REALITY

March 26, 2017

 

Golden Text

Ps 18:1,28 thou

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

 

 

Responsive Reading

I John 1:3 (to :), 5 God

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us:

 

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

Ps 118:1 (to :), 14,16,19, 24, 27 (to :), 28, 29 (to :)

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good:

 

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

 

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

 

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:

 

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light:

 

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

 

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good:

 

 

Section I

( 1) Gen 1:1,3,4

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

 

( 2) Ps 148:1,3,5,11-13

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

 

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

 

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

 

( 3) I John 1:5

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.

 

 

( 1) 583:20-21 (to ;)

CREATOR. Spirit; Mind; intelligence; the animating divine Principle of all that is real and good;

 

( 2) 503:20,28

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.

 

God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.

 

( 3) 275:10-15

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.

 

( 4) 293:28

Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.

 

( 5) 240:10-11

In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord.

 

 

Section II

( 4) Ps 86:2 O thou, 10,11 (to :), 15 thou

O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

 

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth:

 

thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

 

( 5) Is 9:2

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

 

( 6) Is 60:2 the Lord, 3

the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

 

( 7) Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

 

( 8) Mark 6:34

And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

 

( 9) Mark 5:22-24, 35 there, 36,38,39 (to ?), 41,42 (to ;)

And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

 

there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

 

And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep?

 

And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked;

 

(10) Rom 6:23 the gift

the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

( 6) xi:9-15

The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural.

 

( 7) 335:27-29

Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal.

 

( 8) 297:1-2,7-9,13-16,26-12

think they are so; and nothing can change this state, until the belief changes. Mortal belief says, "You are happy!"

 

It is as necessary for a health-illusion, as for an illusion of sickness, to be instructed out of itself into the understanding of what constitutes health; for a change

 

evidence, and that disappears which before seemed real to this false belief, and the human consciousness rises higher. Thus the reality of being is attained and man found to be immortal.

 

A belief in Truth is better than a belief in error, but no mortal testimony is founded on the divine rock. Mortal testimony can be shaken. Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine.

A mortal belief fulfils its own conditions. Sickness, sin, and death are the vague realities of human conclusions. Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding. As a cloud hides the sun it cannot extinguish, so false belief silences for a while the voice of immutable harmony, but false belief cannot destroy Science armed with faith, hope, and fruition.

What is termed material sense can report only a mortal temporary sense of things, whereas spiritual sense can bear witness only to Truth. To material sense, the unreal is the real until this sense is corrected by Christian Science.

 

( 9) 427:1-2,7-9,13-16,26-12

If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that man dies.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Called to the bed of death, what material remedy has man when all such remedies have failed? Spirit is his last resort, but it should have been his first and only resort. The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought will waken from its own material declaration, "I am dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction."

Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality. Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." 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.

 

(10) 428:22-23,26

The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal.

 

The evidence of man's immortality will become more apparent, as material beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being are admitted.

 

(11) 297:12-16

Erroneous belief is destroyed by truth. Change the evidence, and that disappears which before seemed real to this false belief, and the human consciousness rises higher. Thus the reality of being is attained and man found to be immortal.

 

 

Section III

(11) Ps 66:5 (to :), 7 (to ;)

Come and see the works of God:

 

He ruleth by his power for ever;

 

(12) II Cor 4:6

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

(13) Matt 9:10-13, 35

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

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.

 

 

(12) 546:23-26

Christian Science is dawning upon a material age. The great spiritual facts of being, like rays of light, shine in the darkness, though the darkness, comprehending them not, may deny their reality.

 

(13) 352:8

To Jesus, not materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man's existence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangible and uncertain, if not the unreal.

 

(14) 347:12

Critics should consider that the so-called mortal man is not the reality of man. Then they would behold the signs of Christ's coming. Christ, as the spiritual or true idea of God, comes now as of old, preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the sick, and casting out evils. Is it error which is restoring an essential element of Christianity, namely, apostolic, divine healing? No; it is the Science of Christianity which is restoring it, and is the light shining in darkness, which the darkness comprehends not.

 

(15) 130:9-19,26

It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy all discord, since you admit that God is omnipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.

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

 

If thought is startled at the strong claim of Science for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the supremacy of good, ought we not, contrariwise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims of evil and doubt them, and no longer think it natural to love sin and unnatural to forsake it, no longer imagine evil to be ever-present and good absent? Truth should not seem so surprising and unnatural as error, and error should not seem so real as truth. Sickness should not seem so real as health. There is no error in Science, and our lives must be governed by reality in order to be in harmony with God, the divine Principle of all being.

 

 

Section IV

(14) Ps 18:1-3, 28-30 the (to 1st :)

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

 

the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect:

 

(15) Ps 40:11 let

let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

 

(16) Luke 4:14, 22-24,28-31

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

 

And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

 

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.

 

(17) John 8:12

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.

 

 

(16) 322:3-7

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.

 

(17) 135:26

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.

 

(18) 136:32-1

Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.

 

(19) 314:24-32

The higher his demonstration of divine Science carried the problem of being, and the more distinctly he uttered the demands of its divine Principle, Truth and Love, the more odious he became to sinners and to those who, depending on doctrines and material laws to save them from sin and sickness, were submissive to death as being in supposed accord with the inevitable law of life.

 

(20) 136:5

He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God. Despite the persecution this brought upon him, he used his divine power to save men both bodily and spiritually.

 

(21) 215:12-18

Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.

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.

 

(22) 207:27-29

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.

 

 

Section V

(18) I Thess 5:5-7 (to ;), 8,16-18 (to :), 21

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night;

 

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

 

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:

 

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 

(19) Col 3:9,10

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:

 

(20) Eph 5:8-10 now, 14 Christ

now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

 

Christ shall give thee light.

 

 

(23) 300:9

So far as the scientific statement as to man is understood, it can be proved and will bring to light the true reflection of God the real man, or the new man (as St. Paul has it).

 

(24) 367:17

A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: "Ye are the salt of the earth." "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory.

 

(25) 324:13

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.

 

(26) 288:31-1

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.

 

(27) 472:24-26 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.