physiology deficient
08 4 - Health from reliance on spirituality
08 4 - Physiology or Spirit
08 4 - True healing transcendent
08 5 - The strength of Spirit
08 5 - Sin to be overcome
08 5 - Absent patients
08 5 - The one real power
08 5 - Wrong and right way
08 6 - Man governed by Mind
08 6 - Man's genuine being
08 6 - Higher hope
08 6 - Birthright of man
08 6 - Love and man coexistent
09 1 - -11- Christ Jesus
09 1 - The one anointed
09 1 - Spiritual idea revealed
09 2 - Christ's reappearance
09 2 - John the Baptist, and the Messiah
09 2 - Choose ye today
09 2 - Sonship of Jesus
09 3 - Anthropomorphism
09 3 - Jehovah a tribal deity
09 3 - The true sonship
09 3 - Judaism antipathetic
09 3 - Immortal achieval
09 3 - Sin only of the flesh
09 4 - The Christ-element
09 4 - -9- The Son of God
09 4 - Jesus the way-shower
09 4 - Jesus as mediator
09 5 - Rebukes helpful
09 5 - Divine severity
09 5 - Charity to those opposed
09 5 - Day of judgment
09 5 - Charge of the Chief Justice
09 6 - Leaven of Truth
09 6 - Biblical basis
09 6 - No physical science
09 6 - The conflict with purity
10 1 - Infinity's reflection
10 1 - Elohistic plurality
10 1 - Reflected likeness
10 1 - Inverted images
10 2 - So-called superiority
10 2 - Standpoints changed
10 2 - Harmony natural
10 2 - Man not structural
10 2 - Godward gravitation
10 3 - The error of carnality
10 3 - Decalogue disregarded
10 3 - Organic construction valueless
10 3 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
10 3 - Practical preaching
10 4 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
10 4 - Conversion of Saul
10 4 - Universal panacea
10 5 - God's man discerned
10 5 - Deformity and perfection
10 5 - Saviour's prediction
10 5 - Divine authority
10 6 - The sole governor
10 6 - Two chief commands
10 6 - Mortals unlike immortals
10 6 - The shrine celestial
11 1 - Spiritual synonyms
11 1 - -1- The deific supremacy
11 1 - Terms adopted by the author
11 2 - Spiritual reflection
11 2 - -18- The only substance
11 2 - Matter is not substance
11 3 - God's man discerned
11 3 - The divine reflection
11 3 - Inverted images and ideas
11 3 - Mind over matter
11 4 - Death outdone
11 4 - The bodily resurrection
11 4 - Material skepticism
11 4 - Imitation of Jesus
11 5 - Substance is Spirit
11 5 - Substance spiritual
11 5 - Both words and works
11 5 - Fruitless worship
11 5 - Two different artists
11 6 - The doom of sin
11 6 - Spirit transforms
11 6 - The infinite one Spirit
11 6 - Man's entity
11 6 - Godward gravitation
11 6 - Treasure in heaven
12 1 - No mediumship
12 1 - Spirit the starting-point
12 1 - Like evolving like
12 1 - Mind one and all
12 1 - Materialistic challenge
12 2 - Causation mental
12 2 - Material knowledge illusive
12 2 - Five senses deceptive
12 2 - Opposite symbols
12 2 - Source of all life and action
12 2 - Error unveiled
12 3 - Matter mindless
12 3 - Life independent of matter
12 3 - Remedy for fever
12 3 - Mind governs body
12 3 - Mortal mind controlled
12 3 - Useful knowledge
12 4 - Drugging unchristian
12 4 - Drug-power mental
12 4 - Belief in physics
12 4 - Adulteration of Truth
12 4 - Mind the only healer
12 5 - The true new idea
12 5 - The divine completeness
12 5 - Spiritual law the only law
12 5 - Brain not intelligent
12 5 - Spiritual tangibility
12 6 - Within the veil
12 6 - Divine victory
12 6 - The lungs reformed
12 6 - Vision opening
12 6 - Intelligent consecration
13 1 - -5- Allness of Spirit
13 1 - Unrealities that seem real
13 1 - God's thoughts are spiritual realities
13 1 - Divine synonyms
13 2 - -20- The one divine Mind
13 2 - Ontology needed
13 2 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
13 2 - -27- True idea of man
