UNREALITY

October 2, 2016

 

Golden Text

I Sam 16:7 the Lord seeth

the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

 

 

Responsive Reading

II Cor 3:2-6, 12-16, 18 we

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

 

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

 

 

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

 

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

 

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

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

 

And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

 

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

 

But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.

 

Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

 

we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Nah1:9 (to ?)

What do ye imagine against the Lord?

 

( 2) Job 37:14 stand, 23 he

stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

 

he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

 

( 3) Ex 20:1,3-5 (to :)

And God spake all these words, saying,

 

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

 

( 4) Jer 16:19-21

O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The Lord.

 

( 5) Ps 17:6,15

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

 

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

 

 

( 1) 465:16-4

Question. Is there more than one God or Principle?

Answer. There is not. Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence.

 

( 2) 380:28

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.

 

( 3) 470:11-16 (to 1st .), 18

Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal.

 

The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?

 

( 4) 472:24-20 All

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.

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

In an age of ecclesiastical despotism, Jesus introduced the teaching and practice of Christianity, affording the proof of Christianity's truth and love; but to

 

( 5) 489:13-15, 24-25

Corporeal sense defrauds and lies; it breaks all the commands of the Mosaic Decalogue to meet its own demands.

 

The corporeal senses are the only source of evil or error.

 

( 6) 478:24-27

From beginning to end, whatever is mortal is composed of material human beliefs and of nothing else. That only is real which reflects God.

 

 

Section II

( 6) Gen 1:31

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.

 

( 7) Gen 2:3

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

 

( 8) Ex 20:7 (to ;), 8

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain;

 

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

 

( 9) Is 55:8 my, 10-13

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

 

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

 

 

( 7) 519:3,25 (only)

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?

 

God rests in action.

 

( 8) 525:20-22

Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, hence its unreality.

 

( 9) 505:21

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.

 

(10) 527:4

Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

 

(11) 519:28

The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.

 

 

Section III

(10) Ezek 18:1-4 (to ;)

The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine;

 

(11) Is 66:10 (to 1st :), 12 (to :), 13 (to ;)

Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her:

 

For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:

 

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;

 

(12) I Cor 8:6 there (to ;)

there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;

 

(13) Eph 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

 

(14) Matt 5:16

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

 

 

(12) 332:4

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

 

(13) 335:25-29

XX. Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can produce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God. Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal.

 

(14) 300:3-5, 13-17

Finite sense has no true appreciation of infinite Principle, God, or of His infinite image or reflection, man.

 

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.

 

(15) 322:26-30

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science.

 

(16) 62:4

The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease.

 

(17) 516:9-12, 21

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.

 

Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

 

 

Section IV

(15) Is 11:6,9

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

 

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

 

(16) Ex 20:13,14

Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 

(17) II Sam 12:1-7 the, 9, 13 (to 1st .)

the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

 

Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

 

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.

 

(18) Ps 51:1,2

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

 

 

(18) 56:18

The commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," is no less imperative than the one, "Thou shalt not kill."

 

(19) 447:20-17

Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them. A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality. The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that there is none.

A sinner is afraid to cast the first stone. He may say, as a subterfuge, that evil is unreal, but to know it, he must demonstrate his statement. To assume that there are no claims of evil and yet to indulge them, is a moral offence. 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. Evil which obtains in the bodily senses, but which the heart condemns, has no foundation; but if evil is uncondemned, it is undenied and nurtured. Under such circumstances, to say that there is no evil, is an evil in itself. When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

Christian Science rises above the evidence of the corporeal senses; but if you have not risen above sin yourself, do not congratulate yourself upon your blindness to evil or upon the good you know and do not. A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific.

 

(20) 339:17

Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.

 

(21) 103:6

The destruction of the claims of mortal mind through Science, by which man can escape from sin and mortality, blesses the whole human family. As in the beginning, however, this liberation does not scientifically show itself in a knowledge of both good and evil, for the latter is unreal.

 

(22) 102:30-2

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 V

(19) Rom 13:8 (to :), 9 Thou shalt not steal (to ;), 10

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:

 

Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet;

 

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

(20) Luke 10:25-37 behold

behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

 

 

(23) 343:14-15

Jesus strips all disguise from error, when his teachings are fully understood.

 

(24) 205:22

When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.

 

(25) 201:9,17-18

Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

 

The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love.

 

(26) 304:3-14,16

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.

 

Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

 

 

Section VI

(21) Matt 14:14

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

 

(22) John 8:12 (to :), 31 If, 32

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:

 

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

(23) I John 5:3,4 (to :)

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:

 

(24) Matt 10:7 The, 8

The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 

 

(27) 138:27-31

Our Master said to every follower: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature! . . . Heal the sick! . . . Love thy neighbor as thyself!" It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning.

 

(28) 368:2-4,14

The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal.

 

When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.

 

(29) 496:15

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.