SOUL AND BODY

November 20, 2016

 

Golden Text

I Cor 3:9 ye

ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

 

 

Responsive Reading

I Cor 6:19 know, 20 therefore

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?

 

therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

Ps 42:2, 8 the, 11; 66:8-10 (to :)

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

 

the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

 

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

 

Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

 

For thou, O God, hast proved us:

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 104:1-3

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

 

( 2) Ps 50:1,2

The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

 

( 3) Ps 84:1,2,4,11,12

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

 

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

 

 

( 1) 120:4

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

 

( 2) 595:1

SUN. The symbol of Soul governing man, of Truth, Life, and Love.

 

( 3) 119:25-3

In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence.

 

( 4) 477:19-25

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.

 

( 5) 280:25-30

Rightly understood, instead of possessing a sentient material form, man has a sensationless body; and God, the Soul of man and of all existence, being perpetual in His own individuality, harmony, and immortality, imparts and perpetuates these qualities in man, through Mind, not matter.

 

( 6) 467:17-19,21-23

Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater cannot be in the lesser.

 

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.

 

( 7) 477:26 (only)

Man is the expression of Soul.

 

 

Section II

( 4) Job 19:25 I know, 26

I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

 

( 5) Ps 16:2 (to :), 5-7 (to :), 8 (to :), 9-11 (to ;)

O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord:

 

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel:

 

I have set the Lord always before me:

 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy;

 

 

( 8) 249:31 (only)

Man is the reflection of Soul.

 

( 9) 324:7-12

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."

 

(10) 320:24-3

The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual. For example, the text, "In my flesh shall I see God," gives a profound idea of the divine power to heal the ills of the flesh, and encourages mortals to hope in Him who healeth all our diseases; whereas this passage is continually quoted as if Job intended to declare that even if disease and worms destroyed his body, yet in the latter days he should stand in celestial perfection before Elohim, still clad in material flesh, an interpretation which is just the opposite of the true, as may be seen by studying the book of Job.

 

(11) 338:1-8

Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His likeness; whereas the opposite belief that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth.

 

(12) 72:9-13 As

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.

 

 

Section III

( 6) Ps 27:4

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

 

( 7) Ps 103:22

Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

 

( 8) Ps 28:7 (to 1st ;), 9

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

 

Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

 

( 9) Dan 1:1,2 (to :), 3-6,8 (to :), 10 (to ?), 11-13, 15,17 (to :)

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God:

 

And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

 

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank:

 

And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort?

 

Then said Daniel to Melzar whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

 

And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.

 

As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom:

 

 

(13) 114:23-27

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.

 

(14) 388:12-16, 22-24

Admit the common hypothesis that food is the nutriment of life, and there follows the necessity for another admission in the opposite direction, that food has power to destroy Life, God, through a deficiency or an excess, a quality or a quantity.

 

The fact is, food does not affect the absolute Life of man, and this becomes self-evident, when we learn that God is our Life.

 

(15) 248:8

Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.

 

(16) 247:10-15, 31

Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the beauty of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as mortal belief. Custom, education, and fashion form the transient standards of mortals. Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, the radiance of Soul.

 

The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.

 

(17) 60:29-1

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.

 

 

Section IV

(10) Ps 3:8

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

 

(11) Ps 6:2,4

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

 

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

 

(12) III John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

 

(13) John 5:2-9, 16,17,19 Verily, 20

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 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? 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. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

 

And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

 

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

 

 

(18) 210:11-16

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.

 

(19) 317:1

Jesus uttered things which had been "secret from the foundation of the world," since material knowledge usurped the throne of the creative divine Principle, insisted on the might of matter, the force of falsity, the insignificance of spirit, and proclaimed an anthropomorphic God.

 

(20) 316:7

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.

 

(21) 204:30 .

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

 

(22) 475:6-7 Man, 11-13

Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.

 

Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.

 

(23) 162:4-5

Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies.

 

 

Section IV

 

(14) Ps 34:2,3,8

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

 

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

 

(15) Ps 138:3,8 (to 1st :)

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

 

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

 

(16) Matt 5:48

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

 

(24) 259:6 (only), 11

In divine Science, man is the true image of God.

 

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.

 

(25) 477:6,13-17

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

 

Divine Science shows it to be impossible that a material body, though interwoven with matter's highest stratum, misnamed mind, should be man, the genuine and perfect man, the immortal idea of being, indestructible and eternal.

 

(26) 177:8 (only), 10-11

Mortal mind and body are one.

 

Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mortal mind.

 

(27) 301:32-8

Immortality is not bounded by mortality. Soul is not compassed by finiteness. Principle is not to be found in fragmentary ideas.

The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged.

 

(28) 302:19

The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.

 

 

Section VI

(17) Col 3:2,9,10

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

 

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

(18) I Thess 5:23

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.

 

(19) Ps 67:1

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

 

 

(29) 262:5

Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory. By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."

 

(30) 92:32-7

Do you say the time has not yet come in which to recognize Soul as substantial and able to control the body? Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," and who also said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth."

 

(31) 285:17

The time has come for a finite conception of the infinite and of a material body as the seat of Mind to give place to a diviner sense of intelligence and its manifestations, to the better understanding that Science gives of the Supreme Being, or divine Principle, and idea.

 

(32) 307:25-26 The

The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things.