13 2 - Choose ye today
13 3 - One primal cause
13 3 - Salvation is through reform
13 3 - Scientific finalities
13 3 - Man's genuine being
13 3 - Standpoints changed
13 4 - Philologocal inadequacy
13 4 - Rise of thought
13 4 - Genuine healing
13 5 - Salvation is through reform
13 5 - The divine life-link
13 5 - Paul's enlightenment
13 5 - Confusion confounded
13 5 - The one only way
13 6 - Superstition obsolete
13 6 - Man's present possibilities
13 6 - Nearness of Deity
14 1 - A type of falsehood
14 1 - Our conscious development
14 1 - Human frailty
14 1 - Consecration required
14 2 - Real being never lost
14 2 - Stages of existence
14 2 - Unspiritual contrasts
14 2 - Key to the kingdom
14 2 - Mortal man a mis-creator
14 3 - Advancement by sacrifice
14 3 - Cruel desertion
14 3 - Selfishness and loss
14 3 - Assistance in brotherhood
14 4 - The doom of sin
14 4 - Mythical pleasure
14 4 - The fall of error
14 4 - True attainment
14 4 - Conversion of Saul
14 4 - Error destroyed, not pardoned
14 5 - Cleansing the mind
14 5 - Evil negative and self-destructive
14 5 - The dragon as a type
14 5 - The sting of the serpent
14 5 - Pure religion enthroned
14 6 - Christian standard
14 6 - Life not contingent on matter
14 6 - Intelligent consecration
14 6 - Life all-inclusive
14 6 - So-called superiority
15 1 - Spiritual thoughts
15 1 - -20- The one divine Mind
15 1 - No baneful creation
15 1 - Man unfallen
15 1 - Matter is not inflamed
15 1 - Birth and death unreal
15 2 - Contrasted testimony
15 2 - Erroneous conception
15 2 - Mendacity of error
15 2 - Divine origination
15 3 - Creation reversed
15 3 - Creation perfect
15 3 - Scientific consistency
15 3 - No perversion of Mind-science
15 4 - Murder brings its curse
15 4 - Proof from miracles
15 4 - Ignorance the sign of error
15 4 - Vapor and nothingness
15 5 - Self-constituted law
15 5 - Action of mortal mind
15 5 - The fruit forbidden
15 5 - Mortal man a mis-creator
15 5 - Right endeavor possible
15 6 - Helpful encouragement
15 6 - Disease to be made unreal
15 6 - Christ the great physician
15 6 - Spirit intangible
15 6 - Unrealities that seem real
15 6 - Christ the ideal Truth
15 6 - Nearness of Deity
16 1 - Divine oneness
16 1 - The uses of truth
16 1 - Divine study
16 1 - Divine metaphysics
16 1 - Prayer for the sick
16 2 - Justice and substitution
16 2 - Doctrines and faith
16 2 - Radical changes
16 2 - Spiritual baptism
16 3 - Deliverance not vicarious
16 3 - Purpose of crucifixion
16 3 - True flesh and blood
16 3 - Effective triumph
16 4 - Human reconciliation
16 4 - Efficacious repentance
16 4 - Moral victory
16 5 - -24- God the parent Mind
16 5 - The stone rolled away
16 5 - Ideas and identities
16 5 - Exalted thought
16 5 - Spirit names and blesses
16 6 - The sole governor
16 6 - Help and discipline
16 6 - Injustice to the Saviour
16 6 - The armor of divinity
16 6 - Divine sense of Deity
17 1 - Law and gospel
17 1 - Material man as a dream
17 1 - Suicide and sin
17 1 - Sense versus Soul
17 1 - Death an error
17 1 - Salvation and probation
17 2 - A belief in death
17 2 - Future purification
17 2 - Sin is punished
17 2 - Mortality vanquished
17 2 - No death nor inaction
17 2 - Christian standard
17 3 - ELIAS
17 3 - Signs following
17 3 - Profession and proof
17 3 - Salutary sorrow
17 3 - Scientific finalities
17 4 - Mind's manifestations immortal
17 4 - Death but an illusion
17 4 - Spiritual offspring
17 5 - Spiritual ascension
17 5 - Fellowship with Christ
17 5 - The last breakfast
17 5 - Continuity of existence
17 6 - Real Life is God
17 6 - Immaterial pleasure
17 6 - Beatific presence
18 1 - Justice and recompense
18 1 - Sin or fear the root of sickness
18 1 - Prophetic ignorance
18 1 - Belief an autocrat
18 1 - Self-improvement
18 1 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 2 - Harmony from Spirit
18 2 - Spiritual thoughts
18 2 - Soul impeccable
18 2 - Old and new man
18 2 - The tares and wheat
18 3 - Error's power imaginary
18 3 - Understanding versus belief
18 3 - Physical science a blind belief
18 3 - Human power a blind force
18 3 - Cleansing upheaval
18 4 - Cumulative repentance
18 4 - Love frees from fear
18 4 - Embryonic sinful thoughts
18 4 - Murder brings its curse
18 4 - Retribution and remorse
18 5 - Wickedness is not man
18 5 - Mental conspirators
18 5 - Scientific foreseeing
18 5 - Scientific foreknowing
18 5 - Value of intuition
18 6 - Ultimate harmony
18 6 - Deliverance not vicarious
18 6 - The Christ-element
18 6 - Scientific purgation
18 6 - Perfection requisite
19 1 - Indestructible relationship
19 1 - Logic and revelation
19 1 - Scientific man
19 1 - Ideal man and woman
19 1 - Birthright of man
19 2 - -29- Adam not ideal man
19 2 - Creation reversed
19 2 - Knowledge of good and evil
19 2 - Contradicting first creation
19 2 - The two records
19 3 - Progeny cursed
19 3 - The fall of error
19 3 - True attainment
19 3 - Harmony natural
19 4 - Spirit and flesh
19 4 - Murder brings its curse
19 4 - Scientific offspring
19 5 - Paradise regained
19 5 - Science as foreign to all religion
19 5 - Key to the kingdom
19 5 - Judgment on error
19 6 - Material inception
19 6 - Mental tillage
19 6 - The great question
19 6 - Narrow pathway
19 6 - Moral victory
20 1 - Man unfallen
20 1 - Mortals are not immortals
20 1 - Imperishable identity
20 1 - Human egotism
20 1 - Godward gravitation
20 1 - Spiritual discovery
20 1 - Light and darkness
20 2 - Requisite change of our ideals
20 2 - The true healing
20 2 - Peremptory demands
20 2 - The true sense
20 3 - Mortals unlike immortals
20 3 - Patience and final perfection
20 3 - Infinity measureless
20 3 - Spiritual idea crowned
20 4 - Charity to those opposed
20 4 - Mortals are not immortals
20 4 - The kingdom within
20 4 - -22- The real manhood
20 4 - The Christ-element
20 5 - Spiritual baptism
20 5 - Man inseparable from Love
20 5 - Truth's witness
20 5 - Eternal beauty
20 6 - Sickness as only thought
20 6 - Music, rhythm of head and heart
20 6 - Scientific finalities
20 6 - Immaterial pleasure
21 1 - Scientific foreseeing
21 1 - Scientific foreknowing
21 1 - Health from reliance on spirituality
21 1 - Decapitation of error
21 1 - Reflection of Spirit
21 1 - Spiritual foreshadowings
21 1 - -30- Divine pardon
21 2 - Sickness as discord
21 2 - A vacant domicile
21 2 - The divine reflection
21 2 - -25- Man reflects the perfect God
21 2 - Personal identity
21 3 - Sin destroyed through suffering
21 3 - Cumulative repentance
21 3 - Ultimate harmony
21 4 - Spiritual foreshadowings
21 4 - The sun and Soul
21 4 - Ptolemaic and psychical error
21 4 - Matter is not substance
21 4 - Jesus' disregard of matter
21 5 - Corporeal changes
21 5 - Mind destroys all ills
21 5 - Consecration required
21 5 - Jesus as mediator
21 5 - Vision opening
21 6 - After the resurrection
21 6 - Permanent obligation
21 6 - Spiritual concord
21 6 - Homer and Moses
21 6 - Causation mental
21 6 - Definition of man
21 6 - Growth is from Mind
22 1 - Perfection of divine government
22 1 - Error's power imaginary
22 1 - Standpoints changed
22 1 - Animal magnetism error
22 1 - Spirit intangible
22 2 - Saving the inebriate
22 2 - Adulteration of Truth
22 2 - Jesus and hypnotism
22 2 - False stimulus
22 2 - The action of faith
22 3 - Sleep an illusion
22 3 - Mere negation
22 3 - Hidden agents
22 3 - Mental despotism
22 4 - Liberation of mental powers
22 4 - The genus of error
22 4 - Thought-transference
22 4 - Animal magnetism destroyed
22 5 - Christ the great physician
22 5 - Fallacious hypotheses
22 5 - Personal conclusions
22 5 - Science versus hypnotism
22 6 - Metaphysical treatment
22 6 - Obligations of teachers
22 6 - Indispensable defence
22 6 - Impotence of hate
23 1 - -18- The only substance
23 1 - -6- The universal cause
23 1 - Ideas and identities
23 1 - God's creation intact
23 1 - Salvation is through reform
23 2 - Judgment on error
23 2 - No baneful creation
23 2 - The fall of error
23 3 - Mind's idea faultless
23 3 - Light preceding the sun
23 3 - Evenings and mornings
23 3 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
23 3 - Spiritual subdivision
23 4 - Divine propagation
23 4 - Ever-appearing creation
23 4 - Spiritual ideas apprehended
23 4 - Bruising sin's head
23 5 - Elohistic plurality
23 5 - Reflected likeness
23 5 - Love imparts beauty
23 5 - Birthright of man
23 5 - Assistance in brotherhood
23 5 - Spiritual power
23 6 - -31- Evil not produced by God
23 6 - Mortality mythical
23 6 - Perceiving the divine image
23 6 - God's allness learned
23 6 - Mind's true camera
23 6 - Spiritual proofs of existence
24 1 - Christian history
24 1 - No laws of matter
24 1 - Benefit of philanthropy
24 1 - Sickness erroneous
24 1 - Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty
24 2 - Ghost-stories inducing fear
24 2 - Man inseparable from Love
24 2 - Christian history
24 2 - Ancient and modern miracles
24 3 - Mind can destroy all ills
24 3 - Cleansing the mind
24 3 - Material knowledge illusive
24 3 - Guarding the door
24 3 - Anatomy defined
24 4 - Ignorance of our rights
24 4 - Spiritual law the only law
24 4 - Benefit of philanthropy
24 4 - God's law destroys evil
24 4 - No laws of matter
24 4 - God-given dominion
24 5 - Love frees from fear
24 5 - Mythical pleasure
24 5 - Appetites to be abandoned
24 5 - Universal panacea
24 5 - Immortal memory
24 6 - The divine completeness
24 6 - Christian standard
24 6 - Life not contingent on matter
24 6 - Death but an illusion
25 1 - Growth is from Mind
25 1 - Perfection of creation
25 2 - Mental tillage
25 2 - Erroneous representation
25 2 - Ascending the scale
25 2 - Finite views of Deity
25 2 - Right interpretation
25 3 - Better basis than embryology
25 3 - The three processes
25 3 - Physical science a blind belief
25 4 - Prediction of a naturalist
25 4 - Methods of reproduction
25 4 - Embryonic evolution
25 4 - Transmitted peculiarities
25 5 - Superior law of Soul
25 5 - No physical science
25 5 - Mind's true camera
25 5 - Self-completeness
25 5 - Spiritual proofs of existence
25 5 - God's creation intact
25 6 - Pantheistic tendencies
25 6 - Material knowledge illusive
25 6 - Divine synonyms
25 6 - The divine completeness
26 1 - Spiritual harmony
26 1 - Spiritual interpretation
26 1 - The divine life-link
26 1 - Truth a present help
26 1 - Spiritual interpretation
26 2 - New Testament basis
26 2 - -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter
26 2 - -7- Divine trinity
26 2 - No physical science
26 2 - Injustice to the Saviour
26 3 - Proof in practice
26 3 - Paul's enlightenment
26 3 - Christian Science discovered
26 3 - Solitary research
26 3 - Scriptural foundations
26 4 - Argument of good works
26 4 - The leaves of healing
26 4 - Adherence to righteousness
26 4 - Practical arguments
26 4 - -32- Basis of health and immortality
26 5 - Truth an alterative
26 5 - Opponents benefited
26 5 - Animal magnetism destroyed
26 5 - Absent patients
26 6 - Immortal achieval
26 6 - Persecution prolonged
26 6 - Christianity still rejected
26 6 - The armor of divinity

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